My youngest daughter Karoline and I decided to explore the small East Texas town of Conroe yesterday. As always, there was a plan in place and we headed straight to Conroe Coffee to get the trip off to the best possible start. The coffee shop gets some great reviews online and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Karoline ordered a London Fog hot tea and I ordered a Chai Tea Latte. When I’m not in the mood for coffee, I’ll often order chai tea, even though I always receive something way more sugary than I like.
The best Chai and London Fog tea we’ve had was in London a few years ago, and those drinks have served as our quality indicators ever since. Knowing that the owner of Conroe Coffee is English, I had a small hope that we might come close to a perfect experience. Amazingly, our drinks were just as good as what we had in London. We’ll have to return to try out the coffee selection, but it’s very possible that this little coffee shop will move to the very top of our list of favorites!
Our next stop was Conroe Art League’s Gallery. We learned from the very helpful docent that the exhibit is changed every month, which means that we can expect something new every time we visit. The exhibit consisted mainly of paintings, but there were a few photography pieces as well. In addition, there were several racks of artwork for purchase. The gallery will apparently stay open late on evenings when there’s a show at the Crighton Theater, located right around the corner.
After the gallery, we took a walk around the courthouse square to see what else the town had to offer. We came across decorated park benches and some nice sculptures along the way. As a visitor, it’s always fun to come across these types of surprises. Other than that, we found that most of the businesses in town consist of law offices. I imagine they make for stable tenants, but are probably not at the top of the list of what visitors hope to find.
After our walk, we drove over to the Conroe Heritage Museum, located in Candy Cane Park. This was the first museum I’ve encountered where you have to ring the door bell to get in. It was a small museum but full of interesting things to see and read. My favorite is always the old pictures. 100 years is really not a lot of time, but those pictures make clear the enormous amount of societal change that has taken place during that period. My favorite room in the building is, we were told, mainly intended to draw the youngest visitors. It was set up as an old store, with representative kitchen gadgetry and old cans of food and much more. So much fun!
The last room we saw had on display some artwork by the artist Mark C. Clapham - items which he gifted to the museum. The docent told us that the museum is soon to be expanded and will then dedicate a large room to their Clapham collection. Much of his work featured western or Native American themes, and are absolutely beautiful.