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In Sugar Land’s Town Square, families stroll, stopping for a cupcake at Sweet Boutique before making way to the funky Farmers Market at Imperial. Nearby, Sweetwater Country Club is a see-and-be-seen scene, with pro athletes and oil bigwigs sharing golf tips over a beer, while their perfectly coiffed significant others lounge by the pool. In the Woodlands, tree-lined streets and water fountains are the telltale signs of this suburban utopia. Its Market Square—home to shops like Kate Spade and Tiffany & Co.—borders the massive Woodlands Pavilion, where such boldface acts as Stevie Nicks light up the marquee. Pearland is a buzzing area that prides itself on its Texas roots: Nationally lauded Killen’s Steakhouse is in the heart of the ’hood, boasting perhaps the best dry-aged Wagyu Prime cuts in the South. And speaking of Texas pride, the El Franco Lee Community Center, which boasts a park with 8- acres devoted to wildlife conservation—offers line-dancing lessons. Time to pull up your bootstraps.