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Holiday Happenings 2016

The Christmas spirit isn’t found wrapped beautifully underneath a holiday tree. While those gifts definitely bring some happiness, the true joys come from time spent…
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Zilker Tree turns 50

Every year since 1967, the Zilker Tree has acted as a beacon of holiday cheer on the south lawn of Zilker Park, its more than…
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Daytripper: Grapevine

Twas the day trip before Christmas and all through the state, the towns were decked out, and Chet could not wait.” We always say, “Everything’s bigger…
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75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor remembered

Today on the 75th anniversary of the event, Fredericksburg's National Museum of the Pacific War remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor through “real-time” Twitter postings…
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Sweet-tooth Solutions

I push open the weathered metal-and-glass door of Naegelin’s Bakery and immediately face a dilemma. On one side of the narrow room, bakery cases display…
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For the love of life, land and cowdogs

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Texas schoolkid from the mid-1980s forward who doesn’t crack a smile at the mention of Hank the Cowdog. Hank,…
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Texas Bucket List

 Texas is tailor-made for bucket lists. Covering some 268,000 square miles, the Lone Star State brims with interesting, exciting, historical, relaxing, and fun things to…
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State of Music

No state is more musical than Texas, whose very geography seems to hum. Even the city names remind you of songs. It’s easy to break…
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Festive Frontier

During the holiday season, the fresh air and cheerful sunlit peaks of Fort Davis become all the more festive thanks to the town’s Frontier Christmas…
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Quiz: Are You a True Texan?

“It’s impolite to ask a person where they are from. If they are from Texas, they will tell you. If they are not from Texas,…
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A New Zoo Review

My 15-year old was skeptical when I told her we were going to see the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo for New Year’s Eve.…
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Party with a Purpose

For five days in January, in the recuperative lull between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, San Antonio hosts a smashing soiree that both raises money…
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¡Sopa Deliciosa!

For restaurateur and cookbook author Sylvia Casares, the road to becoming Houston’s beloved “Enchilada Queen” started mid-career. “I was 42 when I left the corporate…
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A Texas Time Capsule

Not exactly lost but not exactly in plain sight, the community of Jonesville sits near the Texas-Louisiana border, just as it has since Texas’ earliest…
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Who’s Whoo in Georgetown

Strictly speaking, Georgetown isn’t exactly a small town; with just under 65,000 residents, it can probably be better described as small-ish or maybe medium-sized. But…
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Find Your Inner Cowpoke

Nothing makes me feel like a 10-year-old girl again like a trip to a West Texas ranch. I’ve joined my husband and a few families…
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Extraordinary Texans - '16

What does it take to be extraordinary? The Texans in these pages have each made their marks in vastly varied fields—from winemaking and writing to…
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Walking to the Water

My friend Callie and I had been hearing about Gorman Falls—the 70-foot waterfall that’s the centerpiece of Colorado Bend State Park—for the past few years.…
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Readers' Choice: Texas' Top 40 Comfort Food Hot Spots

Asking readers for their favorite comfort foods seems a lot like asking someone to name a favorite grandchild—the answers frequently come in a flood of…
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