Small-Town Business Spotlight: No Stranger to Hard Times, Salado Pivots to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

Small-Town Business Spotlight: No Stranger to Hard Times, Salado Pivots to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

Mr. Van Bibber made me do it. I had to order his Strawberry Kiss dessert, the Stagecoach Inn Restaurant’s piece de resistance that beckons travelers to Salado just to dip their spoon into this ice cream topped merengue confection slathered in strawberry sauce.

Camping with your Canine? 14 Tips to Ensure a Safe and Fun Adventure with Fido

Camping with your Canine? 14 Tips to Ensure a Safe and Fun Adventure with Fido

Camping is made better with friends, including our four-legged ones. I spent many months camping and hiking with my good boy Max while researching a guide book, Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast. Max, a 70-pound mutt, developed a fascination with armadillos, so I could always count on him to alert me to the presence of the nifty little critters. Without him, I never would have noticed them.

Paddle Your Way to Beauty, Isolation, and Adventure on a Canoe Camping Trip

Paddle Your Way to Beauty, Isolation, and Adventure on a Canoe Camping Trip

Earlier this summer, I strapped my aluminum canoe to the top of a friend’s truck and headed west to the Devils River.

Find Lovely Silence, along with Inward Focus and Empowerment, on a Solo Camping Trip

Find Lovely Silence, along with Inward Focus and Empowerment, on a Solo Camping Trip

I grew up camping with my family. We spent long weekends at Texas state parks, where we’d pitch our giant blue canvas tent, belly flop into the nearest lake, and chase fireflies when the sun went down. As a college student, I camped with friends; when I married, my husband and I began backpacking. Until recently, though, I always slept within hollering distance of someone I knew, in case a bear invaded camp or a storm flattened my tent. Then, as part of what I called my “Year of Adventure” a few years ago, I decided to try solo camping.

Texas Park Officials Say Preparation and Flexibility are Key to a Safe Camping Trip During the Pandemic

Texas Park Officials Say Preparation and Flexibility are Key to a Safe Camping Trip During the Pandemic

Looking to escape your home? Book campsites in advance and bring your own sanitation supplies to make the most of an outdoors getaway.

Take the Family Camping for a Fun Way to Make Lasting Memories

Take the Family Camping for a Fun Way to Make Lasting Memories

Maybe your children can tell stories of playing cards in a soggy tent as raindrops popped against the nylon walls. Or maybe you remember being young yourself, roasting marshmallows and nestling into a cozy sleeping bag to watch the Milky Way wheel overhead. As anybody who’s gone on a family camping trip will attest, such experiences produce rich memories. And if you don’t have any yet, there’s no reason to miss out.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Collectors Roll to Enchanted Rocks in Llano for Geological Rarities

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Collectors Roll to Enchanted Rocks in Llano for Geological Rarities

Enchanted Rocks & Minerals on Llano’s historic courthouse square feels as timeless as the Precambrian rocks of the surrounding Llano Uplift.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Crider’s is Still Riding and Dancing Along the Guadalupe River in Hunt

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Crider’s is Still Riding and Dancing Along the Guadalupe River in Hunt

For 95 years, Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall in Hunt has opened every summer to crowds eager for rodeo action and dancing under the stars along the Guadalupe River.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Weatherford’s Doss Heritage and Culture Center Takes History Online

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Weatherford’s Doss Heritage and Culture Center Takes History Online

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, a nonprofit museum in Weatherford, opened its doors in 2006 to preserve and interpret the history of Parker County and Texas.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Beautiful Artwork Buoys the Spirit at Art on 12 in Wimberley

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Beautiful Artwork Buoys the Spirit at Art on 12 in Wimberley

With some art museums and galleries shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery Art on 12 is keeping art alive and essential in its hometown of Wimberley.

Emily Gimble, 2020’s Texas State Musician, Grew Up On Western Swing

Emily Gimble, 2020’s Texas State Musician, Grew Up On Western Swing

Making a name for yourself when you’re the granddaughter of a genuine Texas legend would be hard for anyone, but Emily Gimble has nimbly managed to stand out on her own.


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