San Jacinto Day Ceremony Cancelled for First Time in 80 Years

San Jacinto Day Ceremony Cancelled for First Time in 80 Years

Organizers of the annual Official Observance of San Jacinto Day at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte have cancelled this year’s event because of ongoing cleanup and closures related to the March 17 chemical fire at Intercontinental Terminals Co.

Texas Highways Magazine Is Seeking a Talented and Innovative Managing Editor to Join Our Editorial Team

Texas Highways Magazine Is Seeking a Talented and Innovative Managing Editor to Join Our Editorial Team

Supervise the day-to-day operations of the magazine, including overseeing production schedules and editorial calendars for the monthly print magazine as well as the Texas State Travel Guide and additional ancillary publications. In addition to excellent interpersonal, line editing, and writing skills, a compelling candidate will have equally strong project management and problem solving skills, as well as possess extensive knowledge of Texas history and culture. Employees at this level are virtually self-supervising and assume direct accountability for the work product.

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table Gives New Life to an Old Diner in Waco

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table Gives New Life to an Old Diner in Waco

Chip had always dreamed of opening a breakfast joint, and when the historic Elite Café, located on the Waco traffic circle, came up for sale in 2016, the Gaineses decided to make that dream a reality. In the process, they wanted to preserve an important part of Waco’s history. The original Elite Café opened in downtown Waco in 1919, and the second location on the traffic circle followed in 1941. The Gaineses gave the Spanish-style building a complete overhaul while also preserving its historic feel. Framed black-and-white photographs and an original menu from the café’s past adorn the walls.

“Boots, Beer and Baseball: The Story of Nocona” Announced as True Texas Travel Experience Winner at Thin Line Fest

“Boots, Beer and Baseball: The Story of Nocona” Announced as True Texas Travel Experience Winner at Thin Line Fest

University of North Texas students Hayley Knight and Kaarthik Tharmiya’s “Boots, Beer and Baseball: The Story of Nocona” earned the top prize, sponsored by AJR Media, which includes a 3-night/4-day stay at Port Royal Ocean Resort in Port Aransas, plus $2,000 in cash.

Texas Highways photography editor and category judge Brandon Jakobeit says the winning film’s “story line and camera work were exceptional.”

“It’s a great showcase for Nocona and its strengths – its history of boots, gloves and now a newer brewery. It makes a decent case for checking it out,” says Texas Highways’ Strategic Partnership Manager Lois Rodriguez.

Visit Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country with Our New Video Series “A Piece of Texas”

Visit Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country with Our New Video Series “A Piece of Texas”

Check out our new video series “A Piece of Texas” and follow Rich, Amberly, and Luke as they head out on the road, making music and exploring the state’s hidden gems. First stop: Canyon Lake.

The Multifaceted Magnolia Market at the Silos Is a Destination for Inspiration

The Multifaceted Magnolia Market at the Silos Is a Destination for Inspiration

Waco sits near the center of Texas, and the town has become a center for tourism as well, ever since the 2015 opening of Magnolia Market at the Silos. Chip and Joanna Gaines, the creative couple behind the hugely popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, established this retail destination on a two-acre site that once housed a cottonseed mill. Today, the old silos serve as a welcoming beacon to visitors in search of distinctive home goods. And Waco’s convenient location, within a few hours’ drive from many of the state’s major metropolises, makes Magnolia an easy day trip for those in search of inspiring designs.

Meet Our Makers: Jae Benjamin of Benjamin Soap Co.

Meet Our Makers: Jae Benjamin of Benjamin Soap Co.

At her studio in Hutto, Jae Benjamin crafts small batches of cold-process soaps and hand-poured soy candles using all-natural ingredients. Her artisan bath, body, and home products often contain organic herbs, raw honey, and plant-based essential oils, and some feature inventive additions like coffee beans and stout beer. Benjamin started out small at an Austin farmers market in 2014, but now her wares can be found at select shops across the nation.

Gallery: Wildflowers of the Hill Country

Gallery: Wildflowers of the Hill Country

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer Theresa DiMenno out to capture spring color in 2018. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

Where to Pick the Best Texas Produce for Canning

Where to Pick the Best Texas Produce for Canning

As a child, one of the first things I did upon arriving at my Mamaw Grace and Papaw Dorsey’s rambling fieldstone farmhouse in Kentucky was to open the cellar door off the main dining room. Slowly, I crept down the wooden stairs, allowing my eyes to adjust to the dim light. A single shaft of sunlight from the cellar window illuminated the far stone wall—or what would have been the wall had it not been obscured from floor to rafters by glistening glass-encased riches in every color of the rainbow.

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