Get Away From Distractions by Taking a Solo Retreat in the Texas Hill Country

Get Away From Distractions by Taking a Solo Retreat in the Texas Hill Country

Surrounded by windows and white pillows while in bed at my tiny cabin, I think of the liner notes to Bob Dylan’s album Desire: “These notes are being written in a bathtub in Maine under ideal conditions…” Here at Getaway Hill Country, I am also writing under ideal conditions: quiet, simplicity, good coffee.

Got Land? The Making of Palo Pinto Mountains and Other New Texas State Parks

Got Land? The Making of Palo Pinto Mountains and Other New Texas State Parks

Seventy-five miles west of Fort Worth, a hilly parcel of ranchland is making the transformation into the first new state park since the birding hotspot of Resaca de la Palma swung open its gates near Brownsville in 2008.

How To Be a Boss Like Barbara Jordan

How To Be a Boss Like Barbara Jordan

Big power can come in small packages. The brightly colored board book Boss Texas Women, by coauthors Kristen Gunn and Casey Chapman Ross, may be for children, but it packs a wallop of inspiration for all ages about the women who’ve changed Texas.

A Mesquite Artist Sets Out to Capture Every Courthouse Square in Texas

A Mesquite Artist Sets Out to Capture Every Courthouse Square in Texas

When Mesquite artist Tony Delane is not behind the wheel of a truck hauling glass for Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions, driving from DFW to deep East Texas to the Cross Timbers and the northern edge of the Hill Country, he most likely can be found with a paintbrush or a pen in the hand.

PGA Champion Lee “Super Mex” Trevino Explains the Secret Behind Texas’ Great Golfers

PGA Champion Lee “Super Mex” Trevino Explains the Secret Behind Texas’ Great Golfers

Most stories about Lee Trevino start the same way because the tale is so compelling: Raised in a Dallas shack without plumbing or electricity, he dropped out of school at 14 to work at a nearby golf course.

Weatherford Shifts Annual Parker County Peach Festival to Parker County Peach Week

Weatherford Shifts Annual Parker County Peach Festival to Parker County Peach Week

This year’s festival was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but that doesn’t mean the city will stop celebrating its summer bounty. Instead of a one-day affair, Weatherford is hosting an entire week of smaller celebrations from July 11 to 18.

The Wild Detectives Bookstore in Dallas Takes Readers on a Journey for the Pages

The Wild Detectives Bookstore in Dallas Takes Readers on a Journey for the Pages

The Wild Detectives bookstore in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas has reinvented itself as a literary travel agency during COVID-19 for readers who want to take a journey for the pages.

Small-Town Dispatches: Two Brownwood Restaurants—One Classic and One New—Overwhelmed by Support

Small-Town Dispatches: Two Brownwood Restaurants—One Classic and One New—Overwhelmed by Support

Two Brownwood restaurants—one the city’s oldest and one of its newest—have received overwhelming customer support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two establishments, Underwood’s Cafeteria and Teddy’s Brewhaus, each face unique challenges at the moment, but have risen to them to provide care and comfort for their community of nearly 20,000 located about 70 miles southeast of Abilene.

The Pursuit of Adventure—and Change—at SlimPickins Outfitters in Stephenville

The Pursuit of Adventure—and Change—at SlimPickins Outfitters in Stephenville

If you happen to be on the northwest corner of the Stephenville square, chances are you’ll hear Willie Nelson or Leon Bridges crooning from a record player within the former Rexall Drugstore.

Photographer John Dyer Drove 5,500 Miles to Document Texas’ Outer Limits

Photographer John Dyer Drove 5,500 Miles to Document Texas’ Outer Limits

In the spring of 2019, John Dyer set out to see what the edge looked like close up. Dyer is a San Antonio-based commercial photographer who has authored photography books on vaqueros and conjunto music, written two novels, directed several short films, and shot numerous magazine covers including Selena for the May 1995 issue of Texas Monthly. But he’d never taken on a project quite like this.

Take a Moment and ‘Think’ with Dallas Public Radio Host Krys Boyd

Take a Moment and ‘Think’ with Dallas Public Radio Host Krys Boyd

Tune in to your local public radio station around lunchtime on a weekday and you’re likely to hear the dulcet voice—and sharp questions—of Krys Boyd. The host and managing editor of Dallas-based KERA’s Think delivers a one-two punch of mellow curiosity and deeply considered topics in her two-hour interview show. While she’s hosted big-name guests like actor Bryan Cranston and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the most fascinating episodes often cover topics outside of the 24-hour news cycle. Boyd has tackled everything from spelling bees to failed spy techniques.

Dallas’ African American Museum Presents Acclaimed Survey of Black Arts, History, and Culture

Dallas’ African American Museum Presents Acclaimed Survey of Black Arts, History, and Culture

Free to see with a State Fair of Texas ticket, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection “strives to give our ancestors a voice, name, and personality.”

Fall Really Does Happen in Texas – You Just Have to Know Where to Look

Fall Really Does Happen in Texas – You Just Have to Know Where to Look

Mother Nature’s autumnal coloration of leaves before she applies her cruel winter grip is a visual gift typically associated with areas of the country that actually experience four distinct seasons. In Texas, where for the most part it’s oppressively hot and dry in September and October, green can abruptly give way to brown, without displaying even a hint of the kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows typical of a postcard New England fall. There are hidden pockets of the state, however, where the trees, beneficiaries of just the right weather conditions, offer one final, dramatic blush. Follow our photographers to these special places for some of the best foliage in the state—from the Nolan River in North Texas and Garner State Park in the Hill Country, to the Canadian River in the Panhandle and Guadalupe Mountains
National Park in West Texas.

Live (and Sleep) Like the Ewings at Southfork Ranch, Home of the ‘Dallas’ TV Show

Live (and Sleep) Like the Ewings at Southfork Ranch, Home of the ‘Dallas’ TV Show

Forever Resorts is betting that guests will pay a pretty penny to inhabit the place, if just for a night or two. A new package, dubbed “Live and Dream Like a Ewing,” allows for up to six people to stay overnight at the big, white ranch home in the hamlet of Parker,

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth Reopens with New Exhibits After a Yearlong Renovation

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth Reopens with New Exhibits After a Yearlong Renovation

Andrew Walker, the museum’s executive director, says the renovation is about “reinvigorating the love between the original, familiar sensibilities of the Philip Johnson building with the building added in 2001” and enriching “the relationship of the Amon Carter Museum to all of American art.”

Go Behind the Scenes at the Equine Mecca of Texas

Go Behind the Scenes at the Equine Mecca of Texas

You don’t have to be the moneyed owner of an expensive Western-performance or hunter-jumper horse to see such magnificent animals in this exclusive setting. Some of the premier horse farms and ranches of North Texas grant inside access to their facilities and their resident four-legged celebrities. Six behind-the-scenes public bus tours are offered each year—three in the spring and three in the fall—as well as private group tours by appointment. Winding through countryside once devoted to peanut farms, each six-hour bus tour stops for visits at two of the more than 350 horse farms that collectively stable roughly 40,000 animals.

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Rockwall

The Daytripper’s Top 5 in Rockwall

As the season winds down, you may feel like you’ve hit a wall on summertime travel. But maybe a “wall” is just what you need…
a Rockwall. With its vast lake, tasty food, and even a Texas-size mystery, this Dallas suburb is one wall you won’t mind running into.

In Fort Worth, See Intimate Portraits of Rock and Art Icons Through the Lens of Kate Simon

In Fort Worth, See Intimate Portraits of Rock and Art Icons Through the Lens of Kate Simon

Fort Works Art presents ‘Chaos and Cosmos,’ the first major retrospective of the prominent rock photographer. With their mood of ease and play, Simon’s portraits make you feel like you are a lucky witness to one very cool personal photo album.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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