COVID-19

Learning on the Road During the Pandemic

November 21, 2023 | By Sindya Bhanoo

The Texas Travel Industry Is Making A Comeback

October 28, 2021 | By Michael Hardy

A Fort Worth Chef Chronicles the Pandemic Lockdown Through a Restaurant Industry Lens

October 18, 2021 | By By Celestina Blok

In his new book, Carry Out, Carry On: A Year in the Life of a Texas Chef, Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell shares his journey as a restaurateur during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Return of Texas’ Live Music Scene

September 23, 2021 | By

One Travel Writer’s Journey to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Led to One of Her Most Memorable Texas Trips

April 6, 2021 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Hitting the road from Austin to West Texas in March, my family felt excited and a little nervous—like we were pulling off some tremendous caper. My husband and I were on our way to get our first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dinner and a Movie for Valentine’s Day—Texas-Style

February 11, 2021 | By June Naylor

If there was ever a Valentine’s Day to stay indoors, it’s this one. With the COVID-19 pandemic and freezing temps …

What It’s Like to Open a Restaurant in Texas During a Pandemic

February 6, 2021 | By Jill Coody Smits

Despite the daunting landscape, however, indefatigable chef-entrepreneurs across the state are also opening restaurants, hiring back eager-to-work staff, and serving delicious food.

Funky Town Fridge Is Helping Fort Worth Fight Food Insecurity

December 15, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

In Fort Worth’s Southside neighborhood sits a refrigerator painted with an image of a smiling woman holding a bowl of fruit. This refrigerator and an adjacent pantry are stocked with produce, canned goods, water, and other items free for the taking. The resource is part of Funky Town Fridge, a community fridge that was set up in late September by Fort Worth resident Kendra Richardson. 

12 Glamping Retreats to Make Camping a Little Less Rustic

November 30, 2020 | By Veronica Meewes

As we continue to adjust to the “new normal,” people are seeking safe ways to enjoy local travel with their families or small social bubbles.

How Bonton Farms Fed Its Community During COVID-19

November 28, 2020 | By John Lumpkin

COVID-19 unfolded as I was reporting a story about Bonton Farms for the December 2020 issue of Texas Highways. I got to witness first-hand how this business, which you can get a primer on in my article, handled the pandemic speedily and carefully.

Georgetown’s Field of Honor Pays Tribute to Veterans and COVID-19 Heroes

November 7, 2020 | By Mary Huber

In Georgetown, a field of roughly 1,700 American flags stretches as far as the eye can see.

These 7 Less-Visited Texas State Parks Offer Solitude During COVID-19

October 21, 2020 | By Julia Jones

Bartlett’s Houston Black Soil Is Once Again Fertile Ground

September 16, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

The hourlong drive from my house in Austin to the quiet town of Bartlett is not so much a drive as it is an unwinding, an unpacking, a leaving behind of the detritus that accumulates in the city. I get behind the wheel and creep through traffic on Interstate 35, headed north.

Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico Churns out Sweet Comfort in Uncertain Times

August 20, 2020 | By June Naylor

In the old normal, Kevin and LaDonne Wenzel welcomed a steady flow of visitors to their Hico chocolate shop and gift boutique.

Texas-Based 7-Eleven Mastered the Art of Curbside Service a Century Ago

August 10, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

From the 1920s to the ’60s, the Dallas convenience store chain made its name delivering good to customers’ cars. During COVID-19, the antiquated service as made a major comeback.

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

August 6, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

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

What Happens When the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy” Can’t Go to the Beach?

July 30, 2020 | By Paul Brown

For the past 13 years, Mark Landrum has been known as the “Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy.” The sand artist teaches lessons on how to build sandcastles, but is also commissioned to create custom works for marriage proposals, businesses openings, family greeting cards, and more. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Landrum has had to face the ultimate challenge to his way of life: How do you work with sand when you have limited access to the beach?

We All Live in Uncertain Now

July 30, 2020 | By Sarah Hepola

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

July 21, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

How Two Small-Town Radio Stations Are Serving Their Rural Communities During COVID-19

July 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Community radio was made for times like these. Not-for-profit and listener-supported public radio stations exist to provide critical information in times of emergency as well as to entertain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, two Texas stations are living up to that mission statement. 

The Texas Book Festival Goes Online for Its 25th Anniversary

June 25, 2020 | By Sabrina LeBoeuf

For its 25th anniversary, the Texas Book Festival will not be taking over the Texas Capitol. Instead, it’s asking readers to curl up with a good book and festival programming from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The decision to make the festival virtual is due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Texas. However, to make up for the loss of bookworm-to-bookworm interaction, the celebration is being extended to a 16-day digital program starting on October 31.

Drive-In Movie Theaters Across Texas See an Increase in Business Due to COVID-19

June 3, 2020 | By Dan Oko

Drive-in theaters have been part of the American landscape for nearly a century. The first one opened in New Jersey in 1933, and by the 1950s, Texas had nearly 400, with outdoor screens blossoming across the landscape like massive sails on an armada of landlocked schooners. Today, with a health crisis worthy of a sci-fi thriller threatening to crush summer fun in its path, drive-in screenings are the season’s hottest ticket for those hoping to practice social distancing while still getting out of the house.

Editor’s Note: Travel, Interrupted

May 28, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

COVID-19 Makes it Harder to Track Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles on Padre Island

May 18, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

Every day, from April through mid-July, the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at the Padre Island National Seashore combs 80 miles of Padre Island’s beaches in search of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles–the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world­–coming ashore. It’s nesting season, but things are a bit unusual this year due to COVID-19.

How to Buy Beef Direct From Farms and Ranches Across Texas

May 15, 2020 | By June Naylor

If you’re worried about meat supplies looking lean at your local grocery store, we’ve got good news for you.

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

May 6, 2020 | By Paul Brown

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 1 on 1 on 1 Livestream Music Festival Offers a Virtual Celebration of Big Bend Culture

April 30, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

If you miss the sound of musicians picking on front porches and playing at bars and restaurants around Big Bend, tune into the 1 on 1 on 1 Livestream Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

Small-Town Dispatches: Fredericksburg Wineries Give Back to Frontline Workers

April 29, 2020 | By June Naylor

Fredericksburg, one of the most tourist-heavy small towns in Texas, has understandably been affected by lack of travel and commerce during COVID-19. One of the area’s biggest industries, wine, has been hit hard as it’s a significant attraction in these parts—more than 50 of the 100-plus Hill Country wineries are in town or the surrounding Gillespie County. Thankfully, wineries are coming up with creative solutions to connect with customers and boost morale.

Small-Town Dispatches: Bulverde Residents Lean on Each Other for Food and Support During COVID-19

April 29, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

How One Austin Neighborhood Is Getting Social During Social Distancing

April 28, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

People across the globe have been hunkering down amid stay-at-home orders, and frankly, some of us are getting a little stir crazy.

With Texans Staying Home, A Rare Sight Comes to the Houston Area: Empty City Roads

April 27, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

Under ordinary circumstances, it takes forever to get anywhere in Houston that isn’t just more Houston.

Lone Star Launches Its First-Ever Seasonal Beer

April 24, 2020 | By Jill Coody Smits

“It’s not ideal to launch Rio Jade in a global pandemic,” says Emily Hoyle, Lone Star’s brand manager. “But if we can bring something positive to Texans and give them something to look forward to, then our day is made.”

Small-Town Dispatches: Granbury Boutiques Recoup Lost Sales Via Online Shopping Events

April 23, 2020 | By June Naylor

Just southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth, Granbury—a lakeside town typically bustling with shoppers crowding its charming downtown—finds its streets quiet at the moment. But residents are finding ways to continue the convivial nature of the small community at home.

Small-Town Dispatches: One Abilene Company Goes From Making Boats to Producing Face Shields

April 21, 2020 | By June Naylor

In Abilene, the heart of the region known as Big Country, a manufacturer called Tigé Boats has shifted its focus from making boats to producing personal protective equipment. The PPE, crafted from materials typically used in boat building, are going to local medical workers fighting COVID-19.  

Small-Town Dispatches: Oil and Gas Aren’t the Only Sectors in Longview Hit By COVID-19

April 20, 2020 | By Gary Borders

Residents of the East Texas city of Longview reflect on how COVID-19 has affected the local oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors of business and life.

Get Your Texas Video Conferencing Background

April 15, 2020 | By TH Staff

How My Friends and I Travel From Home During COVID-19

April 15, 2020 | By Ciara O’Rourke

5 Ways to Watch Texas Zoo Animals at Home

April 15, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

While Texans remain at home, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries are creating and sharing educational videos and virtual entertainment. Many also offer remote learning opportunities for teachers and parents to use with their students, akin to taking a field trip from the couch.

Author and Illustrator Edward Carey Shares the Story Behind His Quarantine Drawings

April 14, 2020 | By Edward Carey

Small-Town Dispatches: Marfa Gives Back to Service Workers Affected by COVID-19

April 10, 2020 | By Sarah M. Vasquez

The touristy West Texas town of Marfa is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic with a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for service workers whose finances are affected.

Small-Town Dispatches: Tyler, an Empty Town in Bloom, Looks Ahead to Better Days

April 9, 2020 | By Jill Coody Smits

In the East Texas town of Tyler, spring is usually a hopping time. Flowers bloom spectacularly throughout the historic district. The annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail lures thousands of visitors who come to experience the area’s beautiful gardens, elegant homes, local eateries, and quaint brick streets.

How Lessons from a Survival Expert Can Apply During COVID-19

April 9, 2020 | By Robyn Ross

Dave Scott, founder of Earth Native Wilderness School, offers tips from his survival classes that could prove helpful in preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Fort Worth Musician Picks up His Camera to Make ‘Porchraits’ of People in Front of Their Homes

April 8, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Small-Town Dispatches: Sleepy Marathon Quieter Than Ever During COVID-19

April 7, 2020 | By E. Dan Klepper

Although it’s a spring morning in Marathon, gateway to the Big Bend, it looks more like a hot midsummer’s afternoon—vacant sidewalks, shuttered shops, and empty streets.

How You Can Support Small-Town Texas Businesses During Social Distancing Due to COVID-19

April 6, 2020 | By TH Staff

11 Classic Comfort Food Recipes to Cook at Home

April 1, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

As COVID-19 keeps Texans at home, there’s never been a better time to cook up comfort food. Expand your recipe repertoire with these hits from the Texas Highways archives.

Small-Town Dispatches: How Two Texas Small Towns Are Taking Care of Their Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27, 2020 | By June Naylor

Bandera
It’s unusually quiet in Bandera, known as the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Take a Virtual Tour of These 5 Texas Museums

March 26, 2020 | By Gabrielle Pharms

Without a doubt, COVID-19’s impact can be felt in every industry, from hospitality and dining to beloved sources of enlightenment like museums. Fortunately, many museums and art galleries in the state—and around the world—are showcasing their renowned collections online. If you’ve always wanted to visit Texas’ best-known institutions, this is your opportunity to experience them from the comfort of your own home. Here are five top-notch museums you can “visit” today.

Shake Up Your Routine with These 6 Cocktail Recipes

March 25, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Texas Highways also has a collection of cocktail recipes to share from our archives. Because liquor stores and grocery stores remain open during this time as essential businesses, you should be able to access (or get delivered to your door) everything you need to make these simple drinks.

Editor’s Note: A letter to our readers

March 25, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Dear readers,
Normally this time of year is a busy one for travel throughout the state—families make a beeline for their favorite stretch of coast for spring break, roadtrippers plot out the best routes to take in the bounty of seasonal wildflowers, and adventurers head out to West Texas to hike in the Big Bend.

Kuhlman Cellars Offers Virtual Wine Tastings

March 17, 2020 | By Julia Jones

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

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