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Has Brenham Become the Hamptons of Texas?

August 27, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

There aren’t enough synonyms for “quaint” in describing Brenham, that rare landlocked town that feels like it should have a lighthouse. Arranged around an Art Deco courthouse which, built in 1939, is one of the newer buildings downtown, Brenham keeps history in its place.

A Border Atmosphere, Smoking Chile Rellenos and Arts and Crafts Greet You in Laredo

June 27, 2018 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

Illustration by Chiari VercesiA stroll across the San Agustín Plaza, just a few hundred feet from the Rio Grande in downtown Laredo, feels like a passage across both space and time.

5 Texas Cities Where You Can Discover Your Inner Science Geek

May 24, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas Gulf Coast, where the North American continent descends into the Gulf of Mexico’s salty waters, harbors a steamy mix of marshes, bays, beaches, and ocean. Over the years, scientific institutions and conservation groups gravitated to this rich environment to establish laboratories, preserves, rescues, and aquariums dedicated to studying and protecting its diversity of life. We know most travelers escape to the coast to while away time on the beach, but we also know that such experiences take on greater meaning with a little educational insight. Here we’ve put together a science-by-the-sea road trip—a syllabus for discovering the most scintillating of salty facts.

A Visit to Marfa Brings Stylish, Otherworldly Experiences in the Tumbleweeds of West Texas

April 25, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

That’s what attracted renowned Manhattan artist Donald Judd to Marfa in the ’70s. His large-scale installations, which meld sculpture and nature on an old Army base renamed The Chinati Foundation, made this far West Texas town a destination for the international art crowd. But in recent years, “The Capital of Quirkiness” (as CBS’ 60 Minutes dubbed it in 2013) has broadened its appeal to “bucket list” millennials and tourists who might think Donald Judd was Wynonna’s pop. A fascination for Hollywood in recent years, Marfa also enjoys frequent coverage in The New York Times—which ran at least eight stories with a Marfa dateline in the past two years (including four in the paper’s fashion supplement). All this attention has helped convert this tiny town with its own NPR station into the San Francisco of the Texas desert.

El Paso’s Downtown Resurgence

March 20, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

Way out at the western tip of Texas—more than 500 miles from any other major Texas city—percolates El Paso, the northern side of one of the world’s biggest border communities.

A Weekend in Weatherford

February 13, 2018 | By Amanda Ogle

For a small-town girl like me, big-city living can feel a bit stuffy. That’s why I call Weatherford home: It’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas-Fort Worth to evoke that small-town feel, yet close enough for the occasional “big city” dinner. 

Lufkin Finds Its Groove

January 12, 2018 | By Jennifer Babisak

I remember learning the thrill of the road trip as a child. Back then, my parents would load us up in the wee hours of the morning to trek hundreds of miles across Texas or to far-flung parts of the U.S.

Dog-Friendly Trails, Restaurants, and Lodging in Central Texas

December 14, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

When that road-trip itch needs scratching, I can always count on one friend to join me: my big mutt Max.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit at SeaWorld San Antonio

November 9, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Around this time of year (and only this time of year), I start to miss the snow.

A Weekend in Pittsburg

October 15, 2017 | By Wes Ferguson

In Pittsburg, the hot links are plump, mermaids abound far from the sea, and a Baptist preacher invented a flying contraption that got off the ground a full year before the Wright Brothers made their famous first flight.

Discover McAllen’s (Valley-style) urban charms

September 19, 2017 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

For many fellow Texans from “up north,” the Rio Grande Valley might be synonymous with birds, beaches, and grapefruit groves.

Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Capital – Tyler

August 9, 2017 | By Paul McDonnold

With a waggle of his pen, U.S. President John Tyler signed a bill to bring Texas into the United States in 1845.

Smithville the next Marfa?

July 18, 2017 | By Michael Corcoran

Steve Simmons and his wife, Amy, the Austin ice cream queen, bought a ranch in the Smithville area 10 years ago to get away from the hustle.

Sips, bites and, cheers with Texas pro soccer super fans

June 14, 2017 | By Phil West

I experienced 10 of the most exciting minutes of soccer I’ve ever seen in my life—and I watch a lot of soccer—inside Frisco’s Toyota Stadium on a cool November night in 2015.

Small-Town Stories

May 14, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Wharton is the kind of town that invites you to relax on a wraparound porch with an old friend, sip an iced tea—or something stronger—and reveal some secrets.

Panhandle Passage

April 18, 2017 | By Shelley Armitage

This trail is as old as the bison routes, I’m told, from back when the shaggy beasts once blackened the plains along the northern Llano Estacado.

On Top of the World

March 20, 2017 | By Giles Lambertson

In the Hill Country northwest of Uvalde, rocky escarpments cut an irregular edge across the horizon.

Wake Up to Waxahachie

February 23, 2017 | By June Naylor

Growing up less than an hour’s drive from Waxahachie, I’ve always been familiar with the historic town just south of Dallas.

The Brooklyn of Texas

January 12, 2017 | By MIchael Corcoran

It’s not a suburb, but a borough. Not an extension, but a separate township, at least spiritually.

Beyond Pecans

December 16, 2016 | By Sofia Sokolove

As my friend and I pull into the parking lot of the newly renovated Dofflemyer Hotel in downtown San Saba, the first thing we notice is a weathered mural across the street from the parking lot on the whitewashed back wall of R.B.

Festive Frontier

November 13, 2016 | By E. Dan Klepper

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 Festival.

The Early Bird’s Reward

October 14, 2016 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

When nature enthusiasts think of the Rio Grande Valley, they most often picture the glimmering resacas and moss-hung forests of destinations like the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

Performance Aplenty

September 16, 2016 | By Heather Brand

Houston’s history as a theater town dates to the early years after the Texas Revolution. By 1838, even before the first church had been built, the city already had two competing theater companies.

Trinity Tales

August 1, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

From my seat on the shaded patio at Woodshed Smokehouse, the view takes in a wall of leafy green trees and rippling water that glimmers in the sun.

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