Lubbock Lights

December 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

For many Lubbock-area residents, the holidays officially begin when they make the trek to Texas Tech for the university’s annual Carol of Lights, an evening event that has brought the community together for more than a half-century.

An Artful Life

December 1, 2010 | By Gene Fowler

Marion Koogler McNay left her heart in San Antonio. Twice. The first time, in 1917 at Alamo Plaza, she bade farewell to her first husband, Don Denton McNay, who, by most accounts, was the love of her life.

TGIP: Thank God It’s Pie Day!

December 1, 2010 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

The American Pie Council—Dutiful guardian of all things pie—has graciously given us an official occasion to indulge by designating Jan.

New Adventures in Old La Grange

December 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

On long trips, I like to break up the drive by exploring a small town along the way.

Flights of Fancy

December 1, 2010 | By E. Dan Klepper

South Texas offers the best birding opportunities in the state. Hundreds of species pass through the region during their seasonal migrations, making South Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley in particular, a great spring and fall destination for birding enthusiasts. 

How We Define Success

December 1, 2010 | By Charles J. Lohrmann

As we analyze the success of Texas Highways, the first measures are always the reactions and opinions of the magazine’s readers.

Marfa Light

December 1, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Even though Marfa’s population is small (2,400), the ideas are grand in this Big-Bend-region hideout, and like other “art towns,” Marfa can be mystifying for the newcomer.

Make Waves This Winter

December 1, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Last November, when a group of adventuresome friends suggested a Thanksgiving trip to Port Aransas, I jumped at the chance to enjoy a beachfront holiday with long walks in the still-warm surf, leisurely bicycle rides accompanied by squawking gulls, and beachcombing for shells and random sea-tumbled treasures.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Houston’s Menil Collection

December 1, 2010 | By John Davidson

The best treasures are often hidden, and sometimes the best place to hide them is in plain sight.

Holiday Lights: Glimmer, Glitter, Glow

December 1, 2010 | By Dan Oko

Even in mild Texas winters, there’s something about the shorter days of the season that makes the human soul long for more light.

Home Field Vantage

October 23, 2010 | By

“When 1was in junior high, Wink was playing Pecos and the teams got into a big fight.

By the Book

October 23, 2010 | By

As I drove over big Cypress Bayou last January, the Spanish moss-draped trees ahead seemed to part like a curtain across a stage, creating an illusion of mystique and magic.

New Twist On Maya Meaning

October 23, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum stands ready to present significant advances in the collective understanding of and appreciation for Maya art.


October 23, 2010 | By Haley Dawson

As a new bowling craze sweeps the nation, an impressive venue that celebrates the sport has rolled into Texas. 

Here’s the Beef

September 22, 2010 | By Sheri Alzeerah

Home to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and its famous 72-oz.-steak challenge, Amarillo certainly knows its beef.

Just Desserts

September 22, 2010 | By

As a pastry chef for the past several years, most recently at FINO Restaurant Patio and Bar and Asti Trattoria in Austin, I’ve obsessed over the height
of my meringue, the precision of my mint chiffonnade, and the chewiness of my coconut macaroons.

If You Bake It, They Will Come

September 22, 2010 | By Nola McKey

Situated on the rocky slops of the South Concho River Valley, five miles southwest of Christoval, the Mount Carmel Hermitage seems an unlikely tourist destination.

Chasing Butterflies, Catching Stars

September 22, 2010 | By RAE NADLER-OLENICK

When I learned that millions of migrating monarch butterflies move through West Texas each October, I had to see for myself.

Desserts First

September 22, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Dallas and Houston more in common than most people think at first glance-world-class museums, international business cultures, and thriving restaurant scenes, for starters.

Donald Judd

September 22, 2010 | By Gene Fowler

“Dear Mom, Van Horn Texas. 12600 population. Nice town beautiful country mountains Love, Don.”
Thus telegrammed a young soldier, heading west by bus from Alabama to Los Angeles, bound for Korea, on December 17, 1946.

Which Wine Goes With That?

September 22, 2010 | By Haley Dawson

On Saturday, October 23, foodies and wine enthusiasts can enjoy the artistry of more than 20 Texas wineries along with offerings of nearly 50 food and arts vendors sprawling across Fredericksburg’s Market Square.

Sculpture in the Raw

September 22, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Even though sculptor James Magee continues to create the expressive sculptural forms that have attracted a regional West Texas following for four decades, a current Dallas exhibit of his art “will come to many as a wondrous surprise,” explains Nasher Sculpture Center Curator Jed Morse, describing the installation of Magee’s work in this Dallas museum gallery, Magee’s first public exhibit in almost 20 years.

You Say You Want A Revolution?

September 22, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Even though enthusiastic groups of Texas patriots annually engender colorful and noisy commemorations of the state’s War for Independence, this year’s celebration—the 175th anniversary-promises to create even more boisterous Texas spirit.

Flashes of Color

September 22, 2010 | By Roland "Ro" Wauer

It was a spectacular fall morning in Hidalgo! The sun had just begun to illuminate the yellow-flowering esperanza shrubs at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse when the first few butterflies appeared.

Viva Italia!

August 21, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Founded in 1881 to serve as a hub for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway, Temple today still harbors numerous examples of 19th- and 20th-Century architecture, especially downtown.

Texas Ranch Life

August 21, 2010 | By June Naylor

Taking a few friends with me to enjoy one of my favorite parts of the state, I drive about an hour northwest of Houston, deep into the undulating countryside, to the Lonesome Pine Ranch in Austin County.

Cinema Under The Stars

August 21, 2010 | By Haley Dawson

Surrounded on three sides by the Franklin Mountains, El Paso’s McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater offers an exciting twist on date night this fall with its second annual Movies in the Canyon event.

A Sky-High Specticle

August 21, 2010 | By Sheri Alzeerah

Air travel has a whole new meaning. llluminating the Texas sky with a kaleidoscope of bold color and striking shapes, 75 hot-air balloons will take to the air during the 31st Annual Plano Balloon Festival on September 17-19.

Greetings From (Just Off) I-35

August 21, 2010 | By Anthony Head

I spend a lot of time driving on Interstate 35, especially between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The Joy of French Cooking

August 20, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

I’m fascinated by how dining trends have shaped what I know about geography, history, language, and other foundations of culture.

America’s Singing Breakman

August 20, 2010 | By Rob McCorkle

Imagine the commotion that would erupt if B.B. King, Eric Clapton, or Willie Nelson sat on a bench in downtown Blanco or Marfa and started playing.

Fests Up! Fall 2010

August 20, 2010 | By

Find things to do in our Events Database.
In Texas, fall doesn’t always mean brisk breezes and cooler temperatures.

Angel Wings and Coral Trees: Caverns of Sonora

August 20, 2010 | By Rae Nadler-Olenick

Some caves scatter their treasures over many miles of underground passageways. Not so the Caverns of Sonora in southwest Sutton County, which displays its beautiful, varied crystalline formations in a compact setting.

Whirring Dervishes

August 3, 2010 | By Clifford E. Shackelford, Madge M. Lindsay, and C. Mark Klym

Hummingbirds are among the most fascinating creatures in the natural world. Although some other species of birds are able to hover, none do it with the masterful ability of a hummingbird.

Exploring Downtown Dallas

August 3, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

I’ve been hearing exciting news about changes in downtown Dallas and the city’s neighboring Arts District, and on a recent weekend trip to see developments firsthand, I witnessed evidence of a spirited urban renaissance.

Altitude Adjustment: Fort Davis

August 2, 2010 | By E. Dan Klepper

From under the porch shade of a peaceful, secluded, rock-faced getaway near Fort  Davis, the fading sunlight tangles with pastures and palisades, rising and falling along the mountain topography.

Around the Horn

August 1, 2010 | By Marty Lange

“The Rajah” ruled. Sporting the second-best lifetime batting average (.358) in the history of Major League Baseball, surpassed only by that of Ty Cobb, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963) remains one of the diamond’s elite stars.

Vegan in Cowtown?

August 1, 2010 | By Jane Wu

I am not a vegan, though I’m not much of a meat-eater, either. So I empathize with the challenges vegans and vegetarians face when dining out, especially in the heart of cattle country.

PK Away!

August 1, 2010 | By Jill Lawless

Simple pleasures in a grand setting. Sculpting sand on a broad beach. Exploring winding, wooded mountain trails.

Abstracts from the Americas

August 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

An innovative exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum features 85 works by more than 65 abstract artists from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States.

All Access Pass

August 1, 2010 | By Jane Sumner

Between the day he became president in November 1963, and the day he left the White House five years later, Lyndon Johnson returned to the Hill Country 74 times.

Museums and Architecture

August 1, 2010 | By Charles J. Lohrmann

Not long ago, in a conversation with Charles and Dominique Inge in Granbury, Dominique mentioned Goethe’s notion that architecture is “frozen music.” Since then, I’ve wondered about that poetic definition of architecture and considered the mysterious effects, both abstract and literal, that a building’s design can exert.

Hot Spot

August 1, 2010 | By Jane Wu

Some folks can’t get enough of the heat—even in August—when it comes to salsa picante.

Dive In!

August 1, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Under water, light behaves differently; colors sparkle, then fade. Sounds magnify and distort. Liquid cradles a body accustomed to mere air.

Where the Chefs Eat

June 24, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Ever since I discovered the culinary adventures to be found on Houston’s Bellaire Boulevard, Long Point Road, and other Houston streets where the city’s international influences collide, I’ve made it a point to seek out the city’s small, independent, ethnic  restaurants.

The National Museum of the Pacific War

June 22, 2010 | By Joe Sherfy

Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings.

Some Like It Hot

June 22, 2010 | By Steven Schwartzman

While Texans usually make a beeline indoors (or to the nearest swimming hole) on sweltering summer days, some of our native wildflowers revel in the heat.

Good Times = Good Works

June 22, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

The ferry bumped to a stop at the San José Island dock, and I filed off with 30 or so other passengers.

Ship Shape

June 15, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Corpus Christi’s Naval Station Ingleside will take on the appearance of an historic port of call as four tall sailing ships hailing from four countries in the Western Hemisphere arrive in early July.

Presenting the Presidio

June 15, 2010 | By Nola McKey

It’s a new day for the Presidio La Bahía, a National Historic Landmark near Goliad. Despite the Presidio’s importance—historians consider it the world’s finest example of a Spanish frontier fort—the site has lacked the resources to showcase its rich history until recently.

Wild About the Springs

June 15, 2010 | By Marty Lange

Water, water everywhere. The Central Texas community of Lampasas boasts Hancock, Hanna, and Cooper springs and hundreds of other smaller springs, not to mention Sulphur Creek, which runs through town.

Independence Day in Belton

June 15, 2010 | By Marty Lange

Belton knows how to throw a birthday party for America. The celebration starts with a barbecue at Yettie Polk Park on Wednesday, June 30, followed by Rodeo Belton at the Bell County Expo Center July 1-3; a carnival runs concurrently at Confederate Park.

A Wildlife Rendezvous

June 15, 2010 | By Pam LeBlanc

A giraffe lowers its head from the treetops, unfurling an 18-inch purple tongue and delicately plucking a pellet of food from my hand.

All the Right Notes

June 6, 2010 | By Tim Schuller

Sighting the Texas Musician’s Museum, two blocks north of Hillsboro’s restored courthouse, gave me the metabolic mellow-down that comes when you disembark from the city into the country.

Where the Birds Are

June 6, 2010 | By Nola McKey

At the Hummer House B&B on the Brown Ranch, near  Christoval, if you snooze, you lose.

Beaching on the Cheap

June 1, 2010 | By E. Dan Klepper

I confess. I am a dreamer. A grasshopper in an anthill world. Each month, as soon as I pay the bills, I take the money left over and go hiking or mountain biking.

Cottages by the Sea

June 1, 2010 | By Helen Bryant

Our mental images of “a cottage by the sea” may vary, but the idea of a bungalow with gumbo simmering in the kitchen and a little sand on the floor, tracked in after a day at the beach, appeals to many of us.

The Caverns of Sonora

June 1, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Even though the fantastic geological formations inside the Caverns of Sonora are the primary attraction, consider also that the cave is cool in the summer: a steady 71 degrees.

Goodbye to a River Turns 50

June 1, 2010 | By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

With a dachshund on his lap, tarp-covered supplies at his feet, and a wooden paddle in hand, writer John Graves launched his canvas canoe from a muddy riverbank just below Possum Kingdom Lake one gray afternoon in November 1957.

Happiness Comes in Waves: South Padre Island

June 1, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Every time I walk on the beach—listening to the roar of the ocean, watching quarter-size ghost crabs skitter into the surf, admiring the agile antics of dive-bombing pelicans—I can’t help but ponder the planet’s complexity and magnitude. 

What’s Brewing in Houston?

June 1, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

When beer-lover and Rice University graduate Brock Wagner decided to leave his career in investment banking, he turned to his off-hours avocation: brewing and drinking beer.

Fine Dining, Elevated

June 1, 2010 | By Steven Lindsey

The magnificent Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, at the top of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, has been my go-to choice for fine dining and entertaining guests since it opened in February 2009—not just for the spectacular food, but also for the drama of dining 560 feet above the city.

Honoring Juneteenth

June 1, 2010 | By Marty Lange

A national holiday honoring African American heritage claims origins in Texas. Though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, enforcement of the executive order didn’t materialize in the Lone Star State until Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston on June 18, 1865.

The Lure of the Coast

June 1, 2010 | By Charles J. Lohnnann

“The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea.” I’ll settle on the third of writer Isak Dinesen’s salty cures: the sea, with a nod to the coast in general.

Easy Embarcadero

June 1, 2010 | By Heather Brand Schatz

Strolling along The Strand, the main thoroughfare of Galveston’s historic downtown, I get the overwhelming impression that I’ve somehow traveled back to the 1800s.

Taste: Triple Delight of Tres Leches

April 22, 2010 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Growing up, I watched the women in my family labor over homemade tortillas every morning, and during the holiday season, they took cooking to a whole other level with the tedious process of making tamales. 

The Gruene Scene

April 20, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

The Central Texas hamlet of Gruene—first settled in the mid-1840s and now a vibrant tourist destination—celebrates year round, as anyone who wanders into its famous 1880s dance hall or tubes its lazy stretch of the Guadalupe River can attest.

Attwater’s Prairie-Chickens

April 20, 2010 | By Margaret Shakespeare

An hour’s drive due west of downtown Houston, on Interstate 10, the suburbs finally begin to give way to open space.

Houston Play-Date

April 20, 2010 | By Kitty Crider

Covering more than 600 square miles, Houston is so large that it could hold New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami simultaneously inside its boundaries.

Springs Odyssey

April 20, 2010 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Springs feed the life force for humans (and other living things) throughout Texas, and  have done so ever since … well, ever since there have been humans in Texas.

Round Top: Setting the Stage

April 20, 2010 | By Heather Brand Schatz

In the fertile, rolling hills southwest of Brenham, the village of Round Top (pop. 77) possesses the reliable charms of many small Texas towns, including family-owned restaurants that specialize in pies and pastries, cozy B&Bs, and plentiful shopping.

Character Study

April 20, 2010 | By Gene Fowler

The Texas legacy of Sam Houston (17931863) is rooted in an undeniable string of accomplishments and successes.

Artful Escape

April 20, 2010 | By Nora McKey

It’s a good bet that the former residents of the three-acre  site at Martin Luther King Drive and West 25th Street in San Angelo wouldn’t recognize their old scratching grounds.

Distinctive Destination

April 20, 2010 | By Nola McKey

Set on the banks of the Colorado River, Bastrop has long charmed visitors with its natural beauty and picturesque down-town.


April 17, 2010 | By

Not ready to bake your own tres leches cake? Look to your local panaderias (Mexican bakeries).

Field of Screens: Texas Drive-ins

April 13, 2010 | By Mary O. Parker

Anticipation fills the air as movie-goers at Midland’s Big Sky Drive-In Theatre wait for the sun to go down and the screen to light up.

Revisiting a Texas Treasure

April 6, 2010 | By Nola McKey

Since its beginning in 1968 as the Texas Exhibits Hall for San Antonio’s HemisFair, the Institute of Texan Cultures has showcased the artifacts, photographs, and stories of diverse groups reflected in the state’s heritage, from Paleoindians to Polish-Americans.

Object Lesson

April 6, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Thanks to the nearly 20 museums, galleries, and other attractions in Houston’s lively Museum District, visitors can immerse themselves in topics as diverse as weather, butterflies, art, and design from around the world.

Buy a Piece of the Grove

April 6, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

It is rare to find an entire town on the market. But such an opportunity is coming up because The Grove is on the auction block: Its general store, blacksmith shop, and saloon—and all their contents—will be offered to the highest bidder during an event set for the weekend of April 23-24.

Nature Near Downtown

April 6, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

I take a boardwalk over a stream of shallow, tea-colored water and follow the trail to a small wooded area.

Meat Mecca: Joe Cotten’s Barbecue

April 1, 2010 | By Helen Bryant

At 3 p.m. on a Wednesday, I find the parking lot at Joe Cotten’s Barbecue in Robstown (founded in 1947 and home of arguably the best barbecue in South Texas) crowded with pickup trucks.

Lone Star Wildflowers

April 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A multi-purpose manual to help you appreciate the state’s wildflower bounty—coming soon to a roadside near you—consider picking up a copy of Lone Star Wild flowers: A Guide to Texas Flowering Plants.

Adventures in Cooking

April 1, 2010 | By Kate Hull

UNTIL RECENTLY, COOKING FEARLESSLY IN MY kitchen meant adding a few chopped vegetables to tomato sauce.

A Day in the Park

April 1, 2010 | By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

stepped inside the Lory Landing- a netted enclosure at the San Antonio Zoo when four dozen rainbow-hued, squawking lories alight around us.

A Fresh Spin on Fayetteville

March 30, 2010 | By Ian Dille

It’s six o’clock on a Saturday evening in Fayetteville, and Clovis Heimsath is spontaneously holding court in the lobby of his Country Place Hotel, a 1900 mercantile remodeled into a country inn.

Green Thinking: Planet-friendly destinations

March 23, 2010 | By Helen Bryant

As travelers strive to tread more lightly on the planet, more and more hotels, resorts, restaurants, parks, and attractions are plotting their course on the green map, going the extra mile to consume less and conserve more.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Heart of the Hill Country

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

From Lampasas, take FM 580 west about 20 miles to Bend. Along the way, you may see delicate white windflowers, yellow tansy-mustard, and prairie penstemon.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Nueces River Valley

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Start in Brackettville with a visit to Fort Clark, a cavalry post built in 1852 near Las Moras Springs.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Upper Coast

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

From Beaumont, head north on US 96 about 10 miles to Village Creek State Park. This heavily wooded preserve occupies a bend of its name-sake creek, a free-flowing stream that offers a flat-water canoe float through the heart of the Big Thicket to the Neches River.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Llano Estacado

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Canadian River winds through the windswept Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains, in the Texas Panhandle north of Amarillo.

Trips to Bountiful 2010

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

After an unusually cold, wet, and blustery winter, spring couldn’t come soon enough to Texas this year.

Wine + Chocolate + Barbecue

March 10, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

From April 23-25, dozens of winemakers and chefs come together at the Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap for the 5th annual Wine and Food Summit.

Dallas Delights

March 10, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Before Dallas’ North Central Expressway bisected the city in 1950, Greenville Avenue—now flanked with homes and businesses—served as the primary auto route from the northern reaches into downtown.

City by the Sea

March 8, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

At the height of World War II, Japanese propagandists gave the Lexington its nickname “The Blue Ghost.” (Photo by J.

New Braunfels: Unwind Time

March 8, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Natural wonders enhance Old-World charm in a small-town setting

Spirit of 66

March 1, 2010 | By June Naylor

Route 66 first enticed adventure-seekers on a transcontinental journey from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1926.

Now Open

March 1, 2010 | By Janice Van Dyke Walden

Seeing the San Bernard River flow unimpeded to the Gulf of Mexico is something of a miracle.

Call of the Wild

March 1, 2010 | By Stephen Taylor

Perhaps no native son of Texas ever claimed a more globetrotting sense of adventure than Frank Buck (1884-1950).

Made in Texas

March 1, 2010 | By

“Just how do they do that?” we asked. And that question was about everything from Mary Kay cosmetics in Addison to Nokona baseball gloves up north in, you guessed it, Nocona.

Going Whole Hog

March 1, 2010 | By Jessica Dupuy

These days, despite a growing interest in buying local produce and meats, few people remember when meals depended on garden vegetables, the eggs from the chicken coop, and meat from a recent hunt. 

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