issue-2014

Take Comfort

September 15, 2014 | By Helen Anders

Shoppers browse clothing racks inside a 19th-Century drugstore. Diners feast in a repurposed post office that was built in 1910.

Tea Time in Lufkin

September 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

Aware that social graces are slipping the way of 140-character messages and strings of acronyms, I decide that my daughters (ages 7 and 3) need a preemptive strike of civility.

LSA Burger Tunes In

September 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

While Austin has dubbed itself the “live music capital of the world,” Denton—home to the University of North Texas’ renowned College of Music—quietly plays on as a world-class incubator of musical talent.

Start it Up!

September 11, 2014 | By June Naylor

On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Trinity Groves, the spectacularly busy dining and retail development at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas, the mood is that of a holiday in the park.

Alligator Alley

September 11, 2014 | By Helen Anders

Big Al looks as though he might be dozing at the edge of his murky pond.

Viva Luis!

September 11, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

The eyes of five-year-old Luis Jiménez filled with wonder the day in 1945 he stood before the dramatic works of los tres grandes muralistas—Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—at Mexico City’s Museo de Bellas Artes.

Sowing Seeds

September 11, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

Nestled between the lush farmland and booming wineries along US 290 east of Fredericksburg, Wildseed Farms might have caught your eye as you breezed past; it’s that splash of brightness visible through the low brown wooden fencing.

Underground Wonderland

September 10, 2014 | By Helen Anders

As the smallest of the college students exploring a Hill Country cave on March 27, 1960, 19-year-old Orion Knox found himself elected to wriggle first into a previously unexplored crevice.

Under the Comanche Moon

September 9, 2014 | By E. Dan Klepper

Who, on Earth, can resist the allure of a full moon? Twelve nights each year, we gaze into the sky as the lunar satellite casts cold light on the planet.

Days of Yesterland

September 9, 2014 | By Kelly Bell

The porcine contestants are named Frankenswine, Ricky Pigcardo, Lusqueal Ball, Elvis Porksy, and Shaquille O’Squeal. (Kevin Bacon was sidelined with Swine Flu.)

Second Spring

September 9, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

We Texans are accustomed to defending the beauty of the state’s fall color.

Daytripper: State Fair

September 9, 2014 | By Chet Garner

There’s no denying that Texans know how to throw a party. Whether it’s SXSW in Austin or The Great Texas Mosquito Festival in Clute, we do it right.

Road Rules

September 8, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Autumn is my favorite season for a roadtrip. Obviously, cooler weather factors into my affection. Also, smaller crowds make for broader landscapes.

On the Road with Texas Highways

September 3, 2014 | By E. Dan Klepper

The duty as well as the pleasure of Texas Highways’ photography is to guide you to the small and silent, as well as the big and bold, and then suggest what your own experience might be like.

To the Bat Cave!

August 1, 2014 | By Michael Marks

I’m thinking to myself, “That cave doesn’t look big enough for all those bats.”

The Fringe of Footwear

August 1, 2014 | By Matt Joyce

Nevena Christi points to a label painted on a brick wall inside the El Paso workshop of Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots.

Water, Water Everywhere

July 14, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

It is nearly dusk on the lower Guadalupe, one of those incomparable evenings when skies are clear, humidity is low and the only insects in sight are lightning bugs.

In the Creative Moment

July 11, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

The artist, inventor, architect, and teacher Buck Winn first beheld the hills of Wimberley in the late 1930s.

Sisterdale’s Secrets

July 11, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

If Ottmar von Behr had gotten his way 155 years ago, Sisterdale would look a whole lot different than the tiny town it turned out to be.

A Juicy Tale

July 11, 2014 | By Anthony Head

No matter what task he’s engaged in—slicing limes, shaking cocktails, restocking the three-tiered tequila case—bartender Robert Varela pivots from what he’s doing behind the bar at San Antonio’s Frutería Botanero to greet guests with a welcoming bellow, “Bienvenido.

Cowboy Cloy

July 11, 2014 | By Rob Curran

If there were a rite of passage into the Texan tribe, surely it would be the 72-ounce steak challenge at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo.

Cue it Up!

July 10, 2014 | By Randy Mallory

When out-of-town guests visit me in Tyler, and their mouths water for barbecue, my choice, hands down, is Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q.

Daytripper: Arlington

July 10, 2014 | By Chet Garner

Many visit Arlington seeking the high-flying screams of a roller-coaster or the decibel-busting cheers of the home crowds.

An Interwoven Legacy

July 10, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

Most Texans with deep roots in the state treasure the contributions their ancestors made to its unique history.

The Garden of Yes

July 10, 2014 | By Andrea Abel

Luci Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, admits that her love of nature came later in life, despite her mother’s devotion to protecting and restoring native plants.

A Souvenir at the Alamo: Crockett’s Coonskin Cap

July 10, 2014 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Alamo. Utter those words and nearly every Texan sees in their mind an iconic image: rugged and defiant Davy Crockett wearing buckskins and a coonskin cap.

Possum Kingdom Reborn

July 10, 2014 | By June Naylor

Winding around a curve on Park Road 36 on the way to the eastern shores of Possum Kingdom Lake, I breathe a sigh of relief.

The Unexpected Journey

July 10, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

I am a planner. I arrive hours early for flights, almost that early for doctor’s appointments and even —much to my child’s annoyance — movies.

Big Bend, Big Picture

February 2, 2014 | By Charles Lohrmann

In this issue, Texas Highways celebrates the Big Bend region, where legend and lore demand a larger-than-life share of our collective imagination.

Lilo Goes West

February 1, 2014 | By Barbara Rodriguez

Babs Rodriguez recalls her German mother-in-law’s Big Bend epiphanies. Here’s the full story from the February 2014 issue of Texas Highways:

Silver Rush

February 1, 2014 | By Kristy Alpert

I step out of the jewelry store into the sun, quite pleased with my new purchase—a pair of silver teardrop earrings that now dangle delicately from my earlobes.

Aviation Amusement

February 1, 2014 | By Anthony Head

The 1920s was an exciting decade for American aviation: Barnstormers flew from town to town showing off their daredevil tricks; pioneering pilots set speed and distance records, then quickly broke them; and some of the first passenger airlines tested the skies.

These Pickles Are Worth Relishing

February 1, 2014 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

Most antiques stores discourage eating while shopping. Carousel Antiques and Fickle Pickles in Boerne is different.

Drinking in the Details

February 1, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

I’m bellied up to the oval mesquite bar at El Monumento restaurant in Georgetown, waiting for my perfect negroni—an astringently bittersweet concoction whose murky history places its first appearance in Italy around 1919—as bartender and resident hooch historian Jeremy Corn conducts an abridged version of his monthly “Mixology 101” class.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

February 1, 2014 | By Eric Pohl

Staring wide-eyed at neatly stacked rows of chocolate truffles, blocks of creamy fudge, and chocolate-dipped pretzels, I’m in awe.

Gliding the skies over Marfa

February 1, 2014 | By

So there I was, 2,000 feet above the ground without an engine or parachute, relying solely upon the wind and a man I had just met to keep me from plummeting to my doom.

Back to the Frontier

February 1, 2014 | By E. Dan Klepper

Earlier this winter, an ice storm swept across the state, arriving in full force along an imaginary line that once served as the western boundary of the Texas frontier.

A Taste of Alsace

February 1, 2014 | By Bob McCulolough

Every time I roll into Castroville, a town of some 3,000 people about 20 miles west of San Antonio, I can count on satisfying my appetite for a tasty slice of European ambiance.

Daytripper: Fort Davis

February 1, 2014 | By

In the Davis Mountains of West Texas lies a small town that evokes equal parts frontier days and space age.

Big Bend Events You Won’t Want to Miss

February 1, 2014 | By

Don’t let the still, ancient expanses of the Chihuahuan Desert fool you—there’s a lot happening out here, from cultured art festivals to white-knuckle car racing.

Port A Getaway

March 1, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

My family spends a weekend in Port Aransas at least once a year, a tradition since the kids, now 16, 18, and 21, were babies.

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