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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.

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.

No Stone Unturned

January 29, 2010 | By Dale Weisman

I must have rocks in my head to be out in the scorching Big Bend sun, teetering on a steep talus slope on Needle Peak, dodging thorny lechuguilla and prickly pear while searching for pom-pom agates and chalcedony pseudomorphs.

Strings Attatched

January 27, 2010 | By Kate Hull

THOUSANDS OF STEEL guitar players and other music-lovers will head to Irving’s Sheraton Grand Hotel March 11-14 for the Texas Steel Guitar Association’s 26th Annual Steel Guitar Jamboree.

Child’s Play

January 27, 2010 | By Jennifer Babisak

AS A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG children, I’m always on the lookout for activities that combine play-time with disguised education.

Driving FM 170

January 21, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Steering through a sweeping downhill curve in the winding, two-lane highway that runs within sight of the Rio Grande, I’m surprised to encounter football-sized rocks littering the pavement and quickly swerve to avoid them.

Oh, Henry!

January 17, 2010 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

Short-story writer O. Henry (1862-1910), a keen observer of human nature with an affinity for irony and tragicomic plot twists, drew inspiration from the people and situations he encountered in his own tumultuous life.

We are Marshall

January 17, 2010 | By Anthony Head

The world’s problems are solved daily at Prospero’s Books in Marshall. At least that’s what Damon Falke tells me one morning as I peruse the new and used volumes on a recent visit to this appealing literary refuge tucked into a bright storefront in Marshall’s historic downtown.

Youngblood’s Stockyard Cafe

January 17, 2010 | By June Naylor

At first glance, Youngblood’s Stockyard Café in Amarillo appears to be your everyday rural coffee shop.

Wittliff Collections: Exploring the Galleries

January 17, 2010 | By Nola McKey

To fully appreciate the diverse offerings of The Wittliff Collections, visitors first need to know that the handsome, 4,080-square-foot archive has two major components—the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.

The Wittliff Collections: Sharing a Spirit of Place

January 17, 2010 | By Jan Reid

On the seventh floor of the Alkek Library in the middle of Texas State University, I take in windowed views of the spring-fed San Marcos River and the hilly, wooded alma mater of Lyndon Johnson, and then I walk through a place that always feels like a piece of home.

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

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