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The Science—and Luck—of the Two Upcoming Eclipses in Texas

September 27, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

A Decade After the Tragic Explosion, the Central Texas Town of West Rebuilds Community

March 28, 2023 | By Kathleen Kaska

Fast-Growing New Braunfels Holds Onto Its German Heritage and River Recreation

December 29, 2022 | By Omar L. Gallaga

A Guide to the State Symbols of Texas

November 9, 2022 | By John O. Lumpkin

An Ode to the Native Chile Pequin, the ‘Mother of All Peppers’

September 29, 2022 | By Cat Cardenas

Texas Small Towns to Visit Now (From 2022)

July 28, 2022 | By

Beer Salt Is a Texas Tradition, Y’all

May 26, 2022 | By Anthony Head

Where Does the Texas Hill Country Actually End?

April 28, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

See Texas’ First Airplane at Midland International Airport

March 24, 2022 | By Julia Jones

How to Find Wildflowers Year-Round Across the State

February 24, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Wildflower season isn’t just a spring thing

How to Start a Vegetable Garden in Texas

December 23, 2021 | By June Naylor

Where to Find Tamales in Texas This Holiday Season

December 6, 2021 | By Laurel Miller

We’ve rounded up the best delivery and take-away tamales and tamale-making classes around the state so you can celebrate Christmas deliciously.

Everything You Need to Know About Texas State Historical Markers

November 24, 2021 | By Julia Jones

How Texas’ Refugee Population Has Enriched Our Culinary Community

October 28, 2021 | By Kayla Stewart

The Texas Travel Industry Is Making A Comeback

October 28, 2021 | By Michael Hardy

The Return of Texas’ Live Music Scene

September 23, 2021 | By

What the Heck is Pickleball?

September 22, 2021 | By Bryan C. Parker

Dreamland will host the league’s inaugural season starting in November, positioning Texas as the heart of the sport’s rapid rise.

The Cowboy Spirit Is a Way of Life for These Texas Jews

August 26, 2021 | By Dina Gachman

Editor’s Note: Horsin’ Around

August 26, 2021 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Once, when Maddie Ferguson was riding her horse at a rodeo in Bowie, she overheard a young girl exclaim to her mom, “Oh my gosh, she’s a real cowgirl!” The 18-year-old Nocona High School graduate, pictured on the cover and above with her horse, Boonie, doesn’t mind the moniker.

When It Comes to Czech Culture, Abbott Native Lauren Gerik Takes the Kolache

August 18, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

Wilber, Nebraska, may call itself the “Czech Capital of the U.S.,” but the queen of Czech-American culture makes her home right here in Central Texas.

9 Unusual Ice Cream Flavors to Try in Texas This Summer

August 13, 2021 | By Cynthia J. Drake

The resulting treats create buzz for these brands, and occasionally become long-standing customer favorites.

The Evolution of Texas Film, by Decade

July 29, 2021 | By Morgan O'Neal

5 Small-Town Grocery Stores to Shop During Your Next Road Trip

July 26, 2021 | By Jill Coody Smits

These markets carry everything you might need for a successful stay, whether it’s in a lakeside cabin in East Texas or a rustic teepee in West Texas.

Unveiling the Stories of Black State Senators in Post-Civil War Texas

June 24, 2021 | By Michael Hurd

Roadside Oddity: The Return of Alley Oop Day and Fantasy Land in Iraan

June 2, 2021 | By John Nova Lomax

Back in the spring of 1964, West Texans in towns like Iraan were in something of an existential crisis.

How the Watermelon Queen Cultivated Appreciation for Texas Farmers

May 27, 2021 | By Heather Brand

Round Rock Native Takes City’s Soccer Club Semi-Pro

April 30, 2021 | By Bryan C. Parker

Round Rock Soccer Club, founded in 2017, launched in the United Premier Soccer League, one of many developmental soccer leagues. But after impressing the United Soccer Leagues organization, the team joins USL League Two, a semi-pro league below Major League Soccer, for the upcoming season.

24 Hours in the Life of Buc-ee’s, Texas’ Beloved Gas Station

April 29, 2021 | By Michael J. Mooney

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.

A Sixth-Generation Texan Searches for the Meaning of Home

March 25, 2021 | By Dina Gachman

The Hunt for the Lost Treasures of Texas

March 25, 2021 | By Peter Warren

How Farmers Are Responding to the Skyrocketing Demand for Crawfish Across the State

March 25, 2021 | By MM Pack

See the Beauty of Texas in a Kaleidoscope of Colors

March 25, 2021 | By Theresa DiMenno

Spontaneity Often Makes for the Best Texas Trips

December 24, 2020 | By Michael Corcoran, Pam LeBlanc, Sabrina LeBoeuf, Julia Jones

20 Texas Albums for 2020

December 18, 2020 | By E. Ryan Ellis

Will It Snow in Texas This Year? Let’s Examine the History

November 26, 2020 | By Julia Jones

Texas Forever … and Ever … and Ever

November 25, 2020 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Buzz Bissinger’s book Friday Night Lights still sells about 30,000 copies a year, making it arguably as popular now as it was when first published.

6 Pumpkin Recipes to Try Now

November 13, 2020 | By June Naylor

Sure, pumpkin pie is tasty, but let’s not limit the bright-orange gourd to a brief appearance at the Thanksgiving table. As these Texas chefs and creators from top restaurants and tourist destinations prove with their innovative recipes, pumpkin can be spicy, savory, crunchy, and deep-fried, too.

Due to a Massive Fire, Greenberg Smoked Turkeys Cancels Remaining 2020 Orders

November 9, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

On Friday, Nov. 6, employees at Greenberg Smoked Turkeys in Tyler were spending the busy day fulfilling orders for the company’s famed Thanksgiving turkeys. That night, an explosion in one of the freezer facilities caused a fire and brought the busiest time of year to a halt.

Editor’s Note: Texas Tough

October 29, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

An Austin Walking Tour Sheds Light on America’s First Serial Killer

October 16, 2020 | By Laurel Miller

Miles is a former high school history teacher and the owner of Walking Tours of Austin, which specializes in local history. Miles launched his Murder Walk in April 2019, using his considerable storytelling abilities to relay the gruesome story of America’s first serial killer. Known in the press as the “Midnight Assassin” or “Servant Girl Annihilator” (the latter a nickname coined by the author O. Henry, who lived in Austin at the time), the killer took the lives of four Black servant women, one of the servant’s daughters, a Black man, and two white socialites, using axes and knives to hack and stab his victims before lobotomizing most of them with a steel rod.

ACL Fest through the Eyes of a Cinematographer—The Viewpoint We’re All Getting This Year

October 8, 2020 | By Bryan C. Parker

What we would give to feel streams of sweat running down our cheeks beneath a brutal October sun at ACL Fest.

In Praise of Pecans, Texas’ Favorite Nut

September 24, 2020 | By Laurel Miller

What Do We Really Know About Bonnie and Clyde and Their Legacy in Dallas?

September 24, 2020 | By

How One Woman Took a European Road Trip in Texas

September 14, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Pasadena resident Debbie Trainor wasn’t able to visit Italy this summer like she had planned. Even though COVID-19 made international travel unlikely this year, she still wanted to take a fun, safe trip with European flair. “There’s just so much to see in this big world,” she says. “I’ve got to do something.” That’s when she got the idea to take a trip around Texas visiting cities with European names. Among the cities she planned to visit were Moscow, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, and Vienna.

Luby’s Long Goodbye

September 11, 2020 | By Jill Coody Smits

If you grew up in Texas, you’ve probably eaten at Luby’s. And if you’ve eaten at Luby’s, your feelings about the restaurant may run surprisingly deep. While it’s been decades since I stepped inside one, my nostalgia for square fish, church clothes, and green Jell-O has been in overdrive since hearing the 73-year old Houston-based cafeteria chain is closing multiple locations and heading toward liquidation.

How 3 Companies Are Putting Ranch Water in a Can

September 5, 2020 | By June Naylor

It’s nearly impossible to escape spiked seltzers. Everyone from frat boys to their moms are devoted to brands like White Claw, Truly, and Bon & Viv, which offer low-calorie, fruity, and bubbly malt beverages in a can. It’s caused such a stir, that big beer companies like Natural Light, Corona, and Bud Light have released their own lines of spiked seltzer. Now three companies have given the trend a Texas twist with canned ranch water.

Austin’s Weird Homes Tour Goes Virtual This Weekend

September 3, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Growing up in Brownsville, Autumn Circé loved animals. She loved animals so much, she was invited to shadow zookeepers at Gladys Porter Zoo when she was in middle school.

How Curandero Don Pedro Jaramillo Became a South Texas Legend

August 27, 2020 | By Wes Ferguson

The burial shrine for saintly South Texan Don Pedro Jaramillo sits beside a dusty farm-to-market road in the brush country near Falfurrias, about 60 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

How to Make the Best Brisket at Home According to Hutchins BBQ

July 24, 2020 | By Peter Warren

Although the temperatures outside might be nearly equal to those of a post oak-filled pit, summer is still the preferred time of year to hone the barbecue craft—the COVID-19 pandemic has only served as encouragement to give it a shot. Hutchins BBQ, a DFW staple since the 1990s, has simple tips for the home pit master.

My Favorite Texas Trip: To Grandmother’s House We Go

July 22, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

Seeing that orange “W” logo about a mile before the Colorado River not only meant that we were eating at Whataburger for lunch, but that my grandma was there to meet us and drive me on to South Texas. I looked forward to spending time with my grandma every summer, as our laughs usually started when we got in her truck for the second leg of my trip.

Weatherford Shifts Annual Parker County Peach Festival to Parker County Peach Week

July 3, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

This year’s festival was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but that doesn’t mean the city will stop celebrating its summer bounty. Instead of a one-day affair, Weatherford is hosting an entire week of smaller celebrations from July 11 to 18.

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.

A Texas-Themed Book Club Connects Readers Virtually

June 12, 2020 | By Gabrielle Pharms

The Big Texas Read, a virtual book club, aims to bring discourse back to reading while paying homage nationally acclaimed and burgeoning writers with Texas roots.

“Plogging” Might Be the Next Outdoorsy Trend in Texas

June 5, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

“Plogging” has been gaining popularity in the U.S. within the last few years. The term comes from the Swedish word plocka upp, meaning “pick up,” and “jogging.” Plogging isn’t limited to jogging—people can plog while walking, hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Cities such as Galveston, Dallas, Austin, and Houston have already seen organized plogging events over the last couple of years.

Try These 5 Texas Rosés This Summer

May 13, 2020 | By Jill Coody Smits

From frosé to brosé to “rosé all day,” pink wine has moved from fad to favorite among summertime libations. It’s only right—given the light, refreshing wine pairs perfectly with Texas  heat—that our state’s vintners are producing rosés that any oenophile would be proud to pour.

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.”

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.

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.

Step Up Your Kitchen Game with These Texas Cookbooks

April 8, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

While it’s more important than ever to support local restaurants, this is also an opportune time to improve your skills in the kitchen. These five cookbooks are by Texans, for Texans, and explore a wide range of cuisine, from barbecue to Tex-Mex to Southern. Not only do these books break down the recipes, they include tips, techniques, and suggested tools, so even beginners can create culinary masterpieces.

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.

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.

8 Quirky Texas Museums to Visit

February 28, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

Texas has dozens of world-class art, science, and history museums, from Space Center Houston to the Alamo. But sometimes it’s the smaller, lesser-known museums that stick with you. We’ve gathered eight weird-yet-wonderful museums from around the state that elicit “oohs,” “ahhs,” and giggles. Whether you’re a classic TV addict or a passionate collector, put these gems on your travel bucket list.

The 3 Best Places to See Poppies in Texas

February 21, 2020 | By Shari Biediger

Springtime calls for road trips to see Texas’ native wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, and pink evening primroses, just to name a few. But other flowers bloom this time of year, too, and they’re celebrated in festive fashion in El Paso, Castroville, and Georgetown.

Try the Food at These 7 Texas Gas Stations

February 20, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Road tripping in a big state like Texas requires serious sustenance. When Cheetos and Little Debbie won’t do, these gas stations around the state offer more filling fare, ranging from tacos to kolaches to lobster bisque. Next time you hit the highways, keep any eye out for these popular fuel stops that also serve good eats.

5 Romantic Retreats in Texas

February 6, 2020 | By Julia Jones and Kimya Kavehkar

Valentine’s Day comes with a lot of pressure—gifts, dinner reservations, grand gestures. Perhaps the most romantic thing of all is to eschew the holiday’s expectations and get out of town—with your honey, of course. These Texas resorts offer seclusion with a dash of luxury for a weekend of bonding and relaxation.

What the Heck is a Texas Twinkie?

January 31, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Despite its name, a Texas Twinkie is not a delicious spongy dessert—but it is stuffed with all the good things in life.

3 Festive Cocktails to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

December 23, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Make your Christmas and New Year’s festivities extra merry with seasonal cocktails that will impress guests and get them into the celebrating spirit.

Q&A with Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Whiskey Scientist Ale Ochoa

November 15, 2019 | By Alex Temblador

As a whiskey scientist at Fort Worth’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., 26-year-old Ale Ochoa spends her days sampling and quantifying the aromas and flavors of whiskey.

5 Texas Beekeeping Classes and Tours

September 13, 2019 | By Laurel Miller

Thirty years ago, the National Honey Board designated September as National Honey Month. If you’d like to learn more about bees and their honey, several small-scale apiaries in Texas offer tours and classes.

How to Whip Up the Perfect Tailgate Menu

September 10, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

The Harrises have crafted eight full-blown menus that offer themes such as “Serious Brunch” and “Festa Italiana.” Of course, you’ll also find crowd-pleasers such as chili and barbecue in the book, too. 

5 Texas Podcasts to Listen to Now

August 15, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

These five podcasts highlight unique stories from all corners of Texas

Summer for Procrastinators: Splashway Waterpark & Campground

July 31, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

The small community of Sheridan, located between San Antonio and Houston, offers a more relaxed water park experience with Splashway, which opened in 1998.

Where to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Texas

July 19, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

In Texas, whether it’s National Ice Cream Day or not, scoops reign supreme.

8 Summer Art Exhibits to See Now

July 15, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

Giant LEGO dinosaurs, superhero-themed paintings, and photographs of famous musicians are currently on exhibit at museums in Texas—but they won’t be for much longer.

5 State Symbols to See This Summer

July 8, 2019 | By By Anna-Kay Reeves

Though bluebonnet season has wilted to a close, the summer is still full of opportunities to see the state’s identifying flora and fauna.

Texas-Based RV Rental Company Now Books Experiences

June 28, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Austin-based RV rental company Outdoorsy recently announced that customers will be able to add-on “experiences” when renting RVs, campers, and Airstreams from their website.

SandFest Takes Over Port Aransas This Weekend

April 22, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

Incredible sculptures, delicious food, and fun times to be had April 26-28

Texas Gets 27 Nominations for the James Beard Awards

March 6, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar and June Naylor

Four Texans are finalists for the Best Chef: Southwest category. After the finalists for the annual James Beard Awards were announced in Houston on Wednesday, the number of Texans in the running for the honors dwindled from 27 to four—all chefs vying for the title Best Chef: Southwest. Representing Austin are Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, and representing San Antonio is Steve McHugh of Cured.

12 Texas Trips for 2019

December 21, 2018 | By

A new year and an empty calendar. Does inspiration know any finer muse? When it comes to travel, the arrival of January fuels daydreams of adventures and far-flung exploration—at least it does in the halls of a travel magazine. Here we explore 12 new and evolving travel opportunities across Texas, everything from cold springs to hot fiddling and craft beer to modern art. And with the exception of two—McAllen’s MXLAN festival in July and the Festival of Texas Fiddling in December—these ideas aren’t tied to a specific date, making them worthy of a trip any time of year. Start marking up that calendar now.

At Home with the Armadillo: A Chat with Gary P. Nunn

January 23, 2018 | By

 
Before leading The Lost Gonzo Band, having his songs recorded by Roseanne Cash and Willie Nelson, and being recognized as the de-facto father of the progressive country scene in Austin, Gary P.

7 Wine Pairings for Holiday Recipes

December 11, 2017 | By

In our December issue, we presented a collection of favorite holiday recipes from Texas cooks, including bloggers and restaurateurs.

Free Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 24-26

November 22, 2017 | By

It doesn’t cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you’re on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including holiday craft fairs and Christmas extravaganzas.

Free Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 17-19

November 15, 2017 | By

It doesn’t cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you’re on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including free art tours and early winter celebrations.

10 Texas Chocolate Shops We Love

October 25, 2017 | By

Making chocolate is a true craft—and lucky for us Texans, there are plenty of masters living and working in the state.

“TEXAS” Outdoor Musical

May 1, 2017 | By

Cutting through the heart of the Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon State Park—the second-largest canyon in the country, falling behind that grand one in Arizona—holds a rich history in its deep walls.

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

April 19, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound.

Crushing it at Messina Hof

March 22, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

On an uncharacteristically cool and overcast August morning, rows and rows of Lenoir grapes grow fat on the vines at the Messina Hof vineyard in Bryan.

It’s Your Lucky Day

February 24, 2016 | By

Whether you have the luck of the Irish by birth or just in spirit, St. Patrick’s Day traditions have a special charm, especially in Texas.

Where Ye Meets Y’all

October 1, 2015 | By

What if you could escape for a weekend not just to another place but another time?

Happy Birthday, Texas!

February 18, 2015 | By

This year marks Texas’ 180th birthday, and several events across the state make fun places to join the celebration (and maybe soak up a little history, too).

Cupid’s Picks

January 27, 2015 | By

Looking for a more creative way to treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day than giving the typical store-bought card, candy or flowers?

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.

Back to the Basics

June 21, 2014 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

What do you do when the souvenir you want is illegal? That was the question I asked myself as I drove down a narrow, two-lane road to Luckenbach (pop.

Autos for the Ages

June 17, 2014 | By Anthony Head

A 1956 sky-blue-and-white Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan cruises a couple of laps around a San Marcos parking lot, its chrome bumpers gleaming in the sunlight, before finding the perfect parking spot.

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.

“I’ve Been Everywhere”

August 20, 2009 | By Shelia Scarborough

Driving down Independence Parkway to the La Porte home of Battleship Texas, it’s hard to believe that maritime and Texas history await discovery right around the bend, at the San Jacinto Battleground.

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