Before Peaches, Watermelons Ruled in Parker County

July 7, 2023 | By Brandi Addison

Heading into the second weekend of July, residents from all over Parker County brace themselves as their historic square transforms into a vibrant jubilee celebrating all things peach.

Weekend Getaways from Dallas: Weatherford and Coleman

May 30, 2023 | By June Naylor

The Real Locations That Inspired Larry McMurtry’s ‘Lonesome Dove’

April 24, 2023 | By Ariel Slick

Of all the quintessentially Texan books, Lonesome Dove ranks right up there. And while most readers are familiar with its iconic descriptions of the dusty land, many may not know the local spots that gave author Larry McMurtry the inspiration to write his historical epic.

Amid Drought, the Texas Peach Crop Is Arriving Later—and Sweeter—Than Usual

August 2, 2022 | By John Lumpkin

Better late than never. That sums up the Texas peach crop in 2022. After a slow start this summer, succulent freestones are hitting the shelves of family-owned fruit stands throughout the state in ample supplies that may last through September.

Everything Is Peachy With the Return of the Parker County Peach Festival

July 8, 2021 | By Amanda Ogle

Stroll through Weatherford’s downtown square on the second weekend in July, and you’ll notice things are quite peachy.

Explore Vintage Texas on a Bankhead Highway Daytrip

December 28, 2020 | By John Lumpkin

The well-worn two-lane road veering off US 180 between the towns of Weatherford and Mineral Wells might be able to keep its secret if it weren’t for a small sign with “BH” in bold black letters designating it as an “Historic Route.”
Indeed, the country road is a remnant of the Bankhead Highway, the nation’s first all-weather east-west transcontinental highway.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Weatherford’s Doss Heritage and Culture Center Takes History Online

July 23, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, a nonprofit museum in Weatherford, opened its doors in 2006 to preserve and interpret the history of Parker County and Texas.

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.

Hutch’s Fried Pies Has Been Serving Weatherford for More Than 80 Years

December 27, 2019 | By Amanda Ogle

How to Make the Most of Texas Peach Season

May 15, 2019 | By

As summer begins, so will annual pilgrimages to roadside stands and farmers markets where popular varieties of Texas’ succulent freestone peaches arrive in successive waves through Labor Day. Those peaches set a national standard for sweet-ness, and—here’s the really good news—they are mostly reserved for Texans.

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. 

Glamp in a Luxury Safari Tent Near Weatherford

October 15, 2017 | By June Naylor

The ideal getaway experience doesn’t always involve traveling long distances to an elaborate resort, as I rediscover on a recent trip less than an hour from home.

Parker County Peach Festival

May 1, 2017 | By

Homemade peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach juleps, peach tea—you can find it all at the Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford July 8. The one-day event draws some 35,000 people to the city, named in 1991 by the state legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas, for a taste of summer’s juiciest crop.

Wheels and Meals

September 16, 2016 | By Celestina Blok

With 80-degree weather and a clear, sunny sky, it seems only appropriate to take my good friend’s head-turning, canary-yellow Jeep Wrangler—with its rugged 35-inch tires and lifted body—for a leisurely Sunday drive to the Vintage Grill & Car Museum, a restaurant in downtown Weatherford that doubles as an automobile exhibit.

A Painter’s Plantings

August 1, 2016 | By Celestina Blok

Painter Douglas Chandor was as charming as he was creative. I’m standing in the foyer of the prestigious artist’s historic Weatherford home, a 5,600-square-foot dwelling adorned with his sketches, prints, and original works.

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

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