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.

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.

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.

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.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas

August 21, 2010 | By Haley Dawson

The theme of the 2010 State Fair of Texas—”Super-Sized Fun”—reflects the annual event’s marvelous mix of entertainment and excitement for all ages.

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.

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.

Mammoth Discovery

June 15, 2010 | By Shermakaye Bass

I’ve always been fascinated with Waco. It’s a convenient mid-point between Dallas and Austin, and I stop whenever possible to take in some of its colorful history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fantasy of Lights

November 22, 2009 | By Kate Hull

A fiberglass figurine of the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe smiles as child-like dolls play behind her.

Big Country Hollidays

November 22, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

The holidays are a time for excitement, and there’s nothing like seeing the lights come to life on a decorated tree to create a burst of enthusiasm for the spirit of the season.

The Bird Lady of Rockport

October 21, 2009 | By

“I want to make a confession,” announced the esteemed naturalist Roy Bedichek to the diminutive queen of Texas birdwatchers, Connie Hagar, one crisp October day in 1945. 

Whitney’s World

October 1, 2009 | By Kathleen Kaska

The evening sun casts a rainbow of colors on the white cliffs surrounding Lake Whitney, turning the limestone golden and throwing a crimson hue over the water’s surface.

Falling for Art

October 1, 2009 | By Jane Wu

Ah … autumn in Houston. When one’s thoughts turn to … art? Texas’ largest metropolis will take gallery-hopping to the streets at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, October 10-11.

Strolling Mason’s Square

August 20, 2009 | By Nola McKey

Set off by towering pecan trees planted in the 1920s, the majestic Mason County Courthouse claims center stage in Mason, but it’s not the only interesting feature of this picturesque downtown.

Historic Moment in Granbury

July 21, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

Granbury’s location, less than an hour’s drive southwest of Fort Worth on US 377, makes the town an easy weekend destination for Metroplex denizens.

Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally

June 25, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Beginning at Love Civic Center, home of the Eiffel Tower replica, the Tour de Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary July 18.

Paris, Anyone?

June 23, 2009 | By Marty Lange


A Stitch in Time

June 1, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

Against the backdrop of the ghastly destruction that Hurricane Ike dealt to Galveston Island in September 2008, a single lost sail—even on an historic ship—seems like modest punishment.

Ranger Creek Ranch

April 20, 2009 | By Henry Chappell

Texas’ Rolling Plains hold secrets. The vastness draws the eye to the horizon. The dominating sky smoothes and conceals features, giving an impression of sameness, even emptiness.

Wilkommen, Y’all

March 12, 2009 | By

It’s a pleasant April afternoon as I step through the gates into the joyful atmosphere of Muenster’s Germanfest, where I immediately have a few serious, yet appealing, decisions to make.

There’s More to Muenster

March 12, 2009 | By Ray Blockus

Muenster’s charm abounds, from its clean streets to manicured lawns and gardens, to its restaurants and gift shops, right up to the melodic glockenspiel atop Fischer’s Meat Market.

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