Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

About 40 miles northwest of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex live a group of animals that aren't exactly native to Texas. Bears, tigers, lions, primates all live the good life in Boyd, Texas at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, a fascinating place to visit. It's not a zoo;  in fact, many of the animals here have been rescued from zoos and circuses, confiscated from people trying to keep them as pets or saved from some other bad circumstance. The sanctuary was founded in 1988 as a safe haven for abused and abandoned exotic animals. While it's never…Read more
Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

On March 6th, one of the most significant events in the history of not only our state, but our country, will be commemorated: the Battle of the Alamo. Why is this battle so important? I think because it shows just how much we Americans value our freedoms and what we will sacrifice to preserve them. At the Alamo, 189 documented defenders took on thousands of Mexican troops, a turning point in the Texas Revolution. The valiant “Texians” held on for 12 days, finally being annihilated on the 13th day, March 6. The event…Read more
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: A Peaceful Retreat Just Outside Houston

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens: A Peaceful Retreat Just Outside Houston

Houston is a vibrant, bustling city with an energy all its own. But sometimes that energy can be a bit draining and you just need to take a break from it all. Evidently, people have been feeling that way for quite some time. Back in the 1920s, Will Hogg, a wealthy philanthropist and one of Houston’s most civic-minded citizens, founded Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, and, along with his brother Mike, created River Oaks, a stunningly beautiful suburb of Houston, to give Houstonians places where they…Read more
Cheer Your Favorite Cowboy and Enjoy Top-Notch Concerts at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Cheer Your Favorite Cowboy and Enjoy Top-Notch Concerts at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Every February, the city of San Antonio gets a huge infusion of cowboy culture as the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo converges on the AT&T Center/ Freeman Coliseum. This year's event opens on Thursday, February 11 and runs through Sunday, February 28 for over two weeks of roping, riding, carnival rides, great food and incredible music. For 11 consecutive years now, this event has been named the "Indoor Rodeo of the Year" by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association (PRCA). It's a big deal in the rodeo world and attracts the top competitors…Read more
Flashback to a 2015 Big Bend Journey

Flashback to a 2015 Big Bend Journey

Well, 2015 is officially one for the books; I hope ya’ll had a wonderful year, and that you got the chance to do lots of traveling. I surely did…on both accounts! One of my most memorable journeys of 2015 was spending a few wonderful weeks in Brewster County, a stunningly beautiful area of Southwest Texas and home to Big Bend National Park. If you're looking for an ideal place to get away from it all, I can’t think of a better location than Big Bend, one of the most spectacular and least-visited parks in the country. …Read more
The Gateway to Texas in a City Called Orange

The Gateway to Texas in a City Called Orange

Orange, TX is a charming, friendly city located in the southeast corner of Texas, right on the border of Louisiana. Known as the “Gateway to Texas”, this city is rich with history, spectacular wildlife, and a thriving arts scene. Orange truly has something for everyone. Patrons of the arts like to visit Orange because it is known as a premier cultural destination of southeast Texas. The Lutcher Theater, a 1450-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility, brings in national tours of Broadway hits and other top-notch entertainment.  The city also offers world-class museums like The Stark Museum of Art, home to…Read more
Saddle up for Some Christmas Caroling in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World”

Saddle up for Some Christmas Caroling in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World”

Christmas caroling is a popular activity during this festive time of year; besides being a lot of fun, it’s a great way to spread some holiday cheer. In Bandera, “the Cowboy Capital of the World”, they’ve come up with a uniquely Texan way to perform those heartfelt Christmas songs we all know and love so well: they sing them while on horseback! The event is called Christmas Singing in the Saddle, and is sponsored by The Longhorn Saloon, a Bandera hotspot. The Longhorn is a fun, cowboy-themed bar with all the charms of…Read more
All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride — A Magical Experience in Palestine, TX

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride — A Magical Experience in Palestine, TX

The huge steam engine pulls into the station, puffing huge plumes of smoke and filling the air with the smell of its coal-burning engine. The Polar Express™ Train Ride has arrived on the Texas State Railroad and your very special journey to the North Pole is about to begin! Christmas and trains seem to share a special connection. That's probably why the book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg become an instant holiday classic in 1985. The story follows an 8-year-old boy who begins have doubts about Santa and the magic of Christmas until…Read more
Come and Spend Some Time in El Paso, Where the Real First Thanksgiving Took Place

Come and Spend Some Time in El Paso, Where the Real First Thanksgiving Took Place

How would y’all like to spend your "Turkey Day" in the same place where America’s first Thanksgiving happened? No, I’m not talking about Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims and local Indians celebrated an autumn harvest festival touted as our first Thanksgiving. I’m talking about a place in El Paso. That's right, before the Pilgrims had their famous feast in 1621, a similar type of celebration occurred in 1598, and it happened right here in Texas! Spanish explorer Don Juan De Oñate crossed the unforgiving Chihuahuan Desert, leading an expedition of 500 colonists and 7,000 head of livestock…Read more
Beautiful Blooms and a Buggy Barn in Blanco, Texas

Beautiful Blooms and a Buggy Barn in Blanco, Texas

 It's a bit ironic: this Texas town is known for its purple fields of lavender flowers, yet its name means "white". Blanco, nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, about 45 miles west of Austin, is called the Lavender Capital of Texas. From May through July, the beautiful lavender plant (used in soaps, oils, perfumes, shampoos, lotions) bursts into pastel bloom here , attracting visitors looking to witness the spectacular fragrant, purple fields, visit lavender farms, and celebrate at the town’s annual Lavender Festival in the spring. But Blanco is more than just a hotspot for lavender lovers;…Read more