Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

It's a lazy, hazy, hot July day in Austin and I'm outside. In the heat. In the humidity. I usually try to visit air-conditioned venues at this time of year for obvious reasons. But there are some places worth a bit of sweat and Zilker Park is one of them.  Settling into a spot under a shady tree to write this blog, I'm watching plenty of people riding bikes, picnicking, walking dogs and searching for Pokémon, and I know that even the hot Texas sun can't keep folks away from a good time in a beautiful spot.…Read more
Willie Nelson Throws the Best July 4th Picnic – And It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Tickets!

Willie Nelson Throws the Best July 4th Picnic – And It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Tickets!

 I've got a golden ticket! OK, it's not actually gold, but to me, it's just about as good. It's for Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, the huge star-studded music festival that Willie hosts on July 4th (almost) every year. The Picnic is an (almost) annual event but it's not always held in the same location and I've never managed to be in the right place at the right time. This year, though, I'm in Austin and so is the festival and I'm pretty excited about going. This all-day event is being held…Read more
There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

The city of Galveston knows how to throw a great party! This month, they're adding a brand new celebration to the roster, the Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival.  This event brings the best of Louisiana across the border into Galveston, featuring Cajun culinary specialties and entertainment. You'll also find Texan cuisine and plenty of fresh Gulf seafood, but the star of the show will definitely be the Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to spicy perfection. The festival will also feature some great musical guests. You'll be tapping your feet to a Creole beat with Zydeco…Read more
Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Vernon, Texas, is no stranger to the cowboy way of life. Back in the 1800’s the Great Western Cattle Trail brought over 7 million cattle and horses right through the town on their way to Kansas and Nebraska. So, it’s quite fitting that Vernon, located in North Central Texas just about halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Amarillo, will once again be hosting the Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo. This year’s rodeo (which, as y’all probably know is Texas’ official state sport) will take place May 18-21, in the historic Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds—the same…Read more
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