Top 10 Things to Do in Austin, TX: #7 Needs to Be On Your Bucket List!

Top 10 Things to Do in Austin, TX: #7 Needs to Be On Your Bucket List!

It's hard for me to pick a favorite place in Texas but one of the top contenders is the city that prides itself on being "weird", in all the right ways -- Austin. The live music venues and bars, the restaurants and food trucks, the eclectic shops, and the natural beauty surrounding the urban center work together in perfect sync. I love just walking down the street, watching the people and absorbing the youthful energy that makes this ol' guy feel like a college kid again. Here's a link to TourTexas.com's "Top 10…Read more
Highlights of Houston –  a Top Texas Vacation Destination

Highlights of Houston –  a Top Texas Vacation Destination

It’s the oil capital of the world, one of the wealthiest cities on the planet and the fourth largest city in the U.S. - Houston, Texas is a great place to work, to live and an unforgettable place to visit. A bustling metropolis that hasn't forgotten its southern hospitality, Houston features great attractions, museums, beautiful parks, exciting events, shopping, innovative dining and plenty of hotels -- all the ingredients of a memorable vacation. It’s hard to narrow down the top things to do and see in Houston because there are so many.  Here…Read more
The Walkway of Lights Makes Your Season Bright

The Walkway of Lights Makes Your Season Bright

Christmas may have come and gone, but all of the extra pounds I put on are clearly still around! So I guess it might be wise to put down my fork and head outside for a nice, long walk! Lucky for me, the holiday season is also still around, which means when I pay a visit to my in-laws in Austin this weekend, I can head over to beautiful Lake Marble Falls where I can not only burn off some of those calories but do so in a spectacular winter wonderland! Lake Marble…Read more
14 Nights of Christmas at the Natural Bridge Caverns

14 Nights of Christmas at the Natural Bridge Caverns

I have to admit that right about now, I've just about had my fill of holiday-themed events and activities. Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not a Scrooge…really, I’m not! I enjoy this time of year as much as the next guy. But you see, my wife has a tendency to go a bit overboard, what with all of the decorating (do we really need two Christmas trees?) and baking (OK-no complaints there!) and shopping and taking in the many sights and sounds of the season. I was sure I had…Read more
Arlington’s Texas Christkindl Market: An Authentic German Shopping Experience

Arlington’s Texas Christkindl Market: An Authentic German Shopping Experience

Like most everyone else in mid-December, my schedule gets a bit more hectic leading up to the holidays. I can't really complain too much, though. I may have a few extra things to do and events to attend but it's my wife who shoulders most of the Christmas-prep responsiblity. She does the shopping, the baking, card-writing, the gift-wrapping, etc. I'm willing to help - but she knows better than to ask for my assistance with baking (apparently, you're not supposed to keep licking the spoon and putting it back in the batter), or shopping…Read more
Thanks-Giving Square: an Oasis of Serenity and Gratitude in the Heart of Dallas

Thanks-Giving Square: an Oasis of Serenity and Gratitude in the Heart of Dallas

I was in a mood. And not a good one. I had been travelling for three weeks in a row and really needed some "home time". That's where I was headed when I found out an important appointment in Dallas had to be rescheduled (I live near Houston) and "could I come this week instead of the originally-planned time?" I reluctantly said "yes". so there I was on the road again when I wanted to be home. I was annoyed at the change of plans, I was mad at myself for agreeing and…Read more
King Ranch: A King-Sized Piece of Texas History

King Ranch: A King-Sized Piece of Texas History

"Everything's bigger in Texas!"  Have y'all heard that a few times? Well, here's a perfect example: in the heart of South Texas there's a ranch that’s bigger than the state of Rhode Island! It's the world famous, 825,000 acre King Ranch! The heritage of King Ranch is a fascinating and critical part of Texas history which is why it's both a national historic landmark and a popular tourist attraction. In 1853, a successful steamboat captain named Richard King purchased 15,000 acres of untamed land along the Santa Gertrudis Creek. He bought cattle from an impoverished village in…Read more
Fear and Fright at Fort Worth’s “Cutting Edge” Haunted House

Fear and Fright at Fort Worth’s “Cutting Edge” Haunted House

Around this time every year, lots of Halloween attractions pop up that are designed to scare the living daylights out of people. They're popular because it would seem that many people enjoy being scared. I am NOT one of those people. So, how did I end up almost having a heart attack last weekend at one of the scariest haunted houses in Texas? This past week, my wife and I were spending time in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and were invited to dinner by some old friends, Walt and Anita, who live nearby.…Read more
* Win a weekend in New Braunfels! * Enter now!

* Win a weekend in New Braunfels! * Enter now!

Ready for another big giveaway from TourTexas.com? Win a weekend getaway to New Braunfels, TX! 1 lucky winner will win: 2 nights at La Quinta Inn & Suites 1 Dinner for 4 at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar 4  $15 gift cards to Buffalo Wings & Rings Items expire December 31, 2014 so the winner must be able to use them before that time. Perfect for an autumn getaway or a holiday celebration. New Braunfels is a little bit of old-world Germany with a Texas Hill County twist. Enjoy great shopping, fantastic dining,…Read more
Floating Cabins, Good Friends and Great Fishing: a Perfect Texas Gulf Getaway

Floating Cabins, Good Friends and Great Fishing: a Perfect Texas Gulf Getaway

It was going to be a guy’s weekend. Just the men, no ladies. Nothing against our lovely ladies, but this trip was about the boys. Male bonding, with beer and cigars and bad jokes….and fishing! Oh yes, the fishing. My good friends Walt, Jax, RJ and I try to get away for a “Guys’ Night Out” every few months or so. The lucky part is that our wives are all friends too and they love getting rid of us for a night or a weekend every once in a while. Win-win, right? Anyway,…Read more