Music, Food and Fireworks in the Capital: Catch Austin’s “July 4th Symphony and Fireworks”

Music, Food and Fireworks in the Capital: Catch Austin’s “July 4th Symphony and Fireworks”

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays; I have always been interested by the events that led up to the birth of our nation and so impressed with the courage and fortitude it took to see things through. OK, the fact that I’m a huge fan of barbecues and fireworks may also have something to do with my love of this annual ritual. Celebrating Independence Day with parades, barbecues, music, and fireworks has been a tradition almost from the beginning. As a matter of fact, Congress first authorized pyrotechnics as part…Read more
Amarillo’s Quirkiest Landmark: Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo’s Quirkiest Landmark: Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, Texas is a city rich in history and culture, built on cattle and cowboy lore, graced with vast canyons that define the landscape. So, who would have thought that one of the city's top attractions would be a bunch of old cars upended in the dirt? For more than 30 years, Cadillac Ranch has attracted visitors - car lovers, curiosity-seekers, graffiti artists - who all come to see the row of 10 classic Caddies, slightly angled, buried nose-deep in the Texan soil. The slant isn't random: it corresponds to the angle of the…Read more
More Springtime Fun All Around Texas

More Springtime Fun All Around Texas

It's Springtime and festival season is well underway in Texas. Here are just a few of the great events happening across the state in the coming weeks: The Tops In Texas Rodeo Jacksonville |  May 14 - 16 As you probably know by now, if it has to do with cowboys and horses, I’m in! That’s why I’ll be returning to Jacksonville for this exciting event! Besides the rodeo, there will be a parade, a chick wagon luncheon, a junior rodeo and kids’ day events. Website  | Facebook  Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest Canton |  May 15 &…Read more
Spring Into Texas for Some Fun-Filled Springtime Events!

Spring Into Texas for Some Fun-Filled Springtime Events!

Texas is a great state to visit at any time of the year…but the month of May kicks off festival season, making it a perfect time for a Texas getaway. There just seems to be so many cool things happening here in next few weeks, I thought I'd list a few for you. Port Neches RiverFest Port Neches | now through May 3 This unique, 4-day festival takes place right on the river. Catch the  "Thunder on the Neches" tunnel boat races, a Car Show and Motorcycle Show, along with a variety of  food vendors.…Read more
Experience the Best of Texas Heritage at the Wild, Wild West Fest

Experience the Best of Texas Heritage at the Wild, Wild West Fest

Not far from the border of New Mexico's southeast corner, you'll find Andrews, Texas,  a quaint, up-and-coming community. Named for Richard Andrews (the first soldier to die in the Texas revolution), Andrews has a past similar to a lot of towns in West Texas: most of the people in the area relied on oil and ranching, which are still important industries today. Pay a visit to Andrews and you'll see that the cowboy spirit is still alive in these parts, especially if you come the weekend of April 24th - 26th, because that's…Read more
Harlingen, TX – the Heart of the Rio Grande Valley

Harlingen, TX – the Heart of the Rio Grande Valley

I've spent time in Harlingen in the past, but it was always a stop on the way to somewhere else. Each time, I noticed what a cool vibe the town has and I'd promised myself that I would schedule a bit more time to get to know Harlingen better. Last week, I made good on that promise. Located in the heart of South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, Harligen's tropical climate and its proximity to the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island make it a great spot for people who love the outdoors and nature. The area is heralded for its incredible…Read more
The Good Times Are Rolling at Galveston’s Mardi Gras

The Good Times Are Rolling at Galveston’s Mardi Gras

When someone thinks of Mardi Gras, they usually think of New Orleans. And that makes sense since the first Mardi Gras in America is believed to have taken place in Louisiana on March 3, 1699. Add to that the fact that Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is actually a legal holiday, and you can see why people usually think of the Big Easy when they think Mardi Gras. But this fun-filled celebration (also known as Carnival) actually dates back thousands of years and is celebrated in many countries all over the world.…Read more
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