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
Sulphur Springs: a Small-Town Gem Where the Livin’ Is Easy

Sulphur Springs: a Small-Town Gem Where the Livin’ Is Easy

I'm sitting on a bench in Coleman Park, watching three guys, a gal and a small boy fishing off a pier and I can't help but feel a bit envious. On this breezy, blue-sky afternoon, I'd rather be there, lakeside, casting a line, than writing a blog. And I do love writing this blog - but there's something about visiting Sulphur Springs that just makes you want to slow down, pop open a beer and relax. Sulphur Springs is a beautiful town in Northeast Texas. When you're here, you're likely to bump elbows with many city-folk from…Read more
Sweet, Cold, Creamy Fun at the Austin Ice Cream Festival

Sweet, Cold, Creamy Fun at the Austin Ice Cream Festival

I don't think I know a single person who doesn't like ice cream. Some folks go for those wild, creative flavors (Maple Bacon Jalapeño Swirl, anyone?) while others just opt for a good vanilla, but I think we can all agree that a frozen scoop (or two) is the perfect antidote for the blazing Texas summer sun. On August 9th, the capital city will host the 8th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. Locals and out-of-towners will head to Fiesta Gardens for the all-you-can-eat ice cream party, featuring national and regional brands. Past participants have included Amy's Ice Creams, Austin Scoops,…Read more
Columbus: A Perfect Place for Tree-Gazers, Rivers-Runners and Wildlife-Lovers

Columbus: A Perfect Place for Tree-Gazers, Rivers-Runners and Wildlife-Lovers

Columbus is a charming city in southeastern Texas that certainly lives up to its motto: “The Home of Live Oaks and Live Folks”. Situated about 74 miles west of Houston, Columbus is famous for its beautiful old oak trees and friendly inhabitants.  As a matter of fact, Columbus is home to the 2nd largest oak tree in the State! (To see Texas' largest oak tree you'll have to head south to Goose Island State Park, in Rockport.) And even though Columbus’ tree doesn’t own the top prize, it is still quite impressive and a…Read more