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
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