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On Oct 5, there's a re-enactment of the battle that started the Texas revolution.
Gonzales Memorial Museum - this is where you can see the actual cannon that started it all. There’s also a tribute to the “Immortal 32” (32 men from Gonzales answered the call for help and hastened to the Alamo, joining 9 other men from Gonzales. They all died in the battle) and many other interesting exhibits and artifacts.
Pioneer Village Living History Center - experience life in an early Texas town. The village features an extensive collection of buildings from 19th century Gonzales. Tours, demonstrations and battle re-enactments are offered throughout the year.
- The Old Jail Museum - houses the Visitors’ Center, where you can learn more about Gonzales and pick up a map for a self-guided walking or driving tour of this historic town.
It's not just the proverbial snowbirds from the Northeast who are beginning to make their way south for the colder months; many actual birds have already begun their migrations, too. And one of the best places to see them (the real birds, that is!) is at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Texas.
Texas is home to many different types of cities – from large, bustling metropolitan areas to small western towns that many people associate with this great state. One of the most unique cities that I have had the pleasure of visiting recently is Lake Jackson. Situated in Brazoria County, the town was built where the old Lake Jackson Plantation house once stood, and was created by Alden Dow (son of Herbert Henry Dow, the founder of the Dow Chemical Company) as a planned community to meet the needs of the incoming employees of the Dow Chemical Company, which came to the area in 1940.
You can learn all about the history of this area by visiting the Lake Jackson Historical Museum. The exhibits and interactive displays are quite extensive and they don’t only cover the planning and building of the community; the displays go back as far as the prehistoric era and cover the opulent plantation era as well. From August 10 through September 22, the museum is presenting a special exhibit which explores how the ideals and philosophies of Alden Dow guided him in his establishment of this fascinating community.
Another nice trip to take while in the area is a visit to the Jackson Plantation Site. A Texas Landmark, the Jackson Plantation was a prosperous sugar plantation on the banks of Lake Jackson. It was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900, and today you can see just how destructive that hurricane was. You’ll learn how sugar was processed in the 1840’s, how slave labor gave way to convict labor, and much more. This year, their Plantation Day Celebration will be on September 7. There’ll be reenactments, craft displays, activities, games, refreshments…something for kids of all ages! You can find more information on all of these locations at the website.
Sea Center Texas is also nearby and worth a visit. Here you’ll find an aquarium, fish hatchery and education center. On most days, tours are available which include going behind the scenes to see the hatchery were the fingerling redfish are spawned and raised until old enough to be released into the nearby bay waters. The admission price is free.
Lake Jackson's location along the central flyway used by migratory birds, and its pivotal location on the Gulf of Mexico makes it a perfect place for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. This 34-acre sanctuary is dedicated to protecting birds and their habitats along the Gulf of Mexico. Offering education and community outreach, kids can participate in their Birding Day Camp, bird identification and photography. Special events are offered throughout the year. Coming this month, September 14 and 21, is the XHX Event: Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, featuring hummingbird banding, Adopt-A-Hummer, nature trails and more.
Lake Jackson's natural beauty, quirky personality, and unique vision have earned it the nickname: “the City of Enchantment”, a well-deserved title.
Everyone knows that when March rolls around, thousands of college students from across the nation will flock to the coasts for a week of the three b’s: beaches, bikinis, and beer. But while college students have a week off from their studies, so do the kiddos, and families begin an attempt to plan a fun vacation without the chaos of college kids. Here at TourTexas.com, we are happy to help you plan a memorable Texas vacation that won’t land your family in the middle of a keg stand contest. Here are some great family-friendly spring break ideas in Texas!
1. Dixie Dude Ranch. Located in the hill country of Bandera, Texas (an hour to the northwest of San Antonio), the ranch is a perfect venue for families looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in the Old West. With horseback riding through the hill country, an outdoor pool, eclectic cottages and cabins, and real cowboys, Dixie Dude Ranch provides an authentic outdoor adventure for the whole family. By the end of the week when all the fun has taken its toll, masseuses are available on site to relax and restore you before your return to the real world.
2. Great Wolf Lodge. If your family hasn’t experienced the entertainment and thrill in store at Great Wolf Lodge, spring break 2013 is the time to take advantage of all the resort has to offer. Located in Grapevine, Texas (nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth), the resort has more options for family fun in one spot than any other resort you can find. With a full indoor waterpark, hot springs, MagiQuest® enchanted kingdom adventure, Northern Lights™ Arcade, Howly Wood XD Theater, a full kids-spa for manicures with mom, and an adult spa when mom needs a massage break from the kids, the possibilities for regalement or relaxation are endless. Also check out the Cub Club® learning adventure to keep the kiddos’ minds sharp even while they’re away from school!
3. SeaWorld San Antonio. Even if you’re not looking to hit up the beach, your family can still enjoy the excitement of the ocean all in one spot: SeaWorld! Experience the classic One Ocean show featuring Shamu, make a splash on the Journey to Atlantis water coaster ride, and feed the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. If you’re attending with young kids, be sure to check out the Sesame Street® Bay of Play®, a water park oasis designed just for the little ones. After you’ve successfully explored all that SeaWorld has to offer, check out other San Antonio attractions, such as the historic Alamo or the river walk.
4. Natural Bridge Caverns. Another attraction near San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest commercial caverns in the state of Texas. The Discovery Tour, the caverns’ most popular expedition, takes your family 180 feet below ground on a guided tour full of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws. For those of you with older kids, check out the Canopy Challenge – a 60-foot, four-tiered adventure course testing agility, balance, and strength facing 47 different obstacles, and ending with a 1,400 foot zip line through the Texas hill country. After you’ve explored the caves and tackled the canopy challenge, get your safari hat on and your binoculars ready and head next door to The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – 400 acres of rolling hills riddled with over 500 animals from 40 exotic, native, and endangered animal species worldwide.
5. Schlitterbahn Galveston. With numerous indoor water slides, pools, lazy rivers and other water adventures, Schlitterbahn in Galveston offers a full array of water fun. Check the schedule before you go, however, as Schlitterbahn is mostly only open on the weekends in March. Throughout the week, however, you can check out numerous other family-oriented venues that Galveston has to offer, including Moody Gardens, Texas Seaport Museum, and the Port Bolivar Ferry.
Have you ever wanted to explore a new city but didn’t know where to start? Well (aside from visiting Tourtexas.com to obtain all the best travel suggestions) if you are visiting Houston, they have a new and innovative way of exploring all the sites and history of downtown without taking a step! How is this possible, you ask? One word: Segways!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t Segways for mall cops? Oh contraire, my friend! These two-wheeled, self-balancing phenomena are now available to you as well at Segway Tours of Houston, and are a segue to a really cool experience.
The tour we went on was called the “Buffalo Bayou Tour,” and started in downtown Houston at the Wortham Center. Tip #1: Be sure you know where your tour starts! When I looked up the address for the tours, I followed the address given for where the Segways are housed, not where our tour would start. It took a few minutes to reroute to the actual launch location.
Tip #2: Trust your Segway, and your tourguide. I know it sounds simple, but despite my warnings about the initial “Segway shake” if I didn’t trust the Segway to balance upon stepping on, I soon became “that girl” with the shaking Segway. But “come on!” I say, all logic, reason, and schooling tells me that two-wheeled objects should not be able to stand up on their own! This is what makes Segways one of the most interesting developments of the 21st century. Built with sophisticated tilt sensors, the Segway works similarly to the way your inner ear does in regards to balance. When you start leaning forward too far and could potentially lose control, the Segway pushes back to slow you down. It is modern technology at its finest.
The Buffalo Bayou Tour was a perfect taste of all that downtown Houston has to offer. With the tour guide’s knowledge and leading, you will uncover historical sites, landmarks, statues, trails, popular venues, and a rich amount of history about the city. Tip #3: Ask questions. Your tour guide holds a wealth of knowledge right at your fingertips, if you’ll only ask. If you are curious about one of the landmarks or statues, ask more about it! If you want to know the best Italian restaurants in town, inquire! The best way to tailor the tour to you is to engage with your tour guide.
While Segways can be a little intimidating at first, the only real danger occurs when your history nostalgia blinds you from seeing that the Segway in front of you has come to a halt. Oh yeah, that happened to me a few times, too. Tip #4: Avoid Segway collisions as well as pedestrians. As rich and awesome as the history tour is, it’s important (just as in driving) to pay attention.
With these tips in mind, and a love for undertaking new adventures, you will be set for the best possible Segway tour experience. Whether you are new to the city or have lived in Houston for years, the Segway Tours of Houston have something for everyone.
Some people think of this season as Fall but to me, there's winter, spring, summer and football season. If there's one thing I love to do besides travel, it's watch a good game. Here in Texas we have two of the best stadiums to do that. If you're traveling near Houston or Dallas and you can fit a live game into your itinerary, I highly recommend doing so. But if your travels don't coincide with a home game, do the next best thing and take a stadium tour!
Fans of the powerhouse Texans head out to Reliant Field in Houston to show their support. This place is immense! It sits on 350 acres and consists of Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center, Reliant Astrodome, and Reliant Arena. It was pretty cool getting a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the stadium and where the team works out and gets ready for a game. One of the interesting things I learned on the tour is that they remove the field (which is real grass) after every game and store it in another facility. I also enjoyed seeing the differences between the Texans' and the visiting team's locker rooms…talk about home field advantage! Other stops include the Press box, weight room, cafeteria, gift shops and the premium seating areas (which, for a lot of us is the only way we’ll ever get to see them up close!) Our tour guide also showed us how the stadium’s roof retracts. This way you can enjoy the nice weather outside, or if there’s too much of that famous Houston heat and humidity, the nice weather inside!
Cowboys’ fans flock to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. This relatively new football mecca (opened in 2009) is the largest domed stadium in the world and can accommodate 80,000 fans. Again, I’d highly recommend you take a tour if you want to really experience this amazing stadium. If you can, take the VIP tour as opposed to the self-guided tour. It's $10 more, but really worth it! I had a great guide. He explained in detail everything about the building. A really cool stop was the VIP suite where Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys, watches the games. I loved seeing the locker rooms - I could imagine myself as a Dallas Cowboy, getting suited up and ready to take on all challengers! And to add to my fantasy, we even got to walk out onto the field exactly as the Cowboys do, under a long hallway underneath a huge, lit-up Cowboys star on the ceiling!
Another thing I have to mention is the amazing high definition video screen. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in any other arena. The picture is clearer than my HD-TV at home! It’s so huge, so you get a spectacular view no matter where you’re sitting.
I highly recommend making a stadium tour part of your trip to the Dallas or Houston area.
For more information:
Reliant Stadium tours: http://reliantpark.com/public-tours
Cowboys Stadium tours: http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/tours/tourInfo.cfm
As I am on the road, traveling through Texas fairly often, I am lucky to see so much of the natural beauty our great state is blessed with. But as much as I see, Texas still manages to surprise me. I recently visited the Natural Bridge Caverns, about 30 minutes north of San Antonio and was awe-struck at the alien world that exists below the Texas soil.
- You are not allowed to touch anything in the cave and they are strict about it. Before you decide to bring small kids on a tour, be sure they understand "no touching"!
- The cave is wet and the path is slippery at times. There is a handrail to keep you upright, but wear appropriate footwear, preferably with non-slip soles
- It can get hot and humid in the cavern. Really hot. Dress accordingly. Bring some cold water.
- You don't have to be an athlete to take a cave tour, but there is a lot of walking and some climbing and, as previously mentioned, it gets hot. It's not extremely strenuous, but just know your own physical limits before going.
- Stay near the front of the pack so you can hear your tour guide. While seeing the formations alone is amazing, learning about the geology and ecology makes the trip that much more enjoyable.
As the 16th largest city in the United States and part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, Fort Worth has come out from under the shadow of its "big sister" city, Dallas. Fort Worth is an eclectic blend of cowboy-meets-culture: whether you prefer to spend your time in a museum or watching the world's only twice-daily cattle drive, this city offers plenty of things to do. And, if you need to give your wallet a little rest, here are 10 fantastic things to do in this city, completely free:
Oh, and one more thing in Fort Worth that's free:
"Molly the Trolley" is a vintage-style vehicle that offers a quick and convenient way to travel throughout the downtown area for free, from the Fort Worth Convention Center to Sundance Square. Molly stops near every downtown hotel property, landmark, dining, shopping and entertainment venue. Be sure to hop aboard for a free ride while exploring Fort Worth's free treasures. >> more info
I've got nothing against a good art museum or a sobering historical exhibit. In fact, I think a great museum is one of the high points of a trip to a new place. But, as Americans, I think most of us also love to explore the weird, the silly, the strange and the morbid. With that in mind, I present to you ten of Texas' weirdest, coolest and most unique museums.
You don't kayak the Medina River for a wild, whitewater, exhilarating day on the water. You kayak the Medina because you want a relaxing excursion, surrounded by pristine, natural beauty and wildlife, shaded by the arching cypress trees where you can just let the river do most of the work.
Would y'all be surprised to learn that Texas is the number ONE horse state in the U.S.? We’ve got over 1 million horses within our borders, and the primary breeding and ranching areas are in Denton County, north of Fort Worth almost to the Oklahoma border. The area is a national equine breeding and training area with over 300 large farms and ranches. Best known for the Quarter Horse, the area also turns out superior Thoroughbreds, Paints, Arabians, Appaloosas and more. Many disciplines are practiced here, including cutting, halter, roping, western pleasure, dressage and reining.
Until recently, this gem of Texas landscape was unknown to most people, but growing awareness of the area’s beauty, educational value and pure Western American heritage is making a visit to North Texas Horse Country a must-do for many travelers. And now that springtime is here, you’re bound to see a few newborn foals.
There are two great ways to experience Horse Country.
Self-Guided Driving Tour – I’m a guy who likes to get behind the wheel and hit the road, so my first time through Horse Country, I opted for the driving tour. I like the idea of deciding my own agenda, visiting the ranches that interested me and making spontaneous stops at my own whim. Maps are available (contact the Denton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau) showing the ranches along the way. Ranch owners try to accommodate visitors and ask for a “heads up” phone call if you’re planning on stopping by. However, these are real, working ranches and sometimes the owners are unable to take time to entertain guests. For example, one ranch I stopped at was experiencing a medical emergency with one of their prized stallions. The owners, ranch hands and several veterinarians were understandably more concerned with the horse than with showing me around. They apologized and invited me back another time. Other facilities did have some spare time for me and I enjoyed watching the ranchers and horses at work.
Guided Tours - The following year, I opted for the guided tour. We met in Denton and settled onto a comfortable bus. A really knowledgeable guide made the trip both educational and entertaining as we visited 3 different ranches, all of which were expecting us and had made time to show us their horses, demonstrate the work they do and divulged the inner workings of the ranch. Midway through, a nice “cowboy lunch” was served and I got to chat with folks from all over the U.S. All this for $40! It was definitely worth it. Reserve your spot through the Denton Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
If you’re traveling in and around the Denton area and want to experience the history and heritage of the American West, be sure to include North Texas Horse Country on your agenda.
You won't find it in most travel guides and the locals are glad about that. They would prefer that not too many people find out about the Texas Junk Company.
About 30 minutes south of Houston, right off I-45, is the small, coastal town of Kemah, part of the grouping of towns called Bay Area Houston. Kemah is known for its bustling boardwalk, nestled along Clear Creek Channel which opens up into Galveston Bay. The area is a charming Gulf Coast destination that gets millions of visitors each year.
Back in earlier days, Kemah used to be a rustic shrimping port on Galveston Bay where you could buy some fresh shrimp and a beer and sit by the dock on an afternoon to watch the boats come in. During the 90s, a developer built the boardwalk and brought in amusement rides, restaurants, shops and carnival games and turned it into a tourist attraction. I do have to admit, it is somewhat "touristy", but to me, that's not a bad thing. On a recent sunny day in early February, I was one of those tourists enjoying a stroll along the Kemah Boardwalk.
The Kemah boardwalk is essentially an amusement park featuring some great rides, such as The Boardwalk Bullet, a 96' wooden roller coaster. It reaches speeds of 51 mph and gets so close to the water's edge, it feels like it will fling you into the bay! You'll also find midway games, theme shops and souvenir stores. There are plenty of restaurants along the boardwalk, and most have seats overlooking the water. All of the restaurants are good and of course, they all offer plenty of seafood dishes. You won't get a fresher catch anywhere else. In addition to the rides and midway games, there are often events or festivals going on at the Boardwalk. Check the Kemah Boardwalk website for up-to-date information.
I started my afternoon in Kemah with lunch at the Aquarium Restaurant. This restaurant offers many attractions beyond its good food - they feature a 50,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling aquarium housing more than 100 species of tropical fish and sharks, and Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays. They've also added a Rainforest themed exhibit with piranhas, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas. Under the blue glow of the huge aquarium, I enjoyed a New Orleans Po-Boy with shrimp which was really fresh and tasty. If you don't feel like a sit-down lunch, another great option is to check out the food vendors along the boardwalk. You'll find the expected carnival type fare along with some unique items worth trying. Just "graze" your way through and sample a few items from different carts.
After lunch, I thought about going on the Bullet, but decided that wasn't best done right after a big meal, so instead, I meandered along the boardwalk, enjoying the relaxing sight of boats floating slowly by. I checked out some of the shops, which are what you'd typically expect to find in a touristy area - souvenirs, Kemah T-shirts, beach wear.
There's no entry fee for the boardwalk, but the rides cost $4-5 each. If you think you will be going on several rides, your best bet is to get an all-day pass. The cost is $20, but with a little pre-planning, you can sometimes get discount coupons. In fact, right now in February, there's a Wintertime Blues promotion on the Kemah Boardwalk website which offers an all-day pass at $5 when you buy one at regular price. During other times of the year, check the Houston Chronicle for discounts coupons or search online.
Still in the neighborhood at dinner time? You can certainly try one of the other many restaurants along the boardwalk, but what I'd recommend is walking a few blocks over to Highway 146 and eating at T-Bone Tom's, a down-home, family style restaurant where the food is really good and really plentiful. You can get seafood here, but when a place has "T-Bone" in the title, your best bet is usually the meat and that's for sure true here. I started with an appetizer of "Armadillo Eggs", which aren’t eggs and they're not from armadillos, either. These are large jalapeños, stuffed with brisket and deep fried. Served with a creamy dipping sauce, they are really fantastic. I could have made a whole dinner of these, but I also had to try their ribeye steak. This was 14 ounces of choice, tender beef, bathed in some sort of magic marinade with a pineapple tang to it. It was truly a memorable dinner. (we covered T-Bone Tom's a few years back during our quest for the best chicken-fried steak. Read about it here.)
Overall, Kemah is the perfect family getaway. It's a paradise for children and a romantic date for couples. There’s lots to do during the cooler months and it’s a great destination during the warm months when the water activities and refreshing Gulf breezes keep you cool. Make a day of it!
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this time of year, there’s a lot of pressure on guys like me to be “romantic”. Romance doesn't come naturally to me, but my lady is worth my best effort so, every February, I make sure to remember the flowers, the chocolates and the fancy restaurant reservation. A bit predictable, I know, but she always appreciates it. Last year, though, I kicked it up a notch. I surprised my wife with a weekend in Texas Wine Country. She is a real wine-lover and it had been many years since we had done a winery trip so it seemed like the perfect Valentine's getaway.
There is a reason why wineries are often chosen for proposals, weddings and honeymoons: the romance quotient is over the top! The grounds are always beautiful, overlooking acres of grapes, with secluded spots along the walkways and secret gardens. The air smells earthy and fruity. Each winery has its own look - rustic, modern, European – its own mood and its own story. Many of them have B&Bs on the premises, adding another layer to the romantic atmosphere. My wife and I have great memories of strolling hand in hand among the vines, dancing to the music of a guitar duo and clinking our wine glasses together making a secret toast to each other.
There are two ways to experience a winery tour: a self-guided driving trip or a professional tour company. We were staying in Fredricksburg so, on our first day, we got a map (like this one) and decided to just drive east along Rt. 290. We started out at Chisolm Trail Winery and had a great lunch, followed by a tasting of their wonderful reds and whites (tastings are usually priced at about $5 for 5 samples). If you decide to drive in your own car, you need to have a plan. Either select a designated driver or do what I did: spit! First, you inhale the scent of the wine from the glass, then take a sip and swish it around your palette. Then, you *ahem* spit it out. The first time, I admit I felt a bit self-conscious and wondered how this was fitting into my romance plan. But soon, you realize everyone else is doing it and you don't think twice about politely spitting out your sip of wine into the buckets provided. We sipped and spat our way through about three more wineries that afternoon and really enjoyed exploring at our own pace, being spontaneous and taking as long as we liked at each location.
On the second day, we decided to try a tour company that specialized in the area's wineries. Heart of Texas Wine Country offers a choice of three routes leaving out of Marble Falls (about an hour northeast of Fredricksburg). This is a full day trip and you will spend time at around 5 different wineries. Our tour guide, Dale, was friendly and really knowledgeable about the area, the grapes that are growing there and the history of each of the wineries we visited. We enjoyed all the stops on our tour, but our favorites were Stone House Vineyard, which overlooks Lake Travis and provides breathtaking scenery and Bella Vista Ranch, a Tuscan-style farmstead which not only produces grapes and wine but also grows olives and produces their own olive oil. Although we enjoyed the previous day’s driving tour, it was nice leaving the keys to someone else and feeling free to taste – and swallow – the wine without worrying about unsafe driving.
Guys, if you want to surprise your Valentine with more than just a heart-shaped box and roses -- or ladies, if you are in charge of the romance in your relationship -- there’s a “wine country” in most regions of Texas. For starters, check this map to see if there’s a trail near where you live or plan to vacation. There are all sorts of Valentine's Day events going on, from gourmet winery dinners, B&B "romance packages", to wine and chocolate pairings, even a special, limited edition wine called "Valentine" from Bernhardt Winery.
All the wines we tasted were fantastic. We brought home many bottles of reds and whites, at least one from every vineyard we visited and, although I’m usually a beer guy, I have to say I have enjoyed opening each of those bottles throughout the year and revisiting the tastes, the memories and, yes, the romance of that Valentine’s Day vacation.
I just read that Trip Advisor published a list of 15 travel destinations on the rise. Can you guess which Texas city was in the #2 spot? It’s the great state capitol of Texas, good ol’ Austin.
It’s a new year, a leap year. A whole new 366 days to explore the adventure to be found on Texas back roads, on Main Street, and in the heart of Texans who make this the greatest state in the Union.
On my calendar for this year are blogging and photo trips to new craft breweries such as the Karbach Brewing Company in Houston, and established wineries from Bernhardt in Plantersville to the Fairhaven Vineyards in Hawkins.
Minor League baseball will be played for the first time in Sugar Land when the Skeeters take to the diamond at Constellation Field this spring. I plan to be there to cover the action.
I’ll be heading over to Grand Saline to check out the reptilian action at the East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park, paying my respects at painted churches, and continuing the search for the best catfish kitchen in the state. So much to see, so much report . . .
In 2011 Texas highways led me to some mighty fine food, new friends, little known historical spots, and quirky attractions. Quality time spent with retired railroad man Bobby Jack Middleton in Hearne and Frank the hobo in Tomball was unexpected. The thick chocolate malt that I found at The Diner in Corsicana brought back childhood memories, while hearing first person accounts of the ghosts of Galveston, San Antonio and on The Lex in Corpus Christi was chilling.
Coming face-to-face with “Old Sparky”, the infamous electric chair at Huntsville’s Texas Prison Museum, was thoughtful provoking, and visiting the graves of men who fought for the Texas military during the American Civil War was humbling.
I loved touring the Tee Pee Motel in Wharton with its rows of cone-shaped lodges, a throwback to the day when the family summer vacation was made in a station wagon and Route 66 was more than just a tune on the AM radio.
Sampling Dr Pepper made from the original sugar laced recipe in Dublin was sweet . . . pun intended. The Sterling McCall Cadillac Museum in Warrenton was a nice surprise and exploring the historic Fulton Mansion near Rockport was really cool for a fan of architectural design.
Then there were the churches, big and small. The stained glass at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top was “heavenly”, and the tiny Saint Martin’s Catholic Church on Highway 237 was so . . . small.
The mom-and-pop restaurants that I visited in 2011 were no less than awesome. The T-bone steak at San Antonio’s Josephine Street Café easily went head-to-head with the fried shrimp at the Laguna Reef in Flour Bluff. Barbecue at Holders in Dobbin was just as good as the original “pig sandwich” at the Pig Stand on Broadway in the Alamo City. And, the burger at the Chicken Oil Company in Bryan is still at the top of my list . . . well, at least for now.
My Texas getaways were seriously good in 2011. Maybe this year you’ll hit the road to create your own Lone Star adventures and meet a character or two. I certainly plan to keep on pick-up truckin’ across the state on my own as a Texas trekker. It’s just too much fun not to!
Listen . . . the open road is calling. Can you hear it?
Michael Baxter is the Texas Travelin' Man
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