Santa’s Wonderland: the Biggest Christmas Attraction in Texas

Santa’s Wonderland: the Biggest Christmas Attraction in Texas

Last year, my wife wanted us to visit Santa’s Wonderland in College Station (a city located 90 miles northwest of Houston in the heart of the Bravos Valley). I heard wonderful things about Santa’s Wonderland, but I also heard about the long lines and hordes of people who attend this popular holiday event…not exactly my cup of tea. So, I told her maybe next year.  Well, next year is here, and being a man of my word, I took her last weekend. Yes, the lines were long and the crowds were out in…Read more
Keep Austin Weird…and Batty!

Keep Austin Weird…and Batty!

Top image credit I love spending time in Austin; I find it to be one of the most fascinating and eclectic cities I’ve ever been to. Any city with a slogan like: “Keep Austin Weird” is a place I’ll come back to again and again…and so should you! Besides being the capital of Texas and the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin is also heralded for her wide variety of vibrant entertainment and culture, her incredible array of dining experiences, her beautiful outdoor settings, and the amazingly diverse group of inhabitants who…Read more
Beat the Heat at Jacob’s Well

Beat the Heat at Jacob’s Well

Top photo credit When the summer heat really starts to broil, there's nowhere I'd rather be than a good swimming hole. Luckily, Texas is known for having some really amazing ones around our state. (Check this great article on the Tour  Texas website: "10 Beautiful Texas Swimming Holes to Cool Off at This Summer".) One of my favorite Texas swimming holes is Jacob’s Well, an artesian spring located in Wimberley, about a 50 minute drive from Austin. The mouth of Jacob’s Well is about 12 feet in diameter, and thousands of gallons of water…Read more
San Antonio Lights Up the East Side With the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

San Antonio Lights Up the East Side With the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

The city of San Antonio is known for many things -- the RiverWalk, the Alamo and its neighboring missions, a rich Hispanic heritage, and amazing Tex-Mex food among them. And over the past several years, the city has really begun to shine in another area: art. San Antonio features world-class museums, wonderful local art, and the recently renovated Tobin Center for the Performing Arts which draws artists from all corners of the world. It's fitting, then, that nine years ago, the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival was created, an event which celebrates all genres of art, provides an incubator for experimental works, a forum…Read more
Get Your Goat On in Brady, Texas This Labor Day Weekend!

Get Your Goat On in Brady, Texas This Labor Day Weekend!

What do you think is the most popular type of meat consumed around the world? Most people might guess beef or chicken, but they'd be wrong. The answer is goat meat (source). While 63% of our global population eats goat, you still don't see it that often on American menus. But there's a town in Texas that's been doing their part for many years to try to raise the profile of goat meat and introduce it to the masses. This Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3, the town of Brady, Texas hosts the World…Read more
Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

Zilker Park: A Metropolitan Oasis in Austin

It's a lazy, hazy, hot July day in Austin and I'm outside. In the heat. In the humidity. I usually try to visit air-conditioned venues at this time of year for obvious reasons. But there are some places worth a bit of sweat and Zilker Park is one of them.  Settling into a spot under a shady tree to write this blog, I'm watching plenty of people riding bikes, picnicking, walking dogs and searching for Pokémon, and I know that even the hot Texas sun can't keep folks away from a good time in a beautiful spot.…Read more
There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

There’s Something New in Galveston: the First Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival

The city of Galveston knows how to throw a great party! This month, they're adding a brand new celebration to the roster, the Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival.  This event brings the best of Louisiana across the border into Galveston, featuring Cajun culinary specialties and entertainment. You'll also find Texan cuisine and plenty of fresh Gulf seafood, but the star of the show will definitely be the Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to spicy perfection. The festival will also feature some great musical guests. You'll be tapping your feet to a Creole beat with Zydeco…Read more
Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Experience the Cowboy Way of Life in Vernon

Vernon, Texas, is no stranger to the cowboy way of life. Back in the 1800’s the Great Western Cattle Trail brought over 7 million cattle and horses right through the town on their way to Kansas and Nebraska. So, it’s quite fitting that Vernon, located in North Central Texas just about halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Amarillo, will once again be hosting the Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo. This year’s rodeo (which, as y’all probably know is Texas’ official state sport) will take place May 18-21, in the historic Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds—the same…Read more
Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

Exotic, Wild Beasts Roaming in Texas?

About 40 miles northwest of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex live a group of animals that aren't exactly native to Texas. Bears, tigers, lions, primates all live the good life in Boyd, Texas at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, a fascinating place to visit. It's not a zoo;  in fact, many of the animals here have been rescued from zoos and circuses, confiscated from people trying to keep them as pets or saved from some other bad circumstance. The sanctuary was founded in 1988 as a safe haven for abused and abandoned exotic animals. While it's never…Read more
Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

On March 6th, one of the most significant events in the history of not only our state, but our country, will be commemorated: the Battle of the Alamo. Why is this battle so important? I think because it shows just how much we Americans value our freedoms and what we will sacrifice to preserve them. At the Alamo, 189 documented defenders took on thousands of Mexican troops, a turning point in the Texas Revolution. The valiant “Texians” held on for 12 days, finally being annihilated on the 13th day, March 6. The event…Read more