The Gateway to Texas in a City Called Orange

The Gateway to Texas in a City Called Orange

Orange, TX is a charming, friendly city located in the southeast corner of Texas, right on the border of Louisiana. Known as the “Gateway to Texas”, this city is rich with history, spectacular wildlife, and a thriving arts scene. Orange truly has something for everyone. Patrons of the arts like to visit Orange because it is known as a premier cultural destination of southeast Texas. The Lutcher Theater, a 1450-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility, brings in national tours of Broadway hits and other top-notch entertainment.  The city also offers world-class museums like The Stark Museum of Art, home to…Read more
Saddle up for Some Christmas Caroling in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World”

Saddle up for Some Christmas Caroling in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World”

Christmas caroling is a popular activity during this festive time of year; besides being a lot of fun, it’s a great way to spread some holiday cheer. In Bandera, “the Cowboy Capital of the World”, they’ve come up with a uniquely Texan way to perform those heartfelt Christmas songs we all know and love so well: they sing them while on horseback! The event is called Christmas Singing in the Saddle, and is sponsored by The Longhorn Saloon, a Bandera hotspot. The Longhorn is a fun, cowboy-themed bar with all the charms of…Read more
All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride — A Magical Experience in Palestine, TX

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride — A Magical Experience in Palestine, TX

The huge steam engine pulls into the station, puffing huge plumes of smoke and filling the air with the smell of its coal-burning engine. The Polar Express™ Train Ride has arrived on the Texas State Railroad and your very special journey to the North Pole is about to begin! Christmas and trains seem to share a special connection. That's probably why the book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg become an instant holiday classic in 1985. The story follows an 8-year-old boy who begins have doubts about Santa and the magic of Christmas until…Read more
Come and Spend Some Time in El Paso, Where the Real First Thanksgiving Took Place

Come and Spend Some Time in El Paso, Where the Real First Thanksgiving Took Place

How would y’all like to spend your "Turkey Day" in the same place where America’s first Thanksgiving happened? No, I’m not talking about Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims and local Indians celebrated an autumn harvest festival touted as our first Thanksgiving. I’m talking about a place in El Paso. That's right, before the Pilgrims had their famous feast in 1621, a similar type of celebration occurred in 1598, and it happened right here in Texas! Spanish explorer Don Juan De Oñate crossed the unforgiving Chihuahuan Desert, leading an expedition of 500 colonists and 7,000 head of livestock…Read more
Beautiful Blooms and a Buggy Barn in Blanco, Texas

Beautiful Blooms and a Buggy Barn in Blanco, Texas

 It's a bit ironic: this Texas town is known for its purple fields of lavender flowers, yet its name means "white". Blanco, nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, about 45 miles west of Austin, is called the Lavender Capital of Texas. From May through July, the beautiful lavender plant (used in soaps, oils, perfumes, shampoos, lotions) bursts into pastel bloom here , attracting visitors looking to witness the spectacular fragrant, purple fields, visit lavender farms, and celebrate at the town’s annual Lavender Festival in the spring. But Blanco is more than just a hotspot for lavender lovers;…Read more
Catch the Pumpkin Artistry at these Events in Austin

Catch the Pumpkin Artistry at these Events in Austin

Header photo credit When I was a kid, I loved carving jack-o-lanterns! I’d find the perfect pumpkin, and then cut out 2 triangles for his eyes, another triangle for his nose, and finish off with a crescent moon shaped mouth, giving him a cute, gap-toothed grin. Nowadays, pumpkin carving has grown into an art, with creations far exceeding the beloved Jack-O-Lantern of my youth. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bemoaning the pumpkin’s progress…far from it! I love carving pumpkins even more now and I eagerly look forward to trying out new designs…Read more
Countdown to The State Fair of Texas 2015

Countdown to The State Fair of Texas 2015

 The State Fair of Texas has been a Lone Star tradition since its humble beginnings back in 1886. Visitors come from all over the world to experience this much anticipated annual event. This year, the fair (themed “Passport to Texas”) will run Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 18, at Fair Park in Dallas. Besides the rides, entertainment, exhibits, and attractions, it will be a place family and friends come to celebrate the culture, history and cuisine of Texas. And boy, will there be cuisine...and more than likely, it will be fried! I plan…Read more
Big Bend National Park: Hiking the Chisos Mountains

Big Bend National Park: Hiking the Chisos Mountains

Top photo credit I’ve just returned from a trip to Big Bend National Park, and I can still feel the pure, fresh mountain air in my lungs! I can also feel the sore, tired muscles in my legs from all of the hiking I did…but that’s a small price to pay, considering how refreshed and rejuvenated I feel! Big Bend National Park is really three parks in one: you’ll find mountain, desert, and river environments which are home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, historic buildings, artifacts, fossils, and some of…Read more
The Perfect Beach Vacation Awaits on Bolivar Peninsula

The Perfect Beach Vacation Awaits on Bolivar Peninsula

Top photo credit Take a ride on the Galveston-Bolivar ferry and you'll end up at one of the most popular summer destinations in Texas, the Bolivar Peninsula. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land that runs parallel to the coast in southeast Texas, facing Galveston Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. With its 27 miles of beautiful beaches spanning 5 unique communities, the area is a haven for anyone who loves the sand and surf. Many visitors spend their entire summer in one of Bolivar's beach communities;…Read more
Alpine, TX: the “Hub of the Big Bend”

Alpine, TX: the “Hub of the Big Bend”

Nestled between majestic Davis Mountains and the great Chihuahuan desert lies the town of Alpine, TX. Central to several nearby towns and surrounded by the region's natural assets, Alpine is sometimes called the "Hub of the Big Bend". For many travelers, the town is a layover on the way to somewhere else. But this charming locale, with its friendly folks, variety of cozy accommodations, great restaurants, quaint shops and boutiques, galleries, museums, and even its own minor-league baseball stadium (home of the Alpine Cowboys), is itself a great destination, worthy of a few day's stay in your itinerary.…Read more