Thanksgiving Travel Opportunities

If you’re having family over for Thanksgiving here’s a tip:Prepare dinner the day before, leave the key under the doormat, leave instructions on how to reheat the dinner and get out of town. There are still some fantastic deals all around Texas whether you leave on Thanksgiving Day or on Black Friday. Even though there will be tens of millions of people on the road, hotel rates are LOW. Here are some examples:Houston hotels near the Galleria are as low as $52.00San Antonio hotels near the Riverwalk are as low as $92.00Austin hotels near 6th…Read more

Wurstfest recap and a visit to Gruene

WurstfestOK you probably think I’m going to use the expression I had the Wusrt time, or it was the Wurst festival I’ve ever been to, or it was the Best of the Wurst, but I wouldn’t do that to you. You expect a lot more and I hope I’ll give it to you. As you know this was my first visit to New Braunfels and Wurstfest and even though I didn’t get to explore New Braunfels the way it should be, Wurstfest was fantastic. From the festival grounds to the food, to the music,…Read more

Congratulations to all the winners of tickets to Wurstfest 2009.

The response was tremendous and your comments were appreciated. You will be able to see your comments and the others, by clicking the comments section of each post. So here is what I learned about where to find the best Chicken Fried Steak.The city with the most restaurant suggestions was San Antonio.The restaurant with the most votes was (drum roll) The Gristmill in Gruene followed by Babes (several locations) Tip Tops in San Antonio and Charlie’s also in San Antonio.So it’s The Wurstfest this Saturday, look for me, I’ll be the one Saluting my…Read more

Who has the best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas?

What is it about Chicken Fried Steak that causes my stomach to make a funny noise and my lips to begin smacking all by themselves?One can't travel without eating, and when traveling around Texas you have to order a staple, Chicken Fried Steak (CFS). The only problem is if you have too many of these, you may have to staple your stomach.Okay, so here's the challenge. Who makes the best CFS? Now don't tell me it's your uncle Bobby Joe Robbie. I want my CFS from a Café, an Inn, a hole in…Read more

Gallivantin’ in Galveston

Gallivantin' in Galveston, Texas Galveston, Texas continues to make music. There are a few band members missing, but the beat goes on. This was my first visit since Hurricane Ike and my first impression as I drove over the Causeway was things are looking good. The mighty Seawall did its job. It kept Galveston as safe as possible. Just about all the hotels and restaurants in Galveston are open and doing well. One of the best things to come out of Hurricane Ike is the new Galveston Beach. I could tell you how…Read more

A Texas Travel Information Blog – Why not?

A Blog about Texas travel? Why not? What will be different from other Blogs about traveling in Texas? You'll just have to keep reading to find out.Now I'm not a native Texan, but I'm a Traveler. I've lived in Texas since 2005 and have had the opportunity to see just a small part. My goal is to visit every corner of this great state to find the good, the bad (I'm not looking for the bad, but I know it's out there) and the ugly. I'm also very opinionated. So you'll hear about…Read more

TOUR TEXAS: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

It was the kind of day that comes around far too seldom. In fact, it was an alternative route that brought such delight as a constant rain fell from the north Texas sky.As in Robert Frost’s classic poem, “The Road Not Taken”, I decided to drive home along the road less traveled, and just as Frost had poetically suggested, it really did make all the difference.In the roundabout route I took Highway 377 outside of Fort Worth and traveled south passing through one small town after another. For the longest time the blinding mist…Read more

TOUR TEXAS: ALL ABOARD FOR THE MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

 Though he looks like an early twentieth century Station Agent, Ken Walden never worked for the railroad. His well groomed gray beard and wire-rimmed glasses are a reminiscent of a time when the City of Tomball, Texas was a rural community of farmers, prosperous businessmen and employees of the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad.  The dark suit with a pin-striped vest, and gold pocket watch are just what one would expect to see at the station as he stepped forward to meet steam locomotives at the platform with loads of freight and passengers. No, Ken…Read more

TOUR TEXAS: TEE PEE TOURIST

 Vacationing with the family in the 1950s was a lot different from today. I remember rolling along two-lane highways in our white over turquoise Ford Fairlane while singing to rock and roll tunes on the AM radio. Our air conditioning was called 4-40 . . . that’s all four windows rolled down at 40 mile per hour.  Bathroom breaks were on the roadside or the occasional small town along the route, and oh how we looked forward to the big billboards featuring images of pecan nut logs that read, “Stuckey’s . . . 100 miles”,…Read more