Browsing category: Texas Travels

A Visit to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Begs a Question

What is it about flowers? That was the question my friend posed to the rest of our four-person yaya group as we tiptoed through the tulips at The Dallas Arboretum. Why, now that we're at this age and at this stage, do we love flowers so much? None of us had a great answer to that. It must have been the state of springtime stupor to which we had succumbed. Who could possibly think very hard at all when our senses were fastened on such flora and fauna? One after another, we slowly shook our heads and dreamily, softly, hardly

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A Weekend in San Antonio Sure Does a Body Good

[caption id="attachment_9161" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from Shutterstock - Sean Pavone[/caption] Most of us who have grown up in Texas have visited the city of San Antonio at least once. But Texas is so big, so vast, so wide and so long that getting there may not happen all that often. After a recent trip from up north to down south, I found myself feeling a little sad about that, because a relaxing weekend in San Antonio sure does a body good. San Antonio is a Long Way from the Panhandle Growing up in Amarillo,

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Hiking at The Violet Crown Trail

One of the things I love most about my man and this marriage we're still perfecting is the fact that we are also still discovering new things about each other. Hiking is One of Those Things In the first place, we didn't date long enough to know much about each other. In the second place, I guess that's part of what has made these years together so much fun. We are still combining what makes us individually him and individually me into what is collectively known as us. For example, neither one of us ever individually knew that

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Shopping in Lakeway, Texas

If life were all about the shopping, I would definitely come up short and be constantly confessing my aversion for it. I just don't love to shop. H-o-w-e-v-e-r, when it comes to this kind of shopping, I can do it all the livelong day. Put me in a store where the music is good and there's something yummy to drink while browsing, and you have now lured me in like a slow southern catfish who only goes for the best of the bait. Speaking of bait, Texas is home to some beautiful communities where fishing is not afar off, my

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The Carpenter Hotel – Retro Comfy Meets South Austin Trendy

Austin has no shortage of great places to the stay the night. If you want fancy, we've got it. Prefer rustic? There's plenty of that around these parts, too. But if you're looking for a hotel that offers a retro feel with a side note of history, you might want to check out The Carpenter Hotel on Josephine Street. Hall Turned Hotel This is the way the building looked back in the day when it was the Carpenters Union Hall. [caption id="attachment_7860" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from The Carpenter

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2nd Annual Essential List of Home Tours

As the sayings go, a man's home is his castle, his sanctuary and where his heart is. Home is where we let our hair down and enjoy some solitude away, ballgames on tv, and sleeping in our own beds. The opportunity to visit someone inside the four walls of where they live is an honor on any day of the week, but on home tours, the experience takes on an added air of expectancy. Our homes are where we dwell, where we think, where we smile and where we discuss all manner of topics. It's this opportunity to see inside the soul of

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Great Places to Snap Some Fall Scenery Around Austin

Listed as America's top state for business, Texas ranks high in categories that make this a great place to live and do business. One such qualifying criteria for our high marks measures quality of life. Truthfully, we do have an exceptional quality of life here in the Lone Star State, don't we, pardners? Nowhere can you find any more fantastic food, amazing entertainers (George Strait!), captivating culture nor satisfying scenery. Speaking of scenery, here's just a smidgen of exceptional places to snap yourself some fall scenery

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Austin Central Library Makes List of 100 Greatest Places

Ranking in Time Magazine's List of 100 Greatest Places of 2018 is the Austin Central Library. That's quite an accomplishment, considering this is a list of unique places to visit around the entire planet of Earth. If you haven't seen it for yourself, head over there to celebrate National Read a Book Day! There's plenty to see, along with over 300,000 volumes to read. That means that if you're a little bookish, you might want to allow yourself several hours. Tip: the library is beautiful any time of the day, but my favorite time

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The Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well – Make Your Reservations Soon

Two places that always top the charts of Austin area must-see locations are The Blue Hole and Jacob's Well. After 4 years of living here, we recently decided it was way past time to see these two gems for ourselves. If you're like us, and you've never seen these well-Instagrammed spots either, check out the reservation pages here and here. There are still available times between now and the last day of swimming - September 30. The Blue Hole The Blue Hole itself is a gorgeous water feature inside the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional

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Buc-ee’s Has a Huge Selection of Gifts for Men

I love all the men in my life and I really do get a little excited when I stumble onto a place that offers a plethora of gift choices that are sure to please their little hard-to-buy-for masculine selves! Such was the case during a recent stop at Buc-ee's on the way from Houston to Austin. Man, do they ever have a good selection of gifts for men! Buc-ee's Has Hunting Stuff These boots from ForEverlast Hunting and Fishing Products promise to withstand a snake bite and scratches from the brush while your man is trekking around

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