Texas

    The Comfortable and Charming Historic Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas

    11/23/16 •

    After roughing it in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, I especially enjoyed the comfortable and charming Gage Hotel in tiny Marathon. In 1927, businessman Alfred Gage built the elegant adobe hotel. But he died the same year, and the hotel fell into disrepair. In the late 1970s, Houston couple J.P. and Mary Jon…

    Benini Foundation Gallery and Sculpture Ranch Near Johnson City, Texas

    7/04/17 •

    During a recent trip through Texas Hill Country, my husband and I took a side trip to the Benini Foundation Galleries and Sculpture Ranch near Johnson City. We were delighted to find more than 30 contemporary sculptures scattered on a lovely 140-acre ranch owned by Benini, a well-known Italian painter. Driving along the sometimes rough…

    Jefferson, Texas: Once the Largest Inland Port in the US

    6/27/16 •

    is a classic example of how determined residents can resurrect small towns. Visit this Texas treasure for yourself and see what a small garden club can “grow”! Fast Facts Jefferson is in East Texas, roughly 55 miles northwest of Shreveport, Louisiana at the junction of State Highway 49 and U.S. Highway 59, and about 20…

    Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas (1)

    4/30/16 •

    Remember Popeye’s source of superhuman strength? So does Crystal City, Texas, which calls itself the “Spinach Capital of the World.” The town honors the feisty cartoon character with a statue outside City Hall, erected in 1937, and it also throws a rollicking Spinach Festival every November. The lineup includes a spectacular parade… the crowning of…

    Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas: Full of Secrets Waiting To Be Uncovered

    6/14/16 •

    Pratt, who donated much of the park’s land. He often called this canyon “the most beautiful spot in Texas,” especially in fall, when the brilliant foliage rivals anything in New England. But I found the early-spring wildflowers equally breathtaking. Serious hikers won’t want to miss Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. It’s a 3,000-foot…

    The Oldest Dr Pepper Bottling Plant Is In Fredericksburg, Texas

    6/03/14 •

    While heading home from a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, my husband and I stopped in Dublin and quenched our thirst at the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the United States. Entering through Old Doc’s Soda Shop, which serves fountain drinks, sandwiches and ice cream, I felt like we’d stepped back in time. And our…

    Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas: For the Meat and Potatoes Lover

    8/24/16 •

    We made a great discovery this summer — the Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas. Texas is known for its steaks, and this eatery follows that tradition. Owners Gabe and Cozy Parson, who also run a local cattle ranch, serve up an 8-ounce aged rib eye steak, salad, potato or rice plus cobbler for dessert…

    See Prehistoric Dinosaur Tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas

    7/31/17 •

    You can go wild when you make tracks for these central-Texas attractions. Glen rose, Texas is the only place I know where you can look at prehistoric dinosaur tracks, then drive a few miles to a wildlife park filled with rare and endangered animals. Located in the central part of the state, Glen Rose is…

    Stonehenge II: A Replica of England's Stonehedge in Texas

    12/08/17 •

    Like many travelers, I came to a screeching halt when I first saw the half-size replica of England’s mysterious Stonehenge while driving through Texas Hill Country near Hunt. Known as Stonehenge II, the country curiosity stands on private land. But visitors are invited to park their cars in a free lot across the street and…