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Unique Museum Remembers the Medics Who Rescued U.S. Soldiers
05/23/2014
Unique Museum Remembers the Medics Who Rescued U.S. Soldiers I'm in the San Antonio area this week and, with Memorial Day approaching, I thought I'd finally pay a visit to a place that's been on my list for awhile: the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum at the Fort Houston Army Base.
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A Berry Fun Event: the Pasadena Strawberry Festival
05/07/2014
A Berry Fun Event: the Pasadena Strawberry Festival Pasadena was once known as the "Strawberry Capital of the South." The strawberries grown here were known for their size and sweetness and were shipped all over the country. Pasadena may have since relinquished its title, but since 1974 residents here have been paying tribute to their beloved fruit with a Texas-sized event that’s sure to satisfy the entire family.
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Sam Houston: a Giant Among Men
04/08/2014
Sam Houston: a Giant Among Men Y'all don’t have to be from Texas to know that Sam Houston was a key figure in the history of this iconic state. The fact that one of our biggest metro areas is named after him is a clue that he did something significant.
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VIVA FIESTA San Antonio! The Biggest Celebration in Texas
03/31/2014
VIVA FIESTA San Antonio! The Biggest Celebration in Texas The whole city of San Antonio is getting ready for a huge party. They're sweeping the streets, grooming the horses, tuning instruments, reviewing plans, ordering up the food - all those things you'd need to do when your city puts on one of the biggest parties in the U.S. It's Fiesta® San Antonio!
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Animals Gone Wild! at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco
03/06/2014
Animals Gone Wild! at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco As my readers know, I am the kind of guy who really enjoys the great outdoors and nature. Lucky for me, I live in Texas -- a state that is teeming with a wide variety of landscapes, terrains and wildlife to experience and enjoy.
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It's the World's Largest Event of Its Kind: the Annual Houston Livestock and Rodeo
02/28/2014
It's the World's Largest Event of Its Kind: the Annual Houston Livestock and Rodeo Every great city seems to have a signature event: New York City has their annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, New Orleans has Mardi Gras, and Houston has the world famous Livestock Show and Rodeo.
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The Most Romantic City in TX Helps Guys Channel their Inner Gentleman
02/14/2014
The Most Romantic City in TX Helps Guys Channel their Inner Gentleman Guys, if y'all are anything like me, it wouldn't kill you to get a little help in the romance department. And the style department. And etiquette and culture, too. In fact, when it comes to things I could use help in, the list is not a short one.
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Which Texas City was Named the Most Romantic? You May Be Surprised
02/13/2014
Which Texas City was Named the Most Romantic? You May Be Surprised A stroll along the moonlit River Walk under a canopy of cypress trees, a glass of wine at a waterside table, the serenade of a mariachi band, the beautiful 18th-century Spanish colonial architecture -- it's all the perfect backdrop for an amorous getaway with the one you love.
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A Room With a View: Glass Bathrooms in Sulphur Springs
01/11/2014
A Room With a View: Glass Bathrooms in Sulphur Springs About 90 minutes northeast of Dallas, you'll find the small town of Sulphur Springs. It's an active community with a bustling downtown area, lots of fun events and music festivals, great shopping and dining, and fantastic fishing and boating on Cooper Lake.
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Go Nuts at Royalty Pecan Farms in Caldwell, TX
11/27/2013
Go Nuts at Royalty Pecan Farms in Caldwell, TX It's the day before Thanksgiving and in my house, the cooking and baking has already begun in preparation for the big feast. Many of my family's favorite holiday recipes will be requiring the services of that versatile and tasty nut - the pecan!
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Get Thee to the Texas Renaissance Fest!
11/14/2013
Get Thee to the Texas Renaissance Fest! I put if off last year and the year before that, but sometimes, when you write a travel blog, you have to go places and do things you'd really rather skip. This year, I decided I was going to suck it up and just go already! And that's how I ended up wearing a fluffy white shirt and leather sash at the Texas Renaissance Festival.
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Vietnam Memorial Wall Travels to Magnolia, TX for Veterans's Day
10/31/2013
Vietnam Memorial Wall Travels to Magnolia, TX for Veterans's Day The first time you view the Vietnam Wall, it's a little hard to process. So many names, each representing a human being who went off to serve our country and didn't come home.
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Galveston: Beyond the Sunshine and Sand Lies a Dark Side
10/28/2013
Galveston: Beyond the Sunshine and Sand Lies a Dark Side Galveston is a beautiful city situated on an island on the upper coast of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. With its warm waters and long stretches of soft sand, it's one of the state’s most popular destinations. But the fun, beachy vacation atmosphere of the city masks a dark history and chilling reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S.
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6 Cool and Unusual Things to Do for Halloween in Texas
10/23/2013
6 Cool and Unusual Things to Do for Halloween in Texas There's never a shortage of fun things to do in Texas during October. Kids are pumpkin picking, carving jack-o'lanterns and making those all-important decisions about what costume to wear. It's a fun time, if not a bit predictable.
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Spending a Few Sandcastle Days in South Padre
10/19/2013
Spending a Few Sandcastle Days in South Padre Last weekend, I crossed another item off my bucket list: I attended “Sandcastle Days 2013” on South Padre Island.
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Main Street America: A Theme Park of a Different Kind
09/23/2013
Main Street America: A Theme Park of a Different Kind In the town of Spring, TX, there's neighborhood that seems to have it all - beautiful houses, manicured lawns, all the trimmings of an upscale suburban community. So why, then, does no one live here?
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Bird-Lovers Take Flight to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge
09/17/2013
Bird-Lovers Take Flight to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge It's not just the proverbial snowbirds from the Northeast who are beginning to make their way south for the colder months; many actual birds have already begun their migrations, too. And one of the best places to see them (the real birds, that is!) is at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Texas.
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Lufkin, TX and the Ellen Trout Zoo
09/10/2013
Lufkin, TX and the Ellen Trout Zoo Earlier this summer, a friend of mine convinced me to do the Neches River Rendezvous with him. Actually, it didn’t take much convincing because I love anything to do with being out on the water!
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Lake Jackson: The City of Enchantment
09/03/2013
Lake Jackson: The City of Enchantment Texas is home to many different types of cities – from large, bustling metropolitan areas to small western towns that many people associate with this great state. One of the most unique cities that I have had the pleasure of visiting recently is Lake Jackson.
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Matagorda County: Hardcore Relaxing in a South Texas Paradise
08/26/2013
Matagorda County: Hardcore Relaxing in a South Texas Paradise I’ll tell ya’ll right now – I am seriously relaxed. I've just spent 4 days in Matagorda County with my boots in the sand and a beer in my hand, watching the surf roll in and out.
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Corpus Christi: Beautiful Beaches and a Mighty Warship
07/31/2013
Corpus Christi: Beautiful Beaches and a Mighty Warship Corpus Christi is one of the most popular vacation spots in Texas, and if you have ever been there, you know why.
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Giddy-up to Amarillo's American Quarter Horse Museum and Hall of Fame
07/15/2013
Giddy-up to Amarillo's American Quarter Horse Museum and Hall of Fame Many people think of Texas as synonymous with cowboys and the "Old West". While that stereotype doesn't necessarily hold true for the whole state, it definitely does in Amarillo.
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The Pasadena Strawberry Festival: A Texas-Sized Festival of Fun!
05/06/2013
The Pasadena Strawberry Festival: A Texas-Sized Festival of Fun! After 40 consecutive years of successful festivals, including a 2012 turnout of 50,000 attendees, you know the creators of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival are doing something right!
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Texas: Justified Pride
04/10/2013
Texas: Justified Pride In light of San Jacinto Day rapidly approaching (April 21), I set out to investigate the origins of Texans’ pride.
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Another Kind of Football in Town
04/04/2013
Another Kind of Football in Town To say that football is a big deal in Texas might be the understatement of the year. From “America’s Team” - The Dallas Cowboys - having planted their roots in the DFW area decades ago, to $60 million dollar stadiums for high school teams, to intense training at the peewee level, the roots of football in Texas run deep. But what if I were to tell you that there was a new kind of “football” on the rise in Texas?
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Unique Music and Performing Arts Venues in Texas
03/25/2013
Unique Music and Performing Arts Venues in Texas While Texas is known for its two-stepping honky-tonk of a good time, there are a few places that are known for their unique and impressive live performances.
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SpringFest: Your Destination for Wine, Art, and Food...Texas Style!
03/18/2013
SpringFest: Your Destination for Wine, Art, and Food...Texas Style! What could be better than an event with wine and art coupled together? Wine and art coupled together Texas style, amidst the historic and eclectic scenery of Old Town Spring, TX!
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South by Southwest: a Festival in Creativity
02/27/2013
South by Southwest: a Festival in Creativity When most people think of South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, a week of innovative, up-and-coming musical performances usually comes to mind.
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Family-Friendly Spring Break Ideas in Texas
02/18/2013
Family-Friendly Spring Break Ideas in Texas Everyone knows that when March rolls around, thousands of college students from across the nation will flock to the coasts for a week of the three b’s: beaches, bikinis, and beer. But while college students have a week off from their studies, so do the kiddos, and families begin an attempt to plan a fun vacation without the chaos of college kids.
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A Valentine's Day Idea That Would Make Cupid Proud
02/04/2013
A Valentine's Day Idea That Would Make Cupid Proud It’s that time of year again when Cupid makes his annual debut, rose bushes are chopped bare of their blooms and pink Hallmark cards are bought by the masses. But what if there was a simple way to show your affection and enhance that cheesy Hallmark card that just doesn’t quite do justice to the love you share?
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Segway Tours of Houston: Your Segue to a Really Cool Experience!
01/21/2013
Segway Tours of Houston: Your Segue to a Really Cool Experience! Have you ever wanted to explore a new city but didn’t know where to start? Well (aside from visiting Tourtexas.com to obtain all the best travel suggestions) if you are visiting Houston, they have a new and innovative way of exploring all the sites and history of downtown without taking a step! How is this possible, you ask? One word: Segways!
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In Galveston TX, the Sand Castles Are Built by Architects!
10/25/2012
In Galveston TX, the Sand Castles Are Built by Architects! For over two decades, Galveston Beach has hosted the AIA SandCastle Competition, where teams of architects, designers, and engineers compete against each other for the coveted prize: the prestigious Gold Bucket Award.
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Cowboys or Texans fan? Take an insider's tour of the Stadiums!
10/19/2012
Cowboys or Texans fan? Take an insider's tour of the Stadiums! Seeing an NFL game is always exciting. But if you can't catch a game, do the next best thing and take a behind-the-scenes tour of your favorite team's stadium!
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Pure Western American Heritage in N. Texas Horse Country
10/05/2012
Pure Western American Heritage in N. Texas Horse Country Would y'all be surprised to learn that Texas is the number ONE horse state in the U.S.? We’ve got over 1 million horses within our borders, and the primary breeding and ranching areas are in Denton County, north of Fort Worth.
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3-2-1...Blast Off at Space Center Houston!
10/05/2012
3-2-1...Blast Off at Space Center Houston! Space Center Houston, the official visitors’ center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, is a must-see attraction offering cool space simulations, the actual mission control center and real artifacts from space.
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Relaxing Ranch Retreat Just Outside of Houston
09/27/2012
Relaxing Ranch Retreat Just Outside of Houston I just love spending time in Houston, a great city with its own vibrant energy. There are a ton of things to do and see here and it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our largest city. But, if ya'll are like me, sometimes you just need a break from the urban pace for a while. Well, if you’re in Houston you’re in luck, because there's a restful respite a quick hour's drive west of the city at Texas Ranch Life.
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The Hamilton Pool Preserve: A Unique Texas Oasis
09/05/2012
The Hamilton Pool Preserve: A Unique Texas Oasis The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve near Austin, TX is a natural swimming pool. It's beautiful to visit, clean and refreshing to swim in and a great way to spend a warm summer day in Texas.
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10 Weird, Wacky, Unique, Morbid and Cool Texas Museums
08/21/2012
10 Weird, Wacky, Unique, Morbid and Cool Texas Museums For those of us who love to explore the weird and the wacky, don't miss these 10 strange museums in Texas.
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Peach-Pickin' Paradise in TX Hill Country
08/21/2012
Peach-Pickin' Paradise in TX Hill Country Many people think Georgia grows the nation's best peaches, but Texas is right up there at the top of the list. A Texas peach is the sweetest, drip-down-your-chin juiciest piece of fruit you'll ever eat. Visit Texas Hill Country in the Summer for a peach paradise you won't forget.
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10 Fantastic Free Things to Do in Fort Worth
08/20/2012
10 Fantastic Free Things to Do in Fort Worth Fort Worth is one of the top destinations in the state of Texas. Here's a list of 10 things to do that won't cost you a dime!
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Spelunking the Alien Underground of Natural Bridge Caverns
08/19/2012
Spelunking the Alien Underground of Natural Bridge Caverns Visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, about 30 minutes north of San Antonio, and you'll be amazed at the alien world that exists below the Texas soil.
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Laredo, Texas: A Shopper's Paradise
08/19/2012
Laredo, Texas: A Shopper's Paradise Laredo, Texas offers shoppers authentic Mexican handiworks at south-of-the-border prices. Enjoy the sales and the sights of this Tex-Mex city.
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Fort Davis: Immerse Yourself in Living History
08/13/2012
Fort Davis: Immerse Yourself in Living History Visit the Fort Davis National Historic Site in Jeff Davis county, considered by many military hobbyists and historians to be one of the best examples of a frontier military post in the mid-1800s in the Southwest. U.S.
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TEXAS: The Musical
08/10/2012
TEXAS: The Musical "Texas" depicts the trials, tribulations and triumphs of our forefathers in the Panhandle region during the 1800s. Besides learning about the history of this fascinating time and place, you’ll also be treated to singing, dancing, some of our unique brand of Texas humor, amazing special effects and the Dancing Waters of Texas!
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