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Chet Garner eats pecans by the Pecan Capital of Texas sign

Nestled in the northern reaches of the Texas Hill Country is the laid-back town of San Saba, also known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.”

Illustration of Aimee and Jolie Sikes

For sisters Aimee and Jolie Sikes, it all began with a patch of green shag carpet.

The front of a vintage Piper L-4 Grasshopper airplane

On a clear Saturday morning, I find myself perched in the glass nose cone of a World War II bomber, barreling through the sky at about 200 miles per hour.

Illustrated map of Marfa

The land and the light and a sense of space unlike anywhere else.

Inside Blackchalk's cafe

Driving along US 290 west to Fredericksburg from Johnson City, I’m struck by how much the roadside scenery has changed in two decades.

The bar at Peggy's

Look at that marbling! This is the Rolls-Royce of steaks!” a man sitting near me booms, caught in a carnivore’s bliss.

Crowds dance at the OS2 restaurant

Inside the OS2 Restaurant and Pub, I await beef tenderloin medallions with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side.

Pedernales Potato Recipe

Is there a better package to open than one containing tender potatoes, browned onions, and creamy goat cheese?

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Why summer is the perfect time to give campfire cooking a try »

We’ve made these potato-and-cheese packets at home as a satisfying main course and on camping trips to serve with grilled steak or pork chops. The prosciutto is optional, but it adds incredible flavor, and the fat bastes the potatoes as they cook.

S'mores roasting by a campfire

Although it probably should have been a requirement, I can’t remember if I’d ever built a campfire before taking a job to cook on a guest ranch near Garner State Park.

Pigs on the Flatonia ranch

Texas and Spain have joined forces in an unexpected, four-legged way.

A couple sits along the Concho River

Cruising along US 277 south of San Angelo, the flat cotton fields of Tom Green County soon give way to brush country, where natural vegetation gets scrawnier and colors fade as the distance from surface water increases.

A room inside the Woodbine Hotel

Approaching Madisonville’s courthouse square, I’m not surprised that traffic ebbs to a crawl. After all, this East Texas town, population 4,636, loves to throw a party.

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