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Guests take their order at The Garden Company

Taking a Much-needed respite from highway driving, I exit Interstate 10 in Schulenburg at US 77 and head south for several blocks in search of lunch. Here, at the corner of Kessler Avenue and College Street, a restored white farmhouse with the Garden Company Marketplace & Café logo emblazoned on its side attracts my attention.

Wildflowers in West Texas

With its sprawling size and diversity of landforms, Texas offers a treasure of spectacular wildflowers for residents and visitors alike. More than 5,000 species of flowering plants are native to Texas.

We've curated the best of our recent wildflower features to help you enjoy the best of Texas wildflower season.

A couple dances in front of the stage at Valentine's in Valentine.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got love on our brains.

Historical photo of oil derricks in the town of Ranger

Driving east on Interstate 20, I crest an incline in the rolling landscape between Abilene and Fort Worth. In the valley below, a brick smokestack cuts a dramatic profile against the surrounding hills. The tower rises from the horizon like a sentinel, watching over the site where the bustling town of Thurber stood at the turn of the 20th century.

Outside Murphy's Steakhouse

There’s not much to do in Winchester, population 50, on the western lip of Fayette County. So when someone in neighboring Bastrop or Lee Counties says, “Let’s go to Winchester,” they’re talking about eating at Murphy’s Steakhouse.

Freshly made chocolates at Wiseman House

I’m standing inside the Wiseman House chocolate-making studio in downtown Hico, and the chocolately, slightly salty aroma reminds me of a mug of hot cocoa.

Oysters coming off a grill

Oysters have the reputation of being an expensive delicacy—high-end fare offered at fancy eateries with prices to match. Not so at Gilhooley’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

Rider at the Houston Rodeo

From its humble beginnings in 1932 as a cattle showcase, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 27-March 18, has evolved into a 20-day bonanza filled with the usual rodeo offerings like bull riding and steer roping, but with the addition of amusement park rides, deep-fried treats, shopping, and big-name concerts—this year, two-time Grammy winner Garth Brooks performs on opening and closing nights.

Big Bend National Park

There is a place out west where the phrase “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” comes into its full meaning.

Horseback riding on the beach

Indulging in the age-old Texas tradition of riding a horse may be the best way to experience the untouched natural beauty of Matagorda—a secluded sandy treasure on the Gulf of Mexico.

Laura Wilson illustration

For more than four decades, photographer Laura Wilson has been documenting the American West—and Texas in particular.


I remember learning the thrill of the road trip as a child. Back then, my parents would load us up in the wee hours of the morning to trek hundreds of miles across Texas or to far-flung parts of the U.S.

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