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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Writer June Naylor learned that proper exploration of Houston’s Hermann Park requires multiple visits, spread over two or three days. When doing so for her story, she rediscovered a nearby wealth of other worthwhile diversions, along with great places to eat and sleep. Best of all, each of these is within a short walk or a very quick drive from Hermann Park.

St Arnolds JF St Arnolds JF DSC 5509In our May 2015 issue, we explore tours of Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewery, which has expanded its offerings recently to include chef-prepared lunches. Since the craft-beer movement has gained momentum in recent years, Texas boasts around 100 breweries, and most of them offer tours and tastings.

Quinta-Mazatlan-WBC Larry-Ditto 70K6120Our recent piece on Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen (May 2015) described how the beautiful and tranquil hummingbird garden on the mansion’s grounds inspired the author’s family to start their own hummingbird garden.

IMG 0181Three outstanding travel industry professionals during the 60th annual Texas Travel Counselors Conference, a meeting of Texas travel professionals and representatives of Texas Department of Transportation's Travel Information Division, the Texas Travel Industry Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and city information centers.

RossDinersteinHeadshotRoss Dinerstein is well-entrenched in the West Coast movie-making world, but there’s one thing this native Houstonian always brings to the table – his Texas manners. Dinerstein, a successful and prolific independent film producer, was recently in Austin showcasing the first films to come out of his new production company, Campfire.

20150315 093100South by Southwest aka SXSW and formally known as “South by Southwest Music, Film, Interactive, Edu and Eco Conferences and Festivals” continues its run in Austin through the weekend. With the film and interactive portions put to bed, music is in high gear. And for Texas tourism, it’s all good news.

holfwLady Bird Johnson, champion of roadside beautification, once wrote, “Each year I try to save spring for wild flowers and me, circling my calendar late March and April and May and writing firmly across, “Hold for wild flower season.”

One of the great things about the new wave of barbecue restaurants in Dallas is their innovative approach to side dishes. Here are a few standouts for you to try, along with that brisket and sausage you’re smoking in the backyard. Our thanks to the restaurants for sharing their recipes, and to Dallas writer John Lumpkin—who wrote the Dallas barbecue feature for the April 2015 issue of Texas Highways—for compiling them.

PCGroupOn Thursday night, the Austin Film Society hosted its 15th annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards show, a star-studded event that also marks the unofficial kickoff to South by Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Conferences.

British rocker Phil Collins received honorary Texan status at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 11 in recognition for donating his private collection of Alamo artifacts, the largest private collection of its kind.

Ronnie Wells’ reputation in the genre of wildlife sculpture and painting is unchallenged. He switched from a job as a medical illustrator to full-time independence as a working artist after Southwest Art magazine discovered him four decades ago. He has been honored by Ducks Unlimited and the State of Texas. He and his wife Patricia have operated their gallery in Salado more than 20 years.

In the March 2015 issue, Lori Moffatt writes about the spirit mezcal, a cousin to tequila that often contributes a smoky flavor to cocktails. She tested these recipes using Wahaka’s Joven Espadin, which imbues a hint of smoke and is available in Texas at Twin Liquors and Spec’s for around $30 per bottle. Each recipe makes one drink.

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