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Written by Lois Rodriguez

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Texas Highways magazine won 17 awards at the annual International Regional Magazine Association conference and awards ceremony held in San Diego, Calif. this week. The awards recognize excellence in general-interest, regional publishing. Each year, magazines from across the United States and Canada compete in 28 categories.

Known for its Louisiana-inspired food and relaxed (Louisiana-inspired?) pace, Southeast Texas—especially the so-called “Golden Triangle” of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange—has a lot going for it when it comes to entertainment. In the November issue, we take you to Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar in historic downtown Beaumont, and here are ten other things to do while you’re in town.

grapesAround the first of September, we received a copy of the 2015 harvest report for Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba, which announced a bountiful harvest despite numerous curveballs brought on by weather. In San Saba’s growing area, as in much of Texas, the vineyards endured unprecedented heavy rains in May and June, followed by dry months into harvest time.

stairsHalloween certainly drums up images of ghosts, goblins and the sort, but the truth is, most Texans can tell you a solid ghost story anytime of the year. Whether skeptic or believer, sharing a first-hand experience or passing on the tale, there are many goosebump-inducing stories to be told.

lederhosendirdlOktoberfest, Fredericksburg and Marktplatz. Those three words synch up so nicely for a perfect celebration of German culture. Plus it's much closer than Munich!

sxsweconomicimpactIf anyone ever wondered if South by Southwest has any staying power, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" each year  as the financial impact is revealed. For 2015, its 29th year, we're talking about a $317.2 million impact to the City of Austin.

FoodWIne23Anytime is a good time to be in the Texas Hill Country. For me, it’s most perfect in the fall, so my excitement level was high when I was invited several years ago to participate in one of its best fall festivities—the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, now in its 25th year.

FoodWIne07Fredericksburg can claim its delectable peaches and celebrate its status as the epicenter of Texas’ wine tourism. Not only that, but each October for the last 25 years, the town throws its arms wide open to embrace wines and foods from all across the state.

Untitled 4Labor Day weekend is always buzzing with fun gatherings, recreational outings and more. It's also a time of increased wrecklessness. That's why law enforcement - on the roads and on the water - will be amping up its efforts to patrol for drunk drivers and boaters.

52 53 DressSummer vacation zoomed by, fortunately the Labor Day holiday happens just in the nick of time. It's a dose of mercy for those realizing there were still more things on the summer to-do list. 

48 49 WimberlyIt has been 3 months since torrential rains soaked a drought-stricken and thirsty state, but in the wake of the Memorial Day weekend downpour was a horrific path of destruction. This mixed blessing, that helped fill waning lakes, had also caused families to lose homes, communities left to pull the pieces back together and, most importantly, there was a devastating loss of life.

Glenna Goodacre 2011What do J. Frank Dobie, Barbara Jordan, Katherine Anne Porter, and Stephen F. Austin have in common, besides that they are all revered Texans?

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