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Written by Lori Moffatt

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If visiting a distillery doesn’t strike you as a family-friendly activity, then let Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch in Dripping Springs smash that preconception.

texascraftbrewersfest2Texas’ biggest celebration of Texas craft beer—the annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival—returns to Austin’s Fiesta Gardens for an afternoon of tastings, live music, games, and camaraderie.

trek6.9.06 020Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard stretches for more than 10 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, offering access to hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions, as well as beaches for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kite-flying, boogie-boarding, and other activities. Between the road and the waves, a sidewalk known as the Seawall Urban Park is the country’s longest continuous sidewalk; it’s a great place for walking, jogging, bicycling, and people-watching.

PartyWithPurposeFor five days in January, in the recuperative lull between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, San Antonio hosts a smashing soiree that both raises money for children’s charities and celebrates the craft cocktail movement.

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In her new cookbook From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes, journalist and former Texas Highways editor Nola McKey returns to her roots as she explores how recipes, cooking, and food bring families and communities together.

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In Texas Highways’ new Plates/Cook department, which debuts with this story, we’ll aim to explore Texas’ vast culture of cooking—including recipes, techniques, and tips—and we think there’s no better place to kick it off than with fourth-generation Texan Jessica Dupuy’s latest cookbook, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State.

IMG 8321On May 12 at Austin’s Fair Market, bartender Jen Keyser and her team at Geraldine’s, the bar/restaurant at Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, won the “Official Drink of Austin” contest with a concoction she calls “Far From the Tree.”

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San Marcos, home to Texas State Universitiy, offers tourists plenty of ways to while away a weekend, from exploring the city's historic square to summertime tubing on the San Marcos River.

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Folk wisdom maintains that one year in a dog’s life equals seven for you. Some experts say that the math is not so simple, and that a dog’s aging rate differs according to size and other factors. What better place to hash this out than a beer garden that allows pooches?

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For those of us interested in both drinking delicious cocktails and learning about their history—a fun area of learning that encompasses geography, science, fashion, and language—the Oregon-based magazine Imbibe offers topnotch reading.

jacobysLast year about this time, fourth-generation rancher Adam Jacoby, who grew up working his family’s land in Melvin, launched Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile in Austin, a full-service restaurant and bar that has become renowned for its dry-aged burgers, chicken-fried steaks, and other beef dishes. Along with his partner Kris Swift, Adam has put a focus on recipes and traditions from Melvin, where family members operate a restaurant, raise cattle, and strive to educate the public about humane and sustainable ranching practices.

Biscuits GravyJacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile in Austin, a full-service restaurant and bar that has become renowned for its dry-aged burgers, chicken-fried steaks, and other beef dishes. It focuses on traditional recipes and educates the public about humane and sustainable ranching practices. Here is Jacoby's recipe for biscuits and gravy.

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