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Written by Kimya Kavehkar

In a city where any casual conversation about food can turn into a heated argument before you can say “brisket,” determining and collecting its essential recipes is a daunting task.

A couple holds each other on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, the Texas Highways editors wanted to know: What are the most romantic places in the state? So we polled our readers on the topic, something we haven't done since 1999. We compiled romantic itineraries for each place, perfect for a lovely Valentine's trip (time's-a-tickin'!) or a romantic escape any other day of the year.

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Before leading The Lost Gonzo Band, having his songs recorded by Roseanne Cash and Willie Nelson, and being recognized as the de-facto father of the progressive country scene in Austin, Gary P. Nunn was just a boy picking cotton and baling hay on an Oklahoma farm.

The renowned musician and singer-songwriter shines light on his youth (both in Oklahoma and Brownfield, Texas) and more in his new autobiography, At Home with the Armadillo (Greenleaf Book Group). (The title comes from a lyric in his famous song “London Homesick Blues,” which served as the theme song for Austin City Limits.) More than just a historical account of the sparks that put the Austin music scene on the map, Nunn recounts tense band relationships, casting aside convention by producing his records independently, and the struggles of making a career in music.

We spoke with the Marble Falls-based Nunn about the current Texas music scene, his advice for young musicians, and his favorite Lone Star State travel destinations.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these festive New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events across the state. 

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 It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including bird banding, a luau, and the largest flea market in North Texas. 

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In our December issue, we presented a collection of favorite holiday recipes from Texas cooks, including bloggers and restaurateurs. The only thing that can possibly improve on them is a perfectly paired vino from a Texas winery. We reached out to some prominent wine-making operations in the state to help us pair their reds, wines, and pinks with some of the recipes in our story, which range from savory spinach enchiladas to sweet buttermilk pie.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including (yup, you guessed it!) a variety of Christmas activities.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including a mohair fashion show, Christmas celebrations, and a community art project.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including holiday craft fairs and Christmas extravaganzas.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including free art tours and early winter celebrations.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including free admission to state parks, a kid-friendly book festival, and plenty of Veterans Day activities.

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including a festival celebrating Greek food and culture, live music from the Toadies, and an exotic butterfly extravaganza.

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