For the August 2013 print issue of Texas Highways, I wrote about a Madeira tasting, held at Austinâ€™s Red Room speakeasy, which featured the wines of Haak Vineyards in Galveston County. Haak is the only Texas winery that makes Madeiraâ€”a richly flavored fortified wine that is usually produced on the Portuguese islands of Madeira.
Freedom Over Texas, Houston's Fourth of July celebration, includes a huge firworks show over downtown. (Photo by Richard Carson)
From big-name concerts to small-town celebrations, there are plenty ofÂ places to celebrate America's birthday Texas-style this Fourth of July. Here are my top three picks for sure-fire fun this weekend:
The nightlife scene continues to heat up on Austinâ€™s Rainey Street, a former residential byway in the shadow of downtown. Transformed in recent years with bars, restaurants, and food trucks, Rainey Street draws crowds interested in craft cocktails, local beers, and food ranging from authentic Oaxacan fare (at El Naranjo) to Indian (at Gâ€™Raj Mahal). And now, Rainey Street boasts Austinâ€™s first food truck devoted to Southeast Asian Noodles, DFG Noodles.
Some Texas rivers are running too low for good floating, but a few waterways are flowing well enough for tubing or boating, according to the National Weather Serviceâ€™s Texas River Recreation Advisoryfor this weekend.
The International Accordion Festival is back.
After the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in 1863, itÂ took two and a half years for the word that slaves were freeÂ to make it toÂ Texas. The date that a Union general announced the news in Galveston on June 19, 1865â€”now known as Juneteenthâ€”is marked with celebrations across the state during the next two weekends.
Dallas may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of seafaring activities, but backers of the proposed Dallas Maritime Museum say the city would be a fitting host for the facility.
Now that Texas Highways' July story on Austin has hit the stands, I'm reminded that one of my favorite â€˜restaurant rowsâ€™ in town is an admittedly unattractive stretch ofÂ Lamar Boulevard north of 183, where you can find dozens of interesting restaurants serving Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Pakistani, and Indian fare.
One of Texas' biggest zydeco trail rides is coming up this weekend in Beaumont at the Bill Pickett Trail Riders 9th Annual Trail Ride, Zydeco Festival & Rodeo.
Lamar Blvd. Pedestrian Bridge
TH's July issue features a day in Austin from three of our editors, each exploring some of the Capital City's favorite tourist spots from a local's perspective. I for one am experiencing Austin from a somewhat unusual vantage point: that of a longtime resident staying in a vacation rental while my new home is being completed.