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Daytripper with Chet Garner: Bay Area Houston

How do you spend a single day exploring one of the largest cities in the United States?  Simple, you pick…

3 Island Itineraries

In summer, the Gulf of Mexico turns a vibrant blue-green at South Padre Island. On the shoreline, squealing children splash…

Galveston's Next Wave

I’ve always loved Galveston, and now I have a local connection. My boyfriend’s grandmother, Alba Collins, grew up in a…

Play by the Bay

Living within minutes of Galveston gives our family easy beach access,  so until recently I’ve neglected to show my children…

Port A Anytime

Childhood summer vacations spent on the sand at Port Aransas passed far too quickly. Even though my sisters and I…

Bayside Bliss

When a friend of mine in Houston bought a getaway house in Bacliff, on the western shore of Galveston Bay…

Ghosts of Galveston

In the 19th Century, tragedies washed over Galveston as regularly as the tides: deadly fires, yellow-fever epidemics, and hurricanes. Anecdotally,…

Whirring Dervishes: Hummingbirds

Texas is well known for its large concentrations of birds, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, and more, and a lot of…

Chambers County

Driving east on Interstate 10 from Houston, you might not realize that a vast, verdant coastal prairie—replete with throngs of…

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Palacios

I’ve long been a fan of small-town Fourth of July celebrations. There’s a sense of community and camaraderie, plus plenty…

Kemah: On the Boardwalk

Until the mid-1990s, the unpretentious, somewhat funky community of Kemah (pop. 1,200-plus) slumbered along year-to-year, storm-to-storm, on the west shore…

The Luther Hotel

Legend holds that, centuries ago, as Spanish sailors explored an inlet of Matagorda Bay, they beheld a mirage of three…
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