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Get Your Kicks (and Souvenirs)

How can one explain the neon magnetism of Route 66? Before this summer, I could quote a few lines of…

Miles of Stylle

Stylle Read took an interest in re-creating old-time Texas with colorful artwork while growing up in Lufkin in the 1950s.…

Let them Eat Fruitcake ...

My family’s love affair with the chewy and crunchy good taste of Collin Street Bakery’s DeLuxe Fruitcakes began years ago…

Favoring the Fall

A little more than 25 miles from where my feet tramped, a line of cars waited to enter Lost Maples…

The Missing Ingredient

Stepping into the brightly colored display area of the Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market in San Antonio was like entering…

Nuts About San Saba

Pecans permeate the shady town of San Saba, emerging in pies, jams, and candies; infusing local coffee, beer, and steaks;…

Gimme That Old-Time Opry

Something about the boxy shape of the building first catches the eye. It’s broader and taller than the 1960s-era Texarkana…

Riches of the Red Beds

Just two miles from Seymour, a handful of paleontologists and volunteers meticulously scrape and brush flecks of red and gray…

Giddyup Zydeco

About three hundred horses, saddled and raring to go, tug impatiently at their reins as the Bill Pickett Zydeco Trail…

Reflections on Glass

On my last day of a weeklong stay in Port Aransas, I set off to find a souvenir to remind…

Simply Palacios

An old, unlikely legend holds that Spanish sailors shipwrecked in Matagorda Bay saw a mirage of three sparkling palaces on…

Grains of Inspiration

On a spring day, Lucinda Wierenga—better known on South Padre Island as “Sandy Feet”—puts the finishing touches on a multi-turreted…
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