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 Neal’s Lodges offers Hill Country horseback rides on its ranch property south of Concan. (Photos by Will Van Overbeek)

As I climbed down from the Quarter Horse, it occurred to me that the Hill Country trail ride had been the perfect way to ease into my visit to the Frio Canyon area

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(Photo by Laurence Parent)

In summer, the Gulf of Mexico turns a vibrant blue-green at South Padre Island. On the shoreline, squealing children splash each other alongside hand-holding couples, and surfers tug their boards out to catch a wave.

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The people of Albany are presenting Fandangle—an outdoor musical that reflects the spirit of the Texas frontier—for the 75th consecutive year this June. (Photos by Robert Hart)

Each time I visit the West Texas town of Albany, it seems that the locals mistake me for a resident. I’ve finally realized that the historic frontier ranching town, just a two-hour drive west of my hoame in Fort Worth, is renowned for a welcoming atmosphere that envelops even folks stopping in just for the weekend.

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Reopened in May 2012, Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier offers rides, restaurants, a midway, and shops—much as the island’s Pleasure Pier did in the 1940s.  (Photos by Jake Meharg)

I’ve always loved Galveston, and now I have a local connection. My boyfriend’s grandmother, Alba Collins, grew up in a tiny house underneath the island’s first wooden rollercoaster in the 1930s. And we visit her every so often, spending sunny, summer weekends soaking our toes in the Gulf waters as we listen to her stories about Galveston in earlier days.

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