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Written by Kimya Kavehkar

Brennan Vineyards wine

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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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 cemetery tour, a Day of the Dead festival, and a celebration of clay pottery.

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Making chocolate is a true craft—and lucky for us Texans, there are plenty of masters living and working in the state. We’re highlighting just 10 notable shops in celebration of National Chocolate Day (Oct. 28), but make no mistake—there are dozens more we absolutely adore. Whether you’re into truffles, bark, dipped fruit, or just simple chocolate bars, these shrines to sweetness stand out. 

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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 classic car show, a jazz festival, and an outdoor painting exhibition.

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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 presidential birthday party, a butterfly bash, and a fiddle contest.

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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 boot-themed festival, kids’ fishing event, and an art market.

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