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Summer made its mark for the year and Texans are happily embracing the cooler temperatures. The upcoming holiday season is within reach, which brings to mind cozy sweaters and close family and friends. For many this means enjoying a moderate fall/ winter in the Texas Hill Country, all while taking in the seasonal delights the region has to offer.
Shari and Boyd Bessire try to leave their home in Wyoming each year in October, before the first snow flies, when winter temperatures can already be zero or below. They’re bound for central Texas, where temps will often be sixty degrees or warmer. During their six weeks-long journey, the Bessires enjoy stops at Copper Breaks State Park, Abilene State Park, Lake Mineral Wells, Caprock Canyon and Palo Duro Canyon, before parking their 34 ft fifth-wheel travel trailer at their destination: Sou ...
It’s unlikely you’ve ever seen anything like the Echo Gallery in Johnson City before. Even if you’ve visited here previously, it’s going to be different because everything here changes so frequently. At a quick glance, it might look cluttered but look carefully. You’ll discover unique fine art and vintage furniture, you’ll see trash turned into art, you’ll even see holes in the wall that owner Linda Haddock is quite proud of. Her goal here is to eliminate the barriers we ten ...
For the fifth consecutive fall, the eclectic Llano County Historical Museum will again expand its exceptional permanent collection by temporarily transforming itself into a world-class gallery and marketplace of Western-themed wonderment comprised of fine art, furniture, jewelry, riding tack, decorative items and more. Entitled Western Trappings on the Llano, this compelling juried show will again, as in the last four years, feature the finest in acclaimed artwork and craftsmanship rendered b ...
It’s back! A New Braunfels dining institution and gathering place since 1938, Krause’s Café was closed for a couple of years until this January when it reopened after significant remodeling. “This was an institution and other notable German cafes were slipping away,” says owner Ron Snider. “We bought Krause’s for that reason.
Hill Country is famous for its great weather, beautiful scenery and fine restaurants and historical sites. But the number one thing that brings Winter Texans back to Hill Country each year are the people who live here and make them feel welcome. “What brings us back is the friendliness of the people,” said Virgil “Tom” Dock of Duluth, Minn., who spends the winter with his wife at Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos. “No matter where you go, they have a smile on their fa ...
By the time Lynne and Bill Richardson leave their home in southern Ontario, Canada, winter is in full swing and they’re watching for a break in the snowstorms to begin their annual trip south. Their hometown of Alliston is approximately an hour north of Toronto. Although there is a huge Honda automotive plant, it’s mainly a rural area, with rolling hills and sod and potato farms.
Kerr County lies in the “flight path” of “snowbirds,” or Winter Texans, and many of them from the Upper Midwest head south to the Guadalupe River Valley where there’s abundant sunshine and little, if any, ice or snow. A high percentage of those seasonal visitors happen to be senior citizens, who migrate and then congregate at the Dietert Center on the banks of the Guadalupe River a short distance west of downtown Kerrville. Credit the late Harry W.
Guess you really shouldn’t be surprised to discover an aquatic paradise in San Angelo. After all, you find oases in deserts — not in rain forests. And Tom Green County with 20 inches of rain almost qualifies as a desert. But still — my jaw dropped the first time I happened upon Civic League Park which houses the International Waterlily Collection — the largest repository of these lovely aquatic plants in the world. When they call it “International” they’re not kidding.
When you hear Heather Jackson laugh you know she’s having fun. It’s a loud, boisterous, genuine laugh. Why is she enjoying things so much? It’s all because of junk… or, as she would prefer you spell it: junque. Heather owns Rescued Relics in Wimberley where you can find all kinds of things you never knew you were looking for.

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