TRAVEL + LEISURE

Boomtown Christmas

Kilgore blends the love of the holidays with the iconic history of this famous oil town. Brilliant lights, lots of cheer, and even more spirit — that’s Christmas and Kilgore offers plenty of each for a Christmas celebration unlike any other town in Texas. From the...
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From the creek meandering through the town, to the dozens of unique shops and eateries, spend some time in paradise. Walk through the streets of Salado and see this small town sitting at the edge of the Texas Hill Country come alive with the panache it’s been known...
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A Highway 19 Christmas

Travel along this state roadway for some holiday fun Texas Highway 19 forms the western border of East Texas stretching from Huntsville in the south to Paris in the far reaches of North Texas. It passes through towering forests of pine trees, rolling hills, historic...
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A man’s home is his castle

Bellville baker turns dreams into reality Mike Newman bestows knighthood upon a cadre of youngsters before allowing them to enter his realm – his castle where he reigns as king. His castle is not just figurative, Mike Newman actually built a castle in the rolling...
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Remembering Columbia

On the first day of February 2003 tragedy fell from the skies across East Texas when the space shuttle Columbia came apart after its heat shield over its left wing failed due to damage suffered during the launch 16 days earlier. A nation watched in stunned horror, as...
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A man’s home is his castle

Bellville baker turns dreams into reality Mike Newman bestows knighthood upon a cadre of youngsters before allowing them to enter his realm – his castle where he reigns as king. His castle is not just figurative, Mike Newman actually built a castle in the rolling...

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Remembering Columbia

On the first day of February 2003 tragedy fell from the skies across East Texas when the space shuttle Columbia came apart after its heat shield over its left wing failed due to damage suffered during the launch 16 days earlier. A nation watched in stunned horror, as...

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First Sight of Texas

For more than 300 years Hemphill and Sabine County served as the overland gateway into the vast expanses of the Lone Star State. Back in the days when Texas was nothing more than a vast empty wilderness on the northern frontier of Spanish territory in the New World,...

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West: The Heart of Texas

No place holds the heart of Texas, and America in general, like a small town. People in the big cities might look down on small town folk with derision as they drive by on their way to somewhere else with a Starbucks® latte in their hand, but it is the people of...

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Charmingly Fun

Bastrop offers visitors plenty of fun for everybody. From outdoor activities on the beautiful Colorado River, to shopping and dining in the historic downtown, or browsing through endless art galleries, Bastrop has it all The Colorado River meanders lazily along...

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Go On Safari

Grapeland Safari was born from the love of exotics by Wayne and Nona Herring. Located on 59 acres just north of Grapeland along U.S. 287, the high fence holds a variety of wildlife including camels, zebras, buffalo, kangaroo and so much more, including a cockatoo,...

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