Call Me a (Water) Taxi!

By: Debra Goldie Jones I want to live in a tiny house on stilts, in the middle of George Bush Turnpike, on the overpass between I-30 and Route 66. The view is spectacular. And I want a boat. This boat. It wasn’t always this way. I hadn’t thought about getting out on the water since

Glamp in Luxury for the Perfect Bastrop Getaway

By: Janie H. Pace We wanted something different to spend a weekend. I had heard of glamping — “glamorous camping” — so I did some research and found the perfect location: The Reserve at Greenleaf, two miles northeast of Bastrop. Weekend Home Away From Home Our luxury yurt cabin was 450 square feet with sturdy

Famous American Artists and the Places that Inspired Them

By Noreen Kompanik ~ Every artist finds a source of inspiration that unlocks their creative talents and resonates in their work. Here are some well-known American artists and the beloved places where they found their inner muse. (not sure is needed — Places we can experience too.)   Edward Hopper | Gloucester, Massachusetts Born in

Ditch Big Cities for the Smaller Towns

By Noreen Kompanik ~ As we slowly ease our way out of this pandemic, travelers are selecting some off-the-beaten path destinations in lieu of more popular U.S. hotspots. These smaller locations can offer incredible experiences with less crowds, and they often deliver unexpected surprises.  Cape Ann vs. Boston  One of our favorite summer getaways was to Rockport, MA. Located at the northernmost tip of Cape Ann, a

What to Know About a Post-Covid Multigenerational Family Vacation

By Kerri Smith ~ We’ve all gone stir-crazy after more than a year of lockdowns and social distancing. But with travel options returning, normalcy is on the horizon. And as summer draws closer, families of all kinds are making plans. How can you safely travel with your family and follow protocols that seem to change

Get Outside: Two Fort Worth Favorites Inspire Outdoor Activity

By Chris Smith ~ “Go play outside and don’t come back until lunchtime,” mom used to say each summer. We didn’t know then that she was planting seeds for healthy growth and development, insatiable curiosity, and a lifelong appreciation of nature. Flash forward to the present. You can still find me on any given day

Key West: An Easy Vacation from Texas

By Sharon Kurtz~ Closer to Cuba than Miami, Key West is Florida’s southernmost tropical Paradise with a unique mixture of history, climate, natural beauty, and romantic appeal. What was once a rollicking buccaneer’s town is now the quirky heart of the Florida Keys. Even better? Getting there is quick and easy. A direct, low-cost flight

A Whole Lotta Llama Love

By Sharon Kurtz | Photos by Sharon Kurtz~ Everyone loves llamas. They’re are among the most adorable animals on earth. You can get llama cookies, llama coffee cups, llama pillows, even llama pajamas… but this North Texas animal farm gives you something even better: The opportunity to interact with llamas up close! Shangri-Llama Animal Farm

Five Places That Nourish the Soul and Mend the Spirit

By Noreen Kompanik~ We can all agree that dismissing 2020 as a “challenging year” feels like an understatement. The stress, fear, loss, and general angst has taken its toll globally and locally. The good news is in time we can still visit amazing outdoor destinations to breathe and heal — magnificently beautiful places that inspire,

Five U.S. Wine Destinations We Can’t Wait to Visit Again

By Noreen Kompanik~ Galileo once said, “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” While wine lovers know that Napa and Sonoma are spectacularly well-known wine regions, these are not the only places with award-winning wines.  Unexpected destinations, like the Texas Hill Country and Paso Robles, CA, have become some of our favorites as well. In

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