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

Back Into the Skies

What it’s like to fly in today’s COVID world By Chris Moore~ I’ve missed flying. At least, I’ve missed the excitement and anticipation of jetting off to faraway destinations, to warmer climates and places unknown. Shuffling in snaking lines through crowded security checks, dodging oversize carry-ons and outstretched legs, trying to find a seat at

Put Your Feet On These Main Streets!

Five historic towns for a charming daytrip By Janie H. Pace~ The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is committed to protecting the history of communities across the state. The TMSP revitalizes and restores historic downtowns and other districts to help promote economic recovery and preserve heritage for generations to come. Here are five — of

Frisco, A Sports City Like No Other

By Fred Mays~ Frisco, Texas, is an unlikely but big-time sports town. Frisco has expanded from a farming community of 35,000 to a 200,000-person metropolis, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The extension of the Dallas North Tollway made Frisco more accessible starting in 2007. Today, it’s easy to see why

Dallas Fall Foliage Day Trips

Dallas Day Trips for Fall Foliage and Historical Destinations

By Janie H. Pace ~ Small historic Texas towns, state parks, national forests, and lakes make for a beautiful day trip. Or stay in a quaint B&B or an RV park for the perfect weekend getaway. Here are five excellent locations to visit.  Tyler (90 minutes away)— Tyler is the Rose Capital of Texas. Tour

Protect Your Travel Investment, Health, and Safety

By Angella A. Arndt ~ The events of the past few months have significantly impacted our daily lives. We are staying home, forgoing work, play, and travel. But as we start to travel again, what can you do to protect your investment, health, and safety? Travel insurance provides a safety net for the unexpected, but

Experience the Haunted Heritage of Historic Granbury

By Sharon Kurtz ~ Looking for a spooky getaway close to home? Recently named Best Historic Small Town in America, downtown Granbury is brimming with historical interest, small-town charm, and, of course, ghosts. Less than a 90-minute drive from Dallas, this North Texas gem is an authentic Texas adventure rich with history, colorful characters, and

Fort Worth Is the Perfect Staycation Destination

Six Reasons to Experience this Unique City By Sharon Kurtz ~ When the year began, who would have thought we’d be facing a summer without a summer vacation? Recommendations during this pandemic tell us to limit our exposure to the virus and stay close to home. So this summer, try a “staycation.” For a quick,

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