Travel Thursday | Lindale

The area of Smith County where Lindale sits was inhabited long before the town was founded in 1871. In the early 19th century, the Caddo Indians were the area’s primary inhabitants; their artifacts can still be found along streams in the area. The area also was home to Cherokee Indians, who were forced out when the Republic of Texas was founded…

Travel Thursday | How to Feel Like a Ranch Owner for a Weekend

Three native Texans launch Explore Ranches, which rents out incredible private properties and experiences. Ever picture yourself swimming in your own private resort-style swimming pool in the middle of the West Texas desert? How about spending a day paddling down the Devils River followed by an alfresco dinner outside of your charming cabin that overlooks…

Travel Thursday | Prairies & Lakes

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll have no problem finding it here. This sprawling region is home to grand urban areas as well as small towns with more character per capita than might seem possible. There’s plenty of room to roam about, and a number of lakes perfect for all kinds of natural experiences — cutting loose…

These 5 Hotels Will Transport You Back To Texas’ Railroading Days

Sleep Among History in Kingsland, Slaton, Flatonia, Palestine, and Alpine There was a time when going home for the holidays meant taking the train. Whether boarding a steam locomotive or the electric interurban, passengers who could afford a ticket enjoyed unheard-of advantages in speed and comfort over horse-drawn coaches and the earliest automobiles. The service…

Winter Wonderland Island

There’s a reason Galveston is called the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas. It offers more than 50 days of magical activities from November through January.  Don’t believe us? Download the Official Holiday Brochure here, and take a look below at a couple of highlighted events on reasons to make a Christmas pilgrimage to the island. Downtown…

Texas family’s Christmas lights bop to ‘Baby Shark’

I could sing the “Baby Shark” song to you in my sleep. That’s not a brag. In my house, with a toddler, we sing “Baby Shark” many times a day. And for the little one doing most of the singing, it’s never any less fun for her, even on the hundredth time. Do-doo-do-do-do-do. So, parents, if you love…

Looking for an old-fashioned Christmas…

…we have a Nac for that. Nine Flags Christmas Festival mid-November through December. For more than a decade, the Nine Flags Festival has paid homage to the rich and spirited history of the oldest town in Texas. That history includes three attempts to establish a Republic of Texas. Thus, nine flags have flown over Nacogdoches as opposed…

Travel Thursday | Wonderland of Lights

Online ticketing closes 48 hours in advance Make your holiday magical with a trip to the 32nd Annual celebration of Marshall Texas’ famed Wonderland of Lights Festival! The City of Marshall, Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau and Marshall Main Street Program invite you to explore our “Candy Wonderland of Lights” in beautiful, historic downtown Marshall…

Travel Thursday | Fall Colors

Purple, red, orange and yellow pigments steal the show. From late October through November, the deciduous cycle of death and renewal erupts with a bang of cellular color. Cold fronts from the northwest pass across the state, creating a rolling gradient of color. Signaled by the first cold snap of fall, the sun-powered, sugar-making chlorophyll…