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Cabin Fever

The Hill Country Equestrian Lodge is perfect for city slickers who want to escape civilization—but not entirely.

Urban Renewal

No one considers Dallas a hot getaway for Memorial Day weekend. That’s exactly the point.

On the Water Front

Summer’s blast furnace is firing up. Luckily, Texas is a paradise of spring-fed pools, sparkling beaches, and more. Here are our picks for the best places to chill out, get wet, and go off the deep end. Plus extra web-only information!

Nether Lands

Forget about getting down and dirty. Take a
trip into one of Texas’ show caves, where
the beauty of going underground is on full display.

Winged Evaders

Catching a bat emergence when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating can be a sticky situation. Just ask me.

Old-Fashioned Texas

Texas is changing before our eyes, but fried pies, drive-in movie theaters, and other vestiges of earlier days are all around. To find these treasures, we risked life, limb, and cholesterol count-and had a blast from the past.


If you want to get into the Halloween spirit, head to South Texas and try to scare up San Patricio’s famous ghost.

The Shops Around the Corner

In these big-city neighborhoods, at these offbeat stores, you’ll find the perfect presents—from lava lamps to vintage kimonos—for everyone on your list.

Shopping Spree

Writer-at-large Suzy Banks tells the story behind this month’s cover story, “The Shops Around the Corner.”

Nerd Watching

Suzy Banks pays hommage to a nerd, her dad.

Love Birds

If you want the romance in your marriage to take flight, take a cue from the whooping cranes of the Texas coast.

San Antonio to El Paso on U.S. 90 and Interstate 10

An old opera house, Judge Roy Bean’s grave, ancient pictographs—and a drug blimp.