Suzy Banks


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!

Urban Renewal

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

Cabin Fever

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

Fifty Gifts Yule Love

Attention, holiday shoppers: Time’s a-wasting (but help is on the way). This quirky compilation of Texas-made goodies—from mesquite dominoes to mohair throws—should have something for everyone on your list.

Science • George F. Bass

Dive, he said.

Great Escapes

From a boutique hotel in hip South Austin to a bed-and-breakfast across the Mexican border, from fly fishing on the Llano River to bathing in the Chinati Hot Springs, 33 getaways the guidebooks don’t tell you about, courtesy of our intrepid staff of weekend warriors.

Gimme an e!

Three cheers for twenty Texas Web sites where the buys are.

Hey, Dude

You might be bunking in a room that would give Martha Stewart seizures, but at these eleven guest ranches you can saddle up and get in touch with your inner buckaroo.

Garden Variety

From antique benches to cast-iron planters, a selective guide to the yard art of your dreams.


Big, breezy porches in Port Aransas, the only heated pool for miles in Marathon: You’ll get more than just a bed and breakfast at these ten appealing places to stay.

Tales of the Bazaar

From First Monday Trade Days in Canton to Market Days in Boerne, our guide to Texas’ best troves of trash and treasure.

The Handmades’ Tale

These twelve Texas artisans herald the victory of man over machine, carefully crafting wood, metal, or stone into items for your home and hearth that are tomorrow’s heirlooms today.

Ramblin’ Roses

Texans are rediscovering antique roses, the hardy, neglected beauties that decorate old graveyards and abandoned houses across the state. Whether you buy them from a nursery or rustle cuttings from the wild, here�s the dirt on how to grow your own.

Lights! Camera! Auction!

All over Texas, smart shoppers are bidding on everything from antiques to airplanes. Join them before the best buys are going, going, gone.

Winging It

A bat man builds a super cave (holy conservation!).