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Head for the Hills

A grand old opry in Mason, a homestyle bakery in Llano, a cabin with a view of the Sabinal Canyon, and sixteen other things I love about the Hill Country.

Border Bargains

We’ve found thirty shops just across the Rio Grande where you can buy everything from hand-carved furniture to whimsical walking sticks. The quality is high, the prices are right, and you don’t have to pay in pesos.

Go Wild

With a little planning and these gardening tips, growing your own wildflower meadow will become second nature.

Winging It

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Garden Variety

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

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.

Gimme an e!

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

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.

Science • George F. Bass

Dive, he said.

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.