Historic Downtown Marshall

When the weather turns cold, the self-proclaimed “Center Stage” of East Texas, attracts tourists with its famous Wonderland of Lights. And have you tried the raspberry-chipotle burger?
1901 Historic Harrison County Courthouse

1901 Historic Harrison County Courthouse

Designed by the prolific courthouse architect James Riely 
Gordon, this buttercream-yellow Renaissance Revival landmark 
is notable for its unusual 
Lady Justice (she has wings) 
and its beautiful stained-glass dome, the inside of which you can see during the guided tours offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Every winter, the building is bedecked with 200,000 twinkling bulbs, and an ice rink is set up on the front lawn for the Wonderland of Lights, a beloved holiday festival, now in its twenty-fifth year, that boasts a snow-tubing hill, strolling carolers, and a nightly light show. 
 100 Houston, 903-935-8417

2. The Blue Frog Grill

Emblazoned across the top of the menu at this casual brick-walled restaurant is the directive “Eat like a local.” Which means you should order the two most popular items: the sweet-potato chips and the crab cakes. The former are sliced as thin as Communion wafers and seasoned with balsamic sea salt; the latter are thick fried patties of claw meat from crabs caught off Georgia’s Jekyll Island. At dinner, the kraft paper on the tables is replaced with white tablecloths, and executive chef Brett Spivy sends out entrées that range from a twelve-ounce ribeye with a 
port-wine demi-glace to fried chicken wings served atop a Belgian waffle. 101 W. Austin, 903- 923-9500, bluefroggrill.com

 The Weisman Center

For more than a century, this 
spacious, three-story building 
housed Joe Weisman and 
Company, one of the state’s first 
department stores. The historic site is now a shopping co-op that 
sells 25 local vendors’ wares, such 
as Robert Dyer’s hand-turned 
wood and acrylic pens and James E. Sanders’s intricately carved stoneware vases. There’s even a cafe, 
Central Perks, where you can treat yourself to a frozen white-chocolate Perkuccino or a raspberry-
chipotle burger. 211 N. Washington, 903-934-8836, theweisman.com

 Charley and Bella’s

When it comes to holiday window displays, Manhattan department stores have nothing on this festively appointed home decor and gift shop. Once inside the

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