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A Fort Worth native, Jordan Breal is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and joined Texas Monthly in February 2005. As the magazines resident travel writer, she spends most of her time on the road in search of Texass most interesting sights, best hotels, and notable eats.
Jordan chronicles her adventures in her monthly column, The Wanderer, as well as a blog of the same name. She has also written about her home state for Fast Company, National Geographic Traveler, and Whole Living, among other publications.

268 Articles

News & Politics |
October 31, 2010

In Our Backyard

The faces—and voices—of eighteen Texans who are living the debate over illegal immigration.

Art |
August 31, 2010

Alpine

In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

Feature |
July 31, 2010

Rough Creek Lodge

“You have arrived at your destination,” your GPS will chirp as you approach the entrance to the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, just outside Glen Rose, though your kids will probably point out that you’re still in the middle of nowhere. So pass through the gates and soldier on

Food & Drink |
July 31, 2010

Houston is Chow Town

You know that Houston is the most diverse city in Texas, yet what do you do every time you visit? You stay in the same hotel downtown, plan your typical pilgrimage to the Galleria, and make reservations at the usual restaurants. This time, stay at a hip Montrose B&B

Travel & Outdoors |
July 31, 2010

Port Aransas Waves Hello

In Port Aransas, idleness is next to godliness for those on vacation. In this unpretentious village on the northern tip of Mustang Island your most exacting task—picking out the perfect spot on the beach—will also be the most rewarding. Who cares if the sand isn’t pristine (this is Texas,

Travel & Outdoors |
July 31, 2010

Hill Country Map Quest

When it comes to choosing a getaway, the Hill Country doesn’t have to campaign hard for our affections. Its lush expanses of bounding green hills and serpentine rivers stretch over some 25 of the most idyllic counties in the state. And those picturesque towns that cling proudly to their

Street Smarts |
December 1, 2009

Main Street, Salado

Veer off I-35 to explore this lively stretch of boutiques, bistros, and gift shops galore.

Street Smarts |
October 31, 2009

Downtown Llano

Handmade crafts, homey cafes, and cowboy couture make this Hill Country hamlet a browser’s paradise.

Feature |
September 30, 2009

Fear Factor

If you really want to scare your boots off this Halloween, take a look at these eight places, which our bloodcurdling, hair-raising, nerve-racking research has determined to be the state’s spookiest.

Feature |
May 31, 2009

Home on the Range

Location: Wildcatter Ranch, GrahamWhat You’ll Need: Nothing at allThe wildcatter ranch resort and spa isn’t exactly a hard-core dude ranch, but that’s how I sold it to my dad and two brothers when we were mulling over plans for our annual family vacation. “Just think,” I told

In the Chute |
March 31, 2009

Running Hot

Big Bend Open Road Race; Dallas Cup; Texas State History Museum.

Feature |
March 1, 2009

Saturday Night

From a honky-tonk in Odessa to a Catholic church in Houston, there’s one night of the week when you’re guaranteed to find Texans at their snappiest.

In the Chute |
February 1, 2009

Dancing Queen

The Houston Ballet; a Marcia Gygli King retrospective; Philip Glass.

In the Chute |
January 1, 2009

Chamber Made

El Paso’s Chamber Music Festival, Hallettsville’s domino championship.

Feature |
December 1, 2008

He Saw the Light

Wyman Meinzer takes the most amazing pictures of Texas skies you’ve ever seen. Here are seven unforgettable shots from his new book.

The Horse's Mouth |
August 31, 2008

Breaking Into Showbiz

NAME: Angela Kinsey | AGE: 37 | HOMETOWN: Archer City | QUALIFICATIONS: Plays uptight accountant Angela Martin on The Office / Won a Daytime Emmy for The Office: Accountants webisodes• Be prepared to be very patient. When I got to L.A., I was like, “Okay, let’s do this.” I sort

In the Chute |
April 30, 2008

A Dark Visionary

Art, like politics, is polarizing by nature. Although there are plenty of universally likable artists—Monet and his water lilies come to mind—the vast majority tend to elicit diametrically opposed reactions. John Alexander is one such example: You either love his stark, emotionally charged landscapes or you hate them. You

Feature |
March 31, 2008

Child’s Play

Summer vacation is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should panic. We’ve rounded up 68 of our favorite things to do with your toddlers, teens, and every kid in between. Dance the hokey pokey. Rope a horse. Eat way too many hot dogs. Zip down a waterslide.

Web Exclusive |
December 1, 2007

Barry Walker

The curator of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston discusses the museum’s recent acquisitions, from Jasper Johns to Philip Guston.

Jordan's Pick |
October 31, 2007

Fashion at The Park

You’re never going to believe this. Mere weeks ago, Giorgio Armani made the declaration every chic native has longed to hear: “Fashion has arrived in Dallas.” Come again? The city may be the state’s most stylish (two words: Neiman Marcus), but it’s still a distant cousin to the four

Jordan's Pick |
September 30, 2007

Big State Festival

Here comes another all-the-decibels-you-can-handle musical gathering. The Big State Festival, which spans a weekend this month (and has a moniker only a Texan could love), is aiming to do for country music what the Austin City Limits Music Festival does for rock and roll: that is, lure in thousands

Jordan's Pick |
August 31, 2007

Six-Man Super Saturday

Football as religion is the gospel truth here in Texas, where players are gods and fields are hallowed ground. So the organizers of this month’s Six-Man Super Saturday can be forgiven if their slogans have been a bit holier-than-thou: “Not since Moses have believers traveled so far to the

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