Bank of America Center, 700 Louisiana; closed weekends; Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 713-523-0701; Chocolate Bar, 1835 W. Alabama, 713-520-8599; Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard, 713-464-4900; Etta’s Lounge, 5120 Scott, 713-528-2611; Fred Hartman Bridge, Texas Highway 146 between La Porte and Baytown; Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501
EVERY SUNDAY THE FAITHFUL PACK Etta’s Lounge, south of the University of Houston, to worship with sax legend Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. The longnecks, the coldest in the city, are served on ice in mop buckets; the decor runs to aged Christmas decorations; and everyone, from the nattily
The Bank of America Center and 24 other things I love about Houston.
An old opera house, Judge Roy Bean's grave, ancient pictographsand a drug blimp.
If you want the romance in your marriage to take flight, take a cue from the whooping cranes of the Texas coast.
January 1, 2002
Suzy Banks pays hommage to a nerd, her dad.
December 1, 2001
Writer-at-large Suzy Banks tells the story behind this month's cover story, "The Shops Around the Corner."
In these big-city neighborhoods, at these offbeat stores, you'll find the perfect presentsfrom lava lamps to vintage kimonosfor everyone on your list.
September 30, 2001
If you want to get into the Halloween spirit, head to South Texas and try to scare up San Patricio's famous ghost.
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.
June 30, 2001
Catching a bat emergence when Mother Nature isn't cooperating can be a sticky situation. Just ask me.
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.
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!
No one considers Dallas a hot getaway for Memorial Day weekend. That's exactly the point.
The Hill Country Equestrian Lodge is perfect for city slickers who want to escape civilization—but not entirely.
December 1, 2000
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.
Dive, he said.
Three cheers for twenty Texas Web sites where the buys are.
September 30, 1999
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.
From antique benches to cast-iron planters, a selective guide to the yard art of your dreams.
From First Monday Trade Days in Canton to Market Days in Boerne, our guide to Texas’ best troves of trash and treasure.
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.
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, hereï¿½s the dirt on how to grow your own.
All over Texas, smart shoppers are bidding on everything from antiques to airplanes. Join them before the best buys are going, going, gone.
A bat man builds a super cave (holy conservation!).
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.
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.