Escape frigid temperatures and shoveling snow for a tropical destination filled with warmth and leisure on the Texas Gulf Coast, South Padre Island, Texas’ best beach.
When did the story of Texas begin? Becoming Texas: Our Story Begins Here, opening December 10 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind journey through more than 16,000 years of Texas history using the most contemporary research on our past. Learn more about this groundbreaking exhibition.
Things changed for the better in 2002, after the Texas legislature opened the state’s electricity market to competition in most regions of Texas. Since then, competitive market pressures continue to drive retail electricity providers to focus on improving their customer services, customer insight tools, and innovative new products and solutions to stay ahead of the competition. Jim Steffes, Executive Vice President of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs for Direct Energy, joins us to discuss the impact of an open electricity market.
Celebrate the richness and history of West Texas with Desert Door sotol. Every bottle contains a unique story and a wild Texas spirit.
Waves crashing, toes in the sand, a gentle sea breeze–not your typical fall description. Escape the cooler temperatures and experience fall on South Padre Island.
During this special season of giving thanks, we’ve scoured up this almost-too-beautiful-to-eat Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and Whiskey Sauce that was customized for you by our friends at Mystic Dessert Bar.
Corporate-sponsored community involvement is becoming more popular, and one of the most active Texas-based companies in terms of giving-back-to-make-a-difference is Direct Energy. Read more about Direct Energy and other corporations giving back, and watch the video of the opening of the new Direct Energy Patient Floor and Cardiac Patient Care Unit at Texas Children's Hospital.
A list of Texas shops that give back to the communities they serve and the people who make their products, curated by the Texas Optimism Project.
In South Texas, if a hunter wounds a deer, there is only one person to call: Roy Hindes. Watch as Texas Monthly and Porsche take a trip to South Texas to meet Hindes, his hunting dogs, and hear his unforgettable stories.
As a star wide receiver at the University of Texas, Jordan Shipley’s obsessive approach to the craft won him recognition as an All American athlete. After four years in the NFL, Shipley brings that focus to bow hunting, most recently on the Outdoor Channel show “Bucks of Tecomate,” where he follows some of the country’s best white-tailed deer hunters as they teach the secrets of their craft.
Thank you to all who voted. Our winner is…LYNNETTE The Texas Optimism Project spotlights extraordinary Texans who embody resilience. Recently we asked readers: What is your advice on optimism? We received many great responses, but a few caught our eye. Out of the three featured in our poll,…
Food and drink are Louisiana’s equivalence to heart and soul. Discover some of the best local culinary treats and traditions on your next trip to Lake Charles.
Last summer was hot, but Texans stayed cool. Read how the Texas Energy Grid was managed and maintained during these sweltering heatwaves.
Lone Star Brewing Co. is proud to support the Texas outdoors each and every year with the limited-edition Lone Star CAMO cans line-up during the fall. This fall, customers can enjoy Lone Star and Lone Star Texas Light in a limited-edition camouflage pattern and TTHA co-branded packaging.
It takes a certain spirit to handle the rugged terrain of West Texas. It’s a virtual desert with just enough vegetation to make a decent place to raise livestock. That’s why Marvin McKinley Fisher Sr. moved from Arkansas to Andrews more than a century ago. He passed it along to…
What is The Texas Optimism Project? The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored initiative between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank. The project aims to inspire optimism through stories of extraordinary Texans. Are you an optimist? Learn more and take the quiz HERE. Now we want to hear from YOU!…
Shake up game day with these signature Texas tailgate cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka. These drinks will raise your game and show your team pride across the Lone Star State.
Alpine’s where you begin, but you’re not going to want your far West Texas vacation to end.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, a trip to Alpine is priceless. Go see this picture-perfect destination for yourself.
When Bogner Stubbs found the love of his life, he didn’t waste any time in letting her know it. “I asked her to marry me on the first date,” Bogner says about late wife Willidean. The couple was married for 62 fun-filled years. Read more about Bogner on “Living the Bold Life,” a series with Whataburger from Texas Monthly.
Hector Garza didn’t go to college. “It was all street knowledge,” Garza says about how he built his successful career in marketing and sales at Anheuser-Busch. His story is part of our “Living the Bold Life” series with Whataburger from Texas Monthly.
Herb and Carolyn Gray have a philosophical take on their 65 years together. “Our paths through life have been as good as you can get,” Herb says. Read their story on “Living the Bold Life”, a new series with Texas Monthly and Whataburger.
Retired educator Dorris McCoy works out at a San Antonio YMCA almost every day. Nearly 90, she is currently training to walk her third 5K. Read her story on our “Living the Bold Life” series with Whataburger.
Adana and Don met during grief counseling in 2006, after both of their spouses passed away. “I called him back, and I was relieved to get the answering machine,” says Adana, who had the first date nerves at 73 years old. Now, after 11 years of marriage, they always kiss goodnight. Read their story in our series with our partner, Whataburger, on "Living the Bold Life"
"They taught me how to walk, how to look right. I loved it. I got a chance to go everywhere and see all those pretty clothes." From meeting Bonnie and Clyde to strutting down runways, read Thelma Holland's story on "Living the Bold Life", a new series with Texas Monthly and Whataburger.
When Arnold Moede turned 88, he set his driver’s license on fire. "I wanted to protest getting old," Moede says. He doesn't drive anymore, but he gets around just fine. His story is part of "Living the Bold Life," a new series with Texas Monthly and Whataburger.
Do yourself a favor and escape to the dark skies and cool nights of Alpine, Texas. You won’t regret it.
When you visit Alpine, pack your boots and head downtown for days full of shopping and evenings filled with strumming guitars and crooning voices. There’s no better way to beat the heat than in the cool mountains.
Discover why Grapevine is home to exciting family fun all year long. From special events to exciting attractions, Grapevine is your go-to Texas destination.
San Antonio was founded by Spaniards, ruled by Mexico, settled by Germans and influenced by ethnicities from around the world. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, the city thrives today as a 21st-century metropolis with intertwining cultures that create living traditions.
Part of the Texas Optimism Project, the Good Newsletter is a bi-weekly dose of optimism in your inbox, curated by Texas Monthly.
Contrary to popular belief, optimism is neither intrinsic nor a passive disposition. In fact, optimism—choosing to look favorably at what’s possible in any situation—is a choice, a way of seeing the world, an active approach to living life that has real and tangible benefits. We know this trait well in Texas, and at Texas Monthly. Are you ready to put optimism to work for you?
Ever since Hurricane Harvey wove a path of destruction along the Texas coast in August of 2017, people across the state and beyond have wondered the same thing: what’s been happening in Port Aransas? The answer comes in loud and clear to visitors the moment they drive off the ferry and onto the island: Port A is back.
It happens one weekend out of the year. The Laredo Energy Arena is transformed into a Mexican mercado where over 200 exhibitors from over 60 Mexican cities converge to sell their native wares at the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival in Laredo, Texas.
Visit Taos, New Mexico to see what an art town really looks like. Breathe in the air that inspired the greats and who knows, you just might end up creating your next masterpiece.
While the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey may seem barely behind many Texans, another hurricane season began June 1 and will run through November. And the good news? According to the Texas Hurricane Handbook, most major storms hit Texas in August and September, which means you still have several weeks to…
A land of Earthship accommodations and untouched vistas, Taos, New Mexico is a summer place of exploration and fun like none other.
Powered by Direct Energy, the Relocation Guide provides helpful tips, resources, and information for your move to Houston or Dallas. Both cities are home to unique opportunities and cultures, so we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a stress-free relocation.
From the oil fields of West Texas to the climate change debates in Austin to the wind turbines in the Panhandle, energy is ever-present for Texans. The Energy Department is a collection of stories, tips, and guides on how energy impacts you, your home, and your community. Find out more…
Enjoy the beauty and attractions of Fredericksburg like a local.
Fredericksburg is a fast growing community in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, that despite its fast growth has retained its local feel.
Discover the up-and-coming community of custom farmhouses in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Xochitl Rodriguez is an artist and El Paso native with deep roots in the mountains of West Texas. Our state’s landscape is part of everything for Rodriguez—from her art to the relationships with the women in her family. Rodriguez is committed to passing the tradition of a wild, untamed spirit…
Ah, it’s summertime in Texas. Take that vacation. Take the kids to the pool. And, yes, take refuge from the stifling heat in a home with efficient A/C action. But while you cool down and rest up for more summer fun, ensure that your haven from humidity is also safe and secure.
The call of the wild is often one that must be answered and Taos, New Mexico is undoubtedly the place to do it. Embrace nature this summer with these outdoor adventure ideas.
Want solutions for saving money and simplifying your life? Just ask Amazon Alexa. Direct Energy has leveraged Amazon’s Alexa Skills and devices to provide customers with an easy-to-use tool that delivers the ultimate control over your home environment — and your electricity bill. “Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the…
Work up an appetite with a summer food guide to Taos, New Mexico.
It’s hard to move with confidence in a suit that doesn’t fit you. More than any other piece of clothing, a suit is meant to fit—the issue is that so many of them, like the ones bought from a “one cut fits all” rack, just don’t. An ill-fitting…
Whether desiring a lock-and-leave second home, a coastal retirement retreat, or an investment property, look no further than the communities of Palmilla Beach in Port Aransas, or The Reserve at St. Charles Bay in Rockport. Beachside or Bayside—the coastal lifestyle awaits!
If you’re going to fit in with the locals, you need to first knock a few things off your Houston bucket list. Once the moving truck has pulled away and the boxes are (mostly) unpacked, take a break and go experience some of H-Town’s most popular offerings. Read on for…