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…
For outsiders, the nation’s fourth-largest city can be a daunting destination, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether renting or looking to buy, newcomers will find HAR.com—a one-stop shop for Houston’s available real estate—to be a helpful resource. Shoppers can filter searches by a number of perimeters including price, location,…
You don’t have to own a new home to take advantage of smart home technology. Whether you’re buying a new build or closing on a resale, there are plenty of ways to incorporate energy-saving devices and apps into your everyday life that will help lower your monthly electricity bill. …
When the move is done and you’re ready to relax, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex awaits with open arms. The options in this thriving seem endless—laid-back dog parks, pro-sport games in every flavor, the arts, runs, and farmers markets around every bend. The Barking Best NorthBark Dog Park, the largest canine…
Now that you’re settled in the Metroplex, you and the kiddos can venture out to enjoy the area’s bounty of family-friendly resources and activities. Gone is the pressure to cram as much as you can in a weekend as a tourist. When your new place is close to a world-class…
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You’ve narrowed down the main reason why moving to Dallas is a great decision for you and have decided to make the big move but that was the easy part. Now you have the task of finding the best place to live in a large, sprawling metropolis like Dallas-Ft. Worth.
Let’s face it, it can be a physical and emotional strain to pack up your entire home and move to a new city, and if you’re not prepared, it can also be a financial strain. Whether you are relocating to Dallas from another state or from another city in Texas, moving expenses tend to stack up.
Picture this: you’ve spent hours packing up your entire house… you’re sweaty, tired, and have just enough energy to drive to your new home in Dallas… you are looking forward to settling in and taking a nice shower, and as soon as you arrive, it hits you – you forgot to turn on the utilities.
Moving anywhere new can be an exciting event, especially if you are moving to Houston. But trying to find a lovely home, in a great neighborhood, can also be a bit daunting (especially if you’re relocating from another city or state).
What’s not to love about Houston? A low cost of living, robust job market, lively social scene and friendly people, are just a few reasons why more than 2.2 million people call Houston home. However, if you are planning on moving to Houston this summer, from a milder, cooler climate, you will need to be prepared for what some may consider the “down side” to living in the Bayou City - the heat and humidity.
At the foot of Pikes Peak sits a city bursting with stories to tell, one step at a time. Explore Colorado Springs through a Texan’s perspective.
There’s more to Houston than meets the eye. H-Town offers more than the stereotypical cowboys, cattle, and oil wells. While many small towns across the Lone Star state are home to those things, Texas cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston are more urbane and sophisticated. If you are planning a…
Since the Texas electricity market opened to competition in 2002, many Texas residents have had the opportunity to choose their own electricity provider. Instead of relying on their local utility to provide them with electricity, most Texans can choose from a variety of competitive providers, allowing them to shop around…
Jorge Avalos is a retired U.S. Army veteran who served for 23 years. In 2011, he was skydiving when his canopy collapsed. The accident paralyzed him from the waist down. After a year of physical therapy, he eventually began to walk—and ride—again.
Just an hour’s drive from Houston is a small island that is one of "The Best Beaches in Texas" according to USA Today. This place is Galveston Island, Houston’s playground, and it’s full of surprises for visitors who want to enjoy a quick escape to recharge.
Enjoy live music, historic Main Street, and outdoor recreation in Bastrop, a thriving community that offers the culture of a larger city with the ease and charm of a small town.
Host your next meeting or event in Austin, the live music capital of the world!
Nine things you must experience in Choctaw Country
Escape reality and enjoy a vacation at South Padre Island, a place alive with fun, sun, and endless blue skies. Texas’ best beach is yours.
Far from any major city, the Big Bend is truly one of the world’s last frontiers, a relatively untouched corner of the American West, and an ideal place to rediscover the simple pleasures of silence, solitude, and open space.
Texas Monthly is thrilled to announce a partnership with fellow foodie fan Uber Eats! Starting April 1, you can order dishes from local restaurants that have been reviewed or featured by Texas Monthly's trusted editors by looking for the “As Seen in Texas Monthly” seal.
TEXSOM, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Texas Monthly, is proud to announce the medalists of the TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2018.
Everybody loves a good burger, including Texas chefs Tracy Miller and Claire Smith. Watch the videos to get recipe tips from the chefs.