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A Sneak Peek of our December Cover: Destination Dining

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This holiday season, as you traverse the roads of Texas, you’ll no doubt consume a dangerous amount of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets and Whataburger What-a-Meals. Even a sit-down meal at a small-town cafe—which we love as much as the next Texan—could leave you wanting for something a little different than burgers and chicken-fried steaks.

So before you hit the highways, pick up a copy of our December issue, which features our list of ten far-flung destinations whose impressive food and memorable settings are not only worth traveling for, but deserve an overnight stay. This exhaustively researched list comes from a small but stalwart band of our writers who traveled several thousand miles to uncover ten places where the food is so tempting, the beds so Goldilocks-worthy, and the sights so seeable that you could easily make them a weekend’s destination. Our choices range from a gracious Victorian manse in East Texas to a stylishly rehabilitated railroad hotel in West Texas.

To help you get a jump on reservations, we’ve provided the list below. But if you want to know what makes them worth the visit, pick up our December issue, on newsstands Thursday: 
  • Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, in Glen Rose
  • Fire Oak Grill, in Weatherford
  • Stillwater Inn, in Jefferson
  • Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, in Kyle
  • Rancho Loma, in Talpa
  • Vaudeville, in Fredericksburg
  • Inn at Dos Brisas, in Washington
  • Gage Hotel, in Marathon
  • The Turtle, in Brownwood
  • Maiya’s, in Marfa

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  • Linda B

    Hay y’all……..there is such a thing as the panhandle. Come on up & visit sometime.

  • T.P. Ulmer

    Unfortunately, for the first time I can remember in several decades of following Texas Monthly’s advice on where to eat, I was given a bum steer….or turtle, if you will. An eagerly awaited meal at The Turtle in Brownwood turned out to be a most unfortunate choice. Others obviously have had better experiences (although a quick perusal of the “hidden reviews” on Yelp! would have alerted me to the possibility), but neither the food nor the abysmal service (which included being followed out the door and shouted at by the waitperson because she felt we left an inadequate tip) were enough to make us consider a repeat visit.

    As an aside, the $2 tip I inadvertently left was much better than the 5 cents I intended. My bad.