Hill Country

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For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midw...
Two different Thursdays in the Texas Hill Country, two different worlds. Thursday number one: The bar at the Sisterdale General Store was empty, except for Valerie — the Tammy Wynette-coiffed owner — and a hulking man sitting at a plastic table. ...
Inside: Musical Itineraries As so many road trips do, it started with the radio. A voice told me to go. It came singing through the static late one night, from a corner of the FM dial. The voice belonged to a singer named Ron Sexsmith, and the...
Though I've lived in Texas for 21 years and consider myself a native, it took me many years to comprehend the ranch concept. Here's the thing: Texans go to their ranches to do not much of anything beyond taking strolls, riding Jeeps, and throwing ...
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of whatever's in the fridge. As a food critic, my job is to uncover the best kielbasa, the fluffi...
When love comes in Texas, it frequently involves scuffed cowboy boots and ten-gallon hats—or at least that's what the songs on the rental car's radio promised. In my case, the affair unfolded a little differently: I was looking for the type of lia...
When I think of the Texas Hill Country, here's the picture in my head: I'm sitting on the veranda of a rock cabin about 50 yards from a narrow green river, which is just visible through the cypress trees lining the bank. It's August, about seven i...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...