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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. ...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
For those who suffer from what Cocteau called the "red-and-gold disease," relief is found only in the glittery, cavernous darkness of an opera house. Yet one does not always enter what Jean Harlow would have called a "rafeened" atmosphere. To be s...
the carry-on wars / driving in turkey / couple's resorts revisited / upgrade aid / airport art / hotel stress relief / meetings in houston? / my way: irene wilson the carry-on war continuesIs your carry-on luggage 9 by 14 by 22 inche...
Awakening to the sounds of rustling leaves and distant ocean surf, you stretch out in bed, enjoying your first few moments of the day. Around you, your treehouse suite at California’s Post Ranch Inn—set on stilts among branches high above the Paci...
1. Barton Creek Resort, Fazio Canyons, Austin. Par: 72. Yardage: 7,161. Architect: Tom Fazio, 2000. Green fee: $175. (Resort guests only). Walking allowed. Tee time: 512-301-6569. Stay at: Casa de Campo, 800-877-3643. Notes: No misprint...
In a 1940 American Magazine article entitled "Camps of Crime," FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover waged something of a war against motels, which he labeled "a new home of crime in America, a new home of disease, bribery, corruption, crookedness, rape, w...
Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic indulgences listed here will impress even the most jaded massage enthusiasts and, with a little imagina...
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...
Bed and breakfast. An elementary formula, right?It's amazing how wide a detour this concept has taken since farmwives started renting out the spare room to travelers. Of the 25,000-odd establishments around the country today, many deserve an A for...
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 ...
On the barrier island of Galveston, Texas, everyone still talks about the Great Storm of 1900. In a few hours, what was once the apex of Gilded Age glamour was transformed into a pile of waterlogged rubble. By the time the island city recovered, H...
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...
Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to Americans he is the patron saint of partying. Nevertheless, Boston, America’s home to all thin...
On an early fall evening in Houston, a typically hot and muggy one, some of the city's most powerful business and social leaders gathered in the expansive main hall of the Museum of Fine Arts. They were there to celebrate the opening of a retrospe...