Texas

Tips and Articles in Texas

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...
One of the paradoxes of contemporary architecture is that it's at once seamlessly international and necessarily of a particular place. When the trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth chose Japanese architect Tadao Ando to design a new bui...
Here, three fresh U.S. hotels. Bringing a modern flair to Portland, Oregon, is Hotel Lucia (877/225-1717; www.hotellucia.com; doubles from $115). Leather couches in the black-and-white lobby and 679 photos of celebrities and world leaders througho...
The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the nation. With the opening of a new building and viewing galleries, it no longer will be. Its collection of literary a...
(19) Chapada dos Veadeiros Brazil's New Age paradise A growing number of spiritual travelers are making pilgrimages to Chapada dos Veadeiros, an ancient mesa with a holistic pedigree in central Brazil. A three-hour drive north of Brasília, it lies...
People who've never been to Dallas have strong opinions about it. They call it Big D, a free-enterprise theme park where everybody's a millionaire and men wear cowboy hats with their suits, or the Buckle on the Bible Belt, a sober, conservative to...
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...
Dallas is texas at its most american, so rich in archetypes and stereotypes—oil tycoons, the grassy knoll, the Dallas Cowboys, Southfork—that it has become a psychic destination, hardwired into the national collective unconsciousness. This month ...
What's old is new at four Texas hotels. HOUSTON A 1911 Beaux-Arts bank building is being transformed into the 135-room Hotel Icon (220 Main St., 713/224-4266; www.hotelicon.com; doubles from $295), which will have a restaurant by Jean-Georges Vong...
If Renzo Piano, New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp once wrote, "He can give lightness of being...to solid brick walls." This is certainly true of his first-ever building in Rome, the Parco della Musica, a music center whose audito...