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Tips and Articles in Texas

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...
My southern-born mother wanted to send me to charm school. I was a teenage tomboy with scabby knees and tangled hair, and nothing could have been further from my imagination. To her disappointment, I never became the belle she'd envisioned—perfect...
Boston Envi Everything here says sustainable style: organic-cotton tees by Edun (Bono and Ali Hewson’s line); recyclable shopping bags; and, coming soon, paper-free e-mail receipts. 164 Newbury St.; 617/267-3684; shopenvi.com. New York City Kaigh...
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...
See our slideshow of 10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails. Cool air envelops you as you step into the underground winemaker’s cave and stroll past hand-hewn oak barrels. The jovial owner of the family-run vineyard hands you a glass of his award-winni...
Someone once said that the only place you can find truth, beauty, and dead armadillos is on a Texas highway. My wife and I have been rolling west from the stenchy Gulf Coast hamlet of Port Arthur toward the giant swamp known as the Big Thicket for...
No disrespect to your Aunt Alice’s bone-dry stuffing, but it’s time to shake up the old holiday menu. Take your cue from these chefs, getting creative at their new restaurants (or just book a table now). MICHY’S6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305/759...
What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the top tables in each. As we discovered, choice is the new buzzword: from "small plates" to big i...
Boston Emerge Day Spa Though only open for a short time, Newbury Street’s Emerge spa has already established itself as the go-to place for relaxation. Think flat-screen TV’s in the Men’s Club, a fireside lounge and a roof deck, and treatments lik...
Houston, we have a problem: it looks like rain. It was my first day behind the wheel of a shiny silver Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. But as my wife, Jowa, and I left Houston for the short drive to Galveston, the weather looked decidedly non-...
Great Places to Go for Family Reunions
Whether you're aiming to hole up with siblings for a low-key retreat into childhood reminiscence or to invite every cousin thrice removed to a tightly scheduled celebration of shared ancestry, organizing family reunions isn't as daunting as it so...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...
After you've spent 16 years working with Ian Schrager, what do you do for an encore?If you're Tim Miller, you head to Houston and convert a historic 10-story downtown tower into the Alden Hotel. The building's 1924 lobby is dominated by a 40-foot...