East Texas Gems in Tyler
From flea markets to vineyards, this Texas town has it all.
Tyler is a small city, but it’s a welcoming oasis in east Texas thanks to its proud residents. Parks have bike paths flanked with azalea and rose bushes, and a surprisingly sophisticated downtown has a nice selection of shops and restaurants. There are also golf courses and vineyards on the city’s outskirts. While you’re in the general area, you can’t miss a shopping trip in Canton, home to the world’s largest flea market. —Stirling Kelso
Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue
Order the ribs before they sell out at this smoked meat institution. Otherwise, opt for the mother clucker, a chicken sandwich loaded with cheddar, barbecue mayo, and topped with a fried egg.
Tyler Museum of Art
This modest museum has an impressive foundation of over 1,500 works including one of the largest collections of Mexican folk art in the U.S. Thanks to Tyler’s tightly knit family community, there are also always great programs for kiddos.
Keipersol B&B and Winery
A slew of chain hotels might have better room rates, but this sense-of-place B&B, located on a 61-acre vineyard estate, has five rooms with sumptuous linens. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast, and be sure to make reservations for a steak dinner at the neighboring Kiepersol Estates Restaurant.
Susan Robinson Jewelry
You’re treated like family at this well-curated jewelry store in the heart of Tyler. With collections ranging from well-known jewelry artists Roberto Coin and David Yurman to Texas-based designers Armenta, it’s hard to leave empty handed. Don’t worry—you’re worth the splurge.