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  • This BBQ Restaurant Has a 50-Foot Ferris Wheel Out Back

    This BBQ Restaurant Has a 50-Foot Ferris Wheel Out Back – November 6, 2017 – Dallas, TX

    There’s something unmistakably Texan about a group of guys coming into ownership of a 50-foot ferris wheel, no real idea where to put it or what to do with it, then leasing some property in a hot Dallas neighborhood—again, no idea what to do with it—where they can at least park the ferris wheel for the time being. Until lighting strikes, and they get an idea: A barbecue restaurant. With a ferris wheel out back.

    That’s an oversimplification of the provenance of Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, which opened in Dallas’ Design District earlier this fall, but the concept is pretty straightforward. Ply diners with assorted meats overseen by a pitmaster who used to work on Wall Street, plus the typical BBQ joint sides. Put it inside a space designed to proclaim the exceptionalism of the Lone Star State, complete with a mural of Chuck Norris against the American flag on one wall. And add a 400 square foot stage for performances, plus a space for games like Jenga and cornhole to give people something extra to do.

  • 9 Weeks After Harvey, Houston Celebrates World Series Win

    9 Weeks After Harvey, Houston Celebrates World Series Win – November 2, 2017 – Houston, TX

    Piles of storm debris still lined the curb on Lake Forest Boulevard. His home was still a shell with bare concrete floors and exposed walls. His bed was still a mound of clothes in a back room. Eight panels of Sheetrock still sat outside awaiting installation.

    But in the euphoria after the Houston Astros won their first World Series title late Wednesday, none of it seemed to matter for Waylon Doucett, who jumped and danced and screamed on his porch with his friends and neighbors.

  • The astonishing cave in Texas that's filled with 20 million bats

    The astonishing cave in Texas that's filled with 20 million bats – October 30, 2017 – San Antonio, TX

    It's one of nature's most astonishing marvels, but those afraid of bats might want to give this cave a swerve because it's absolutely infested with them.  Situated 20 miles from downtown San Antonio, Texas, Bracken Cave is the summer home to an estimated 20 million of the creatures, making it easily the largest known colony of bats – and more impressive still, the largest concentration of mammals anywhere in the world. Every year between Match and October, the vast number of Mexican free-tailed bats fly from their native Mexico to roost in a cavern beneath the ground; and each night, they emerge from its 100-foot-wide crescent-shaped opening and take to the skies in a cloud of manic swooping.
  • Celebrating Monarchs traveling through Texas

    Celebrating Monarchs traveling through Texas – October 25, 2017 – Huntsville, TX

    October is the month for the Monarch migration to pass through Texas. Millions of Monarch butterflies travel the air highways over Texas on their route to their winter home in Mexico. Just like human travelers, Monarchs need rest stops for water and food.  The hot weather that the upper Midwest and South have been experiencing is probably the cause for so many Monarchs waiting a little later in October to head south through Texas. Hundreds of Monarchs were recently spotted in Guadalupe State Park and other sightings range from Plano to La Grange to Laredo.

  • Next Time You Travel in Texas, Stay in a Hostel

    Next Time You Travel in Texas, Stay in a Hostel – October 19, 2017 – Austin, TX

    At 3 p.m. on an ordinary Friday afternoon, the weekend is already in full swing at Native, Austin’s newest boutique hostel. Within the original rough-hewn limestone walls of a former 1890s railroader hotel, travelers and locals alike are putting their laptops away and starting to make plans for the evening. Coffee drinks from Native’s café and bakery are being traded for cocktails from the full-service bar and kitchen, and in the lobby, a bachelorette party is carrying glittery photo props upstairs to the hostel’s twelve-person Romper Room. It’s impossible to provide everything a visitor hopes to find in the city under a single roof, but Native makes an impressive attempt, offering a 3,500-square-foot rustic event space, café, restaurant, bar, and upscale dorms and lofts, where 65 custom-built beds hide behind crimson red velvet curtains.
  • San Antonio to host 29th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival

    San Antonio to host 29th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival – October 12, 2017 – Dallas, TX

    Nonstop Tejano music will echo across San Antonio's Rosedale Park the evenings of May 13-15. The 29th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival features professional bands and talented student groups playing lively music that will have you dancing.
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