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  • Chip and Joanna Gaines Pick Their Favorite Places You Need to Visit in Waco, Texas

    People Magazine – January 3, 2017 – Waco, TX

    If you’re a Fixer Upper fan, your 2017 resolution might include a trip to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ hometown of Waco, Texas.  Of course their ever-expanding destination Magnolia Market at the Silos, which includes spots to shop, eat and play games on the properties “big green lawn,” has been a huge draw for the small southern town, attracting 15,000 visitors per week, according to a 2015 article in the Waco Tribune. In their most recent Magnolia newsletter, however, HGTV’s first couple prove there are many more destinations that fans should explore on their visit to get the full Waco experience.
  • Newman's Castle: A Hidden Gem in Rural Texas

    USA Today – January 1, 2017 – Bellville, TX

    Seasons come and go in Bellville, Texas , but one gem in the small Texas town is constant.
    Newman’s Bakery is a fixture. It’s a place where reading is as comforting as the coffee and pastries. Freshness is provided daily, and owner Mike Newman wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • What I Did When I Finally Got To Visit Austin, Texas.

    Huffington Post – December 14, 2016 – Austin, TX

    I had wanted to visit Austin, Texas for decades.  It started when I was a young man, bitten by the blues bug and worshipping Texas guitar players like the Reverend Willy G (Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top) and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was high on my list of “music cities” to visit.
  • National Park Tips: This May Be the Most Fetching Stretch of River in all Texas

    Los Angeles Times – December 13, 2016 – Rio Grande, TX

    Down along the Texas-Mexico border, the Rio Grande slips into a series of deep canyons and dramatic desert landscapes. That's Big Bend National Park, and it's a great place for a mellow raft trip.
  • Two Houston Hotels Rank on Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards for Best Hotels in Texas

    Houston Chronicle – October 20, 2016 – Houston, TX

    Conde  Nast Traveler recently unveiled its Top Hotels in Texas Readers' Choice Awards 2016, and two Houston hotels made the cut. Hotel Sorella CityCentre claimed the No. 8 spot, and Hotel Granduca, in the Galleria area, ranked at No. 12.
  • Texas’ Best-Kept Secret? A 120-Mile-Long Canyon That’s Grand in its Own Right.

    Washington Post – October 20, 2016 – , TX

    Though the 120-mile-long canyon that cleaves the Panhandle’s plains into a bewitchingly rugged land is the nation’s second largest, locals consider it Texas’s best-kept secret. For one, it’s not a national park, and tourists tend to associate canyons with the southwestern geography of Utah and Arizona, not Texas. Only one person (a Texan) I told about my trip had heard of Palo Duro, so I wasn’t surprised to read in the park guest book that someone had written: “Never knew it was here.”
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