Party: Rio Grande Valley!
Late February is the perfect time to party in the Valley! Charro Days in downtown Brownsville, a two-nation celebration, and Fiesta Edinburg kick off the week of Feb. 19-25 and you're invited to these grand cultural festivals near the border. Enjoy the mild climate and the hot salsa in the Valley this week and get a grand taste of Texas... MORE
Travel Trouble in Mexico
Mexico is full of wonderful sites, people and culture. But the latest U.S. State Dept. Travel Warning brings to light the current risks of visiting some border areas. We try to keep you posted on the latest. Here is our take on visiting historic Matamoros. Be aware and be careful. Read about it here. MORE
Rodeo Up in the Alamo City in February!
It's been rated as one of the best rodeo's in America and the perfect mid-winter event to fill your days with cowboy charm! Lots of shopping, great food, and a world class rodeo. Head to San Antonio and take part in a real Texas tradition, San Antonio style! MORE
Resolutions for 2017
We have made it to a new year and the world is our stage! So what are we going to do about it? For many of us, the year starts with resolution...or at least with resolutions! Yes, those promises we make to ourselves to live better, do better than the year before. While most of us fail to keep most of our New Year resolutions, that doesn't mean we shouldn't try! MORE
Holiday Events in Austin
A Capital of Texas Christmas
The holidays are a special time in Texas, and Austin is one of the most exceptional and special places in Texas. If you're heqaded to Texas or just passing through the last couple of week around the holidays you owe it to yourself to check out this full schedule of special holiday events. MORE
The Annual Caroling on the River Event in S.A.
Every year the San Antonio River Walk comes alive with a celebration of Holiday lights and a number of activities and events scheduled throughout the season. One of the local favorites is the annual boat caroling on the river. Enjoy the holidays on the River Walk and participate in the singing of the season! River City is Holiday city every December. MORE
The Sweetness of Tree-ripened Texas Citrus
Anytime of year is a great time for a tasty, healthy and tall glass of sweet, fresh-squeezed orange juice from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. But November through February is the best time for the full sweetness of Texas most juicy fruit, the oranges and Ruby Red grapefruit that have made South Texas famous. Grab a case and send them for the holidays, or just a grab a couple of boxes and taste the sweet nectar of liquid sunshine - perfect for the season. MORE
The ALL NEW-Revised Senior Medical Guide
Fall and winter season is flu season and our thoughts turn to getting healthy and staying healthy. We've got you covered! Our medical guide offers articles about illness, wellness and resources to help you get fit, live well, and find information and resources about medical conditions - plus provider information by region in your favorite winter destination. Check it out today. MORE
The Texas Jazz Fest Marks 56th Year on the Coast
Thousands gathered in Corpus Christi;s downtown Sea and Entertainment Districts to mark the 56th annual year of the Texas Jazz Festival, staged Oct. 21-23, 2016 for three days of world class jazz. Over sixty performing artists and groups performed on three outdoor stages in historic Heritage Park, an area noted for the oldest (restored) homes of the coastal city. Saxophonist Tom Braxton headlined the show Saturday night. MORE
Discover Fun and Comfort at a Great Senior Resort
You have worked hard your entire life - put on a lot of miles, fixed a lot of leaky faucets. Now you're retired and you deserve the good life. Can you afford to live like a king? Which resort to choose? Discover how you too can get on the wagon and enjoy senior life in a great Senior Resort. Explore the possibilities and the adventure that awaits you in our guide! MORE
World War II Defenses across the Texas Coast
World War II was a tough time for America, and a costly time for Texas. In addition to Uboats off the Texas coast, there was the threat of a ground assault on the remote beach fronts of the Lone State State. But the Seacoast Defense force decided it best to construct artillery batteries to repel such an attack. Find out more about the war and the role Texas played. MORE
Explore Bolivar Peninsula!
You'll Love it!
The Upper Texas Coast is not only unique, but offers a great deal for the casual traveler. Whether You stay for a night, a week or the entire winter season, you'll find great rental homes and condos, super RV parks, long, lonely beaches, friendly people and great Texas seafood. Find out what you're missing! Connect and explore this remarkable destination! MORE
The Ghosts of Fort Brown
The season of the long shadows are upon us, and that means it's time to brush off your best ghost story to share with family and friends. Here's one that is not only real, it can be experienced! Way down on the tip of Texas, next to the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico, the UTB-RGV Campus offers a real course in Texas history. Discover the secrets of fallen soldiers. MORE
A Place Time Forgot
There is a place in Texas that time has all but forgotten; an ageless island that remains wild and unspoiled. It is on the longest barrier island in the world and better know as Padre Island National Seashore, a treasure that deserves a visit by every visitor to the Texas coast. Read about it and watch the video and discover Texas unspoiled, where hidden treasure abounds. MORE
Saving the Kemp ridley Turtles of the Texas Coast
The Texas coast is one of the most dangerous places in the world for nesting and migrating Kemp's ridley sea turtles. And it is the only U.S. nesting site for the species. But thanks to caring turtles lovers, these graceful creatures are getting a breath of life in their struggle. Read about the efforts and consider getting involved this winter season. MORE
Get Ready for a Haunted Adventure - Texas Style!
You might have heard of the Book of the Dead before, but chances are you have never read th3e book kept behind the hotel clerk's desk at one of Texas' most historic and haunted hotels. Book a room in Jefferson, Tx, and read the book written by hotel guest and learn of their ghostly experiences at at the Jefferson Hotel - a perfect Oct. adventure! MORE
Drug overdose respects no age barrier. Young and old alike can easily fall victim to a tragedy. Accidental or not, you can save a life, perhaps your own, by being aware of the risks and dangers MORE
Mexico Border Towns:
Is it Safe to Cross Over?
It's a question that comes up every fall/winter travel season. Is it safe to cross into Texas-Mexican border towns? While we always advise to be cautious and check local conditions before you cross, along with following some general rules of street safety, but this year crime and violence seems to declining in some border towns. But you need to know where to go and where to avoid. Check out our latest report for 2016-17 season. MORE
The Mysteries of Big Bend
It's remote, often lonely, and far from the maddening crowds. Big Bend National Park in West Texas offers wide open spaces, clean air, high adventure and indescribable sunsets. But the history and mystery of this pristine high desert getaway may be its greatest asset and appeal. Discover the Ghosts and spirits of the great Chisos Mountains where fable and legends were born - and lost. MORE
New Book Looks at RV History
RVing has long been a favorite of the American traveler. A new Book by author Patrick Foster takes the reader on walk back through times, 80-plus years when the first Airstream 'trailer' rolled off the line giving a major boost to the recreational vehicle industry. Taking a road trip or family vacation in an Airstream was at the top of the list for many. The illustrated book is now available! MORE
TEXAS: The Road to Revolution
Texas history is rich and deep and often complicated by conflicting reports of truths, half-truths and fables - like most of history. But the road to freedom in the early 1800's is a tale worth telling; the hardships of living in a land where the religion, the language, traditions and culture were very different and a place where danger from outlaws, thieves, ambitions and renegades lurked around every corner. Mar 2 each marks the anniversary of Texas Independence. Discover great events and places to celebrate! MORE
World Championship: Texas BBQ
Who doesn't like good Barbecue? It's a no-brainer and if you miss this year's World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest in Houston, you're missing out on some of the best BBQ the world over!
The big affair runs Feb. 26-27 and is the huge pre-party of the opening of the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest show & rodeo spectacle in the world. For three days before that huge show starts though is a time for feating! Contestants vie for national honors in several categories. In addition, there are live music venues, watering holes and a Garden area where you eat, mingle, listen to live music and dance the nights away. Come on out and sink your teeth in some of the best BBQ to ever cross a smoking pit! MORE
Rodeo Time in Texas
Dust off your Stetson and Polish up your Tony Lamas cuz it's bronc bustin' and bull ridin' time down in Texas! The opening of the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo kicked off the season in January and the San Antonio Livestock Show/Rodeo and others are quick to follow. Texas is big on livestock shows and exhibitions, and rodeo is just plain a part of a Texan's natural DNA. So why not act like a Texan and make plans on taking in some rodeo time. Find the biggest and the best! Choose one.
Carnival Texas Style!
You don't need to travel east across the Louisiana line to find a great street party for Mardi Gras. Just head to the Upper Texas Coast and join the fun ten days of carnival Texas style at Galveston Island's annual Mardis Gras extravaganza downtown. This year 30,000 are expected to make the trip. Twenty two parades, balcony parties, Krewe competitions, concerts out the ying yang! Spend your Chinese New Year celebrating Victorian style in Texas most historic City. It starts Jan 29! MORE
Texas Citrus Fiesta!
Texas ruby red grapefruit and sweet Texas oranges; Valley lemons and fresh vegetables. The Texas Rio Grande Valley is famous for a lot of fresh grown food, but the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta is one of the most traditional festivals that celebrates the goodness that comes with the tradition of growing the sweetest fruit in the world. It happens each year in Mission, Texas, and this years festival gets underway in late January. Check the schedule and guide and get ready!. MORE
Visit Historic Goliad!
The history of Texas is rich, and there are few places better to discover it than the historic community of Goliad! Visit the famous La Bahia and relive the longest seige in American military history, and also the nearby Goliad State Park. MORE
Glamp or Camp?
More and more Winter Texans are enjoying the new trend in camping - glamping! While the great outdoors are wonderful to enjoy, for some it's a little hard to give up the comforts of home. But glamping gives you the chance to do both. MORE
The Comfort Foods of Texas
There's nothing that brings fast comfort like the comfort food s we most enjoy. Check out our list of the Top Ten comfort foods of Texas and enjoy them on your next visit, or cook them in your kitchen and discover real comfort! MORE
History of the Poinsettia
We celebrate the Christmas holiday in many ways, including decorating our homes and gardens with the flower that has come to be known as the Christmas flower. But where it did it come from? And what is the story behind the flower? MORE
Attraction in Matamoros
Brownsville's sister city, Matamoros - just across the Mexican border - is full of rich history and attractions for the adventurous. Museums, cathedrals, parks, a great golf course and other attractions await visitors who walk across the border. MORE
Best BBQ Joints & Wurst
The German word for sausage is 'wurst', and Texas may well have the best. Also the best BBQ joints! But don't take our word for it. Check out our seasonal picks for the best and wurst Texas has to offer and get ready for some really good eats! MORE
Safety First at the Border
Is it safe for winter visitors to cross the Texas-Mexico border? The answer is yes and no. But we have some sound advice for those enjoy shopping, and visiting Mexican border towns. On how to be safe and wise. Check out the details in this report. MORE
The Lighthouses of Texas
They are stoic, always on guard, and for many, remnants of mariner-days-gone-by. But lighthouses have always demanded the attention of travelers, old and new, and on the Texas Gulf Coast you'll find many of these great structures to enjoy. MORE
Friendly Ghost of the USS Lex
He's a friendly ghost, or so most say, one that helps guide tours through the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi. Some say he guards over his old ship, the carrier that refused to stay sunk. But no one seems frightened away. MORE
Winter Texan Newsfeeds
To Explore the Best
Kept Secrets of Texas
To Explore the Best
Kept Secrets of Mexico
German Uboats in the Gulf!
In the early days of the 1940s, German uboats were dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to disrupt shipping traffic as America resupplied its allies. Read the story about the fear of coastal residents and the threat of the uboats just off the coast of Texas. MORE
Don't Miss the Bird Fest!
It's going to be another great year for birding in the Lone Star State. The annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is back and better than ever before with seminars and trips and nature destinations galore. Get ready to head to the valley. MORE
Best of the Best Mexican Food
No can accuse us of not always being on the lookout for the best eats in Texas! When it comes to Mexican food, we're giving the nod to Mole! in Corpus Christi. Check out the cuisine of Central and Southern Mexico and don't forget to try the desserts! MORE
WINTER TEXAN CALENDAR PREVIEW