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Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Cultural Exploration, Texas | 31 comments

5 Great Places for Jazz Music in Dallas

5 Great Places for Jazz Music in Dallas

One of the true tests of a city is, in my opinion, great jazz. Along with excellent markets, fabulous architecture, and great food, jazz is a marker of a city I’ll return to again and again. Luckily, I live in Dallas, where excellent jazz venues abound. Here are 5 Great Places To Listen to Jazz In Dallas, Texas   18th & Vine Serving up Kansas City style BBQ and live music in a renovated frame house, 18th & Vine (named for the Kansas City history) is a cozy new addition to the Dallas food and music scene. Upstairs is The Roost, where the music happens, and from the looks of the place on a Wednesday night, the concept of “Que and food works. The Roost is just big enough to be comfortable but not feel vacant on a slower night. Though the live music is found exclusively in the Roost, you can also order food there (downstairs is dedicated solely to the Que). Dave Monsch is at the Roost...

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Accommodations, Cultural Exploration, Destinations, Museums, Texas, USA, Wine Travel | 33 comments

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

There are very few places you can go for a weekend getaway that truly have it all. Want to go gallery hopping, wine tasting or rock climbing? Do you love history, architecture and culture? In Fredericksburg, Texas you can have all of that with a ruggedly beautiful landscape and Texas hospitality. Located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, this charming German town has become a top destination with visitors from all over the world. It’s the ideal place for travelers who wish to commune with nature, rest their eyes on a star-filled sky, or history buffs wishing to delve deeper into the legendary state of Texas. And it’s easily accessible. In Fredericksburg you truly can experience living history and feel as if you’ve “gotten away from it all.”   Why now? Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, and Texas Highways are just a few of the publications that have featured the Texas Hill Country in the past year. Go now —...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Destinations, Museums, Photography, Texas, USA | 19 comments

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

You’ll want to go to the Texas Hill Country now because it’s spring time and that means the wildflowers are in full bloom. The highways and roadsides are a kaleidoscope of color, everything is lush and green, and it’s absolutely stunningly beautiful. Go to the Texas Hill Country now before it is 100 degrees in the shade (that comes soon enough, maybe even as early as June). Go to the Texas Hill Country now because, even though it’s not exactly off the beaten track (Texas Highways, National Geographic and Southern Living are just a few of the publications that have featured the Hill Country), it’s still far from crowded. Based on what I understand from the locals, weekends are ridiculously busy and the many small towns that comprise the Hill Country receive 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on the weekends and during festivals. Go during the week if you can. Go to the Texas Hill Country now to see the wide open spaces, the star-filled skies, drink award-winning wines, and...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Museums, Penny Sadler, Postcards, Texas | 2 comments

Postcard: Dream Time

Postcard: Dream Time

There are many exhibits that will draw you in when you enter the Innovation Gallery at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History. What caught my eye was the 40 foot long sculpture, composed of found objects and multi-colored lights, hanging from the ceiling. I dare you to gaze upon this sculpture and not be inspired in some way. It may evoke old memories, or a desire to express an artistic side of yourself…whatever you feel, it won’t be apathy. Dream Time, by sculptor Warren Muller, is meant to encourage hands-on creativity. Designed specifically for the Museum gallery, Dream Time weighs nearly half a ton. Tricycles, rusted metal lawn furniture, chandeliers, old toys, and a portrait of Elvis lit with fiber optics that slowly change color are just a few of the reclaimed pieces that compose Dream Time. The Innovation Gallery and Studios are the heart of the museum. Dream Time expresses the essence of the studios. According to Museum President Van Romans, “Our goal is to bring...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Food and Drink, Texas | 10 comments

Discovering Texas Wines: Landon Winery

Discovering Texas Wines: Landon Winery

Wineries are popping up in the most unexpected places these days. I’ve lived in the Dallas area a long time, and had no idea there was a winery within thirty minutes of downtown Dallas – Landon Wineries located in historic McKinney, Texas. To be honest, it had been years since I’d tried a Texas wine. My overall impression was that they were too sweet, or too acidic, not balanced. I just assumed all Texas wines were like that. At Landon I got a fresh perspective on Texas wine. And yes, it’s safe for you to assume it is for the better.   The past two years I’ve been lucky to visit and travel to some of the world’s premier wine regions (Tuscany, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara County, and the Hudson Valley. When I saw Landon on the square in McKinney I was very curious to see how their wines compared. I walked in with open mind and bellied up to the bar. Landon Winery has been open since 2004,...

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