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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine

October 2020

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

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in this issue

1 min.
a golden moment

Photographer Theresa DiMenno encountered this scene of bald cypress and box elder maple trees along the Guadalupe River near the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels last November. “Fall is my favorite season in general,” says DiMenno, who lives in Austin. “The sky seems bluer, and I’m drawn to the contrast of leaves against sky.” She noticed this spot at the end of a day she’d spent searching for fall colors along River Road. It was after sunset, so she used a tripod and slow shutter speed to take the picture. “This enabled me to get the correct exposure since it was dark and also to capture the smooth flow of the water,” she says.…

4 min.

Giddings is a town that keeps to itself. Ask the locals, and they’ll tell you they live here because they always have, as did their grandparents. That’s the case for Jacob Janda, whose family has been in the area for 160 years. Founded as a railroad town in 1871, Giddings grew and contracted on the fortunes of cotton and oil, a history that’s recalled at the Lee County Museum, the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum, and in murals around town. Janda’s grandfather managed the railroad depot, and his father sold gravestones. These days, Janda stakes his own claim in Giddings’ history as a gravestone restorer and designer of custom memorial monuments. Janda’s work has taken him all over Central Texas, but he says he will always call Giddings home. In this…

4 min.
beer signs of the times

The earliest Texas breweries, founded circa 1850, often didn’t label their bottles, according to beer historian Charlie Staats. That’s hard to picture with the extensive advertising we now see for local brews. It wasn’t until the 1860s, with the emergence of full-color lithography—a method of printing that sped up the sign-making process significantly—that beer advertising took off. Some of the earliest beer ads were vivid posters displayed in saloons that showed factory scenes from the breweries, lavish banquet spreads, or Victorian-era women. As the number of commercial breweries expanded, the need for advertising grew. After Prohibition, signs were important tools as fewer breweries competed for larger shares of the Texas market. One of the most impressive open-to-the-public collections of Texas beer signs is at the Moravia Store, a bar and dancehall…

5 min.
the naturals

Ask three vintners what it means to make “natural wine” and you’ll get three different answers, probably accompanied by a shrug. “Oh, the loadedest of loaded questions,” says Regan Meador of Fredericksburg’s Southold Farm + Cellar. “At this point, it’s more of a marketing term, and we shy away from those.” Unlike products labeled “certified organic” or “non-GMO,” natural wine doesn’t have a checklist of attributes or an independent seal of approval. And yet, natural wine production is on the rise across the country. Currently, there are three Texas outfits—Southold, La Cruz de Comal Wines, and Robert Clay Vineyards—growing grapes and making wine following the natural credo. Think of natural wine as less is more. Growers do as little as possible to the grapes on the vine, and winemakers do as little as…