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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine June 2018

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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2 min.
a hopeful horizon

OUR ANNUAL COASTAL Issue is different than the one we had in mind when we began planning it last summer. The impact of Hurricane Harvey on coastal communities was so severe it left many people uncertain about the coming tourism season. In many of these small towns, tourism is the primary industry and vital to their recovery. We quickly realized one way we could help: spreading the word that beloved destinations like Port Aransas and Rockport-Fulton are ready for visitors. I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Rockport last month, and though definitely frayed at the seams, the charming fishing town’s appeal seems to have been augmented by its recent struggle. Rockport locals have a saying: “You’re only a visitor once.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to how many…

2 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? 93 days of summer? That’s cute. We all know summer lasts 1,789 days here. @TXHARLOWEEN Greener Pastures The April article “Welcome to Mattie’s” reminded me of the friendship my parents had with Mary and Chester Koock, the originators of Green Pastures. Chester helped my dad start a small frozen meat business while Mary Koock got her restaurant off the ground. Green Pastures was growing, and Chester chose to stay there and help Mary, so my dad closed the meat business and concentrated on his other businesses. The two families were always in touch with each other, and when my sister got married her reception was held at Green Pastures where they served milk punch, something we preteens couldn’t have. Years later, after my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary,…

1 min.
nac fan

After reading the Nacogdoches article in the March issue, my husband and I made a reservation at the Fredonia Hotel, gassed up the car, and drove down to Nacogdoches eager to see the azaleas in bloom during the Azalea Trail. We were a little too early to see the azaleas in all of their glory, but we so enjoyed visiting Nacogdoches and learning about its interesting history. One of our favorites was a tour of the Sterne-Hoya House; the docent there was very knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour. We ate at some wonderful places—Maklemore’s and Clear Springs for dinner and Dolly’s Diner for breakfast. It was a great springtime road trip. KERRY AND SHARON ROACH, Wichita Falls For tourism information, call the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, 888-564-7351; visitnacogdoches.org.…

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our favorite social media of the month

Do you feel as lucky as I do that here in Texas, we have such a gorgeous natural landscape of wild, flowers that welcomes us to spring each year? TEXAS FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT The original owners [of Gilhooley’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar] had the motto “We don’t fry so you don’t die.” KAREN BLEYL HECK, SMITHVILLE Socially responsible folks like my dad taught me from a young age to never throw trash out the window. Someone has to keep things clean, and that job is yours. ROBERT GARCIA, HARLINGEN Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram…

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scenic route

Relics of the Storm 28º 02’ 34.26” N 97º 01’ 36.79” W ALONG THE TEXAS coast, telltale signs of past storms endure in the occasional skeletal remains of piers jutting into the Gulf and bays. Until they are rebuilt, these structures on Key Allegro along Aransas Bay recall the impact of Hurricane Harvey, presenting a hauntingly beautiful scene in the wake of last August’s storm. Key Allegro—a resort community with residences, second homes, and rentals—is located on an approximately 200-acre island near the northernmost end of Broadway Street between Rockport and Fulton. For more information, visit rockport-fulton.org.…

5 min.
north on south padre

I GET MY FIRST CLEAR VIEW OF SOUTH Padre Island from the summit of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. At 85 feet above Laguna Madre, the bridge reveals the island stretching majestically on a north-south line, like a thin ribbon of sand floating in a cobalt sea. To the south I can see the jetties and the ship channel cutting through to Brownsville and Boca Chica Beach. Tracking north, South Padre’s sweep of beachfront hotels and high-rise condos give way to white dunes that eventually disappear in the island haze. That’s where I’m heading today as I descend from the bridge onto South Padre Island to explore State Park Road 100, known in town as Ocean Boulevard. The island’s main artery, 100 starts on the west side of the Queen Isabella Memorial…