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Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine August 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.
song of summer

TRAVELING IN TEXAS IN late summer can require a little more grit and creativity than the rest of the year. There are the obvious destinations that offer immediate antidotes to the scorching heat—mainly any body of water deep enough to submerge in, whether a lake, river, or swimming hole. But I was reminded on a recent trip to Amarillo that respite and rejuvenation can also be found in unlikely places. Coasting down a long stretch of State Highway 217 in Canyon, passing only a handful of other cars on the nearly hour long drive to Palo Duro Canyon, I turned off the radio and enjoyed the silence and solitude accompanied by the stark views of the Panhandle’s signature rolling plains and open skies. Far away from the constant noise, traffic, and…

3 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? Hot Texas summers should be spent floating down the river! MARY ETTA FARQUHAR, HOUSTON Pecos Paddler Thank you for the “Paddling the Wild Pecos” story [July]. It brought memories back of the exact float trip I took in 1958 with my Explorer Scout troop of about 20 members and two scoutmasters. We ate fish every night along with other food items we transported with us. The river canyon was like that described in your story. When we reached the Pecos High Bridge, we were picked up and headed to Langtry, where we ate about 50 cheeseburgers and fries until the small café ran out. James Cardwell, El Paso Starry Eyed Although my wife and I live in Clear Lake, I make regular trips to Galveston to visit the Star Drug Store [June]. I…

4 min.
a rustic reprieve

Camp Wood’s biggest draw is still the Nueces, a braid of aqua, indigo, and grass-green strands ambling alongside the outskirts of town. THE NUECES RIVER VALLEY PLUMMETS FROM the Edwards Plateau with the abruptness of a summer squall. The topography plunges from dry to drenched when you cruise south from Rocksprings on State Highway 55, blank skies giving way to blue-green canopies of oaks and pecans as the road abandons the grassless flats for glimpses of resplendent waters that seem to chase canyon twilight into the brightness of day. Here, the Nueces River finds its voice: a convergence of forks, prongs, creeks, and springs that begin their last odyssey to the Gulf of Mexico as one. A deep, abiding beauty is tucked within this river valley, and lying at its heart is…

4 min.
artistic epicenter

JUST NORTHWEST OF DOWN town Houston, a sprawling complex of factories and warehouses that once churned with heavy industry now fosters a different kind of production as the home of Sawyer Yards—quite possibly Texas’ largest concentration of working artists. And on the second Saturday of each month, the complex opens the doors of its 400 studios to give the public a taste of this burgeoning artistic epicenter in the city’s historic First Ward. David Adickes’ cast-concrete sculpture ART adorns the entrance of Sawyer Yards, its oversized letters hinting at the funky, creative vibe inside. Here, during the Second Saturday event, hundreds of people mill about the grounds listening to live music, lining up at food trucks, and browsing The Market at Sawyer Yards, an outdoor offering of arts, crafts, and locally…

5 min.
granbury is inn

WHEN JIM LEITCH and his wife, Cathy Casey, opened the Inn on Lake Granbury in 2005, they couldn’t predict their new business would dovetail with the fresh energy now infusing Granbury. While the two are too modest to claim credit, their subtly sophisticated lodging helped shift the appeal of this lakeside destination just southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. Prior to the inn’s debut, Granbury’s prevailing charms clung mostly to a sweet, old-fashioned ambiance often associated with creaky antiques shops, tea rooms, and bed-and-breakfasts broadcasting a comfortable, grandmotherly atmosphere. That’s what travelers sought in their weekend stays here. These days, however, visitors to the area are seeking splashy fun by way of new kayaking, paddleboarding, and waterskiing opportunities. Shops offer more modern choices including art, housewares, clothes, and jewelry, and a few fashionable…

5 min.
books with a bang

A LONG-SMOLDERING literary scene is catching fire in Dallas, with its book festivals, writing conferences, and poetry readings, not to mention a resident first lady in Laura Bush who founded both the Texas and National book festivals. But the dearth of independent bookstores in a city known for its vibrant retail scene always put a damper on its bookish aspirations—until now. Interabang Books, a thoroughly Dallas bookstore in high-end Preston Hollow, opened its doors last summer. The store occupies a space in an upscale strip center featuring neighboring draws like Central Market and Hollywood Feed, and a Barnes & Noble across the street. Other independent bookstore efforts in Dallas are found in hip spots like Bishop Arts or Deep Ellum. But there’s no trendy neighborhood for Interabang—just this buttoned-up corner of…