Celebrate the Great State of Texas: Texas Independence Day
February 26, 2015
Oh, you already do this every day anyway? Us too. But make it official as the Lone Star State celebrates the day “Texas became Texas” at these awesome Texas Independence Day Celebrations happening across Texas:
Texas Independence Day Parade—Austin: Austin’s annual Texas Independence Day parade (pictured above) is back again for another great year at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Arrive at 8:30am to snag your spot in time for the start of the parade at 9:30am this Saturday.
Washington on the Brazos State Park—Washington: This Saturday and Sunday, you can experience living history, live music, traditional crafts and firing demonstrations at the state park—all with zero admission and parking fees in honor of Texas’ birthday celebration. Be sure to stick around for Sunday’s keynote address from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at 1:30pm.
Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas—Granbury: Granbury’s celebrations start this Saturday with exhibitors and a parade in its Historic Downtown Square followed by live music and events happening daily through Monday.
Go Texan at The Woodlands Children’s Museum—The Woodlands: Head to the museum at 10am on Tuesday, March 3 to get your picture taken with the “Tall Texan” and see his special rope trick show from 11am-noon. Tickets are just $5/person.
Love is in the Air in Fredericksburg
January 30, 2015
If you’re sorely lacking in the Valentine’s Day date idea department, head to one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. for inspiration: Fredericksburg. Recently named one of “6 of America’s Most Romantic Small Towns” by CNN Travel, there are endless options for the heart-filled holiday.
Drive in for the day, and book a stay at any one of these bed and breakfasts or guesthouses so you’ll be minutes away from the Best Stores in Fredericksburg, award-winning vineyards and any one of these Valentine’s Day activities:
Luckenbach Hug in and Valentine Ball: Listen to live music by Dale Watson on Friday night for $15, or Asleep at the Wheel for $20 on Saturday during the “Give Me More Kisses” dance, or purchase a $45 weekend ticket for entry to both shows plus a camping pass for the more adventurous. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
“Intimate Afternoon Tea Party” at the Urban Herbal Cooking School: For $65, you’ll enjoy rose-scented martinis, tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, tea cake, strawberry rose meringues and hot tea all while learning how to host a tea party. Book your spot online in advance here.
Couples Painting at The Yellow Door Studio: Wine and paint nights are all the rage, and the extra-special Valentine’s Day couples paint night also includes champagne and strawberries. All supplies are provided for just $45 a painter. Call 830.456.0422 to reserve your spot now.
Valentine’s Jazz on the Lawn at Pedernales Cellars: Snuggle up next to your special someone, sip on wine from Pedernales Cellars and enjoy the live jazz sounds by Phil Grota and his trio from 1 – 5pm. Admission is free, so arrive early to get a good spot.
Rockbox Valentine’s Date Night: What do Barry White, Nat King Cole and George Strait all have in common? Their tunes make us swoon, and Rockbox Theatre’s tribute artists will be performing their greatest hits while you enjoy wine and chocolate. Tickets start at $32 a person and can be purchased online in advance here.
Valentine Vines at Texas Vineyards & Beyond: For the wine-loving couple, meet the owners of Rohan Meadery and get your bottles of wine or gifts autographed from 1 – 6pm; admission is free.
Merlot & Chocolate Tasting at Becker Vineyards: Start the day off right with wine from Becker Vineyards and chocolate from Delysia Chocolatier, or try handmade creations from Al’s Gourmet Nuts from 10am – 6pm; admission is free.
And most importantly, reserve a spot at any of these delicious Valentine’s Day dinners happening in Fredericksburg on February 14.
Reserve Now: Flaming Cocktail HOT Date Night
January 22, 2015
We’re pretty sure “the couple that blows glass artwork together, stays together” is a thing. In fact, it’s probably on a coffee mug somewhere. So reserve your spot now for you and your loved one to create your own Valentine glass heart or flower—with the assistance of a super-cool glassblowing professional—at Grapevine Best Store Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. Your one-hour session will include glassblowing (obvi), flaming cocktails (apropos), hors d’oeuvres (noms) and plenty of couple bonding time (most-likely). These Flaming Cocktail Hot Date Nights are extremely popular, so click below to reserve your one-hour spot online in advance now!
El Paso’s Spring Home Show this Weekend
January 20, 2015
Head to El Paso’s Spring Home Show at El Paso County Coliseum this Friday through Sunday for up-close-and-personal look at the newest innovations and products available for the home. If you’re considering a home update for 2015, this show is not to be missed! Gather inspiration for simple interior design updates or hammer out remodeling details from door, landscaping, siding, fireplace vendors and more. Tickets are a very affordable $6 per adult, per day, and the official show hours are below:
Friday, January 23 – 4pm to 8pm
Saturday, January 24 – 10am to 7pm
Sunday, January 25 – 11am to 4pm
Shop These Holiday Markets this Season
December 11, 2014
What better time to support your local economy—other than those Friday afternoon lunch shopping breaks on payday—than during one of these holiday markets across Texas. Shop small and support local boutiques, vendors and artisans and relish in the fact that you’ll have the most unique gifts to give this holiday season!
Mini Pops + Etsy Houston Holiday Bash (Houston) Pop Shop Houston and Pavement/Leopard Vintage Lounge are hosting this special holiday collaboration with Etsy Houston this Sunday from 11am – 5pm where you can shop over 20 local vendors selling handcrafted and vintage goods, jewelry, terrariums, kids clothing and more. You can even get your own Polaroid photos with Hipster Santa. Event will be held at 1657 Westheimer.
Texas Christkindl Market (Arlington) Held every Sunday – Friday from noon – 9pm and every Saturday from 10am – 10pm through December 21, the Christkindl Market is all about handmade gifts, rare European fabrics, and plenty of German food and beer.
Holiday in the Park and Bazaar (Tyler) Kill two birds with one stone this weekend at Tyler’s 9th annual Holiday in the Park and Bazaar this Saturday at Bergfeld Park. The kiddos will enjoy playing on the snow hill with two sledding lanes and a snow area, and you’ll enjoy shopping more than 50 arts, crafts and gift vendors.
Cherrywood Art Fair (Austin) Head to 3808 Maplewood Avenue this Saturday and Sunday for East Austin’s longest-running non-profit art fair, Cherrywood Art Fair. Proceeds from the art fair benefit the Little Artist BIG ARTIST arts mentoring program that pairs East Austin elementary school students with professional artists.
Urban Bazaar (Dallas) Head to Dallas’ Bishop Arts District this Saturday from 11am – 7pm and shop local vendors like Tiny & Dave, Dowdy Studio, f. is for frank and more during this special Holiday Urban Bazaar featuring handmade crafts and vintage gifts.
Old School Charm Meets High Style in Tyler
December 8, 2014
We’re huge supporters of the weekend shopping getaway to refuel and recharge. One of the best spots in Texas for retail therapy is Tyler. Just a quick—and scenic—90 minute drive from Dallas, you’ll find Tyler is more than just the Rose Capital of America. It’s a shopping mecca that surprised and delighted the Shop Across Texas fashionistas.
After you’re done soaking in all of the beautiful foliage that is east Texas—a true jaw-dropper when the leaves are changing—drop your chic weekender bag off at one of the many lodging options in Tyler. If you’re traveling on a budget, book the Holiday Inn on South Broadway for some of the friendliest service in Tyler, try Rosevine Inn B&B for a definitively homey feel or spend the weekend indulging at Kiepersol Bed & Breakfast where you’ll enjoy tastings at the on-site winery and elegant meals at the Estates Restaurant.
Start the afternoon off on the right foot, and head south on Old Jacksonville Highway toward some of Tyler’s best shopping in Swann’s Plaza. Stop by Best Store Mary V’s by Shelby, on par with any of Dallas’ best boutiques. A veritable Tyler fashion institution, Mary V’s has styled some of Tyler’s most fashionable with designer names like Seven for all Mankind, Eileen Fisher and Nanette Lepore.
Just next door you’ll find Best Store Spinout with tons of goodies to choose from. Stock up on the latest Jon Hart designs, Texas-themed tees and Minnetonkas here. Keep browsing for on-trend party dresses, a wall of jeans in every shade and even a small children’s accessories section. Be sure to take your time to sort through the small sale room in the back for some of the best deals!
If you’re in the market for quality furniture from a family-owned business, don’t miss Best Store Swann’s Furniture Store—for which the plaza is named—or simply take a stroll around the store for easy design inspiration. Stop by local favorite The Kitchen Drawer for all of the kitchen gadgets you never knew existed but somehow always wanted. Or, pick up some new kicks at the New Balance store next door.
As dinner time rolls around, exit Swann’s Plaza and take a right back onto Old Jacksonville Highway until you see Juls approximately 5 seconds down the road. On Friday night this Asian fusion restaurant will be packed with a lively evening crowd, but the craft cocktails at the bar—and designated waiting area—will make the wait for a table seem all too short. If the weather’s nice, ask for a table on the patio overlooking the river and marvel at all of the amazing shopping you’ve just accomplished across the way at Swann’s Plaza.
Spend the first part of your Saturday at Best Store Ye Old City Antique Mall and Flea Market for some of the best antiques in Tyler. Shop Rose-adorned China, reasonably-priced antique furniture and vintage knick-knacks in this multi-room building. If you’re still feeling the antique itch, definitely find time for The Gipson Girl a few minutes south of downtown for some of the most intriguing displays of vintage and antique goods you’ve ever seen. You’ll want to buy something just to see the cashier use the still-functioning gold antique cash register.
Once you’ve had your fill of antiques, head to La Piazza Shopping Center for a mid-afternoon snack at the Tyler location of Texas’ famous Collin Street Bakery. Indulge in a Cookieccino and a pastry before heading a few doors down to Best Store Bridgette’s.
Browse names like Nicole Niller, Milly and Bailey 44 on bright-colored mannequins, and settle into the store’s attached art gallery shoe boutique for some of the prettiest shoes you’ve ever seen. The shoe boutique opens up into neighboring Harley’s for Men. Make a mental note to send your hubby back for an expertly tailored suit as you pick him up a few ties.
After you’re done at La Piazza, stop by Blue Print, Too whose sister store in Dallas, also called Blue Print, has amassed an impressive following. Blue Print, Too’s calling card is all about mixing the old with the new, and they’re expertly bridging the gap between Tyler’s rich history and its fashionable future with bright, open spaces.
End your weekend of retail therapy with a bang, and head to True Vine Brewing Company’s OPEN TAPS event held from 5 – 8pm on the last Saturday of every month. As Tyler’s only brewery, True Vine became an instant hit with the locals after opening its doors to the public in 2013. Snack on local food, browse local art and enjoy local music while you sip—you guessed it—local beer from True Vine. Individual tickets are $15 at the door and $10 online, and there’s plenty of root beer on hand for the under-21 attendees.
For even more information on things to do and see in Tyler, check out VisitTyler.com.
Weinstrasse & Holiday Celebration in Fredericksburg
December 4, 2014
Why not spruce up your holiday shopping trip with a little Texas wine? Head to Weinstrasse along Fredericksburg’s Wine Road 290 where you’ll enjoy food and wine pairings from Inwood Estates, 4.0 Cellars and Mendelbaum Cellars for just $35 a person. You’ll also receive a crystal souvenir Bordeaux wine glass, a special take home gift and complimentary shuttle service provided by Inwood Estates. If you’re stumped on the gift giving this season, giving the gift of Texas wine is always a safe bet! Purchase tickets online in advance here.
Kick Off the Holiday Season in The Woodlands this Weekend
November 21, 2014
There’s no easier way to get in the holiday spirit this weekend than in The Woodlands. Stop by the 8th annual International Winter on the Waterway Festival at 5pm on Sunday to learn about holiday traditions from around the world, and stick around to welcome Santa to The Woodlands for the 32nd annual Lighting of the Doves.
In between shopping trips to The Woodlands Mall check out Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland for lighted holiday scenes, musical angels and snowmen. Donate 9 or less non-perishable food items to the Winter Wonderland food drive and receive a $2 off coupon to the nearby Ice Rink at Woodlands Town Center, or donate 10+ items for free admission to the ice rink. Both open this Saturday and run through January 19.
Glisten Holiday Lighting at CITYCENTRE this Saturday
November 19, 2014
Get in the holiday spirit while you do your shopping this weekend at Houston’s CITYCENTRE during their annual snowflake lighting in the plaza on Saturday from 7 – 9pm. Arrive early to shop CITYCENTRE stores like Anthropologie, Elaine Turner, Kendra Scott, Free People and more, and stick around for a live ice carving demonstration at 7pm followed by the officially lighting ceremony at 8pm.
Houston Winter Holiday Arts Market this Weekend
If you haven’t already, this weekend is a great time to introduce yourself to the Houston art scene. This Friday through Sunday, Fresh Arts is hosting the Winter Holiday Art Market at Winter Street Studios in Houston where paintings, jewelry, clothing and more will be available for purchase from Houston artists. Snag $10 general admission tickets to Friday night’s Preview Party from 6 – 10pm for a first look at all of the holiday goods for sale and music by DJ Jef Cashless, or stop by during free admission on Saturday and Sunday with music by Andrew Karnavas, Grifters and Shills and Graham Gaskill. Learn more about Houston’s Fresh Arts online here.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum
November 18, 2014
After months of preparation, the Dallas Arboretum has just unveiled its brand new “The 12 Days of Christmas” exhibition. Explore the display through the garden now through January 4 this holiday season, where a collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with characters and animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Encased in glass, each gazebo provides a unique, three-dimensional holiday experience set to festive music. Enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas during regular Arboretum hours during the day, or purchase tickets online in advance for special night viewings complete with illuminated displays and live carolers and holiday themed treats.
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