WINTER 2015-16


Winter Texan Newsfeeds


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Kept Secrets of Texas


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Kept Secrets of Mexico



Rodeo Time in Texas

Dust off your Stetson and Polish up your Tony Lamas cuz it's bronc bustin' and bull ridin' time down in Texas! The opening of the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo kicked off the season in January as rodeo season gets underway all across the state. Texas is big on livestock shows and exhibitions, and rodeo is just plain a part of a Texan's natural DNA. So why not act like a Texan and make plans on taking in some rodeo time during your winter visit. Find the biggest and the best!  Choose one here

Carnival Texas Style!

Texas Citrus Fiesta!

Texas ruby red grapefruit and sweet Texas oranges; Valley lemons and fresh vegetables. The Texas Rio Grande Valley is famous for a lot of fresh grown food, but the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta is one of the most traditional festivals that celebrates the goodness that comes with the tradition of growing the sweetest fruit in the world. It happens each year in Mission, Texas, and this years festival gets underway in late January. Check the schedule and guide and get ready!. MORE

Visit Historic Goliad!

The history of Texas is rich, and there are few places better to discover it than the historic community of Goliad! Visit the famous La Bahia and relive the longest seige in American military history, and also the nearby  Goliad State Park.  MORE


Glamp or Camp?

More and more Winter Texans are enjoying the new trend in camping - glamping! While the great outdoors are wonderful to enjoy, for some it's a little hard to give up the comforts of home. But glamping gives you the chance to do both.  MORE


The Comfort Foods of Texas

There's nothing that brings fast  comfort like the comfort food s we most enjoy. Check out our list of the Top Ten comfort foods of Texas and enjoy them on your next visit, or cook them in your kitchen and discover real comfort!  MORE


History of the Poinsettia

We celebrate the Christmas holiday in many ways, including decorating our homes and gardens with the flower that has come to be known as the Christmas flower. But where it did it come from? And what is the story behind the flower?  MORE


Attraction in Matamoros

Brownsville's sister city, Matamoros - just across the Mexican border - is full of rich history and attractions for the adventurous. Museums, cathedrals, parks, a great golf course and other attractions await visitors who walk across the border.  MORE


Best BBQ Joints & Wurst

The German word for sausage is 'wurst', and Texas may well have the best. Also the best BBQ joints! But don't take our word for it. Check out our seasonal picks for the best and wurst Texas has to offer and get ready for some really good eats!  MORE


Safety First at the Border

Is it safe for winter visitors to cross the Texas-Mexico border? The answer is yes and no. But we have some sound advice for those enjoy shopping, and visiting Mexican border towns. On how to be safe and wise. Check out the details in this report. MORE


The Lighthouses of Texas

They are stoic, always on guard, and for many, remnants of mariner-days-gone-by. But lighthouses have always demanded the attention of travelers, old and new, and on the Texas Gulf Coast you'll find many of these great structures to enjoy.  MORE


Friendly Ghost of the USS Lex

He's a friendly ghost, or so most say, one that helps guide tours through the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi. Some say he guards over his old ship, the carrier that refused to stay sunk. But no one seems frightened away. MORE


German Uboats in the Gulf!

In the early days of the 1940s, German uboats were dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to disrupt shipping traffic as America resupplied its allies.  Read the story about the fear of coastal residents and the threat of the uboats just off the coast of Texas.  MORE


Don't Miss the Bird Fest!

It's going to be another great year for birding in the Lone Star State. The annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is back and better than ever before with seminars and trips and nature destinations galore. Get ready to head to the valley.  MORE


Best of the Best Mexican Food

No can accuse us of not always being on the lookout for the best eats in Texas! When it comes to Mexican food, we're giving the nod to Mole! in Corpus Christi. Check out the cuisine of Central and Southern Mexico and don't forget to try the desserts!  MORE


It's that time of year again...trim down time...ugh! But who says we have to give up good taste and the bite and tang we Texans adore!


Check out this  healthy and yet yummy Mexican Turkey Vegetable Soup. Chock full of veggies, low fat   dairy, turkey and it still tastes like tacos!

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VIDEO:  The Changing Colors of Texas in the Fall Season


Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest

 Jan. 15 - 16

On the Galveston Strand

Chili & Beer on the historic strand, with over 100 craft and import beers to sample.

The Pecan tree is the Texas state tree and is the largest producer of native pecans in the nation.


Texas sales 3.7 million poinsettias every year.


The Collin Street Bakery has been making and shipping traditional Christmas fruit cake for 115 years.


 A lot of miles in Texas:

Orange, Tx to to El Paso: 764 miles

Orange to Chicago: 770 miles

Brownsville, Tx to Dalhart, Tx - 859

Dalhart to Des Moines, IA -  713 miles

 Candy Cane Lane

Corpus Christi has one of the merriest neighborhoods in the Lone Star State. Check out the lighted holiday neighborhoods on the South Side of Town...come to Candy Cane Lane....Happy Holidays!

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Palo Alto Battlefield Living History Program


Jan. 2. Feb. 6th, March 5th


South Texas Botanical Winter Garden Lecture Season

Corpus Christi

Jan. 6 - Feb. 24th

Enjoy Wednesday morning lectures, classes and tours in this beautiful South Texas Botanical Garden.


Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Ft. Worth

Jan. 15 - Feb. 6

If you have never been to a rodeo this is the one to experience!


Citrus Festival


Jan. 16 -30

Festival honoring the fruit industry


W.O.W.E Winter Outdoor and Expo Show

South Padre Island Texas

Jan. 26 - 30


Mardi Gras


Jan. 29 - Feb. 9

Twenty-four parades and city wide events in historic Galveston.


28th Annual Port Aransas Tour of Homes

Port Aransas - Jan. 31


Becker Vineyards Merlot Chocolate Tasting

Feb. 6


Chef's create chocolate decadent creations paired with award winning  merlots.


Quilts: Made in America

Marble Falls

Feb. 12 - 13

The Marble Falls Club annual show.

Charro Days Fiesta

Brownsville - Feb. 21 - Feb. 28

Hispanic Cowboy Heritage Festival


Cowboy Poetry Gathering - Alpine/ Sul Ross University

Feb. 26 - 27

Poetry, music, storytelling.



Whooping Crane Festival

Port Aransas - Feb. 25 - Feb. 28

Guided tours, speakers, trade show and more.


Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day

San Angelo/Fort Concho

Feb. 28

Living history actors protray frontier life.


Dec. 1 - March 30th

Civil War Ranger Walks

History buff s enjoy these history walks in the Rio Grande Valley. Discover the history of the Valley and enjoy the warm outdoors!


You don't need to travel east across the Louisiana line to find a great street party for Mardi Gras. Just head to the Upper Texas Coast and join the fun ten days of carnival Texas style at Galveston Island's annual Mardis Gras extravaganza downtown. This year 30,000 are expected to make the trip. Twenty two parades, balcony parties, Krewe competitions, concerts out the ying yang! Spend your Chinese New Year celebrating Victorian style in Texas most historic City. It starts Jan 29!  MORE

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