Contemporary art takes Houston’s stage
Art aficionados won’t want to miss the Oct. 10-13 Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which will gather work from 70 top galleries from all over the world (as well as Austin’s Lora Reynolds Gallery and Dutton) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. A one-day ticket is $20. Buy one or find out more at txcontemporary.com.
What’s more, the show coincides with Night at Market Square, a downtown block party on Oct. 12. You can catch both with a stay at Hotel Icon, which sits right on Market Square.
The hotel’s Experience the Fair Weekend package offers one night’s lodging, two art fair tickets, breakfast for two and a beverage at the hotel’s Line & Lariat Bar starting at $289. A second package is good for three nights at the hotel and includes VIP fair access all weekend (including the opening party, a $100 value), a welcome amenity, $50 food and beverage credit, breakfast and valet parking. That second package starts at $1,000. Find out more at hotelicon.com.
Memorable B&B breakfast moments
Anytime I stay at a B&B, I fall asleep in the first B anticipating the second. I’ve never had a bad B&B breakfast — unless you count the one at the East Texas B&B that decided between my booking and my arrival that it was no longer a B&B but simply a B and wouldn’t provide so much as a cup of coffee.
B&Bs pride themselves on breakfast. My favorite has to be the vast breakfast buffet at the Elk Cove Inn in Elk on the northern California Coast. Every day brings casseroles, morning cheese pie, bourbon bread pudding, various eggs (including deviled), bacon, sausage, roasted potatoes, fruits, yogurt and more. These are consumed in a room overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
All this would be for naught if Elk Cove didn’t also do the other B in spectacular fashion, but it does with 16 tastefully designed cottages, rooms and suites.
Other memorable breakfast dishes at B&Bs that do both B’s well: zucchini bread with pineapple orange glaze and homemade choke cherry preserves at Hanson Mesa B&B in Hotchkiss, Colo. (western part of the state); the oatmeal souffle at Sonoma Orchid Inn in Guerneville, Calif.; and, here in Texas, the lemon pancakes at Eve’s Garden in Marathon and the blueberry stuffed French toast at the Silk Stocking Row in Mineral Wells.
After you’ve eaten at one of these breakfasts, it’s hard to go back to Cheerios.
TEXAS TRAVEL CALENDAR
Oct. 4-6: Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg. Food, bands, games, massive chicken dance in the downtown streets. Admission $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 and free for those younger than 6. More at oktoberfestinfbg.com.
Oct. 4-6: Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales. Music, carnival, dancing, cookoff. Free. More at bit.ly/185bnem.
Oct. 11-13: Texas Mesquite Arts Festival, Marktplatz, Fredericksburg. Wood sculpture, furniture, Christmas ornaments and more. More at texasmesquiteartsfestivals.com.
Oct. 11-13: Turkeyfest, Cuero. Food, music, tractor pull, parade, race. Admission $15 Friday, $10 Saturday, free Sunday. Kids 10 and younger free all three days. More at turkeyfest.org.
Oct. 12-Dec. 1: Texas Renaissance Festival, Todd Mission (east of Brenham). Jousting, food, artisans (blacksmith, glass blowing, etc.), fireworks and more. Admission: $26 adults, $13 children. More at texrenfest.com.
Oct. 12-13: Scarecrow Festival, Chappell Hill. Juried craft exhibits, pony rides, kids’ games. Free. More at chappellhillmuseum.org/scarecrow.html.
Oct. 17-19: Texas Rose Festival, Tyler. Parade (free) and special events (various prices). More at tylertexasonline.com/texas-rose-festival.htm.
Oct. 18-21: Art Outside Festival, Apache Pass Event Center, FM 908, Rockdale. Art, music, children’s activities. Buy tickets ($90 full weekend) and see the lineup at artoutside.org.
Oct. 18-19: Llano Heritage Weekend, Llano. Food, music, rodeo, chuck wagon cookoff. More at llanoheritageweekend.com.
Oct. 18-20: Calvert Fall Fest, Calvert. Parade, barbecue, entertainment, hayride. Some free; some ticketed. Find out more at calverttx.com.
Oct. 26: Hogeye Festival, Elgin. Sausage, music, car show and election of King Hog and Queen Sowpreme. Free. Find out more at elgintx.com/hogeye.asp.
Oct. 26: Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, Markplatz (100 block of West Main Street), Fredericksburg. A $20 ticket gets you six wine tastes. Fine out more at fbgfoodandwinefest.com.
Oct. 27: Sam Bentley Band at Geronimo VFW Post 8456, 6808 N. Texas 123, Geronimo, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. $7 donation. More at 830-303-9903.
New penthouse a work of art
The luxury world of Santa Fe, N.M., just got a major new player: the penthouse suite at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Blending southwestern charm with contemporary amenities, the two-story rooftop suite includes five — yes, five — terraces, a private elevator, a dining area that seats eight, a full kitchen, two baths, a wood-burning kiva fireplace and a spiral staircase leading up to the master suite.
Most unusual: the penthouse includes a fully stocked art studio. Where better to paint the Sangre de Cristo mountains? Prices start at $1,000 a night plus taxes and a $14 per night service fee. Find out more or book at innatloretto.com.
Krewe of Boo ready for ’13 Halloween
Sure, Mardi Gras and JazzFest are great in New Orleans, but so is Halloween. Nobody does costumes and parades like that city, and the Krewe of Boo is already planning its festivities.
The parade through the French Quarter starts at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26. Organizer Brian Kern says you can expect really good, locally produced throws, including pralines, Zydeco bars, Tabasco and more. Find out more at kreweofboo.com.