Helen Anders

Helen Anders is the travel writer for the Statesman and also contributes to the Lifestyle section and Real magazine. She's been in the newspaper business for more than 40 years, most of it in Texas, and joined the Statesman in 2001. She is also the author (as Helen Bryant, a marriage ago) of the book "Fixin' to be Texan" (Republic of Texas Press 1998) about assimilation. She and her husband are proud South Austinites.

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Big fun in the Big Easy
 The good times have been rolling here for 300 years, and the 2018 Tricentennial presents a perfectly good excuse for a visit to the Crescent City. As if you needed one, or as if New Orleans needed another reason for a party. But inasmuch as we’re all in a festive mood again, why not celebrate the mushrooming downtown New Orleans core...

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The good times have been rolling here for 300 years, and the 2018 Tricentennial presents a perfectly good excuse for a visit to the Crescent City. As if you needed one, or as if New Orleans needed another reason for a party. But inasmuch as we’re all in a festive mood again, why not celebrate the mushrooming downtown New Orleans core...
Escape to the burbs
 Hey. Let’s spend the weekend in the burbs. Hear me out. There is fun to be had and great food to be eaten in Frisco and Plano, the suburbs north of Dallas where the population is blowing up faster than a marshmallow in a microwave. It’s easy to put together a kid-pleasing trip or and adult shop-and-dine-a-thon. Let’s start...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Hey. Let’s spend the weekend in the burbs. Hear me out. There is fun to be had and great food to be eaten in Frisco and Plano, the suburbs north of Dallas where the population is blowing up faster than a marshmallow in a microwave. It’s easy to put together a kid-pleasing trip or and adult shop-and-dine-a-thon. Let’s start...
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2:44 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

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The lights, sights and sounds of Maine
 Weathered old salts in knit caps stride amid tourists peering into red-brick colonial buildings in this working harbor off Penobscot Bay. Just a stone’s throw south of highly manicured Camden, Rockland is more low-key and casual. At first glance, you wouldn’t think of this as the Arts Capital of Maine, but it earns the title it...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Weathered old salts in knit caps stride amid tourists peering into red-brick colonial buildings in this working harbor off Penobscot Bay. Just a stone’s throw south of highly manicured Camden, Rockland is more low-key and casual. At first glance, you wouldn’t think of this as the Arts Capital of Maine, but it earns the title it...
Learning to keep calm and carry on with Transcendental Meditation
 In late 2016, I had an inkling that 2017 would be annoying. I had no idea. But, in anticipation of what lay ahead, I pondered the options that might keep me from starting each day screaming, “Noooooooo!” and ducking back under the blankets. Constant Xanax, vats of alcohol, moving to Newfoundland … each had too many drawbacks...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

In late 2016, I had an inkling that 2017 would be annoying. I had no idea. But, in anticipation of what lay ahead, I pondered the options that might keep me from starting each day screaming, “Noooooooo!” and ducking back under the blankets. Constant Xanax, vats of alcohol, moving to Newfoundland … each had too many drawbacks...
A Scottish sampler
 It’s all uphill from here. Literally and steeply. Everywhere I look in this city founded in the 12th century on the slopes of a dormant volcano, sharply graded cobblestone streets wind. Now and then, alleyways pop up, leading to immense, calf-shattering staircases. These alleys are called closes, and what they are is shortcuts. While...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

It’s all uphill from here. Literally and steeply. Everywhere I look in this city founded in the 12th century on the slopes of a dormant volcano, sharply graded cobblestone streets wind. Now and then, alleyways pop up, leading to immense, calf-shattering staircases. These alleys are called closes, and what they are is shortcuts. While...
Austin haunts: Old buildings along Congress Avenue invite ghost stories 
 This article was originally published Oct. 28, 2007. Shirley MacLaine gasped earlier this month when she took her first step inside Austin's Paramount Theatre, where she would be appearing that night.  "Oh, my, what a lovely theater. It has such great energy, " she told executive director Ken Stein. "You have ghosts, don't...

7:57 PM Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

This article was originally published Oct. 28, 2007. Shirley MacLaine gasped earlier this month when she took her first step inside Austin's Paramount Theatre, where she would be appearing that night.  "Oh, my, what a lovely theater. It has such great energy, " she told executive director Ken Stein. "You have ghosts, don't...
Love festivals? Consider Alabama
 A merry few thousand of us at last fall’s Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend were, appropriately enough, drinking beer and eating oysters. Nobody got unruly, music emanated from a stage, and the sun was shining in a harmless, 80-degree way. As an Austinite from the land of festivals, I was pleased to find here, on the white-sand...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

A merry few thousand of us at last fall’s Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend were, appropriately enough, drinking beer and eating oysters. Nobody got unruly, music emanated from a stage, and the sun was shining in a harmless, 80-degree way. As an Austinite from the land of festivals, I was pleased to find here, on the white-sand...
The mysteries of London
 Don’t you just love a good murder? Fictional, I mean. Curling up with a whodunit is one of my simple pleasures, and I’m fascinated by the people who make their living writing mysteries. I was fortunate to have interviewed P.D James back in the late ’70s, and I’ll always remember the way other diners leaned in when...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Don’t you just love a good murder? Fictional, I mean. Curling up with a whodunit is one of my simple pleasures, and I’m fascinated by the people who make their living writing mysteries. I was fortunate to have interviewed P.D James back in the late ’70s, and I’ll always remember the way other diners leaned in when...
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1:37 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

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Getting to the art of the matter
 The view from my hotel window shows the reason I’ve come to this city: the Denver Art Museum’s two buildings, one a modern hodgepodge of jutting roof angles and, across the street, the original building that, to me, has always looked as though the Wicked Witch of the West should be circling it on a broom. That’s appropriate...

5:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

The view from my hotel window shows the reason I’ve come to this city: the Denver Art Museum’s two buildings, one a modern hodgepodge of jutting roof angles and, across the street, the original building that, to me, has always looked as though the Wicked Witch of the West should be circling it on a broom. That’s appropriate...