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.

Latest from Helen Anders

texas

Posted: 18 days ago

A wine-lover’s guide to Fredericksburg
 Massive 18-wheelers laden with everything from cows to construction equipment roar past our B&B balcony as we sip a mellow Messina Hof sauvignon blanc and watch tourists take selfies with the statue of Adm. Chester Nimitz across Main Street. Main Street is also U.S. 290. Hence, the 18-wheelers. This is the Fredericksburg we all know: a small...

Posted: 24 days ago

Massive 18-wheelers laden with everything from cows to construction equipment roar past our B&B balcony as we sip a mellow Messina Hof sauvignon blanc and watch tourists take selfies with the statue of Adm. Chester Nimitz across Main Street. Main Street is also U.S. 290. Hence, the 18-wheelers. This is the Fredericksburg we all know: a small...
10 tips for having a great time, and being a good guest, in Venice
 Here I am, adding to the human infestation. I know, I know: All the websites say to avoid Venice. Too many people. Bad for the city. Bad for the stone streets. Bad for the overfed pigeons. But Venetians don’t hate tourists. Tourists are their lifeblood. They’d just like visitors to be responsible. They’re not talking about...

5:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

Here I am, adding to the human infestation. I know, I know: All the websites say to avoid Venice. Too many people. Bad for the city. Bad for the stone streets. Bad for the overfed pigeons. But Venetians don’t hate tourists. Tourists are their lifeblood. They’d just like visitors to be responsible. They’re not talking about...
PHOTOS: How to build a Texas childhood
There is probably no other place in Texas teeming with as much history as sixth floor of the old Dallas County Administration Building in Dealey Plaza. Since converted to the Sixth Floor Museum, the building explores the life, legacy and the tragic assassination of former President John F. Kennedy (including  a whole portion on conspiracy...

7:32 PM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

There is probably no other place in Texas teeming with as much history as sixth floor of the old Dallas County Administration Building in Dealey Plaza. Since converted to the Sixth Floor Museum, the building explores the life, legacy and the tragic assassination of former President John F. Kennedy (including a whole portion on conspiracy...
In Madrid, dine at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite restaurant
 Have you seen the little piggies? There they are, each in its own pan in the tiny kitchen of Restaurante Sobrino de Botin, ready to be slowly roasted in a wood-fired oven, as their ancestors were 300 years ago. They almost appear to be smiling. They’re yummy. Roast suckling pig is the signature dish at Botin, founded in 1725 by French...

5:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

Have you seen the little piggies? There they are, each in its own pan in the tiny kitchen of Restaurante Sobrino de Botin, ready to be slowly roasted in a wood-fired oven, as their ancestors were 300 years ago. They almost appear to be smiling. They’re yummy. Roast suckling pig is the signature dish at Botin, founded in 1725 by French...
A rustic respite close to Austin
 Savoring a bite of perfectly medium-rare duck with huckleberry gastrique, I looked around the Sage Hill Inn dining room at hand-holding couples who seemed to feel at home. “A lot of them have been here before,” the waiter confided. So why wasn’t I aware of this treasure of an inn just half an hour from my Austin home? &ldquo...

6:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

Savoring a bite of perfectly medium-rare duck with huckleberry gastrique, I looked around the Sage Hill Inn dining room at hand-holding couples who seemed to feel at home. “A lot of them have been here before,” the waiter confided. So why wasn’t I aware of this treasure of an inn just half an hour from my Austin home? &ldquo...
Back to the bay
 From my hotel balcony, I watched in flummoxed fascination as huge flocks of birds — primarily gulls and pelicans, thousands of them — swirled over this crescent-shaped Pacific bay, landing on the water to create a floating, screeching, Hitchcock-esque bird island at sunset. I would later learn that when the water warms in this...

6:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 01, 2018

From my hotel balcony, I watched in flummoxed fascination as huge flocks of birds — primarily gulls and pelicans, thousands of them — swirled over this crescent-shaped Pacific bay, landing on the water to create a floating, screeching, Hitchcock-esque bird island at sunset. I would later learn that when the water warms in this...
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...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

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...
tump
(Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

2:44 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

(Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)