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

In Colorado, a flair for the dramatic
 In the high country of Colorado, you expect the drama of towering, snow-capped mountains, dense forests, afternoon thunderstorms, star-spangled skies at night. You don’t expect a lot of song and dance. Culture, you might think, is for the cities. It’s not that way in Colorado, though. In places that are really hard to get to,...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018

In the high country of Colorado, you expect the drama of towering, snow-capped mountains, dense forests, afternoon thunderstorms, star-spangled skies at night. You don’t expect a lot of song and dance. Culture, you might think, is for the cities. It’s not that way in Colorado, though. In places that are really hard to get to,...
10 Texas beach towns you should visit this summer
South Padre Island, Texas, offers a comfortable, unpretentious beach with weather similar to South Florida. credit: Helen Anders for American-Statesman

8:43 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

South Padre Island, Texas, offers a comfortable, unpretentious beach with weather similar to South Florida. credit: Helen Anders for American-Statesman
Escape to California
 This is one of those cities with so many great neighborhoods — laid-back Little Italy, the lively Gaslamp Quarter, beachy Coronado across San Diego Bay — that it’s hard to decide which one to land in. In such cases, I often split my time between two hotels. In San Diego, that meant basing the front half of the trip on Coronado...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

This is one of those cities with so many great neighborhoods — laid-back Little Italy, the lively Gaslamp Quarter, beachy Coronado across San Diego Bay — that it’s hard to decide which one to land in. In such cases, I often split my time between two hotels. In San Diego, that meant basing the front half of the trip on Coronado...
Can’t take the heat?
 The smothering heat radiated off the sidewalks the first week of last September: 106 degrees, a record for this city, which prides itself on its coolness. Our Uber driver wore a sleeveless undershirt and sighed when we asked him to crank up the AC. In Washington Square, where the grass is usually covered with people and dogs on a sunny day...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

The smothering heat radiated off the sidewalks the first week of last September: 106 degrees, a record for this city, which prides itself on its coolness. Our Uber driver wore a sleeveless undershirt and sighed when we asked him to crank up the AC. In Washington Square, where the grass is usually covered with people and dogs on a sunny day...
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1:21 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

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...

5:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

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...