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

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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
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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...