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Posted: 21 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: 26 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...
PHOTOS: How to build a Texas childhood
Often called Texas' Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the U.S. and has the miles and miles of sprawling clay paths to prove it. Beginner trails are perfect for kids! Helen Anders/American-Statesman

7:32 PM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

Often called Texas' Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the U.S. and has the miles and miles of sprawling clay paths to prove it. Beginner trails are perfect for kids! Helen Anders/American-Statesman
PHOTOS: How to build a Texas childhood
Sandcastles, seashells and salty air. Because in addition to the plains, the hills, the mountains and the dessert, Texas has beaches too. South Padre Island can you give you that very-far-away-feeling without actually going very far away at all. It's the cheapest and sandiest way to do family vacation, so why not show Texas' tail a little...

7:32 PM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

Sandcastles, seashells and salty air. Because in addition to the plains, the hills, the mountains and the dessert, Texas has beaches too. South Padre Island can you give you that very-far-away-feeling without actually going very far away at all. It's the cheapest and sandiest way to do family vacation, so why not show Texas' tail a little...
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...
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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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