The Fall Pecan Street Festival – Austin, TX

August 30th, 2014

Pecan Street Festival in Austin, TXAs the capital of Texas, the city of Austin is rich in history and culture and at any time of the year you can find a host of fantastic things to do, places to eat, events to take in and fun things to see. Coming up September 27-28, 2014 is the Fall Pecan Street Festival and if you haven’t had the chance to catch this great event, now is the time!

The Pecan Street Festival is a two-day extravaganza that actually happens twice a year in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. It is a juried arts and crafts festival that features more than 275 local and national artisan vendors who display and sell fantastic original handcrafted creations of all different kinds. This popular festival has brought new visitors and returning fans for over thirty years and this year definitely will not disappoint.

Several stages will host over 60 of the finest musical acts that call Austin their home, thirty different food vendors will be offering the best festival food around and the variety of family friendly activities will keep everyone at any age entertained. Plus, did we mention that it is all free?! To top it all off, the Old Pecan Street Association donates a portion of the festival proceeds to several local non-profit groups, which just adds to the reasons you should attend this great event.

Details:

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – 11am – 10pm

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 – 11am-8pm

Admission: Free

This festival brings in around 200,000 visitors each year and if you are thinking of coming, don’t worry about finding a room at a busy hotel. There are six fantastic bed and breakfasts in Austin, TX that are all close to the action and are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Whether you would like a private, deluxe cabin, a restored house that was once a historic landmark or a modern house downtown, there is a place where you will feel at home.

Texas Bed and Breakfast Association Convention 2014

August 23rd, 2014

TBBA Convention 2014Being an innkeeper can take a lot of work but it is also an immensely rewarding job. You get the opportunity to showcase your home or property, meet people from all over the world, and are able to act as an ambassador for your town or city by helping guests with all of their travel plans and activities. We understand that no one innkeeper can be an expert at everything and that there is great worth in staying up to date on all that is transpiring in the industry and networking with others in the business.

It is for these reasons that we are excited to tell you about the Annual Convention of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association. Our mission is to empower and enlighten innkeepers, aspiring innkeepers and vendors. The convention will be taking place September 7-9, 2014 at The Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston, TX. The theme for this year is “The Art & Science of Inn keeping” and the three days will be packed with insightful, educational and helpful meetings, workshops and sessions.

If you have been tossing around the idea of becoming an innkeeper, this is definitely a conference you do not want to miss. There is an entire workshop dedicated to helping you figure out all of the details of inn keeping and how to get your feet off the ground. TBBA board members and Jeff Logan of Proactive will be leading the workshop titled, “The Science of Running a Texas B&B.” You will have a chance to learn and dialogue with those who know the business best. It will be a valuable time for any aspiring innkeeper.

The opening session is going to start with a bang as speaker Mary White, founder and CEO of BnBfinder.com lends her authoritative voice to share insights on the bed and breakfast industry. Robbin Phillips will lead another main session and as the president of Brains on Fire, she will be exploring “The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing.” There will be a host of other great speakers, a myriad of trade show vendors, raffles and giveaways, and an awards luncheon.

This incredible convention is just around the corner so complete your registration before it is too late! Don’t miss out on the wonderful training and networking opportunities that lie in store. Visit the website for more information and for online registration. If you have any questions you can email info@texasbb.org or call (979) 836-5951.

2014 Mustang Stampede & Car Show in Midland ,TX

August 15th, 2014

The Commemorative Air Force Airpower Museum in Midland, TX has a mission to educate. A visit to this special museum will teach you the complete story of World War II aviation. Through their impressive exhibits and educational programs, the memory of the men and women who built and flew the historic aircraft of this way is preserved.

Being that this museum is all about celebrating history, it makes the perfect setting for the Mustang Stampede that will be taking place August 23, 2014. The Mustang has captured the hearts of drivers for nearly 40 years. This attractive car was first introduced inside the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964 and it went on sale at Ford dealers that same day. Over the years the Mustang has seen new shapes, curves, colors and features but has always remained a popular treasure no matter how much it changed.

At this stampede and car show you can show off your own ride or just take in the beauty of the many that will be shown off that day. If you want to have your own Mustang judged, you can pay to park inside the main hangar or outside. Judging starts right at 11am and awards will be presented at 2:30. This show is sure to bring the best out from the woodworks so don’t miss it! Your ticket also grants you admission into the museum so it will be a day of seeing some amazing mustangs, learning about airplane history and seeing the spectacular B-29 Fifi.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Location: CAF Airpower Museum

9600 Wright Dr, Midland, TX 79706

Time: 11am – 3pm

Cost: $5, kids under five are free

During your time in West Texas enjoying the Mustang Stampede & Car Show – or any other visit – you will experience true warmth and hospitality by staying at Barr Ranch Retreat in Odessa, TX. Peacefully nestled on a working cattle ranch just 30 minutes from Midland, TX, this property is part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association and a superb choice for accommodations if you are looking for privacy and relaxation.

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North Texas State Fair & Rodeo – Denton, TX

August 7th, 2014

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo PosterYeehaw! Woohoo! Yippee! Whatever you feel inclined to yell as you throw your hat up in the air, do so now because the North Texas State Fair & Rodeo is just around the corner! Denton, TX is going to come alive in just a few days as the fair will be taking place August 15-23, 2014.

This year marks the 85th anniversary for this fantastic fair and rodeo and with the lineup of activities and events scheduled, this year is sure to impress. You will be able to take in world championship rodeo, fiddling contests, incredible live music, carnival rides and games, barbecue cook-offs, and petting zoos.

Event Details:

Date – August 15-23, 2014

Location – 2217 N. Carroll Blvd  Denton, TX 76201

Hours – Gates open at 6pm during the week and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Cost – Adults are $15 and admission gets you into the rodeo and concerts.

Two-time short track Olympian Jordan Malone, who calls Denton, TX his home will be the grand marshall leading the parade on Saturday morning. There will be a steady stream of live music going on with artists such as Jason Eady, Kody West, The Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, and JB and The Moonshine Band. There will be an abundance of activities for the whole family so everyone will find something exciting to do! Some of the highlights include:

Rodeo

Photography Contest

Creative Arts

Carnival

Steer shows

Tractor Pulls

Mutton Bustin’

Beauty Pageants

Denton, TX is a fantastic city, rich in history and is also home to two fantastic bed and breakfasts that are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Whether you want the feel of a private French chateau or your own private 5-star cottage, you can find the perfect place to stay and relax while you enjoy your time at the fair.

 

Summer Concert Series in Lubbock, TX

August 1st, 2014

Buddy Holly CenterIn the center of the South Plains region you can find Lubbock, TX, a city with West Texas charm and small town hospitality. It has award-winning wineries, the largest cowboy symposium and a rich musical heritage that residents are proud of. You can find this homage to great music at The Buddy Holly Center, a historical site that collects and promotes the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of West Texas. It is here that the fantastic Summer Concert Series takes place.

It isn’t rocket science to put together music with a beautiful Texas summer evening. Music fans of all genres have enjoyed concerts at The Buddy Holly Center since 2001 and over 5,000 residents and visitors spend Thursday evenings in Lubbock, TX to celebrate Texas culture and enjoy fantastic music. The wonderful part about these summer concerts is that they are completely free to the public and all of the exhibitions at the Buddy Holly Center are also free during the concerts. If you have a family tagging along there are some wonderful educational activities going on as well.

Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Meadows Courtyard. The schedule for August brings:

August 7 – Mariachi Lindo – Mariachi

August 14 – Chris Hudgins – Indie, Lyrical, Pop

August 21 – Buggaboo – Americana Rock

August 28 – Reverend Al and The Pythons – West Texas Rock & Roll

Grab your friends and family, a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic basket and get ready to enjoy some great end of summer music. Find more information on the event website. Whether you are in Lubbock, TX for a weeknight, weekend or weeklong vacation, skip the cramped hotel room and give yourself a REAL treat and check into one of our bed and breakfast inns in the Texas Panhandle? You’ll not find a better place to rest and relax.

Texas Ghost Towns

May 25th, 2014

Texas Ghost TownsDid you know that there are easily over 800 Texas Ghost Towns? Places that were once prosperous but have since fallen into isolated decay? Some may still have a few folks around but, in general, most are completely abandoned – and you can visit and tour many of them!

There’s something about an abandoned building that is as attractive as it is unnerving – this is doubly true of an entire town gone to seed. What happened? What attracted people to the area in the first place and then, why did they leave – and what did they leave behind? Texas ghost towns offer a fascinating view into history, wonderful photographic opportunities – and a potential case of the goosebumps!

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The American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park

May 12th, 2014

Seawolf Park in Galveston, TXHave you ever wondered what it might be like inside a WWII vintage submarine? Well, you can find out at the American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park!

The American Undersea Warfare Center at Seawolf Park contains both the WWII submarine USS Cavalla and the USS Stewart destroyer escort – and you can tour them both! Read the rest of this entry »

Odessa’s Globe Theatre – Shakespeare in Texas

April 28th, 2014

Odessa's Globe TheatreShakespeare in Texas? Sure, why not? At least, that was the thought of a Texas school girl in 1948 – and it was her vision that produced Odessa’s Globe Theatre.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by William Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men but it was destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site the next year and remained active until closing in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe in London, called “Shakespeare’s Globe”, was opened in 1997 not too far from the site of the original venue … but a Texas schoolgirl named Marjorie Morris beat London’s 1997 reconstruction to the draw by almost 50 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas’ Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

April 21st, 2014

Enchanted Rock State ParkJust about smack dab in the middle of Texas there is a gigantic dome of pink granite known as Enchanted Rock that has drawn and mystified visitors since the first human laid eyes upon it.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is hard to miss. Just 18 miles north of Fredericksburg its multiple granite domes rise from the surrounding vista to dominate the view. Enchanted Rock climbs a full 425 feet from its base at ground level and the entire dome covers 640 acres. Climbing Enchanted Rock is equivalent to climbing a 40-story building. Read the rest of this entry »

Stonehenge In Texas?

March 30th, 2014

The enduring mystery of Stonehenge: who built it and why? How? And what on earth is it doing in Texas?

There are two places you can visit Stonehenge in Texas: one in Ingram and the other in Odessa. Texas is such a large state they must’ve figured: why not? (actually, the two attractions were developed independently of each other)

Stonehenge in Texas - Ingram, TX

Al Shepperd and Doug Hill’s Stonehenge II in Ingram, TX

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