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Cajun Catfish Festival in Downtown Conroe, TX

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival“Let the good times roll!” That is the theme and idea behind the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, an annual festival with roots back to 1990 that now draws in 30,000 to 40,000 every year. Conroe, TX lies just 40 miles north of Houston and about 30 minutes from Huntsville, TX. If you are looking for a fall Texas road trip, then make your way over to downtown Conroe on October 9-11, 2015 for a huge party you won’t want to miss!

The Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival will have more fun than you can handle and it starts with three stages that will be showing off non-stop entertainment. You’ll see artists such as Parker McCollum, Bayou Roux, Josh Ward, the Casey Donahew Band, Dirty River Boys, Roger Creager Crowd, and The Fab 5. Other festival fun includes a car show, street performers, a carnival, catfish pageant, kid zone, and small fry stage where you can see young performers from area dance and drama schools. You can of course count on a never ending supply of fantastic food and beverage choices and wile catfish and Cajun specialties take center stage at this festival, you will also find Funnel Cakes, Gumbo, Boudain, Chicken-on-a-Stick, and beer and wines from the Go Texas Wine area.

You can purchase a one-day pass for $12 or a three-day pass for $20 and tickets are available online or at the entry gate. The carnival is free on Friday but requires a ticket for Saturday or Sunday and if you bring two or more canned goods then you earn yourself $1 off a one-day ticket!

We also want to note that the funds raised at this festival are used for youth scholarship programs, to support local nonprofit community organizations, and allow for contributions to be made to the arts & culture of the area. You get to have fun and make a difference.

As this festival brings in crowds of people, we encourage you to escape just a half hour down the road to Huntsville during your time in the area and enjoy a relaxing stay at a bed and breakfast. The Whistler B&B and Hodge Podge Lodge are two fantastic choices that offer peaceful luxury!

Woodlands Waterway Art Festival – Woodlands, TX

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The city of Woodlands, TX is just 28 miles from Houston, TX along Interstate 45 and it here that the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival takes place. This art festival began in 2006 and since become one of the top 10 arts venues in the country. Around 200 national and regional artists join together in this juried event that brings in nearly 20,000 visitors. This year, the three-day festival will take place April 10-12, 2015 along the Woodlands Waterway and culminate at Town Green Park.

This incredible event truly celebrates all forms of art including culinary and the performing arts. Artists will represent works in printmaking, jewelry, glass, metalwork, drawing, digital art, fiber, painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, clay works, and more. In addition there will be live music in various venues and great food to sample.


Date: April 10-12, 2015
Location: Woodlands Town Center, Waterway and Town Green Park – Woodlands, TX
Time: Friday – 11am – 6pm, Saturday – 10am – 6pm, Sunday – 10am – 5pm.

The Town Center offers over 400 world-class shops and nearly 150 area restaurants so outside the artist’s tents; you have plenty to do at your fingertips. For further information about the festival call (281) 745-7126 or visit the event website.

Located nearby in Huntsville, TX you will find two beautiful bed and breakfasts, The Hodge Podge Lodge and The Whistler B&B. These two gorgeous properties are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association and the perfect choice for accommodations during your time at the art festival. A little outside the hustle and bustle, both offer spacious, relaxing, and private rooms, and are close to local shops and restaurants. If you haven’t experienced a stay in a bed and breakfast, you are in for a real treat!


Piney Woods Disc Golf Open in Tyler, TX

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

If you love to be in the outdoors and enjoy a relaxed sport that anyone at any age can play, then you need to try out disc golf! You may have even seen a disc golf course nearby and wondered what those metal baskets up the air were all about. The 2014 Piney Woods Open presented by Dynamic Discs will take place November 8-10, 2014 in Tyler, TX. Whether you have tried disc golf or not, this will be a fun fall event the whole family can enjoy.

Disc Golf was formalized in the 1970’s and shares many of the rules and strategies as regular golf. You throw a golf disc from a tee towards the “hole,” which is typically an elevated metal basket. The goal is to get the disc in the hole in the least amount of throws possible. It can be just as challenging as golf with varied terrains and natural surroundings in the way but you don’t need a cart, there are rarely green fees and it is really designed to be a sport that anyone can play, regardless of skill level. It provides year round fitness and is a great sport to enjoy with a group of friends. The Professional Disc Golf Association was formed to oversee this rapidly growing sport and now hosts amateur and professional world championship tournaments among many other local tournaments.

There are a variety of divisions to choose from if you want to try your luck at the open in Tyler. There are divisions for men, women, juniors, masters, and grandmasters and each has their own registration fee varying from $35 to $75. The fee is $10 less if you are a PDGA member. You can register on the event website and if you have any questions you can email Even if you don’t play, this is a really fun sport to watch!

Tyler, TX is located in Smith County and a charming Texas city with brick streets, antique shops, crystal-clear lakes, and host of great restaurants, museums, and more. It is also home to the Centaur Arabian Farms Bed and Breakfast, 15 Acres Retreat, and Rosevine Inn Bed & Breakfast—three amazing bed and breakfasts that are part of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association. Each one brings its own charm, serenity and wonderful guest accommodations—a much better choice over a cramped hotel room! Don’t let the fall season pass by without a trip to this beautiful spot in East Texas.



Athens, Texas and the Christmas Park Land of Lights

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

The Christmas Park Land of Lights in Athens, TXJust about an hour southeast of Dallas is the town of Athens, Texas. Known as “the Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World,” among other things but, come the holiday season, Athens becomes home to the Christmas Park Land of Lights.

Now imagine, if you will, over four million lights, combined with over 2,000 wood cut-outs to make up over 60 Christmas themed scenes on a motor trail that stretches out over one mile long.


Jefferson Railway Celebrates National Day of the Cowboy

Friday, July 12th, 2013

No other figure in American history is more integrally connected to Texas than the cowboy. Still an important part of the Texas identity, you can imagine that some pretty fabulous Day of the Cowboy Celebrations take place in our great state.

One such celebration takes place in the East Texas town of Jefferson. The Jefferson Railway, a beautiful and historic locomotive tour service, is hosting Jefferson’s Day of the Cowboy celebration.

Take the Historic Jefferson Railway on Friday July 26 at 9 p.m. or Saturday, July 27 at 2:30, 4:30 and 9 p.m. for a special Cowboy Train ride, complete with a gunfight re-enactment!

Tickets are $12 for adults and children under 12 are $8, although there may be special pricing for this event. Call the Railway at (866) 398-2038.

History of the National Day of the Cowboy

This year’s celebration marks the 9th Annual National Day of the Cowboy. national-day-of-the-cowboy-belt-buckleThe mission of the National Day of the Cowboy Nonprofit Organization is: “to contribute to the preservation of America’s Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture which the United States Congress’s National Day of the Cowboy resolution honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.”

The Cowboy Code

1. Live each day with courage.
2. Take pride in your work.
3. Always finish what you start.
4. Do what has to be done.
5. Be tough, but fair.
6. When you make a promise, keep it.
7. Ride for the brand.
8. Talk less and say more.
9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
10.Know where to draw the line.

East Texas and Jefferson Lodging

Whether you celebrate National Day of the Cowboy in Jefferson or elsewhere in the Lone Star State, remember that bed and breakfasts make an excellent lodging choice. We have Texas bed and breakfast members in Jefferson, East Texas and all over the state. Support local business owners and get a great night’s sleep!

Experience a Texas Biker Rally in Jefferson

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The second annual Route 49 Biker Rally is taking place March 22-24 in Jefferson Texas. Join in the fun with a Poker Run, Biker Games, Bike Show, Ms. Route 49 Contest, Live Music and Diamond Dons meet and greet bbq. All proceeds go to the Jefferson Railway and Wetlands foundation and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The rally takes place at the Diamond Don & Cypress Bayou RV park, 1602 Hwy 49 east.

Tickets for the Route 49 Biker Rally

Saturday Only Passes

  • Passenger & Rider: $15
  • Rider only: $10


Weekend Passes:

  • Rider & Passenger: $40
  • Rider only: $30
  • VIB (Very Important Biker) All-inclusive pass: $100
  • RV Driver Registration: $30
  • RV Passenger Tickets: $10

Get all the details on the Route 49 Rally website.

Entertainment at the Rally

Saturday evening is casino night, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Aside from the other events, there will be live music. The bands for the Rally include:

  • Doctor Doctor – Rock ‘n’ Roll cover band
  • The Chris LeBlanc Band
  • The East Texas Garage Band – Classic rock cover band
  • 84 aB Band – artistic rock ‘n’ roll band

See the full schedule online.

Lodging and Transportation for the Biker Rally

In an effort to make sure everyone can enjoy the beer garden and get back to their B&B or hotel safely, the New Route 49 Rally Bus will be in use to transport attendees to and from, each day of the festival.

We have one member bed and breakfast in Jefferson and several in the surrounding area. Explore which Texas bed and breakfast you would like to stay in!

2013 Route 49 Rally Raffle Prize

The prize this year is a 2001 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be announced Saturday at 2 p.m. on the main stage of the Diamond Don RV park. Winner need not be present to win.


The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

If you have a love for organ music, or the solemnity of the church sanctuary, this event is just for you.

The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival is a four-day festival taking place November 11-15, 2012. Cities involved include Kilgore, Longview and Nacogdoches. The festival features four Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry.

The festival begins on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. with an organ recital by Bradley Welch on the magnificent 1951 Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1174 at First Baptist Church in Longview, Texas.

East Texas Churches participating in the Pipe Organ Festival:

  • First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore
  • First Baptist Church in Longview
  • First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches

 Featured Performers:

  • Jeremy Bruns
  •  Charles Callahan
  •  Ken Cowan
  •  Scott Davis
  •  Richard Elliott
  •  David Ford
  •  Ann Frohbieter
  • Christopher Houlihan
  • Christopher Jennings
  • Thomas Murray
  •  Larry Palmer
  •  Walt Strony
  • Brett Valliant
  • Bradley Welch

There will be special presentations and exhibits honoring the life and career of concert organist Alexander Boggs Ryan.

Schedule of Events at East Texas Pipe Organ Festival:

Monday, November 12:

Lunch on your own The Back Porch Restaurant Kilgore, Texas

2:00 p.m. Special Event: Charles Callahan and Larry Palmer Lecture/Class: Composers We Have Known. At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore.


Piney Woods Wine Trail

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
East Texas Wineries.

Discover the wines of East Texas on the Piney Woods Wine Trail.

The Piney Woods Wine Trail stretches across East Texas. It is best traveled slowly, in stages. Meander from one Texas Winery to the next, tasting, touring, and appreciating the beauty of the land. Break up your days with long lunches. Spend each night at a different East Texas Bed and Breakfast.

Sounds like a pretty nice vacation, doesn’t it?

Given the vast area it covers, the Piney Woods Wine Trail has been divided into four Wine Roads: the North East Wine Road, Central Wine Road, South West Wine Road, and North West Wine Road. Read on to learn a bit more about each.


East Texas is in Bloom

Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Azalea Trail Tyler Texas

Ah, azaleas. They're in bloom right now in Tyler, Texas.

Spring means azaleas and dogwoods and tulips and wisteria in East Texas. It’s a wonderful time to spend a few days in an East Texas Bed and Breakfast.

The Azalea Trail is in full bloom right now in Tyler, Texas. This celebration of spring flowers lasts through April 8, 2012. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to spend as much time as possible appreciating flowers.

  • Take the Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour.
  • Walk the Azalea Trail through town.
  • Stroll through the Main Street Flower Market.
  • Admire orchids at the Central East Texas Orchid Market.


If it can bloom in spring, it will be celebrated in and around Tyler Texas. Leave your allergies at home (or bring your allergy medicine), and come celebrate spring in East Texas.


Archers Descend on Paris, Texas

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Summer lilys

The Paris, Texas Eiffel Tower. It simply has to be seen.

Under different circumstances, it would be troubling to hear that men and women armed with bows and arrows were headed to Paris, Texas. In reality, it’s fun.

As it has for the past couple of years, Paris, Texas will once again host the annual Delta Southwest Shoot Out on March 23-25, 2012. Archers are encouraged to make their lodging plans soon; we hope archers will consider staying in Paris, Texas Bed and Breakfasts.

Archer or not, Paris, Texas is worth a visit. Main Street is hopping these days, with quirky shops, tasty eateries, and interesting art galleries. The architecture is historic and attractive, and it’s a pleasure to stroll down the street, window shopping or shopping for real.

Then there’s the Eiffel Tower. You can spend thousands of dollars to fly to France and see the “real” thing, or you can spend considerably less, drive to Paris, Texas, and see the next best thing. We may be biased, but we like ours; the cowboy hat is a nice touch.

Tournament information is available at Archery Shooters Association.