Posts Tagged ‘Lubbock’

Prairie Dog Town Prairie Dog Town

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)

The Black Tailed Prairie Dog.

There are many reasons to travel to the Texas Panhandle. One of them is to visit Prairie Dog Town.

Prairie Dog Town was established in the early 1930’s by Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy N. Clapp. What started as a modest home for four dogs has grown into a thriving colony–or town, as it were. Today, it is one of the most widely visited attractions in Lubbock.

Prairie Dogs are wonderfully adapted to life on the treeless plains of the American West. They burrow deep into the earth for shelter, and nibble on what grasses they can find for nourishment. They live in many areas of the United States, from the Mississippi River Valley to the Rocky Mountains, from Canada to Mexico.

Their society is fascinating to observe, and observe them is what visitors to Prairie Dog Town do. There are distinct “neighborhoods” in each town. There are familiar faces and strangers. There is love, confrontation, play, and gossip.

Prairie Dog Town is also home to Burrowing Owls and rattlesnakes. This keeps life exciting.

Is it worth traveling to Lubbock to see the Prairie Dog Town? Only you can say. What we do know is that, if you do come to town to see the dogs, you should stay in a Lubbock, Texas Bed and Breakfast.

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Amarillo. If you happen to be traveling about the Texas Panhandle – whether for business or pleasure – consider stopping by this fascinating museum.

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Visit the American Quarterhorse Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo, Texas.

The American Quarter Horse is descended from English horses and the Chickasaw breed (descendant of Arabia and Barb horses originally brought to this country by the Spanish). The American Quarter Horse is a sturdy, agile horse with speed, power, and an agreeable temperament. The breed was favored by cowboys during the 1800s, and remains a popular rodeo horse today.

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in Amarillo details the lives and careers of the most famous and unforgettable American Quarter Horses. Learn about Dash for Cash and First Dash Down – two of the greatest race sires to live, and the great Streakin Six. And learn about the people who help ensure that American Quarter Horses remain a hard working, gentle breed.

Exhibitions in the American Quarter Horse Museum reveal the history of the breed and modern activities. The museum features audio-visual displays, hands-on exhibits, art and artifacts. The gift shop and boutique are also worth a look.

Amarillo is just two hours north of Lubbock Texas Bed and Breakfasts. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is a fun day trip for folks visiting Lubbock or the Texas Panhandle, and a must-see for anyone interested in horses.

A Texas New Year’s

Monday, December 27th, 2010

If you have to be in Texas on New Year’s Eve, you’re lucky. From San Antonio to Dallas, Houston to Corpus Christi, Texans step out to welcome the new year. Even if you don’t have to be in Texas, maybe you should be. Be spontaneous: book a room in a Texas Bed and Breakfast, pack your bag, and go!

San Antonio welcomes the new year with a massive celebration on Alamo Street between Market and Durango – the Carnaval de San Antonio. This free event features live music on four stages, fireworks, and a host of activities for people of all ages.

Austin hosts a First Night event with streets full of art, live music, and eclectic entertainment. Events begin at 4 p.m and conclude with fireworks at midnight. One of the highlights is the ARC Waterlight Parade on Lady Bird Lake at 9 p.m.

Walkers will want to travel deep into the heart of the Texas Hill Country to Fredericksburg. The Memorial Walk is the last official walk of 2010, and the First Walk is the first official walk of 2011 (at 12:30 a.m.). Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes for your stay at a Hill Country Texas Bed and Breakfast.

Visit Lubbock, Texas, for a wide variety of live music on New Year’s Eve. Reggae and jazz, big band and country: it’s all in Lubbock. Classical music enthusiasts may enjoy spending December 31, 2010, at the Dallas Symphony. The theme is from Paris to Vienna, and it is practically guaranteed to send listeners waltzing into the streets.

Travel to Texas for New Year’s Eve. It has something for everyone. Come here if you like to celebrate the new year with crowds of people in one of Texas’ more populous cities. Come here if you prefer to welcome it quietly with a friend in a romantic Bed and Breakfast in the Texas countryside. Texas has it all.

Romantic Weekend in Matador

Monday, November 15th, 2010

If you are planning a romantic weekend in the Texas Panhandle, consider a bed and breakfast in Matador. The hospitality you’ll find at Matador TX bed and breakfasts is matchless.

Matador is located 90 minutes northeast of Lubbock – the perfect distance for a romantic getaway. It is also just an hour south of Caprock Canyons State Park, where you’ll find breathtaking scenery and a wild, beautiful landscape. Spend a day hiking or biking in Caprock Canyons, and then return to your romantic lodging.

You’ll cherish the peace and tranquility you find at your bed and breakfast Matador, a small town in the Texas Panhandle.

Old Motley County Jail

Visit the Old Motley County Jail when in Matador.

Palo Duro Canyon

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Palo Duro Canyon, originally uploaded by Misanthrope_.

Two hours north of Lubbock is a wild and rugged place called Palo Duro Canyon. 120 miles long, 20 miles wide at points, and up to 800 feet deep, it is impressive, to say the least. Indeed, some say it is the second largest canyon in the US, after the Grand Canyon. When next you find yourself staying in a Texas Panhandle bed and breakfast with time to explore, consider a trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

The park is comprised of just under 30,000 acres of the northern stretch of the canyon. Numerous trails traverse the park; there are 30 miles of marked trails in all. Mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted throughout the park. If you are interested in horseback riding, guided rides are available by the stables (along with horses).

The Texas Panhandle is vast. Once here, comfortably housed in a Panhandle bed and breakfast, you may as well explore the region. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a destination worth visiting. It is possible to make the journey from Lubbock and back in a day. Don’t forget your camera.

2010 Commencement

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Texas Tech graduates!, originally uploaded by littleneener.

In May, 2010, the colleges and universities of Lubbock will recognize the great achievement of the Classes of 2010. After years of hard work, students will at last hold their diplomas in hand. If someone you love is among them, shouldn’t you be there, too? Lubbock Bed and Breakfasts are ready to welcome you.

Commencement for both Wayland Baptist University and Lubbock Christian University is on May 8, 2010. South Plains College recognizes it’s graduates on May 14, and Texas Tech University Commencement takes place the weekend of May 14 and 15, 2010.

Be there for your students. Sure, they’ll be busy with friends and functions, but they’ll want you there. Bed and Breakfasts Lubbock allow you to have your own space while being near your graduates. (more…)

Mardi Gras in Lubbock

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Mardi Gras in Lubbock Texas is a great excuse to eat too much good food and listen to great music. Plan your trip to a Lubbock bed and breakfast now, so you will be sure to be in town for this fun event.

Celebrate Mardi Gras while helping a good cause.

Fat Tuesday is February 23, 2010. Lubbock’s Meals on Wheels in hosting a Mardi Gras feast at the Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 5:30 – 9pm. Over 35 restaurants are providing food, and as you nosh your way through them all you can sashay to the tunes of The Shinn/Turner Dixieland Band. (more…)

Loving Lubbock

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

If you are looking for things to do in Lubbock Texas, you won’t have to look hard. Travel to Lubbock occurs for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that Lubbock is a sort of oasis in the Texas Panhandle. Home to Texas Tech University and several other colleges, this vibrant town draws thousands of students. There is always great music playing somewhere in the city, whether your taste is alternative or classic – the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra has a solid reputation and an interesting season each year.

Of course, Lubbock is perhaps best known among certain folks at being home to legendary singer Buddy Holly. No trip to Lubbock would be complete without a stop at the Buddy Holly Center, in a refurbished historic railway depot. Celebrating not only the man himself, but also West Texas music and musicians in general, the Center is one of those essential places that you really must visit while in Lubbock. It is also houses the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame and a Fine Arts Gallery.

The National Ranching Heritage Center does an excellent job relating what life was and is like for hard working ranchers and their families. 36 historic structures sit upon 14 acres,

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, you will not be disappointed in Lubbock. Buffalo Springs Lake is a spring-fed lake with seven miles of shoreline. It is part of a larger recreation area in breathtaking Yellow House Canyon, along the Brazos River, and offers boating, hiking, swimming and more. The city also boasts a 90-acre Arboretum that showcases native plants along with rare species, and provides a peaceful place to walk. Golfers have their choice from four courses in and around Lubbock, offering challenges and enjoyment for all skill levels.

These are only a few examples of things to do in Lubbock TX. You will find great hospitality in a Lubbock bed and breakfast while you explore this interesting city.

The Wonderous Panhandle

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Some say that the Panhandle is the real Texas. Texas like it used to be. Much of it is largely untouched, and gives visitors a glimpse of what it was like when it was home to Native Americans, and when the Spanish first came through here. There are vast prairies and open grasslands. There are rugged, impenetrable canyons. And there are polite but fiercely independent people. Intrigued? If so, fill up your gas tank and head out to explore.

The Wonders of the Texas Panhandle

The Wonders of the Texas Panhandle

There is no shortage of things to do while in the Panhandle. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a fine place to camp. Walk over land traversed by people for 12,000 years: first nomadic hunters of mammoth and giant bison, then Apache, Comanche and Kiowa Native Americans until Americans of European descent took over the area in 1874. Enjoy Possum Kingdom Lake at Possum Kingdom State Park. Visit Fort Griffin State Historic Site, where you may walk among one of the earliest frontier settlements, or the many biking and walking paths in Abilene State Park, where visitors can enjoy resting in the shade of native pecan trees and swimming in cool waters. In short, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Panhandle.

There are other attractions in the region as well. Wonderland Park in Amarillo and Joyland Park in Lubbock are classic amusement parks that are guaranteed to entertain the whole family for at least a day. The rollercoasters will make your spirits soar. Or visit a dude ranch and learn a little bit about that fascinating occupation. Take in a rodeo if you can, and definitely plan to attend a high school football game. There is nothing quite like a Texas high school football game, especially in the Panhandle. Some of schools only have enough students for six-man teams, which makes the games fast and exciting. It’s a good way to experience what life is like in this part of the country.

Of course, there are more sophisticated past-times as well. Lubbock has a population of approximately 200,000, and is home to many fine museums. Buddy Holly came from here, and there is a museum devoted to him. The National Ranching Heritage Center provides an interesting overview of the history of ranching, while the Silent Wings Museums showcases glider planes from the World War II era.

Whether you like museums, rodeos, amusement parks or the great outdoors, you are sure to find something to your taste in the Texas Panhandle. While visiting, consider staying in a Texas bed and breakfast, where you will experience the generous hospitality of Texans.

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