Sitting in an 1830’s log cabin, eating a garlic and cheese-stuffed tenderloin at the Homestead in Huntsville.
Eating a Chick-o-Stick fresh off the line in Lufkin.
Driving the wooded back roads. If you like colors, just wait till you see East Texas. Blooms in the spring and leaves in the fall. It’s incredible.
The mysterious beauty of Caddo Lake. The towering cypress trees, the twisting paths, the gators!
I had a lot of great food in East Texas, but the pulled pork taco I ate at Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ in Texas is quite memorable. Paired with red skinned potato salad and cowboy beans, it was the perfect meal. The atmosphere was really fun too.
This happened my very first day in East Texas, when I had dinner at The Butcher Shop in Longview. Good food and good people. It was the beginning of an ongoing trend in East Texas. I felt right at home. For me, Texas is all about the friendly and hospitable people. The fantastic food doesn’t hurt either.
Go to Tyler, Texas for the Azalea and Spring Flower Trails. The trail is bursting with blooms, charming red brick streets, and generous homeowners who welcome visitors to their gardens. It’s a unique experience and something much too beautiful to not see for yourself.
While in Longview, I went up in a hot air balloon with local hot air balloon pilot, Dr. Bill Bussey. I thought I would be terrified, but learned that I am not so afraid of heights after all. I would love to make it back to Longview for the Great Texas Balloon Race.
I absolutely loved the dinner, live music and overall vibe at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q. They sure do know how to serve up some amazing BBQ. Wow!
There's no better way to get the flavor of a destination than through locals, so talking to people everywhere we went was one of the best parts. Finding unique places to eat, things to do and hearing history and stories of the community right from people who lived there was truly memorable.
Visit the Azalea Trail both on foot and by car to get the whole experience. It's unforgettable!
I had no idea how much I would enjoy visiting the Tyler Rose Garden and Museum and hearing all about the fanfare of the Texas Rose Festival in October. I truly want to come back and experience that!
I think it has to be a tie between breakfast tacos at Mi Casita in Longview and the BBQ at Stanley's in Tyler.
Stopping at a Buc-ee's on our way from the airport to Longview!
That's a tough one. I'd say either hot air ballooning in Longview (home of the Great Texas Balloon Race), or visiting all the gardens in Tyler.
The fact the Tyler is so beautiful and full of blooms! I enjoyed learning about both the Azalea Trail and the annual Texas Rose Festival, and seeing all the yards and gardens bursting at the seams with flowers.
True Vine Brewery. A family owned and operated Brewery in Tyler that has great beer and a super fun environment. You can even string your own hammock in their "backyard" and listen to live music while sipping on a beer!
Riding the steam engine train from Palestine to Rusk and basking in the beauty of the deep woods of East Texas!
Paddle boarding on Lake Tyler. Its stunningly beautiful and since Texans love being outside, it's the perfect experience!