Texas Highways Delivers Campfire Cuisine With A Side Of Texas Independence In March Issue


Contact: Media Relations

Phone: (512) 463-8700

Date: Feb. 17, 2015


80 pages of the people, places and wide-open spaces of Texas

AUSTIN – The March issue of Texas Highways magazine presents everything from cowboy chow to Wild West races in the “Home Cookin’ on the Range” cover story. Readers will discover the best places statewide to experience chuck-wagon cuisine served up with historical authenticity.

Also in the issue, a celebration of Texas Independence Day featuring the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. The memory of the Convention of 1836 is well-preserved at the interactive park, which includes Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. The museum showcases one of the largest collections of articles relating to early Texas social history and the only surviving Lone Star flag known to have flown over the Republic.

Additionally, the magazine spotlights springtime dogwoods in Palestine and highlights of this year’s Dogwood Trails Celebration.

Travelers in search of a unique French culinary experience in the heart of Central Texas should head for the small town of Burton. In 1989, Andre and Sandy Delacroix purchased an historic building that once was the site of a general store and restaurant called the Brazos Belle. The couple gradually restored the structure and opened their own Brazos Belle restaurant in 1993. Chef Andre draws on the culinary traditions of his childhood in France with his own flair for lighter ingredients from local markets.

There’s much more in the March issue, including contributor Mai Pham’s guide to the Dun Huang Plaza in Houston; the Village of Salado; the “Daytripper’s” guide to Abilene; Collings Guitar Factory in Austin, which produces handcrafted guitars, mandolins and ukuleles; and the makers and varieties of the mystical beverage, Mezcal. 

Throughout 2015, readers are invited to submit nominations for their favorite Texas comfort food dining establishments. Nominations will be collected over a period of several months and the Top 40 dining destinations will be revealed in a single Texas Highways issue this fall. Votes and suggestions can be submitted at texashighways.com or letters@texashighways.com. Submissions also may be mailed to P.O. Box 141009, Austin, TX 78714-1009.

Subscribers began receiving the March issue on Feb. 10; the digital edition was released on Feb. 12; and the hard-copy issue is on sale today at hundreds of newsstands statewide, including H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Randall’s and Barnes & Noble.

In addition to the March issue, the new Texas State Travel Guide and Official Travel Map, published by TxDOT, are now available.

  • The guide encourages travel to and within the state by listing Texas cities with publicly accessible sites of scenic, historical and recreational interest.
  • The guide includes 256 full-color pages highlighting all seven regions of Texas. Additionally, the guide includes alphabetical listings of attractions, cities, parks and historic sites. The cover image of San Antonio’s Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, known as “Queen of the Missions,” is the work of Erich Schlegel, a professional photographer.The Travel Guide and Official Travel Map can be requested by mail by visiting www.traveltex.com; by calling 1-800-452-9292 (press 2); or by visiting any of the 12 Travel Information Centers around the state.
  • The Official State Travel Map includes Interstate Highways, State Highways, U.S. Highways and insets for major metropolitan areas, as well as useful travel information.

About Texas Highways magazine
Founded as a travel magazine in 1974, Texas Highways magazine has been inspiring travel in Texas for 40 years. Today, Texas Highways has 200,000 subscribers and 400,000 monthly readers across the United States and around the world.

According to a 2014 economic impact study conducted by Strategic Marketing & Research Insights, approximately 54,000 trips by Texas Highways subscribers can be directly attributed to the magazine over the past two years. In addition, subscribers who already planned to take trips were influenced to extend their visits as a result of reading the magazine. For every dollar spent on operating costs, Texas Highways magazine returns $63 in travel revenue and $3.47 in tax revenue.

For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

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