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La Petite Gourmet Shoppe: The Best Little Kitchen Shop in Texas

Did you know La Grange has one of the state’s top kitchen stores? Located in an historic building across the street from the Fayette County courthouse, La Petite Gourmet Shoppe is a specialty kitchen shop. Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe features … Continue reading

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La Grange: The Best Little Quilt Museum in Texas

The Chicken Ranch is rarely mentioned nowadays. The establishment that inspired the stage play, movie, and the lyrics of a popular song, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is long gone. The brothel officially closed in 1973 after operating for more … Continue reading

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Frisch Auf: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Beyond its Czech past, La Grange also holds a rich German and Texan history. To explore both, we drove 1 mile south of La Grange to Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. From the La Grange town square … Continue reading

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Vitáme Vás: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

We headed to the Fayette County seat of La Grange to “Czech” it all out and stopped at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center. Vitáme Vás is the Czech equivalent of “howdy”, and we certainly felt welcome. With its … Continue reading

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Czeching Out La Grange

We headed to the Central Texas town of La Grande to “Czech” out what might just be the “Best Little Day Trip in Texas.” The events of La Grange’s famous Chicken Ranch inspired the stage play, movie, and the lyrics … Continue reading

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2014 Fee Free Days at National Parks

Circle the dates on the calendar and plan your trip—America’s 401 national parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2014, including several holidays! The 2014 entrance fee-free days are: January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 15-17: … Continue reading

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Alabama State Parks Celebrate 75 Years

From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state’s rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone—its 75th anniversary. The parks system preserves … Continue reading

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Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands: Florida Gulf Coast Paradise

Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is nestled along Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Naples, about 100 miles south of Tampa. The area covers a diverse landscape of cities and towns. Choose from four island escapes: the barrier … Continue reading

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Bighorn Sheep Return to Catalina State Park

One of southern Arizona’s numerous “sky islands”, the Santa Catalina Mountains dominate Tucson’s northern skyline. These sky islands are small mountain ranges that rise steeply from the desert floor and often feature a cool and relatively moist climate at their … Continue reading

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Honoring All Who Served

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set … Continue reading

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