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1. San Antonio: Sip and Sample a City
What a great city to taste! Cool a summer day with the Menger Hotel's famous mango ice cream. Sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Boudro's, a River Walk eatery. Other don't-miss dining spots here include Biga on the Banks, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, and a local favorite, Los Barrios. On Sunday indulge in brunch at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Before leaving town, experience the noon Mariachi Mass at San Jose Mission. Visit www.sanantoniocvb.com, and watch for our story about San Antonio in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living.
2. Austin: A Texas Crossroads and More
One intersection symbolizes this city's lifestyle. At West Sixth and Lamar Boulevard, you'll find Waterloo Records (featuring the latest in Texas music), BookPeople (author signings galore), and Whole Foods Market (store and headquarters). Elsewhere, South Congress Avenue boasts fun shops such as Uncommon Objects and Vivid. Party at Continental Club, sleep in 50s chic at the restored Austin Motel, and enjoy breakfast pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South. Visit www.austintexas.org.
3. Houston: Big City, Cozy Getaway
Houston? Cozy? It certainly feels that way at several boutique hotels. Hotel Indigo Houston at The Galleria changes its artwork, music, and flowers to match the season. Hotel ICON renovated the classic 1911 First Union National Bank Building. Sports fans love the Inn at the Ballpark, a block from Minute Maid Park. At hip, contemporary Hotel Derek, the staff leaves Texas-made candies on your pillow. The more expansive but secluded Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa rises as an urban woodland retreat. Visit www.visithoustontexas.com.
4. Dallas: Wonders of West Village
Visitors and residents mingle outdoors in this neighborhood, between Blackburn Street and McKinney and Cole and Lemmon Avenues. You'll love the sidewalk dining at Tom Tom Asian Grill (try the blackberry mojitos) and the Texas-size sweet treats at Petit Fours, a great place for afternoon tea. For a Western wardrobe, try on boots and hats at Cowboy Cool. Visit www.westvil.com.
5. Fort Worth: Sundance, Moon Glow
Fun in Fort Worth goes on all day into late night. In downtown's Sundance Square, you can shop and dine and then see the stars at Bass Performance Hall. August's bill features Kenny Rankin and Tony Bennett. If Bass Hall is too tame, get rowdy at Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky-tonk down in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. While in the area, treat yourself at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where chef/owner Tim Love cooks in his cowboy hat. Save an afternoon for the museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Note: the Amon Carter Museum is closed through summer for renovations. Visit www.fortworth.com.