May 2024 Newsletter

WINE TRAILS IN TEXAS TO FOLLOW DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 14 WINE TRAILS IN TEXAS THAT OFFER WINE TASTINGS?  The Texas Hill Country is not the only area in Texas to offer a wine trail. There are at least twelve others all over the Lone Star State. Here at Texas Travel Talk, some of us long to follow all these wine trails in each region. See below the fabulous wine trails in Texas, when they happen throughout the year, the areas, and ticket prices (if any). 14 WINE TRAILS IN TEXAS TO FOLLOW From north to south to central and the hill country, and don’t forget the one in the east, these wine trails are open and waiting to serve you. Some are scheduled at certain times of the year, but most are self-guided. You will save money on scheduled tours because, in my experience, most wine tastings are $20-$25 each.Like Beer? Follow this link to the Beer Festivals in Texas. NORTH TEXAS REGION • NORTH TEXAS WINE TRAIL Full Month of FebruaryDrink North Texas has at least 35 wineries spread out all over the north. That’s a large area, so you may want to take a couple of days to scoop it all out. The North Texas Wine Trail is hosting a Valentine Wine Trail in February (2024 link coming soon).Area: This area is spread out far and wide. See the website for the entire area and road trip drives.Tickets: $49 • WAY OUT WINERIES This is not a scheduled wine trail but rather a path of wineries south of Dallas-Fort Worth to the north of Austin.Way Out Wineries is a group of eight boutique wineries that are a bit off the beaten track with fabulous scenic by-ways for the road trip and small, quaint Texas towns to meander through. Each winery is family-owned and operated, and you may meet the winemakers behind the counter pouring the wine. They call their wine trails “Road Trips,” but I don’t see any scheduled. They did have a ...

May 3rd, 2024

April 2024 - Newsletter

April’s Total Solar Eclipse In Texas: Maps, Times And Best Places Where the best place to see the 2024 total solar eclipse in Texas is has long been on the minds of eclipse chasers. A total solar eclipse may be visible from parts of 15 U.S. states on Monday, April 8, but it’s to Texas that a large number of eclipse-chasers will head. With the chances of clear skies the highest in the U.S, many travelers are targeting the Lone Star State to experience a rare totality.In fact, according to, between 270,000 and over a million visitors are expected to travel to Texas to witness totality. That’s on top of the almost 13 million people that live in the path of totality in Texas. Its first total solar eclipse since May 28, 1900 and the last until August 12, 2045, what's assured is that more people will experience totality in Texas than in any other U.S. state.Here’s exactly what you need to know to be one of them, from eclipse maps of the path of totality and eclipse times to climate predictions, traffic advice, how and where to find accommodation, and all about festivals, events, and the best places to view. A total solar eclipse results when the new moon completely blocks the sun for a few minutes, casting a narrow dark shadow across Earth’s surface. This is the path of totality, and on April 8, it will be between 121 and 118 miles wide as it surges across Texas, going southwest to northeast, entering the state at the U.S.-Mexico border at 13:27 CDT and exiting at the border with both Oklahoma and Arkansas at 13:49 CDT. That’s just 22 minutes.MORE FROMFORBES ADVISOR Where you need to be to see the total solar eclipse is paramount. You must be within the path of totality, which cannot be stressed enough. There is no level of totality, as some of the maps suggest. Within the path, you’ll see a total eclipse of the ...

April 1st, 2024

March 2024 - Newsletter

Hill Country Spring Break Destinations in Texas For those looking for a relaxing and scenic spring break destination, the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit. This region is known for its rugged landscape, natural beauty, and charming small towns that offer a ton of things to do in Hill Country outdoors. Here are some of the top Hill Country towns to consider for your spring break getaway.The Texas Hill Country is a region of rolling hills and valleys that is home to numerous Texas state parks, nature trails, and scenic drives. We recommend choosing a town or two to book lodging and then making day trips to check out the area on a mini road trip. You can enjoy hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, and of course seeking out the Texas bluebonnets that bloom each spring! Concan Concan is home to the gorgeous Frio River which is crystal clear and GORGEOUS. Tubing the Frio River is a popular activity in Hill Country, but Spring Break could be a bit early for that activity. Many outfitters are open year round but you’ll want to double check the water levels for safety and expect the water to be quite chilly. Nevertheless, this area is a beautiful place to go for spring break in Texas even if you don’t swim! Garner State Park is one of the best Texas Hill Country State Parks and is nearby with plenty of hiking trails, wildflower covered hills, and picnic areas, as well as camping. There are adorable Frio River cabins that are perfect for a family getaway in nature. New Braunfels New Braunfels is a charming town located in the heart of the Hill Country that offers a mix of cultural attractions and outdoor activities. Explore the town’s historic district, which is home to numerous buildings and landmarks dating back to the 1800s.The town is also known for its water activities, including tubing and kayaking on the Guadalupe River and Comal River. Families with children may especially enjoy a visit ...

March 1st, 2024

February 2024 Newsletter

How To Back Up A Trailer The Easy Way The Ultimate Guide to Towing RV Camping Information You Need To Know It’s inevitable. At some point, you’re going to have to back up a trailer. Whether you’re hauling a little cargo or a camper, knowing how to back up a trailer is essential. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of backing up a trailer and share some tips that will make the process simple. How To Back Up A Trailer Use The Bottom Of Your Steering Wheel - Your hands are now aligned with turning the wheel in the same direction you want the trailer to go. This is much easier than turning from the top of the steering wheel, which frustrates many drivers who are new to towing a trailer. Put Your Flashers On - Always engage your 4-way flashers or hazard lights while maneuvering a trailer. Use Your Mirrors - Adjust your mirrors to give you a good field of view. Choose 3 Reference Points When Backing Up Straight - Line up a point of reference on your vehicle and on your trailer, such as the fenders on each. Choose your target as the third point of reference, and line these up as you back up your trailer in a straight line. Keep An Eye On Your Surroundings - Whether you’re backing up in a straight line or around a corner, always be aware of what’s around, behind, and in front of your tow vehicle and trailer. Look Over Your Left Shoulder For Left Turns - If you are backing up a trailer with a left hand turn, look over your left shoulder. Focus on your trailer wheel’s placement until you have it lined up with your target. Once your trailer wheel is in place, straighten everything up and back the trailer in. Look Over Your Right Shoulder For Right Turns - If ...

February 1st, 2024

January 2024 - Newsletter

Best ATV Accessories 1) Oxcart Utility Trailer It is a cargo trailer with a 12-cubic-foot capacity and a half-ton weight limit. That means this is a seriously tough and heavy-duty cart. Plus is has gas-assist dumping, so you can drop your heavy load where you need it. The dump box also swivels for even more versatility. Oxcart sells accessory wheel kits that give the cart a taller stance and more aggressive tires for adventurous conditions. Our favorite add on is the wheelbarrow kit that turns it into a monster of a wheelbarrow. Pretty helpful around the farm! Easily the best dump cart for your ATV and a great accessory. 2) Poly Shield PL ATV Covers Getting your ATV dirty is a big part of the fun. For some of us, it is the main reason we ride. But a dirty machine only means we need to clean it, and that can be a long and somewhat tedious process. Once you have your machine all spiffed up, keep it that way with a protective cover from Car Covers. The Poly Shield PL 250T polyester covers keep your machine clean and away from rain, snow, ice and even those nasty, harmful UV rays. These covers fit machines from 85-95 inches in length and come with a two-year warranty. Better still is the price. They’re on sale right now for more than half off, making them a budget-friendly product you simply must have. 3) Acerbis Uniko Handguards Handguards do a great job at deflecting wind, mud, rocks and light brush from impacting your hands and controls while you’re riding. If you’re looking for a light-duty guard to give you some protection, these universal-fit guards from Acerbis do a great job, and at a great price. Acerbis has been in the game of making handguards for longer than anyone. The Uniko handguards come with a plastic clamp that is adjustable, and fit near your controls on your handlebars. Being universal, they’ll work for just about any ATV, from ...

January 1st, 2024

December News

Winterizing an RV Plenty of RV owners look to winterize their vehicles as soon as the summer ends in preparation for the upcoming cold months. Unless you live somewhere with a mild climate or a heated storage facility, winterization is a must, especially if you don’t plan on traveling during the winter season. Below are a few basic steps you should take to prepare your R.V. for winter. · Clean living areas, bathroom, and kitchen thoroughly · Prepare the sewage and water systems with antifreeze · Disconnect the cord powering your RV from the battery · Seal all cracks and install high-quality weather stripping around doors and windows · Do essential maintenance to prepare for the next season · Check all areas to ensure your vehicle is well protected from rodents and bugs. There you have it – the basic steps you should take to prepare your RV for winter. However, snowbirds have a different set of steps to take to get prepared. Preparing an RV for Winter Travels If you’re someone who travels from colder to warmer climates during the winter, the first thing you must do is a W.E.S.T. check-up. (Water, Electric, Sewage, Tires) · Water: Ensure you flush your water system before leaving. Pack extra hoses and consider getting an in-line water filet and pressure regulator. · Electric: Check if your RV power system is in its best condition before leaving. If you notice any signs of weathering, burns, water damage, or rust in your connectors, you should upgrade immediately so that safe shore power is delivered throughout your travels. Consider getting a few extra extension cords and voltage adapters. · Sewage: Flush your sewage system and check if everything is working correctly. · Tires: Verify all tires are in great condition for optimal RVsafety when you hit the road. For example, double-check that they’re free of leaks and inflated correctly before leaving. Now that you completely understand what you must do, you and ...

December 1st, 2023

Novemeber Newsletter

7 Amazing Places to See Beautiful Fall Colors in Texas 📷 By James WatersonAs the revered French philosopher and journalist Albert Camus once wrote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” That’s especially true here in the Lone Star State, as scenic woods full of oak, maple, mesquite, and cypress trees undergo the spectacular transition from verdant green to vibrant red, orange, and yellow. These autumn colors illuminate parks and natural areas across the state as fireworks do a night sky. In many places, the abundance of color is just as much of an attraction as anything else.If you’re looking to take in some of the most amazing sights of the season but you aren’t sure where the best places to see fall foliage are here in Texas, then you’re in luck. Many of Texas’ state parks have a stunning array of beautiful fall colors to go along with all the fantastic hiking, camping, and recreation they offer year-round. Discover what some of the best parks are below, then plan your trip before all the colors fade.  Note: The abundance of fall colors depends on weather conditions, so the timing suggested below is a general guideline.📷 Garner State Park With its majestic limestone bluffs and the pristine flowing water of the Frio River, Garner State Park is one of the most beautiful places in the Lone Star State. That is certainly true in the fall, as the cypress, oak, mesquite, and persimmon trees adopt various breathtaking shades of red, orange, and yellow. Immerse yourself in all of Garner’s glorious fall colors when you explore its 11 miles of hiking trails. For the most jaw-dropping view, or a great spot to take an amazing photo, head to the scenic overlook where you can see the tree-covered countryside and the Frio River. Once you’ve gotten all tuckered out, pitch a tent at one of the park’s campsites or spend the night in a cozy cabin equipped with a kitchen, shower, and all ...

November 1st, 2023

October Newsletter

12 Best Fishing Lakes in Texas By Albert -October 10, 2020 Everything in Texas is bigger, including the fishing. With over 36 rivers and 6,736 lakes and reservoirs to choose from, fishermen have many options when choosing the best places to fish in Texas. Instead of covering all of the potential fishing spots in Texas, we’re going to discuss the best fishing lakes in Texas. Caddo Lake Our favorite lake in Texas is Caddo Lake. It is the only “natural lake” in Texas and boasts a wide variety of fish from largemouth bass to sunfish and white bass to crappie. The lake has over 60 percent of its area covered in vegetation which has continued to increase due to the construction of the dam on Cypress Creek. Additionally, the water is only 20 feet deep, so you should have no trouble catching plenty of fish. If you’re looking for a peaceful fishing trip surrounded by cypress trees and Spanish moss, Caddo Lake is for you.0 of 34 secondsVolume 0%This ad will end in 2 Lake Conroe Lake Conroe, in Conroe, Texas, is a popular place for largemouth bass fishing. The best fishing here happens between early spring and mid-fall. You can also catch hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, and bluegills. Plenty of boat ramps are open to the public if you prefer to fish from a boat. Sam Rayburn Reservoir If you love bass fishing, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the place for you. With over 114,000 acres, this fishing spot is the largest lake that is completely within Texas. This lake is so popular among bass fishermen, that a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament was held here in May 2017. Falcon Lake Located at the southernmost point in Texas, Falcon Lake is well-known for largemouth bass. The lake is quite large at 78,300 acres and has many secluded spots so you can fish in privacy if you want to. Wind and water fluctuations can make fishing in this lake challenging, but the reward is worth it since you can usually catch ...

September 28th, 2023

September Newsletter

Boat Engine Flush – It’s Benefits and How to do it By Kevin D. Martz / Last Updated: August 28, 2022A boat engine flush is a process that flushes out the dirt and debris from the engine. This is typically done before the winter season, to help prepare the engine for storage. The flush helps remove any salt or other corrosive material that may have built up over time. It is also a good way to clean out the oil cooler and water pump. There are many different types of boat engine flushes. The most common is a pressure flush with a high-pressure water pump. This type can be used on any boat and even in inland waterways. A vacuum flush uses air to remove the dirt and debris from the engine. A boat engine flush can be done by many different methods, depending on the type of boat. In some boats, such as jet skis or personal water craft, it is possible to run the engine completely dry and then add fresh oil to it. In the marine industry, engine flushes are commonly referred to as “wet/dry,” which refers to whether or not a flush is done with fresh water or sea water.  What are the Benefits of engine flush? There are many benefits to engine flushes. Some of the biggest benefits are: Flushing the engine every year can improve performance and increase the life of the engine. It removes any built-up dirt, grease, or oil from the engine and restores it to its original condition. Boat owners who flush their engines every year report that their engines run smoother and cooler. They also say that their engines last longer. One of the main benefits of engine flushing is that it helps to prevent corrosion. Corrosion can damage engine parts and lead to expensive repairs. Engine flushing also helps to improve fuel economy by removing built-up deposits from the fuel system. This allows the engine to run more efficiently and use less fuel. A flush can help ...

September 1st, 2023

August Newsletter

Top 10 Texas State Parks to RV Camp 1. Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Canyon Formed millions of years ago by the Red River, water erosion shaped the canyon’s dramatic steep mesa walls and geological formations of multicolored layers of rock. Twenty miles wide and 800 feet tall, the canyon’s rugged beauty meanders for 120 miles, qualifying as the second largest canyon system in the United States. The top layer of hoodoos is where fossils of saber-toothed cats and long-necked camels have been found.Located in the Panhandle, an outdoor musical titled TEXAS is held every summer, featuring more than 60 actors, singers, dancers, and horses. Pro Tip: There is little shade on the high canyon trails, so bring plenty of water. The trails that follow the riverbed are shaded but have rocky areas requiring good hiking shoes. Don’t miss the Interpretive Museum in the visitor center. 2. Caddo Lake State Park - Karnack Located 5 miles from the Louisiana border, Caddo Lake State Park offers serene views of graceful white egrets fishing in a slow-moving bayou full of cypress trees dripping with moss. This grand maze of small lakes entangled by bayous draws kayakers from around the U.S.The depth of the Big Cypress Bayou is between 8 and 20 feet and never has strong currents to wash away the bounty of the forest. The slowness of the flow results in the water becoming dark with nutrients, inviting a zillion insects and fish that draw thousands of water birds and fishing enthusiasts.  Pro Tip: Go early spring or late fall to avoid the rush of mosquitoes. Fall is the most beautiful time to visit, when the bald cypress trees turn burnt-orange.  3. Huntsville State Park - Huntsville Southern Texas hosts a park with majestic 100-year-old trees, 21 hiking trails, a bird blind, and a nature center. Another good feature of Huntsville State Park is the surrounding area’s attractions such as the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the historic Texas State Penitentiary which gives ...

August 1st, 2023

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