Insider Favorites: Sherri's Guide to Wimberley, Texas

Insider Favorites: Sherri's Guide to Wimberley, Texas

Trees surround a lake at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley

Wimberley, deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, called to my family. Surrounded by artists and imbued with unparalleled natural beauty, Wimberley offers a unique destination that brings together classic Texas hospitality and a cosmopolitan art scene. We found the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the open hearts of Wimberley’s residents irresistible.

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Diving Into Fort Worth Culture

The twice-daily Fort Worth herd drive re-creates an important piece of the city’s Old West heritage

The twice-daily Fort Worth herd drive re-creates an important piece of the city’s Old West heritage

When you hear Fort Worth, do cowboys, barbecue and Tex-Mex food, and country line dancing come to mind? Or is it art, fine dining, and cool jazz? The common answer might be the former, and it would be correct. But the latter is also spot on, as Fort Worth, Texas, has one of the country’s great arts districts, not to mention the world-class Bass Performance Hall, a cutting-edge dining scene, and music that goes beyond country and Western.

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Home at Houston’s Hotel Derek

Boutique, contemporary fun in the Hotel Derek lobby

A painted cow in the Hotel Derek lobby

In every city there are hotels designed to be one-of-a-kind—boutique and classy. When I’m looking for a spiritual retreat, I pride myself on seeking out these havens and enjoying every bit of the uniqueness one offers. But what about a regular weekend, when I’m in town for a concert but still want to stay in a place that makes me feel distinctive? In Houston, I’ve found my new special home at the Hotel Derek.

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Finding Fort Worth’s Heart in Sundance Square

Four 36-foot Teflon umbrellas loom large over the eastern side of the Sundance Square Plaza

Four 36-foot Teflon umbrellas loom large over the eastern side of the Sundance Square Plaza

A weekend isn’t enough to properly get to know Fort Worth, Texas, but it’s more than enough time to fall in love. From the Stockyards National Historic District to the Cultural District and its acclaimed museums, there is enough to satisfy the thirst of any traveler. But at the core of the city is Sundance Square, the 35-block downtown district that could begin to shine above all with its newly opened Sundance Square Plaza.

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Art and Architecture Collide at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum of Art

The Kimbell Art Museum’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion, left, stands across from the iconic Kahn original

The Kimbell Art Museum’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion, left, stands across from the iconic Kahn original

What does one of the United States’ most recognized art museums housed in an architectural masterpiece do when it needs more space? It brings in a world-renowned architect to design an addition large enough to house special exhibits and give the museum’s permanent collection a true home. That new space also introduces a state-of-the-art auditorium and lecture space, rooftop lawn, and what is sure to become an architectural match for its well-known companion building.

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