14 Days of Totally Texas Valentine Ideas

February is such a great month don’t you think?  Lots of great things in February for Texans.  Likely as not you’re going to see some of the first hints of spring, as with the furiously blooming peach tree in my yard (pictured above).  Tiny wildflowers poking out of the bright green winter grass.  Birds, birds, birds everywhere.  Lots of newly born calves in the pasture.  And all those calves need ropin’ so rodeo season also saddles up in February.

 Yes, Nature teases us in February with the promise of spring , and often fools us with a late frost in April.  But we ain’t complainin’ 😉

There is one day in February however, that strikes fear in many a cowboy and cowgirl.  You guessed it, the big V, Valentine’s Day.  Well, TotallyTexasGifts.com is here to help all y’all out.  I’ve searched out some local artists, artisans and merchants with great gift and date ideas for your special someone and I’ll be featuring them here on the Totally Texas Blog as well as Facebook & Instagram with all their “deets” so you can surprise your sweetie with a great Totally Texas Gift this February 14.

Day One will feature chocolates and confections from around the state, many available by online order so you will still have time to get yours for Valentine’s Day even if they don’t happen to be in your local area.

Day Two features Texas Wine and the folks who love it.  It was SOOOOO hard to narrow down the selection, in the end I just had to stop looking and go with my first finds.  I am determined to revisit the subject more in depth.  It’s a tuff job, but somebody has to woman up for it 😉

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I look forward to hearing from ya.

Cheers y’all!


Lockhart Renaissance

Photo of Caldwell County Courthouse by Cami Perriraz
Photo by Cami Perriraz

Lockhart, Texas!  You know, that place famous for its barbeque.  Well, it’s not just about the barbeque anymore (although that is reason enough for any serious carnivore to make the trek south from Austin or east from San Antonio).  Recently featured in Texas Monthly magazine, Lockhart and the surrounding area is definitely on the radar.  Yep, there is a full-blown Texas Renaissance going on down here.  There is always something happening on the square these days.

Next weekend will be a great time to check it out at the Lockhart Western Swing & BBQ Fest (formerly held in San Marcos).  This is a multi-day event that begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.  Check their website (link above) to find the full line up which is huge, with multiple venues.

Live music has become a fixture around the square in Lockhart and there are now a variety of venues including The Pearl on N. Main Street. (Click for map)  And don’t make the mistake of thinking it is all about Country & Western, there’s also Western & Country 😉

Seriously though, you will find a variety of music from Indie Rock at Caracara Brewery to the DJ masters at Risky Business and just about everything in between.

There is also a budding foodie scene in Lockhart which I will cover in a future post.

Pub crawl in Lockhart anyone?  Y’all come on out and see what the fuss is about.