Author Archives: Stephanie Craig

Driving from Oklahoma City to Dallas: Things to Do Between OKC and DFW + Road Trip Tips

Oklahoma - Davis - Driving I35 S

There was a time when I was in high school when my Dad had to commute to Dallas from Oklahoma City, so we would take turns and spend some weekends in Dallas so he wouldn’t have to make the drive from OKC to Dallas every single week. This, plus all my trips to Texas, means […]

17 Things to Do in Mustang Island State Park in Texas + Travel Tips!

Texas - Corpus Christi - Mustang Island State Park - View from the jetties

I have been going to the Corpus Christi area for family vacations and getaways my entire life, and these vacations usually include a visit to Mustang Island State Park. We have camped, swam, fished, and enjoyed several other activities and fun things to do at Mustang Island State Park.  However, it’s not all fun and […]

17 Things to Do at the Luling Watermelon Thump & Tips for Visiting!

Texas - Luling - Watermelon Stand - Pecans - Luling Watermelon Thump

Are you as intrigued by the annual Luling Watermelon Thump as I was before I went? Passing through Luling, Texas on my way from Oklahoma City to Port Aransas, I saw the signs billowing above the streets, advertising Luling’s famous watermelon festival.  When we were lucky enough to be passing back during the Thump itself, […]

Original City Market BBQ Review: World Famous BBQ in Luling, Texas

Texas - Luling - City Market BBQ

After enjoying some of the best things to do in Luling, Texas and seeing the Luling Watermelon Thump Festival, we made our way over to the World Famous Original City Market BBQ. Below is my review, plus tips for enjoying your meal, especially if you’re not familiar with BBQ traditions in small towns in Texas.  Can’t read now? […]

40 Fabulous Things to Do in Luling, Texas: What to See, Do, & Eat in Luling!

Texas - Luling - Luling Oil Museum and the Luling Area Chamber of Commerce

Looking for the best things to do in Luling, Texas? Well, look no further! Here are my favorite Luling restaurants, stores, and events, including information about our stop at the Luling Watermelon Thump! ​Can’t read now? Pin for later! An Introduction to Luling Nicknamed “the toughest town in Texas” and “Oil City USA,” Luling is […]

50 Things to Buy at Buc-ee’s: The Best Buc-ee’s Souvenirs & Snack Food!

Texas - Temple - Buc-ee's Convenience Store and Gas Station

When on a road trip in Texas, one simply must find the nearest Buc-ee’s, if only to experience the sheer madness and deliciousness of this overwhelming gas station. If you’re wondering what the best things to buy at Buc-ee’s are, here are my favorite Buc-ee’s souvenirs and the best Buc-ee’s food and snacks. Can’t read […]

101 Perfect Beach Songs Plus a Free Spotify Summer Songs Beach Playlist!

USA - California - Santa Monica beach lifeguard tower in California USA

I love a beach trip, and there’s nothing better than having the exact right beach playlist ready to go when you get to the beach (or if you’re on your way). Here’s are the best beach songs and a free Spotify summer songs beach playlist you can use whenever you want! This list includes the best […]

23 Small Towns in Kansas for Tranquil Kansas Getaways

Horizontal photo of the old downtown area of Cottonwood Falls, KS with the courthouse at the end of the street (all logos edited out)

The state of Kansas has quite a few lovely small towns that you can visit as weekend getaways or you can combine a few to make a great Kansas road trip. Many are also reachable as day trips from larger Kansas cities like Topeka, Lawrence, Overland Park, Manhattan, and Salina. While there’s no one definitive […]

24 Charming Small Towns in Missouri For Quiet Missouri Escapes

Reed Spring Mill in foggy morning light; Reynolds County, Missouri

Since moving back to the US from Europe, I’ve been obsessed with visiting small towns, both those in Oklahoma and those a little further afield. Basically, if a small town is cute and less than four hours from OKC, I want to see it in person. These adorable smalls towns in Missouri are the stuff […]

The 18 National Parks in New Mexico: Why & How to Visit Each One!

New Mexico - New Mexico National Parks - Valles Caldera National Preserve

New Mexico is a stunning destination for anyone looking to explore a natural or cultural wonder. The state is practically bursting at the seams with beauty and awe-inspiring sites. Here are the US National Parks in New Mexico so you can plan your own New Mexico adventure! Can’t read now? Pin for later! How to […]