Sunday, February 21, 2010

Longview, Texas

This weekend I went to Longview, Texas which is about 5 hours North/Northwest of Houston. I went because of the recommendation in Texas Highways Magazine. I invited my Aunt B along and we had a real good time. I was worried with my restaurant recommendations as Nana Bev and Dad already ignore me. But I'm surprised to say that we loved both our meals here. So, I still have one dedicated travel partner. :)

Jucy's Hamburgers was recommended by Texas Highways website. It was great! Nothing like fast food...

This was the reason we came to Longview. The Black Dog Gallery is a gallery and gift shop. The artist/owner of the place talked to us the whole time. She offered us some free cake, showed us some furniture projects she's working on, and much more. What a hospitable person!

The shop and workshop...

The inside was really fun. I ended up getting some Italian spices and some globe earrings for my travelling-obsessed self. ;)

After enjoying the gallery we decided to keep shopping. We looked for a few antique shops but couldn't find too much. We ended up going to downtown but it looked sort of dead. We went into this Craft Mall and it was really neat. I limited myself to one mailbox cover for school but could have done worse.

We walked downtown and I took pictures...

Then we went into the Gregg County Historical Museum. We met a really nice woman who showed us around even though we walked in 15 minutes before they were supposed to close.

The museum was really about 10 nice artifacts set up in tiny room-looking things. This was FDR's speech on an old radio after Pearl Harbor. Behind was a hot air balloon basket, life size. I wanna ride in one!!

These were the original, beautiful ceilings...

After downtown we saw a billboard for Daquiri's to-go so, of course, we had to check it out! Instead of drinking and driving we decided to go in. It was a cute little bar. I watched the A&M basketball game and some of the Olympics and talked with Aunt B. Pretty fun... The strawberry colada daquiri was good too...but not too strong, thankfully!

Finally, as the sun set, we enjoyed some great pizza at Pizza King. It was recommended by my (new) Aunt Neeley. They come here from Tyler pretty often. It was fresh, tasty and a fun atmosphere. Overall, had a great time!!

Looking forward to next weekend at the National BBQ Championship in Houston and then off to Marshall, Texas about 5 hours in the Northwest corner of Texas!

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