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When in Northern Michigan, hit the Pasty Trail

When in Northern Michigan, hit the Pasty Trail

Take a pastry crust, fill it with meat, potatoes and root vegetables, bake until golden, and voila – you’ve got a pasty. Think of the hand-held meat pies, a comfort food staple in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as the state’s answer to the burrito. They’re easy to...

5 new ways to keep cool this summer at Horseshoe Bay Resort

5 new ways to keep cool this summer at Horseshoe Bay Resort

Located on the shores of constant-level Lake LBJ less than an hour outside of Austin, Horseshoe Bay Resort is the perfect escape for families seeking some summertime fun in the sun while keeping cool. Just in time for summer, here are five brand new resort offerings...

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Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc grew up in Austin and attended Texas A&M University. She worked at the Plano Star-Courier and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, before joining the staff of the Austin American-Statesman in 1998.

Kristin Finan

Kristin Finan

Kristin Finan grew up roadtripping to U.S. destinations in the back of her family’s Volvo station wagon, an experience that instilled in her a great love for the open road.

Mauri Elbel

Mauri Elbel

At home in the sun-soaked capital of Texas, Mauri keeps busy raising three kids, writing about family travel and design, and as the co-founder and vice president of Carrying Hope––a 501c3 nonprofit which positively impacts the way children enter foster care throughout Texas.


Casey Chapman Ross

Casey Chapman Ross is a native and current Austinite, living here with her husband and three kids. Currently, she focuses on growing her travel writing and hospitality portfolio and involving her family in these assignments as often as possible.

Becca Hensley

For more than three decades, award-winning travel writer Becca Hensley has roved the world to find the meaning of life. Currently, she serves as Travel Editor for New Orleans Bride and Contributing Editor for Insiders Guide to Spas. A poet, mother, and gadabout, she is a luxury expert.

Anne Keene

Anne Keene is an Austin-based writer, swimmer, sometimes horseback rider, and author of The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win WWII. For other stories visit www.annerkeene.com.

Maximiliano Mauriz

Maximiliano Mauriz was born in Santiago, Chile, but came to Texas as fast as he could. He lives in Austin with his partner, their 3-year old Vizsla, Boston (aka Boss), and 1-year old foster pup, Philip. He enjoys time with family and friends, travel, running and swimming — and taking images of the people (and animals) he loves and the places he visits.

Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins is an award-winning content creator and travel journalist who is the founder of Chubby Diaries. Jeff’s enthusiastic personality, charisma and contagious big smile makes him one of a kind! Learn more about him at https://www.chubbydiaries.com/

Addie Broyles

Addie Broyles is a writer, podcaster and tarot card reader in Austin, where she’s raising her two sons and building community around food, family, travel and intersectional feminism. Read more of her work at https://thefeministkitchen.substack.com/

Melanie Moore

Melanie P. Moore is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, and Austin Fit Magazine. She was previously the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Badgerdog Literary Publishing.

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