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Let’s Get Outside and Get Some Fresh Air

By Holli Fourniquet

If there’s one thing Tyler is known for, it’s for the area’s natural beauty. Nestled serenely in the piney woods of East Texas, the area offers some pretty great landscapes for the outdoorsy types.

According to a recent study, most of us are spending half as much time outside as compared to only 20 years ago. It claims that doing outside activities such as hiking is good for the mind, body, and soul. The research showed that hiking clears your head, makes you more creative, boosts your focus, and recharges your mind’s battery.

With temperatures getting lower by the day, it’s the perfect time to get out of the air conditioning and get back outside again. New adventures await you!

Many people don’t know that Tyler is home to more than 1,000 acres of parkland comprised of 27 city parks, and that doesn’t even include the Tyler State Park! Hikers from all over the region enjoy the area’s ample places to explore, ranging in all intensity levels.

Perhaps the best place for nature hikers to start is at one of Texas’ most popular State Parks: Tyler State Park. The park is located just north of the city limits and stretches over 985 acres. It is known as a tranquil haven in the pines, rich with history and recreational opportunities. The park features 100-foot tall trees, nature, camping, and a cool 64-acre spring-fed lake, not to mention the 13 miles of trails. The lake was just listed on “Tour Texas” as one of the top swimming holes in Texas.

The Tyler State Park’s trails vary from easy to challenging, but each trail promises beautiful scenery amongst some of the largest pines in East Texas. The Trails cross several different forest types and offer amazing views you can’t see anywhere else.

As you hike along the trails, this area is also the perfect place for bird watching with more than 200 species of birds identified at the park, and it is home to a number of East Texas animals, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, reptiles, armadillos, opossums, and more.

Tyler State Park also offers several educational classes with various topics including wilderness survival, birding, snake encounters, and other important information one needs to know when hiking.

If you’re looking for a great “staycation” location this is it. Tyler State Park has campsites and cabins for those hikers who want to stay. Make a weekend out of the trip and try several different hiking trails. For more info on the Tyler State Park go to tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler.

For hikers wanting to stay more within the city limits, the city of Tyler offers more than 1,000 acres of parkland. Walking and hiking trails are very popular within several of these parks. These parks are a great introduction to hiking. Plus, they offer other attractions, events, and services that can’t be beat.

Faulkner Park, located at 410 W. Cumberland Rd., is a great place to begin. This park offers a scenic nature hiking and biking trail. The trail is a loop trail along which you might spot beautiful wildflowers and local wildlife. Dogs on a leash are more than welcome to join you along this trail. Faulkner Park also offers picnic areas, a fishing pond, and a sprayground to enjoy.

Rose Rudman Park and Southside Park are two great trails for beginners. The two parks have concrete walking trails that connect making the entire length of the trail about 2.5 miles long. This is a great setting for walking or jogging. The trails take you through the parks and into the woods via a couple of beautiful bridges. A lot of the trail is shaded, which makes this a great place to visit all year round. Some of the trails follows along a creek that is a popular hangout for wildlife in the area. Bring your camera because there are also some great photo opportunities along this trail. Rose Rudman meanders along side Donnybrook Ave. and Shiloh Rd.

If you are trying to think of a place somewhat out of the ordinary, you might try Noble E. Young Park. The Noble E. Young Park is mostly known for the skate park and is one of Tyler’s most popular parks. Area skaters and bikers like to take advantage of the fun skate ramps in the park. The park also offers hiking and biking trails. This is the one place in Tyler you can bring your skateboard and your hiking shoes and enjoy all the park has to offer. For more info on go to tylerparksandrec.com.

No matter where you decide to hike in Tyler one thing is for sure: Tyler has what you are looking for. Tyler offers challenging hikes as well as hikes for beginners. All of the hikes are family-friendly, accessible, educational, and relaxing.

Get off the couch and explore the nature in your own backyard. Recharge your batteries in one of the most gorgeous places in Texas. You won’t regret it. The beauty of East Texas awaits you. For more ideas on exploring the great outdoors go to visittyler.com.

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Art

Looking Arty: Murals Around Downtown Tyler

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There is a lot going on in the art community around Tyler, TX. Here are some of the beautiful murals that are located in #downtowntyler. Take your photo with one (or all) of them and tag #HaveFunMakeaDifference.

“Eyes of Tyler”

Located at the corner of Elm Street and Broadway Avenue just south of the Downtown Square, #tylertx alongside the Lindsey Building. Painted by Dace Lucia Kidd in 2017, Dace said, “My image, ‘Eyes of Tyler,’ is inspired by the concept of shared beauty. It is intended to communicate that there is beauty within all of us if you just look. My goal is to encourage everyone to create what is next in their life, to search for what is beautiful within everyone, while being aware of the beauty in Tyler, and particularly in the downtown area.”

“Wings of Tyler: Welcome!”

 

Wings of Tyler is a project by local artists Cassie Edmonds and Dace Kidd.

Wings of Tyler is a mural on the exterior wall of a building leased by Edward Jones Investments on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue and Erwin Street. The art faces west, which is Broadway Ave., just a few feet south of the downtown square.

According to the artists’ rendition, there is five sets of wings painted at various heights and lengths along the wall, allowing individual or group photo opportunities. The wings are finished in Venetian mirror-glass.

The idea is to make the wall “the most photographed” spot in all of East Texas, Dace Kidd explained. “Somebody can bring their pet, their kid, somebody disabled, groups of photos; two groups of people will be able to pose in front of the wings,” said Kidd.

“Be Happy”

The “Be Happy” mural is an effort to help people ‘be happy’!  The 70 feet X 20 feet mural is located on the back brick wall of the ETX Brewing Company, 221 S. Broadway, Off the Square in downtown Tyler. It faces South College Avenue.

Tyler native Lindsay Boone led the project. She says there are at least eighteen different East Texas native wildflowers on the wall because she wanted people to “see something that looks familiar.” In addition to the flowers, “Be Happy” is inscribed in the center.

Annie Gilstrap with the ETX Brewing Company says the tag line for ETX Brewing company is ‘Beer Happy,’ so it was an easy decision to shorten the line to ‘Be Happy.’ “You can’t look at the wildflowers and not be happy, they just bring a smile to your face because they’re just joyful and bright,” said Gilstrap.

The 13 artists involved include Lindsay Boone, Mikayla Willis, David Maldonado, Kate Googins, Tyler Shelton, Justin Fasulo, Rady Randall, Becky Martin, Maddi Travis, Jennifer Vaughn, Julianna Wynn and Chasity Erbaugh. The artists ask that if you take photos with or of the mural, that you use #ETXWildflower when sharing on social media.

“Peace Mural”

How do East Texans celebrate Peace? With art, film, poetry, conversation, joyful gatherings, worship, photography, meals, dance, shopping, community service, children’s activities, and peace pole installations….and at the Peace Mural, located at 308 N. Broadway next to Discovery Science Place in #downtowntyler. Find out more at tylerpeace.com.

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While at Discovery Science Place, check out the other unique murals located on the outside walls, located at 308 N. Broadway in #downtowntyler.

“Spread a Little Kindness…And Cake”

This cool mural is located on the east wall of Janie’s Cakes, 308 E. Front St., Tyler.

“At Janie’s Cakes, we make an old-fashioned pound cake. And the tagline that we use on a regular basis is that we want you to spread a little kindness one cake at a time. So it was a natural thing for us to paint this on a wall of our building,” said Janie Clapp, owner.

“Like all good Southern girls, Janie learned baking and meal making from her great-grandmother. ‘Papu,’ as Janie called her, made every lick of her baked goods from scratch using plenty of real cream, real butter and real cane sugar. That little slip of a girl grew up to be quite a cook in her own right. After honing her skills at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Janie returned to Tyler, Texas, where she opened Janie’s Cakes in 1987. Today, Janie makes every pound cake the same way she made her very first: from all-natural ingredients, farm-fresh eggs, real creamery butter and with a huge dollop of her great-grandmother’s abiding love.”

They make 26,000 pound cakes a year, in a variety of sizes with different fillings, enjoying busy seasons like the holidays and Mother’s Day. Check out their unique story HERE.

“Three Music Legends from East Texas”

Located 119 University Place, the mural features three local music legends: Van Cliburn of Kilgore, George Jones of Saratoga, and Freddie King of Gilmer. The mural was created and painted by Holt Creative Group of Tyler.

To list more murals here, contact EGuide at eguidemagazine@gmail.com.

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Tyler Museum of Art Permanent Collection Online

The Tyler Museum of Art has over 1600 works in its permanent collection. And images of nearly all of them are available online.

The collection not only contains work by influential East Texas artists like David Bates, William Montgomery, and James Surls, but also includes pieces by renown artists like Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, and Dale Chihuly.

Having access to so many paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures means that artwork related to TEKS requirements for almost any subject can always be found.

If you need any help locating something that applies to a specific requirement, please feel free to contact TMA and they will be glad to help you.

You can access images of the permanent collection at https://tylermuseum.pastperfectonline.com/randomimages .

Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., Tyler, Texas 75701. For more info call (903) 595-1001, info@tylermuseum.org. The TMA is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
and Sunday 1-5pm, and closed Mondays.

 

 

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Covid-19

Fantastic “Staycation” Rates for ET Residents

By Holli (Conley) Fourniquet

Several area accommodations are offering special rates to residents through the end of summer.

Vacations are great, but “staycations” can be just as rewarding. This year, with the growing concern over COVID-19, many people are foregoing the large family vacations in favor of sticking closer to home.

Staycations are often less stressful, more affordable, and can help residents experience the culture of the region that is sometimes missed in everyday life. Not to mention, staycations allow residents the opportunity to support local businesses during this tough season when many businesses are facing hardships.

“Tourism is a major economic driver for Tyler,” Shari Lee, President of Visit Tyler said. “With these special rates, residents are able to feel safe, have a weekend getaway, and put money back into their own community.”

Lodging locations offering special rates are:

  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort: Save up to 20% at this lakefront resort that offers an indoor waterpark, spacious villas, and a full-service marina that offers rentals such as kayaks, paddles boats, pontoon boats, motorboats, fishing poles, and more.
  • High Hill Farm: Get one night in a king bungalow with dinner for two and a hot breakfast in bed at this luxury resort. This intimate vacation retreat combines laid-back luxury with outdoor activities and offers an infinity pool overlooking the vineyard.
  • Rosevine Inn: Get up to 10% off of your stay at Rosevine Inn. This quaint bed and breakfast feature all kinds of outdoor and indoor games on the property. The “Barn” and “Treehouse” are popular areas to spend an evening with board or card games or just relaxing.

During this time, area accommodations have implemented extra safety precautions to keep guests safe during their stay. While each business has their own safety protocols, some of the procedures you can expect include “contactless” payments, requiring staff and guests to wear masks, screening employees for symptoms, enhanced cleaning practices, and minimizing guest contact in elevators, lobbies, etc.

Tyler also offers a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. The City of Tyler offers more than 1,000 acres of public parkland comprised of 27 parks housing playgrounds, athletic fields, walking and biking trails, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, splash pads, and more.

And that doesn’t even count the Tyler State Park, one of the most popular State Parks in Texas. This 985-acre state park is located right outside of Tyler and is perfect for bird watching, hiking, camping, and more. Get your day passes here, they must be purchased in advance.

Other attractions include Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, and a selection of museums that offer scientific, artistic, cultural, and historical significance to the area.

Visit Tyler recently launched a digital passport tour, Thirsty Pines Tour. This mobile drinking tour is a great way to explore the area. It features the region’s best craft beverages including coffee, juices, wine, beer, and alcohol. Participants who visit a designated number of locations will receive an exclusive “Go East Texas” stone coaster set. Download the free pass at GoEastTexas.com.

More staycation rates are being added every week. For the latest list of “staycation” rates available, go to VisitTyler.com/Staycation.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, many venues have added safety precautions, different operating hours, and other protocols to keep staff and guests safe. Please check individual websites and social media for the latest updates.

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