Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bellville, Texas -- Sweet Retreat

Lately I've been writing travel articles for the San Antonio Express-News, a good regional newspaper.  I think up some place I want to see, find the color, and talk to the travel editor for blessing.  

I get paid a little for expanding my horizons and sharing the view, as I do for fun on Hill Country Mysteries, which is how the editor found me in the first place.

A few weeks ago, we went east on I-10 until we were about 70 miles west of Houston, then turned south and drove about fifteen miles to tiny Wallis to see the Guardian Angel Catholic Church, an intricate flower of a building constructed in 1913 by Czech immigrants; testimony to resilience, community and faith. 

Fifteen miles north of I-10, we found bustling Bellville, population 3,947 according to the sign at the edge of town.  History, art, food, fun.

Holland St. Gallery represents 160 artists.  Owned by watercolor painter Kathleen Bernard, seen here with one of her color-themed cow paintings (don't you love the look on that Brahma's face?).  Kathleen's gallery could hold its own in Dallas or Houston.  

Don't miss the Bellville Cafe with made-from-scratch pie, unique shops, businesses, and an interesting local history museum in the old jail.

For more on Bellville's shops and unique B&B see my article, which ran a few weeks later.  

I loved the Buffalo Creek Winery, located a couple of miles from the center of Bellville.  It's currently a winebar, but the owners plan to make their own wine someday.  Open Thursdays through Saturdays. Sometimes there's live music and dinner.  Always buffalo out front.

The only hard thing in writing about Texas is figuring out what to leave out.

Copyright 2009-2013 Kathleen Scott ,for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Your part of Texas reminds me a bit of North Florida. Lots of history and some nice new business and art and people really doing some good things.
    Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you got a gig paying you for what you do so well.

  2. Kathleen - Me, too - glad to hear you good writings about Texas are getting distributed in another medium. Great pictures and wonderful details today, as usual. Makes me want to come on down to Texas for a visit and, after I had one work gig in DFW years ago during which Texas was a big turn off, that takes some doing!

    Sending hugs from here. x0 N2

  3. How great, to run around the countryside, and get paid to write about it. That must be so much fun.

    And,,,you're good at it! Which makes it all the better.

    That's a shame, about Sealy. I hate to see small towns dry up, like that.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Great post Kathleen, it is such great fun driving around discovering new places ... sad about Sealy, that has happened here in some of the country towns because of the drought and no work. Anyway you found another place of interest to write about, somtimes we set out to find one thing and end up finding something comletely different ... life is like that.
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment at my blog. xoxo ♥

  5. I can't think of a happier, better job than travel writing! I was editor of a country inn/B&B travel magazine for nearly 6 years back in the 1980s. I learned so much, and fell in love with my country all over again. Like someone else said earlier, I am happy to hear you have a paying gig that utilizes your talents so nicely!!

  6. OK--on my list of places to visit!

  7. That's terrific about your new occupation. Thanks for sharing the news and the photos. The buffalo are cute.



  8. It's validating for you, and some mad money too.
    Way to go Kathleen.

  9. Oh Kathleen, how wonderful it is to be paid for a work which you enjoy and you will be doing anyway even if you're not paid. I envy that kind of job. If only i can be paid for mine, i will be making extra efforts too, to make it a better reading, hehe! I love that animal with its calf.

  10. Wonderful that you're getting paid for your great, informative and always interesting writing! I'll pass this on to my San Antonio friends!

  11. Bellville gets some well deserved attention and you do too - win/win from where I sit.

    Sealy's demise is sad news. Maybe its time of renewal is yet to come....

  12. Supercool, Kathleen. Nice to see you expanding your reader base, all of whom will have to have your books, too. . . .

    Remember the old "better watch out for them buffalo wings" commercial? When I drove a toddler granddaughter by a buffalo farm here years ago, she looked over, flapped her pudgy little arms and started singing, "Better watch out for them buffalo wings!" Your pics reminded me of that -- she's 17 now!


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