Sunday, June 26, 2022

July Happenings

     July is right around the corner and just like that half of the year has already flown by.  Before you know it we will be bringing out the holiday décor.  But before that happens there are few things to note going on in the Sulphur Springs Area.

    First off is the Symphony on the Square with the fireworks show, on Saturday, July 2.  This is a not to miss event.  The square fills with lawn chairs and blankets while everyone takes in the concert and then the fireworks, shoot off behind the courthouse.  This event is American to its, core.  The patriotism, small town feel and just overall connection each person makes, by attending such an amazing event.  You won't want to miss!

    Also on July 2, Slaughter's Barbeque Oasis is ringing in the holiday with by smoking a whole hog.  Free beer, live music and great food.  Who could as for more.  

    Of course every Friday night the city host a free movie on the square.  Bring the kids to this family, friendly event to see what is on the screen next.

    Celebration market is in full swing, Saturday nights on the square.  Be sure to stick around and listen to the great musical talent they have lined up to perform.  Plus all the great vendors who frequent the Market are sure to have something you won't want to  leave without.

    Every Saturday in July starting at 10 a.m., is Summer Crafternoons, brought to you by The Candle Studio+ and The Plant Niche. Pick a Saturday during the month of July with 2 hour time slots from 10am through 6pm.

A Crafternoon is a fun-filled afternoon for children, families and all ages to create arts, crafts, plants and more. The Crafternoon fair will take place in historic downtown Sulphur Springs at The Candle Studio+ and The Plant Niche located in Standbridge Courtyard located at 218 Main Street and 222 Tomlinson Street.
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  July 8-10 Ink Masters will be at the Civic Center.  Artists from all over will join up to share their craft and lay down some new ink on their customers.  Get your tickets for this event and maybe pick out a new design.

    July 8th G3 Ranch is hosting a hamburger cookout and concert at Backstory Brewery.  G3 raises longhorn cattle and they want to share with everyone the amazing taste and benefits of this leaner meat.

    July 8-10 Hunt County Horseman's Association is hosting their monthly horse show at the Civic Center.  Be sure to stop by and check out these riders as they work with their horses to win the ribbon.

    July 12 VR Social is hosting a telescope viewing.  Pull up a chair and look into the night sky to see what might be going on in the known universe.

    July 21 VR Social is hosting a glow bicycle ride.  Bring your bike, and light it up.  Ride around town with friends of all ages and rediscover the joy of this childhood past time.

    All in all, things are heating up and there is lots of fun to be had by all.  We hope you can join us in the fun.  And check out some of the amazing events going on in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Be sure to check into The Oaks bed and Breakfast for your stay!  Until we see you next.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Let's Eat ~ San Remo

     We are excited that San Remo is back in town and located in their new downtown location on Connally Street, 226 Connally Street to be exact.  They are open Tuesday through Sunday, ready to serve you and your family. This family run restaurant is a great addition to the Sulphur Springs dining options.  San Remo has a varied menu for your group and a good selection of wine or beer to choose from.  Don't forget about a cocktail to start off your dinner along with an appetizer.

    One of our favorite appetizers is the Caprese salad.  They have elevated this dish into something unique to their restaurant and sliced out a large tomato and stuffed it with mozzarella cheese and drizzled with  balsamic, olive oil and shredded basil.  

    We also enjoy the Dela Nona salad, shared as a group or as a meal on its own.  The salad is bursting with flavors, that will make your taste buds sing.  Just the right amount of dressing brings out the best in this dish and is sure to satisfy.

    You can never go wrong with the Malanzane Parmigiana, or egg plant parmesan, or Pollo Parmigiana, chicken parmesan, they are two great, standard Italian dishes that will leave you full.  Both are substantial portions, that you might want to take some home.  

    All of the pasta dishes are worth a taste, so you can keep coming back to try and find your favorite.  This time we tried the Verde and the Puntanesca.  Both were delicious and satisfying to enjoy.  Come and bring your friends, family and guests, to enjoy this local treat.  You will not be disappointed with your meal.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Travel East Texas ~ Paris



    About forty minutes north of Sulphur Springs, is the city of Paris, Texas.  We made the journey north to check out their downtown and of course visit the "Texas Eifel Tower."  We made a few stops around the downtown area to check out what shops to venture into and what kind of food offerings they have for visitors.  

    Downtown Paris has a good variety of shops to choose from when visiting.  Antique shops, Olive Paris, an Art and Wine shop, along with a grouping of boutiques.  The length of your stay can depend upon how much you want to explore and what you are looking for in your treasure hunt.  The antique shops we stopped into are delineated into vendor booths, so an assortment of items can be found, if you have the time to look and browse for that special item.  

    Olive Paris, is a great stop to consider to find artesian olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  You can taste before you buy so you are able to find exactly what you want and for what dish you want to cook up.  They also have a range of items for the bar b que master in your family.  With Father's Day rapidly approaching a great gift can be found here.

    Tresors de Paris, is a unique stop, with art, wine, craft beer and of course bar b que items in store.  Their creativity in combining multiple different ways to attract a customer helps to bring in men and women alike who walk away with a package.

    We caught  Paris Bakery in the middle of transition from breakfast to lunch.  Prepared lunch sandwiches went into the bakery case as we were leaving after enjoying a cinnamon roll.  No coffee today but I'm sure their coffee would be worth the trip, I noticed a familiar coffee vendor, Addison Roasters, on one of the air pods for drip coffee.  

    We dropped into 107 to see what their menu looked like for a possible consideration for lunch.  While entirely indoors, they have brought the outside in, by creating a space more like an open patio, with clear roofing to give you that feeling of being outside while still remaining cool in the Texas heat.  Their menu had a lot of great options, for everyone, so bring your group and pull up a chair.  

    We did end up eat at Jaxx Gourmet Burgers, I know what you are thinking, why would you make that choice?  They had a portobello mushroom salad on the menu, no change or questions necessary for me to order, and my companion found a choice for himself, that he loved how they cooked, even if the portion was a little on the lite side.  They are obvisouly known for their burgers, stop in if that's the way you want to go.  We loved how they "framed" the t-shirts on the wall, with t-shirt frames, it added a quirky touch to the décor that guests will not soon forget.  

    The central part of the square is a green space, with a fountain in the middle, where people can meet to enjoy a visit, listen to concerts, or check out the farmers market.  The community theater is also downtown on the corner, and open for the season.  Be sure to check out their schedule to see what is coming up next.

    A trip to Paris, would not be complete without a visit to the "Texas Eifel Tower."  The tower is topped with a red cowboy hat and is located by the Veterans Memorial and Love Civic Center.  Be sure to make the stop, not only for the tower but to see and experience the memorial.  The Veterans Memorial is unique tribute to those who have served from Lamar County.  

    Until next time I hope you can find your way to Paris, and find a new treasure or two to bring home.  If nothing else, enjoy some good food and exploration with friends and family. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Herb Infused Cocktail ~ Citrus Basil Margarita


    This month for our herb infused cocktail series we are featuring basil.  We currently have four kinds of basil in our garden and each one produces a different flavor to this wonderful herb.  We love to use it is summer dishes, that are cooked as well as those that use the herb raw.  For this this drink we chose two of the varieties to muddle in our mix.

    Basil has been used in the past to help ease stomach issues but the most common use of basil is to make pesto.  Pesto is such a delicious condiment for food use, that while in season you could hardly make enough.  Although it can be time consuming to make pesto, the end result is worth the wait.

    Today we are not making pesto but rather a citrus basil margarita.  Who does not like to make a Margarita to help cool down on those warm summer nights? 

Citrus Basil Margarita

8-10 Basil leaves, muddled

1 medium Lemon

1/2 Lime

1 oz. Tequila

1 oz. Simple Syrup

    Place your basil leaves in the bottom of your shaker cup.  Muddled them quite a bit to release the oils and flavors from the basil.  Squeeze in your lemon and lime.  Add in the Tequila and simple syrup.  Top it off with ice.  Shake until the container is frosted.  Strain  your liquid into a salt rimmed glass.  Garnish with basil and lime.  Enjoy!

    As usual if you want to make your own simple syrup, we recommend making it was some basil as well to really bring out the flavor of the basil in the drink.  We love basil so that is what we did when we made this drink.

    We hope that you enjoy this version of a margarita, so simple and refreshing.  If you want to make it a mocktail, just add more lemon and lime, and withhold the tequila.  Enjoy responsibly and always select a designated driver.  Cheers from the Oaks bed and breakfast!

Monday, May 30, 2022

June Happenings

 June is looking like it’s going to be filled with lots of great family activities. The city has started family movie nights on Friday and the Celebration market every Saturday night.

Of course the Hopkins County Dairy Festival will kick off this month with two weeks of amazing activities. But before the Dairy Festival kicks off there are few things going.

June 3 - Ms. Hopkins County pageant 
NETX dressage show all day at the Hopkins County Civic Center

Every Friday night the city will host a  family movie night on the square 8pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and family for wholesome entertainment. 

Every Saturday night the Celebration Market will be start at 5pm.  Come out and support local vendors and listen to local bands perform on the square. 

June 10 kicks off the Dairy Festival excitement.  The first event up will be:

June 10 - hot air balloon rally and glow - 6pm

Community players present - "Trifles" 7pm and 2 pm June 10-12 and June 17-19

June 10-11
Hunt county Horse association will have their monthly show at the Civic Center.  Be sure to stop by and to see those talented riders at work. 

Danna's and the Buffalo Girls will be hosting a summer market at the Civic Center, right alongside all the Dairy Festival activities.  

June 11 - has all day fun, starting with the hot air balloons launching at 6 am 

Dairy show & parade 10 am
Dial club “Cow patty” bingo 2 pm
Milking contest 3 pm
Hot air balloon rally 6pm

June 13 - VR social moon telescope view 8:30 pm

June 15-18 - Dairy festival Carnival - out at the Hopkins County Civic center.

June 16 - VR social glow bicycle ride 8:15 pm

June 16-18- Lone Star Beefmasters, at the Civic Center 

June 18 - Juneteenth celebration 8 am - 10pm Pacific Park

Dairy Festival pageant will be held at 7pm at the High School auditorium. 

June 25 - hill productions - roping

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Travel East Texas ~ Greenville


    Every downtown is a little different from the next.  From the shops, dining options and other businesses surrounding the area each downtown has something different to offer.  Greenville is among those cities who is continuing to improve their downtown and have realized that this area is a place of growth and could be a draw for visitors who want to get off the freeway and explore more of the local flavor. 

    Our stop this month for "Travel East Texas" is to Greenville to explore a little and get a feel for what there is to do in the downtown area.  Of course if you are looking for "corporate" restaurants and shopping look no further than the highway, but if you want to explore a little more of the local, small business scene then be sure to stop by downtown Greenville. 

    Greenville's downtown is unique in that it is not situated like a typical Texas city downtown with a square, but is rather a long strip, consisting of two main streets, which have a few shops, that are open at various times and a couple of restaurants.   

    Mary of Puddin Hill made the move downtown from off of the freeway, and now has a cute little shop with a wide variety of gifts and Texas themed items.  They feature items from the Sweet Shop in Mt. Pleasant, mini Bundt cakes and monster cookies.  Be sure to stop in and check out all their goodies.


     As you make your way around downtown be sure to check out the amazing mural art on the buildings.  It's not quite like Deep Ellum but it sure is making strides to bring art to a location where there is not any.  The murals are each unique and interesting to look at.  I think every downtown should have a few.

    Another unique stop is the Uptown Shopping Forum, where we found Cheesebrough and Campbell Specialty Chocolates.  Each of the amazing chocolate treats from their store are made by hand.  You can find chocolates shaped as tools for Father's Day, purses and heals for Mother's Day, and a few others that can fit that special person on  your list.  Be sure to check out all their offerings, and take a look at the other shops inside the Uptown Forum.

    For lunch we decided to eat home made pizza at Fatto A Mano, located right next door to where the Greenville Farmers Market is located.  They have a varied menu for pizza options.  But if you are not feeling like pizza be sure to check out their pasta and salad selections.  They have indoor and outdoor seating available.  The outside seating is covered and has cute herb gardens located close by so you know when your food has fresh ingredients.  

    Last but not least a great stop downtown is Landon Winery.  Sample a flight, have some antipasto or sit and enjoy a full glass and soak in the space.  Landon also has indoor and outdoor seating for your party.  It's a great spot to venture to with a group or a special date night.  Their staff is very knowledgeable about the wines they offer and are willing to help you find your favorite.  Of course you can join their wine club and have their wine delivered directly to your house, where available, or come to your closest location and pick up your bottles.  

    Of course Greenville, is not just located downtown.  There is more to see else where in town depending on what you are looking for.  Greenville use to boast, that they were the "Cotton Capital of Texas."  In honor of that proclamation they have the Audie Murphy Cotton Museum, which is fun for the whole family.  Step back in time to learn about the cotton industry and see the exhibits on cotton and the military in one location.  Start your day in Greenville at the museum and then wander downtown, for the evening.  

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Let's Eat ~ Redneck Bar and Grill


    I feel like only in East Texas or somewhere in the South would you have a restaurant named Redneck Bar and Grill.  The restaurant's reputation lives up to its name and serves steak, chicken or fish smothered in a gravy or grilled.  

    Redneck is a great downtown dining experience if you are looking for large portions that will fill you up and make your taste buds water in anticipation of what to expect in your dining experience.  We often ask our guests who stay with us at The Oaks, what they want for dinner and direct them to the right options.  Never has anyone come away from Redneck disappointed.  

    In our last visit into Redneck, we both ordered a salad with steak or tuna as our protein option.  Maybe not the best option, for dining at Redneck but both meats were cooked to order and met our expectations. I would have liked the addition of a mixed lettuce selection rather than only iceberg, for a good quality salad.  

    All the other offerings are just what people would expect.  Top Sirloin cooked to your desired finish, smothered hamburger steak, or grilled chicken.  Daily specials are served anytime a patron desires that option.  For example one guest ordered a Risky Chicken, which is a grilled chicken covered in sautéed mushrooms, onions and swiss cheese.  A definite pleasure for the taste buds.

    Redneck also offers a variety of bar drinks, for their patrons to enjoy.  There is a good selection of beer and wine options as well for those who don't want to mix it up.  Since portions are so large they only offer plain cheese cake for dessert.  However, they encourage patrons who want something a little sweet, to walk around the corner to another local option, the Magic Scoop.  

    If you are in need of a space for a larger group event, Redneck has a semi private room available for those functions to utilize as well.  Call ahead and make sure it's available for your special occasion.  Be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner the next time you are downtown.