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Now that the groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of dreary winter, you may wonder if there’s any relief from the ice and snow. Well, there is! Visiting Texas is a great idea because cold weather in Texas is so mild that you can already enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities. There are actually 7 different landscapes all within the same state — with everything from coastal beaches and rolling hills to plains and piney woods. Best of all, it’s moderately priced.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the Hill Country and Gulf Coast both offer some excellent all-weather choices. You can celebrate Mardi Gras Galveston-style and enjoy walks on the beach while you’re there. When you consider all the artisan, western, flower, and music festivals as well as unique dining experiences and popular spring break destinations, there are lots of attractions to please everyone. You can request a free travel guide by mail, or view it online here.
- Hiking, biking and camping statewide; this site has good maps and photos. Big Bend National Park is as large as the state of Rhode Island.
- Rodeos, fairs, and livestock shows are listed here.
- Boating and sailing in the Gulf of Mexico; or if fresh water is your preference, there are lots of lakes in Texas, too.
- Hunting and fishing – here is a list of public fishing areas.
- Birdwatching and beaches – there are more than 100 state parks and 600 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico teeming with wildlife. You can visit everything from Spindletop in Beaumont to the longest undeveloped barrier island beach in the world on Padre Island near Corpus Christi, a popular spring break destination. You can even go horseback riding on the beach. Texas Monthly Magazine published their 15 best spots on the coast in this article.
- Enjoy traditional outdoor golfing or visit 7 locations of TopGolf.
- Winery tours – Wine Enthusiast magazine ranked this area as one of the top 10 wine travel destinations in 2014. Texas is the number 5 wine-producing state in the U.S.
- Waterparks – have indoor and outdoor family fun at 4 Schlitterbahn locations, Seaworld San Antonio, and 2 Six Flags Texas locations.
Attractions by Region or City
- Enjoy wildflowers, music, museums, hiking and biking, and year-round 68-degree waters of Barton Springs in Austin. The rolling hills, sparkling rivers, and beautiful spring bluebonnets are also home to the state capital. Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in nearby Fredericksburg to the east and enjoy the town’s German heritage.
- Go camping at the highly rated Vineyard Campground near Lake Grapevine or find 50 free things to do in Dallas.
- See the Alamo, take a water taxi on the Riverwalk, and visit historic missions in San Antonio. See 10 things to do in San Antonio here. The city also has bike-sharing.
- Houston is the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest in the U.S. It has an outstanding museum district, entertainment district, and world class medical center. For 3 weeks in March, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo holds the world’s largest indoor rodeo benefiting youth and education. Midway between Houston and Galveston is the Johnson Space Center, with the adjacent Space Center Houston, hosting visitors interested in the U.S. space programs.
- Galveston is a perfect vacation spot any month of the year, with historic homes, beaches, and lots of hotels and restaurants. This site shows you what to do, where to stay, and even posts the weather. Save up to 40% off attractions with an Island Pass.
- Corpus Christi offers a blend of culture, nature and entertainment all year round. Here’s a list of 102 things to do there.
- Brownsville is at the southernmost tip of Texas, on the northern bank of the Rio Grande. It hosts Charro Days every year around the first of March and is home to the world-famous Gladys Porter Zoo.
- Tyler has the largest municipal rose garden in the country, and the Texas State Railroad runs 25-mile excursions on diesel and steam trains through the piney woods between Victorian-style depots at nearby Rusk and Palestine.
Since it’s impossible to include everything, here are a few more links where you can find more information about recreational opportunities in Texas:
February 9th, 2015
Did you know Buxr has an Android App? Yes, it does! If you have an Android smartphone you can install it from Google Play Store here, and take Buxr with you everywhere you go. This can be very useful when you are in a store and need a printable coupon at checkout. If you missed the original launch announcement, please read this blog post. It describes why we chose Android rather than Apple (iPhone), and answers many more questions.
Today we are rolling out a new update to our Android app. It is actually the second update however since I didn’t cover the first one I will summarize in this blog post the features added with both of the updates.
So, what is new?
First of all, you can now login to your Buxr account and leave comments to deals and discussion topics. Image upload is also supported, so you can take a photo with your phone and embed it into your comment. Your comment is editable for a period of time after it is posted.
Second, the app will now contact Buxr periodically to pull the latest deals. This guarantees that the deals in your app are always up to date. Go to the ‘Settings’ view to configure refresh frequency or disable refresh altogether if you like how the app worked before this update.
Here are several screen shots that demonstrate the new functionality. Feel free to drop us a note if you have any questions about the app, or have problems using it.
|1. Select “Profile” menu
||2. Login to your account
||3. Click “Leave a Comment”
|4. Type your comment
||5. Your comment is posted
||6. Open “Settings” view
December 29th, 2014
Now that winter’s almost here, many people like to plan ski trips. But skiing on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. There are many smaller, lesser known resorts that can offer all the benefits of a great ski holiday at a fraction of the price you’d pay at a larger ski resort. We have some tips to help you get the most out of your trip and still save money.
Plan ahead. The best way to get a good deal is to book early. If you start planning your trip before ski season opens, you have more time to compare prices and get the best rates. Choosing a package with lift tickets and lodging together will cost you a lot less than finding a place to stay at the last minute and buying daily lift tickets.
Find the discounts. Lots of ski resorts offer family-friendly ski and snowboard vacation deals. Resorts in North America where kids can ski or ride for free when accompanied by a full paying adult are listed here and here. The readers of Ski Magazine ranked these the top 20 family-friendly resorts in 2014. Ski.com claims to be the largest provider of mountain vacations, discounts are listed by state at SkiCoupons.com, and Intrawest Passport offers the first multi-mountain pass that includes free skiing for kids 12 and under at six resorts.
Avoid the crowds. The ski season runs from Thanksgiving to April, but winter holidays and peak weeks when school is out are the most expensive and crowded, with long lift lines. You’ll pay top prices for everything from lift tickets to your ride from the airport. The peak dates can also vary greatly by location. In general, January is the best time to go, when the rates are cheap and the slopes are quiet, but the weather is cold enough for good snow.
Rent the gear. Consider renting some of your gear, you can rent nicer skis, snowboards, and boots at places like REI or RentSkis.com for less money than buying entry level equipment. You’ll also travel lighter and save on baggage fees. Renting gear gives beginners an opportunity to get a feel for the sport and compare different products to decide which ones they would prefer to use. You should bring your own goggles, thermals, gloves and a hat or helmet, as well as a rucksack to carry snacks, water, sunblock and an extra layer of clothing. Snowboarders also need wrist guards or gloves with built-in wrist protection and a special pair of padded pants.
Save on travel and lift tickets. There’s a ride-sharing social network to help winter enthusiasts carpool to save gas while reducing traffic and emissions. Discount lift tickets can be found here, although the new tiered pricing from Liftopia is the most economical. Their Value tickets offer the greatest savings, up to 85% off walk-up window rates, but they’re date-specific and cannot be changed. Value Plus tickets are slightly more expensive, saving 40% or more, but allow a one-time date change. Flexible tickets are the most expensive, though still reflect a discount off walk-up window rates, and allow for unlimited date changes during the season. Tickets in all three tiers are non-refundable and must be used during the 2014/2015 season.
Our 6 Picks:
Jay Peak, VT – Vermont has the most ski resorts east of the Mississippi River, and Jay Peak consistently gets the most snow. It sits on the Canadian border, located the furthest from major cities, so it’s cheaper because more driving is required to get there. It has modestly-priced hotels, inexpensive cuisine, and cheaper lift tickets than its nearby competitors.
Ogden, UT – Skiing at 3 hidden gems near Ogden, Utah may offer the best combination of low prices and truly great skiing. The proximity to Salt Lake City makes the air fare cheaper, and the excellent shuttle service means you won’t have to rent a car. Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Mountain are ranked among the best and most affordable resorts in the West.
Big Sky, MT – Big Sky shares a border and interconnected lifts with Moonlight Basin, so getting a ticket good for both provides a 5,000-acre ski span. There are affordable condos and economical, but limited, dining choices and non-skiing activities.
Jackson Hole, WY – This is the nation’s best choice for advanced skiers, with the greatest vertical drop in the U.S. There’s dining and lodging at every price point, with rental condos, affordable packages, and specials that include free air.
Heavenly, CA/NV – This unique resort straddles the California-Nevada line, offering visitors nearby cheap casino lodging and dining amenities, along with the ability to walk to the ski lifts.
Steamboat Springs, CO – Famous for deep powder snow and tree skiing, this area offers moderately priced lodging, an Old West town, and an elaborate bus system connecting it all.
November 24th, 2014
Today is the day which many people in the Buxr community and I personally have been waiting for some time. After several months of hard work and sleepless nights, we have just released the first version of Buxr app for Android phones.
The app is fairly simple at the moment; it allows you to browse deals and look up coupons by store, but this is just a start. I plan to add more functionality, things like posting comments on deals and browsing coupons by popular tags (all printable Grocery coupons in one list anyone?).
Why do I need an app?
Doesn’t the website have everything I need? You are right, you can open Buxr.com on your mobile phone and do everything you can do with the app. However the website doesn’t scale well on the small phone screen and it can be hard to navigate it to find what you want.
As smart phones become more popular, the need for an alternative becomes more pressing. Many of my friends spend more time with their smartphones than at a computer. And so, last January I challenged myself to program an app by the year end and this is what I have been doing during my work commute.
Why Android and not iPhone?
I am not very familiar with programming for iPhone, and I personally have always had an Android phone, so the decision was a fairly easy one. Will there be a Buxr iPhone app? Absolutely! I am making it my New Year’s resolution for 2015!
If Android app turns out a success, if you use it and find it helpful, then it will give me motivation to work on the iPhone version. How do I know you use it? Please go the app page on Google Play store and leave feedback!
How do I get started?
Let’s say you are shopping at the Party City for a Halloween costume and would like to find a printable coupon. Here is a series of screen shots that shows how you can do it using the app:
|1. Select “Coupons” tab
||2. Click “Search” icon
||3. Select “Party City”
|4. Go to “in-store” tab
||5. Choose coupon you like
||6. Click coupon title to open it
I would like to thank my friends and Buxr members who helped me test the app, and everyone else at Buxr for your support. This is your day as well, and I am grateful to you for your help!
October 12th, 2014
The month of August is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.
Monthly Contest Results
CouponNut is the winner of this month’s contest followed by anand and djhciskoski in the second and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:
1. CouponNut (674 Points): $70
2. anand (641 Points): $50
3. djhciskoski (632 Points): $50
4. onkarkulkarni (616 Points): $35
5. clover (614 Points): $35
6. siggy38 (563 Points): $35
7. laaya (504 Points): $35
8. Version (480 Points): $25
9. 2kidsnuts (471 Points): $25
10. mdshopper1 (458 Points): $25
11. midget (440 Points): $25
12. lootango (431 Points): $10
13. mommy25 (425 Points): $10
14. psplove (417 Points): $10
15. sandyshore (213 Points): $10
Here are the remaining top 20 winners:
16. edithem (162 Points)
17. dealhunter11 (135 Points)
18. roxytang (125 Points)
19. ramadass (66 Points)
20. gabyperu (40 Points)
Thanks to all of our contributing members! No one gets our swag this month since we only mail it once to each monthly winner and everyone above by now has already received a Buxr coffee mug and mouse pad. If any of you haven’t then please do let us know.
Friends Contest Update
We don’t have a friends contest winner this month. Remember, you only need to refer 5 friends to qualify for the prize and we award up to 3 members each month! Help Buxr grow, tell your friends about our little community and win $50 next month. Click here to find more about how this contest works and how you can refer your friends to Buxr.
September 2nd, 2014