Buc-ee’s In Temple Texas

Must-Do List: Buc-ee’s in Temple, TX

Ask any Texan what the best highlight for a road trip is and they will say making a stop at the nearest Buc-ee’s. This Texan chain of convenience stores is so much more than you could ever expect.  Imagine this.  You’re driving down I-35 here in Temple in the early morning, the sun is rising, you’re still feeling a little tired, and your stomach starts to let out a low growl of hunger. In the next instance you look up, see the giant beaver head sign in the sky, and know all your problems will melt away. Buc-ee’s will satisfy your hunger, alleviate your sleepiness, and get your mindset positively happy for the travels ahead. With affordable gas prices, the finest bathrooms, and a large assortment of merchandise, food, and more, Buc-ee’s is your one-stop shop for all your travel needs.

The Buc-ee’s Essentials

The first thing you should do when you turn into the Buc-ee’s parking lot is stop at the pumps and fill up the car. Buc-ee’s makes it easy to fill up the fuel tank without breaking the bank.  With over 100 gas pumps, there is sure to be a space for you and your vehicle needs.  Next, after your tank has been filled, head inside for a bathroom break. Or, as Buc-ee’s likes to say head inside to “Potty like a rock star.”  The bathrooms here are world famous, boasting of cleanliness. You won’t find a better rest stop than at Temple’s Buc-ee’s location.   

The Wonderful World of Snacks

After you’ve gotten the essentials covered, it’s time to get to the fun and even more exciting portion of this Buc-ee’s pit stop. Located close to the entrance of Buc-ee’s, you will find the expansive great wall of candy.  With a wide variety of gummies, chocolates, hard candies, and more, Buc-ee’s will make all your candy dreams come true.  And next to that you can find the gourmet jerky wall. For fans of this road trip snack, you can find an assortment of flavors. On several rows next to the candy and jerky wall, you will find spices, jarred goods like jam, salsa, and much more. But the real treasure – the holy grail of Buc-ee’s- is the beaver nuggets.  The original beaver nuggets flavor simply cannot be beat, but if you are feeling adventurous try a few other flavors like cinnamon sweet, salted caramel, white cheddar, white cheddar habanero, and bold ‘n sorta spicy.  It is a must-do to buy beaver nuggets on your next trip to Buc-ee’s.  See what all the hype is about for these delectable, sweet treats.

Brisket, Turkey, and Pork, Oh My!

Feeling hungry? Order a delicious, barbecue or brisket sandwich at the kiosk in Buc-ee’s.  Order your sandwich exactly how you like it and wait for the cooks at Buc-ee’s to call out your order.  Then, get ready for the sandwich of a lifetime.  Buc-ee’s has all kinds of sandwiches with meat options from brisket, pork, turkey, chicken, and more.  These sandwiches make an excellent lunch choice when you’re ready and hungry for a hearty, wholesome comfort food. And once your lunch plans have been taken care of and your order has been made, you can stock up on desserts with homemade fudge. Buc-ee’s fudge comes in unique, delightful flavors like blueberry cheesecake, birthday cake, and cookies n’ cream.  Not sure what flavor to choose? Pick up a fudge sampler pack to try many different fudge flavors.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

With great shopping comes even greater self-control.  You’ll find it’s hard not to spend a lot of money at Buc-ee’s, especially when you’ve seen the merchandise.  At Buc-ee’s you will find trendy shirts, blankets, toys, and accessories all with the famous mascot on the items. These merchandise items are affordable and are a hit with family and friends that love Buc-ee’s or have the desire to love Buc-ee’s.  You can buy items for babies, children, and adults.  Not only does Buc-ee’s have their own merchandise, but they also sell merchandise through other vendors. This brings in kitchen and home goods, outdoor gear, and so much more. Shopping at Buc-ee’s is like going to a large strip mall rolled up into a clean, desirable package.

ICEE You Leaving Buc-ee’s

Before you head back out on the road, don’t forget your large fountain drink or ICEE.  The price of fountain drinks at Buc-ee’s cannot be beat.  The best part? You can pour your own drink and mix and match to your heart’s content.  Love different flavors?  Mix the white cherry with the Dr. Pepper flavor.  Or, try the blue raspberry and Coke.  And if you prefer a regular soft drink to this frozen treat, the fountain drinks station has original staples like coke, dr. pepper, and sprite, along with Buc-ee’s brand soda flavors.

Sweet Beaver Nugget-filled Dreams

After checking out and getting ready to leave, the final must-do on the list is to dream about the next time you’ll find yourself in Temple’s Buc-ee’s location.  After a Buc-ee’s run, its hard not to crave going back. Buc-ee’s is certainly a fun attraction for any travelers passing through. This convenience store truly makes shopping for road trip essentials a breeze. Remember, Temple’s Buc-ee’s will always be here to welcome you home.


Discover Temple Receives State Recognition

The City of Temple’s Marketing and Communications Department’s “Discover Temple” campaign was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

Discover Temple, the City’s tourism and destination marketing organization, won second place in the “People’s Choice” Idea Fair for Tourism Branding and Advertising. Awards were presented during TACVB’s Virtual Annual Conference on Aug. 12.

Discover Temple is a brand refresh for Temple tourism. It markets several individual sectors of the community including lodging, downtown, restaurants and recreation. Colorful and creative marketing materials are designed to catch the eye and draw in potential visitors.

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“We are actively positioning Temple as a premiere visitor destination,” said Teresa Anderson, City of Temple Destination Marketing Manager. “Development of attractive and branded print materials is part of that process.”

TACVB’s Idea Fair promotes excellence in destination marketing.  Goals of the Idea Fair awards are to generate awareness of the quality work done by TACVB members as they promote their destinations to leisure and business travelers.  “Judges’ Choice” winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of tourism industry experts.  A People’s Choice competition allows tourism industry peers to weigh in on their favorites as well.

“We had a record 119 entries this year,” said Jodi Willard, TACVB Idea Fair Chairman.  “The winners encountered strong competition and these awards are well-deserved.”


Father’s Day Gift Guide

Every dad is made up of unique characteristics that make them one-of-a-kind. They all have their wholesome quirks and candid moments. But let’s be honest, they all have at least one thing in common. They are dads, after all. With fatherhood comes the dad jokes, the wholesome dad content, and the need for greatness. Dads have many things in common including interests. And it so happens that there is a whole day dedicated to these great men, so what do you gift dads on Father’s Day? How do you shop for the dad that has everything? We’ve broken down some common traits dads possess into a few category types to help you narrow down the best approach to Father’s Day Gifts. Here’s a list of local Temple gift ideas for last-minute shoppers still looking for the perfect gift.

 

The Coffee Addict:

Atrium Coffee Co.’s 2 lb. bag of coffee and Atrium Coffee Co. stickers. Stop by this local coffee house to purchase. To a dad who lives and thrives on this caffeinated drink of choice, there is nothing better than that perfectly roasted blend of ground coffee. There are only so many coffee mugs you can fit in the cabinet. Its better to skip the mug and go straight for the coffee grinds. Atrium Coffee Co. is a local favorite with a nice, dark roast that dads will enjoy.

The Bartender:

Take a trip to a downtown Temple brewing company that is veteran-owned and veteran-brewed. Fire Base Brewing Co. has a great selection to try such as Fiddler’s Green American Pale Ale and the Amber Waves Amber Ale.  You can shop easier with the option to order online and read about all the draft and craft beers that this new, downtown brewery has to offer.

For a unique beverage option, give the gift of mead from Walker Honey Farm. This local honey farm and winery located in Rogers has several flavors to try. For example, the Logi’s Libation flavor is a spicy mead made with the locally sourced honey and smoked chipotle peppers. Another option is the Cyser Apple Melomel, a semi-sweet blend with the flavors of honey and tart apples.

The Outdoorsmen:

The best gift for this type of dad can be as simple as paying for entrance to Belton Lake for a day of fishing, swimming, and enjoying the great outdoors. For more information about Belton Lake click here.

The Movie Star:

Beltonian Theatre Monthly Movie Membership. Perfect for dads who love the excitement and nostalgia of watching older classics and box office hits. This membership gets you into that month’s movies for free with special discounts and free refills for concession items. Join the Movie Membership club.

The Reader:

A collector of books and wisdom, this dad loves a night at home with a good book. The Book Cellar in Downtown Temple has all kinds of rare, classic, and novelty books and items. Also available at this store are comics, autographed items, collectibles, and sports memorabilia. Stop by this local bookstore for books you can’t find anywhere else.

The Cook:

Emporium Spice in Temple has all kinds of delicious spice blends and mixes to make cooking a treat. Dads who enjoy grilling or packing their food with lots of great flavor will love a set of spices from this local brand. Try the Guacamole Mix for a tasty night of chips, dip, and Tex-Mex. Or try a nice combination of spices with the 5 Pack Gift Box that has a perfect blend of spices for any meal.

The Artist:

These creative, fun-loving dads enjoy time spent creating and crafting projects and art. Completely customize and design art pieces exactly how you want them.  That Art Place in Belton is a fantastic business that allows you to paint pottery, create a fused glass display, and even make wood signs. For the dad that loves to create, a gift card to this studio is the way to go.

For the Dad Who Has Everything:

Shopping for these types of dads can be a very challenging process. Unsure of what to gift him? Check out The Hub in Downtown Temple or The Shoppes on Main in Salado. These shopping centers have a variety of vendors and small businesses. You’ll find something unique inside these shops. With over sixty vendors combined, there are all kinds of one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gifts to be found.


Father’s Day In Temple

Father’s Day Weekend In Temple

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  This special holiday celebrates all the beloved dads and fathers by making sure they feel especially loved.  Father’s Day takes place on June 20th, 2021.  With this holiday coming up soon, its time to think about how you can celebrate the fathers in your life.  Between local dining restaurants and activities, Temple has plenty to make the holiday fun. At Discover Temple, we believe dads deserve to celebrate the entire weekend.  Let’s kick off Father’s Day with some special events happening on Saturday night.

Saturday Activities

If you want a head start on Father’s Day celebrations, take the family to Bird Creek Burger Co. for a hearty, savory lunch.  American classics like hamburgers and fries are always a hit, so why not take it a step further and offer them lunch at a gourmet-style burger restaurant?  Bird Creek Burger Co. is a local, downtown Temple restaurant with delicious, flavorful entrees.  After lunch, take a minute to relax and enjoy some quality time together at home or out shopping in Temple while you wait for the next big activity to start.

The Great Race is a fun, exciting classic car rally that makes pit stops through various towns on the ten-day journey to the finish line.  Temple is The Great Race’s first overnight stop on the tour this year.  Head to Santa Fe Plaza to meet and greet drivers and their coordinators. While there take a look at some vintage, classic cars ranging from 1916 to 1973.

After you’ve had your fun checking out the classic cars that can be found at this checkpoint,  head over to Belton for a fun night of entertainment at Bold Republic Brewing Co.  Bold Republic is hosting an event for all the dads in the Bell County area.  The event on Saturday is Father’s Day Name That Tune Bingo.  Purchasing a $2 bingo card will grant you access to hours of entertainment and opportunities to win prizes like free beer. Free beer?  Dads everywhere will swoon.  This lively, local brewing company’s event is sure to be a hit with every dad.

Sunday Morning Activities

On the day of Father’s Day, get a kickstart to the day by treating dad to a cup of coffee from another downtown favorite, First Street Roasters.  After you are done drinking some hot, caffeinated coffee, head over to Crossroads Park for a free family activity of disc golf.  With several courses in the area, disc golf is a fun pastime for local Temple and Belton residents.  Crossroads Disc Golf course is a fun course to try with the family.  With 27 holes, and a mixture of open and wooded areas, dads will find this course to be a fun challenge they are ready to conquer.  This activity is likely to entertain the family for hours if you want to try to get through all 27 holes in the course.

Next, take a midday lunch break.  Pizza is a classic dish that dads and families enjoy.  Head over to Treno Pizzeria and Taproom for some creative and customizable pizza options. Some specialty pizzas are local favorite such as the Smokey Bird, Margherita, and the King Brisket.

Sunday Afternoon Activities:

After this delicious meal, head over to the neighboring city of Belton for a lake day afternoon.  Belton Lake has several access points for boat ramps. At these access points, there are trails, fishing spots, and swimming areas.  For dads who love the outdoors, this is an activity they will thoroughly enjoy.  Bring your fishing and outdoors supplies and take a few hours to relax and have a good time out on the water.

The downtown district of Belton is where you will find the perfect spot, Miller’s Smokehouse. This barbecue restaurant is dad-worthy.  Nothing beats a good brisket or pulled pork, and at Miller’s Smokehouse there’s plenty of barbecue items to choose from.  Family dinner here is an excellent choice to wow and excite dad at the prospect of a great barbecue meal.

And for the dads that are still full of energy and ready for more,  head over to Spare Time for a night of bowling, laser tag, or arcade games.  Additionally, Spare Time offers a daily special called Sunday Funday.  You can grab some shoes and bowl all day for only $9.99 a person.  If you’re looking for more reasons to head outdoors, Spare Time also has several outdoor activities for the family such as batting cages, go karts, ropes course, and sand volleyball. Let the fathers feel like kings of the competition at this fun family activity.

Fathers Are For Celebrating

Father’s Day can be celebrated through many activities.  Dads can spend the day doing activities such as eating good food, relaxing at the lake, or battling it out on arcade games.  Whatever you decide to do this Father’s Day, make the most of this time together.  Dads will enjoy the time spent with some of their favorite people and the memories that are made.  Happy Father’s Day!


Freshness Of Farmers Markets

 

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes a need for time outside enjoying the warm weather that has finally arrived.  With the weekends longing to be filled with amusements and things to do, there’s no better time to explore the outdoors through local market events.  With an abundance of farmers in Bell County, it comes as no surprise that farmers markets are a summer staple. The local farmers, bakers, and crafters come together to sell their home-grown and homemade goods.  If you long for a day full of shopping and supporting county farmers, Temple is the place to be.

Temple Farmers Markets

Officially open for the season, the Farmers Market at West Temple Park hosts events on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Located at 121 Montpark Rd, this market is a much-needed stop on your tour of Bell County’s best farmers markets.  The frozen food sitting at home doesn’t sound as appetizing with the variety of local options mere steps away.  Rich in flavor and fresh off the farm, locally grown produce is the real treat at these market days.  Additionally, The Downtown Temple Farmers Market offers another great opportunity to sample your soon-to-be favorite local farmers’ fruits and vegetables.  This special event is typically held once a month in the City Hall Parking Lot.  The upcoming farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Small Farm Market is open Thursday-Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Located at 5242 Cedar Ridge Park Rd, this market has local produce and home goods. Come out to this farm for another exciting farmers market experience.

These farmers markets provide a lovely escape from a busy work week with a morning of shopping for local treats.  Summer days are for making memories, as well as soaking up a little vitamin D and taking the day easy. What is the secret to taking care of all three of these checkpoints in one activity? Stopping by a local farmers market.  You can enjoy the outdoors in addition to casually strolling around the booths overflowing in produce with unique flavors and aromas. It is easy to make these events memories to last. With their assortment of home-grown produce, sweet jams, and savory snacks, the local farmers markets are sure to leave you feeling content and anxiously awaiting the next one.

Belton Farmers Markets

Along with the farmers markets being held around Temple, events have started in the surrounding cities of Belton and Salado.  Located just a short drive away, these farmers markets keep the excitement fresh and provide a change of scenery with new locations and vendors.  Belton holds several farmers markets throughout the month . On every third Saturday of the month, Belton Market Days takes place.  From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. take a stroll through Downtown Belton for locally harvested honey, homemade salsas, and vibrant, flavorful vegetables.

While some of the farmers markets occur once monthly, a few host market days several times throughout the month. For instance, the Water Street Farmers Market is held every Saturday and located in the heart of Downtown Belton. This market boasts an array of vendors, including jewelry and craft-makers, and hearty items like chicken jerky and goat cheese. Similarly, the Bell County Farmers Market is another fantastic stop, holding events on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7:00 a.m. This market is held at various locations in Belton and Temple. For more information regarding locations for market days, the Bell County Farmers Market Facebook page regularly updates the location details. Plan an early morning trip here to get the best pick of the crops.

Salado Farmers Markets

Located less than a half-hour away, the Barrow Brewing Co. is continuing with their market days.  Barrow Brewing started their market days in 2020.  With new vendors ready to participate, Barrow Brewing has decided to open again for the season from April to September.  These events are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  What’s more, the adults in your circle can stop in and sample some local craft beers as you walk around, enjoy the day, and see what the vendors have to offer.

Rogers and Troy Farmers Markets

Located in Rogers, Texas the Central Texas Farmers Market is held on May 31, 2021.  This farmers market is a semi-annual event and boasts over 40 vendors.  This market has activities for everyone.  One activity the children will enjoy is learning about the bees found on the Walker Honey Farm.  The Central Texas Farmers Market offers raffle drawings for prizes as an incentive when you make purchases at vendor booths.  Each vendor purchase awards you a raffle ticket towards prize drawings that happen throughout the day.  For pet-owners who want to spend the day with their four-legged friends, the Walker Honey Farm also allows leashed dogs on the grounds. This special occasion is fun for the whole family and one that will be the talk of the county for the remainder of the season.

For those wanting a more intimate gathering, the city of Troy hosts a market day that still gives the opportunity to shop local, while sticking to a smaller scale of size. This farmers market is located on 201 E Main St. in Troy and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Though on the smaller side compared to some of the bigger markets in the area, this market boasts having caring and passionate vendors as well as plenty of arts and crafts to see.

Farmers Markets Are a Must-See Event

Market days are truly a joyful experience. Not only can you take pride in the fact that you are helping to support local farmers and small businesses, but you also get to spend the days surrounded by the delicious smell of local, wholesome foods, and enrich yourself in the flavors that commercial quality produce can’t quite replicate. With many cities in the Bell County area participating in hosting farmers market events, there are enough markets to sightsee and participate in for the duration of the season. Enjoy your weekends with a day in the sun and a taste of Temple.


Imagine the Possibilities Tour

Everyone is invited to participate in the 2021 Downtown Temple ‘Imagine the Possibilities Tour on Wednesday, May 26th from 5:00-8:00 PM.

The Imagine the Possibilities Tour will be a self-guided tour of downtown buildings that are either for sale or for lease, or that are about to be rehabbed or restored, or that have recently been rehabbed or restored.

Taking the Tour is easy.   Tour guests will receive a map showing the 25 Tour stops – a map is attached – and then they will travel at their own pace to visit any or all of the buildings that are featured on the Tour. Tour maps will be available at our Tour starting-point in the lobby of the Santa Fe Depot at 315 W Avenue B in downtown Temple and they will also be available at every stop on the Imagine the Possibilities Tour.

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Each Tour stop will offer a reception with snacks and beverages, and building owners or their representatives will be present to provide information about their building or business development concept and to answer questions.

Imagine the Possibilities Tour Stops:

City Eats Food Hall 106 & 108 N Main Street Patrick Guillen
The Fishbowl Building 17 N 2nd Street Seleese Thompson
FoxDog 209 N 7th Street John & Ashley Vernon
Remodeled Office Building 1 S Main Street Joe Shepperd
The Loft – Event Space 7 S 2nd Street Callie Ring
Arcadia-Hawn-Sears Bldgs 5 N 4th Street

Reception held at 5 N 4th St

Jonathan Garza
‘Central Plaza’ 103 E Central Ave.

Reception held at 303 W Calhoun Ave

Tanya Reed
MRB Group Offices 303 W Calhoun Ave.

Reception held at 303 W Calhoun Ave

Tanya Reed
Main Street Hall 12 S Main Street Ron Prince
Green Door 12 S 2nd Street Randy Caldwell
Tour Temple 13 S 2nd Street Dan Elder
Temple Children’s Museum 11 N 4th Street Joelle Bedwell & Kathryn Hermans
In the Mood Ballroom 13 S Main Street Bo Harvey & Bruce Bates
Fire Base Brewing 8 S 1st Street JD McBride
First Street Roasters & Treno Pizzeria 110 & 112 S 1st Street Jacob Bates
Future Restaurant & Brew Pub 8 S 4th Street Bo Harvey & Bruce Bates
American Print 14 & 16 S 4th Clinton Harwell & J Restivo
The Yard Food Truck Plaza 212 S Main Street Holly/Amanda Mike
PJ’s Tabletop 10 W Avenue B Jack Folsom & Paula Jackson
Moe’s Railyard Saloon 8 W Avenue B Jack Folsom & Mike Mulholland
Relik’s Antiques Future Development 201 S Main St. Jack Folsom
Vacant Shop Space 11 E Ave. B Ryan Flores
Santa Fe Plaza 315 Ave. B Ayanna BR & David Patrick
Tri-Light Jazz Lounge & Co-working Space 11 N Main St. Deonta Davis & Monica Ortega
Space Available 14 E Central Ave. James Fertsch

So we encourage everyone to explore the exciting new redevelopments that are coming to downtown Temple, to see the cool developments that have been completed since our last Tour, to explore the downtown properties that are available for sale or for lease, and of course, to ‘Imagine the Possibilities.’

Press can contact the City of Temple, Main Street Program Manager, Dan Kelleher, 254-314-0095, dkelleher@templetx.gov, for basic background information about the Tour or visit DowntownTemple.com

 


Independence Day in Temple

History of Independence Day

Independence Day is a time of celebration and joy. On July 4th, 1776, The United States of America gained its independence.  America was officially able to make its own decisions, take care of its people, and celebrate the American dream. Today, we celebrate with fireworks, get-together’s, and parades in honor of this significant, joyous event in history.

Fun Facts

How much do you really know about Independence Day? Let’s look at a few fun facts about this national holiday to help us get in the mood for celebrating. To honor the original 13 states, the liberty bell – located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – rings 13 times on July 4th. Collectively, Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks each year. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, was one of three presidents who signed the declaration that have died on July 4th.  The other two presidents are John Adams and James Monroe. Another interesting fact is that Independence Day did not become a federal holiday until 1870. This was nearly a hundred years after America won its independence. For more fun facts on July 4th, check out this exciting list.

City of Temple Celebrations

There will be a special Independence Family Day celebration at the Railroad and Heritage Museum on saturday, July 3rd. Kids will enjoy doing patriotic crafts and have the opportunity to learn about some of the influential people that helped inspire the American Revolution. The event is free and takes place from 10 am – 1 pm.  From 2 pm- 3:30 pm on July 4th, locals can participate in the 4th of July Scooter Scavenger Hunt. This scavenger hunt is hosted by Tour Temple and people age 18 and over can sign up to form a team of 2 and find the most items to win prizes. Sign up for the scavenger hunt here.  Along with these fantastic events, the Historic Preservation League of Temple (HPLT) will be having an Independence Day Parade. This parade takes place on Saturday, July 3rd at 9 am.  Get yourselves, your bikes, and your wagons decked out for this parade! The parade route starts at N 9th St. from French to Nugent.

This year, the City of Temple plans to have a celebration taking place on Sunday, July 4th at Crossroads Park. This event marks the 23rd annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest and Fireworks Show. The celebration starts at 4 pm. The fireworks celebration takes place later in the evening, at 9:30 pm.  You can show up earlier at the start of the event to check out the food vendors and enjoy time together with others who are equally as excited to celebrate the United States of America and all the things America has accomplished since winning its independence. This exciting, family fun event will be one for the history books. The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends or family to share in the celebrations and have a grand time.

Belton Celebrations

On the 3rd, there will also be a few Independence Day events taking place. At 10 am, there will be a Belton Independence Day Parade starting at UMHB and ending near the Belton Police Department. Starting at 11 am, the Festival on Nolan Creek will begin.  At this event, a hot dog eating competition will begin at 12 pm. There will be food vendors and entertainment. Also in Belton, there will be a few firework shows happening on the 4th. Drive out to the lake and pack the car full of lawn chairs, waters, and snacks to watch the fireworks by the water.  Or head to downtown Belton for a fireworks show and live concert at Schoepf’s BBQ.

How to Handle the Outdoor Heat Like a Pro

July is one of the hottest months of the year.  To keep your family safe this holiday, here are a few tips to beat the heat this July 4th. Don’t forget to pack the mosquito spray. When heading outside for an extended period of time, it is always better to be safer rather than sorry. Getting a multitude of bug bites from one exciting evening out is not how you want to spend the aftermath of this event. And, perhaps most important, make sure to pack lots of water. Pack a cooler full of ice-cold water. Hot summer nights make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Stay hydrated by bringing enough water for the whole family. Before you head out for the celebration, make sure to wear your best red, white, and blue attire. Celebrate America’s Independence right by wearing our nation’s patriotic colors.


Let There Be Donuts

In the nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gregory fried flavored dough with walnuts as a special treat for her son. Combine the two and the doughnut, or donut, was formed. Of course, during this time donuts didn’t look the way they do today. The modern donut has come a long way. For instance, the hole in the donut was not introduced until the late nineteenth century. From there on, the donut has been molded and customized to be flavored and topped just how you want. Now, donuts come in a variety of options. Some of the most popular donut options include filled, sprinkled, glazed, and cake.

Most people know the basics of this beloved treat, but have you explored the fun and wonderfully entertaining facts about this doughy confection? Apparently, it would take 3,660 donuts to reach the top of the statue of liberty. In addition to this, to reach all the way from Long Beach, California to Long Island, New York it would take more than 55 million donuts. Imagine a trail of donuts that seems impossibly endless. If you had roughly 55 million donuts, the approximate span of the donuts would equal 2, 850 miles. Whether as a breakfast meal, a midday snack, or midnight craving donuts are a delicious, sugary treat enjoyed by many.

Now that Donut Day is officially here, let’s explore the different ways you can celebrate this fun holiday. The easiest and quickest way to celebrate donut day is simply by buying a few donuts or a few dozen. No judgment here, though you might want to pawn off a few on family and friends. Whether you’re a donut chain or a local mom-and-pop shop kind of person, there are enough donut shops in the area to make sure your cravings are satisfied.

Moreover, if you have a little more free time on your hands, why not try making some donuts at home? You can follow this simple recipe to get a delicious, hands-on donut experience. These bite-size pieces, or commonly referred to as donut holes, take only fifteen minutes to make and are coated in a delicious sugar and cinnamon mixture that leaves your sweet tooth satisfied. No complex recipe here, just a basic, scrumptious treat that will allow you the chance to really experience the national day and make some fun, wholesome memories.

Like documentaries?  Celebrate Donut Day by watching a video on how donuts are made. An avid lover of donuts will enjoy watching exactly how their beloved treats are made. Another great idea for celebrating at home is to make some donut-themed crafts. This way of celebrating is particularly great for the younger children. Basic household supplies like paper plates and markers or crayons can be used to make simple donut arts and crafts. With the paper plate concept, grab a single paper plate and draw a circle in the inner center of the plate. Then have the children design their ideal donut. Additionally, you can utilize other crafting supplies around the house to make for a very interesting donut.

What are you waiting for? Get out and explore the town’s local donut shops and experience the way national donut day was meant to be celebrated; with a donut in one hand and a half-eaten one in the other.

Have a favorite donut? Tell Discover Temple your favorite in the comments below.

 

DONUT SHOPS IN TEMPLE

Temple Donuts: 2016 S 1st St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. -1 p.m.
Shipley Do-Nuts
• 115 N 31st St, Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 1005 Marlandwood Rd #121 Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• 5 Meadowbrook Dr #A Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Donut Shop: 3 S 25th St. Temple Texas 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 1303 S 57th St. Temple TX 76504; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baker Donuts: 5075 S 31st St. Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
317 Donuts: 9309 TX-317, Temple TX 76502; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

DONUT SHOPS OUTSIDE OF TEMPLE

Shipley Do-Nuts: 521 E 6th Ave. Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack N Jill Donuts: 510 Sparta Rd Belton, TX 76513; open 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Academy Donuts: 109 State HWY 95 Little River-Academy TX 76554; open 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creamy Donuts: 213 N Central Ave Troy TX 76579; open 5:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Sources:
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Doughnut.html
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National Wine & Cheese Day

 

Wine and cheese is a dynamic duo, a powerful pair, and a fan favorite that makes an afternoon at the vineyard a dream come true.  With the promise of flavorful wines and gourmet cheeses, there is no better way to spend the weekend.  July 25th marks National Wine and Cheese Day.  This year, this day takes place on a Sunday.  With Sunday marking the end of a weekend, take time on Friday and Saturday to celebrate.  Here in Temple, and its surrounding areas, there are several wineries that will welcome you in for celebrations and cheers.

3 Texans 

A family-owned winery and vineyard located in Temple. This winery is operated by a mom and her two daughters who have made the winery and tasting room vibrant, full of life, and enveloped in an inviting atmosphere. The vineyards at 3 Texans was created in 2009 with the planting of 4,000 grapevines. An additional 1,000 grapevines have been planted since its opening. In 2019, the on-site tasting room was added to the vineyard.

With an outdoor patio and an indoor area, guests can come out to the winery and enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon of wine tasting.  The 3 Texans Winery has an exquisite selection of flavors boasting in decadent aromas and berry tastes. Wine flavors from the 3 Texans include: Sweet Blush, Sunset Rose, Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and more. Enjoy a wine flight in which you can sample five different wines for $10.  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm, you can stop by the 3 Texans Winery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to enjoy some celebrations. 

Moose & Goose Winery 

Open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Moose & Goose Winery is another great winery to explore for Wine & Cheese Day. This winery has a wonderful selection of delicate and impactful flavors.  Wine flavors include: Blueberry, Tripleberry, Alpenglow, Midnight Sun, Texas PearBerry, and many more.  This lively, upbeat winery provides a fun way to spend the weekend.  Sample some favorites, enjoy a wine tasting, or bask in the summer sun on the patio with a glass of wine you’ve never tried before.   

Dancing Bee Winery 

Beginning in 1930 as a bee farm, the Walker Honey Farm has served the Central Texas Area for nearly a century.  Expanding its roots in September of 2011, Dancing Bee Winery was created.  Honey wine is the heart of this winery, with honey locally harvested from the farm’s bee populations. This winery located in Rogers, TX is sure to have your taste buds soaring with their sweet honey wines and mead. Mead flavors include: Logi’s Libation, Texas Two Step, Cyser Apple Melomel, Sparkling Cranberry, and much more.  The Dancing Bee Winery offers six tastings for $10.  A charcuterie board is available for purchase with price varying for amount/different cheeses and other options, $8 to $20.   Hours for the winery are Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

The Vineyard at Florence 

This gorgeous vineyard is located forty minutes away and serves as an event venue and winery.  This winery is open on Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, as well as Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Enjoy a wine tasting and a charcuterie board.  Take time to sip a delicious wine on the patio or take it to go in a classy bottle for an on-site picnic.  Some of the vineyard’s unique wine flavors include: Southern Aspect and Texas Elevation.  The Vineyard at Florence is a picturesque landscape that sparks true romance and happiness.  This spot is an ideal place to celebrate Wine and Cheese Day with a significant other.

Wineries Around Central Texas

The Salado Winery, Salado Lone Star Winery, and Axis Winery are all located in Salado, approximately eighteen minutes away from Temple. Located twenty-two minutes away in Lorena is the Country Spring Vineyard.  Take a half-hour trip outside of Temple to visit these wineries and try something new.

The Perfect Cheese Board 

For an affordable, delicious option, head to Buc-ee’s for a cheese sampler platter.  Want something more luxurious?  Order ahead with Honey Bri and Charboxerie.  Honey Bri is located in Belton and has prices starting at $15. Charboxerie is located in Salado and has prices starting at $30.  At the Dancing Bee Winery you can order a charcuterie board while you are sipping some of the wineries’ famous honey wines.  The charcuterie boards at Dancing Bee are priced from $8 to $20. 

Bring the girls, your significant other, or your best friend.  Whether you go in a group or by yourself, celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day right with a flight of delicious, flavorful wines and a charcuterie board with all the cheese you can dream of.   Cheers!  

 


Splash Into Summer for National Waterpark Day

It comes as no surprise that a summer favorite for most people is spending a day at the waterpark.   With the blistering heat and hot temperatures, who doesn’t want to take a dip in a pool or float along a lazy river?  The initial cool blast of water from diving into a pool is the best way to remedy the heat waves of the sun.  With two waterparks in Bell County, families can spend the day out on the water and make the perfect summer memories. 

Lions Junction Family Water Park

Lions Junction Family Water Park is a local favorite in Temple.  This water park has several amenities for all ages.  This includes a lazy river, a pool with attached diving board, and an aqua climb wall.  There is also a lounge area where you can dry off and work on getting that golden, summer tan.   There are also two three-story water slides to race down.  The thrill-seekers in your family will love to take a turn riding down these giant slides into a pit of ice cold water. 

For the little ones, the water park also has a splash pad and splash zone.  These splash zones have fountains and misting spray systems that provide the young children with a fun, safe water experience.  The little ones can splash around to their hearts’ content in this little play area.  And, for anyone who has worked up an appetite after a full day of swimming, Lions Junction also has an on-site snack and concession stand where you can buy ice cream and drinks.  Swimming all day can take a lot of energy.  The on-site concession stand is stocked with poolside ice cream treats for your enjoyment when you’re ready for a break from the water. 

Summer Fun Water Park

Another great waterpark in the area is Summer Fun Water Park.  Located just a few minutes away in Belton, this water park will be a hit with the whole family.  One of the main attractions here is a 900 ft. water slide.  With twists and turns, this slide gives you amusement park vibes in a local package.  There are three water slides at this park.  Tubes are available to rent for free. 

For the adults in town, Summer Fun hosts Adult Night events throughout the summer where people aged 21+ can come to the park from 8 pm to 12 am. The water park allows guests to bring their own beverages and enjoy the park and all its amenities.   Float the lazy river with a cold drink in hand and a classic summer soundtrack.  These event nights cost $20 to get in and are sure to be a fun experience you won’t forget!  Along with Adult Night, the park also hosts several Family Night events throughout the summer months. Tickets for this event start at $8. These events take place from 7 pm. to 10 p.m. and provide the family with a night of music, swimming, and fun!  

 

 National Waterpark Day was made for splashing around in the pool, riding a tube through the lazy river, and seeking out some thrills with large water slides.  Thanks to Lions Junction and Summer Fun, anyone visiting Temple will have plenty of options when seeking out these water attractions.  What are you waiting for? Take a dip in the pool this Waterpark Day!