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This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals. We lo…

In honor of our 200th issue falling during the holiday season, we’ve gathered 200 thoughtful gift ideas from around the Upper East Side of Texas. Some you can find online but for a true experience, plan a getaway around shopping, then dining at area restaurants, and staying over in one of th…

As the season slowly changes from winter to spring -- and especially since Valentine's Day is around the corner -- it's a good time to uncover some favorite places to go shopping. In a recently reader poll conducted by County Line Magazine, a set of great shopping options were recognized. Pi…

County Line Magazine celebrates its 15th year of conducting the annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey. Among the more than 3,500 nominations and some 60 ultimate recognitions were numerous visual, performing and musical arts winners. This blog will feature those winners …

"Fall colors at the entrance to Lake Elberta in Hopkins County." -- Charles Wright

The Best of the Upper East Side of Texas contest recognizes favorite Places, People and Food & Drink options in a 35-plus county region. The annual contest is sponsored by County Line Magazine and its readers and online followers provide the votes.

On October 1, 1956, the tiny community of Reilly Springs, Texas, put on the Reilly Springs Jamboree in the local schoolhouse. It would become one of the first live music venues that sparked national and even international interest in the budding country music industry.

Really good coffee houses offer a wide selection of great coffee in a place that encourages relaxation and conversation. They have attentive wait staff and baristas that are excited to please guests with their creations. They can be a refuge, a meeting place for friends or a place to meet fo…

On October 1, 1956, the tiny community of Reilly Springs, Texas, put on the Reilly Springs Jamboree in the local schoolhouse. It would become one of the first live music venues that sparked national and even international interest in the budding country music industry.

"The sunset at Sunset Cove in Cooper Lake State Park (Sulphur Springs, TX) with the calming, peaceful beauty of the lake and surroundings." -- Steven Hack

No list of area adventures is complete without the region’s offerings of oddball treasures in museums and quirky educational exhibits. In the Upper East Side of Texas some are small, others are quaint, and a few are downright strange. Almost all, however, seem well suited to a prepared explo…

Phil and Vanessa Williams have a vineyard and orchard, begun in 2009, on 35 acres near Sulphur Springs. They found the climate and soil of the region perfect for growing Noble and Magnolia muscadine grapes, blackberries, and peaches.

Cool water activities are a favorite pastime for enjoying summers in the Upper East Side of Texas. One popular thing to do is paddling across the waters of a state park. Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPW) promises great views from the water with shoreline wildlife like tall herons and kingfish…

The Knights of Valour with Shane Adams (above) from History TV’s Full Metal Jousting is featured at the two-day Shadow Renaissance Festival & Jousting Tournament July 28-29 in Sulphur Springs. Rodeo royalty Rope Myers is also scheduled to show off his jousting skills. The event includes …

Restaurateur Bob Westbrook of Tyler is one of the newest inductees into the Texas Restaurant Association’s (TRA) legendary Hall of Honor – the highest award the association can bestow.