I’ve been told that the phrase, “Cowboys and Culture,” was coined by the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors’ Bureau as a motto to sell the city. I’ve recently learned of just how well that phrase fits an important place in Fort Worth. Back in 1936 the Will Rogers Memorial Center was constructed as part of Fort Worth’s celebration of the Texas Centennial. It was named for Will Rogers because he was a close friend of Amon Carter and had died the year before in a plane crash. In 1935-6 other structures were built as part of the celebration including the original Casa Manana and large parking lots to accommodate the attendees. Today, all those structures are gone; even though Casa Manana is still there, it’s a completely different building. And in their place, some of the finest museums in the country have been built including the Kimbell, the Amon Carter, the Modern, the Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, all seats of culture in our city. And what’s at the center of all this culture? That’s right, the Will Rogers Memorial Center with its almost continuous parade of horse and cattle shows and rodeos, still representing the traditions of the old west cowboy. So, it’s not just a motto to sell Fort Worth; we have the culture of museums and theater literally surrounding the cowboy lifestyle right in the heart of our city. We call it the Cultural District, but now you know it represents so much more!
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September 30th, 2010 by Grover McMains
September 16th, 2010 by Grover McMains
One of the special attractions of downtown Fort Worth is that a lot of older buildings have been preserved and restored. The architecture and intricate relief on these buildings gives a character to our city that is missing from more modern downtowns. History is also preserved with these buildings, many of which have had significant events take place either outside them or within.
Now you can learn about this interesting history through a free, self-guided walking tour. Nearly two dozen historic markers have been placed thoughout downtown telling the story of the people and event that took place at that location. Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s a perfect way to see downtown Fort Worth and learn about our city’s history all at the same time. And guess what? We have the maps for the tour right here at The Texas White House. One will be waiting for you when you check in.
September 8th, 2010 by Grover McMains
We normally use this blog to let you know about events or other special things in and around Fort Worth and mention The Texas White House only as it helps you to come see that event. However, for the past month or so, we’ve been finishing a very short video designed to introduce prospective guests to our bed and breakfast. We especially want our fans on Facebook to see this new video and thought this post would be the best way to do that. So, please take a look at the new Texas White House video and let us know what you think.
As a way of saying “Thanks” for looking at the video, everyone who responds to this post with an email back to us and comments on the video will be entered into a drawing for a copy of Texas Bed & Breakfast Cookbook by Carol and Erin Faino, an award-winning, hard-bound edition including over 200 recipes from bed and breakfasts all over Texas with detailed descriptions of the contributing bed and breakfasts. We will mail the cookbook to the winner along with some of our most popular breakfast recipes for you to enjoy. The cookbook is a $20.00 value; our recipes are priceless! Well, at least we think so! The winning email will be notified on September 30.
August 28th, 2010 by Grover McMains
Yesterday was the first night of Texas high school football for the 2010-2011 season. Unfortunately, Fort Worth doesn’t have a highly ranked high school team in any division. However, around Fort Worth are a number of highly ranked teams including Euless, the state’s #1 ranked 5A team. And the kickoff of high school football means that college and the pros are not far behind. In fact, some of you diehard fans may have already been watching the pros in preseason games.
And once you move to college and the pros, Fort Worth is right in the middle of great football. Whether it’s the TCU Horned Frogs, pre-season #7 pick, or the Cowboys, The Texas White House is just minutes from either stadium. Less than 30 minutes from the new Cowboy Stadium (insert 2011 Super Bowl!) and only about 5 minutes from TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium, if your wife will agree, you can stay here and take in two, top games in one weekend. The best part is that while you’re at the game, your wife or girlfriend can be seeing the sights or shopping, both of which are also only 5 minutes away. Sounds like a dream weekend for any football fanatic.
July 8th, 2010 by Grover McMains
In cooperation with Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts, over 600 museums across the country are allowing active duty military and their families free admission through Labor Day of this year. In Fort Worth the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are all participants in this program.
Have you seen a blue star on a rectangular red and white background on a car or in the window of a house? In case you don’t know its significance, it means that a family member is serving in the United States armed forces. It may have begun earlier, but it was a very prominent feature in homes during World War II, and if the person died serving in the military, a gold star was displayed. During WWII The Texas White House, home to the James Newkirk family at the time, proudly displayed four blue stars. To honor those four young men, our bed and breakfast has offered discounts to military personnel since September 11, 2001.
If you’re active duty military or know someone who is, please let them know about the Blue Star Museum program. You can find all participating museums online at Blue Star Families. And when you call that family, be sure to say, “thanks for your service to our country.”
July 2nd, 2010 by Grover McMains
I think it’s my favorite museum, and in Fort Worth that’s saying something! The Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art is an impressive collection of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell paintings and sculptures. It’s not paintings of the glamourous old west we see in movies; it’s the tough lives and harsh conditions of the real, old west, but it is eloquently depicted by these two, famous artists. So much so, that it seems to come alive as you view it. If you’re old enough to remember when the phone books had pictures on the front of them, you will probably recognize some of these paintings. That’s where you’ve seen them before.
The museum is conveniently located in downtown, and it’s the only museum open on Mondays. It’s a Fort Worth attraction you definitely should not miss.
June 23rd, 2010 by Grover McMains
Next year’s Stock Show & Rodeo participants and guests have definitely been impacted by the fact that the Super Bowl will be here in 2011. If you don’t already know it, the final night of the Rodeo has been moved back to February 5 from the 6th because the Super Bowl is February 6! I think a layman might call that a conflict. However, no one asked me. That said, there is no reason why anyone coming to the 2011 Stock Show & Rodeo should have to be inconvenienced regarding lodging. The Texas White House, a Fort Worth premier bed and breakfast, is only about 5-6 minutes from the Will Rogers Coliseum by residential streets and has lodging available for next year’s event. The rates for that period are being posted on our web site; however, if you mention you are attending the Stock Show, I can work with you to accommodate your needs. We are restricted to couples for the most part or, of course, single individuals. And some other restrictions apply; so, please call us directly, and we will discuss them with you. If you’re reading this and already have lodging for the show but know of someone who is still looking, please pass this information along.
June 10th, 2010 by Grover McMains
If you’re planning to come to the Super Bowl, you have probably already wondered where you should stay, not so much which hotel (think bed and breakfast!) but which city. There are some factors to consider to make your trip more enjoyable. The Metroplex, the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area, is the largest area to ever host the game. Fort Worth alone is larger than five cities which have hosted the Super Bowl. The actual football game is in Arlington which is just about equidistant from Dallas and Fort Worth and equally accessible from both cities. In terms of what the cities have to offer outside of the Super Bowl activities, Fort Worth is much more Texan, Dallas is much more cosmopolitan. In fact, Fort Worth has been called “the most Texan city” in the state. So, if you are wanting to get a flavor of the Lone Star State while you’re here, you should keep that in mind. Lastly, Dallas will be host to the National Conference team, and Fort Worth will host the American Conference team. I will be expanding on this last point in a future blog; so, stay tuned!
June 6th, 2010 by Grover McMains
I don’t know about you, but for me the cost of most professional sports has really taken the fun out of going. However, we’ve discovered a really fun and entertaining way to see professional, well semi-professional, baseball close by. The Fort Worth Cats are one of ten teams that form the American Association of Baseball. None of the ten teams is affiliated with any American or National League baseball team, but all of them are scouted continuously by big league baseball. So, the caliber of play is very professional. What makes it so much fun is the environment: inexpensive tickets, seats close to the action, casual, friendly staff, polite, relaxed fans and good, inexpensive food. In short, great, wholesome entertainment! And it’s close by; just north of downtown Fort Worth at La Grave Field. So, if you want to take that special person on a unique date, a really fun date, try a Fort Worth Cats baseball game and a night at our bed and breakfast. Check their home schedule at fwcats.com, and then come see us.
May 31st, 2010 by Grover McMains
Going on from now through November 7, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum is presenting Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, a display of 40 famous and lesser-known works by the man who invented several photographic techniques in wide use today. For those of you who don’t know of him, Ansel Adams lived from 1902 to 1984 and was best known for his black and white photography of the American West. This exhibit fits in well at the Amon Carter since it is known for its Remington and Russell collections of both artists’ Western paintings and sculptures. As are all the major Fort Worth museums, the Amon Carter is only a short, five minute drive from our bed and breakfast. Remember, too, if you’re planning a trip to see this attraction, the Amon Carter is closed on Mondays.