12 of Beaumont’s Best Press Mentions in 2015
We know Beaumont is a special place to live and visit, but it’s nice when others recognize it, too. In 2015, Beaumont appeared in a number of articles in magazines, newspapers and on the Web. Here are 12 of the best press mentions for Beaumont in 2015.
1. 10 Things to Do: Beaumont
In October, Texas Highways highlighted the top 10 things to do in Beaumont. Writer Lori Moffatt’s list included the McFaddin Ward House, Tyrrell Park, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Clifton Steamboat Museum and more. Read more: “10 Things to Do: Beaumont”
2. Sweet as Suga's
Texas Highways also included a fantastic feature on Suga’s Deep South Cuisine and Jazz Bar in the same issue of Texas Highways. The story described how the restaurant came to be, owned by Hervy Hiner Jr. and his partner Rosalind Hall-Hiner—both of whom never intended to own a restaurant. Instead, a love of food, Cajun cuisine, and contemporary jazz fortuitously came together, and Suga’s was born in 2005.
3. Paddling the Neches River
Diana Rowe, a blogger for TravelingInHeels.com, gave a first-hand account of paddling Beaumont’s Neches River in October. Rowe detailed her trip on the river through the Big Thicket National Preserve and chronicled the wildlife she saw along the way. Read more: “Beaumont, Texas: Paddling the Neches River”
4. Beaumont History, Food & Family Excursions
A writer and her daughter spent three days in Beaumont, and chronicled it for Our Tribune in September. She detailed a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the city, visiting popular stops like the Fire Museum of Texas and Jefferson Theatre and restaurants including Willy Burger. Read more: “Beaumont: History, Food and Family Excursions”
5. A Woman Called Babe
Texas Living magazine called the late Beaumont resident Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias the greatest female athlete of all time in the August 2015 issue. The story, written by S. Worthington Campbell, tells the story of Zaharias, who became widely recognized for her superhuman ability to excel at baseball, golf, track and field, skating, tennis, swimming, wrestling, football and much more. She was nicknamed “Babe” after the famed baseball player, Babe Ruth, and was repeatedly denied entry to the Olympics because women at the time weren’t allowed to compete. She eventually earned her rightful place at the Olympics and won multiple gold and silver on her way to becoming Beaumont’s proudest celebrity. She died in 1956. Read More: “A Woman Called Babe: World’s Greatest Female Athlete”
6. Beaumont in Bloom
Texas Meetings and Events magazine made the case for Beaumont as a vibrant, cultural meeting destination in its Summer 2015 issue. In a story aimed at meeting and event planners, author Jennifer Babisak wrote about Beaumont’s rich history of Mardi Gras, nature parks and culinary scene, and it lists the city’s most highly praised attractions and private event venues with the most Texan-like atmosphere. Read More: “Beaumont in Bloom”
7. Have a Sweet Summer in Beaumont
Houston Style Magazine went sweet on Beaumont in July. Jo-Carolyn Goode pulled together a guide to the best sugary treats in Beaumont for a story over the summer for Houston Style. The story takes readers to various bakeries and restaurants in Beaumont, and Goode recommends her favorite menu items. Many sweets on the list are of the Cajun, Southern and Texan varieties. Read More: “Have a Sweet Summer in Beaumont, Texas”
8. Giddyup Zydeco
Writer Matt Joyce gave readers a glimpse into the lives of black cowboys in Beaumont by visiting the popular Bill Pickett Zydeco Trail Ride during the summer. The story, which appeared in the June 2015 issue of Texas Highways magazine, highlighted the art of zydeco, a long-standing tradition of cultural music and dancing with accordions and guitars popularized by the African American community in Louisiana and Texas.
9. Exploring the Attractions of Southeast Texas
In June, Houston Chronicle writer Syd Kearney explored the best places to stay, eat and visit in Beaumont and throughout Southeast Texas. Kearney’s guide explored the area’s historical towns with the best inns, museums, gardens and barbecue. It includes Beaumont’s MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center, Texas Energy Museum, and The Grill by Arfeen, Smith & Payne.
10. Texas Country Reporter on Gator Country
The Texas Country Reporter visited Gator County. Gary Saurage with Texas Country Reporter visited Gator Country to meet the cold-blooded gators who warm the heart of one wildlife expert. Read more: “Texas Country Reporter: Gator Country”
11. Day Trips: Cattail Marsh
Austin Chronicle featured Beaumont’s Cattail Marsh as a day-trip destination in February. Why visit Florida when you can check out the natural residents of Beaumont: the alligators that currently live in Cattail Marsh. Doubling as a wetlands and wastewater treatment plant, the area remains a popular spot for nature enthusiasts—teeming with trails and wildlife. The article pinpointed all the wonderful perks of spending a day at Cattail Marsh. Read more: “Austin Chronicle Day Trips: Cattail Marsh, Beaumont”
12. Take a Trip to Gator Country
The Austin-American Statesman made the trip to Gator Country in January. Like the Texas Country Reporter journalist who visited later in 2015, a Statesman writer made a trip to the Gator Country wildlife rescue park on the outskirts of Beaumont—also the home of the state’s biggest alligator in captivity: Big Al. Read more: “Take a Trip to Gator Country”