For Central Texas Fishing Guides’ Allen Morehouse and Tim Harrell the outdoors are more than just a hobby—they're a way of life. Morehouse was a professional bull rider until 2001, when the birth of his first son prompted him to choose a slightly tamer career path. He began guiding hunting, fly-fishing, and lake-fishing trips, sharing his extensive knowledge and passion with other nature enthusiasts. Harrell, on the other hand, has been fishing since he's been walking. Having grown up casting lures with his dad on Cedar Creek Lake, he extended his passion through his life, founding the Baylor Bass Club at Baylor University—one of the first programs in the country to join the collegiate Bassmasters circuit—and currently targeting white bass and crappie.
The duo takes groups of up to 20 anglers on full- or half-day adventures using boats designed for agility and comfort. The V8, 300-horsepower engine of the spacious ZX24V, for example, allows it to easily cut through waves on the open water and navigate shallow inlets in search of float-through fast-food restaurants.
Harbor Inn Marina at Northshore Harbor rents covered and open boats to visitors looking to explore Richland Chambers Lake. Its 24- to 36-foot boats roam the lake's 43,384 acres, allowing guests to water ski, break out wave runners, or fish for bass, crappie, and catfish.
Plano Super Bowl lets the pins fall all night long with round-the-clock, 24-hour lane availability for bowlers of all levels. The alley keeps its doors open year-round, encouraging bowlers to stop by for competitive league nights or noncompetitive gatherings at the game room, bar, and snack bar. Rollers can also gather for kids' and adults' lane-side parties, enjoyable for both beginners and seasoned veterans who know the differences between strikes and spares.
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
BADASS Dash’s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 20+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, live entertainment, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.