Where to go, who to know…and what to play this spring? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as the restful summer season begins.
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
The rise of real estate in Texas is a hot topic anywhere you go these days. Now, Monopoly’s new Texas Hill Country Edition is sweeping the state. The Top Trumps USA company has customized the fabled board game with plenty of familiar places that most will recognize…and want to win through their master maneuvering.
$39.95. At TopTrumps.us
ANIMATION’S NEW ADVENTURE
Austinite Richard Linklater’s new animated film, Apollo 10½, is sure to strike a nostalgic tone with Texas viewers. The cosmic adventure is set in the late 1960s at NASA, in suburban Houston and outer space.
ROUNDING THE BEND
Roundtop, the artful destination between Houston and Austin, has a new chic destination. Hoteliers Cinda Murphy de Palacios and Armando Palacios have a property that offers 14 rooms spread across six 19th-century bungalows, as well as three private cottages. Watching the prairie sunset from a poolside perch is the perfect relaxation spot near the antiques fair and music festival.
LONDON MEETS LONE STAR
Londoner-turned-Austinite Nick Campbell is bringing his artful finesse to Texas with his recently launched Campbell Art Advisory in Austin. His previous company, Narcissus Arts, was a London-based art advisory consultancy that helped private, commercial, and corporate clients find art, often under 10,000 British pounds. Campbell’s new art venture in the U.S. will source emerging and contemporary art at various price points, focusing on the global art market from his headquarters in Texas.
GIVE ’EM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
Conversation just got more fun. Thanks to Table Topics, you never know what you’ll discover about someone when you ask the right question. There are several categories from which to choose, including: Happiness, Family, Couples, Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party, and more. Why not get a few for every occasion?
$25 each. At TableTopics.com.
PUZZLING, YET ARTFUL
How about something that can turn into a masterpiece, literally? It’s More Than A Puzzle offers a fun date night activity that can quickly become a hangable work of art that is colorful, bold, and whimsical. It includes puzzle glue and hanging strips for easy installation.
$39.99. At JoeAverage.com.