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Melissa Gaskill


An independent journalist for 17 years, Melissa has degrees in Zoology and Journalism and specializes in science, nature, and outdoor-oriented travel. She grew up in Texas, raised three children in Austin, and enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. Her work has appeared in American Way, Family Fun, Men's Journal, Wildflower, Smithsonian, Texas Highways, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Co-op Power, the Austin American Statesman and many other publications. She is the author of Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast, now in its second printing, and often gives talks on hiking with dogs.

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Deck The Halls

Must-see holiday light displays just a road trip away from Austin

By Melissa Gaskill

What says Christmas holidays better than lots and lots of lights? Texas abounds in festive light displays, many of which are just a short road trip away from Austin. These ...

Wild Austin

How to handle Austin's growing coyote conflict

By Melissa Gaskill

On November 20, Austin City Council approved a resolution directing the city manager to adopt a coyote conflict management strategy that emphasizes education and humane, non-lethal measures. The new policy ...

Thanksgiving with The Family

Family-friendly Thanksgiving events that go beyond the table

By Melissa Gaskill

Most holidays revolve around food or drink in some fashion, and Thanksgiving these days pretty much is food and drink. If you want to expand your holiday horizons rather than ...

Escape The Cold

Escape the cold: 6 warm weather destinations just a hop, skip and a sail away

By Melissa Gaskill

The first real cold front of the year recently hit Austin, sending most of us scrambling for coats and sweaters packed away since last winter. Layering those on is fun ...

Thanksgiving Dinner

Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Austin: Brunches, buffets and more

By Melissa Gaskill

Forget trying to thaw a turkey in four hours, chopping tons of celery, arguing over what kind of dressing to make — and all of those dishes. Make this Thanksgiving a ...

Spooktacular Fun

Celebrate Halloween around Austin with these 5 unique, family-friendly events

By Melissa Gaskill

The heart of Halloween has long been costumed children running door-to-door collecting ridiculous amounts of candy. While this is certainly fun for the kids, it's perhaps not so much ...

Friendly Food

5 Earth-friendly ways to eat better in Austin

By Melissa Gaskill

You can make your dining more earth-friendly without turning into a forager, giving up meat or doing anything else drastic. A few small changes here and there are all it ...

Cooling Off

Gimmick or genius? Ice ball cocktails could be the next cool thing

By Melissa Gaskill

In Austin’s crowded and competitive bar scene, establishments continually seek the next cool thing — something to draw customers in and, ideally, keep them coming back. Swift’s Attic bar ...

Housing the Homeless

Innovative new East Austin micro-village will rent to homeless for $210 a month

By Melissa Gaskill

On Wednesday, an overflow crowd gathered at a groundbreaking for an innovative concept to take homeless people off of Austin streets. Alan Graham, president and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes ...

Dog-Friendly Fun

Celebrate the dog days with these Austin activities perfect for pooches

By Melissa Gaskill

The ancient Romans first applied the term “dog days” to the hot period from the end of July to late August when Sirius, the brightest star in the sky (also ...

The Stars at Night

Dark skies in Dripping Springs offer stargazing like nowhere else in Texas

By Melissa Gaskill

Just a few miles down the road from the bright lights of Austin, Dripping Springs holds on to its natural nights. The community’s efforts to practice better night lighting ...

Inside Jacoby's

A sneak peek at Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile: Opening later this summer on the east side

By Melissa Gaskill

The new Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile in East Austin lies beneath a roof of weathered, corrugated tin. A fence of gnarled, rough cedar posts flanks its entrance. Barn wood in ...

Coastal Cuisine

Headed to the beach? Here are 5 must-try restaurants in Port Aransas

By Melissa Gaskill

Summertime at the beach means sun and surf, of course, but good meals play an important role in the vacation experience, too. The quintessential Texas beach town of Port Aransas ...

Tequila for Everyone

Tequila revival? Tasty spirit is served best with an Austin twist

By Melissa Gaskill

Forget what you thought you learned about tequila back in college. Gone are the days of salt-rimmed shots and sloppy margaritas. This venerable liquor is enjoying renewed interest from those ...

Austinite in London

An Austinite's guide to London: Hot restaurants, cool bars and, of course, barbecue

By Melissa Gaskill

As you've probably heard, Austin now has a daily, direct flight to London on British Airways, which gives the perfect excuse to visit jolly ol' England. In addition to ...

Coffee Any Way You Like It

Austin's cold-brewed coffee market heats up with the help of local retailers

By Melissa Gaskill

The Austin coffee scene has been hot for years (pun intended) but the latest trend goes cold. Cold-brewed, that is. Most of us make coffee by pouring boiling water ...

London Calling

On board the Dreamliner: British Airways' new direct flight from Austin to London

By Melissa Gaskill

The “international” in Austin Bergstrom International Airport  bumped up a notch on March 3 when British Airways launched direct flights between Austin and London. Five days a week now, and ...

Austin's Environmental Year

10 major Austin environmental actions of 2013

By Melissa Gaskill

Austin is known for loving its natural environment, and sometimes we take action to protect and enhance it. Here, in no particular order, are 10 things that happened in 2013 ...

Big Science

Invisibility cloaks and galaxies far away: Austin's 5 top science events of 2013

By Melissa Gaskill

The scientific community constantly makes new discoveries and fascinating observations, improving our health, advancing our horizons, saving wild species, changing the technology that permeates our lives. This year saw its ...

Meat and Moonshine

Taking the cure: Handmade charcuterie and cocktails play special role at Central Texas restaurant

By Melissa Gaskill

Two large glass jars on the gleaming, stainless steel counter held a clear, slightly golden liquid, bright yellow lemons and fresh sprigs of thyme. The bartender poured a drink from ...

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