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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Longview Arboretum Is a Sweet Place To Be

Steven Chamblee at Longview Arboretum

By many accounts, Steven Chamblee is a big name in the Texas horticultural world.

The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center Foundation has brought not only his big name to its soon-to-open gardens, but his desire to transform what will be the city&rsquo...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Kids Will Love Little Big Techs

Kid at World of Wonders

Downtown Longview will be full of hands-on activities as we explore science and technology during Little Big Techs. Two downtown Longview museums will have STEAM-related activities provided through partnerships with area schools. Although the activities w...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Go behind-the-scenes during Big Techs

Big Techs tour

Ever wonder how stuff is made? Come see how Longview companies make the world’s largest front-end loader, produce massive steel plates, turn chemicals into products, distribute goods around the world, and other cool technology. Join us for Big T...

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Posted on: August 18, 2020

5 Fun Places for a Night Cap

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You’ve enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends but you’re not ready to let the evening end. When you’re looking for a beautiful atmosphere to imbibe in something shaken and not stirred, we’ve got some new choices fo...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

The Cace Family Continues Their Food Legacy

Cace Kitchen front entrance

In a nondescript building on the northwest side of downtown, Louisiana gumbo simmers in a 40 gallon soup pot. The chef that stirs the savory stew has seen her share of sadness but she chooses instead to focus on the happy memories in this area of town tha...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

5 Places for a Pampering Pedicure

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Your feet support you through long days at work, numerous activities and even exercise. They take a beating and spend most of their time squeezed into tight socks and shoes. Give those tired pups a breather and go for a nice spa pedi or foot massage. We&a...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

7 Awesome Offbeat Things You Can Do in Longview

Stomping grapes at Enoch's Stomp Winery

Zip line over alligators, discuss theology over pints of craft beer, and take in a view of miles of East Texas terrain from the basket of a hot air balloon. These unusual adventures are among the many offbeat things you can do in Longview, an East Texas t...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

CJ's Favorite Things to Do

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So, you have just 48 hours in Longview and need a local’s advice for how to spend your time? CJ Clayton is a busy tourism professional who loves shopping, socializing, and spending time with her big family. When she’s not working she&a...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Crystal's Favorite Things to Do

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So, you have just 48 hours in Longview and need a local’s advice for how to spend your time? Crystal Gable is a vegan, cat loving, working mom who enjoys reading, cooking and practicing yoga whenever she can. Here’s her recommendations...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Decedric's Favorite Things To Do

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Decedric Williams is a single, working professional, and friend to everyone he meets. In his free time he enjoys fishing, writing, traveling, and spending time with family. Here’s his recommendations of favorite things to do around Longview.

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Relaxing Retreats for You and Your Significant Other

Couples massage

Life can be difficult, and when the going gets tough, the tough go get a massage. Longview has several options for the relaxation and pampering that you need. Here’s a few of our favorites.

Copper Tree Retreat is conveniently located downtown on ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Alternatives to Binging on Netflix

Purple Hulls band

During your down time, don’t fall into the rut of watching a tired TV marathon. That’s too predictable. Get outside and try something different. If you need inspiration, here’s our list of the best alternatives to binging on ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Best Romantic Dining Spots

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Are you ready for a special night out with your boo and need a romantic dinner location? We’ve got you covered. Longview has several dining options that will make sparks fly. Here’s our list of the best romantic dining spots. ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Longview Celebrates 150 Years

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Longview celebrates 150 years in 2020! Longview was formed in 1870 when O.H. Methvin deeded 100 acres of land for the creation of a town along soon-to-be-constructed railroad line. As the story goes, they stood from the top of "Rock Hill" in pre...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

An Insider's Guide to the Great Texas Balloon Race

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So, you’re going to attend Longview’s Great Texas Balloon Race and want to find out exactly how it works. We’re here for you! We are locals who have attended many times and understand the intricacies of this fun 3-day event.

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

A Train Day-Trip Through East Texas

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Nestled through the trees of East Texas, the railroad lines connecting Longview and Mineola provide a unique day-trip adventure filled with food, drinks, local shops, a historic movie theatre, and of course trains. Best of all, this day trip doesn&rsq...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

The Story of Downtown Live

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Downtown Live has done a lot of growing over the past decade, and it is now a signature outdoor music series attracting hundreds of music and food truck fans to Longview each week in the Spring and Fall. Here’s the story of how it began and grew...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Free Things to Do in Longview

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It’s easy to find free things to do in Longview. From outdoor concerts to indoor museums, it’s fun to experience all that we have to offer. Whether you’re on a budget or just saving for a rainy day, we have ideas for affordab...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Super Ways to Celebrate Summer

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Summer in Longview is filled with sunny days and blue skies so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best times to visit. From outdoor movies under the stars to air-conditioned conventions, we’ve got the events to inspire a q...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari

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Two miles north of Jefferson, on Highway 59, sits a beautiful piece of land that is home to more than 80 animals. Alpaca, bison and red deer graze alongside donkeys, camels and wildebeests. 65 acres of terrain insure that the animals have plenty of room t...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

7 Fun Things to do Downtown

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This Summer, pull yourself away from Netflix and try doing something out of the ordinary. Downtown Longview is super walkable and that makes it easy for anyone to explore a museum, see beautiful pieces of art, dine at a new cafe or check out some of our l...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

8 Best East Texas Lakes

Caddo Lake

Summertime is here and we know you want to get out and explore all the beautiful lakes that we have in the area. Here’s a list of the 8 Best East Texas Lakes. What’s your favorite?

Photo by Marie Beschen

Lake O’ the Pines

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

The History of Dalton Days

Dalton Days reinactment

The letter arrived at the bank with the afternoon mail and was quite clear in its instructions:

"We take this method of informing you that on or about the 23rd day of May, A.D., 1894, we will rob the First National Bank of Longview. So take notice acc...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

7 Fun Facts About the Belcher Center

Letourneau University sign

The LeTourneau University Belcher Center is a wonderful addition to Longview and is enjoyed as a performing arts venue for all kinds of wonderful productions. We thought it would be fun to bring you some interesting facts about the Longview landmark. So h...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Local groups receive grants from Texas Commission on the Arts

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Four local arts organizations will receive more than $200,000 in grant money in October 2020 from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA).  Most of this funding became available locally when Arts!Longview received the TCA cultural district designa...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Letter of Intent Signing

Longview community signs letters of intent

The Longview Arts District hosted a Letter of Intent Signing on January 8, 2019. The event was an overwhelming success and supported by many community members, local business owners, and government officials. The Arts District obtained more than 100 signa...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Longview Symphony Turns 50

Musicians play violins in symphony orchestra

The Longview Symphony has been bringing classical music to East Texas since 1969. This season, they have been celebrating with a gala at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and a special 50th anniversary concert, featuring their first conductor, James Snowde...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

The Arts!Longview Cultural District Named

Vendor sells items during ArtWalk

The Arts!Longview Cultural District was been named a Texas Cultural District by the the Texas Commission on the Arts at a ceremony in Austin on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Arts!Longview will host a celebration on Oct. 10, 2019 in downtown Longview in con...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

The Very Culture of Longview

Man poses during Artwalk

The following is from a Longview News-Journal editorial:

Most of us have visited a place and found ourselves wondering: “What really makes this a city?”

All cities have at least one big thing in common. They are collections of people loc...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Celebrating our New District

Arts!Longview Ribbon Cutting

The Arts!Longview Cultural District is official, after civic and state leaders cut the ribbon on its downtown office Thursday. At least 200 people toasted the state designation of the 342-acre district during a ceremony inside the former Guarantee Bank/Re...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

10 Tips for Summer in Longview

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This Summer, pull yourself away from Netflix and try doing something out of the ordinary. Downtown Longview is super walkable and that makes it easy for anyone to explore a museum, see beautiful pieces of art, dine at a new cafe or check out some of our l...

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