Day Trips: Six Vices for the New Year

Forget making New Year’s resolutions this year and embrace your little sins with gusto at these six destinations


Candies by Vletas (Photos by Gerald E. McLeod)

Bets, beer, bordello, barbecue, chocolate, and cheap cigarettes. Forget making New Year's resolutions this year. Admit and embrace your vices with gusto at these places:

Enjoy a little gaming in the smoke-filled and ear-splitting WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Four hours north of Austin on I-35, the resort on Chickasaw Nation land has many ways to lighten your wallet and have fun.


WinStar World Casino

When in far West Texas drink like the locals. Grab a cold Big Bend Brewing Company Tejas Lager. Belly up to the taproom in Alpine Wednesday through Saturday with tours on Saturday afternoons.

Miss Hattie ran her brothel in San Angelo for nearly 50 years. The furnishings of her cathouse were discovered undisturbed 20 years after it was shut down by the Texas Rangers. Tour Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum Tuesday through Saturday.


Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano is a good reason to unapologetically celebrate your carnivorous heritage. The pork chops are big and delicious, and the brisket is dripping with flavor. Select your cut of heart-stopping goodness right off the pit.

Two Greek brothers arrived in Abilene in 1912, and Candies by Vletas has been churning out sweetness ever since. They say that chocolate is a sin, but dark chocolate is a health food.


Big Bend Brewing Company

Avoid paying taxes on your coffin nails by getting your smokes at the Alabama-Coushatta Smoke Shops in Livingston, Leggett, and Humble. The tribe's tax status allows the duty-free selling of tobacco products.


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WinStar World Casino, Big Bend Brewing Company, Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum, Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Candies by Vletas, Alabama-Coushatta Smoke Shops

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