10/21/14 4:15pm

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The saying goes “work hard, play hard,” and that’s exactly what Dallas-Fort Worth TV legend and lifestyle blogger Jane McGarry does. Of course, North Texas has gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, but where do you go if you want amazing skiing and outdoor sports?

“We looked around for the spot in the nation that had the most snow every year and it was Big Sky, Montana, so that’s where we built this cabin in the woods,” McGarry told Second Shelters. “Our hope was that our son, Michael, would get to spend some time in the snow.”

But the true advantage of the property was that it’s not only gorgeous in winter, but this sweet vacation home is on the Gallatin River, where that lovely Brad Pitt drama “A River Runs Through It” was filmed, so it’s downright phenomenal in the summer, too. Her cabin is “just down the road from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park,” McGarry added.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

Jane McGarry and Dr. Drew at the Yellowstone Club.

“I wanted a ‘vintage cabin’ — something that felt like one of the original ones, but with the modern conveniences of comfortable bathroom and wi-fi,” she said. “We built around two things: the beautiful view looking down the Gallatin River toward Yellowstone, and the wonderful native Montana stone fireplace. The fireplace gets a lot of use all year round in Montana because even in summer the temperature dips into the 20s in the early mornings.”

Find out more about the cozy, charming second home where McGarry escapes the hustle and bustle of life in North Texas after the jump!

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10/16/14 11:49am

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This summer I had the chance to visit an amazing property in Albany, Texas, about 125 miles due west, where I understand Trevor Rees-Jones recently bought land. I’m hearing more and more about this part of Texas, which I called west texas until I actually SAW west Texas a few weeks ago!

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When I was in Midland last week, I ran into the sister-in-law of a former neighbor, kind of high profile guy, and she told me all about the ranches in Albany and how everyone wanted land here. (more…)

10/07/14 5:07pm
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Organizations have worked hard to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Odile tore apart much of Cabo’s neighborhoods, destroying buildings in the process.

Faryn Masso Clark, founder of Facelogic spa, was living the good life as an expat in Cabo, but had to evacuate back to Texas after Hurricane Odile made landfall on Baja California Sur Sept. 15. “We didn’t want to leave at all,” Clark said. But, because of necessity, Clark, her husband, her three kids and their dog left two weeks ago. Today, they’re ready to go back.

And the Baja peninsula, ravaged by storms, is ready to receive them.

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10/03/14 5:00pm

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The newest issue of the luxury home publication of Ebby Halliday, Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates is out, and includes a fantastic column from Candy herself on life in Boot Ranch. The fall/winter 2014 edition of the direct-mailed glossy went out to 30,000 of North Texas’ most tony abodes, and is chock-full of the most amazing dirt in Texas.

Of course, there are other features in this lovely magazine, including the cover home: a gorgeous Hill Country-style house listed by Linda Jordan Hobbs. To see the full magazine (you know you want to!) visit grandviemagazine.com.

08/25/14 11:06am

Our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com was such an amazing success. We got to feature incredible second homes and developments in some of our favorite locations. Luxury amenities and gorgeous design, each one of these homes has just what you want for a getaway and then some! And boy, let me tell you about location! Let’s run through our fabulous featured second home spots from Vacation Home Week!

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08/22/14 10:06am
You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

You and your family can own an amazing Overlook Cabin at Boot Ranch!

Boot Ranch has the most amazing Overlook Cabins, decorated by a brilliant design team and given the posh treatment you’d expect from this Texas Hill Country development.

Located just outside picturesque Fredricksburg, this development pairs excellent golf, amazing views, and five-star accommodations in the most perfect, designer package. And with the Overlook Cabins, you can have all this to yourself! Find out more about this incredible development and our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com!

08/20/14 11:11am
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Is your beach house style minimalist modern like this cool property? Find out by taking this quiz!

I got minimalist modern, which, considering my love of neutrals and nature-inspired color and design, really makes sense. Organic, full of curves and angles, with a variety of textures in a simple palette sounds so dreamy!

Want to find out what kind of decor your beach house should have? Take this awesome quiz from Coastal Living to find out! I’m guessing that Candy would get New England traditional! Don’t forget to post your results in the comments!