If you wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Holiday, Texas, first you’d have to find it. That might be tough seeing as how it’s a fictional place. But if you did manage to stumble into town and make your way to The Rambling Rose, the oldest honky tonk in Texas, you’d be in for a real treat.
First off, Charlie, the feisty manager, would give you a big ol’ Texas welcome. She’d usher you in and seat you at one of the long wooden tables by the stage where one of the regular performers like The Twister Sisters would be wrapping up a set.
Dixie would swing by to take your order. Two frosty mugs of Lone Star, no doubt. Then she’d tell you about the specials Angelo had been working on all day in the kitchen. He loves to go all out for special occasions and might even have some Texas surf and turf like a filet stuffed with crab meat or a ribeye served alongside a barbeque lobster tail.
While you waited for your food, Beck, Charlie’s husband might stop by to offer a sample of his new craft beer—a bacon-infused, maple syrup ale. Then Presley would take the stage and get everyone out on the dance floor to two-step. Don’t worry if you don’t know how… Cash and Jinx would be on hand if you needed some help with the steps. Or you could sit that one out and head out back for a souvenir photo with the Rose's current mascot, Pork Chop, the pig.
By the time your dinner arrived you’d be ready to rest your feet and set a spell. But you couldn’t get too comfy because no doubt, The Rambling Rose would have some sort of entertainment planned. It wouldn’t be the Sweetest Swine pageant—that happens in the spring. And it wouldn’t be the Naughty or Nice Elf Auction because that takes place around the holidays along with the Jingle Bell Jamboree. But, they haven’t had a Baby, Light My Fire contest for a while—not since poor Dwight almost burned the place down.
You’d stay until last call, because the time would pass so fast you’d have no idea how late it was. Then you’d catch a ride to the bed and breakfast on Valentine where Mr. and Mrs. Knotts would have turned down your bed and left the light on for you.
I won’t go into detail about what might happen next… it’s your Valentine’s Day, after all. But if that sounds like the kind of night you might enjoy, I hope you’ll check out the Holiday, Texas series. All-American Cowboy and Cowboy Christmas Jubilee are available now. Cowboy Charming will hit the shelves on July 30th.
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