Paint and Sip at Pinot’s Palette

A colorful portrait of Texas embellished with a heart. A stunning view of the city at sunset. A simple silhouette of a wine glass and a bottle of vino. These are a few of the paintings on the roster for BYO painting classes at Pinot's Palette in Tyler, a popular paint-and-sip studio.

All you have to do to take part in one of these classes is scroll through the upcoming sessions and find a painting that you'd like to recreate as well as a time that works for you. Then sign up for the class solo or bring a whole group of friends to enjoy the fun with you. You should also grab your favorite bottle of wine and some snacks before showing up at Pinot's Palette. The studio provides everything else you need, including an expert artist who will lead you through the process of creating your own painting step by step. Beginners welcome!

Expect Lavish Treats at Amelia’s Sweetery

From vegan chocolate cheesecake cookies to elegant, triple-tiered wedding cakes, there's really nothing that the bakers at Amelia's Sweetery can't create. Their goal, first and foremost, is to create sweet treats that delight and entice their guests. In addition, they cultivate a charming cafe atmosphere that inspires everyone to sit and stay awhile.

You can always swing by for a cup of coffee on your way to work, perhaps with one of the Ghirardelli or Davinci syrups. Try some sugar-free French Vanilla or a dash of salted caramel. For something even more decadent, order one of the shakes with your choice of Davinci syrup or Ghirardelli sauce. And, of course, you can always expect to see fresh treats in the display case. Pick your favorite and treat yourself to something sweet this week at Amelia's Sweetery!

Explore Thousands of Roses at the Tyler Rose Garden Center

More than 38,000 rose displays and more than 500 different rose varieties fill the beautiful Tyler Rose Garden Center, a picturesque attraction only 10 minutes from Orion at the Cascades. The flower-filled garden center is popular for those looking to embark on an adventure through this serene space—there are pathways throughout. In addition to garden pathways for walking, there are also benches, fountains, and plenty of things to explore here.

Inside the on-site Tyler Rose Museum, you can shop rose-themed items at the gift shop after learning about the importance of the rose industry in Texas. With springtime just around the corner, this flower-focused spot is the perfect place to visit with friends or family. Plus, admission to the garden is completely free. The garden is open every day of the week, and specific hours can be found online. Will you be visiting this local attraction?

Embark on an Adventure at The Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Journey to the deepest depths of the ocean. Explore the most beautiful National Parks. Head out to the farthest fringes of the known universe. You can embark on these adventures and more at The Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

The center's enormous dome displays documentaries in stunning color, almost making you feel as if you're right in the middle of the action instead of passively observing it. The documentaries on the schedule change regularly, but the content always explores an aspect of the earth or space, searching for answers or simply treating spectators to an adventure. Snag tickets to an upcoming show for some educational fun at The Center for Earth and Space Science in Tyler.

Meet an Array of Critters at the Caldwell Zoo

The Caldwell Zoo actually began as a playschool for local kids run by David King Caldwell. He enjoyed teaching children almost as much as he enjoyed animals, so his so-called Child Development Laboratory hosted an array of furry and feathery critters for the kids to play with, including parrots, squirrels, and even monkeys. That was 1937; by 1953, the local animal lover succeeded in opening the Caldwell Zoo for the children of east Texas.

The zoo remains in the same spot today, but it boasts even more creatures than the original. In fact, more than 3,400 animals call it home. In the African Savanna exhibit, expect to encounter everything from giraffes to elephants, whereas the South American habitat hosts anteaters, macaws, and even Chilean flamingos. These are just a few of the spots to explore, so give yourself an entire day to see what's in store at the Caldwell Zoo.

The Catch Serves Top-Notch Seafood Every Day of the Week

Seafood is the focal point at The Catch, a popular eatery in Tyler. The Catch specializes in Cajun-inspired seafood that keeps its loyal diners coming back. Many love the local spot for its super-fresh seafood, friendly waitstaff, and generous portions. As far as the food goes, you'll want to indulge in one of the popular fish dishes, but for the non-seafood eater, burgers, salads, and more are available for purchase. Drinks of all sorts are available for purchase from the full bar too.

The restaurant isn't far from Orion at the Cascades, which makes it an easy spot to visit for your next meal. The Catch is open daily for both lunch and dinner. Note that this casual eatery does not take reservations. Will you be visiting The Catch soon?

Jay Leno at the UTT Cowan Center: A Showbiz Icon Comes to Tyler

Over the years, comic Jay Leno has built an empire on his unique brand of comedy that extends far beyond the stand-up circuit. Children's book author, corporate speaker, voiceover actor, and, of course, beloved talk show host are just a few of the other titles that Jay Leno proudly holds. If you want to see him up close, buy tickets to see Jay Leno at the UTT Cowan Center.

On Saturday, February 4th at 8 p.m., Jay Leno takes to the stage at the 20th Anniversary Evening of Celebration for the Cowan Center. His show follows the 20th Season Endowment Gala, in fact, so snag tickets to be part of the audience as Jay Leno shows off his funny-man chops in front of a packed house. Don't miss this opportunity to see a local icon right in Tyler, not far from Orion at the Cascades.

Enjoy Fresh, Healthy Fare at Honey Tree

What began simply as a vitamin shop in 1974 has flourished into Honey Tree, a full-fledged restaurant and catering business with a focus on balanced eating and good health. Honey Tree's dining room is as sweet as its name suggests, a mixture of natural stone and soothing gray tones. It's the perfect place to dig into a salad from the salad bar or indulge in a tostada topped with guacamole, chicken, or even spicy shrimp.

After your meal, find something sweet to take home in Ev's Bakery. The in-house bakery offers organic baked goods crafted in small batches, so you can always expect exceptional quality. You can grab a single organic rolled oat cookie, which is available in an array of flavors, or even order a customized gluten-free wedding cake. Many of the items are dairy-free too, which make them perfect for eaters with dietary restrictions. Stop by to enjoy something savory or sweet at Honey Tree!

Sample a Specialty Pizza at Villaggio Del Vino

Pistachio pesto, spicy sausage, house-made mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. These are the components that make up the popular Pistachio e Salsiccia pizza at Villaggio Del Vino, a popular wine bare and pizzeria in Tyler. The pies here are creative and beautiful—and that they tend to pair perfectly with a glass of wine or an artisan cocktail.

The pistachio pizza may be the most popular, but it's far from your only option. Share some slices of the meat-free Giardino, which features caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, basil, hand-smashed San Marzano tomatoes, and more of the house-crafted mozzarella cheese. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the Della Carne pie, loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, hot soppressata, and tomatoes and cheese. You can also opt for a classic Italian entree (think shrimp scampi and chicken marsala) or simply do a few appetizers with your vino at this beloved local eatery and bar.

Don’t Miss the Coconut-Chicken Soup at Three Z Azian Cuisine

Coconut milk, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, and tender chunks of chicken converge in each cup of coconut-chicken soup, the most popular dish at Three Z Azian Cuisine. It comes with some crispy wonton strips for added crunch, culminating in a light appetizer to kick off your meal.

After whetting your appetite with some soup, move on to one of the larger dishes like the Azian tacos—try the Korean fried chicken variety, which comes with a steamed bao bun, veggies, spicy mayo, and wonton chips on the side. You can also dig into a classic Korean banh mi sandwich on a fresh baguette with house-pickled daikon and carrots. Pick a protein such as shrimp, meatballs, barbecue pork, or tofu. Save some room for green tea ice cream, house-crafted cheesecake spring rolls, or the decadent s'mores tacos with milk chocolate, graham crackers, and whipped marshmallow in steamed bao buns. You don't want to miss out on the inventive cuisine at Three Z Azian Cuisine!

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