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Beneath the soft glow of a giant neon green cactus sits one of Lufkin’s favorite Tex-Mex restaurants, Café del Rio. Out front, you’ll find giant metal art like a multicolored cat and her kittens, a bobblehead dog and his pups, old mining carts and even the mariachi band from the restaurant’s original location on South First Street. Walk through the large wooden doors (or, if you prefer, the smaller door “para los niños”) and you’re immediately transported a world away.

Tena McQueen worked four long years to create a home that made her proud. Now the challenge is having the time to perfect her style.

In the small community of Linwood, just a few miles west of Alto, sits a piece of Texas history. Owned by the same family since 1836 and situated on 190 acres that includes a private lake, abundant wildlife and a pine plantation, sits an adorable custom-built country home.