To Movoto with Love

Recently Movoto posted a blog, which attempted to analyze the excitement of a city with cold, hard numbers. Sounds pretty quizzical, right? So we decided to send a love letter to the folks over at Movoto inviting them to use a different perspective when evaluating the “fun factor” of a city. This love letter is also an open invitation for the Movoto team to pack their suitcases for a true West Texas experience.

Hey y’all!

We’ve been so busy getting ready to host the launch of Paul McCartney’s North American Tour in a few weeks and the sold out NCAA Super Regional between Texas Tech and the College of Charleston, as well as cleaning up from Jack White’s only headlining concert in Texas, that we barely had enough time to write you back. We didn’t think a Tweet would suffice.paul-mccartney-out-there-tour-218x300Let’s face it, we all know data can be interpreted in a number of different ways. You can’t put a number to the feeling you get when you’re surrounded by 60,000+ screaming fans at a Texas Tech football game or the emotions that are evoked when you are whisked away to the numerous art galleries that are a part of the monthly First Friday Art Trail. Oh by the way, did you know that Lubbock was the first cultural district recognized by the State of Texas or that Texas Tech is home to one of the 10 Best Public Art Collections in the U.S.? In a recent Texas Journey Magazine article, the writer states “Lubbock is surprising many visitors; over the past couple of decades, the city has developed into quite the artistic hub.”FFAT-1

As far as food is concerned, who doesn’t like options? Just in the past year, Lubbock has opened its doors to a number of mouthwatering eateries like La Madeleine, Torchy’s Tacos, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chuy’s, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and more. Those are just the big boys. Our local restaurants continue to grow and satisfy appetites with great dining options including the Cast Iron Grill, Tom & Bingo’s BBQ, Stella’s, Spanky’s, Crafthouse Gastropub and Manna Bread & Wine. While this is just a snack-sized look at some of our local spots, our complete restaurant list alone includes close to 800 places to get your foodie on.Jazz-7

We could go on and on about all the exciting things that you can see and do in Lubbock, but until you actually visit, you can’t get a true feel of any destination. Okay, we’ll admit it, we’re a little biased. But…we can’t help but share some love that we’ve received from travel pros.

“The city has a thriving arts community and inventive eateries…”

-Canadian Automobile Association, Adam McCulloch (2013)

“People here work hard to make a living, but my weekend visit proved they appreciate playing hard, too.”

-Texas Highways Magazine, Weekender, Melissa Gaskill (2013)

“Those who take time to explore the “Hub City” will find a notable wine scene, thanks to the High Plains’ bounty of vineyards, an influential music scene and a fascinating selection of museums.”

-Texas Highways Magazine (2012)

“Students in a pottery class are throwing clay in a warehouse studio. Next door, others are creating stained glass pieces. Across the street, a local flamenco dance troupe is rehearsing in a black  box theater. A young violinist entertains guests pursuing an exhibition of multimedia art installations spaced around a gallery. Just another weekend in a trendy Dallas or Houston arts district? No, it’s a Thursday night in downtown Lubbock.”

-Texas Journey Magazine, Janis Turk (2012)

Our own residents love to brag about why they Live Love Lubbock. Check out some of these videos.

So why wouldn’t you want to come and hang out with us? Especially with moves like this. #OurCoachIsHotterThanYourCoach

This is going to be surprising coming from a Texan…but bigger isn’t always better. As you’ll see when you visit, Lubbock is about quality not quantity. Outsiders agree as well, in 2012 alone more than 5.5 million people came to experience Lubbock. We hope you will as well!


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35 thoughts on “To Movoto with Love

  1. Word. I would love to add my summertime favorite moonlight musicals! Can’t beat the backdrop and the shows as well as the fact you can bring your own picnic. What else do you need?

    • Thank you for all the wonderful responses. Although we posted the blog on my handle, this post was a team effort from the marketing department.
      Don’t mess with Lubbock or we’ll kill you with kindness. :)

  2. Living in Lubbock is WONDERFUL! Not only are there friendly, supportive people, it is a great place to raise a family, learn creativity, eat great food, and listen to live music 7 nights a week! There is always something to find to do right around the corner! I am grateful to be living here!

  3. Hey! If boring means not having to navigate the wonderful traffic in Austin, DFW, Houston, LA, etc; or not having to keep my hand on my concealed carry just to feel safe; or not enjoying a longer life with less general stress……….. I’LL TAKE BORING ANY DAY OF THE WEEK AND TWICE ON SUNDAY!!

  4. Well, I have been here my entire life, that article is correct in some ways. There is nothing for the urban culture really. Once you pass the rail road tracks on 19th and A, there are no restuarants here. Everything is being built way on the outskirts of town. We on the eastside of town feel like immigrants. We have to travel 20 minutes to get a good meal. So if the article was talking about Lubbock as a whole, they are spot on.

    • Sounds like a great opportunity for someone to get rich opening a good restaurant with no competition.

  5. Movoto who? I’ve lived in Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Although each have their advantages and disadvantages, Lubbock is by far the place I want to be. It’s the people that matter and in that category Lubbock is second to none!

  6. I LOVE this!! I don’t live in the LBK anymore, but I LOVE it! I will never understand why Lubbock always gets such a bad rap in the media!!!

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  8. Yes, you can’t leave out Lubbock Moonlight Musicals!!! Also what about Flatlands Dance Theatre, Lubbock’s professional modern dance company?

  9. I got my degree from Texas Tech over 30 years ago, and my college years in Lubbock were some of the happiest years of my life. I lived in Dallas after graduating, as well as visiting places all over the world. In February of 2012 I got the chance to move back to Lubbock, and I’ve not regretted that decision for a moment. I’m proud to call Lubbock home.

  10. Good response! Not to mention Lubbock has supplied the vaunted “Austin music scene” with many of its musicians! The Lubbock music scene is exploding with an incredibly wide variety!

  11. I live in the Metroplex, but it irks me to read stupid stuff like this ranking. Lubbock has just as much to do as any other place. Instead of professional sports, Lubbock has college sports (which I prefer). A movie theater in Lubbock is going to be the same as a movie theater in Dallas. It’s ridiculous to compare the number of restaurant options between Lubbock and DFW, because driving to most of those restaurants in the Metroplex isn’t a viable option bc they’re an hour away. The same can be said with just about anything on that list. It’s equally ridiculous to include a city like Plano on the list. So if the nightlife is 10 minutes away in Frisco/McKinney/Allen/North Dallas, does that make Plano a less interesting place to live?

  12. We moved out here from California 8 yrs ago. We have never looked back….LOVE the friendly people, fine dining, TEX MEX dining and when we have company…..the choices we have to entertain are numerous. First Friday night art is fantastic….We Love Lubbock!!!

  13. The only big nightlife around here for dancing is Chance’s R. Advertise to play all Country. Great dancing. Well that’s not true. More hip hop then anything. No dress code – caps, shorts, flip flops, shirt tales out, what code is that? When you dance as says Biggest Dance Floor, well people don’t pay any attention who is around them. You get bumped in, stepped on, etc. Lubbock needs another Nice club with a BIG dance floor that is out of WOOD like when Bigger N Dallas used to be here on Loop and University with Country Bands that people can really dance to. There are small Bars all over town with very small floors that you can’t hardly turn around on. For this size of City that Lubbock is a shame only that there is only one Big Club here.
    Bars – A bunch to name.
    For Fast Foods University on East – very few. Need Wendy’s, Rosa’s, Baskin Robbins, Sheridan’s Frozen Custard to name a few.
    Theaters, there are four (4) with one Drive – In. One Science Spectrum.
    Golfing there are six (6) with the one At Texas Tech University.
    Live Entertainment – Cactus Theater. Firehouse Theater, Lonestar Pavilion which is Outside. Just to name a few.
    Museum’s – Texas Tech University, Silent Wings, National Ranching Heritage Center, American Wind Power Center, Buddy Holly Center, Science Spectrum, Texas Air.
    Wineries Llano Estacado, McPherson Cellars, Pleasant Ridge, Wicked Beaver.
    Skating Roll Arena, Skate Ranch, Sportsplex to name some.
    Lubbock Civic Center, United Supermarket Arena which holds 15,000 plus, Jones AT&T Stadium which olds 60,000 plus, Dan Law Field which holds 5,000, Rip Griffin Center which holds 1,950 for Sporting Events and 3,000 for Concerts, etc. All these wonderful places has great Entertainment of some kind.
    There are many more places to name for things to do, the list goes on.
    Now the talk of Lubbock Boring, may need to think again or come visit to check things out or see for yourself.

  14. There are a lot of things a whole lot worse than boring! And thanks be that Lubbock does not have them in abundance. And Lubbock is not boring. Some people do not make an effort to get out and find the interesting things to do, places to go & restaurants to visit. Laziness makes for BORING!

  15. After nearly three years of studying and working here, I still cannot pronounce its name correctly. The first thing I noticed when arriving in this city was the classic local greeting; “How are y’all?” It is truly Texan and you need to get used to it.

    Lubbock is located in Lubbock County in the northwest of Texas. According to a 2012 census estimate, Lubbock has a population of about 240 thousand people, making it the 84th most populous city in the United States of America and the 11th most populous city in the state of Texas. Lubbock’s nickname is the {Hub City}, which derives from it being the economic, education, and health care hub of a multicounty region commonly called the South Plains.

    Situated in the geographical center of Northern America, Lubbock boasts a convenient transportation system, both airway and roadway. From this place, you can travel easily to the East and West coasts of the country, as well as Mexico and Canada. Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport was renamed in 2004 to honor the former governor of Texas, Preston E. Smith, who was a former student of Texas Tech University. It is the primary airport between the smaller cities of Texas (only after Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso) and is the major hub of FedEx’s feeder planes that service cities around Lubbock.

    Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University, which is listed in top ten universities with large campuses in America. The campus is a miniature city with many member colleges, dormitories, a sports complex, post office, police station, bank, bookstore, restaurants and nearly 10 bus routes traveling inside and outside the university. There are university buses to take students from the library to home after hours and home from the pub late at night. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Lubbock without Texas Tech University is like Hue city (Vietnam) without Dai Noi – The Citadel.

    Many Vietnamese students choose to study here because it has the largest Vietnam Archive Center in America and used to be listed in the famous diary of Dang Thuy Tram. In fact, Vietnam Archive Center in Lubbock was built in 1989 in the west of Texas by a group of American war veterans as a center for storing and researching the military data accumulated by America during the Vietnam War. The main objective of the center is to facilitate unbiased discussions about the war and to conclude valuable military and social findings. On another note, chess player Le Quang Liem became the champion of the Spice Cup 2011 (26/10/2011), held on the campus of this university.

    Lubbock plans to become the center of education, economy and health care for all of Texas. Although it provides the sizable infrastructures of a big city, Lubbock still retains the ambiance of a small town and many charming features of the West. Guests can unwind, relax and take a rest when coming here. The temperate climate creates good conditions for outdoor music performances, street festivals, sports and other entertainment activities. Recreational areas of the city include seven golf courses, and a 3000-ha area for parks, ponds and public playgrounds.
    The city is well-known as being the birthplace of singer Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959). Known professionally as Buddy Holly, he was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Lubbock has cultivated a strong presence for the performing and fine arts with many museums, theaters and art galleries.

    Whether you like classical music, rock or Tejano, the city will provide for you, whether in a formal concert hall or a roadside bar. Restaurants in the city offer a variety of options for diners with both local specialties and international food from many countries including Spain, Italy, Turkey, Mongolia, India, China, Mexico and Vietnam. From wine-tasting tours of famous vineyards like as Llano and Caprock Winery to the Joyland Amusement Park, Lubbock is an all-round travel destination that provides a broad range of entertainment for all ages. It also features a variety of festivals, performances and concerts throughout the year. I had a chance to enjoy live shows of many famous American rock bands here such as Evanescence, Bon Jovi and Gun & Roses…

    Lubbock is also a city renowned for its music legacy and is home to many well-known singers, musicians and actors such as Mac Davis and Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks band. The city center has several theaters and art exhibitions. Whether you like classical music, rock or Tejano, the city will provide for you, whether in a formal concert hall or a roadside bar. I liked doing the {First Art Trail} on the first Friday of every month. The trolleys will take you to art sites free of charge. Collections including objects of different mediums, from the ancient civilization to modern art, are also displayed in these places.

    Lubbock city is an interesting place for art lovers. The main attractions include Texas Tech University Museum, the Heritage Museum, the Buddy Holly Center, the largest Windmill Museum of America, the Farming Tool Museum, Mackenzie park and many other sites. Remember to drop by AT&T Jones Football Stadium with a capacity of more than 55 thousand people to understand how truly imposing a sport this is here!

    The best place to view the stadium is the Texas Tech Club with luxurious interior decorations and enthusiastic, professional staff. If the local cuisine is new to you, choose the “West Texas Salpicon” salad with tomatoes, butter, cheese, jalapeno chilies of Mexico, purple onions, brisket beef and chipotle sauce. Add the Mexican mixed vegetables “pico de gallo” to try more of this local cuisine.

    Red and black are two official colors of the city. And just like loyal football fans, the girls of Lubbock often dress in red and black while the local boys usually wear red and black ties to parties. So the best way to make friends with the locals is to put on clothes with these two colors.

    From salesmen to bus drivers, the residents here are always willing to help strangers, especially foreigners. Don’t be too surprised when some strange local person greets you in the street enthusiastically. Amusingly, you only need to raise your fingers as a symbol of {Guns up!} to express a friendly greeting gesture.{Guns up!} is also the greeting gesture of fans of the Red Raiders football team of Texas Tech University. It is also the symbol of victory expressed by the crowd at every sporting event. According to legend, L. Glenn Dippel, a former student of Texas Tech University, created the {Guns up!} gesture to counter the {Hook em Horns} hand sign of the Texas Longhorns football team. It was inspired by the Red Raider mascot and his oversized pistols. In 1971, fans and cheerleaders of Texas Tech University began using the symbol of {Guns Up!} and have continued to do so to this day.

    When being asked about life in Lubbock, I simply raise my fingers in the “Guns up!” gesture to express my delight of this city.

  16. While I do love living in Lubbock, there is some truth to the Movoto blog. Many of the things named by Visit Lubbock here do not appeal to certain crowds – particularly college students that come here from other cities. There number one complaint about Lubbock is that there’s nothing to do here. Instead of just being defensive about Movoto’s rating, we should look at what it says we are missing and explore it. Lubbock is the only one that loses if we don’t.

  17. Truthfully speaking, Lubbock isn’t boring, it just not diverse, Lubbock does not cater to different cultures. But Lubbock does have everything to experience a college life in a small town and various activities to try new European Descent activities. Lubbock is Lubbock, no other place like it.

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