The Texas Hill Country. If you aren't familiar with it, the Hill Country is a place in which you can find bounteous amounts of good people, good food, and good wine. You'll find unique artisanal items and umpteen different types of wines and beers. There's lots of good stuff coming up and the weather will hopefully be accommodating. Take a look at some of the things you can find and do over the next month or so:
March 31st Lometa Diamond Back Jubilee in Lometa, TX, with music, food, activities for the kids, chili cook off, and a Diamond Back rodeo among other things.
March 31st- April 1st Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, TX, with food, music, arts & crafts, wine tastings, and of course......hot air balloon rides!
March 31st Easter Tejano Fest at the House Pasture Cattle Company in Concan, TX.
April 5th First Thursday Dripping Springs in Dripping Springs, TX, with food, arts & crafts, music, and shopping.
April 7th Boerne Bierfest in Boerne, TX, with....you guessed it....some of Texas' best craft beers.
April 14th Wimberley's Second Saturday Gallery Trail in Wimberley, TX, with food, wine, and art.
April 21st and 22nd Redbud Artisan Market in Wimberley, TX, with food, music, wine, and an arts & crafts show.
April 28th Nugent Avenue Art Walk in Johnson City, TX, when galleries open their doors to show and discuss their work.
May 5th First Saturday at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX, where the Alamo is like it was in the 1830's.
Other Places of Interest:
Boerne is a town with a German immigrant origination. If you are a nature lover, you can spend some time in the Cibolo Creek, the Cibolo Nature Center, Cascade Caverns, and Cave Without A Name. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Cave Without a Name doing some paranormal research and I found it to be beautiful and worth the drive! Take a walk down Haupstrasse and you will see a variety of stores, shops, restaurants, and galleries
Fredericksburg, TX, is a well known town with something for everyone. Home to the National Museum of the Pacific War, you can spend your days learning about Admiral Nimitz and those who served with him during World War II. Afterwards you can walk Main Street enjoying the various shops that line it. I always make a point to set some time aside for visits to the wineries and wine rooms in town. You will find a ton of Texas wines to sample and I bet you'll find more than a few favorites to take home with you! There's a number of places here that are reportedly haunted but it is challenging to get business owners to talk about it much.
Settled in the 1840's by German immigrants, Gruene now stands as one of those Texas towns that your just HAVE to include in any Hill Country road trip. Food and drink about for sure but you don't want to miss out on some fishing and of course floating the Guadalupe or Comal River. The kids will love hanging out on an raft or toob and you can rent cooler toobs if you want to enjoy and adult beverage or two. I can't think of a better way to spend a hot summer day!
If you are a history buff, you can learn about the farmers that settled the area, visit the Gruene Mansion Inn, and the cotton gin which is now the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Gruene Hall is a great place to enjoy some music and night life so you will definitely want to spend a night or two in town.
A few ghosts are said to linger in Gruene. While my team and I haven't had the pleasure of investigating Gruene yet (one can hope!), I have heard rumors of spirits in the Gruene Mansion Inn and the Adobe Verde restaurant. The history of the area certainly lends itself to the possibility but I have no direct knowledge of supposed paranormal activity.
Canyon Lake is a place I visited during a solo road trip to find some much needed zen. On that particular trip, my kiddo was away at summer camp so I spent a few days driving around the Hill Country, visiting various wineries and historical markers. It was absolute bliss!
One of the places you may want to visit is the La Cruz de Comal Winery. With a half dozen wines that they make, I bet you will find something you like.
If wine isn't your thing, there is still plenty to look forward to. The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country will give you a glimpse into the history of the state beginning with the dinosaurs!
In the interest of preventing information overload, I'll write about some of the other interesting places in a separate article. You can read about the town of Blanco in one of my other blog posts.
Have fun and make this beautiful day count!