Highway 71, that runs through part of the Texas Hill Country, is scenic eye candy in its own right, but when it deposits you in the small community of Spicewood, well…you’ve certainly arrived at a idyllic destination. Several lodging options have popped up in the area recently, including some eco-friendly rentals; many are right on Lake Travis, and others within walking distance. If you’re thinking about staying over, check them out on sites like VRBO.com or Homeaway.com.
Things to Do
Add Some Spice to Your Life in Spicewood, Texas
When you think Spicewood, think Texas tradition at its best! After all, even Willie Nelson calls the place home. And while you might not ever receive an invitation to his ranch, there are certainly doors open to you all over this picturesque region.
Should your visit start early, take a trip out to Cuvee Coffee; the specialty roasters who retail their products across the U.S. are often open here at the home-base for tours and samples of their popular “wake-me-up”. But call ahead to make sure.
Texas BBQ at Its Best
If your stomach is already making rumbling noises, calm the beast with Opie’s Barbeque, a true Texas tradition in these parts. Opie’s is not only a local favorite but has won numerous awards for their fabulous fare…including “SXSW Best Overall BBQ”! Not a title to be taken lightly around here. Try the baby back ribs or the pulled pork-incredible! Opie’s is also a great place to people watch. Nothing here will disappoint!
Skinny Dippin’ or Chunky Dunkin’
After that big lunch, should you feel the need for a nap or even a cool dip, then head over to Krause Springs. This hidden gem not only has a beautiful grotto but serene waterfalls and sunbathing rocks where you can find a peaceful respite from the Texas heat. This camping and swimming site is open year round, and while there is an entrance fee, it is well worth the visit for couples or families.
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