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4 More Things to Add To Your Texas Hill Country Bucket List

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Who doesn’t like jewelry — and did you know that Topaz is the state gem of Texas? Anyone can go to a jeweler and purchase these colorful stones, or you can dig them up yourself in the Hill Country. It’s much more fun than going inside of a store.

Mason County, Texas is the only place where you can hunt for your very own Topaz. Often times you’ll find them just lying on the ground. Clear or blue-tinted stones are generally located close to the surface near granite, creek beds and ditches. There are guides there to help and teach you how to look for your perfect stone. You’ll walk away with a one of a kind. Hunt all you want at Lindsay Ranch, (325) 347-4052.

4. Bask in a luscious lavender field.

Blanco Lavender Field

Photo: brushytop.com

If you’re looking for some aromatherapy, don’t go to the store and purchase a bottle; see and smell the real thing. The Texas Hill Country is rapidly becoming a hotbed for lavender farms. The type of soil and dry weather conditions, not to mention a lot of entrepreneurs, have produced many farms with thousands of plants to rival their famous cousins in France.

Head on over to the city of Blanco. If you roll down your car windows, you’ll begin to smell the wonderful aromas and perfumed fragrance of the fields before you even arrive at your destination. In mid-May the flowers begin blooming all the way through July. Scientist claim the smell of lavender helps with relaxing and sleeping. Many of the farms are open to visitors at the start of the blooming season. Blanco celebrates harvest time with the Blanco Lavender Festival, (830) 833-5101.

Of course, there are an incredible number of things which can and should be added to your Texas Hill Country bucket list. You’ll find more and more with every story in TexasHillCountry.com and in our print magazine, “Heart of Texas Magazine”. You can even subscribe online. Until next time, y’all have fun working on this one.