Things to Do

Add Some Spice to Your Life in Spicewood, Texas

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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 or



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.

Java Hunt!



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.

Tree Top Fun!



Now that you’ve rested and regained your energy, time to amp up the activities! Head on over to Cypress Valley Canopy Tours; with 5 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel, your ride can last from 90 minutes to two hours! This is the ultimate Texas tour! You can even zip-line in the moonlight or spend the night in one of their tree houses! But if jumping off a 40 foot high platform is not for you have no fear…

Wine, Dine, & Bring Fido



Keep your feet firmly planted on the grounds of Spicewood Vineyards. Even Fido can enjoy some down time at this pet friendly and multi-award winning winery. Their tasting room includes a beautiful wrap-around porch that features entertainment on Saturdays.

Do a Little Boot Scootin’


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The perfect ending to a great day in Texas is ALWAYS live music! There’s no place like Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse for some boot-scootin’ and a cold one. This hilltop venue has hosted such Country legends as local resident Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Jerry Jeff Walker, as well as many others. Angels Ice House is another great place to wind down…part biker bar/family restaurant/sports bar, Angels has it all. Hand-dipped chicken fried steak and  live music round out this kid and pet friendly place. Be sure to check both websites for their entertainment schedule; you never know who will decide to show up in Spicewood!