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Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country: Here in the Land of Milk and Honey

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With deep roots and a wealth of history in the Texas Hill Country, the city of Bee Cave in Travis County, Texas has much to brag about. Founded in the early 1850s by Dietrick Bohls, the city wasn’t incorporated until 1987. Some 130 years after Bohls chose to leave Austin and get out of the big city (then at a population of 900), his choice of homes at the confluence of Little Barton Creek and Barton Creek was fortuitous.

Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country: Here in the Land of Milk and Honey

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Taking its name from a large cave in the vicinity of which Mexican honeybees swarmed, modern-day Bee Cave is the bees’ knees. Offering fun activities and some great Texas Hill Country hot spots, it’s a honey of a town to check out. One such spot is the historic swimming hole at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Taking Hamilton Pool Road direct from Hwy. 71 out of Bee Cave, you’ll find this wonderful haven where Hamilton Creek washes over a limestone outcropping, creating a 50-foot waterfall plunging over a beautiful grotto. The photo opportunities here are amazing, but not quite so much as taking the plunge yourself!

Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country: Here in the Land of Milk and Honey

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You would expect a place like Bee Cave to take on some names or attributes of its businesses and parks referencing the insect so integral to its establishment. And you would be right. The Bee Cave Sculpture Park features not only the name but a giant beehive as one of its works of art – one of 24 in fact. Situated on seven acres and featuring a number of permanent as well as rotating pieces of sculpture, the park is also home to a spring-fed pond and some of the largest oak trees the city has to offer. And after you’re finished taking a relaxing stroll through the park, you can cap off your self-care time with a trip to Milk and Honey Spa. Offering healing therapies and luxurious treatment, this day spa in Bee Cave is set in a relaxing atmosphere and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

Bee Cave in the Texas Hill Country: Here in the Land of Milk and Honey

Photo: Facebook/Star Hill Ranch

Following that, maybe take the clubs out for a swing at Falconhead Golf Club. Planned by PGA Tour Design architects, rest assured you’ll be playing on a course not only designed with the Texas Hill Country lay of the land in mind, but to the exacting standards of the PGA. And following a day of swimming in a historic pool, seeing some amazing sculptures, treating yourself to some “me” time, and playing the links, consider a stay in the Guest Cottage at Star Hill Ranch. A picturesque re-creation of a Texas Hill Country town typical of the early 1900s, the ranch is the childhood dream of owner Adam Woolley, 5th generation-Texan and native of the Texas Hill Country. All of its buildings have been relocated from throughout Texas and carefully restored, much of which are centered around historic Pontotoc Chapel. Hosting hundreds of events and weddings since opening in 2004, Star Hill Ranch is a must-see! Bee Cave is a wonderful Texas Hill Country town to take some time to tour, stay a while, and maybe what all the buzz is about.