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Things To Do in The Hill Country

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By Mr. Hill Country

Texas Hill Country Facebook fans posted some of their favorite things to do in The Hill Country:

Texas Hill Country – Okay, lets get this started with the obvious choices. Tubing the Guadalupe or Comal, climbing Enchanted Rock, shopping in Fredericksburg, driving or riding the Twisted Sister, now y’alls turn,

Lacy Ayers Mortenson – In the Highland Lakes area: Granite Beach on Lake LBJ, Vanishing River Cruise on Lake Buchanan, The Slab in Kingsland,, Johnson Park in Marble Falls, Lakefest in August on Lake Marble Falls. Will add more when they come to me, lol.

Kathy Cochran – Wine tasting. Wimberley is great. www.hillcountrysunset.com has great vacation rentals. Wimberley Kennel was very helpful when I visited Wimberley with my dog. Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center was very nice.
As I do more in Hill Country, I’ll post more.

Jean Dickson Rostron – Shopping in Llano – unique merchandise without fighting the crowds of Fredericksburg.

Jamye Stewart – Hamilton Nature Preserve Pool/Waterfall 30 mi west of Austin co.travis.tx.us

Jamye Stewart – Pedernales Falls State Park about 30 miles northwest of Austin tpwd.state.tx.us

Jamye Stewart – free state park guides from Texas Parks and Wildlife tpwd.state.tx.us

Reyna – the Spring Ho in Lampasas. Its in July but its always fun to go see all the vendors along- the river.

Teri Oestreich Kinsey – PeaceMaker River Expeditions in Junction, Texas. They offer kayaking, fly fishing guides all around and there is a lodge u can stay at.

Gabrielle Quebedeaux Murray – RockBox in Fredericksburg, wholesome entertainment for the WHOLE family. Very talented group.

Hill Country Fly Fishing

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Eden Lande Looper – Visit the Winery on the Gruene in Gruene! They make a delicious and refreshing bellini and they do free samples of up to 5 wines per person. Quaint, quiet, cool place to visit on a hot summer day and they have a good selection of wines from all over Texas! gruenewinery.com

Mikee Myers – Hunt for arrowheads anywhere in Texas

Bridget Miller – Wine tasting

Michael Crick – The Willow City loop with a stop at HarrysBill Haynes Mo Ranch, western Kerr county.

Tauny Harlien – Luckenbach OF COURSE!

Charles N Meador – Junction. Fishing, swimming, boating, tubing. Easter Pageant, all types of hunting including Snipe, sightseeing, hiking, camping, South Llano River State Park, dark skies for astronomy, Kow Kick, Rodeos, beer drinking, dragging main st.

Shelley Glazener Weaver – Fredericksburg Herb Farm, a little jewel off the beaten path off Main Street Fredericksburg….405 Whitney. Great food, flowers (both in the gardens and for sale), spa treatments, B&B cabins, etc. Just a peaceful, relaxing place to visit…

Shelley Glazener Weaver – PS, tell them Shelley sent you…I worked there for over 5 years and miss it terribly..

Perry Clark – BURNET TEXAS HAS THE LONG HORN CAVERNS,BLUE BONNET FESTIVAL,INKS LAKE,LAKE BUCANNON,STORMS HAMBURGERS,AND BETHLEM WHICH IS LIKE YOU ARE IN BIBICAL TIMES AS YOU WALK THROUGH JERSULEM,STEAM TRAIN RIDE FROM CEDAR PARK COME ENJOY

Longhorn Cavern State Park

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Joshua Cone – The three sisters in leakey and lost maples

Lois Jennings – MY SON LIKES TO GO RAFTING IN HIS CANUE OR AT THE PARK ON REBECCA CREEK AND BOATING ON CANYON LAKE.

David Bokemeyer OUR SUNDAY DRIVE…..breakfast @Uptown Blanco…..Lunch @ Bluebonnet Cafe Marble Falls….Peach Ice [email protected]……Brauts, Sauerkraut and [email protected]’berg……

Crystal Allen – Stalder Def the Slab in Kingsland on the Llano River and the Johnson city Zoo and safari! Not to mention Inks lake state park and pcksaddle golf course also in Kingsland

Tonya Hicks Williams –  Fredericksburg Trade Days! Next weekend! lots and lots of great vendors and don’t forget the Beirgarten!

Jennifer Jenkins – love trade days in Fredericksburg!

Jamye Stewart –  YW

Marilyn Harbison – Too late this year, but the fireworks in Utopia are amazing.

Sherry Cady Roberson – Isn’t the Frio considered Hill Country too? If so, Concan and Leakey are a must visit if you enjoy tubing or kayaking down the Frio River. While in Concan in the summer, be sure to visit the bat cave. It’s a sight you won’t soon forget.

Santos Taqueria in Mason has great Mexican food, with homemade corn tortillas.

Please excuse the misspelling and grammar mistakes, that’s just the facebook way. http://www.santostaqueria.com/ Gandy Gruene, TX is a great place to shop, eat, dance at Gruene Hall, float down Guadalupe River. Fun, fun, fun!!

Gruene Hall

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Pamela Villela – Visit tiny Medina and the cafe with all things apple! Plus there is a pumpkin festival in Oct there, and drive out RT. 337 from there, my very fav drive in all the hillcountry plus neat little antique log buildings on the drive, sweeping views with huge hills and valleys and lakes and then head to Lost Maples when you reach the end, a good Sunday family day:)

Becky Kneupper Luft – I don’t know if it is a secret or even if the place is still there, but the Tropical Snow by Brookshire Brothers in Wimberley is a must on a hot summer day! (I HOPE that it is still there!)

Steven D. Warner – Tubing on the Guadalupe River at Canyon Lake, as the accomodations could be cleaner, however the fun is worth it, Schlitterbahn, Gruene, Nimitz Museum, and Luchenbach.

Joe Wood – There may be no better restaurant in the world than the Hill Top Cafe between Fredericksburg and Mason.

Rhonda Ibis Schneider – Love Orchard Store in Medina! Kayaking the Llano River with a good stop at the Castell Store to enjoy beer, music and bbq (singer songwriters show up with instruments and jam, so if that’s you, bring it on!)

Jane Lisbeth Corr – I love this idea. You guys are awesome. I am coming there in Sept. with my sisterhood group. Would be great to have some idea of where to eat and what to see. We will be there for just e days. You can bet I’ll be back.

Linda Moyes – Rafting in The Texas Hill Country is Great,Tubing Too…On your way,be sure to go on The Riverwalk in San Antonio for Good Mexican Food…

Mary Thornhill Roper – Sliding down the Ingram Dam, The Old Tunnel after cheeseburgers at the Alamo Springs Cafe, and Cave Without a Name. I love living here!

Gary Bryan – Eat at Coopers BBQ in Llano. Good BBQ, great frijoles & neat atmosphere. Don’t forget the wildflower place on 290 east of Fred, it’s beautiful in spring. Lots of places to camp in Marble falls along the lake.

Salsa Cat – Bracketville is kind of a secret but we cats know about it, good mousin ghost town like western set for all those western history nuts! Not exactly hillcountry but bordering a couple hours from SA my hero John Wayne movies made here!

The Old Tunnel Bats

Photo by Nyta Brown and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Wood – Mi Tierra in S.A. One time I ate there 3 times in one day. The best “real” Tex-Mex, 24/7/365.

Patti Zaiontz – Meditating with beautiful view at the Bolivian Cross at Mount Wesley off Methodist Encampment Rd in Kerrville along with a great catfish dinner at the Lakehouse Restuarant at the foot of the hill on Junction Hwy.

Mary Lou Chollar – The drive from Bandera to Medina to Vanderpool will knock your socks off. Growing up in Austin, I had not often explored that area until about 20 years ago. I just felt like taking a drive by myself one Saturday and ended up in those beautiful granite mountains/hills. They took my breath away. Besides the beauty of the area, you’ll see all … See Moresorts of wild life so have your camera ready. If you get to Vanderpool, you are just a few minutes from Lost Maples State Park. Stop for food at any of the restaurants along the way; the people will welcome you. Put on the music that you love and experience Texas at Her best.

Denise Ranly – Hendricks Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar – Bandera, TX

Deirdre Nelson Bolduc – Hunt, y’all! (west of Kerrville):

Crider’s Rodeo, since 1925. After the rodeo, open air dance, among the hay bales & stars. Like something out of a movie. cridersrodeo.com

Stonehenge replica, Guadalupe floating & steaks from Bernhards meat market. ’nuff said.

Shari Fraser – Two of the the prettiest little swimming holes- Krause Springs and Hamilton Pool. You’ll think you died and went to Heaven.

Betsy Cox – Vanishing River Cruise and Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan! We got married on the bluff overlooking the lake!

Karen Mitchell Musick – To start off with the amazing Kerrville Folk Festival on hwy 16 8 miles south of Kerrville, Texas. We hope to be utilizing the lovely new Threadgill Theater, an amazing smaller venue, amphitheater really, with incredible architecture and structure.
Also caves. Along with the more well known Natural Bridge Caverns, there is Longhorn Caves, one of 3 like it in the entire WORLD! So, a very very very special place.

Am waiting to observe the bats at the Train Tunnel, but really don’t know where it is except near Luckenbach somewhere.

Hamilton Pool

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Taking photos of the area around Kerrville, discovering new and intriguing streets and wildlife as I go. There is just so much to do.
Oh, and while your in Kerrville, check out Grape Juice Wine and Food. They now have regular ongoing art shows. I had the first!

Tracy Bradfield – Love to go shopping in Boerne, Texas…there are so many wonderful shops there, my favorite is The Rusty Bucket!!! Beautiful things, great gifts, unique jewelry…wonderful friendly customer service!

Terri Bearden Cornwell – LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!

Richard Esmeralda Schwarz  -Down Town Boerne Fathers Day Weekend. BOERNE BERGES FEST! bergesfest.com

Charlie Alvarez – While I’m not there now, I loved going with my New Braunfels-based Boy Scout troop and spending the week at Bear Creek Scout Reservation in Hunt!

Janice Blalock Leland – Coming July 24th. Ray Price in Bandera at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. 11thstreetcowboybar.com

Susan Salzman  – At HEB, UniversalMap has a Hill Country version with a map of the Hill Country on one side and some street maps on the other. The street maps are of SA, Austin, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Kyle, Boerne, Marble Falls, San Marcos, Fredericksburg, Bandera, and Burnet. The maps show where you can find vineyards, parks, small airports, schools, cemeteries, courthouses, police stations, hospitals, and museums.
What was the name of the creek you just drove over? You can find it on the map. I’ve found it to be a very handy resource, even for when I’m reading novels set in Texas.ha

Torsten Mutzbauer – To drink a sixpack SHINER BOCK in public

Knel Magnus – Shop at Ruby Cowgirl in Llano TX!

Tauny Harlien Torsten – to drink a SHINER BOCK in Luckenbach is even better than just anywhere in public !!!!!!!!

Berges Fest

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Torsten Mutzbauer @ Tauny : You bet ..love Luckenbach and the song too was there in may best beer Ive ever had in the morning but : Its 5 o Clock somewhere :-))

Moises Candanoza – I like to go tubing and swimming

Jimmy Modgling – go fishing on the South Llano in Junction

Kimberly McKinney – Go to the low water crossing in Llano.

Kimberly McKinney – Go to Joe’s bar on the square in Llano, my aunt works there!

Laurie Schooley Woerner – If in Mason, try PJ’s on the square. They have frozen casseroules to go, and ice cream, coffees, and a old soda fountain! I go every time I can!

Angela Hertzing – Tour the brewery in Shiner and then go have the latest Shiner at Howard’s where they have it on tap.

Brooke Graham – FREDERICKSBURG TRADE DAYS!!!!! And there’s a biergarten!!!!!!!! Third weekend of every month!

Mark Matthews – Swimming hole on the Blanco River..UpStream of the Sewage Treatment Plant!!!!

Janice There is so much to do in the hill country, and this list hardly even mentions it all.

Stonehenge II

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