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Utopia, Texas: A Slice of Hill Country Paradise

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Sir Thomas More coined the word “utopia” when he penned a book of the same name in 1516. Utopia is an imaginary place or situation in which everything is perfect. In Latin, it translates to “no place” because nowhere on earth could ever be as perfect as paradise.

But, Sir Thomas More never visited the Lone Star state. Obviously, he didn’t know about Utopia in our Texas Hill County. Ruggedly beautiful, this haven is located amidst canyons and streams and is known for its natural peace and tranquility. Visitors claim the area invokes feelings not only of relaxation but also rejuvenation. They say they feel not just inspired but changed. Who doesn’t need a little bit of heaven in their hectic lives? Here’s five things you might not know about this little oasis in the Hill Country.

Eat, Drink, Wander, Repeat

Utopia - A Slice of Hill Country Paradise

Photo: Flickr/davehensley

Where else can you enjoy plenty of Texas southern cooking with a side of real French cuisine? Yes, beyond just French fries. The Laurel Tree Restaurant offers a five-course meal every Saturday whipped up by chef Laurel Waters who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

The Lost Maples Café provides a scrumptious menu of Texas country cooking and a heavenly pie menu to satisfy any earthly taste.  All that eating calls for a stroll along the town lake.

Utopia Park Lake is only a few miles away. You can walk off that big meal, or try your luck fishing for your next one. The lake contains largemouth bass and rainbow trout among other species. Wander along the Sabinal River and enjoy some of its waterfalls and wildlife along the way.  Leave the canoes and tubes at home since most of the riverfront property is privately owned.

On weekends, visit the Sabinal Canyon Museum for free and enlightening local history. Exhibits include pioneer farm equipment, Native American artifacts, fossils and minerals of the Sabinal River Canyon, and a World War II exhibit. The curators are friendly and knowledgeable and are all volunteers.  Donations help keep the museum operating.

A Paradise of Festivals

Utopia - A Slice of Hill Country Paradise
Photo: Flickr/ralphaverson

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