This special Valentine’s event from the Texas Hill Country wineries starts Friday, February 6th and runs through Sunday the 22nd. (See more info about the trail here.) Ticket-holders get a special box of chocolates created to pair with red and white wines, then hit the trail for free tastes at See More »


(map) Every Friday is Tour Day at this 18-year-old craft brewery in Blanco. While you wait for your tour, there’s plenty of beer sampling to be had from an ever-changing menu. Above, this Devil’s Backbone Tripel really hit the spot. You can sample beers See More »

Noon Spoon Cafe

In: Eating

14 Jan

soup and sandwich combo at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, TX

(map) A classic, small-town cafe where everything is made with the freshest possible ingredients, and most things are made from scratch. Noon Spoon is open only for lunch Monday through Friday, and every day features a different special, like lasagna or King Ranch chicken. The menu offers a variety of fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, wraps and quesadillas. Above, Combo #1, with See More »

(map) The little town where “everybody’s somebody” hosts its 8th annual blues fest on Saturday, January 24. Headliners are Mike Zito and Dan Dyer. Starting at noon, the festival will be a full day of nonstop music by Guy Forsyth, Mike Farris, Clay McClinton, and more. Beer, wine, barbecue and burgers will be available. Tickets, $30 each at the link below.

Luckenbach Blues Festival website

(map) Two reasons to visit this new winery: Texas Monthly wine writer Jessica Dupuy recently named Fall Creek’s GSM wine one of the top ten reds in Texas. And they’ve just opened this gorgeous location closer to Austin. Located in Driftwood directly across from the Salt Lick See More »

Snow Day

In: Outdoors

3 Dec

In Texas, a white Christmas usually is just a dream. But starting this Saturday, the Hill Country Galleria will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Every weekend till Christmas! Bring the kiddos from 12-4 for snowballs, sledding, and other slushy fun. (Photo courtesy of Sam Chapman, Austin Real Estate Guy.)


Ice-skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

(map) Soon, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from December 19 through January 4 (check the website for hours). The rink features 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $20-25 per person. Barton Creek Resort website

ice skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

(map) Put some ho-ho-ho in your holidays! Take the kids (or wanna-be kids) to the Hill Country Galleria and get pictures of them with Santa. It’s free, and they even sweeten the deal with free lollipops and tote bags. Santa will be on-hand starting today for three weekends until Thursday, Dec. 11, when he starts every day. Merry merry!

Hill Country Galleria website

Wishing health and happiness to everyone!

(map) This Friday, Johnson City kicks off its 25th annual Lights Spectacular with fireworks, a parade and more. Southern Living magazine featured this festival, which showcases 100,000 lights on the courthouse and one million lights at the Pedernales Electric Co-op. You really have to see it to believe it. Dozens of huge oaks surround the co-op’s headquarters in Johnson City, all wrapped in lights, with bulbs extending to the tips of the branches. Folks of all ages are welcome to come “ooh and ahh” the display every night till January 1. Bright idea, PEC!

Lights Spectacular website



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