It’s the unofficial kickoff to summer! If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, there are lots of special events going on out West. Check out the list below and for more info, click on the links. See More »

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(map) Tis the season! Unlike last year, there are lots of local peaches around. You can find a list of 22 local stands, farms and orchards selling peaches here. Below, Vogel Orchard, one of the oldest. The board updates the daily peaches by variety, and they also sell tomatoes.

Vogel Orchard website

(map) They’re baaack! We’ve posted before about picking strawberries here, but at the farm next week, the time is ripe for big, juicy blackberries. At the beginning of the season, you hardly have to look to find See More »

It’s the number-one restaurant day of the year (bigger than Valentine’s Day, even)! Sunday, May 10 is less than two weeks away. Below, a guide to 21 of the best places out West to take Mom for her special day. Clicking on a restaurant’s name will take you to their special menu. See More »

lavender field at Becker Vineyards

(map) May 2-3, Becker celebrates all things lavender. From sweeping fields of blooming lavender to lavender soaps, sachets, lotions and plants. There’s live music, cooking demo’s, touring and wine-tasting, as well as food and craft vendors. Best of all, it’s free! Just $5 for parking.

Becker Vineyards Lavender Festival website

Today we celebrate the final battle of the Texas Revolution, a fight that lasted all of 18 minutes. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army to win Texas independence from Mexico. According to legend, Santa Anna missed See More »

Award-winning shorts and features, comedies and dramas. It’s all happening in two weeks at the 6th Annual HCFF in Fredericksburg, April 30 through May 3. You can buy all-access badges or tickets to individual screenings. There’ll also be festival parties and interviews with filmmakers. For the film lineup and screening schedule, click here.


In two weeks, we’ll see the annual Lake Travis Springfest, May 2 from 11 to 9. There’ll be live music all day, plus tons of stuff to see and do. Above, The Derailers play for the crowd in the Amphitheater at the Hill Country Galleria on a previous year. The good news is that from now till the end of May, See More »

german pancake at the Old German Bakery in Fredericksburg, texas

(map) This great-smelling place bakes all kinds of pastries and breads, but their must-have dish has to be the authentic German pancakes. Made with more egg and less flour, these thin, sweet cakes are more like – sacre bleu! – a French crepe. Served with lots of crispy bacon. Also on the menu: eggs, biscuits, waffles, grits, schnitzel and “Fredericksburgers.”

The old German Bakery on Main Street in Fredericksburg, texas

Old German Bakery website

(map) Everyone is a fan of the exotic, wild-game cuisine at Hudson’s on the Bend. But the prices may keep some of us from going as often as we’d like. That changes with the new happy hour: 12 elaborate and delicious appetizers are just half price Monday through Friday from 5 to 7. There are special deals on beer, wine, and mixed drinks, too. You can See More »

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