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(map) In just a few years, the little town of Blanco has become the “Lavender Capital of Texas,” with several farms in the area now growing the fragrant herb. Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the annual festival celebrating all things lavender, and does it smell great! Three sides of the Old Blanco County Courthouse [...]

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(map) The little town where “everybody’s somebody” hosts its 9th annual blues fest on Saturday, January 23. Headliners are Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Ben Beckendorf Band. Starting at noon, the festival will be a full day of nonstop music by Mac Arnold, Bill Reid, Mojo Assassins, and more. Beer, wine, barbecue and burgers will be [...]

(map) This fun take on “elevated pub food” opened last month near the Four Points. We were invited to a special tasting for the media, serving a menu of smaller versions of the regular dishes. Above, the Farmhouse Pub Burger featuring local Akaushi wagyu beef, Guinness cheddar, house-cured bacon, and of course,

It starts this Friday! So if you’re thinking of going this year, here’s a look at last year. Fantastic weather drew record crowds to this historic German town. From beer and bratwurst to bungee-jumping and the Chicken Dance, it’s a great time for folks young, old and in-between. Colorful costumes, whether authentic or silly, and

Kuhlman Cellars

In: Drinking

28 Aug 2015

(map) New wineries are sprouting up along the Wine Road 290, giving us lucky wine-lovers more opportunities to try new grape varietals, along with new methods of making wine. The winemaker here is originally from France, which makes two French

Lost Draw Cellars

In: Drinking

19 Aug 2015

(map) One of the newer wineries on the Wine Road 290, Lost Draw opened a few months ago right in the middle of Fredericksburg. One of the partners owned an old warehouse that had been in his family for years. Just a few blocks off Main Street, it’s been turned into

(map) They say they have the biggest happy hour in Texas, and it is definitely a big deal. House wine and all beers are just $3, and all 12 appetizers are $3 off. Save $3 off every tequila drink also. There are the usual nachos and queso, as well as some more exotic choices, like

(map) The old-fashioned, small-town county fair is alive and well in Gillespie County. This year’s 127th anniversary marks the longest-running fair in Texas and there is a lot to appreciate. From kids showing off their animals to home cooks showing off their jellies and jams, from carnival rides to horse races (with betting!),

Redbud Cafe

In: Drinking|Eating

4 Aug 2015

(map) Housed in a former hardware store across from Blanco’s historic courthouse, the Redbud serves up a little bit of everything. There are great sandwiches, like the Classic Reuben, above: a warm, cheesy combo of grilled rye, pastrami, swiss and sauerkraut. There are also


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