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

Grape Stomps

In: Drinking|Outdoors

3 Aug 2015

Looking for some fun that’ll keep you on your toes? For three weekends in August, nine local wineries (Westcave Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Hills Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyard, Messina Hof Hill Country, Hye Meadow and Dry Comal Creek) will be hosting grape stomps (William Chris Vineyards will be doing grape punch-downs). You get [...]

(map) Dive in! To the delicious new tasting room at the Deep Eddy distillery in Drippin’. The tasting room is industrial-chic, furnished with comfy couches for lounging with your friends, drinks in hand, of course. To order, you choose your glass, then choose from

(map) With all the fancy new contemporary restaurants popping up lately, it’s comforting to soak in the old-school Austin vibe of the Nutty Brown. Known as an outdoor live-music venue hosting such big names as Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black and


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