Outdoors

Snow Day

In: Outdoors

3 Dec 2014

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.)  

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(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 [...]

Lights Spectacular

In: Outdoors

24 Nov 2014

(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 [...]

(map) Sure, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it would be a Grinch indeed who wouldn’t enjoy a free fireworks show and live music by The Vintage 15. This eighth-annual event runs from 6 to 9 tomorrow night. Santa arrives on Main Street at 7, followed by the official lighting of the tree. The big fireworks [...]

(map) Across the road from Sweet Berry’s pumpkin patch is their field of dreams: 22,000 zinnia plants, all colorfully bursting into bloom. For $3, they’ll give you scissors and a cup for picking, and you can fill it up. Next to the zinnias, there are six-foot-high rows of sunflowers also ready to cut. It’s a family-friendly

(map) This weekend through October, everything’s coming up pumpkin at Sweet Berry Farm. They’re showcasing almost 20 varieties, from tiny little mini’s to giants the size of a chair, and everything in between. They’ve even got pure-white albino pumpkins. There are also hayrides, a maze to get lost in, face-painting, and a grill serving up

Grape Stomps

In: Drinking|Outdoors

1 Aug 2014

Looking for some fun that’ll keep you on your toes? For three weekends in August, eight local wineries (Westcave Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Hills Vineyard, Fall Creek Vineyard, William Chris Vineyards, Messina Hof Hill Country and Hye Meadow) will be hosting grape stomps. You get to jump in barefooted, squish grapes, then leave [...]

Pace Bend Park

In: Outdoors

26 Jul 2014

(map) Who needs Acapulco for cliff-diving when we’ve got Pace Bend Park? Not Mikey and TJ, two crazy dudes thrill-seekers boldly leaping off these scenic cliffs. But the park has a lot more to offer than just an adrenaline rush. With nine miles of lakefront and

Olive Tree Sale

In: Outdoors|Stuff

24 Jul 2014

(map) Our Texas Hill Country land is perfect for growing olives. Next Saturday, Texas Hill Country Olive Company is holding a big sale of trees from their stock of seven varieties. Experts will be on hand to give advice on planting, growing (and harvesting!) olives. Medium-sized trees (1-1/2 to 2 years old) are $20; large-sized [...]


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