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Krause Springs

In: Outdoors

13 Aug 2015

(map) Lake Travis may be low at times, but this old-school Texas swimming hole is always full of cool, clear water. The perfect way to cool off on a hot weekend! Drive through an old-fashioned gate and then down a meandering dirt road that winds through huge oak trees. The Krause (pronounced Krow-see) family has

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Exotic Resort Zoo

In: Outdoors

7 Aug 2015

(map) It’s pretty cool to visit a zoo where the animals aren’t the ones in cages, people are! This is actually more like a ranch. Hundreds of animals roam freely over 137 rolling acres dotted with lakes. There are no lions or tigers or bears (in fact, no predatory beasts), but 80 other species

(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!),

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) Most people think of ziplining as belonging to exotic locales like Costa Rica and New Zealand. But did you know you can try it right here in Spicewood? One visit and you’ll be hooked. Our group of six included

Mansfield Dam Park

In: Outdoors

17 Jul 2015

This park gets 300,000 visitors a year, and it’s easy to see why. It’s beautiful and beautifully maintained. Mansfield offers shaded picnicking, swimming and camping areas across 71 acres on one of the most scenic spots on Lake Travis. There’s a designated swimming cove, with shallow areas for

(map) This is a cool place to visit – literally. It’s a constant 68 degrees underground year-round, which makes it a welcome break from our blazing heat. Formed by an underground river over millions of years, the cave is by turns spooky, then whimsical, then

(map) Some wineries are all about the tasting room or the facilities or the gift shop. This one is all about the view (of course, they’re all serious about the wines). Located high on a hilltop with a beautiful view of row after row of

(map) The award-winning movie, “The Tree of Life,” features this ethereally beautiful place, and you can see why. The pool is like some lush, exotic place across the world. Yet it’s just a short drive away. (And a hike. More on that later.) On its way to the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills into this [...]


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