(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 See More »


(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 collapsed grotto in a spectacular See More »

Oasis Cam

In: Outdoors

8 Jul

Oasis webcam on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas

Lake Travis looks better every day! Keep an eye on it with this Oasis Cam sponsored by KVUE. This screen grab is from the other day, but you can get a live look at the lake from The Oasis here: Oasis Cam

Moscow Mule at the new bar/restaurant Proof and Cooper in Dripping Springs

(map) Like a proud hipster phoenix, Proof & Cooper rises from the ashes of the former Bert ‘n Ernie’s location near Drippin’. And what a transformation it is! Those of you familiar with that quirky-yet-almost-comically-dilapidated biker bar will be amazed. Craft cocktails, craft beers on tap, live music, and best of all, See More »

(map) Venison and boar and gator, oh my! Billed “for the adventurous only,” this edgy-sounding pie from Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria is a savory treat. Topped with venison sausage, ground wild boar and fried alligator, it blows away boring old pepperoni. Got game?

Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria website

(map) July 6th marks this awesome burger place’s tenth year in business. In honor of that, P. Terry’s is giving away free t-shirts, temporary tattoos, and more. The front features the logo; on the back, this groovy design. They start giving the swag away when they open up tomorrow at 10 am. First come first served, so hurry!

P. Terry’s website

(map) This has to be one of the most heavenly smelling places in Texas! Open on weekends until July 12th, this is a cut-your-own place  where you can also shop for freshly harvested seeds, all kinds of soaps, oils and plants, or just sit back with a cool  See More »

Just For Fun

In: Outdoors

29 May

(map) With Lake Travis at 660 feet and rising, now’s the time to think about getting out on the lake. Just For Fun rents everything from houseboats to ski boats to Waverunners, and it’s all in tiptop shape. Thomas (on the left) says they get a whole new fleet of Sea Rays See More »

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 »

(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



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