Texas Hill Country Heart
Collected by Bronwen Gregory, AFAR Local Expert
You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl. Fort Worth (the second coolest town in Texas, behind Austin) was my hometown, but I spent fifteen summers exploring, swimming, running, biking and playing in the Texas Hill Country and it's a special place. From Austin to Fredericksburg, the music is great, the people (and weather) warm and the food will always have you coming back for more.
114 Linden St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Lustre Pearl had me immediately upon entry, with the neon sign above the fireplace reading 'ici tout est bon' (here, all is good). The space is hugely appealing, especially the exterior with ping pong tables and rocking chairs galore. With bars...
1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This Texas Dancehall will have you two stepping the night away, in the the spirit of the musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. There's traditional country music played by true country musicians and autographed photos...
4515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This live music venue, in the self-proclaimed capital of exactly that, is a great way to finish an evening in the South Congress area of Austin. I recommend staying across the street at the modern, cozy and cool Hotel San Jose so that you can...
57629 Luckenbach, Germany
If you're in the Texas Hill Country, Luckenbach is a non negotiable stop on any road trip. Founded by German settlers in the 1840's this small town (population 3), aims to please and man, do those peeled potato fries ever hit the spot. There's a...
2918, 407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
East Austin, Austin, TX, USA
The East Austin Studio Tour is held every November when over 100 local artists open their studios and workshops to the public. It's a great way to discover the hidden art scene in the East Austin community. From the streets, most of east Austin...
North University, Austin, TX 78705, USA
The massive display of Christmas light pageantry on 37th Street draws thousands of spectators to this north campus neighborhood on an annual basis in December, but you won't find any nativity scenes here! The theme of this display every year is...
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
There is nothing like chilling on a great patio with friends on a nice afternoon. When the weather is perfect I usually rally the troupes and head to Perla's to lounge under the huge oak trees, play shuffle board, snack on great appetizers, and...
1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This south Austin mural located on the corner of Annie and South 1st Street is a popular location for travel photos as well as engagement photos (or just cheesin' out in general). Why not take your photo in front of the mural the next time you...
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Hands down... my favorite place for Sunday brunch in Austin is the South Congress Cafe (note that they serve brunch every day of the week). The restaurant is also a great place for lunch or dinner, but I love hitting the SoCo Cafe late Sunday...
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
I have dreams about the family style BBQ from the Salt Lick, it's that good. Located beneath the oak trees in a sprawling space in Driftwood, Texas, it is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and celebrate all things Texan. On the...
1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The food truck scene in Austin has long been thriving and the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery is a great example as to why. At this location of 1311 S 1st street, you'll get to eat the delicious benefits that come with three fabulous food...
1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This mural on the exterior of Todd Sanders 'gallery Roadhouse Relics is in the running for THE image most often associated with Austin. Originally made in 1998, it attracts hundreds of locals and visitors alike each day. Currently, Todd Sanders,...
377 Shiloh Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
The Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch is at 377 Shiloh Rd, just past Johnson City, TX when you're heading toward Fredericksburg. If you're in the area for some biking, dining and antiquing, make sure to throw a beautiful and artistic walk...
316 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
The food and wine opportunities for Fredericksburg keep on coming and Otto's is a fine example of honoring the German heritage of the region while pumping in some youthful, delicious and creative takes on some of the old classics. The house the...
301 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
If you're looking for a delicious and quick lunch while you're wandering in Fredericksburg, TX, look no further than 'hotwurst' for some delicious sausage. If you're still hungry, make sure you also hit up the same building for some frozen yogurt....
323 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
As their menu will tell you, 'Auslander' is the German world for foreigner or tourist, but inside this 20 year old, traditional biergarten you'll feel right at home. Located on Main Street and just across from the entrance to the Nimitz Museum,...
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