The 2019 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas is now being provided to consumers at RV shows, visitors’ bureaus and campgrounds in Texas and across the country. AND IT HIGHLIGHTS UNIQUE FESTIVALS ACROSS THE LONE STAR STATE![Read more…] about THE 2019 RV TRAVEL & CAMPING GUIDE TO TEXAS
KAHALA SUNSET LODGE SPICEWOOD, TEXAS, in The Hill Country
You may already know how much I love Texas Hill Country! The Hill Country is truly an amazing destination. I’ve been to the Hill Country several times, but I am eager to keep going and to see and explore more of it! These photos are from my latest trip, a lovely week we spent in Spicewood, Texas, on Lake Travis! We stayed at Kahala Sunset Lodge, and I very highly recommend it! You can find the Kahala Sunset Lodge in Spicewood at VRBO, or HomeAway!
Here comes Georgetown Wine and Music Festival! I had a ball last year attending the Georgetown Wine and Music Festival. This year the event will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 Noon to 7 p.m. Be sure to put it on your calendar!
Here is my post from last year’s festival, hoping this will prompt you to head to Georgetown! Just click YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE GEORGETOWN AND THE WINE FESTIVAL!
It’s time for Fall Creek’s Wine Harvest and Stomp! Last year I had the distinct honor to attend a Wine Harvest and Stomp at Fall Creek Winery in Tow, Texas which is in the fabulous Texas Hill Country. It was the first time I had seen grape stomping, but even more wonderful were the meals, music, and wine tastings! Take a look at Fall Creek Vineyard’s Harvest event on 25 August! I’m sure you will want to put it on your calendar! The Hill Country is waiting for you!
Are you aware there are 10 places where you can go bat-shit crazy in the Lone Star State? Particularly in the Hill Country! Yep, the state of Texas is batty about bats! Texans love watching bats emerge in the evenings and they will travel to do it. Most particularly, Texas is crazy about the Mexican Free-tailed Bat who migrates to many parts of the state beginning in March every year. These cool bats spend their winters in Mexico and summers in Texas. Sounds kind of nice, don’t you think? So, why does Texas, or anyone for that matter, care about bat populations, you want to know? Well, the answer is quite simple: bats are a very necessary part of our ecosystem. Throughout history people have viewed bats in a negative fashion, but the fact is that they are a positive force in nature and in farming, for many reasons. They eat a lot of our most detested and bothersome insects such as mosquitoes, they pollinate many plant and tree species, and even their guano (waste) can be mined and used as a very valuable fertilizer. Farmers, especially those in Texas, encourage bats to forage on their lands nightly. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats love eating moths, and moths love to eat corn, cotton, pecans and sorghum from the fields. Did you know that moths can lay 1,000 eggs? Imagine the tons of moths eaten by bats, lowering the number of these pests eating crops. Studies have found that bats save millions of dollars in pesticide costs for farmers all over the United States, and that is good for humans and the economy as well. Texas Hill Country is a bat mecca! [Read more…] about 10 Places You Can Go Bat-Shit Crazy in Texas Hill Country!
A visit to the Gruene Historic District is an absolute MUST when visiting New Braunfels. It is a quaint area with entertainment, shopping, and eating, and what’s better than that? On my visit to New Braunfels I so enjoyed my visit to Gruene with Judy from In New Braunfels. Here is how I heard the story: in the 1840s a German named Ernst Gruene (pronounced Green) decided to immigrate to start a new life. His fiance was not too crazy about the idea and refused to go. Ernst saw a young woman hanging laundry while walking through his village in Germany, and asked her to marry him and move to America. She said yes. And so they came to New Braunfels in 1845, bought land downriver from the settlement, and ended up building a family, a town, a prosperous cotton business, and his wife, Antoinette, undoubtedly ruled the roost.
While visiting the town I really enjoyed seeing photos of the family. Gruene’s history and historic buildings are a lovely place to wander. There is the Gruene Mansion (now an Inn), the Gruene Dance Hall where music is still played every night and Texans can dance to their heart’s content, a general store, more homes, inns, etc. The district is on the national historic register, and everything is kept up beautifully. Right on the river, one can eat, do wine tasting, shop, and dance. Gruene is a very German, but also very Texan, town. I loved it and can’t wait to go back when I have plenty of leisure time to spend the entire day there. Definitely weekend worthy, folks!