Browsing category: Places to Go

Make Your Reservations Now to See The Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well

Two places that always top the charts of Austin area must-see locations are The Blue Hole and Jacob's Well. After 4 years of living here, we recently decided it was way past time to see these two gems for ourselves. If you're like us, and you've never seen these well-Instagrammed spots either, check out the reservation pages here and here. There are still available times between now and the last day of swimming - September 30. The Blue Hole The Blue Hole itself is a gorgeous water feature inside the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional

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Day Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

One of the best things about living in Austin is its proximity to so many scenic spots in the Texas Hill Country. In a short hour's time from downtown Austin, much of Texas' rugged beauty can be experienced and enjoyed. The next time you find yourself hankerin' for a switch from your regular routine, consider a day trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. C.A. and Harriet Wheatley were a well-suited couple who enjoyed camping and fishing together for years after they were married in 1916. They were also a good business team,

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A Visit to the LBJ Ranch

On a recent anniversary weekend trip over to Johnson City, Texas, we toured the LBJ Ranch. If you haven't been there, you'll love the scenic drive from Austin and the step back in time once you arrive. It was in this historic place that Lyndon Baines Johnson was born, is buried and lived a totally Texas-style Presidential lifestyle in between. First - Coffee! Every serious road tripper knows that every serious road trip begins with a delicious latte, right?  Fortunately, there's a coffee shop in Johnson City where you can

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An Elaborate Mother’s Day Picnic in La Grange, Texas

Aren't you glad May was designated as the month in which to celebrate Mother's Day? Yellow and pink flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining, and the birdies are chirping. I don't know about you, but all of those things put together sure do make me want to go on a Mother's Day picnic. Mother's Day Traditions What traditions does your family have on this Sunday in May when it's all about Mom? When I was growing up in Amarillo, Mother's Day was a big deal for lots of reasons, but what was number one? Mom didn't have

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A Pajama Party, A Slice of Pie and A Parking Ticket – Just a Typical Girlfriends’ Weekend

I don't know why we said it, do you? Why, in the 70's did we emphasize important statements by starting with: "Man!" Man, that test was so hard! Man, look at that green Camaro! Man, I can't wait 'till summer! Stuff like that. Well, even though I LOVE men, especially mine, and even though I so want to energetically emphasize my next statement, it just seems a little, well, off, or even off-putting, to say, "Man! We had the best girlfriends' weekend!" See what I mean? So maybe I could say, "Wow!" (nope, that's overused) or

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A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham

A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham When you live in the Texas hill country, Brenham is a well-known day trip destination. That's partly because of its proximity to Austin (just about an hour and a half east on Hwy 290) and partly because of its thriving downtown (shops and restaurants around the walkable town square). [caption id="attachment_4432" align="aligncenter" width="1201"] Photo courtesy DowntownBrenham.com[/caption] However, what really gives Brenham a top spot on the day-trip list is the fact that there's always

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A Full List of Fall Home Tours

HAPPY TEXAS FALL, Y'ALL!  While it's not, by the calendar, technically FALL for a few more days, it's close enough for you and me, isn't it?

We start getting ready for a pumpkin spice latte just about now, right? And football - and leaves changing from green to burnt orange - and being wrapped in a blanket on a cool morning - and - well, you know - just all things FALL!

Back in the panhandle where I'm from, the leaves are changing and blowing right off the trees about now, but the hearts

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All This and More Can Be Yours at Buc-ee’s

If it's really true that everything is bigger in Texas, Buc-ee's is one place that proves it.  With its Beaver-beholden label on loads of signature snacks, Buc-ee's is drawing roadsters in for their roadies like nobody's business. (Taffy is one of Buc-ee's bestsellers.) If you forgot to bring a nice piece of jewelry home from your business trip to Houston, just stop for a bag of these Beaver Nuggets or Buc-ee's Nug-ees for your sweetie. There's a chance she'll be just as happy. But, hold it, first stop - restrooms!

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3 Packed Days in D.C. – Where to Go and What to Eat

(Note: This is Day Two of a series of three posts about our family's trip to Washington, D.C. In case you missed Day One, here's where to find it.) 3 Packed Days in D.C. - Where to Go and What to Eat My dear man LOVES a certain movie. We saw it the first time together, but the million and 12 times after that, he's seen it on his own. In bits and pieces. In small Saturday afternoon splices and Sunday night special scenes. I don't think he's seen it in its entirety more than once, but he NEVER tires of whatever part he gets to

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3 Packed Days in D.C. How We Got There, Where We Stayed and How We Got Around

"Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that." - Clark Griswold [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Photo credit - Today.com[/caption] Clark Griswold was right about that. Back in the day, half the fun of vacation was the getting there part. Well...until the driver who had just about had it pulled over to let all of you have it. My step-dad cared not one lick (so to speak) where we were when it was time to pull that big brown station wagon of ours over, either. We could have been

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