Browsing category: Places to Go

A Scenic Day Trip to Krause Springs and Stone House Vineyard

I just dearly love Thanksgiving.  The flavors, the togetherness, the weather - and the family games. This year, we played Hedbanz, and it was great fun! By the time Friday rolls around, though, if you're like me, you kinda start itchin' for a little something to do outside.   Shopping? Maybe.  More likely, something like a great little day trip.  So we made turkey sandwiches from two loaves of French bread that we could slice when we reached our destination, and loaded them into our insulated picnic bag, along with a bag

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A Day Trip to San Antonio

My step-dad doesn't know that we are supposed to be speaking with shorter words when conversing with millenials.  But, for the whole time I've known him, he has been a pro at calling cities and towns by half their real names. San Antone is short for San Antonio.  Until I was 14 years old, I literally Did.Not.Know.That. Same with Albu-kerk.  That's only the half of it.  I should have figured it out sooner.  We listened to plenty of country music on family trips in the brown station wagon - but, for real, I thought the singers

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Love the Ones You’re With – A Day Trip to Brenham

If you're down and confused...And you don't remember who you're talking to...Concentration slips away...Because your baby is so far away... -Stephen Stills (1970) OverFiftyers have a lot more in common than our love for '70s music and platform shoes.  One big thing is this:  The kids don't live at home anymore.  If we're lucky, we might have one that comes home from college in the summer.  Lots of us are blessed to live in the same town with our kids, but if not...we make plans to see them whenever, wherever and however

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The Violet Crown is Worth the Drive Downtown

Movies are just so much fun.  One of my friends started going to a Tuesday afternoon movie when her kids were in Mother's Day Out and has never stopped.  My parents love to watch movies at home, but occasionally, if there's a great action film on the big screen, they make plans and go.  Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law's whole turkey-stuffed family has seen a movie together. Movies are great fun - and the theaters are a big part of the experience. Lots of people in Texas live in small towns and

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Walk This Way

During the six days of creation, lush greenery and scenery happened overnight.  Fast forward to 2016, and ponder for a second just how much work goes into maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces. Somebody is picking up the trash, mowing the grass and maintaining the plants just about anywhere we could possibly go. Until a recent walk around one of Austin's most beautiful places, I had hardly given that a thought.   In fact, as I was mulling this over, our September issue of Austin Monthly arrived, and I discovered that the

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Let’s Go to Luckenbach, Texas

If people ask what's my best idea for a day trip, I'll tell them to go to Luckenbach, Texas.  This was the best one-day excursion we've done since moving to Austin. Since we went to Luckenbach, I've mentioned it to many people.  Many people who've lived in Austin way longer than we have.  People who even graduated from the University of Texas and never left.  And guess what? Many of them have never been to Luckenbach, Texas.  Not with Waylon.  Not with Willie.  Not with the boys. Take it from your friendly intentional

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Only a Day (Trip) Away

Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya,' tomorrow You're only a day away.                                   -- Annie One of the themes of Annie's life is that she's hopeful for a better tomorrow...and tomorrow is only a day away. We can make it through a whole lot of "stuff" when we stay hopeful for tomorrow. When it's Thursday, Friday is just around the corner, and when it's midnight, morning is on the way.  There's always hope for a bright and glorious tomorrow! Speaking of a day away, how about planning a little road trip?

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What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it's true at all, it's true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.  I wish I could have known her. Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume - and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I'll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!). So, yes, it's probably obvious that I'm a big ol' fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who's sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying

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4 of Austin’s Great Family Photo Ops – and a fun idea

If you're like us, when family comes to town, you do three things: hang out together, eat and take pictures. We love it when friends and family come to see us in Austin, and we always try to scope out a little something new to enjoy with them.  We've toured the Texas State Capitol  and enjoyed day trips to hill country hot spots.  We've taken our guests to wine tastings, shopping at the Domain, pedicures, and movies.  But since, most of the year, the weather is so nice, and the scenery is so splendid, we have grown pretty fond of

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Grape Creek Vineyards – Fredericksburg, Texas

A trip to Fredericksburg once involved two days' travel time for us.  Now that we are Austinoverfifty-ers, a day trip to Fredericksburg is easy peasy. We can go often... and we do. Do you like quaint shopping?  German food,?  PEACHES?  Hiking?  Then you are sure to love Fredericksburg.  You can stay for the weekend, or go for the day.  Go with girlfriends, or go with your spouse.  Go by yourself if you want to!  Fredericksburg is a true Texas gem, the epicenter of the Texas hill country wine region, and no visitor leaves

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