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A Day Spent at Lake Bastrop Trailway Rewards Human and Canine Adventurers

April 28, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

When my dog and I go hiking, I try to find trails that meet three criteria.

Spend a Weekend Getaway at One of These Quirky Vacation Rentals

November 15, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

If there’s anything positive that came out of the pandemic, it’s certainly a newfound passion for travel within one’s own state where there are a plethora of creative, quirky, and design-inspired residences to stay in, usually in small towns tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

For Bastrop Residents, Last Week’s Rolling Pines Fire Was Too Close for Comfort

January 25, 2022 | By Dina Gachman

The history of Bastrop County is marked by wildfires, the most devastating being the 2011 Complex Fire that burned 32,000 acres and lasted 55 days.

How Artists and Ex-Austinites Are Changing Bastrop

December 23, 2021 | By Dina Gachman

New Safari-Style Tents Offer Hassle-Free Camping at Lake Bastrop North Shore Park

August 23, 2021 | By Melissa Gaskill

Five minutes after arrival at Lake Bastrop North Shore Park, my friend and I are relaxing around the firepit as flames crackle and the sky darkens into a canopy of stars.

From Hurricane Katrina to COVID-19, an Englishman’s Love of Music Prevails in Small-Town Texas

March 11, 2021 | By Kahron Spearman

What It’s Like to Open a Restaurant in Texas During a Pandemic

February 6, 2021 | By Jill Coody Smits

Despite the daunting landscape, however, indefatigable chef-entrepreneurs across the state are also opening restaurants, hiring back eager-to-work staff, and serving delicious food.

Violet Crown Spirits Hopes to Mend Absinthe’s Bad Reputation

March 26, 2020 | By Laurel Miller

This Wilderness Survival Course Teaches Beginners How to Navigate an Outdoor Emergency

October 28, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

Earth Native founder Dave Scott grew up tagging along with his father and uncle on volunteer search-and-rescue missions in Colorado. After six years in the military, he began studying wilderness survival techniques. In 2011, he launched Earth Native, one of a handful of schools in Texas that meld advanced outdoor skills like backcountry navigation, shelter building, and plant medicine with nature appreciation. Scott says he’s noticed an uptick in people’s interest in these types of skills because of survival-oriented reality TV shows. But the majority of his students tend to be less extreme. They mostly want to get into backpacking or spend more time outside with their kids.

Century-Old Image Captures a Bastrop County Mining Band

July 23, 2019 | By

In the first half of the 20th century, Bastrop County was a hotbed for lignite mining as companies extracted the low-grade coal for fuel. The mine companies recruited workers from Mexico, and several mining towns sprang up between Bastrop and McDade. In the town of Phelan, a community band took shape, performing throughout the county in concerts and parades. This picture of the Phelan Band was taken about 5 miles north of Bastrop at the Glenn-Belto Mine during a Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration. This spring, the Bastrop County Historical Museum opened a new permanent exhibit documenting the local coal-mining boom.

Stories of Suffering and Salvation from Colonial Texas’ Western Edge

June 27, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

For the colonists who settled Texas, the Colorado River represented boundless potential—lands thick with alluvial soils, timber, and game. But as the edge of civilization, the Colorado also meant danger—a treacherous obstacle that was prone to flooding, deadly to cross, and a harbor for native tribes.

The Adventure Seeker’s Spring Break at McKinney Roughs

March 1, 2019 | By Melissa Gaskill

With 18 miles of hiking trails—
13 of them open to mountain bikes and horses, along with plenty of flora and fauna along the Colorado River—
McKinney Roughs Nature Park lives up to the “nature” in its name. Adding the word “adventure” seems more appropriate though, given the current offerings of zip lining, universal terrain vehicle tours, survival skill classes, and more. All of the above makes this Lower Colorado River Authority property an excellent destination for a family spring break adventure.

5 Texas Restaurants That Will Change Your Mind About Vegan Food

February 19, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

If the thought of vegan food conjures images of a giant plate of alfalfa sprouts, it’s time to revisit the concept. These days, vegan restaurants in Texas tend more toward soul food than rabbit food, and they use creative stand-ins for beef (protein-rich seitan, made from vital wheat gluten), cheese (soaked and pureed nuts), and pork (the shredded flesh of the giant Asian jackfruit) that can satisfy even die-hard carnivores. While Austin has long been considered the capital of Texas’ vegan scene, other cities now offer stiff competition in the way of veggie-forward, animal-free fare.

Texas’ Only Caffeinated Plant Makes a Buzzworthy Tea

December 14, 2017 | By Susan L. Ebert

With his interest in native plants, it’s small wonder Ellis grew fascinated with North America’s only naturally caffeinated plant—yaupon holly, which grows prolifically in Texas east of I-35 and is considered by most ranchers to be a nuisance. Ellis began reading everything he could about it and soon spread his enthusiasm to two friends who shared his social, environmental, and locavore sensibilities. The three eventually formed the business that would evolve into Lost Pines Yaupon Tea.

The Bastrop Aesthetic

August 22, 2014 | By June Naylor

Instead of pigeon-holing Bastrop as a place to stop for a piece of pie and a poke around the shops, my husband and I arrive for a weekend visit to take a fresh look at Bastrop as a place for enjoying art and other handcrafted beauty.

Texas Top 40 No. 38, Bastrop

December 4, 2013 | By

The same natural beauty and fertility that first attracted Native Americans and some of Texas’ earliest settlers to the pine forests on the Colorado River still make Bastrop a welcoming escape today. Bastrop capitalizes on its rich heritage with historic neighborhoods and a downtown full of restored buildings that house charming shops and cafés.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By

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Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

Spotlight on Bastrop

February 25, 2009 | By

Bastrop had been on my mind since last fall, when I spent a couple of hours poking around the picturesque downtown, which nestles against the banks of the Colorado River southeast of Austin.

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