September 19, 2023 | By TH Staff
July 25, 2023 | By Chet Garner
Two hours northwest of Austin, you’ll find a town that has served as a Texas crossroads since 1885.
June 27, 2023 | By Bobby Alemán
In a field of brickellbush, hundreds of monarch butterflies move with the
May 26, 2023 | By John O. Lumpkin
May 10, 2023 | By W.K. Stratton
I had my one encounter with honest-to-goodness cedar choppers just about the time those “almost mythical, gypsy-like people,” as Texas literary legend Edwin “Bud” Shrake referred to them in an essay, were disappearing from the Hill Country.
March 3, 2023 | By Pam LeBlanc
February 28, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill
February 28, 2023 | By Lori Rackl
December 24, 2022 | By Dale Weisman
“We called him Old Yeller. The name had a sort of double meaning. One part meant that his short hair was a dingy yellow, a color that we called ‘yeller’ in those days.
November 23, 2022 | By Heather Brand
November 22, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski
October 27, 2022 | By Matt Joyce
October 27, 2022 | By Chet Garner
Not every Texas town is full of obvious tourist destinations. Sometimes, you’ve got to flip a couple rocks to find the good spots hidden out of sight.
August 25, 2022 | By Clayton Maxwell
May 24, 2022 | By Sarah Thurmond
In March 1972, a short writeup in the Kerrville Mountain Sun described what locals could expect at the town’s brand-new music festival.
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April 28, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski
He’s the bard of the Hill Country—a satirist, author, singer-songwriter, raconteur, and equal-opportunity offender. He’s run for Texas governor, not to mention state agricultural commissioner and Kerr County justice of the peace.
April 28, 2022 | By Jacqueline Knox
April 28, 2022 | By Laurel Miller
April 28, 2022 | By Chet Garner
At the crossroads where the Hill Country meets South Texas sits a charming town with a history deeper than its swimming holes.
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February 24, 2022 | By Steven Craig Lindsey
February 24, 2022 | By Laurel Miller
December 23, 2021 | By Dina Gachman
November 26, 2021 | By Heather Brand
Seasonal migration is underway, and it’s not just cranes and warblers making their way to Texas.
November 24, 2021 | By May Cobb
September 23, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc
September 22, 2021 | By Matthew Adams
In a world where we are perhaps overly dependent on GPS—focused on getting from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible—I’ve found that simply unfurling a road map and blindly jabbing a finger down on the page just to see what’s there is a surefire way of reopening my mind to the possibilities of exploration and adventure.
June 24, 2021 | By Chet Garner
In the rolling hills and prairies between Austin and Houston, you’ll find the heart of Texas Czech country.
May 6, 2021 | By Amanda Ogle
Fredericksburg has a long history of attracting enterprising people looking for land and new opportunities. During the 1840s, thousands of Germans immigrated to Texas and, under an effort led by the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, the town was founded on May 8, 1846, by Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach.
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January 23, 2021 | By Kimya Kavehkar
Even before the trail officially debuted last weekend, Jester King was a fun place to socialize while spreading out. But the new addition tap into something else Texans have been craving since March—a connection with nature.
December 14, 2020 | By Dan Oko
Reading Boerne-based author Steve Ramirez’s first book, Casting Forward, feels a lot like stepping into the refreshing Texas Hill Country rivers Ramirez visits in the book’s pages.
July 30, 2020 | By Julia Jones
June 25, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski
June 16, 2020 | By John Lumpkin
May 13, 2020 | By Jill Coody Smits
From frosé to brosé to “rosé all day,” pink wine has moved from fad to favorite among summertime libations. It’s only right—given the light, refreshing wine pairs perfectly with Texas heat—that our state’s vintners are producing rosés that any oenophile would be proud to pour.
February 27, 2020 | By Paula Forbes
February 27, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar
February 6, 2020 | By Julia Jones and Kimya Kavehkar
Valentine’s Day comes with a lot of pressure—gifts, dinner reservations, grand gestures. Perhaps the most romantic thing of all is to eschew the holiday’s expectations and get out of town—with your honey, of course. These Texas resorts offer seclusion with a dash of luxury for a weekend of bonding and relaxation.
December 6, 2019 | By June Naylor
The annual pilgrimage became so popular that a resort called Canyon of the Eagles was built around the experience. This month, the eco-lodge—located 60 miles northwest of Austin, and about 19 miles from Burnet—celebrates its 20th anniversary.
A Fredericksburg Native Reckons With His Hometown’s Evolution From a German Enclave to a Tourist Destination
November 27, 2019 | By John Davidson
November 26, 2019 | By Allison McNearney
September 30, 2019 | By John Lumpkin
Asign above the door to Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg tells patrons what they need to know about the restaurant: “Texas Wine Spoken Here.” Fluently, in fact. Cabernet Grill has landed on Wine Enthusiast’s “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” two years in a row with an all-Texas wine list—a feat even the most Texas-centric restaurants haven’t achieved.
September 23, 2019 | By
Mother Nature’s autumnal coloration of leaves before she applies her cruel winter grip is a visual gift typically associated with areas of the country that actually experience four distinct seasons. In Texas, where for the most part it’s oppressively hot and dry in September and October, green can abruptly give way to brown, without displaying even a hint of the kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows typical of a postcard New England fall. There are hidden pockets of the state, however, where the trees, beneficiaries of just the right weather conditions, offer one final, dramatic blush. Follow our photographers to these special places for some of the best foliage in the state—from the Nolan River in North Texas and Garner State Park in the Hill Country, to the Canadian River in the Panhandle and Guadalupe Mountains
National Park in West Texas.
June 24, 2019 | By
A lot of lore surrounds the naming of Devil’s Waterhole along a northeast branch of Inks Lake State Park near Burnet: One legend says the land’s previous owner was known to curse loudly whenever his wagon got stuck crossing it, while others believe Native Americans originally named it for its warmer waters. While the source of the name is unconfirmed, there’s no question that it’s a popular natural swimming area for daredevils. It can only be reached from inside the park by either hiking the quarter-mile Devil’s Waterhole Trail or by paddling along Inks Lake. Upon arrival, hikers and paddlers are greeted by the park’s metamorphic rock, Valley Spring Gneiss, with ledges rising up to 40 feet above the water.
June 20, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves
Hill Country summer favorite Hamilton Pool has been reservations-only since 2016 due to the swimming hole’s popularity. But if you’re still looking for a scenic place to cool your heels, there’s a more secluded spot five minutes away.
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Garner State Park, Lost Maples State Natural Area, and the surrounding Hill Country take you away from it all in the May edition of “A Piece of Texas” video series.
May 22, 2019 | By Amanda Eyre Ward
April 15, 2019 | By Asher Elbein
On summer nights in the Hill Country, rivers of Mexican free-tail bats stream out of caves and abandoned buildings, spiraling up to hunt in the skies. One colony of bats emerges from a strange, 30-foot-high structure that resembles a church steeple on stilts, with pyramidal shingles, and is visible from a public road in the Kendall County town of Comfort.