Hill Country Travel Blog

09January
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BOERNE, TEXAS: THE HILL COUNTRY GATEWAY

Before we dig in, let's address the elephant in the room: Boerne is one of the toughest town names to pronounce in the whole state of Texas. If you pronounce it “born” or “borny,” you're likely to get a raised eyebrow or two in response. It's bur-NEE, like the name “Bernie,” only with the accent on the second syllable. There! Now you sound like a native!

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2020December
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Lake front Properties

Texas may be known for drought conditions but that doesn't stop us from having some of the most beautiful lake front properties. Come checkout our large selection of lake properties for every budget.

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2020November
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BANDERA, TEXAS: THE COWBOY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

Every town in the United States has its claim to fame, and there are dozens in the great American West that celebrate that truly American icon: The Cowboy. But only Bandera, Texas embodies the history and lore of the Cowboy in such a manner that truly earns it the title of The Cowboy Capital of the World.

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2020November
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ACCESSING THE HILL COUNTRY'S RIVERS

The Hill Country is famous throughout the Lone Star State and beyond for its natural beauty and serene country settings. The rivers coursing through this region are equally well-known for adventurous and social sporting activities such as tubing, kayaking, and canoeing.

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2020October
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HILL COUNTRY STATE NATURAL AREA: BACK TO NATURE

We'll be honest here: if your idea of “roughing it” is no cable TV and briefly being out of cell phone range, the Hill Country State Natural Area probably isn't going to be your cup of tea. However, if you're seeking a rustic and beautiful return-to-nature getaway, enhanced by the breathtaking views only the Texas Hill Country can provide, a visit to the Hill Country State Natural Area will prove to be a memorable treat.

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2020October
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TEXAS' OWN UTOPIA

Utopia: the perfect society. Loosely translated from the Greek, the word itself means “no place” or “not a place,” in essence, a society too good to really exist. Though the word was coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516, the concept of a Utopian society dates all the way back to Plato's Republic, written around 375 BC.

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2020September
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ROLLIN' ON THE RIVERS, HILL COUNTRY STYLE

Several beautiful rivers wind their way through the Texas Hill Country, and there's plenty to do both on their waters and along their shores for our guests! Here are some helpful ideas for what you can do on these winding waters, to maximize the adventure of your Hill Country river vacation.

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2020September
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TAKE A PEEK AT THE HILL COUNTRY'S PIPE CREEK

Small-town Texas is a culture all its own. It's more laid back; there's none of that big-city rush or pressure to do and see everything all at once. With that said, we're not saying there nothing to do in the little towns of the scenic Texas Hill Country.

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2020August
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GOVERNMENT CANYON STATE NATURAL AREA

In northwest Bexar County, just north of San Antonio, lie the 12,244 naturally-preserved acres of the Government Canyon State Natural Area. Folks sometimes refer to it as “Government Canyon State Park,” or just “Government Canyon Park,” though officially it's a Natural Area, where the chief focus is on environmental restoration and stability.

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2020July
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CASTROVILLE, TEXAS: THE FRANCE OF TEXAS

In Castroville, you're just as likely to be greeted by a “bonjour” as you are to hear “howdy!” Texas hospitality blends perfectly with European charm in this beautiful little Hill Country town just west of San Antonio. Founded and populated by immigrants from the Alsace region of France (in the northeastern part of the country, bordering Germany and Switzerland), Castroville takes pride in its rich history, while having played its own part in the formation of the Lone Star State.

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2020July
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Health-Safe Getaway

Recent global events have made many of us much more health-conscious in our day-to-day lives. Understandably, cabin fever has set in for a lot of people, and the urge to plan a vacation is growing. In these trying times, where is it safe to plan a vacation or getaway, while still guarding our personal health? This article sorts out the facts, and offers pointers for your great escape!

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2020July
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TOP CAR SHOWS & ATTRACTIONS IN THE HILL COUNTRY

The Hill Country has something to offer folks of many varying interests and passions, and fans of fine four-wheeled craftsmanship are no exception! Whether you're here to admire the work and care of fellow enthusiasts, or you have a car you'd like to show off, there are plenty of opportunities for both in the Hill Country. This article is dedicated to those who celebrate the automobile, and will serve as a guide to car-focused events and locations in this beautiful region of the Lone Star State.

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2020June
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MEDINA, TEXAS: THE APPLE OF THE HILL COUNTRY'S EYE

New York state has its Big Apple, and that's fine as far as that goes; a lot of hustle-bustle in a crowded and fast-paced atmosphere. In the Texas Hill Country, they do things in a more laid-back style, and nowhere is it as true as in Medina (pronounced Muh-DEE-nuh), a tiny town of just over 500 souls in northern Bandera County.

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2020June
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THE TOAST OF TEXAS: HILL COUNTRY WINERIES AND TOURS

Take aside any random stranger on the street, inside or outside of Texas, and ask them what comes to mind when you mention the Lone Star State. They'll mention the Alamo for sure, maybe the oil industry, and the rich history of cowboys and cattle drives. Texas BBQ and Tex-Mex cuisine will probably pop up on their lists, and those with their finger on the pulse of business might mention the growing tech sector in the “Silicon Hills.” And these are all famous and true things about Texas. Fair enough.

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2020May
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LOST MAPLES STATE NATURAL AREA: PRISTINE HILL COUNTRY

Anthropological and historical records show that the Lost Maples area had been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times. Luckily, however, throughout its history, the human habitation that took place had been low-impact—that is to say, no irreversible harm was done to the land, wildlife, or plant life indigenous to what we now know as the Texas Hill Country. Small Spanish colonies, Native American settlements, and ranching were prominent in the area during its more modern history (from the 17th century forward), leaving it more or less untouched and in its natural state.

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2020May
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GARNER STATE PARK—OLD BALDY AND MORE!

In north-central Uvalde County, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, lies Garner State Park, one of the Lone Star State's most popular camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and nature-viewing spots. Backroads Reservations is proud to present a brief history and overview of this enormous and awe-inspiring park.

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