Sunday, August 31, 2014

Texas Hill Country Living

The nicest part about living in San Antonio is all the activities we can experience within a day's drive. We love visiting Fredericksburg and the wineries on Highway 290. Recently, we stopped in the little town of Blanco and enjoyed a nice day there.

First, we stopped for some BBQ at Old 300. It was amazing! The brisket was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the ribs fell right off the bone. My BBQ stuffed baked potato was a huge hit! They let you fix it up all by yourself. The interior is decorated cute and locals were coming in the whole time we ate there. On Saturdays and Sunday they have a special type of brisket made with Wugyu beef. We can't wait to go back and try it!



We then went down the street to visit and tour Real Ale. They are known for their Fireman's 4, which is a pale ale. Right now Real Ale is only available in Texas. The tour was fun and laid back. They give you tastings (and tour) for free! It is offered only on Fridays, but I highly recommend bringing a group of friends and hanging out. They have picnic tables outside and allow dogs. And their beer tastes good!





Next we ventured down Ranch Road 1623 (which leads to Fredericksburg) and stopped at Albert Ice House. We have been wanting to visit it for quite awhile. They had their windows opened, letting you know they were open. The bar inside was so cute and unique! The have a food truck outside that is ready to satisfy your hunger, cold beer to quench your thirst, and a dance hall for your two-stepping nights. Old Texas Charm was everywhere here. The owners take great pride in it! We signed our name on the Guest Log (an actual log!) and hope to see it hanging from the ceiling one day.







Another Sunday we ventured off in the opposite direction of Blanco, towards New Braunfels. New Braunfels offers two rivers for guests to float: the Comal and the Guadalupe. We have heard that the Guadalupe is the prettiest to float but unfortunately it was too low when we came. Make sure you look up the river levels before you venture down! It was so low we would have had to carry our tubes most of the way; not relaxing! 

We stopped at Texas Tubes to gather our tubes. They are located right on the Comal River. So you park, rent your tubes, hand over your keys as a deposit, and then take the stairs to the river! Then at the end of your float there is a bus waiting for you. It was very convenient. We wanted to be there early Sunday morning to beat the rush of people plus the hot weather and bright sun. Perfect timing. The Comal is about 2 miles long and it took us 3 hours to float. 

Two great things about getting there early: you miss the crowds and its peaceful. When we finished, a lady said their tube shop just put in 400 tubes! When we got back to Texas Tubes, it was all rowdy with kids blaring their radio and coolers full! Fun, but just not what were were looking for that day. The bad thing about being so early on a Sunday: you can't drink any alcohol until after 12 pm. 

We saw a lot of deer and turtles. Unfortunately I was too scared to take my phone on the trip, so all our pictures during the float are on a waterproof camera. I need to get that developed soon. Wear a lot of sunscreen and have fun!








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