March 19, 2012

Exploring Texas Hill Country

We have had amazing weather here in the Hill Country and so have taken the chance to explore. Over the weekend we toured several of the local vineyards. We especially enjoyed the Bluegrass, BBQ and Blue Bonnets festival at the Becker Vineyards.

The tasting room at Becker Vineyards 
Bluegrass music at Becker Vineyards 
Pedernales Cellars Vineyard
More live music at the Pedernales Cellars
There were no free tastings, which was a downer, but we did snag a couple of free tours.

This week we drove down to Boerne (which is pronounced Bernie, not Bourne, as in Bourne Ultimatum like I would have thought…), and we hiked the Cibolo Nature Trail at the Cibolo Nature Center.

Hiking the Cibolo Nature Trail 
On the way back we took the scenic ranch road 1376. Rolling countryside galore! We stopped over at the Sister Creek Vineyards to take a tour of their wine making facilities, and then made our way to Luckenbach, the little town that was made famous by country signers Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. We drove the “Luckenbach town loop”, and except for the stop to take pictures, I think it took us about 2 minutes. There is even a sign a mile down the road past Luckenbach that says “Luckenbach was 1 mile back”, in case you missed it. Luckin’-back on it, we probably won’t go there again (oh hardy-di-har, I’m a real knee slapper, aren’t I?).

Views off the Ranch Road 1376 
Luckenbach, TX 
Back country pickin' in Luckenbach, TX
Sister Creek Vineyards 
Self tour of the Sister Creek Vineyards
More pictures of Cibolo Nature Center and Luckenbach can be found here.

Happy Hill Country Exploring,


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