5 Hidden Treasures of Central Texas

5 Hidden Treasures of Central TexasI may or may not be totally biased when I say Texas is the greatest gift to this world, but I know with a state of such a large size, visitors have tons of opportunities to discover all of what the state has to offer. But as a born and raised central Texan, I am partial to say that this is where a majority of the awesome places to visit lie. Here are just a few places to add to your to do list if you ever find yourself in the Lone Star State.

Fredericksburg Herb Farm

Fredericksburg is a town in central Texas that is known for its huge German influence. The Herb Farm is a cottage styled house where visitors are welcome to stay as they travel through the culturally rich town. If you’re there in June, be sure to stop by the Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo and try and buy every kind of peach you can imagine.

 

Enchanted Rock

After you hit Fredericksburg, if you’re feeling adventurous, head up to Enchanted Rock. It is a state park that thousands of people each year choose to experience. Many people report back that the hiking experience is magical and would definitely recommend it to visitors!

 

Jacob’s Well

Not far from Wimberley, TX, is a spring known as Jacob’s Well. The water is clear and beautiful and diving tours are encouraged. Tours of the area and the spring itself are offered even in the winter months. The spring’s history and importance to Native Americans are highlighted during these tours.

 

Bluebonnet Cafe

In Marble Falls there is a cafe that has been standing since 1929. They serve breakfast all day and classic Texan dinners, but the cafe is revered for their pies. The pies are made from scratch every day and Monday through Friday 3-5 pm is pie happy hour! So be sure to stop by and grab a piece of pie and learn about the Bluebonnet Cafe’s long history.

 

Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall is in is located in Gruene, Texas, which is a part of New Braunfels. Like Fredericksburg, New Braunfels has a huge German-influenced history. The big draw of New Braunfels to most visitors is Schlitterbahn, which is a giant three part waterpark. However, if you’re looking to avoid long lines, head over to Gruene Hall, a dance hall that was built in 1878. You can catch a local country performer or maybe even a big name and dance the night away.

 

As the second largest state in the US, Texas has a lot to see. But if you’re looking to do something different than visit the beach or an amusement park, this list is here to help you discover places that not even all Texans have visited or heard of. Also, we Texans are known for our hospitality, so be sure to talk to the locals as you travel and learn more about our great state!

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5 Historically Haunted Places in the US To Add To Your Bucket List

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Eastern State Penitentiary (Image Credit: Adam Jones)

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2015 DragonCon: What to expect!

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DRAGONCON (Image Credit: Brian Skroback / The Daily Quirk)

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Your First Time Wine Tasting

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(Image Credit: Boggy)

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5 U.S. Art Museums to Add to Your Bucket List

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Booth Western Art Museum (Image Credit: Booth Museum Org)

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(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

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(Image Credit: ZoomTeam)

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles and…Strangers

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(Image Credit: Michael Jung)

It’s the golden rule of youth—“Don’t talk to strangers.” My parents were especially worried about me growing up, because, quite honestly, I didn’t think the rule made a lot of sense. There had been plenty of times I witnessed nothing but kindness from people I barely knew. It’s sad, really, the way our society has become a culture fueled by anxiety and worry.  And in a way, we had to become that way to protect ourselves and the ones we love. Interestingly enough, while sitting on a train New York City bound, I met an elderly woman that got me thinking a lot about the strangers we meet and the impact they can have on our life. Continue reading

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(Image Credit: Escape the Room)

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SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

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(Image Credit: Masson)

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The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

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ESPA Life at Corinthia (Image Credit: ESPA Life at Corinthia)

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5 Reasons Why Midnight Premieres Rule

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(Image Credit: Nebojsa Bobic)

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