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

Eastern State Penitentiary (Image Credit: Adam Jones)

Eastern State Penitentiary (Image Credit: Adam Jones)

Are you one for creepy scenes and disturbing background stories? Then these places may just be the perfect additions to your bucket list. From abandoned theme parks to a house of murder, these places are rich with history and plenty of ghost stories to go along with them. Here are just a few historically haunted locations you may need to pack your bags for immediately. Continue reading

Your First Time Wine Tasting

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(Image Credit: Boggy)

If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity and are over the age of 21, wine tasting is definitely an experience you should try! I’m not typically a huge wine drinker, but I love trying new things, so when I was first presented with the opportunity to attend a wine tasting, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Continue reading

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

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

Although summertime is coming to a close, it’s no reason to stop looking for travel destinations. Art museums make great additions to any bucket list. They also come with interesting cities to explore. Check out these five museums as a starting place for your next adventure. Continue reading

50 Fun Things to Do This Summer!

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(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

With summer in full swing, it’s not too late to start planning all the ways we’ll spend those precious and fleeting moments of warm sunshine and good vibes. We all have our favorite summertime activities, but sometimes we blank when it comes to thinking up what fun thing to do next. Well, here’s a list of 50 awesome activities covering tons of interests and cost-levels the next time you’re stumped about what to do! Continue reading

The Importance of Traveling at a Young Age

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(Image Credit: Masson)

Nothing will make you feel more alive than leaving the small boundaries that confine you inside your bubble of a world. I say that because we all get stuck inside the bubble, whether we live in a city, a farm, or small town USA. By nature, human beings prefer comfort.  Continue reading

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5 Natural Wonders to Add to Your Bucket List!

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

It would come as no surprise if you’ve added seeing natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef or Mount Everest to your bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, those are obviously amazing places to want to visit. But what about the natural wonders that don’t make the esteemed Seven Natural Wonders of the World list? Well, they’re pretty incredible too. Here are five lesser known natural wonders to add to the bucket list! Continue reading

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5 Spas to Add to Your Bucket List

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

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

We all need a little time to ourselves every so often – so why not get spoiled in one of the coolest spas on earth? Go big or go home. For those of us that are all about those mani-pedis and facials, discovering a spa that goes above and beyond the average hotel beauty escape gets our hearts aflutter. Spa-lovers who are searching for some extraordinary pampering, look no further – here are some of the coolest spas in the world, all of which deserve a spot on every beauty queen’s bucket list: Continue reading

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5 Hidden Treasures of… Oregon

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(Image Credit: Tony Fischer)

While my home state may be best known from popular TV shows such as The Simpsons and Portlandia, there is much more to Oregon than hipsters, breweries, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Though Oregon wouldn’t necessarily come to most people’s minds when searching for a perfect vacation spot, there are a countless number of reasons why it should. While I could write a very lengthy article on how we “Keep Portland Weird,” I’m going to showcase some of the state’s best highlights both in and outside of the big city so you can really get a feel for everything Oregon has to offer. Continue reading

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5 Outrageous Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List!

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(Image Credit: Lolostock)

While the expression “kick the bucket” has long been in existence, the bucket list is a notion that has only gained popularity in the last decade. We all have exciting dreams for our lives; places we want to see, people we want to meet and adventures we’d like to have. Of course, such dreams and adventures could quickly drain our wallets – but that’s why the bucket list exists. It’s a place for the dreams that may not seem feasible at the moment, but could happen one day. One of the best parts of being human is that we have the ability to dream and there should be no cap on what you dream about. When people tell you something is impractical or impossible, maybe it is. But that doesn’t mean you should drop the notion like a hot coal. Slap it on that bucket list! Bucket list items go from simple to complex, normal to quirky, big to small. Nothing is off limits. We at The Daily Quirk recently reached out to some family and friends to see what outrageous adventures top their lists, and the answers were all over the map! Check out these five additions to make to your own list inspired by the bucket listers in our lives. Continue reading

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5 History Museums to Add to Your Bucket List!

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

I have a segmented bucket list. There are separate sections for places to go, things to master and books to read before I drop. My fastest growing section is always the places to go one (because the book list fluxes). Constantly researching new adventures, I think I’ve complied quite a nice list. In this article I’ll share five history museums that you’re definitely going to want add to your own bucket list! Continue reading

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5 Hidden Treasures of… Long Island

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

Long island – known as the little fish-looking thing coming out of New York. The island is comprised of four different counties: Brooklyn, Queens, but mostly Nassau and Suffolk. Although it gets overshadowed by the big city there are many hidden gems of Long Island that you should definitely go and see. Long Island is known for its amazing pizza, bagels, diners, terrible car accidents and the medium herself, Theresa Caputo, yes; but it has a lot more to offer than all of that. Continue reading

Staycation vs. Vacation: Which Wins?

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In the midst of a financial crisis and a very limited job market, cutbacks and lifestyle changes are happening everywhere. To save money, people have done away with cable subscriptions and taken up Netflix, switched from regular cell phone carriers to prepaid phones, traded in their SUV for smaller, fuel efficient cars and, lastly, said goodbye to their two-week long extravagant vacations. And thus, the staycation was born. Continue reading

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5 Theme Parks to Add to Your Bucket List!

Cedar Point (Image Credit: Cedar Point)

Cedar Point (Image Credit: Cedar Point)

Summer is upon us, and fun summer trips to theme parks are in full swing. The Disney parks are bustling, Six Flags and Busch Gardens and all the other amusement parks are packed with eager coaster-riders. If you’re a theme park enthusiast, there are a lot to choose from around the world. Here’s a list of five fun parks that you should definitely put on your bucket list. Continue reading