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Welcome to the
Crossroads of the Texas Hill Country Johnson City is a presidential hometown of renowned history, dramatic natural beauty, time-honored traditions and creative innovations. The headwaters of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, Johnson City has few stoplights … but a lot of charm.
The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce has as its mission “to promote the membership and business interests of Johnson City and enhance the well-being of commerce, industry, ranching, education, artistic and civic interest.” We believe that the legacy of our community continues and prosperity begins with the success of our local businesses. Thank you for your interest in Johnson City!
Table of Contents 4 — HISTORY 6 — ATTRACTIONS 10 — ART GALLERIES 12 — PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK 13 — CALENDAR OF EVENTS 17 — WINERIES, DISTILLERIES & BREWERIES 18 — LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND HISTORIC SITE 21 — WILDFLOWERS 22 — SCIENCE MILL 26 — SHOPPING 28 — DINING 30 — LODGING
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Johnson City HISTORY The Johnson Ranch on Town
Creek, set at an old crossroads, was the site of present day Johnson City. The northsouth route from Blanco to the Colorado River was known as early as Spanish times. Miranda passed this way in 1579 crossing the Pedernales in the vicinity of Johnson City on his way to inspect the supposed silver deposits near Llano.
McCarty Spring, just four miles to the northwest of town, was a favored way station for travelers between Austin and Fredericksburg. Andrew Jackson Johnson, an older brother to Tom and Sam Johnson, located his home near this spring in 1858 or 1859. None of the early sites grew into a lasting settlement other than as ranch stations. When Lyndon B. Johnson’s grandfather, Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., gave up his cattledriving business (driving cattle up the Chisholm Trail had become unprofitable), he and his brother, Tom Johnson, sold out their interests to a nephew, James Polk Johnson.
HOW JOHNSON CITY GOT ITS NAME
The nearest post office, mill, and general store were located 14 miles south in Blanco / Pittsburg. There were still renegade Indians roaming the area, so travel over any distance was viewed with great apprehension. For that reason, settlers in the north end of Blanco County began to plan for a city in the northern area. In 1879, a barbecue was held at the springs on Town Creek located on the Johnson Ranch. At this meeting three sites for a town were offered, and the one accepted by vote of the settlers was a 320acre plot of land on the Pedernales River offered by James Polk Johnson. After the decision, his many friends took him up 4 | VISITORS GUIDE
on their shoulders and cheered both his victory and the decision by the residents to name the new town after him.
JAMES POLK JOHNSON
James Polk Johnson successfully made the transition from rancher to businessman. It was his organizational ability that converted a natural way-station to a settled community and a county seat. James Polk’s Grist Mill was a steam-powered cotton gin and grist mill on Town Creek. Principal crops in this area were corn and cotton. In the early 1940’s, the gin was purchased by George Crofts and converted to a milling and grain operation, which flourished until the late 1970’s.
THE FIRST BUILDINGS
By the time of his premature death at age 40 in 1885, James Polk had built the first grist mill, the Pearl Hotel and had un-
der construction a building that was to be a general merchandise store (now the Johnson City Bank). This building came to have the first jail in its basement, and served as the first Johnson City courthouse. The first church congregation (Methodist) met in an upstairs room of this building until their church building was constructed, and later Lyndon B. Johnson had his local offices in this building constructed by his second cousin. JOHNSON CITY
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ATTRACTIONS LBJ Boyhood Home — page 18
The President lived here from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924. 200 E. Elm St. • 830-868-7128
The Exotic Resort Zoo
Established in 1995, the zoo is proud to remain family-owned and operated. Daily safari tours and a walk-around petting zoo are available. They boast over 600 exotic and endangered animals, most in an open range setting. 235 Zoo Trail • 830-868-4357
Top left: LBJ Ranch; bottom left: The Exotic Resort Zoo; right: Kitchen of LBJ Boyhood Home
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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park — page 18
President Johnson had a deep attachment for place and heritage. 199 State Park Road 52 Stonewall • 830-868-7128 JOHNSON CITY
Blanco County Courthouse
Designed by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps, the 1916 Blanco County Courthouse was the first permanent courthouse built after the seat of government moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890. Serving as contractor for the project was stonemason James Waterston, who had come from Scotland to Texas in 1883 to aid in the construction of the state Capitol. The Classical Revival limestone structure features Doric columns and a domed cupola. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1983. 101 E. Pecan Drive
Johnson City Public Library
Established in 1937, the Johnson City Public Library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 501 N. Nugent Ave. 830-868-4469
Top: Johnson City Public Library; middle: Science Mill; bottom: Blanco County Courthouse decked out for Lights Spectacular.
Lights Spectacular — page 16
For the last 30 years, Johnson City transforms itself from a slow-paced, presidential hometown nestled on the banks of the Pedernales River into a bright beacon of light like a guiding star welcoming visitors with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer. The seasonlong celebration is family and pet-friendly with no admission. Downtown 830-868-7684
Science Mill — page 22
The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. 101 South Lady Bird Lane 844-263-6405 JOHNSON CITY
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The Art Scene Visit all of the galleries
on these pages and you’ll discover they all have their own personalities and mediums: paint, photography, sculpture, functional, contemporary or traditional. Some have workshops, too! Looking for gifts or something memorable from your vacation? Many of the galleries have very affordable and portable art and treasures. Johnson City allows for open containers of beer and wine while strolling the streets and enjoying the
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outdoors. Many of the galleries serve complimentary wine and beer, but you can also pick up a craft beer or local wine at the restaurants, wine tasting rooms or friendly local hangouts. Come out and enjoy the Johnson City monthly art walk on the last Saturday of the month from 4 to 8 p.m. and you might meet some of the artists. You surely will delight in socializing, snacks, as well as seeing some great art. Some galleries have live music and demonstrations to enhance your experience.
Art Beat Gallery 106 E. Main St. 512-537-3637 artbeattexas.com
100 N. Nugent Ave. 830-321-0080 echoinjohnsoncity.com
JL Haynes Gallery 100 N. Nugent Ave. — located in Echo 512-787-2192 jlhaynes.studio
213 N. Nugent Ave. 830-225-0543 kirchmangallery.com
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Texas Art House 105 N. Nugent Ave. 512-788-2434 mlsfineart.com
Art Association of Johnson City 830-321-0080 artjctx.org
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PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK
Take Me to the River
Pedernales Falls State Park 2585 Park Road 6026 830-868-7304 https://tpwd.texas.gov/ state-parks/pedernales-falls
Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River can be turbulent but most often it is tranquil and a great place to relax and recharge. Come over for an afternoon swim or hike, or load up your gear for an overnight adventure. The river awaits!
THINGS TO DO
At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic,Â geocache, bird watch and ride horses. On the river, you can swim, wade, tube or fish. Look for local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden. 12 | VISITORS GUIDE
OF EVENTS January
Blanco County Youth Stock Show SAVOR the Hill Country
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Spring Break at the LBJ Ranch Johnson City Woman’s Civic Club Dessert Extravaganza Beginning of Wildflower Season
Wildflower Season continues LBJ 100 Bike Ride
JCV Fire Department Fish Fry
Antique Tractor Show & Pull
4th of July Celebration
Blanco County Fair & Rodeo
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Wild Game Dinner Pig Roast
Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style
Market Days: March through November, 4th Saturday and Sunday Johnson City ART WALK: Last Saturday of every month Top: LBJ 100 Bike Ride, held every April, is The Hill Country’s iconic bicycle ride. Bottom: Big Street Parade is one of the events held during the Blanco County Fair & Rodeo in August. JOHNSON CITY
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290 Wine Castle Chateau de Chasse 101 Durango 512-588-9446 290WineCastle.com
300 W. Main St. 830-221-0101 290vinery.com
Altstadt Brewery 6120 U.S. Hwy 290 E Fredericksburg 830-304-2337 alstadtbeer.com
464 Becker Farms Road Stonewall 830-644-2681 beckervineyards.com
Blue Lotus Winery/ Texas Mead Works 8500 W. U.S. Hwy 290 Hye 830-379-9463 bluelotuswinery.com
Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa 4064 U.S. Hwy 290 830-460-0776 cartercreek.com
105 N. Avenue G 830-225-8080 crowsonwines.com JOHNSON CITY
Enjoy beautiful views and limo rides at 290 Wine Castle.
Farmhouse Vineyards — Tipsy Trailer
Real Ale Brewing Co.
402 E. Main St. 806-475-0760 farmhousevineyard.com
231 San Saba Ct. Blanco 830-833-2534 realalebrewing.com
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Reck ’Em Right Brewing Company
1827 Hye Albert Road • Hye 512-302-0608 garrisonbros.com
102 S. Ave G 830-998-6814 reckemrightbrewing.com
Ron Yates Wines
9953 West Hwy 290 • Hye 844-493-4676
Hye Cider Company 123 Rocky Road • Hye 830-282-0143 hyecidercompany.com
3209 U.S. Hwy 290 W 512-663-6468 lewiswines.com
Pecan Street Brewing
106 E. Pecan 830-868-2500 pecanstreetbrewing. com
6676 U.S. Hwy 290 W Hye 512-585-3972 ronyateswines.com
Tenuta Bianco Spaghetti Western Wine Bar 312 Pecan St. Blanco 830-554-0286 tenutabiancobar.com
Texas Hills Vineyard 878 RR 2766 830-868-2321 texashillsvineyard.com
214 Edmonds Ave. 737-600-3127 vinovium.wine
Rowdy Flock Distillery William Chris Vineyards 901 North Avenue N 830-357-0222 www.rowdyflock.com
Siboney Cellars — Coming 2020
Temporary location in Dripping Springs: 7500 McGregor Lane. Future location in Johnson City: 355 Marshall Ridge Drive 830-998-2626 siboneycellars.com
10352 U.S. Hwy 290 Hye 830-998-7654 williamchriswines.com
Zero 815 Winery
11157 W. U.S. Hwy 290 Hye 830-998-7654 zero815winery.com
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Clockwise from left: The Texas White House is the main focal point of the LBJ Ranch and was where many national decisions took place; LBJ Ranch is home to prizewinning Hereford cattle; President Lyndon B. Johnson and Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson at a campaign stop.
L yn don B. Joh n son
National Historic Park “Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” — President Lyndon Baines Johnson
yndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president.
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Desk and chair in Sam E. Johnson’s office at Lyndon B. Johnson’s Boyhood Home.
while the LBJ Boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement are located in Johnson City. The park is open daily with the exception of being closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.
President Johnson had a deep attachment for place and her-
itage. The LBJ Ranch was where he was born, lived, died, and was buried. The first stop on any tour of the LBJ Ranch is at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center, which is located 13 miles west of Johnson City off of U.S. Hwy 290. Visitors pick up a free driving permit and are then able to drive through the Ranch at their own pace in their private vehicle. They have the ability to stop at sites along the way
such as the President’s birthplace, the Junction School where President Johnson began his education, Johnson family cemetery, and the Johnson’s ranch house known as the Texas White House. Permits for the driving tour are available starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m. LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center 199 State Park Road 52 Stonewall nps.gov/lyjo/ JOHNSON CITY
Clockwise from left: President Lyndon B. Johnson began his education in the one-room Junction School; students sat at double desks — the boys in one row and the girls in another; President Johnson’s grandparents’ rustic log cabin in the Johnson Settlement; LBJ’s Presidential Lockheed Jet Star, restored to its 1960s glory, is on display at the Texas White House; reconstructed birthplace — President Johnson reconstructed it in 1964; young Lyndon B. Johnson.
“Education is the only passport from poverty.” — President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Built in 1910, the Junction School served children of rural Gillespie County for 37 years. Students walked to school to learn the “3Rs”—reading, writing, and arithmetic—in a sparsely-decorated room heated by a wood stove and illuminated by kerosene lamps. In 1912, four-year-old Lyndon Johnson began his education in this building. Kate Deadrich taught 30 students ranging from preschool to eighth grade. The future president, youngest student in the school, often sat on Miss Kate’s lap for reading lessons. Inspired by his brief time in this simple schoolhouse, Lyndon Johnson championed the cause of public education throughout his life. The Johnson Administration saw the passage of over 60 education bills, more education legislation than in any other presidential administration. JOHNSON CITY
SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM AT LYNDON B. JOHNSON STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE
Visit a living history farmstead and learn about seasonal activities such as sausage making, sheep shearing, and canning at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Admission is free. 501 State Park Road 52 Stonewall • 830-644-2455
JOHNSON CITY DISTRICT Sites in this district of the park include a visitor center at 100 E. Ladybird Lane, the LBJ Boyhood Home, and the
Johnson Settlement—1860s home of Lyndon Johnson’s grandparents.
LBJ BOYHOOD HOME
Lyndon Johnson was five years old in 1913 when his parents, Sam and Rebekah, moved their growing family from the farm in Stonewall into a three-bedroom house in Johnson City. The President lived here from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924. Today the home is furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and as such depicts a rural Tex-
as lifestyle of 75 years ago. The Boyhood Home is open daily. Park rangers give free, guided tours of the home starting on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park 100 Lady Bird Lane #329 830-868-7128 All interior photos provided courtesy of National Park Service and LBJ Presidential Library. Photos of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park including LBJ Boyhood Home and Junction School are by photographers Cynthia Dorminey, David Valdez, and Diane Kirkendall. VISITORS GUIDE | 19
Visit the Science Mill for an amazing Hill Country science adventure!
A HIGH-TECH, HIGH-TOUCH SCIENCE MUSEUM THAT’S FUN FOR ALL AGES! 101 S. Lady Bird Lane Johnson City, TX 78636 844-263-6405 www.sciencemill.org
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The Wildflowers of Johnson City 190
Where flowers bloom, so does hope. — Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson Every spring the Texas Hill Country
comes alive with fields of color. Miles of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, winecups, daisies, pink evening primroses, and prairie verbena create a glorious drive and captivating photos. For more information, contact the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce at 830-868-7684 or visit their website at johnsoncitytexas.info.
Map provided courtesy of Texas Highways Magazine
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COLORADO BEND STATE PARK
LBJ NATL. & STATE PARKS
INKS LAKE STATE 1431 PARK
ENCHANTED ROCK STATE NAT. AREA
BALCONES CANYONLANDS NATL. WILDLIFE REFUGE
Pedernales River PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK
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The Science Mill 101 South Lady Bird Lane 844-263-6405 • sciencemill.org
The Science Mill is a family
destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technologybased exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a lifelong career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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(1) Fractalarium — Put mathematics, art, and biology together and you get this amazing model based on Romanesco Broccoli. The unique structure of the Fractalarium will tempt your curiosity. (2) The Science Mill is housed in a former mill built in 1880 by James Polk Johnson. (3) Step into the Fossil Dig, grab some excavating tools and use the skills of a paleontologist to unearth stories of these amazing creatures! (4) African Spurred Tortoises live in underground burrows.
(5) Cell Phone Disco — Use your phone to transform an entire silo into a dazzling light show; (6) African Spurred Tortoise hatchlings; (7) garden; (8) Aquaponics Greenhouse — get an up-close look at tilapia, prawns, koi and snapping turtles; (9) Create An Explosion — experience the transformation of electrical energy into chemical energy; (10) Colossal Robotic Hand — a 30-foot-tall, stainless steel robotic hand constructed from more than 500 stainless steel triangles. Using the remote joystick that mimicks the robot hand, visitors can operate the hand, making each of its giant fingers move!
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HOME OF THE ORIGINAL FAT BOY BURGER !
213 S. HWY 281, SUITE A JOHNSON CITY
The leading provider of vision care services and products in the Johnson City community.
Offering made-to-order classic burgers, salads and wraps.
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JULIE ROACH Broker/Owner 512-627-7330 Johnson City, Highland Lakes, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville KAYLA JERNIGAN LaCRONE
JOHN HANKINS 512-214-0707 or 512-983-0712 Dripping Springs to Austin to San Marcos
VIRGIL BIERSCHWALE 830-928-9387 or 325-215-2057 Junction to Harper, Kerrville area
KENT ESKEW 737-701-2415 Blanco to San Antonio to Kerrville
512-627-8190 Johnson City, Highland Lakes, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville
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Black Spur Coffee Shop
Shop with Us!
213 U.S. Hwy 281 #F 830-868-2510
Main Street Emporium
209 E. Main St.
Black Spur Coffee Shop 830-868-7710 100 W. Main St. 209-418-5641 blackspuremporium.com
100 N. Nugent St. 830-321-0080 echojohnsoncity.com
Liz on the Square East Main St., Old Lumberyard 830-385-2494 lizonthesquare.com
Lowe’s Market/ Ace Hardware
405 U.S. Hwy 281 South 830-868-4274 lowesmarket.com
La Ti Da DeLuxe 305 E. Main St. 512-773-7777 therugqueen.com
Antiques, art, gifts, clothing, décor … a marvelous shopping experience!
Pedernales Peddler Rock Shop 505 E. Main St. 830-868-7130 rockshoptx.com The best little rock shop in Texas! A must-see in JC!
Pieces of the Past
Blue Barn in Blanco 2843 U.S. Hwy 281 830-225-7000 pieces-of-the-past. com
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200 N. Avenue G 512-461-4375 pocketchangetexas. com
Uptown Blanco Textile Studio
Pedernales Peddler Rock Shop
317 Main St. Blanco 830-833-1579 uptownblanco textilestudio.com
Vintage 205 205 E. Main St. 830-868-7676
Main Street Emporium
We build homes of distinct character and design that reflect the unique surroundings of Central Texas. Each home is custom designed for the land on which it is built, to maximize the value and create a “one of a kind” home! 200 N. Avenue G, Johnson City, TX
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BREWING Pecan Street Brewing is a place to flip your “chill
switch” and relax while connecting with friends—new and old—in a casual atmosphere, just like they did in the old days. It is located in the old Blanco County Supply and Hardware building. Originally, it was a hardware and supply store and “unofficially” the gathering place where folks would get together to drink coffee and swap stories. Now the gathering continues … however, the beverage of choice is a craft beer, to be enjoyed in the restaurant, biergarten or while dancing to one of the many live bands featured on weekends. At Pecan Street Brewing, we celebrate the art of Craft by featuring fresh handcrafted cock-
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Pecan Street Brewing 106 E. Pecan 830-868-2500 pecanstreet brewing.com
tails, brewed on-site craft beer and Texas Wines. The beers we brew compliment our menu of brick-oven pizzas, fresh salads, burgers and unique southern dishes … like our classic Sweet Pecan Chick-
en. Be sure to stop by and experience one of daily or weekly specials! A pet-friendly biergarten provides a relaxed atmosphere to connect with friends and family. A Texas Hill Coun-
try favorite spot, they may at times be self-service or closed for private events. If you would prefer full-service and to be pampered by our friendly staff, please call ahead and confirm biergarten availability prior to your arrival. Pecan Street Brewing is a family-owned brewpub, which honors the heritage of our presidential hometown with TEXAS-SIZE HOSPITALITY! JOHNSON CITY
Eat With Us! Altstadt Brewery
6120 U.S. Hwy 290 East Fredericksburg 830-304-2337 alstadtbeer.com
Blanco River Pizza Company
306 Pecan St. • Blanco 830-833-3221
Black Spur Coffee Shop
100 W. Main St. 209-418-5641 blackspuremporium.com
Bryans on 290
300 E. Main St. 830-868-2424 bryanson290.com
East Main Grill
209 E. Main St. 830-868-7710 theoldlumberyard. weebly.com Country-chic American eatery supplying seafood & steak dishes, plus weekly specials & Sunday brunch. A must-see in JC!
Fat Boy Burgers
104 N. U.S. Hwy 281 830-868-0264 fatboyburgerstx.com The best burger you’ve ever had! Braveheart Angus beef, home-cut fries, hand-dipped onion rings, select Texas wines, cold beer … what are you waiting for?
202 N. U.S. Hwy 281 South 830-868-7067 dairyqueen.com
Home Town Donuts 113 S. U.S. Hwy 281 830-225-1119
Lady Bird Lane Café 101 S. Lady Bird Lane 830-832-7884 ladybirdlanecafe.com
Oak Creek Café
660 W. U.S. Hwy 290 Dripping Springs 512-829-4593
Pecan Street Brewing
106 E. Pecan Drive 830-868-2500 pecanstreetbrewing. com Casual brewpub with American fare & rotating beers on tap features live music & patio tables. Try the Screw Loose Blonde beer with a brick oven pizza while enjoying live entertainment. Texas-size hospitality!
Clockwise from top left: Ronnie’s BBQ; East Main Grill; Ronnie Weiershausen of Ronnie’s BBQ; Fat Boy Burgers
211 U.S. Hwy 281 830-868-7553 Long-standing, counter-serve operation dishing up unpretentious BBQ standards & sides in plain digs. You can’t get better BBQ anywhere in Texas. Featured in national publications.
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From left: Sam Houston Johnson House; Crossroads Inn.
Stay With Us! Best Western Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites 2218 N. Main St. Blanco 830-833-5697 bestwestern.com
Cabins on Wild Currant Farm
1942 Flat Creek Road 713-582-3882 thecabinonwcf.com
Best Western Johnson Canyon Road Olive Ranch City 107 S. U.S. Hwy 281 830-868-4044 bestwestern.com
Blanco County Inn & Guesthouses 902 Main St. â€˘ Blanco 830-833-4502 blancocountyinn.com
Blanco Settlement 1705 Ranch Road 165 Blanco 830-833-5115 blancosettlement.com
Blue Top Ranch
1744 Flat Creek Road 512-750-3818 airbnb.com/ rooms/15354611
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218 Canyon Road 512-829-1660 oliveranch.org
East Bluebonnet Guesthouse
202 E. Bluebonnet Lane 830-225-4640 airbnb.com/ rooms/16843784
208 N. Avenue G 210-373-8313 vrbo.com/1485216
Hill Country Inn
203 N. U.S. Hwy. 281 830-868-2614 hillcountryinnjc.com
Hillside Acres Resort 1032 Ranch Road 3232 830-868-7515 hillsideacresretreat.com
Miller Creek RV Resort 5618 U.S. Hwy 281 S. 830-868-2655 millercreekrvresort.com
New Life Farm Bed & Breakfast
804 Danz Well Road 830-468-5095 airbnb.com/users/ show/63381754
Rancho de Vida
7514 Flat Creek Road 512-775-9227 vrbo.com/369289
Roadrunner RV Park
501 U.S. Hwy 281 S. 830-868-7449 roadrunnerrvparktexas.com
Sam Houston Johnson House
Stonewall Motor Lodge
14818 U.S. Hwy 290 E. Stonewall 830-644-1040 stonewallmotorlodge.com
Texas 2 Suites 579 Triple S. Trail 830-225-4427 texas2suites.com
The Casitas at Caballo Creek
815 Billy Sisson Road 512-517-4994 thecasitasatcaballocreek. com
The Crossroads Inn 625 Nugent St. 830-660-2621 thecrossroadsinn.com
Walden Retreats Hill Country 1388 Gipson Road 830-321-0245 waldenretreats.com
106 N. LBJ Drive 433-386-2222 samhoustonjohnsonhouse. com JOHNSON CITY
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Pastor’s POV: The 13 Best Churches in Johnson City By Steve Sanchez, Pastor of Community Church of the Hills HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE PART OF THE NEXT BIG THING, and the only one? This is the Exclusivity Clause, the “I’m in, you’re out” private club where whomever gets in must have the Golden ticket, and, of course, you gotta have it. The Specialness Principle rears its ugly head whenever we least expect it. We all want to be included in the best thing, the cool and right thing, because we all think that we are, well, exceptional.
First United Methodist Church
Worship with Us! You are welcome at any of these churches.
Community Church of the Hills
212 Klett Rand Road 312-516-5801 CommunityChurch OfTheHills.org A non-denomination, evangelical, Bible-teaching, Christian church.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church County Road 213 830-868-0370
First Baptist Church 102 N. Avenue F 830-868-7252
House of Mercy and Evangelism
405 U.S. Hwy 281, 830-868-4871
Johnson City Church of Christ
200 Live Oak Dr., 830-868-9911
Liberty Lighthouse Fellowship
321 Old River Crossing 830-868-7400
Christ Lutheran Church LCMS 209 E. Main St., Building C 830-488-7896
Trinity Lutheran Church 4270 Ranch Road 1 830-644-2479
First United Methodist Church Harvest Point Church 105 N. LBJ Dr. 830-868-7414
First Christian Church 401 E. Cypress St. 830-868-9066
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620 N. Nugent Ave. • 936-234-3659
Faith Christian Cowboy Church 1597 U.S. Hwy 281, 830-868-7300
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
136 3M Ranch Road, 830-825-8001
The twelve disciples of Jesus thought the same way when they caught a man not part of their group doing an “unauthorized” miracle without their consent. They even complained to Jesus about it! “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” Instead of rejoicing that good work was being done, that some poor soul was being set free in Jesus’ name, they shut the guy down! Jesus, unimpressed and certainly not surprised, gave some wise counsel to these Dudley Do-Rights: “Do not stop him. For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mark 9:38-40) Aren’t you glad that God works through different people in different ways for his glory and for his purposes? God is so gracious that he allows us to be creative, to use whatever gifts we have to move His Kingdom forward. No church has a lock on the truth, nor the only way to worship God. So many have great fellowships, wonderful teaching and God-honoring worship, like Community Church of the Hills, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, Liberty Lighthouse Fellowship and Harvest Point Fellowship! First Methodist, St. Luke’s Episcopal, Trinity Lutheran and Christ Lutheran along with Good Shepherd Catholic Church may be a bit more formal in their liturgical styles, but they, too, worship to the glory of God. “Do not stop them,” Jesus says. The H.O.M.E. Church and Faith Christian Church hold lively, exuberant worship services to the glory of God, while on the other end of the spectrum, The Church of Christ believes they glorify Christ best with no musical instruments, singing acapella to the glory of God. “Do not stop them,” Jesus says. The standard for effective ministry is not what denomination you’re in, or the tradition you come from, or the style of worship you practice, but is Jesus’ name being lifted up and God glorified? Jesus tells his disciples to be charitable because God is always working in many different ways outside of any particular church’s methods. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” said Jesus. (John 3:35) JOHNSON CITY
“All the world is welcome here.”
— President Lyndon B. Johnson
Stay Awhile … or a Lifetime! CITY SERVICES & UTILITIES
The City of Johnson City provides water and sewer service to each and every home and business within its municipal boundaries. Residential curbside recycling is also provided to each city resident. The city is dedicated to providing prompt friendly service in a professional manner.
303 E. Pecan Drive 830-868-7111
101 E. Pecan Drive 830-868-4013
HEALTHCARE Johnson City Medical Clinic
405 U.S. Hwy 281 #101c 830-868-7800
Baylor, Scott & White Clinic 208 Haley Road 830-201-7100
Baylor, Scott & White Medical 810 TX-71 Marble Falls 830-201-8000
Anders Realty 302 E. Main St. 830-441-4444
Fore Premier Properties 116 N. Vaquero Blanco 512-827-1339
Hill Country Memorial Hospital 1020 State Hwy 16 Fredericksburg 830-997-4353
Seton Highland Lakes Hospital 3201 S. Water St. Burnet 512-715-3000
Oak Creek Dental 711 W. U.S. Hwy 290 Dripping Springs 512-661-0188
Johnson City Eye Care
213 U.S. Hwy 281 #A 830-868-0327
EDUCATION Johnson City ISD 303 N. LBJ Drive 830-868-7410 www.jc.txed.net
Johnson City High School
505 N. Nugent Ave. 830-868-4025
Johnson City Middle School 303 N. LBJ Drive 830-868-9025
Johnson City Elementary School 401 E. Pecan Drive 830-868-4028
Johnson City Head Start & Preschool
304 N. LBJ Drive 830-868-2929
7 Star Ranch Realty 506 E. Main St. 512-627-7330 julieroach.jctx @gmail.com
Hulsey Homes & Ranches
200 W. Main St. Johnson City 512-755-2893 hulseyhomesand ranches.com
900 Esperanza Trl. Johnson City 512-800-1138
Topper Real Estate
807 N. Main St. Blanco 830-833-5511 topperrealestate.net
Town Creek Properties
803 S. U.S. Hwy 281 830-868-0873 towncreekproperties. com
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Clockwise from left: Blanco State Park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, and more; orchards and stands abound in Stonewall, nicknamed “The Peach Capital of Texas”; enjoy the casual and inviting atmosphere at Zero 815 Winery in Hye.
Meet The Neighbors
Stay in Johnson City and explore all the area has to offer! BLANCO
The Blanco River is a treasure inside the Blanco State Park. Responsible for welcoming thousands of visitors every year, it is certainly worth the short 13-mile drive. Dams create two lovely swimming areas. Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the river near Blanco with rainbow trout twice each month from December through January. Bass, catfish, and perch are also frequently caught by anglers. Hiking and biking trails abound, as well, or, if shopping is more your thing, a variety of antique and gift shops can be found along their historic square. Blanco holds an annual Lavender Fes34 | VISITORS GUIDE
tival at the Old Blanco Courthouse that includes the works of several local artists.
An unincorporated community in Blanco County, Hye is only a short nine miles drive. Hiram G. (Hye) Brown settled in the area wwith his family in 1872 and would later be appointed as their first postmaster in 1886. The post office and general store were recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1966. Today, take a short drive to Hye and you’ll discover Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Horn Winery, Hye Cider Company, William Chris Vineyards, and Zero 815 Winery. Stop in at Zero 815 Winery and you’ll find a casual and inviting atmosphere where there are few rules, just relaxation,
Stonewall is no stranger to fine wines. Several wineries boasting amazing Texas Hill Country views are treasures to the area. Nicknamed the Peach Capital of Texas, stands and orchards in the area offer up their memorable peaches to customers or, if you’re looking for a little sweet fun, you can pick your own.
award-winning 100% Texas wines and a fabulous staff. Learn more about Zero 815 Winery on page 15 of this magazine.
Enjoy a short 15-mile drive to Stonewall and discover President Lyndon Johnson’s birthplace and death place. In addition to the LBJ National Historical Park, you’ll find that
Travel 25 miles to Dripping Springs and you’ll find spectacular wonders, historic treasures, vineyards and craft breweries, and small town hospitality. The cool waters of Hamilton Pool help visitors escape the heat in a natural setting. The pool was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed, giving it a unique structure with a waterfall and grotto. It’s one of the best swimming holes in Texas. The water temperature is about 55 degrees in the spring but the chilly water doesn’t keep swimmers away—it’s a welcome chill when Texas temperatures begin to rise. JOHNSON CITY
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WELCOME TO JOHNSON CITY A SPECIAL PLACE I CALL HOME
When I moved to Johnson City in 1971, I knew I found my new home. Our city is well known for its history, but it’s the pride we have that has put us on the map. I’m proud of my many years in banking right here in Johnson City and excited to now be part of Texas Regional Bank. I hope you enjoy your time here, and if I can be of service or tell you a good story about Johnson City, come and see me. firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-965-1234
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We would like to invite you to our friendly, evangelical fellowship. We believe in the historic Christian faith and have a passion for Jesus Christ and biblical truth, teaching the Bible verse-by-verse, book-by-book in plain language. Service times: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. We are located at 212 Klett Ranch Road, Johnson City. Just 2 1/2 miles west of town off Hwy 290.
CommunityChurchOfThe Hills.org Email:Â CommunityChurchOfTheHills@gmail.com âœŚ Call Pastor Steve: 512.516.5801