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DINING | SHOPPING | RECREATION | HISTORY | ART | FAMILY FUN

Johnson City experience

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO TEXAS’ JOHNSON CITY

So much to see and do!

Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries Science Mill • LBJ National Historical Park Pedernales Falls State Park • Wildflowers Lights Spectacular • Art Galleries

The Crossroads of the Texas Hill Country


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Welcome!

You’ve discovered Johnson City - the Crossroads of the Hill Country.

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The Johnson City Visitors and Newcomers magazine is published by Texas-based Trips Publications, a publisher with a focus on small towns throughout Texas. To view all of the towns in the Trips Publications family, visit tripspublications.com or call 979-725-3080 to request hard copies.

unique hidden gem right along 290 and centrally located, Johnson City is a perfect destination to enjoy the country atmosphere.

Full of history and family adventure, everyone will want to visit President Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home and ranch, learn while having fun at the Science Mill, and explore the great outdoors at Pedernales Falls State Park. Local shops offer an array of items, including specialty items unique to Johnson City, and our art galleries are unrivaled in the area. We have several wineries, breweries and distilleries, a wildlife park where you can go on a guided safari, and iconic restaurants waiting to serve your new favorite dish. Stay with us at a cozy hotel or one of our hospitable bed and breakfasts for that “not in the big city” feel.

Frances Ann Giron Executive Director Johnson City Visitors Center Johnson City Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Banse Stokes Partner/Publisher Lori Olivarez-Ligues Partner/Sales

Whether you decide to stay for a weekend, a week, or a lifetime ... we invite you to come see why Johnson City is the Crossroads to the Texas Hill Country.

Deborah van Tellingen Photographer

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elcome to Johnson City, a city twinkling with small-town personality. Come visit us and explore all of the hidden treasures our charming community has to offer. From wildflowers to historic sites, wine trails to Christmas lights, Johnson City has something for the whole family. Johnson City’s convenient proximity to the State Capital keeps you connected while still affording the benefits and charm of small-town living. Whether you are looking to escape the urban daily grind, a growing family looking for a new place to call home, or a business looking for one of the best places to relocate, we look forward to meeting you and showing you firsthand our friendly and welcoming city.

Rhonda Stell Mayor Johnson City, Texas

Contributors Frances Ann Giron, David West Diane Kirkendall, Janet Haynes Cynthia Dorminey, David Valdez

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“All the world is welcome here” -Lyndon B. Johnson See y’all soon!

4 - HISTORY OF JOHNSON CITY 6 - AREA ATTRACTIONS 10 - THE HISTORIC PEARL 12 - EXOTIC RESORT ZOO 14 - BRYAN’S ON 290 18 - ART GALLERIES 21 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS 22 - LBJ HISTORIC PARKS

26 - WINERIES, BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES 29 - WILDFLOWERS 32 - SHOPPING 34 - DINING 36 - LODGING 40 - AREA CHURCHES 41 - RELOCATION INFORMATION 42 - MEET THE NEIGHBORS JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS |

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HISTORY OF JOHNSON CITY

he Johnson Ranch on Town Creek, set at an old crossroads, was the site of present day Johnson City. The north-south 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 cattle-driving 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 320-acre plot of land on the Pedernales River offered by James Polk Johnson. After the decision, his many friends took him up on their shoulders and cheered both his victory and the decision by the residents to name the new town after him.

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 under 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.

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.

Top photo courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library.

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Hours: Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday noon to 5pm LIVE entertainment every Saturday. Open during the week by appointment.

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PEDERNALES STATE PARK

JOHNSON CITY ATTRACTIONS PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK - 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. At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, 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. 2585 Park Road 6026 | 830.868.7304 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls SCIENCE MILL - 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). 101 South Lady Bird Lane | 830.263.6405 | sciencemill.org

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LBJ BOYHOOD HOME - The home is furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and as such depicts a rural Texas 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. See page 18 of this publictaion to learn more. 100 Lady Bird Lane #329 | 830.868.7128 | nps.gov/lyjo/planyourvisit/visitboyhoodhome

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PEC HOLIDAY LIGHTS - The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) illuminates its Johnson City Headquarters every holiday season. More than 1.3 million LED bulbs are used to light up PEC’s campus during the holidays The lights are lit from Friday after Thanksgiving until the first Sunday in January. 201 South Avenue F | 830.868.7155 | pec.coop/our-community LBJ RANCH - Lyndon 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. See page 18 of this publication to learn more. 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall | 830.868.7128 | nps.gov/lyjo JOHNSON CITY 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. The Johnson City Library strives to be about more than books, rather a social hub, a place to connect both online and off, and a learning center for all. We provide free services and programs to individuals and groups in Blanco County to help meet their social and educational needs. 501 North Nugent Avenue | 830.868.4469 | jclibrarysite.org

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historical roots

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The Historic Pearl offers guests an opportunity to see Johnson City the way it used to be.

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aving first met The Pearl when she was a young girl, Charlene Crump could only have dreamed that she would one day be the owner and caretaker of the iconic home of James Polk Johnson, founding father of Johnson City. “I walked by the old building as a child on my way to elementary school,” shared Crump. “In my imagination, that building was many, many things. I dreamed it was a mansion, maybe haunted; whatever I could dream up. When I saw it go on the market in 2007, I was concerned that at some point the building may have gone through a major change. At the time I bought it, to my surprise, the footprint was almost exactly what it had been when it was built. I made sure there was no change to the footprint in the restoration except we did eke out enough footage to get an accessible restroom built in.” Operating today as a bed and breakfast, The Pearl didn’t have to go through any major changes to showcase the beauty it has possessed since it was first built over 100 years ago. “I went with what was there,” added Crump. “The

changes we made were primarily like installing central heat and air conditioning, new electrical and updated plumbing. We went with the use of the rooms as they are and let that dictate how they would be used. We added laundry facilities and those sorts of things but didn’t make any big changes. We tried to make it comfortable for the spoiled way of life that most of us are accustomed to.” Crump is particularly grateful for the support she has received from the Johnson City community and readily expresses that she could not have accomplished the restoration without their guidance. “Because there is a two-story balcony here, we brought in an engineer,” said Crump. “It’s a favorite place for people to be when the lights get turned on during Lights Spectacular and we wanted to make sure it was structurally sound. Walking through the house, the engineer was quick to point out some floral wallpaper in one of the bedrooms. ‘Now you need to leave that wallpaper up,’ he said. And it was a good idea. Who would’ve thought that an engineer would notice and appreciate floral wallpaper? People just got involved, whatever it was. Descendants of the Johnson family brought

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photographs of the building that are over 100 years old. Everyone has been so supportive.” With eight bedrooms and three full restrooms, the house sleeps 12 comfortably. The Pearl is only rented out in its entirety and guests are provided breakfast foods to prepare at their leisure. The Pearl is located at 201 North Nugent Street and online at thehistoricpearl.net. Bookings are welcome at airbnb.com.


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Into the Wild

Johnson City’s Exotic Resort Zoo proves to be unlike any other of its kind.

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uilt from the ground up with a robust love for animals, Dennis Bacque, along with his wife, Marilyn, opened the gates of the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City over a quarter of a century ago and still enjoy treating their guests to a Hill Country experience unlike any other today. “Both my wife and I are animal lovers,” said Bacque. “When we bought the land, we had no idea we would turn it into what it is today. As I cleared the property, I bought animals. We built game fencing and invested in the property. We knew, after doing all we did, we needed to make a business out of it to share it with other people. It took us two and a half years to get it ready to open to the public.” Although Bacque is no longer active in the day-to-day operations at the Exotic Resort Zoo, the park has become a family affair. Today, his son, granddaughter and extended family keep things running smoothly for guests. Still, Bacque is a vital part of keeping the magic going for the park’s patrons.

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“The kudu is my favorite animal in the park, but my wife and I spend the most time with the kangaroos,” added Bacque. “They’re always pregnant and once the mother starts a new baby, she kicks her sevenmonth-old out of the pouch. We raise the baby in our house in diapers. When we bring them back out to join the others, we don’t have to chase them to catch them. We’re their family. All of our kangaroos are extremely tame, and they love people. The kangaroo is a favorite of ours because we spend a lot more time with them.” The personal, hands on approach that Bacque has with his animals has also changed the way guests interact with the animals themselves. Unlike other parks, the Exotic Resort Zoo doesn’t just hand patrons a bag of feed and send them on their way.

Constantly expanding, the Exotic Resort Zoo has grown beyond an exotic animal park to become a family destination. “It’s not the same as it was twenty-five years ago or even last year,” shared Bacque. “We’re expanding by leaps and bounds. We have cabins to spend a weekend right in the middle of the park. There’s a fishing pond and the kangaroos are all there. We have two swimming pools, a playscape, cooking facilities and bonfires. With over 800 animals, there’s a lot to experience.” Exotic Resort Zoo is located at 235 Zoo Trail and online at zooexotics.com.

“We do guided tours,” said Bacque. “We go out with people on a tram and go where the animals are. Guests hand feed them and the tour guide tells them about their unique characteristics. They’re not just seeing animals in a pasture somewhere. That’s why we feel our place is special.”

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EXOIC RESORT ZOO By the Numbers OVER 800 ANIMALS 50 DIFFERENT SPECIES 8 CABINS 2 SWIMMING POOLS 1 FISHING POND


culinary destination

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culinary destination

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Bryans on 290 stands as culinary treasure in the heart of Johnson City.

eaving the corporate world behind for an opportunity to get back to his roots in his own Johnson City kitchen was an easy decision for Bryan Gillenwater. Founder and head chef of Bryans on 290, Gillenwater has made live fire cookery his signature trademark, anchoring his restaurant as a gem in the heart of the Hill Country. “Four or five years ago, Johnson City had no real presence on the 290 wine trail,” said Gillenwater. “The only real presence was Texas Hills Winery and Lewis Winery outside of town. A lot of things have popped up in the last four or five years. Johnson City now has several distilleries, wineries, shops and stores to check out and everyone has upped their game in the area as far as curb appeal. Myself, I went from the hustle and bustle of overseeing a big corporation, overseeing 22 restaurants, where we spent more time on politics and policies than we did making differences in people’s lives when it comes to center of the plate food.” Gillenwater studied at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts before training with two James Beard Foundation award winning chefs. He honed his passion while working alongside Chris Schlesinger of landmark Cambridge eatery East Coast Grill, Robert Fathman at Grill 23 & Bar, Boston’s premier steak and seafood grill, and Elmar Prambs of the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. “Those guys are what really helped me be who I

am today, as far as the creative side of things,” Gillenwater shared. Today, Bryans on 290 has a strong team to turn out his signature dishes, allowing him to focus on running his restaurant, as well as his catering and wine dinners. Passionate about his purveyors, he has a particular fondness for sharing his locally sourced treasures.

different foods from around the world, different themes and dishes including desserts, that also stay true to our form. We’re always evolving and pushing forward. A cocktail bar … that’s what’s next.” Bryans on 290 is located right in the heart of Johnson City on Main Street and online at bryanson290. com.

“We strive for excellence,” shared Gillenwater. “When I first started, it was only me. The staff kept getting better and better and, although I still like to get behind the grill, I’m not needed on a daily basis to actively work a station. We run a live fire grill with signature dishes like mussels, Brussels sprouts, wood grilled steaks and we use local farmers for the majority of our ingredients or select purveyors. This spring, I am planning for more winery dinners with part of the proceeds going to the farmers directly. I pick certain farmers, see what their struggles are, and then hand them a donation directly to eliminate any middleman.”

Seeking to provide a fine dining experience that goes above and beyond for his guests, Gillenwater had an idea to turn ordinary Tuesday nights in Johnson City into extraordinary ones. “We do something very unique that not many restaurants do,” added Gillenwater. “We offer five-course dinners on Tuesdays and the menus change every week. We push the boundaries of

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We push the boundaries of different foods from around the world. Bryan Gillenwater


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THE ARTISTIC SIDE OF JOHNSON CITY

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Tourists will want to stop in at every gallery in town.

isit all of the galleries on this page 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 alcohol while strolling the streets and enjoying the 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, spirits and snacks, as well as seeing some great art. Some galleries have live music and demonstrations to enhance your experience.

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. President Lyndon Baines Johnson

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY Blanco County Youth Stock Show

AUGUST Blanco County Fair & Rodeo

MARCH Spring Break at the LBJ Ranch Johnson City Woman’s Civic Club Dessert Extravaganza Beginning of Wildflower Season

OCTOBER Wild Game Dinner - Pig Roast NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style

APRIL Wildflower Season continues LBJ 100 Bike Ride MAY Johnson CIty Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry

ONGOING EVENTS Market Days – March through November 4th Saturday & Sunday Johnson City ART WALK Last Saturday of every month

JUNE Antique Tractor Show & Pull

Event dates subject to change.

JULY 4th of July FourthFest

Visit johnsoncitytexasvisitorcenter.com for more information.

Top left, LBJ 100 Bike Ride in April; top right, wildflower season begins in March, see page 23 for more information; bottom right, Blanco County Fair and Rodeo parade travels through downtown Johnson City.

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PRESIDENTIAL HOMETOWN

LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

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Explore all of these notable sites in and around Johnson City.

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. The park is divided into two districts — one in Stonewall and one in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch makes up the Stonewall side of the park, while the LBJ Boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement are located in Johnson City. LBJ RANCH President Johnson had a deep attachment for place and heritage. 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. 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/

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JUNCTION SCHOOL 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.

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.

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.

Today the home is furnished in the early to mid1920s period and as such depicts a rural Texas 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

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.

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.

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

I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help - and God’s. President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Page 18, LBJ Boyhood Home exterior and interior; young Lyndon B. Johnson. Page 19, main photo: Texas White House; inset: Junction School; middle: gravestones at LBJ Ranch,; far right: Johnson Settlement; top: LBJ horn brand.

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A TOAST TO THE HILL COUNTRY

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Johnson City is home to the finest wine, beer and spirits in the State of Texas. lthough Johnson City has long been known for their wineries, they are also now home to establishments offering craft beers and quality spirits, as well. There’s something for everyone, so you’ll want to plan a visit to all of them. Enjoy your taste of the Hill Country!

12 Fires Winery & Vineyard 100 Durango Road 830-507-3134

Andalusia Whiskey Company 6462 North US-281, Blanco 830-507-4359

290 Vinery 300 West Main (US-290) 830-321-4321

Becker Vineyards 464 Becker Farms, Stonewall 830-644-2681

290 Wine Castle 101 Durango Road 512-790-2654

Blue Lotus Winery Texas Mead Works 8500 West US-290, Hye 830-379-9463

Alex Anthony Vineyards 213 Nugent Avenue 210-307-7381 Altstadt Brewery 6120 US-290 East, Fredericksburg 830-304-2337

Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa 4064 West US-290 830-225-1990 (top photo)

Calais Winery 8115 West US-290, Hye 830-213-2124 Crowson Wines 105 North Avenue Q 830-225-8880 Farmhouse Vineyards 402 East Main Street 806-475-0760 French Connection Wines 1197 Hye-Albert Road, Hye 830-850-4091 Garrison Brothers Distillery 1827 Hye Albert Road, Hye 830-392-0246

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Hawks Shadow Estate Winery 7500 Mcgregor Lane, Dripping Springs 512-587-0985 Horn Winery & Azeo Distillery 9953 West Hwy 290, Hye 844-493-4676 Hye Cider Co. 123 Rocky Road, Hye 830-282-0143 Hye Meadow Winery 10257 US-290, Hye 830-225-4047 Hye Rum 11247 West US-290, Hye 512-412-0739

Reck’em Right Brewing 102 Avenue G 830-998-6814 Ron Yates Wines 6676 West US-290, Hye 512-585-3972 Rowdy Flock Distilling Company 901 North Avenue N 830-357-0222

Westcave Cellars Winery & Brewery 638 Ranch Road 1320 512-431-1403 William Chris Vineyards 10352 US-290, Hye 830-998-7654 Zero 815 Winery 11157 West US-290 830-644-2000

Sandy Road Vineyards 3932 Ranch Road 1320 512-589-1826 Siboney Cellars 3427 US-290 830-998-2626

Lewis Wines 3209 West US-290 512-987-0660

Silver Dollar Winery Hill Country 8264 West US-290 830-308-7750

Pecan Street Brewing 106 East Pecan 830-868-2300

Tenuta Blanco Wine Bar 312 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-554-0286

Pebble Rock Cellars 506 US-281 830-385-2110

Texas Hills Vineyard 878 Ranch Road 2766 830-868-2321

Real Ale Brewing 231 San Saba Court, Blanco 830-833-2534

Vinovium Partners 214 Edmonds Avenue 512-944-0510

Top, 290 Vinery; second row, from left, Pecan Street, Lewis Wines; bottom, Reck ‘em Right, Horn Winery & Azeo Distillery.

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WELCOME TO YOUR HOME IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY. Discover our family-owned, boutique wine resort in a rustic-meets-upscale oasis in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Stay in our spacious villas with luxury amenities. Pamper yourself in The Spa. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a much needed get away, Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa is the perfect escape.

WINE, DINE & BREW Equal parts rustic and refined, Old 290 Brewery combines Hill Country craft beer with hearty, Texas-inspired cuisine featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy awardwinning wines inspired by a founding family of Texas Wine Country. In true Lone Star State style, enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.

4064 West US Highway 290 | Johnson City, Texas 78636 877.624.9826 | reservations@cartercreek.com | CarterCreek.com


THE WILDFLOWERS OF JOHNSON CITY

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The best place in Texas to view Mother Nature’s most beautiful floral displays.

very 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. Visitors will want to plan ahead and early in th e year. If there is a milder winter, the wildflowers might start blooming even before March. If Johnson City gets ample fall and winter rains and has warmer than usual weather in February, you might start to see Texas mountain laurel popping out at the end of February.

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For more information, contact the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce at 830-868-7684 or visit their website at www.johnsoncitytexas.info.

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Pedernales River PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK

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Map provided courtesy of Texas Highways Magazine.

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. CLAUDIA ALTA “LADY BIRD” JOHNSON JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS |

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Experince History

Come, kick back

and enjoy:

•100% wine from Texas fruit since 1997 vintage •Open daily for tasting •Knowledgeable and friendly staff •Beautiful patio, also picnic tables under the trees 8 Private Bedrooms | 4 Bedrooms with 1 Twin Bed 4 Bedrooms with 1 Full/Queen Bed | 3 Bathrooms

Open Monday – Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am to 5:30pm, Sunday noon to 5pm

PERFECT

830-868-2321 | 878 Ranch Road 2766, Johnson City 1 mile east of Johnson City on road to Pedernales Falls

www.texashillsvineyard.com

201 N Nugent, Johnson City | thehistoricpearl.net | 830-291-8020

We’re always there when you need us POWER YOU CAN COUNT ON. RELIABILITY YOU CAN LEAN ON.

At PEC, it starts with providing our members reliable electric service, but that’s not where it ends. We’re here to support our communities, and we’re proud to help you power through and lend a helping hand.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative pec.coop

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SHOP JOHNSON CITY AJ’s Flowers 213 US Hwy 281 #F 830-868-2510

Buggy Barn Museum 1915 North US-281, Blanco 830-833-5708

JC Liquors 100 US-281 830-868-7500

Art Beat 106 East Main Street 512-537-3637

Dollar General 405 South US-281 830-333-9495

Johnson City Pharmacy 405 US-281 830-868-7185

Back Porch Shops 209 East Main Street 830-798-6593

Echo in Johnson City 100 North Nugent Avenue 830-321-0080

Johnson City Sign Shop 801 US-281 830-868-5277

Black Spur Emporium 100 West Main Street 209-418-5641

Harvest House Farms 506 North Nugent Avenue 830-868-7253

Lowe’s Market/Ace Hardware 405 US-281 830-868-4274

Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness 316 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-833-4815

High Cotton Goods 205 East Main Street (in Vintage 205) 512-487-0067

Main Street Emporium 209 East Main Street 830-225-0727

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Odiorne Feed & Ranch Supply 200 US-281 830-868-4579 Old Annex Market 200 North Avenue G 830-396-9011 Pedernales Peddler Rock Shop 205 East Main Street (in Vintage 205) 830-868-7130 Science Mill 101 South Lady Bird Lane 844-263-6405 Stripes 522 US-281 830-868-2800 Uptown Blanco Textile Studio 317 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-1579 Vintage 205 205 East Main Street 830-868-7676 Whittington’s Jerky 602 US-281 830-868-5500

Top, Main Street Emporium; second row, left, Art Beat; right, Vintage 205; bottom, Black Spur Emporium.

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EAT IN JOHNSON CITY Blanco River Pizza Company 306 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-833-3221 Black Spur Coffee Shop 100 West Main Street 209-418-5641 Bryans on 290 300 East Main Street 830-868-2424 Dairy Queen Hwy 281 South 830-868-7067 El Charro Restaurant 502 US -281 830-868-7040 El Agave 111 US-290 830-868-0812 Fat Boy Burgers 104 North US-281 830-868-0264 Hill Country Cupboard 101 South US-281 830-868-4625 Home Town Donuts 113 South US-281 830-225-1119 Johnson City Coffee Co. 108 West Main Street 512-517-4994 PECAN STREET

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Lady Bird Lane Café 101 South Lady Bird Lane 830-832-7884

Taqueria Gonzales 817 US-281 830-220-9759

Pecan Street Brewing 106 East Pecan Street 830-868-2300

Uptown Blanco 317 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-1579

Proof & Cooper 209 East Main Street 830-868-0477 Ronnie’s BBQ 211 US-281 830-868-7553

RONNIE’S BBQ

PROOF & COOPER

JOHNSON CITY COFFEE CO.

BRYAN’S ON 290

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HELMLY HOUSE

STAY IN JOHNSON CITY 42 on 32 RV Park 711 Ranch Road 32, Blanco 830-833-2097

Cabins on Wild Currant Farm 1942 Flat Creek Road 713-582-3882

Hill Country Premier Lodging 3 Palos Verdes Drive, Wimberly 512-847-7460

Best Western Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites 2218 North Main Street, Blanco 830-833-5697

Canyon Road Olive Ranch 218 Canyon Road 512-829-1660

Hillside Acres Resort 1032 Ranch Road 3232 830-868-7515

Carriage Hills Ranch 125 Moore Lane, Blanco 512-222-9821

Hummingbird Farms 9340 West US-290 830-868-7862

Helmly House Vacation Rental 208 North Avenue G 210-373-8313

Johnson Odiorne Haus 1 301 East Pecan Drive 512-585-5400

Hill Country Inn 203 N. US-281 830-868-2614

Lighthouse Hill Ranch 787 Mountain Top Road 512-587-9656

Best Western Johnson City 107 South US-281 830-868-4044 Blanco County Inn & Guesthouses 902 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-4502 Blanco Settlement 1705 Ranch Road 165, Blanco 830-833-5115

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Miller Creek RV Resort 5618 South US-281 830-868-2655 New Life Farm Bed & Breakfast 804 Danz Well Road 830-468-5095 Rancho de Vida 7514 Flat Creek Road 512-775-9227 Roadrunner RV Park 501 South US-281 830-868-7449 Sam Houston Johnson House 106 North LBJ Drive 433-386-2222 Songbird Meadows Bed & Breakfast 1022 Stanton Ranch Loop 830-868-2468 Stonewall Motor Lodge 14818 East US-290, Stonewall 830-644-1040 Texas 2 Suites 579 Triple South Trail 830-997-2749 The Casitas at Caballo Creek 815 Billy Sisson Road 512-517-4994 The Crossroads Inn 625 Nugent Avenue 830- 660-2621 The Historic Pearl 201 North Nugent Avenue 830-291-8020 Walden Retreats Hill Country 1388 Gipson Road 830-321-0245 Top, Cabins on Wild Currant Farm; bottom, the historic Pearl.

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KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP. At Garrison Brothers Distillery, we are proud of our bourbon and believe we are making the finest bourbon whiskey in America today. But that bourbon is nothing without the amazing folks who support it. This has been an incredibly challenging year for all of us. However, we must remember that we are all in this together. By supporting one another through even the toughest of times, we will all come out stronger in the end. Keep your spirits up, y’all.

JIM MURR AY

DRINK LIKE AN ADULT ™

garrisonbros.com

©2021 Garrison Brothers Distillery

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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, Texas | 512-844-0138 | agavecustomhomes.com

P.O. Box 1402 Johnson City, Texas 78636 blancocountynightsky.org facebook.com/groups/BCFNS

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WORSHIP IN JOHNSON CITY You are welcome at any of these churches.

First Christian Church 401 E Cypress St. 830-868-9066 Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church LCMS 209 E Main St Building C 830-488-7896 Sunday 2:30 p.m.

House of Mercy and Evangelism 405 US-281 830-868-4871 Sunday 10 a.m.

Community Church of the Hills 212 Klett Rand Rd. 512-516-5801 Sunday 10:30 a.m. and Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Johnson City Church of Christ 200 Live Oak Dr. 830-868-9911 Sunday 11 a.m. Liberty Lighthouse Fellowship 321 Old River Crossing 830-868-7400 Sunday 10 a.m.

First United Methodist Church 105 N. LBJ Dr. 830-868-7414 Contemporary Sunday 8:30 a.m. and Traditional 10:50 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 4270 Ranch Rd 1, Stonewall 830-644-2479 Sunday 10 a.m.

Faith Christian Cowboy Church 1597 US-281 830-868-7300 Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday 6:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 10063 Cypress Mill Rd. 830-825-8001 Sunday 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m.

Good Shepherd Catholic Church County Road 213 830-868-0370 Sunday 9 a.m. and Thursday 6 p.m. First Baptist Church 102 N. Avenue F 830-868-7252 Sunday 11 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

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Harvest Point Church 620 N. Nugent Avenue 936-234-3659 Sunday 10 a.m.

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RELOCATION INFORMATION 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.

HEALTHCARE

EDUCATION

Johnson City Medical Clinic 405 US 281 #101c | 830-868-7800

Johnson City ISD - www.jc.txed.net 303 North LBJ Drive | 830-868-7410

Baylor, Scott & White Clinic 208 Haley Rd. | 830-201-7100

Johnson City High School 505 N. Nugent Ave. | 830-868-4025

City Hall 303 E. Pecan Drive | 830-868-7111

Baylor, Scott & White Medical 810 TX-71 - Marble Falls | 830-201-8000

Johnson City Middle School 303 N. LBJ Drive | 830-868-9025

The City Council meets regularly at City Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend City Council meetings. Meeting agendas are posted a minimum of 72 hours in advance, both on the website and next to the City Hall front door.

Hill Country Memorial Hospital 1020 State Hwy 16 - Fredericksburg 830-997-4353

Johnson City Elementary School 401 E. Pecan | 830-868-4028

Blanco County 101 E. Pecan Drive | 830-868-4013

Johnson City Eye Care 213 Hwy 281 #A | 830-868-0327

Seton Highland Lakes Hospital 3201 S Water - Burnet | 512-715-3000

Johnson City Head Start & Preschool 304 North LBJ Drive | 830-868-2929

2020 JOHNSON CITY POP. - 1,885 MEDIAN AGE - 45.1 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME - $46,806 MEDIAN PROPERTY VALUE - $179,000 Source: US Census Bureau

Johnson City Police Department - 830-868-0995 Emergency - 911

All the world is welcome here. PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS |

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BLANCO RIVER

MEET THE

NEIGHBORS

Visit the surrounding area when you stay in Johnson City. 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 Festival at the Old Blanco Courthouse that includes the works of several local artists.

Hye Cider Company, William Chris Vineyards, and Zero 815 Winery.

HYE – An unincorporated community in Blanco County, Hye is only a short nine miles drive. Hiram G. (Hye) Brown settled in the area with 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,

DRIPPING SPRINGS – 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 wa-

STONEWALL – 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 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.

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ter 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.


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