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414 ACRES IN BURNET COUNTY CK RANCH – Located on FM 2147 just west of Marble Falls and adjacent to Horseshoe Bay, this beautiful ranch is in one of the most desirable areas in all of the Hill Country. Being entirely high fenced makes this a premier recreational property that has great development potential. A Fredericksburg style rock home built in the 1800’s, fantastic Lake LBJ views, year round springs and a variety of mature trees add to the beauty and charm of this ranch. Will divide into 240 or 174 acres.


FLAT ROCK RANCH – Long time family ranch now being offered for sale for the first time. Beautiful granite outcroppings, lots of mature oaks and mesquites, four ponds, two seasonal creeks, two good wells, windmill, cattle pens and excellent fences. Wildlife abounds with deer, turkey, dove, quail, hogs and bobcats. Great location on paved RR 2241 and only 9 miles northeast of Llano and 5 miles west of Lake Buchanan. $4,000 per acre.


This gentleman’s ranch is located in the exclusive Stone Mountain development just outside of Marble Falls. An exquisite 3,722 square foot custom home perched on a hill highlights this property. The approach to the home from the gated entry is fabulous. And it only gets better. The home overlooks a lush coastal field and pond on the front half of the property. From there, the view extends towards distant hills 30 miles to the south. While unique details highlight the exceptional craftsmanship of the home, the best part is what’s outside. There is ample outdoor living, including a veranda with a wood burning fireplace. Large oak trees provide plenty of shade and are a perfect accent to the stunning views. Additionally, a 1,600 square foot barn is close proximity to the house. The back half of the property is densely wooded with lots of oak and a second pond. The property has both community water and 2 excellent water wells. This is truly a “must see to believe” type of property. $1,950,000


RANCHO VENADO – An excellent example of what a Hill Country ranch can be when managed for conservation and wildlife. A high fence was built in 1999 and an optimum deer population and buck doe ratio has been achieved. A flood control dam on the ranch forms the lake that has held good water since it was built and is stocked with bass. The 3,200 square foot house has a stone exterior, metal roof, wide porches and lots of windows to provide views of the hills as well as the native game. Easy to step in and continue the ranch operation. Includes all ranch equipment, feeders, wildlife blinds and feeders. $8,200 per acre.


SAN GABRIEL RIVER VENADO – Nicely improved property with frontage on the North Fork of the San Gabriel River. Large oaks and native pecan trees line the river bank. There is a 1,456 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home where you can sit on the front porch and enjoy the views of the spring-fed tank that has never gone dry. 2 nice sized barns, one of which has a historic hand hewn log structure preserved inside it. 3 coastal fields round out this ranch. $1,540,000


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Welcome to one of the most beautiful spots in all of Texas. Welcome to the Highland Lakes. This region of the Texas Hill Country derives its name from the series of beautiful lakes built along the Colorado River basin that stretch from Llano on the north to Austin on the south — Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis. While these lakes certainly provide an endless source of recreational pursuits from fishing to water skiing during the spring and summer, they can be just as much fun in the fall and winter, thanks to the region’s normally mild weather this time of year. And even when the mercury starts to dip a bit, there is still plenty to do in the Highland Lakes, on and off the water. Christmas is an especially magical time of year here, despite our lack of a traditional snow covered season. Get in the spirit with a visit to the annual Walkway of Lights on the shores of Lake Marble Falls around Christmas, when a holiday-themed village constructed of more than 2 million multi-colored bulbs brightens up the night along the water. Up the road in Burnet, a trip to a re-creation of the village of old Bethlehem reminds visitors what the season is really all about.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 When the holidays are over, there’s no need to worry about those bleak mid-winter blues in the hill country. With this issue of 101 Fun Things to do in the Highland Lakes, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to get outdoors and explore the natural beauty of the area. Within these pages are dozens of activities, sights, festivals, trips and events — 101 things to be exact. We’ve got the low down on up above with a story about stargazing opportunities, as well as tips on hiking and biking around the lakes. Or learn how you can become involved in releasing a live eagle or hawk back into the wild on a river cruise that takes you back in time. Our goal is to help make it easier for you to locate those special Highland Lakes adventures to build memories of a lifetime. Of course, it’s possible we might have missed one or two attractions. The Highland Lakes is a vast area. Drop us a line and let us know of something you think might be worth including by mailing a letter to Victory Publishing Co. Ltd., 1007 Ave. K, Marble Falls, TX 78654; give us a call at (830) 693-7152; or email us at editor@


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Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. As you drive into Marble Falls from the south on U.S. 281, you’ll catch your breath when you top the hill and see the grand glitter of twinkling lights on the lake below. On site, you can sip a cup of hot chocolate or grab a snack. The Walkway of Lights flips the switch at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, then gleams nightly until 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas, the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself often makes an appearance for pictures. For more, go to or call (830) 693-4449. Holiday parade of lights, Nov. 16 — What better way to kick off the annual Walkway of Lights on Lake Marble Falls than with a parade, followed by the ceremonial flipping of the switch to turn on the twinkle! The parade starts 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 on Main Street with holiday floats and music meandering through downtown Main Street. The parade ends at the entrance to the Walkway of Lights


at Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. When everyone is gathered at the entrance, a special guest flips the switch that brings more than 2 million lights to life in Lakeside Park.

Burnet Enjoy old Bethlehem, Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16 — One of the most anticipated events of the Christmas season, Main Street Bethlehem is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Burnet. During the first and second weekends in December, church members and other volunteers don period costumes and bring Bethlehem to life in Burnet. This isn’t just a couple of sheep and some wise men standing around. It’s a life-size replica of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth including street vendors, craftspeople, shepherds and Mary and Joseph. The church is located at 108 S. Vanderveer St. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-16. Be sure to come prepared because the event packs the town. Call (512) 756-4481 or visit www.


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Fort Croghan remembers Christmas, Dec. 8 — Experience a pioneer Christmas in Burnet. Before the town of Burnet was settled, the Army’s Fort Croghan provided shelter and protection to pioneers. The settlers also celebrated Christmas there. On Dec. 8, volunteers re-enact those Christmases at Fort Croghan. The houses within the fort at 703 Buchanan Drive (also Texas 29 West) just west of U.S. 281, come to life with the Christmas spirit as re-enactors decorate with lanterns, candles and luminaries. This special occasion runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call (512) 756-8281 or visit www.fortcroghan. org.


Burnet celebrates Christmas, Dec. 8 — Burnet enjoys the holiday spirit Dec. 8 as the Christmas on the Square Festival takes over downtown 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


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Ol’ Saint Nick — Texas style

Santa Claus helper Jimmy Lerma waves at motorists on U.S. 281 in Marble Falls Friday during an early visit to the Highland Lakes. Santa Claus, aka Lorenzo Lerma, rides each Christmas through the Highland Lakes, stopping to visit with children and adults. He hands out candy canes along the way, spreading the Christmas spirit and holiday cheer.

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Vendors, music and other entertainment make this a great place to stroll and shop before or after a visit to Main Street Bethlehem. Call (512) 756-4297 or visit


Llano lights up, Nov. 23-Dec. 31 — From Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, the town of Llano sparkles with lights for the Christmas holiday. Shop to the twinkle and glow of light displays along the Llano River while you sip hot chocolate and munch on popcorn. Call (325) 247-5354 or visit


Parade through Llano, Dec. 1 — Enjoy the annual Llano Christmas Stroll and Christmas Parade, which gets rolling around the Courthouse Square, Texas 71 and Main Street, at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. You can take a walk under the Christmas lights of the historic county courthouse and shop in a holiday market. Visit


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Johnson City celebrates the birth of Jesus, Dec.78 — Johnson City’s First United Methodist Church’s Living Story of Christmas puts the true meaning of the

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holiday back in the spotlight. The story of the Nativity comes to life just off the Courthouse Square, Avenue G and Pecan Street, on Dec. 7-8 starting at 6 p.m. At every half hour until 8:30 p.m., you and your family can witness the first Christmas as church members act out what happened that night so many years ago. You’ll see period costumes and actual animals during the performance. And afterward, head inside the church at 105 N. LBJ Drive for a cup of hot chocolate. Call (830) 868-7414 or visit www.


Enjoy an old-time Christmas, Dec. 8 — A “Timeless Christmas in Johnson City” at the Johnson Settlement, and visitor center takes you back to a time when pioneers celebrated the season. Held at the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the festivities are from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8, visitors can enjoy a Christmas celebration at the historic boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Elm Street in Johnson City, one Continued on page 13

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block south of U.S. 290. You can also take a shuttle bus to the Johnson Settlement where guides will take you by lantern to an 1860s Christmas on the Texas frontier. For more, go to or call (830) 8687128, ext. 244. A classic Fredericksburg Christmas, Dec. 7-Jan. 6 — When it comes to enjoying the holidays, Fredericksburg does it with craft. The Christmas season begins Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. with the lighting of a 30-foot tree in the Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St. The tree features local, handcrafted ornaments.


Parade through Fredericksburg, Dec. 7 — The annual Fredericksburg Community Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 on Main Street. The sidewalks fill up fast, so you might want to get there early. And don’t fret about not having things to do — Fredericksburg has plenty to offer. You also can check out St. Nikolausmarkt at Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St. from 2-9 p.m. The market continues Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.7 p.m.


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Presidential ranch celebrates the season, Dec. 16 — The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Evening Ranch Tours at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site have been a Hill Country tradition for 43 years. You and your family can be a part of the holiday event Dec. 16. It’s truly a magical moment when the LBJ ranch Christmas tree lights up. But that’s only part of the evening. The LBJ National Park decorates the park, the German farm located on the property and LBJ’s ranch. You can enjoy tours of the ranch and national park during this special time of year. Often, members of the Johnson family show up to share in the holiday spirit. The festivities run 6-9 p.m. The national park is located 15 miles west of Johnson City and 16 miles east of Fredericksburg on U.S. 290. Visit www. or call the public affairs office at (830) 644-2252.






Highland Lakes’ golf is a hole-in-one 13 When it comes to golf, few places provide what the Highland Lakes offers – great greens, challenging holes and water from almost any angle. The Highland Lakes are world-famous for beautiful golf courses. Play these and leave feeling like a pro — or at least enjoy the view from the bunker. Blue Lake Golf Club: This semi-private course, rated among the best nine-hole courses in Texas, offers beautiful views of the lake and is recognized by the National Audubon Society. Visit www.bluelakegolf. Continued on page 15


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Continued from page 14 com, call (830) 598-5524 or email Located at 214 W. Bluebonnet Road off RR 2831 in Llano County. Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course: This 18-hole championship public golf course offers a pro shop, driving range, putting green, snack bar and dining room. Be sure to check out the 17th hole — named one of the “1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die” by golf writer Jeff Barr. Also named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Visit or call (512) 756-8471. Located at 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet. Hancock Park Golf Course: Owned and operated by the city of Lampasas, this course features a natural creek winding through 18 holes that requires golfers to loft shots back and forth across the water. Visit or call (512) 556-3202. Located at 237 Naruna Road in Lampasas. Hidden Falls Golf Club: In Meadowlakes

— just down the street from Marble Falls — this championship 18-hole golf course also features six tennis courts, a swimming pool and a full-service restaurant and bar. Visit or call (830) 6933300. Located at 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes. Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course: Make a lot of birdies at Lady Bird’s 18-hole, par-72, 6, 432-yard championship golf course. Visit www.golffredericksburg. com or call (830) 997-4010 or toll-free at (800) 950-8147. Located at 341 Golfers Loop in Fredericksburg. Legends on Lake LBJ: This 18-hole semi-private course offers a challenging design by Austin golf legend Tom Kite. Fully-stocked pro shop and practice facilities. Visit or call (325) 388-8888. Located at 105 Range Way Circle in Kingsland. Llano River Golf Course: This 18-hole public course and fully-equipped pro shop is situated on the banks of the beautiful Llano River, just two miles west of the historic Llano Courthouse near Robinson City Park. Visit or call (325) 247-5100. Located at 2835 West

RR 152 in Llano. Lighthouse Country Club: This semi-private course was completely renovated in 2006. Situated on flat terrain, it’s an easy course to walk. Though water hazards are featured on nine of the 18 holes, the 7,133yard course still is a good play for beginning and advanced golfers. Visit www. or call (325) 3886660. Located at 118 Club Circle on the corner of River Oaks Drive and Skyline Drive in Kingsland. Continued on page 16




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HORSESHOE BAY RESORT All three courses (listed below), designed by Robert Trent Jones, are limited to resort members and guests of the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott hotel. Don’t forget the Whitewater Putting Course, a luxury miniature-golf course designed around scenic palm trees and a picturesque waterfall. Visit Call each course for tee times. The courses are located in Horseshoe Bay off FM 2147. Ram Rock — Respected across the United States as one of the toughest courses you’ll ever experience. A challenge and a thrill for even the best golfers. Call (830) 598-6561. Slick Rock — Recognized in “America’s Greatest Golfing Resorts” and site of the Texas State Open and numerous United States Golf Association events, this course features 154 acres of rolling terrain interrupted by 71 bunkers, lakes and Slick Rock Creek. Call (830) 598-2561.


Apple Rock — Laid out along some of the highest and most scenic Horseshoe Bay property, the 12th hole plays along the shore of Lake LBJ. The course was recognized by Golf Digest as the best new resort course the year it opened. Call (830) 598-6561.


Whitewater Putting Course — Built around scenic palm trees, strategically placed obstacles and a beautiful waterfall, this course is perfect for golfers looking for an “easy” tap-in experience. Call (830) 598-3909.


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Twinkle, twinkle little star Upcoming meteor showers make December and January especially good times to join in a celebration of the stars. One of the best meteor showers, the Geminids, lights up the sky from Dec. 6-19. AAS hosts a star party at the Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort observatory on Dec. 15. The CANYON OF THE EAGLES OBSERVATORY. Escape to the stars with the help of Eagle Eye’s high-tech telescopes.The 16-inch Ealing “Educator” Cassegrain Telescope offers research-quality views of the moon and distant stars, while the 12.5-inch Newtonian telescope offers a vibrant eye on the night sky. Open on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday nights (weather permitting) PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AUSTIN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY


The Quadranpids meteor shower Jan. 1-5 can be viewed at a party on Jan. 5. “When people come to star parties, what they get is not just that we’re-sosmall feeling,” says Dawn Davies, of the Austin Astronomical Society. “You realize how much there is out there to observe, and how much we are a piece of a much bigger puzzle.”


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FREDERICKSBURG —  Once you’ve looked at the planet Saturn through a telescope on a clear, crisp Central Texas winter night, you’ll never be the same, says Jason Fry, president of the Hill Country Astronomers in Fredericksburg. “It’s so spectacular, you’ll think it’s not real,” he says. “That’s the most spectacular thing to look at among the stars.” It’s certainly not the only thing. Fall and winter nights in the Texas Hill Country offer some of the best opportunities for stargazing, says Dawn Davies, outreach chair of the Austin Astronomical Society. “Cooler temperatures make a for a clearer, crisper sky,” she says. “There’s less moisture in the air, less wind, the visibility is much better. You’ll be able to see a lot more.” And thanks to AAS and the Hill Country Astronomers, even those who have never put an eye to a telescope can visually explore Continued on page 18

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where no man has gone before. Fry’s group throws a star party once a month close to the new moon, inviting anyone interested to come look into the heart of the final frontier. They often set up at Enchanted Rock State Park, located on RR 965 in the southwestern portion of Llano County. “The science of it is interesting, but also the spirituality of it too,” says Fry, who is the pastor of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. “Looking at these objects that are great distances away and realizing how small we are in the universe is a very therapeutic experience for me.” Davies loves both the complexity and the simplicity of it. Her group hosts monthly “It’s very gratifying star parties at the Eagle Eye to look at a sky O b s e r v a t o r y map and figure at Canyon of the Eagles out which direcNature Park tion your scope and Resort on Lake Buchanan. should be pointed, The observatory and put your eye resides on land owned by the on one end and Lower Colorado low and behold, River Authority and houses two there’s something large telescopes on the other end owned and mainmillions of light tained by AAS. To get there, years away.” take Texas 29 — Dawn Davies three miles west of Burnet and turn north on FM 2341. Go 15 miles and you will come to the park at 16942 RR 2341. Society members also bring their own telescopes to star parties and are happy to share their sights and insights. “It’s a simple act to set up a telescope and look at something so brilliant with such grandeur,” Davies says. “It’s very gratifying to look at a sky map and figure out which direction your scope should be pointed, and put your eye on one end and low and behold, there’s something on the other end millions of light years away.” For more information on dates and times of star parties, you can contact Fry directly by email at heavenwatcher2001@yahoo. com. For information about AAS star parties, check out the calendar on the website at Canyon of the Eagles can be reached by calling (512) 334-2070.

Have some fun beyond the lakes The Highland Lakes is not just about the water. You can find tons of fun on dry land, too, you just have to know where to go. Putt putt around — While the Highland Lakes area is a golfers’ dream complete with luxury resorts, we’re talking about the miniature version in this case. The Heart of Texas Lake Resort on Lake LBJ in the Hoover’s Valley area is 18 holes of fun. It also features an outdoor shuffleboard court, an arcade room and playscapes for the kids. For more, call (512) 756-7766 or stop by 408 Clen Oak Parkway in Burnet. Visit


Bowl them over — Lake Country Lanes, located at 112 Northridge along U.S. 281 just north of Marble Falls, offers plenty of bowling action. You can also shoot a game of pool, and visit the arcade games. Call (830) 693-4311 or visit


Shop ‘til you drop — The Highland Lakes has some of the best stores to peruse and hunt for bargains.


Main Street Marble Falls offers some incredible wares and plenty of live music and open-air artwork. Don’t forget the town squares in

Llano, Johnson City and Burnet. Shopping is an extremely physical activity, so be sure to schedule some time for yourself, friends and family at one of the many local restaurants.

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Do you ollie? — One of the best concrete outdoor skate parks is found in Marble Falls at Yett and Main streets. The Highland Lakes Skate Park Association along with many partners, created the Falls Creek Park Skate Park, which features 12,000 square feet of concrete and granite. Burnet also has a park, located in Wallace Riddell Park just off Texas 29 East and South Rhomberg Street. It’s near the fire station, and yes, the paramedics. Be sure to wear a helmet! Cottonwood Shores on Lake Marble Falls is the latest community to add a skatepark. Give the folks at city hall a call for hours and location at (830) 693-3830.



Worship — From Joppa to Castell, the Highland Lakes offers plenty of quaint little churches where everyone knows your name. Check the Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book for church listings.

Tie the knot — Well, you’ve popped the question. You’re getting married. Congratulations. How about a wedding or honeymoon in the Highland Lakes? The area offers a plethora of places to seal the deal, whether you prefer a traditional church setting or a more individualistic venue such as the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott hotel, Canyon of the Eagles Park in Burnet or Marble Falls’ Lakeside Pavilion. Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet also offers a great venue as well an outdoor chapel complete with a million-dollar view. Located at 105 CR 114, the ranch can be contacted at (512) 755-4417 or through the website The Marriott hotel is at 200 Hi Circle North in Horseshoe Bay; call (830) 598-8600 or visit Canyon of the Eagles website has more information, times and dates at The facility is at 16942 RR 2341 near Burnet. Call (512) 334-2070. Lakeside Pavilion is at 307 Buena Vista Drive and offers grand views of Lake Marble Falls. And don’t forget the bed-and-breakfast accommodations for the honeymoon. Check with local chambers of commerce.


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Pick your veggies — Each Saturday from May to Thanksgiving, gardeners and farmers from around the county turn out to offer their best picks for consumers looking for the freshest tastes. At the Burnet County Farmers’ Market just off the Courthouse Square in central Burnet, you’ll find everything from organic vegetables to farm-raised eggs and locally produced jams and jellies.


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The market usually runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday, May through November. For more, call (512) 756-5463. A seasonal vendors market at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 105 RR 1431 East in Marble Falls is held on Wednesdays. For more on the church’s farmer’s market, call (830) 693-5134. Crownover Feed Barn, 1810 FM 1431 in Marble Falls, also holds farmers markets at different times throughout the year — usually on Saturdays. For more, call (830) 693-4458. Discover the arts — One of the greatest treasures of the Highland Lakes is the creative people who live here. We’ve included a list in this magazine of some of the many studios and galleries. Some feature local artisans’ work, while others offer state, national and even international names. Other art galleries and studios can be found in local reference books or through the websites of various chambers of commerce.


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Get some flight time — You can experience the joy of flying and still keep your feet planted on terra firma thanks to radio-controlled model airplanes. The Highland Lakes Flyers meet daily—wind and weather permitting—during the early morning hours at Hank Nilsen Field off RR 2545 at 702 Williamette Road, about two miles east of RR 1431 near Kingsland. The club invites Academy of Model Aeronautics members to be guest fliers. They also wel-


come any spectators who want to watch these radio-controlled model aircrafts soar or learn more about the hobby. On Oct. 20, the club will hold its annual Float Fly at Robinson Park in Llano. Members will fly planes equipped with floats in lieu of landing gear on the water. Guests are invited. The park is located west of Llano on RR 152. The event is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more, go to Continued on page 22



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Put your roots down — The Highland Lakes draws people for a weekday, weekend or even a lifetime. The combination of lakes, natural beauty and friendly residents make it a great place not only to visit, but to live. To learn more, stop by a local chamber of commerce. Or visit a local Realtor’s office.


Don’t forget the lakes — With a name like the Highland Lakes, you can’t come here without visiting one of the lakes or rivers. You can explore the waterways by craft or simply enjoy the shoreline. If you don’t own a boat, pick up a copy of the Picayune Area-Wide Phone Book and look up some of the marinas and operations that rent watercraft. Water skiers, wakeboarders and powerboat enthusiasts know the Highland Lakes are great places to splash down.


Pick a pumpkin — A stop at Sweet Berry Farm just outside Marble Falls on FM 1980 offers everything families can do from picking pumpkins to hayrides. It’s great family fun. Sure the name says “Sweet Berry,” but in the fall, the owners turn it into a pumpkin wonderland with all types and sizes of the king of fall vegetables. Along with the pumpkins, you and the


PICK A PUMPKIN at Sweet Berry Farm just outside of Marble Falls.


kids can enjoy the petting zoo, scarecrow stuffing, flower collecting and homemade ice cream. The farm opens in late September and continues operations through November. The pickin’ takes place 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; and is closed Wednesdays. To get there, take RR 1431 west of Marble Falls for about two miles and then turn right on FM 1980. The berry patch is located about a mile down the road on the right. For more, visit www.sweetberryfarm. com or call (830) 798-1462. Explore history — There are plenty of area museums and historic sites to visit and learn about local culture. The Fort Croghan Museum, 703 Texas 29 West in Burnet, offers a look at the lives of early settlers. For more, go to or call (512) 756-8281. The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls, is a great place to learn about the history of Marble Falls and the surrounding area. The facility is located in one of the oldest buildings in town — the Granite Building, which originally served as the only school. To learn more, go to www.fallsmuseum. org or call (830) 798-2157. In Llano County, you can check out the Llano County Museum, 310 Bessemer in Llano. It’s located on the Llano River in the old Bruhl Drugstore Building. Along with many exhibits, a restored log cabin is on the grounds. For more, go to or call (325) 247-3026.


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In Johnson City, home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, you can visit the LBJ National Historic Park visitor’s center and the former president’s boyhood home. Take Texas 290 east from U.S. 281 in Johnson City to Avenue G and continue south till you see the signs. You can also check out the Johnson Family Settlement. For more, call (830) 868-7128 or go to lyjo/index.htm.


Sail above the hills — The Fault Line Flyers, a soaring club, takes off from a field in Briggs. The organization offers introductory rides the first Saturday of the month (weather permitting) from $60-$80. The glider port is located on CR 210 in northeast Burnet County about a mile west of the intersection with U.S. 183. For more, go to www.

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Explore an old jail — The Llano Red Top Jail, located one block east of Ford Street (Texas 16 and Texas 71) off the square in Llano, offers a peek into how the sheriff and inmates operated in yesteryear. Built in 1895, the jail served well into the 20th century before the local authorities moved to a more modern structure. The rumor is that the Red Top Jail is home to a a ghost or two. The Friends of the Red Top Jail hosts tours and even a “jail break.” For more, go to


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Highland Lakes venues offer cycling adventures to stay focused and don’t become stressed. “Relax and drop into a lower gear,” BURNET —  From amateur to profes- Barbutti says. “And don’t worry about sional, cyclists find Highland Lakes road- where the top is.” Themed rides are popular. Cyclists can ways to be some of the best bicycling available anywhere, says Greg Barbutti — and pedal from vineyard to vineyard in the Lake Buchanan or Spicewood areas or take he should know. Barbutti is the route marshall for the Hill a history tour from the Burnet to Llano Country Ride for AIDS, an annual fundrais- county courthouses. Those looking for ing event that leads almost shorter routes can careen 1,000 riders along the back “You don’t have to be around the courthouse roads of eastern Burnet and western Williamson coun- an expert to get out and squares and neighborhoods in Burnet or Llano ties each April. enjoy your bike in the or plan a short jaunt on “The nice thing about the Hill Country is the incredi- Highland Lakes.You don’t any number of county roads. ble varied terrain,” Barbutti have to have the perfect Mountain bikers says. “You can choose your have several options own route, whether it’s bike, and you don’t have well. In addition to hard or easy.” to have the perfect gear. as wilderness trails in state To plot their routes, parks, Reveille Peak cycling enthusiasts often Just go out and enjoy. ” Ranch near Burnet offers turn to modern technology. From short neighborhood — Gregg Barbutti options from beginner to jaunts to 50-mile treks, you Route Marshall advanced. The ranch is at 105 CR can design a route for your for the Hill Country Ride 114 and can be reached own strengths via computer for AIDS by calling (512) 755-1177. ( or smartphone Open to the public on (Map My Ride). While many professional cyclists train weekends, the ranch maintains almost 60 on Hill Country roads, amateur riders miles of trails for riders and runners. There is even an obstacle course for the should not be afraid of the topsy-turvy more adventuresome. topography. “I enjoy it because it’s a good way to “The hills provide more interesting terrain,” Barbutti said. “They create amazing see the outdoors,” says ranch owner Vol views and vistas—that’s your reward for Montgomery about his interest in mounall the hard work.” Continued on page 25 The key to conquering the contours is by Suzanne Freeman



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Continued from page 24 tain biking. “It’s an easy way to get some exercise.” Reveille Peak hosts a variety of races and competitions throughout the year. You can check the schedule on the website at Fall is one of the best times to take a ride along the county roads of the Texas Hill Country, say both Montgomery and Barbutti. “People are always doing the spring thing because of the flowers,” Barbutti says, “but in fall you get the changing colors and fewer people on the routes.” You also get fall temperatures, which average in the 70s—perfect riding weather. December, January and February aren’t bad either with temperatures usually in the 60s. And anyone of just about any fitness level can find a suitable route. “You don’t have to be an expert to get out and enjoy your bike in the Highland Lakes,” Barbutti says “You don’t have to have the perfect bike, and you don’t have to have the perfect gear. Just go out and enjoy. ”

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Find the Fun Outdoors Ah, the cool weather has returned, so it’s a great time to get out and explore the Highland Lakes. Whether you like your fun casual or adventuresome, there’s plenty to do, from walking to exploring a lost town. Enjoy a stroll —  Stretch you legs. Visit the towns and park the car. Some of the best views are found with a slow stroll where you can take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the Hill Country. On weekends, the best way to get around Fredericksburg is by foot. In Llano, explore the Courthouse Square. Down in Marble Falls, Historic Main Street has lots of nice shops worth exploring along with plenty of live music venues and nearby restaurants, antique shops and nightspots. And don’t forget to check out all the open-air sculp-


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tures. In Burnet, you can cut away from the Courthouse Square across U.S. 281 (watch for traffic and wait on the lights) and make your way to the Riverwalk on Hamilton Creek. In Johnson City, you can even walk in the footsteps of President Lyndon B. Johnson at his boyhood home. Go fish — When it comes to fishing, the Highland Lakes has a lot to offer anglers. From the hidden coves of Lake Travis up to the Colorado River coursing through Colorado Bend State Park, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of places to toss in a line. You can even spend a day exploring one of the many rivers that roll through the Hill Country including the Blanco, the Pedernales or the Llano. If you’re new to the area, check with one of the many fishing guides who will gladly take you to the best spots.


Hit the trail — Two topnotch places for hitting the trail are Pedernales Falls State Park east of Johnson City and Inks Lake State Park southwest of Burnet. Pedernales State Park boasts several miles of trails just begging to be explored. The fall and winter temperatures make day hiking even more pleasant. Just be careful along the river. Even a little rain can turn the Pedernales into a rollicking river. The park is found east of Johnson City on FM 2766. Inks Lake State Park with its granite outcroppings has some great places to take in the view. The park offers the Stumpy Hollow Nature Hike during the year, which is led by a certified Master Naturalist. For


more, call the park at (512) 793-2223. You can find the park six miles west of U.S. 281 in Burnet County on Park Road 4. Speaking of granite, you always can head to Enchanted Rock, which offers one of the most unique experiences in Texas. The park has several trails, including one that leads to the top of the outcropping. For more, call the park at (830) 685-3636. The park is located south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg on RR 965. Colorado Bend State Park is home to Gorman Falls and numerous caves. To find the park, go north on U.S. 281 to Lampasas and from the U.S. 281 and U.S. 183 intersection take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend. Follow the signs to the park entrance. Another great area for a hike is the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge on the eastern edge of Burnet County. The refuge encompasses thousands of protected acres and several hiking trails. A great jumping off point is the Doeskin Ranch on FM 1174 north of RR 1431. For more, visit Pedal, baby, pedal — Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the Highland Lakes. One of the great rides for roadies is simply pedaling along portions of Texas 71 between Spicewood and Llano, but be careful — auto traffic can be pretty fast there. Over in the Stonewall area between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, RR 1 is a nice little ride through LBJ state and national parks. For a list of rides and even maps of rides, check out the Austin Cycling Association website at Several of the state parks including Pedernales Falls and Colorado Bend have mountain bike trails. But for the more


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serious rider, it’s definitely the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Muleshoe Bend Recreational Area. Located in Spicewood on CR 414 along the shores of Lake Travis, this park has about 7.5 miles of mostly wooded single track. For more mountain-biking opportunities, visit the Austin Ridge Riders website at Another addition to the mountain-biking repertoire of the Highland Lakes is Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 144 in Burnet. The privately-owned ranch includes 62 miles of combined single and double track. It also has an elevated pump track. The venue hosts races and competitions throughout the year. Visit www.rprtexas. com. Enjoy some kite flying — Catch a breeze and take to the skies with a kite. The Highland Lakes has several perfect places to go fly a kite. The Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center, 1601 U.S. 281 in Burnet, has plenty of space to hoist a kite aloft. Several of the area parks also have some extra space to stretch out those kite strings. Get out and get camping — Camping is one of the favorite ways to enjoy the Highland Lakes. There’s a style for just about everybody from backpacking at one of the several state parks such as Colorado Bend and Pedernales Falls or just pitching a tent and enjoying the scenery. Visit to check out the local state parks. Some even offer camping workshops. Also, visit the Lower Colorado River Authority website at www.




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Saddle up — What better way to capture the spirit of Texas than by horseback? For those looking for a horseback-riding experience, check out Colbert Ranch ( They offer trail rides and other activities for those yearning to see the Highland Lakes from a saddle. The Lower Colorado River Authority has trails at several of its parks for horse-


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back riding. One such park is Shaffer Bend Recreational Area east of Marble Falls off RR 1431 on CR 343A. You can find out more about horseback riding trails in LCRA parks at Pedernales Falls State Park outside Johnson City also has a nice horse trail for riders. It offers up to 10 miles of trails. For more, visit Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s website at www.tpwd.state. and look under the State Parks and Destinations link. The park is on FM 2766. Grab some granite — Climbers from across the state make their way to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for the climbing experience. Rock climbers can explore several routes at Enchanted Rock south of Llano and north of Fredericksburg on FM 965. You can also find climbing opportunities at Reimers Ranch Park, located at 23610 Hamilton Road between Bee Caves and Dripping Springs. The Austin Rock Gym ( offers both climbing lessons and guided trips to Enchanted Rock. You can find more at the Central Texas Mountaineers website at www.ctmrocks. com. Learn about rock-climbing opportunities through Rock About at, which offers climbing lessons from beginners through advanced as well as organized trips.


Become a spelunker— Take a look at the Highland Lakes from an entirely different perspective — from underground. Longhorn Cavern State Park on Park Road 4 in Burnet County features daily guided tours you can easily walk through. It’s rumored outlaw Sam Bass stashed some of his stolen loot among these caverns. If you’re the more adventurous type, check out the Wild Cave Tour at Longhorn Cavern. You’ll see parts of the caverns only a few people have visited. It’s a bit tougher than the walking tour and not recommended for those afraid of tight spaces. The walking tours are typically offered daily while the Wild Cave Tour is on Saturdays and requires reservations. Visit Colorado Bend State Park outside Bend also offers a wild cave tour. To find the


park, go north on U.S. 281 to Lampasas and from the U.S. 281 and U.S. 183 intersection take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs to the park entrance. Call (325) 628-3240 ahead of time to find out when the next tour is or visit www. and clink on the Parks and Destinations links. Rugged running trails — Running and jogging are some of the most popular ways to enjoy the great outdoors, but hitting the pavement time after time can get a little dull. For something new, hit the trail. Here in the Highland Lakes area you can find lots of trail-running opportunities. The Lower Colorado River Authority’s Muleshoe Bend Recreational Area has more than seven miles of trails. Inks Lake State Park has a network of trails worth exploring at a nice jog. You can even jog the back country of Pedernales Falls State Park


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and Colorado Bend State Park. Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 in Burnet, offers miles of trail running opportunities. Visit Explore the heavens — After a day on the road, the best way to get a little rest and relaxation is to simply lie back and take in the stars. Try the overlook on Park Road 4 in Burnet County just past Longhorn Cavern State Park. The view during the day is one of the reasons so many people love this area, but at night under the stars you feel a sense of an awesome vast universe. Pack a snack, toss a blanket in the car and head there for an evening of star gazing. If you find yourself wanting a little closer look at the stars, consider a trip to the Canyon of the Eagles on the northeast shore of Lake Buchanan which offers star viewing and star parties at the Eagle Eye Observatory. The Austin Astronomical Society hosts a monthly party for the public. The public star parties are Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 5, 2013, Feb. 2, 2013, and March 2, 2013. Check out Canyon of the Eagles’ website for more information, times and dates at The facility is located at 16942 RR 2341 near Burnet.


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asts — or even beginners — check out Go Paddle Down which rents stand-up paddle boards and even provides lessons. Along with the boards, Go Paddle Down offers kayaks. For more, go to Smile for the birdy — Here in the Highland Lakes, we have the perfect assignment for you — spot that bird. We’ve got everything from painted buntings to hawks, golden-cheeked warblers to black-capped vireos, eagles to hawks. Keep an eye on the roads, too, for the swift-footed paisanos, or roadrunners. On the eastern edge of Burnet County and western Travis County, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers birders a nice place to work on their lifetime lists. Visit But just about any park is a great place to bird-watch for beginners or the more experienced. You can find more information about area birding by checking out the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society website at


Cruise Lake Buchanan — You can enjoy parts of Lake Buchanan and the upper Colorado River that most people never see with a little help from the folks at the Vanishing Texas River Cruise. The Texas Eagle II, a 70-foot, 120-passenger vessel, carries passengers on “the premier ecological tour of Texas.” It features an enclosed all-weather deck plus two observation decks and operates yearround. Because of ongoing drought conditions, the cruise must sometimes alter its route. But the staff has found plenty of other interesting sights on Lake Buchanan, including a tour of “old town” Bluffton, which was submerged when the dam was built and uncovered by drought conditions. Call 800-4-RIVER-4, (512) 756-6986 or visit

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tain-biking trails. It’s one of the most unique facilities in the area — even in the state. Along with trails, you can try your hand at the ranch’s pump track for mountain bikers. Throughout the year, Reveille Peak Ranch hosts events and competitions from mountain-bike races to obstacle courses. For more, go to



Get adventurous here — Hidden Falls Adventure Park, a nonprofit organization located seven miles east of Marble Falls at 7420 RR 1431, offers a plethora of out-

door activities. You’ll find paint ball (complete with rental equipment), trails for motorcycles, ATV and full-size 4x4s, a shooting range, hiking, camping and RV sites. There’s also a shooting range called Copperhead Creek. The park offers more than 150 miles of trails, and if you don’t own an ATV, they can hook you up with a rental. Visit www.hiddenfallsadventurepark. com or call (830) 798-9820.


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Inks lake state park On Park Road 4 a few miles west of U.S. 281 in Burnet County. Call (512) 793-2223.

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lCra parks Cedar pOInt reCreatIOnal area Off RR 2241 north of Buchanan Dam. or call (800) 776-5272

shaFFer Bend reCreatIOn area Take RR 1431 East from Marble Falls to CR 343-A and follow the road down to the park

prIvate parks krause sprIngs Take Texas 71 to Spur 191 in Spicewood. Call (830) 693-4181.

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BURNET —  Take a ride on an electric boat, fish without a license (and with free loaner gear), hike, bike, boat or just enjoy the flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can do it all at Inks Lake State Park, located on Park Road 4 between Burnet and Marble Falls. It’s just a few miles west of U.S. 281. 36


New hiking trails just opened, winding through granite outcroppings, live oak, cactus, and mesquite along the banks of Inks Lake. The water in Inks, which is a constant-level lake in the Colorado River chain that runs from Buchanan to Bastrop, is what really makes the park special, says Carol Adams, a naturalist at the park. “Having the water in Inks makes for Continued on page 37


Continued from page 36 beautiful vistas when you’re on the trails,” Adams says. “It makes for diverse opportunities for activities, too.” For example, she suggests kayaking for an upper body workout, then hiking the trails for the lower body. You can swim in the warmer months and enjoy the bird-watching and fishing all year around. And if you don’t know how to do any of that, Adams and her fellow rangers can help. Every Friday, you can fish with a ranger on one of the park’s two piers using equipment from the tackle loaner program. And because you’re fishing in a state park, you don’t need a license, Adams says. Check the website at for times, as they change throughout the year. Also depending on weather and the time of year, electric boat rides around the lake are available for an extra charge. “In December, I do what is called a Jingle

Bell Jaunt on the weekends,” Adams says. “We have hot chocolate at the park store and we get in the boat and go for a cruise. We may even sing a carol or two!” The rangers also offer electric boat sunset cruises, kayaking lessons and tours (including a midnight paddle), and organized hikes and bird-watching with a naturalist. Bird-watching treks are on foot and by boat. Hiking can include lessons in geology or plants and animals, take your pick. The Magic of Murmurations is just one example of a nature hike available at the park. “A murmuration is when black birds and grackles fly into a cove to roost,” Adams says. “Thousands of them come from all directions and they make these patterns in the sky called murmurations, where they all turn at the same time, getting ready to land in the reeds.” Murmurations this fall and winter will be followed by Owl Prowls, another bird-hiking feature dreamed up by this creative, nature-loving ranger. “Fall and winter are the best times to go

for hikes,” Adams says. “We have beautiful colors in winter that are like fall in other parts of country, and the water is so peaceful. When the sun comes out and reflects on beautiful calm, blue water, it is just so tranquil and healing. Who doesn’t need that in the winter?”


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Bring your home to the hills in an RV

Recreational vehicles allow people to experience the Highland Lakes at their own pace and with their own place. Whether you plan to stay a few days or several months, RVs offer lots of flexibility and many of the comforts of home. Here’s a list of facilities where you can park your home away from home, even if it’s for just a little while. And if you don’t have an RV, many have cottages for rent as well. Beachcomber Park, 8138 RR 261, Buchanan Dam — On the Lake Buchanan waterfront, with boat ramps, fish-cleaning station, laundry room and a small bathroom with shower, this parks features 50 back-in RV sites and 10 pull-through sites. Complete with 20/30/50 amp connections, you have a choice of daily, weekly and monthly rates. You will also find boat slips and docks in a protected cove. Call (800) 379-3083 or visit

Big Chief RV Resort, 1420 FM 690, Burnet — Here you will find deluxe, premium and waterfront RV sites that average 12 feet wide and 40-60 feet long. Other amenities include Lake Buchanan waterfront, swimming area, 30/50 amp, general store, laundry/fitness room, TV/game room, club house, boat ramp, covered pavilion and 24-hour courtesy patrol. Call (512) 793-4746 or 1-866-922-4433 or visit www.

Canyon of the Eagles Lodge & Nature Park, 16942 RR 2341, Burnet — When it comes to RV parks, this one is unique. It includes Eagle Eye observatory, a conference center, restaurant and lodging as well as camping and RV facilities. The Eagles Lodge has 23 sites. And because of its unique set up, you can enjoy the rustic atmosphere while being only a short walk away from a incredible restaurant. Call (800) 977-0081 or (512) 334-2070 or visit

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Cedar Lodge Waterfront Resort, 1400 Texas 261, Buchanan Dam — You’ll find four-way RV sites, two-way pop-up sites and cabins on or near Lake Buchanan waterfront at this resort. Patrons have access to on-site laundry facilities and wireless Internet. A party room/meeting facility and pavilion with room for 60 or more people is also available. It’s great for family reunions. Call (512) 793-2820, email cedarldg@gmail. com or visit

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Blanco Settlement Country Cabins and RV Park, 1705 RR 165, Blanco — This family-owned facility has 10 acres on the Blanco River with riverfront views from each of its 20 pull-through RV sites. If you don’t own an RV but still want to get away, check out the Blanco Settlement’s cabins. A gift shop and other amenities are also available. Call (830) 833-5115 ext. 0 or email

Dos Rios RV Park, 4500 Dos Rios Trail, near the confluence of the Llano and James rivers south of Mason — Find riverfront, wide and level sites with full hookups along with 30/50 amp service. Call (325) 347-1713 or visit


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Edgewater Resort, 224 S. Winding Way, Buchanan Dam —  Features 37 RV sites — some with four-way hookups and some with three-way hookups — a recreation room, a lighted fishing pier and a store with bait, tackle, ice and drinks. The park sits on Lake Buchanan and includes a boat launch. If you don’t have an RV, Edgewater has eight cottages available. Call (512) 793-2818, email or visit Fort Mason City Park, U.S. 87 south of the Mason Square — This park has 29 hookups and offers all types of camping, complete with a new laundry as well as access to the fairgrounds and a clubhouse. The RV sites include several pull-throughs and backins. Wi-Fi Internet access also available. Call (325) 347-2064. Galloway-Hammond Parks and Recreation Center, 1601 U.S. 281, Burnet —  It’s first come, first served for the 20 RV spots at this facility located just south of downtown Burnet. For the rental price, guests get the use of the laundry room, electric, water and sewer hookups as well as cable television. The park is adjacent to hiking trails and Delaware Springs Golf Course. Call (512) 756-6180.

Scott and Jenny Mundine of Colorado stay warm — even while camping in their RV at Inks Lake State Park


ity, as well as RV sites with electric, water and sewer hookups. Water is for washing and bathing only. RV sites have 30-amp and 50-amp electric service, water and sewer. Reservations are not required but are a good idea for holidays. Call (830) 798-9820 or visit

Hi-Line Lake Resort, 1106 Hi-Line Drive, Tow — This resort is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy nature. The owners strive to make it a family-friendly place great for vacations and reunions, Continued on page 40

Granite Rock RV Park, 1015 Davis St., Kingsland —  Seven of this park’s eight granite gravel RV sites are pull-through. Each site has an 8-foot by 16-foot patio. The facility is near a city park. It offers 20/30/50 amp services with sewer and city water. There’s also a recently remodeled clubhouse. Call (325) 388-8900 or visit Heart of Texas Lake Resort, 408 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet — Along with the 24 RV sites, Heart of Texas also features a variety of rental units, cabins, condos, a lake house, miniature golf and a lodge. There also is a lighted, covered fishing dock. The resort provides wireless Internet in designated places. Best feature is probably the 510 feet of shaded waterfront on Lake LBJ shaded by giant pecan trees. It even has winter specials — excluding major holidays and Spring Break. Call (512) 756-7766, fax (512) 756-2301, email or visit Hidden Falls Adventure Park, 7030 RR 1431 East, Smithwick — The park offers primitive tent and RV sites at Area B (no electric, water or sewer services), improved sites for tents and pop-ups with 120-volt, 20-amp electric-

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church groups, business seminars, RV travel groups and Winter Texans. It’s located on the western shores of Lake Buchanan. Visit or call (325) 379-1065.

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Hofbrau RV Park, 102 Alpine Drive on U.S. 281, seven miles south of Marble Falls — This full-service RV park has 25 sites, 20/30/50-amp connections and laundry facilities. The RV sites are up to 20-feet wide and 75-feet long. Call (830) 5962073, email or visit

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Inks Lake State Park on Inks Lake, Park Road 4 near Burnet and six miles west of U.S. 281 — This is a big one with 137 RV spaces and 50 water-only sites for tents. The park has wireless Internet available in case you don’t want to totally disconnect from civilization. Reservations are required. For more, call (512) 793-2223 or visit For reservations, call (512) 389-8900. Inks Lake RV Park, 6161 Texas 29 West in Burnet —  This place to relax is close to many of the area’s best activities. The park features sites large enough to accommodate double slide-outs, pull-throughs and big rigs. Hookups include water and sewer alone with 20/30/50/80-amp electric service. The park includes a recreation room with satellite TV. With its location nestled between Burnet and Buchanan Dam, there’s plenty of things to do, so prepare for a long stay! Visit www.inkslakervpark. com or call (512) 756-0101 or (512) 756-9955. Krause Springs, 404 Krause Springs Road, Spicewood — This 115-acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and boasts 32 springs on the property, along with a swimming hole. The 24 RV sites have water and electricity. You can enjoy the butterfly garden or listen to the wind chimes. Krause Springs is located off Texas 71 in Spicewood. Take Spur 191 south and then turn right on CR 404. The gates are on the left-hand side. Visit www. or call (830) 693-4181. Llanorado Lodge, 223 RR 1431, Kingsland — The Lanorado RV sites have four-way hookups and 30/50-amp service. There are boat slips and several cabins with air-conditioning and cable TV. And with Lake LBJ right there, you’ll want to take advantage Continued on page 41



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of the bait and tackle shop. Visit www. or www. or call (325) 388-4823. Llano River RV Park, 37 Keller Velino Road on the Llano River, 10 miles south of Mason —  This park offers 46 pull-through sites that include full hookups (water, sewer and electricity) and also wireless Internet. For the smaller RVs, there are bathroom and shower facilities. It’s a pet-friendly park as well. Call (866) 640-9696 or visit Llano River Golf Course and RV Park, located two miles west of Llano on FM 152 at Robinson Park — The 25 RV sites are within walking distance of the golfing, swimming and fishing. You can chose straight RV rates or mix in RV/golf rates. Call (325) 247-5100 or visit Miller Creek RV Park, 5618 U.S. 281, five miles south of Johnson City — They have 32 big pull-throughs and 22 back-ins with a reverse-osmosis water system, septic and 30/50 amp. Free phone and wireless Internet available. Features a beautiful creek with catch-and-release fishing. There’s also a spa and dry sauna, and log cabins for camping. Visit, call (877) 868-2622 or email at Poppy’s Pointe Resort, 400 Emerald Circle in Buchanan Dam —  These 41 RV sites accommodate rigs of all sizes. Several have a view of Lake Buchanan, while others are on the cove and channel. A handful are interior sites. The resort is extremely family-oriented with a playscape, disc golf, giant chess, kayaks and other amenities. Call (512) 793- 3922 or visit Rio Vista Resort, 234 Rio Vista Drive, Kingsland —  The 41 RV sites join lake houses, villas and cottages for a mix of lakeside fun. The recreation room has a full kitchen, laundry facilities and restrooms with showers. Call (325) 388-6331 or (800)846-1864, email or visit Riverview RV Park, 200 Old River Road, Marble Falls — The park is located on Lake Marble Falls at the bridge on U.S. 281 with 49 paved level sites of which 20 are pull-through sites with water, sewer and electric hookups. The park has five boat

RIO VISTA RESORT in Kingsland features more than 41 RV spots with a full set of amenities and amazing serene Texas sunsets.


docks and piers, and features 650 feet of waterfront. It’s also within a short distance of a boat ramp and tennis courts. Call (830) 693-3910. Roadrunner RV Park, 501 U.S. 281 South, Johnson City — You’ll find 44 pull-through sites and 18 back-in sites, as well as a club and meeting room. Free wireless Internet, too! Call (830) 868-7449, visit or email rvpark@ Shady Oaks RV Park, located on 350 Inks Dam Road, Buchanan Dam — Two lighted fishing docks come with these 57 riverside hookups on 23 acres. The site boasts 1,700 feet of waterfront below Inks Dam on the Colorado River. Call (512) 793-2718 or (877) 423-9625 or visit

Sunset Point on Lake LBJ, 2322 N. Wirtz Dam Road, Marble Falls — A lakefront RV park on Lake LBJ, Sunset Point has more than 50 RV sites on 20 acres with three-way hookups including several premier motor coach sites. Big-rig friendly, boat ramps, docks, swimming and fishing are available with annual/ seasonal/monthly sites. You find full hookups (30-50 amp), wireless Internet, and a lakefront meeting/activity area. It also has a park store and coin laundry along with gated entry. Call (830) 798-8199 or visit www.



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Cruise in the wild offers colorful history Vanishing Texas River Cruise gives glimpses of nature, past by Suzanne Freeman

LAKE BUCHANAN — A fledgling bird that fell from its nest normally would not have much of a chance for survival. On a recent weekend, however, a newly rehabilitated Mississippi kite found on a Central Texas job site spread its wings and took flight over Lake Buchanan. As the bird soared toward the tree line, some 70 people on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise snapped photos and cheered. Passengers on a Freedom Flight Cruise are eligible for a chance to release a bird of prey from the boat. The birds are rehabilitated by the Last Chance Forever/Birds of Prey Conservancy in San Antonio, and are regularly freed into the wilds of Lake Buchanan, an area known as the winter home of bald eagles, osprey, red-tailed hawks and horned owls. Captain Shawn Devaney, owner of the 30-year-old cruise operation, says the winter and fall are great times to get out on the lake and take in the beauty, wildlife and history. “The scenes along the river are phenomenal,” he says. “It’s unbelievable.” Although the drought has left the lake too low for the Vanishing Texas River Cruise to chart its regular course along the shoreline, the receding waters have opened up other opportunities. In 1937, when Buchanan Dam blocked the waters of the Colorado River, the town of old Bluffton became a historical footnote on the bottom of the manmade lake. The continuing drought and the demands of downstream rice farmers for water from the lake have exposed the town

and provided an opportunity to look back in time. “You can see the foundation of the old hotel, the school yard, the gristmill, the graveyard — you can even see some of the tombstones,” Devaney says. “We’ve even found wagon wheels out there. It’s a really

interesting area.” While the drought has stopped the fishing and waterfall cruises, the lake still provides fall foliage, abundant wildlife and a walk back in time.

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BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS and breathtaking landscapes surround passengers aboard the Texas Vanishing River Cruises. FILE PHOTOS

And, yes, you can still see eagles. “One-hundred percent, the eagles are the reason to take a cruise,” Devaney says. “And there are a lot of other migratory birds coming through, too.” Which makes Lake Buchanan a prime place to release rehabilitated birds, says Anthony Pace, a raptor technician at Last Chance Forever/Birds of Prey Conservancy in San Antonio. They tag and track many of the birds they release and are confident of a high success rate. “My main focus is that a bird thrives and can take care of itself,” says Pace, adding that 80 percent of the birds they

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work with are released into the wild with the proper skills for survival. “I consider that success.” This winter, at least one of the scheduled Freedom Flight Cruises will be releasing a bald eagle. For more details, visit the Vanishing Texas River Cruise website at www.vtrc. com. You can also call toll-free (800) 474-8374 or (512) 756-6986. The cruise office is located on the east shore of Lake Buchanan. To get there from Burnet, at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 29, drive west on 29 for three miles to FM 2341. Turn right, which is north, and go 12 miles to Ed Low Drive. Turn left about one-quarter mile, then go left on Waterway Lane for about a third of a mile past house with a tree in the driveway. Then go immediately left down the hill to the cruise parking area.


The hills are alive with the sound of music in the Highland Lakes. With everything from blues to country to rock to jazz to Texas Swing, local venues feature live musicians almost nightly. Check out the Uptown Marble Theater in Marble Falls, the LanTex Theater in Llano and the Odeon Theater in Mason as well as any number of area bar and grills.

River City Grille, 700 First St. —  This lakeside restaurant is a popular home for TexAmericana music. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays include singer/ songwriters Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and Jeff “Wild Horse” Posey, along with special guests. Acoustic night with local favorite john Arthur martinez is 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Martinez was a finalist on the national television show “Nashville Star.” Call (830) 798-9909 or visit


Doc’s Ice Chest, inside Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill at 900 RR 1431 at U.S. 281 —  Enjoy live music with no cover charge on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a schedule, visit or call (830) 693-2245.


COTTONWOOD SHORES On the Rocks, 4401 Cottonwood Drive —  Offers live music most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the restaurant, along with beautiful views of Wirtz Dam. Call (830) 637-7417 or visit www.




LanTex Theater, 113 W. Main on the Courthouse Square — This historic theater is home to the Llano Country Opry, featuring many country greats. The venue also shows movies on many Fridays and

Saturdays. Tickets for opry shows are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, (325) 2475354; Llano National Bank, (325) 247-5701; Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, (325) 3886211; and KNEL-AM 1490 or FM 95.3 in Brady, (325) 597-1895, or at the window before shows. Visit for more info and show dates.

The Uptown Marble Theater, 218 Main St. — The venue was a movie house from 1942 until it temporarily closed its doors in June 2003. Russell Buster and Linda Callaway re-opened the building as a live entertainment venue in October 2004. Today, the Uptown Marble Arts Alliance manages the 280seat theater and presents music performances in all genres, as well as comedy, dance, theater and art education programs for youth. An added treat is the R-Bar & Grill next door — great food and plenty of libations. Call (830) 693-9996 or visit www.






AJ’s Alehouse, 909 Third St. —  Features karaoke and a live piano different nights of the week on historic Main Street. For more, call (830) 693-6699 or visit


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The Odeon Theater on the Square, 122 S. Moody St. — House band members include Benny Fred Kothman, Sammy Geistweidt, Kelsey Behrens, Shane Lively, Justin Trevino, Ben Watson, and Master of Ceremonies Tracy Pitcox. Tickets for shows are available at the door or by calling (325) 597-2119 for reservations. Call the Mason Chamber of Commerce at (325) 347-5758, visit www.heartoftexascountry. com or email or


For additional music listings, read The Picayune, which hits the streets every Wednesday.


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County courthouses connect past with present Though technology has changed and most local governments have added more modern buildings to meet their growing needs, the county courthouse remains a visible center of the community. These landmark buildings serve as the legal heart of most counties with commissioners, county and district courts making decisions about the future while surrounded by remembrances of the past. Highland Lakes Courthouses include:


Old Blanco County Courthouse, on the Square at U.S. 281 in Blanco — A Texas Historic Landmark. Though not in use as a courthouse since 1890, the old courthouse

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in Blanco remains effective as a visitors’ center and host to weddings and parties. Several businesses also call the building home. Since its days as a courthouse, the stone building has served as the town’s hospital, a school and a barbecue restaurant. After being boarded up in the mid1990s, it was later restored by the Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society. As a Second Empire-style courthouse, the building is noted as “one of the finest examples of courthouse architecture from the late 19th century in Texas” by the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1885-86 by Austin architect Frederick Ernst Ruffini. Blanco County Courthouse, 101 E. Pecan St. in Johnson City — The most recent of three courthouses for Blanco County, this building is known for its Classical Revival architecture. It was designed by Henry T. Phelps and built in




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Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet —  This courthouse was built in 1937 out of locally quarried granite. It was expanded in 1974 with a design by Willis Environmental Engineering of Marble Falls. Burnet County has been home to three courthouses, one in 1854 which burned, another in 1874 and the current building. While you’re at the historic courthouse, take a look toward Washington Street, where you’ll spot another historic county structure — the old county jail. The old jail housed inmates up to the 1970s and now is home to several county offices.


Lampasas County Courthouse, 501 E. Fourth St. in Lampasas —  The third-oldest Texas courthouse still in use by a county government, this courthouse was built in 1883. It has been restored to its original glory with reflections of Second Empire and the Italianate styles. The courthouse was designed by famous architect W.C. Dodson and hosts a central clock tower with a Seth Thomas Clock, arched windows and a mansard rook. The clockwork was moved to the first floor for public viewing. The county’s first courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1871. Floodwaters swept away the next building two years later.




Llano County Courthouse, 801 Ford St. in Llano —  The current building is the county’s fourth courthouse. It was completed Aug. 1, 1893, after a fire on Jan. 22, 1892, destroyed the previous courthouse. Trimmed in Texas red sandstone, marble and granite, it is one of the few remaining Texas courthouses built before 1900. It was designed by A.O. Watson and Jacob Larmour in the Romanesque Revival style during the “Golden Era” of Texas courthouse construction.



Mason County Courthouse, 201 Fort McKavitt St. in Mason — A Beaux Arts-style building with a center dome and clock

tower, the Mason County courthouse was constructed in 1909. It features gable-front porticoes with two-story doric columns and rusticated stonework with contrasting stone lintels. The courthouse is the third to serve Mason County. It was made after the first building burned in 1877. The second sustained fire damage in 1900.

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The Highland Lakes still beckon Though the weather’s cooled off, it doesn’t mean it’s time to put up the boats. As lake traffic decreases, you’ll find a lot of open blue water in the Highland Lakes. And if you don’t own your own boat, several area businesses will get you on the water with their rentals. From kayaks to ski boats — even house boats — you can find a watercraft to rent in the Highland Lakes. Be sure to call ahead for availability. Check out the Picayune Area-Wide Phonebook for rentals. Here are some other resources:



Painted Sky Inn, 1400 CR 128 in Burnet — A newly modernized Highland Lakes get-a-way located on the eastern shore of Lake Buchanan. It offers non-motorized watercraft rentals including stand-up paddleboards, fishing and recreational kayaks,


canoes and accessories. Paddleboarding and windsurfing classes are offered by appointment. Call (512) 715-9896 or visit www. Thunderbird Resort, 200 Greenwood Hills Trail in Burnet —  A family-owned and operated business with overnight lodging and numerous watercraft available for rent including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats pontoon and deck boats. Call (512) 756-4878.



El Rio Boat Rentals, 14757 RR 1431 in Kingsland —  Offers several styles of watercraft for rent including Sea-Doos, pontoon boats and a 20-foot ski boat. El Rio sells gas dockside, with a nearby convenience store for all your needs. Call (325) 388-3376 or (512) 755-1118. Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina, 200 S. Wirtz Dam Road in Horseshoe Bay —  A one-stop shop for Highland Lakes fun, with dining at the Granite Beach Grill and rental cottages. You also can rent several styles of watercraft. Call (830) 693-9172 or visit Log Country Cove, 617 Log Country Cove in Burnet —  Makes for a great getaway with log cabins for longer stays and several styles of watercraft for rent, from ski and wakeboard boats to pontoons. It 48



also has personal watercraft, canoes, pedal boats and agua cycles. Call (512) 756-9132 or visit Lake LBJ Resort & Marina, 667 Sandy Mountain Drive in Sunrise Beach — Located near the mouth of Sandy Creek on Lake LBJ, this is a great place for a lakeside adventure. The marina offers several boats and personal watercraft for rent, including pontoon boats, runabouts, personal watercraft and ski boats. You can even rent tubes, water skis and wakeboards. Call (325) 388-9393 or visit www. Splash Rentals, 1924 RR 1431 in Kingsland —  Lives up to its name with a full line of watercraft for rent. You can select from personal watercraft, ski boats or pontoon boats. The Bayliner and Larson boats include wakeboard towers. Though it’s located in Kingsland, the Splash staff will deliver and launch on lakes LBJ, Buchanan, Inks and Marble Falls. Call (325) 388-5000 or visit www.splashboatrentals. com.



Briarcliff Marina, 406 Sleat Drive in Briarcliff —  Rents pontoon boats, personal watercraft and ski boats. It also has a stocked ship’s store for all your boating needs as well as close-in parking and a fuel dock. Call (512) 264-2666 or visit


LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Live performances and movies add to the arts in the Highland Lakes Hill Country Community Theatre, located five miles east of Marble Falls in Cottonwood Shores at 4003 FM 2147 West —  A wellknown showplace for area talent, the all-volunteer cast at the Hill Country Community Theatre stages a variety of performances each year. Shows are acclaimed for the professionalism of the sets, costumes and, of course, the acting. The playhouse features a foyer/ lounge and nearly 150 seats, each with an excellent view of the action. The theater box office opens a couple weeks before each show. Call (830) 798-8944 or visit   Showbiz Cinema 8, 2600 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls —  This eight-screen, stadium-seating movie theater features thundering digital sound, a 3-D and even 4-D system and a full-service snack bar offering homemade pizzas, gourmet coffees and ice cream. What’s more, there’s plenty of room for your next pizza or ice cream party. For movie times and listings, call the movie hot line at (830) 7988463 or visit



THE HILL COUNTRY COMMUNITY THEATRE features many plays and musicals throughout the year. The theater is located just a few miles west of Marble Falls in Cottonwood Shores off RR 2147. MARBLE FALLS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE GROUP also presents many productions featuring local high school students, teachers and administrators. For schedule and advancers on theater productions at Marble Falls High School, check The Picayune newspaper.

Fredericksburg Theater Company in historic Fredericksburg at 1668 U.S. 87 South —  A stage for all seasons, the all-volunteer theater company stages musicals, comedies and dramas year-round, with tickets available both online and at the box office. Visit www. or call (830) 9973588. Uptown Marble Theater, 218 Main St. in Marble Falls —  Set in a refurbished old-style movie theater, the Uptown is primarily a showcase for live musicians from across Texas. Call (830) 693-9996 or visit



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Variety of art available in picturesque Highland Lakes Both local and out-of-town artists are constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes. Area galleries often host exhibits. There are frequent workshops as well. Varying greatly, subjects range from oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes to bronze sculptures of historic figures to contemporary photographs. Galleries in the area include:


Art Frog Art Academy, 210 E. Jackson in Burnet — A nonprofit facility offering free art classes which showcase art and handmade items including painting, sculp-

ture, ceramics and photography from local artists. The art cooperative provides education, exchange and support among local artists, guilds and professionals, as well as private and public schools. Call 830613-0692, visit or email info@ Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch, 377 Shiloh Road in Johnson City — Offers contemporary paintings and sculptures from national and international artists on large-scale display. Call (830) 868-5244 or visit www.benini. com or


Buchanan Arts & Crafts, 17534 Texas 29 West in Buchanan Dam —  A cooperative with two dozen artists showing original arts and crafts. Members display a large range of skills from painting in watercolor, oil and acrylics to wreaths, knitting, ornaments, mosaics and horse-hair pottery. Call (512) 793-2858.


Burnet ArtHaus, 208 E. Jackson St. in Burnet —  Offers several arts-andcrafts displays and workshops for all ages year-round as well as private art lessons, wildflower photography tours and private painting parties in the gallery (up to 25 students) or at your venue. Call (830) 613-0692 or visit www.


Create, Art on Main, A Rosy Outlook, 110 E. Main St. in Llano —  Create and Art on Main feature Western watercolors/contemporary oil and acrylic paintings. A Rosy Outlook features custom jewelry. Visitors can create their own necklaces. Call (325) 247-1903 or visit www.



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Continued from page 50 Smithwick — Features sculptures by artist Dan Pogue. The family-run gallery gives guided tours by appointment showing the creation process of the sculptures in addition to bronze casting. Call (830) 6939544, visit or email Gallery of the Hills, 17617 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam — Displays a wide range of art from abstract to representational paintings as well as photography from Texas artists. Also offers Texas framing. Call (512) 793-2341 or visit www.


Highland Arts Guild Gallery, 318 Main St. in Marble Falls —  A cooperative gallery. Visiting artists give demonstrations the third Thursday of the month. Gallery art includes both paintings and sculptures in many media. Call (830) 693-7324 or visit




Llano Fine Arts Guild, 503 Bessemer Ave. in Llano —  Features work by local artists in oils, watercolors, pastels, photography, ceramics and sculptures as well as jewelry and gemstones. Offers art lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays. Art demonstrations held on the first Monday of each month. Call (325) 247-4839.



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Leedy Studios, 301 Main St. in Marble Falls —  Offers humorous scenes and landscapes in soft and oil pastels. Call (830) 596-0506 or visit or www.

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Kingsland House of Arts and Crafts, 112 W. Chamberlain St. in Kingsland —  Features a variety of handcrafted items and original art. Call (325) 388-6159 or visit

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Lou Quallenberg Photography, 1501 Flag St. in Llano —  Specializes in commercial photography and contemporary mesquite-wood furniture. Call (325) 247-4304 or visit www.

Marta Stafford Fine Art, 112 Main St. Marble Falls —  An award-winning gallery filled with a variety of artwork for the serious art lover and the beginning art collector. Call (830) 693-9999 or visit



The Mews, 112 Main St. in Marble Falls —  Mostly European art and antiques for exquisite home decorating. Call (830) 693-1133 or visit www.mewsantiques. ARTIST DAN POGUE is featured in many places on Main Street in Marble Falls as a part com. of the Sculpture on Main program.

Sculpture on Main, historic Main Street in downtown Marble Falls — A year-round public art program sponsored by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce. This year, more than 30 openair sculptures are showcased. The annual installation of new pieces is in October. Call (830) 693-9544 or visit


Taste Wine + Art, 213 N. Nugent Ave. in Johnson City —  Wine tasting, fine art gallery and sculpture garden. Second Sunday of the month, 1-4 p.m., reception with live music. Last Saturday of the month (except October and December), 4-8 p.m., meet-the-artist reception. Call (830) 868-9290 or visit


Uptown Blanco Art Center, 317 Main St. in Blanco — Focuses on fine arts with a gallery, classes and supplies. Call (830) 833-2514 or visit Also visit www.artandwine. org for locations of several art galleries in Spicewood along Texas 71, including Bob Creek Studios, Dunten Gallery, Linda Rauch Gallery, Shade Tree Potter and Spicewood Spines Succulent Nursery & Art Gallery.


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Tip your glass to Hill Country vineyards by Nicole Lessin


JOHNSON CITY — In 1999, Texas Hills Vineyard owner Gary Gilstrap had an idea to bring the owners of wineries across the Hill Country together for a meeting to find ways to increase the visibility of their operations. “When I got into the business, there were only, like, 11 of us,” he said. “I said, ‘Bring a bottle of wine and a covered dish, and let’s talk about marketing.’” Out of that get-together, the Texas Hill Country Wineries, an association featuring a self-guided tour of 32 vineyards across the Hill Country, was born. “Some of the old-timers who came to the first meeting didn’t think it would work,” Gilstrap said. “We just continued. Now, we have two full-time people who manage it.” Gilstrap said the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the Hill Country combined with the increasing quality of the wine has turned this appellation — or a federally defined region where grapes are grown — into a major draw for enthusiasts. “It’s agritourism at its best,” Gilstrap said. “You don’t have to just do wine; You can do antiquing in-between or picnicking.” Gilstrap said there is no bus tour visiting the different vineyards. In fact, most people take several days, months or even years to visit the assortment of wineries — which feature everything from Gilstrap’s own “Kick-Butt Cab” to Spicewood Vineyards’ pineapple-aroma Chardonnay. “We like to think of a wine trail like a carnival,” he said. “Each winery is like a different ride. Every ride is very unique, and they draw you back on how well you like what they create.” Events, known as “wine trails,” now attract thousands of visitors during the year, Gilstrap said. The most popular draw is “The Holiday Wine Trail,” which allows people to pay a flat fee for several tastings plus an individual ornament at each winery, which they can display on a decorative grapevine wreath, he said. The spirit of cooperation has benefited these diverse wineries — and helps visitors have a unique experience, Gilstrap said.

“People always think of it as a competitive business, but we don’t look at it that way,” he said. “It’s synergistic.” For more on Texas Hill Country Wineries, visit or call (872) 216-9463.

The Texas Hill Country Wineries is an association featuring a self-guided tour of about 30 vineyards across the Hill Country.Visitors can enjoy the amenities of the various vineyards at their own pace. Many of the locales offer wine tastings and cultural events. COURTESY PHOTOS





Celebrate Hill Country wines McReynolds Winery, 706 Shovel Mountain Road in Cypress Mill southwest of Spicewood, (830) 825-3544, www.

The unique climate and soils of the Highland Lakes have produced some award-winning wines that lead Orbitz. com travel experts to rank the Hill Country wine region as second in the nation only behind Napa Valley. One great way to get a taste is to sign up for some of the many wine clubs. Local wineries will keep you informed about special events they offer.

Pedernales Cellars, 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall, (830) 644-2037, www. Perissos Vineyards, 7214 Park Road 4 in Burnet County, (512) 656-8419, www.

Here’s a list of just a few of the wineries in the Highland Lakes and beyond:

Pillar Bluff Vineyards, 300 CR 111 in Lampasas, (512) 556-4078,

Alamosa Wine Cellars, 677 CR 430 in Bend, San Saba County, north of Llano, (325) 628-3313, www.alamosawinecellars. com Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farm Road in Stonewall, (830) 644-2681, www.

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Bell Mountain Vineyards, 463 Bell Mountain Road, 14 miles from Fredericksburg on Texas 16 North, (830) 685-3297,

Rancho Ponte Vineyard, 315 RR 1376 in Fredericksburg, (830) 990-8555, www. Sister Creek Vineyards, 1142 Sisterdale Road in Sisterdale, (830) 324-6704, www.

Chisholm Trail Winery, 2367 Usener Road in Fredericksburg, (830) 990-CORK,

Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409 in Spicewood, (830) 693-5328,

Duchman Family Winery, 13308 FM 150 West in Driftwood, (512) 858-1470, www.

Stone House Vineyard, 24350 Haynie Flat Road in Spicewood, (512) 264-3630,

Driftwood Estate Winery, 4001 Elder Hill Road CR 170 in Driftwood, (512) 8589667,

Texas Hills Vineyard, 878 RR 2766 in Johnson City, (830) 868-2321,

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Road in New Braunfels, (830) 885-4121,

Texas Legato Winery, 2935, RR 1478 in Lampasas, (512) 556-9600,

Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222 in Tow, (325) 379-5361,

Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 U.S. 290 in Fredericksburg, (830) 644-2829,

Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East off RR 1431 east of Marble Falls, (512) 267-6310, Fredericksburg Winery, 247 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg, (830) 990-8747, www. Grape Creek Vineyards, 10587 U.S. 290 in Fredericksburg, (830) 644-2710, www.


Woodrose Winery, 662 Woodrose Lane in Stonewall, (830) 644-2539, www. Another great resource for Hill Country wines and wineries is the Texas Wine Trail website at The site lists area wineries and an interactive map. You also can find information regarding special events such as the 2013 Wine Lover’s Trail, Feb. 8-13, 2013.

Exotics give Highland Lakes hunters plenty of options

By Daniel Clifton LLANO —  While whitetailed deer are the top game animal in the Highland Lakes, hunters looking to experience something different may want to go a little exotic. Exotic game animals, which include elk, eland, fallow deer, axis buck and scimitar-horned oryx, offer sportsmen and sportswomen something beyond the ordinary. And with Texas leading the nation in exotic hunting operations, the Highland Lakes is a great choice to find a unique trophy. “In some ways it’s not much different than hunting white-tailed deer,” said Anthony Taylor of Three Sticks Outfitters in Llano. “But then there’s a very different feel when you see one of those bull elks come up or spot a nice black buck.” Taylor guides hunters on a 4,800-acre property that features white-tailed deer as well as many exotic animals. The exotic hunting industry basically got its start in Texas during the 1950s when ranches saw an opportunity to import species from overseas for hunters. This occurred during a time when white-tailed populations were either dwindling or just starting to rebound. Under Texas law, the exotic animals belong to the landowner and can be hunted year round. Taylor’s hunts offer plenty of choices when it comes to species, but the most popular is the elk. Though elk is native to the United States, it’s considered an exotic in most of Texas. Due to the size of the ranch where he operates, the herd is typically 120-140 animals, he said. Many of the bulls reach trophy size, he added. “[In early October] they should be starting to bugle for the rut (breeding season),”


Neal and Cooper Wilson enjoy a day in the woods and field.The Texas Hill Country offers hunters of all ages and levels opportunity to pursue the game of their choice.With general deer and turkey season opening Nov. 1, hunters can start looking for the trophy buck.


Taylor said. “It’s quite a sound to hear when the bulls start bugling.” One of the exciting aspects of elk hunting — whether in the Rocky Mountains or a private Texas ranch — is when a hunter tries to draw in a mature bull by bugling. Using this technique, a hunter or guide mimics a bull elk’s bugle. Another male elk hears that during the rut and searches for the other bull, possibly to challenge him for supremacy and a female’s attention. Along with elk, hunters can select from other species such as the black buck, which features a set of twisted antlers. While trophy hunting is a big part of exotic opportunities, Taylor said species such as the axis and black are also known for the quality of their meat. “And if you get an elk, you’re talking about quite a bit of meat,” he said. Exotic hunting operations typically base their prices on the individual species as well as trophy quality. For more, visit www.threesticksoutfitters. For more information on locating an exotic hunting ranch, contact the local chambers of commerce, such as or 101 FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES Fall/Winter 2012


FAVORITE WATERHOLES Krause Springs Tucked away in Spicewood, this spring-fed haven will cool you off during the warm Texas winter. This jewel of the Hill Country has been likened to a garden of Eden. The campground and swimming is open year round from 9 a.m. to dusk. Take Texas 71 to Spicewood and turn north on Spur 191 at Hollingsworth’s Corner. Keep heading north until you see the sign. Call (830) 693-4181 for reservations and information.


Hamilton Pool Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve, this pool, collapsed grotto and canyon is an ecologically fragile treasure. In addition to the pool, the park features 32 springs, trails for hikers and more. Prepare to hike a quarter-mile from the parking lot to the pool. Following Texas 71, head east toward Austin, turn south on FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Road), then follow it for about 13


miles. Look for the sign on the right. The preserve is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Robinson Park Head over to Llano for the day and dip your toes in the Llano River at Robinson Park. Take RR 152 west from the Llano Courthouse Square for two miles. For information, call the city offices at (325) 247-4158.


The Kingsland Slab Here’s an attraction that’ll bring out swimmers and geologists alike. It looks like a road, it serves as a bridge, but it’s also part of a river. The Slab — formed by a massive outcropping of granite beneath the Llano River — features numerous natural swimming and wading holes. The water moves over the granite and down into nearby Lake LBJ. Take RR 1431 west through Kingsland, then turn west on FM 3404. Follow the road for a couple of miles until you reach the Llano River.



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When the water is high enough, it actually flows over the road. But be warned, if there is any rain, this basin can flood without notice. Devil’s Waterhole Don’t let the name scare you. This swimming spot, located at Inks Lake State Park, is one of the state’s most popular. Formed by millions of years of water erosion over solid granite, the swimming hole features areas for swimming and guided canoe tours. Call (512) 793-2223. The park can be found on Park Road 4 several miles west of U.S. 281.




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swimming, an 18-hole golf course, playgrounds for the kids and walking trails. You’ll find the park on U.S. 281, just southwest of Lampasas. Blanco State Park Located on the Blanco River in Blanco just off U.S. 281, this park offers a great place to escape the day’s worries. A small dam provides swimmers a “shower” for cooling. The park has plenty of amenities, too, including picnic tables and camp sites. Call (830) 833-4333.




Take a zip - If you want a truly unique experience, visit the great folks at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Spicewood. They will have you cruising through the tree tops on their incredible

zip line. You’ll be up in the cypress trees — some of which are more than 100 feet tall — as you feel the rush of air in your face. The tour includes three sky bridges and six zip lines with the longest 350 feet. And don’t worry if you’ve never done this before because the trained guides will show you how to do it. There are a couple options to chose from. There’s the Canopy Tour which is about 90 minutes long. People from 8 to 80 have enjoyed this trip. Then there’s the Canopy Challenge for those who taken the tour and want something a little more adventuresome. The challenge takes about two hours and includes a few faster zip lines. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours even offers a unique tree house called Lofthaven you can spend a night or two in. For more information call (512) 264-8880 or visit the Web site at Cypress Valley is located at 1223 Paleface Ranch Road in Spicewood.


Get in the belly of the Highland Lakes GEOLOGY

Take a look at the Highland Lakes from an entirely different perspective — from within. We’re talking about doing a little caving. Longhorn Cavern State Park on Park Road 4 in Burnet County can get you down and dirty (or not so dirty). The folks at Longhorn Cavern offer daily guided tours that you can easily walk through. It’s rumored that ol’ outlaw Sam Bass stashed some of his stolen loot among these caverns. If you’re a bit of the more adventurous type, check out the Wild Cave Tour at Longhorn Cavern. You’ll get to see parts of the caverns only a few people have visited. It’s a bit tougher than the walking tour and you can’t be afraid of tight spaces. The walking tours are typically offered daily while the Wild Cave Tour is on Saturdays and requires reservations. For more information, check out the Web site, Another park for getting down and dirty is Colorado Bend State Park outside Bend. Like Longhorn Cavern State

Park, Colorado Bend offers a walking cave tour through Gorman Cave as well as a crawling cave tour. To find the park, go north on U.S. 281 to Lampasas and from the U.S. 281 and U.S. 183 intersection take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs to the park entrance. Or call (325) 628-3240. For more information on Colorado Bend State Park caving opportunities go to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department web site at www.tpwd. and clink on the Parks and Destinations links.

ZIP YOUR WAY DOWN at. Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Spicewood.They will have you cruising through the tree tops on their incredible zip line.




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BJ Designs............................................................... 29 Betty O’Connor Antiques.................................... 30 Burnet Antique Mall ............................................ 25 It’s All Goode!........................................................ 15 La Ti Da/The Rug Queen ................................... 21 Pottery Ranch ....................................................... 28 Puffy’s .................................................................... 46 Real Deals on Home Decor ............................... 24 Salem’s Fashions & Home Décor ...................... 18 Salem’s Jewelry .................................................... 13 Schlitterbahn’s Christmas Shopping Village & Jana K’s Boutique................................ 9 Texas Hill Country Outfitters.............................. 23


Gateway Gardens & Gateway Villa .................. 42 Granite Mesa Health Center .............................. 52 Kingsland Hills Care Center .............................. 44 ATTRACTIONS & RECREATION

Colbert Ranch 37 Commemorative Air Force Museum ................ 37 Hill Country Community Theatre............................................. 56 Lake Country Lanes Bowling & Entertainment.................................... 27 Longhorn Cavern ................................................. 11 Sweet Berry Farm ................................................. 47 Wildseed Farms .................................................... 22 BANKS

First State Bank of Burnet ................................... 30 Hill Country National Bank ............................... 46 CHURCHES

First Baptist Church of Marble Falls ................ 16 First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls....................................................... 51 FLORISTS

Kingsland Florist................................................... 43 FURNITURE, FIXTURES & LIGHTING

Furniture Brokers on Main.................................. 21


Ritchie Dental Group............................................ 7 HOTELS, MOTELS, RESORTS & LODGING

Edgewater Resort, The ........................................ 41 Hampton Inn on the Lake .................................. 53 La Quinta Inns & Suites ...................................... 20 Log Country Cove ............................................... 60 Motel 6 ............................................................... 10 Rio Vista Resort .................................................... 40 Sunset Point .......................................................... 39 Valentine Lodge ................................................... 40 Willow Point Resort ............................................. 38 Your Front Desk ................................................... 59


Jim Berry Hill Country Ranch Sales ................. 3 Re/Max of Marble Falls, Zina Rodenbeck ...... 5 RESTAURANTS

Blue Bonnet Café .................................................. 28 China Kitchen ....................................................... 6 Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill ..................................... 36 Julie’s Cocina ........................................................ 27 Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant ........................ 45 Main Street Coffee ............................................... 30 River City Grille ................................................... 12 Russo’s Texitally Cafe .......................................... 23 Thai Niyom .......................................................... 17 The Sportsman’s Cafe ......................................... 31 Whataburger ......................................................... 18 SALONS & SPAS

Brenda Morris Restorative Skin Care ............... 50 SCHOOLS

Faith Academy .................................................... 25 SERVICES

Holiday Finance Corp. ........................................ 52 New Dawn Interiors ............................................ 14 Satellite Station .................................................... 43 TOURISM & VISITOR INFORMATION

KBEY 103.9 FM ................................................... 58

City of Marble Falls ............................................. 2 Burnet Chamber of Commerce .......................... 8 Llano Chamber of Commerce ............................ 48 Map of the Highland Lakes ............................... 34 Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce ................ 26



Backbone Valley Nursery ................................... 19

McReynolds Wines .............................................. 54


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