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

Johnson City experience

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO TEXAS’ JOHNSON CITY

So much to see and do!

Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries Science Mill • LBJ National Historical Park New Life Farms • Wildflowers • Rodeo Lights Spectacular • Fat Boy Burgers

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The Crossroads of the Texas Hill Country


TAKING CARE OF TEXANS

Johnson Sewell Ford - serving Marble Falls, Burnet, Lakeway, Johnson City, Horseshoe Bay, and the greater Hill Country since 1979.

3301 Hwy 281 N, Marble Falls, Texas 78654 | 830-693-5577

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Welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhonda Stell Mayor Johnson City, Texas

Michelle Banse Stokes Partner/Publisher

Lori Olivarez-Ligues Partner/Sales

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

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4 - THE HISTORY OF JOHNSON CITY 6 - AREA ATTRACTIONS 9 - LBJ NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK 14 - CARTER CREEK RESORT & SPA 18 - SCIENCE MILL 20 - NEW LIKE FARMS B-n-B 24 - FAT BOY BURGERS 28 - WINERIES, BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES

32 - WILDFLOWERS OF THE HILL COUNTRY 34 - CITY INFORMATION 35 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS INCLUDES LBJ 100 BIKE TOUR INFORMATION 37 - CHURCH LISTINGS 38 - CHAMBER MEMBER DIRECTORY INCLUDES DINING, SHOPPING, LODGING 42 - MEET THE NEIGHBORS

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HISTORY OF JOHNSON CITY

he Johnson Ranch on Town Creek, set at an old crossroads, was the site of present day Johnson City. The north-south route from Blanco to the Colorado River was known as early as Spanish times. Bernardo de Miranda y Flores passed this way in 1579 crossing the Pedernales in the vicinity of Johnson City on his way to inspect the supposed silver deposits near Llano. McCarty Spring, just four miles to the northwest of town, was a favored way station for travelers between Austin and Fredericksburg. Andrew Jackson Johnson, an older brother to Tom and Sam Johnson, located his home near this spring in 1858 or 1859. None of the early sites grew into a lasting settlement other than as ranch stations. When Lyndon B. Johnson’s Grandfather, Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., gave up his cattle-driving business (driving cattle up the Chisholm Trail had become unprofitable), he and his brother, Tom Johnson, sold out their interests to a nephew, James Polk Johnson. How Johnson City Got Its Name The nearest post office, mill, and general store were located 14 miles south in Blanco / Pittsburg. There were still renegade Indians roaming the

area, so travel over any distance was viewed with great apprehension. For that reason, settlers in the north end of Blanco County began to plan for a city in the northern area. In 1879, a barbecue was held at the springs on Town Creek located on the Johnson Ranch. At this meeting three sites for a town were offered, and the one accepted by vote of the settlers was a 320-acre plot of land on the Pedernales River offered by James Polk Johnson. After the decision, his many friends took him up on their shoulders and cheered both his victory and the decision by the residents to name the new town after him.

The First Buildings By the time of his premature death at age 40 in 1885, James Polk had built the first grist mill, the Pearl Hotel and had under construction a building that was to be a general merchandise store (now the Johnson City Bank). This building came to have the first jail in its basement, and served as the first Johnson City courthouse. The first church congregation (Methodist) met in an upstairs room of this building until their church building was constructed, and later Lyndon B. Johnson had his local offices in this building constructed by his second cousin.

James Polk Johnson successfully made the transition from rancher to businessman. It was his organizational ability that converted a natural way-station to a settled community and a county seat. James Polk’s Grist Mill was a steam-powered cotton gin and grist mill on Town Creek. Principal crops in this area were corn and cotton. In the early 1940’s, the gin was purchased by George Crofts and converted to a milling and grain operation, which flourished until the late 1970’s.

Photos courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library.

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

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PEDERNALES STATE PARK

JOHNSON CITY ATTRACTIONS PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK - Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River can be turbulent but most often it is tranquil and a great place to relax and recharge. Come over for an afternoon swim or hike, or load up your gear for an overnight adventure. At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch and ride horses. On the river, you can swim, wade, tube or fish. Look for local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden. 2585 Park Road 6026 | 830.868.7304 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls

EXOTIC RESORT ZOO

EXOTIC RESORT ZOO - Built from the ground up with a robust love for animals, Dennis Bacque, along with his wife, Marilyn, opened the gates of the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City over a quarter of a century ago and still enjoy treating their guests to a Hill Country experience unlike any other today. Constantly expanding, the Exotic Resort Zoo has grown beyond an exotic animal park to become a family destination. “We’re expanding by leaps and bounds.” shared Bacque. “We have cabins to spend a weekend right in the middle of the park. There’s a fishing pond and the kangaroos are all there. We have two swimming pools, a playscape, cooking facilities and bonfires. With over 800 animals, there’s a lot to experience.” 235 Zoo Trail | 830.868.4357 | zooexotics.com BLANCO COUNTY FAIR & RODEO - The Blanco County Fair & Rodeo Association is a 501(c) non-profit organization created in 1930 whose purpose is to promote the education of area residents, particularly youth, preserve and celebrate the area’s rich western and agriculture heritage for both current and future generations, and maintain the fairground’s facilities for other youth related entities. The 2022 dates for the Blanco County Fair and Rodeo are Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20. Events include a youth rodeo, team roping, lamb and goat show, queen contest, rodeo by Lester Meier Rodeo Company, Big Street Parade in downtown Johnson City, a dance, washer pitching and a 42 domino tournament. 619 US-281 | 210-862-2169 | bcfra.org

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PEC HOLIDAY LIGHTS - The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) illuminates its Johnson City Headquarters every holiday season. More than 1.3 million LED bulbs are used to light up PEC’s campus during the holidays The lights are lit from Friday after Thanksgiving until the first Sunday in January. Photo by Elizabeth Sooter. 201 South Avenue F | 830.868.7155 | pec.coop/our-community LIGHTS SPECTACULAR - Imagine a light display with over a million lights. And it’s so big, NASA reported seeing it from the International Space Station! Yes, that would be the Johnson City Lights Spectacular. Since 1989, Johnson City has transformed from a quaint hill country town into a sparkling Christmas wonderland. Originally, the festival served as a fundraiser for local clubs and organizations. Over the years, the festival has morphed into an event enjoyed by families from across the United States and beyond. You and your family can see this incredible lights display for free. The lights are lit from Friday after Thanksgiving until the first Sunday in January. Get to Johnson City, Texas early and definately before sundown. Visitors will want to park against the courthouse or around downtown streets in areas that allow parking. Carriage rides are available for a fee. Photo by Deborah van Tellingen. 100 East Main Street | 830.998-8986 | lightsspectacular.com

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CLAY BASS CONSTRUCTION, LLC

Providing custom homes and remodels to the Texas Hill Country since 1999.

213 Hwy 281, Suite G, Johnson City, TX 78636 | 512.748.4694 or 512.738.9054 construction.bass@yahoo.com | www.claybassconstruction.com | FACEBOOK: @claybassconstructionllc

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•100% wine from Texas fruit since 1997 vintage •Open daily for tasting •Knowledgeable and friendly staff •Beautiful patio, also picnic tables under the trees

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

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

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PRESIDENTIAL HOMETOWN

LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK photos provided by LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The office of Sam Johnson, LBJ’s father, located in the entryway of the LBJ Boyhood Home at 100 Lady Bird Lane. JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS |

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yndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president. The park is divided into two districts — one in Stonewall and one in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch makes up the Stonewall side of the park, while the LBJ Boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement are located in Johnson City. LBJ RANCH President Johnson had a deep attachment for place and heritage. The LBJ Ranch was where he was born, lived, died, and was buried. The first stop on any tour of the LBJ Ranch is at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center, which is located 13 miles west of Johnson City off of U.S. Hwy 290. Visitors pick up a free driving permit and are then able to drive through the Ranch. They have the ability to stop at sites along the way such as the President’s birthplace, the Junction School where President Johnson began his education, Johnson family cemetery, and the Johnson’s ranch house known as the Texas White House. Permits for the driving tour are available starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m. LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center 199 State Park Road 52 Stonewall nps.gov/lyjo/

Top and far right, LBJ Boyhood Home exterior and bottom left; young Lyndon B. Johnson.

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JUNCTION SCHOOL Built in 1910, the Junction School served children of rural Gillespie County for 37 years. Students walked to school to learn the “3Rs”—reading, writing, and arithmetic—in a sparsely-decorated room heated by a wood stove and illuminated by kerosene lamps. In 1912, four-year-old Lyndon Johnson began his education in this building. Kate Deadrich taught 30 students ranging from preschool to eighth grade. The future president, youngest student in the school, often sat on Miss Kate’s lap for reading lessons. Inspired by his brief time in this simple schoolhouse, Lyndon Johnson championed the cause of public education throughout his life. The Johnson Administration saw the passage of over 60 education bills, more education legislation than in any other presidential administration. SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM AT LYNDON B. JOHNSON STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE Visit a living history farmstead and learn about seasonal activities such as sausage making, sheep shearing, and canning at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State

Park and Historic Site. Admission is free.

Today the home is furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and as such depicts a rural Texas lifestyle of 75 years ago. The Boyhood Home is open daily. Park rangers give free, guided tours of the home starting on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

501 State Park Road 52, Stonewall 830-644-2455 JOHNSON CITY DISTRICT Sites in this district of the park include a visitor center at 100 E. Ladybird Lane, the LBJ Boyhood Home, and the Johnson Settlement—1860s home of Lyndon Johnson’s grandparents.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park 100 Lady Bird Lane 329 830-868-7128

LBJ BOYHOOD HOME Lyndon Johnson was five years old in 1913 when his parents, Sam and Rebekah, moved their growing family from the farm in Stonewall into a threebedroom house in Johnson City. The President lived here from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924.

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

Main photo: Texas White House; inset: Junction School; middle: gravestones at LBJ Ranch,; far right: Johnson Settlement; top: LBJ and Lady Bird.

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HORN WINERY AZEO DISTILLERY An experience that will capture your spirit.

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hill country destination

CARTER CREEK RESORT & SPA

A destination like no other in the Lone Star State.

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BY EMILY HENDERSON

arter Creek Resort & Spa is nestled within 37 private acres of expansive vineyards in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The owner & management company, Carter Hospitality Group, LLC, is a family-owned hospitality company with five hotels and resorts, including three wineries across the United States. Carter Hospitality founded the Carter Creek location in 2016, and has been creating award-winning vintages there ever since. “The much-anticipated Texas counterpart to Temecula’s South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Carter Estate Winery and Resort – which have emerged as among Southern California’s top wineries – the opening of Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa significantly expands the company’s Texas profile,” stated Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality Group. Garnering numerous awards, Carter Creek Winery elevates the Texas winery experience to Napa levels and beyond. The varietals here are especially unique due to a combination of an extremely warm growing season and an early harvest, resulting in softer and more earth driven wines. Highlights include crisp whites such as a blend of gewurztraminer, riesling and muscat canelli for the winery’s gloriosa and robust reds such as a Rhone-style blend of syrah, mourvedre, cinsault, counoise and viognier for the winery’s popular Maverick. The Sparkling Peach is also a favorite and early award winner. A combination of old and new school wine making techniques merge with sun, fertile soil and an idyllic climate to masterfully create some of the nation’s most respected varietals at Carter Creek Winery. With 40 years of wine producing experience, winemaker Jon McPherson is a lifetime oenophile and master winemaker overseeing the production of the broad portfolio of over 50 wines produced at the three family-owned Carter wineries. He was raised in the Texas viticulture industry under the tutelage of his father, Dr. Clinton “Doc” McPherson, a founder and pioneer of modern Texas wine production. While Jon McPherson now resides in Temecula, California, he has returned to his Texas roots to create classic style wines for Carter Creek. A student of old-world winemaking, McPherson focuses on “letting the vineyards speak,” leaning into European varietals.

Top photo, one of the brewery’s most popular appetizers: the Seared Blackened Ahi Tuna with Asian slaw, topped with avocado and mango pineapple salsa and finished with wasabi aioli and citrus ponzu sauce. Pairs well with the Little Goat Session IPA or Grenache Rosé; bottom, as you enter the grounds, you’ll be greeted with Texas hospitality and hill country views.

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hill country destination

While offering authentic Texan hospitality and a premiere winery inspired by a founding family of Texas Wine Country, Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa also features two tasting rooms and wine club, a smokehouse, 78 luxurious villas, a pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, corporate event space, multiple wedding venue options and an outdoor event center featuring local & traveling musical acts. But what makes Carter Creek unique from any other winery in Texas is one detail not yet mentioned and impossible to overlook – they also run an onsite microbrewery and restaurant! Named after the original highway connecting Fredericksburg and Johnson City, Old 290 Brewery’s namesake is just one way owner Jim Carter chose to pay homage to simpler times. “Mr. Carter harbors a lot of nostalgia from traveling through the country,” reported Matt Kleefisch, General Manager of Carter Creek. “Some of his favorite memories were made in old red leather restaurant booths. So he wanted to incorporate booths just like that into the brewery – that’s the feeling he wants to create when walking in.” Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, wines from Carter Creek Winery are also available in the brewery and restaurant. On Friday and Saturday nights, patrons can enjoy listening to live music as it’s featured on the stage across the main room from the brewery and bar with fresh beer on tap. “Mr. Carter had never made beer before,” Matt stated. “Coming out here to Texas, he really wanted to do craft brewing. So he hired Justin Zimmerman as our Brew Master. Justin is a bit of a mad scientist. He makes the beer true to the environment it comes from. So if he’s making a Munich style beer, he’ll get Munich style yeast, and he’ll

change the water chemistry to be somewhat of that in Munich. He’s very particular. So when the beer comes out, it’s true to the region it originated.” “We don’t just have one beer – we don’t just make Belgian beer or just make IPAs – we like a good, broad selection of beer,” the General Manager added. Zimmerman creates tasty small-batch light ales such as pilsners and blondes, medium-bodied pale ales, brown ales and porters and stouts featuring local fruits that pair well with hearty and bold cuisine, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. “In addition to that, we do a lot of collaborations,” said Matt. “For instance, we partner with Garrison Brothers Bourbon, the oldest bourbon distillery in Texas. Sometimes when they juice their barrels, they’ll give us a call. We pick up those barrels and put a brown ale into them to infuse the flavors.” Matt continued, “Justin really challenges himself. He wants to make the best beer. I’d say that’s one thing our founder Jim Carter, winemaker John McPherson and brew master Justin Zimmerman all have in common: they want to be the best at what they do. We already have such an awardwinning winemaker, and this is the first year we’ll be entering our beer into competitions. We’re excited to soon be well-known for our award-winning beers, in addition to our already award-winning wines.” Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa is located at 4064 West US Highway 290 in Johnson City, and you can visit them online at www.cartercreek.com. Top photo, make your own memories at Old 290 Brewery while you dance along to the music; middle, slide into an Old 290 Brewery booth and let the tastes and sounds of Texas take you away.

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New Life Farms B-n-B

When you walk in our door, you become part of our family, which is how we treat our guests and expect them to treat us. We are so blessed to have given hundreds of domestic and international travelers a safe and comfortable place to rest and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country over the past 5 1/2 years. Breakfast is our favorite part of hosting. We love serving delicious home-cooked food to people who enjoy it, and watching new relationships form among our guests as they eat and visit together. We live in such a small world after all!

Michael & Amy Normand - Proprietors

OFFICE 830-468-5095 | MOBILE 512-757-1172 www.airbnb.com/users/show/63381754

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SCIENCE MILL OF JOHNSON CITY

A family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages.

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BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON

pon first impression, Science Mill appears to be a cross between a vast technology exhibition and a child’s dream of a playground. A self-described family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages, the captivating hands-on exhibits have a way of sparking curiosity in museumgoers of all ages.

PETER CLAFFEY

The facility, originally a steam grist mill and cotton gin built in 1880, houses over 50 exhibits with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. Peter Claffey, chief executive officer, is excited to share how they are reaching out to the public and, most importantly, to the next generation of scientists.

“The mission of the Science Mill is to inspire all students and give them

confidence in STEM,” shared Peter. “We’re giving them the tools and support needed to reach their full potential as skilled members of our twenty-first century STEM workforce. We strive to see a world where all kids can do that, regardless of economics, location, gender or race and have equal access to STEM programming and content so that they can really see themselves in a STEM career. We want them to see the full breadth of opportunities out there for them.” With over 20 years in the museum business, Peter’s main roles include creating sustainability for the programs and engaging opportunities for the staff. However, even with his busy schedule, he does manage to sneak away for some hands-on moments with visitors. “I do get to slide out of the office when nobody’s looking and play with the kids,” laughed Peter. “I love to see the wow moments. One of my favorite exhibits is the Fractalarium. It puts mathematics, art, and biology together in the model based on Romanesco Broccoli. The broccoli takes

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the form of a fractal – a complex geometrical shape that looks the same at every scale factor. Though the exhibit has an infinitely increasing perimeter, you’ll be surprised to know that it has no area as the dimensions of each fractal become so small, they advance into nonexistence! I walk by and I’m just like a kid watching it light up and change shapes. There’s nothing like that exhibit anywhere in the world and we have it right here in Johnson City.” While traditional museums tend to have a focus more on the past than the present, Science Mill is a modern flurry of activity that is truly a global fixture for the future. “We bring world-class science and engaging activities into communities across Texas,” added Peter. “We’re doing things on a national level right here in Johnson City. I think that’s really fascinating to think about. I’ve been in the industry for a long time and when I see what goes into what we do, I’m just blown away. You could stack Science Mill against any museum in the country. It’s an immersive experience.” Science Mill is located at 101 South Lady Bird Lane and online at sciencemill.org.

Top right, Science Mill is housed within a steam grist mill and cotton gin built in 1880; bottom right, the Fractalarium is a one-of-a-kind exhibt.

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NEW LIFE FARMS BED & BREAKFAST

Book your stay at a working farm right at the center of everywhere you want to be.

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BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON

ore than just a bed and breakfast, guests experience true life on a small working farm when they stay at New Life Farms Bed-n-Breakfast. Michael and Amy Normand provide Texan hospitality with a personal touch, along with unique perks like home-cooked meals, helpful local recommendations, and one-of-a-kind guestrooms in a farmhouse nestled on the west edge of town.

Farms again and again.

“Here you can experience life on a farm,” shared Amy. “My husband, Michael, and I have very similar backgrounds that led us here. We enjoy showing our guests all the joys of the country. They can feed the donkeys, watch the chickens and guineas, and gather their own eggs. Children especially get a big rush from bringing in their own eggs and it’s usually something they’ve never done before. They’ll often say,”I want to eat my egg that I picked for breakfast!’ So, we’ll write their name on the egg they picked themselves.”

Motivated by a desire to serve their guests, both Michael and Amy have the most fun at the breakfast table.

And it isn’t just the animals that attract guests to come back to New Life

“We have a great sitting area in the backyard,” added Amy. “It’s practically an outdoor living room. There are huge live oak trees that create a canopy over the yard. It’s a nice place to gather in the evenings. Guests can also enjoy our firepit on cold evenings while roasting marshmallows or wieners. It’s a relaxing place to be.”

“Breakfast is served family style at our big harvest table,” said Amy. “I love it when strangers join up for breakfast and become friends by the end of the meal. You realize it’s really a small world, after all!

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Top right, Amy and Michael Normand prepare a country breakfast for their guests; left, the porch is a welcome escape from a busy world.


“One of my favorites are the breakfast tacos that Michael makes. He prepares pan-fried potatoes with caramelized onions, scrambled eggs, bacon, tortillas and cheese. I usually add homemade muffins and fruit with cream cheese. Often on Sundays, I make spinach quiche with a hashbrown crust and decadent French toast or peach dumplings, pancakes, waffles, or biscuits with sausage and fried eggs. It’s all good, farm food. We offer plenty of variety and include dairy-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free options when needed. If you sit down at our table, you will definitely not go away hungry! New Life Farms Bed-n-Breakfast is located at 804 Danz Well Road and can be reached by phone at 830-468-5095.

I love it when strangers join up for breakfast and become friends by the end of the meal. You realize it’s really a small world, after all!”

Top right, children enjoy climbing the rope at New Life Farms; bottom right, feeding the donkeys is fun for all; top left, country charm awaits guests; bottom left, everyone loves picking their own eggs for breakfast.

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Crossroads of the Texas Hill Country

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FAT BOY BURGERS

Giving back to the community they love is vital to owners Ray and Rayette Bible.

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BY MICHELLE BANSE STOKES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY HENDERSON

o stand out from the crowd, it’s necessary to go above and beyond the routine. Fat Boy Burgers offers both locals and travelers a rare dining experience that you wouldn’t expect to find in a small, Texas town with a population of less than 2,300. Ray and Rayette Bible preside over Johnson City’s burger hotspot with an easygoing atmosphere whether diners choose to relax inside or outside. Either way, you’re guaranteed an incredible experience along with an incredible meal. “We’re proud to be family owned and operated,” shared Rayette. “This is actually our second location. We first opened inside my parent’s restaurant in Johnson City. Ray and I decided that we wanted to do burgers and we came up with recipes. We visited a lot of other burger places over the years and our concept came together. It grew fast and it stuck. We knew Johnson City is where we wanted to be.” With a tried-and-true menu, Fat Boy Burgers is a whole lot more than just premium burgers and fries. “We’ve come up with new items over the years,” added Rayette. “We have barbecue, fajitas, and also food truck and catering services for wineries, weddings and special events. Then, of course, there is the Friday Fish Special. It’s homemade, hand-battered fish and shrimp, coleslaw, beans, and tartar sauce. It’s a recipe that originated with my mom and dad. Of course, we’ve added our own touches, too.” Giving back to the community the Bibles call home is fundamental to the family. They’re quick to step in when needed and lend a helping hand.

Top, Ray Bible prepares Fat Boy’s famous burgers for a hungry crowd; bottom, more than burgers, Fat Boy’s menu has expanded to include something to tempt even the pickiest eater.

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“We give back to Johnson City with not only funds, but also our time,” said Rayette. “Ray is president of the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department. It’s very close to his heart. He’ll get a fire call when he’s working at the restaurant and he just looks back saying, ‘I have to go!’ I’m proud to be a part of Lights Spectacular. It benefits our community and offers enjoyment for our visitors that return year after year. “Giving back is what is important to us both. At Fat Boy, our true love is to feed our community and those that come to the Hill Country to visit us.” Fat Boy Burgers is located at 104 US-281 and online at fatboyburgers. com.

Top, Fat Boy Burgers owners Ray and Rayette Bible; bottom right, the home of the Fat Boy burger; bottom left, the famous Fat Boy burger with hand-battered onion rings and fries.

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wineries, distilleries & breweries

A TOAST TO THE HILL COUNTRY

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

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

ANDALUSIA WHISKEY COMPANY 6462 Highway 281 North, Blanco 830-507-4359

Crowson Wines 105 North Avenue Q 830-225-8880

290 WINE CASTLE 3501 Balcones, Austin 512-589-9446

BECKER VINEYARDS 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall 830-644-2681

COVINGTON HILL COUNTRY, LLC 8262 Highway 290 West, Hye

AB ASTRIS WINERY 320 Klein Road, Stonewall 830-644-8369

BLUE LOTUS WINERY TEXAS MEAD WORKS 8500 Highway 290 West 830-379-9463

ALEX ANTHONY VINEYARDS 213 North Nugent Avenue 210-307-7381 ALTSTADT BREWERY 6120 Highway 29 East, Fredericksburg 830-304-2337

Esperanza Winery, LLC 115 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-3230 FARMHOUSE VINEYARDS 402 East Main Street 806-475-0760

Calais Winery 8115 Highway 290 West, Hye 830-213-2124

French Connection Wines 1197 Hye-Albert Road, Hye 830-850-4091

CARTER CREEK WINERY RESORT & SPA 4064 Highway 290 West 830-225-1990

Top photo, Lewis Wines.

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wineries, distilleries & breweries GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY 1827 Hye-Albert Road, Hye 512-381-3155

PEBBLE ROCK CELLARS 506 Highway 281 830-385-2110

TEXAS HILLS VINEYARD 878 Ranch Road 2766 830-868-2321

HAWKS SHADOW ESTATE WINERY 7501 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs 512-587-0986

PECAN STREET BREWING 106 East Pecan Drive 830-868-2500

The Parlour by Southold Farm + Cellar 109 North Nugent Avenue 512-829-1650

HORN WINERY 9953 Highway 290 West, Hye 844-493-4676

REAL ALE BREWING 231 San Saba Court, Blanco 830-833-2534

UNTAMED WINE ESTATES 202 Ranch Road 1320 512-662-1224

Hye Cider Company 123 Rocky Road, Hye 830-282-0143

RECK ‘EM RIGHT BREWING 102 South Avenue G 830-998-6814

VINOVIUM PARTNERS 214 Edmonds Avenue 737-600-3127

HYE MEADOW WINERY 10257 Highway 290 West, Hye 830-308-8551

RON YATES WINES 6676 Highway 290 West, Hye 512-585-3972

WESTCAVE CELLARS WINERY & BREWERY 683 Ranch Road 1320 512-431-1403

LA TI DA DELUXE 305 East Main 512-773-7777

Sandy Road Vineyards 3932 Ranch Road 1320 512-589-1826

WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS 10352 Highway 290 West, Hye 830-998-7654

LEWIS WINES 3209 Highway 290 West 512-987-0660

SIBONEY CELLARS 3427 Highway 290 West 830-998-2626

Zero 815 Winery 11157 Highway 290 West 830-644-2000

MOONSHINE RIDGE, INC. 104 East Pecan Drive 512-789-5601

SILVER DOLLAR WINERY HILL COUNTRY 8264 Highway 290 West 830-308-7750

Nice n Easy 106 Nugent Street

TENUTA BIANCO WINE BAR 312 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-554-0286

Left, Reck ‘Em Right Brewing.

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THIS AIN’T JUST WINE COUNTRY HOME OF THE FIRST LEGAL BOURBON DIS T IL L E RY IN T E X A S A ND 4 -T IME US MICRO WHISKEY OF THE YEAR Garrison Brothers Distillery in the Texas Hill Country is dedicated to true Southern hospitality. When you’re here, you’ll feel the warmth of our Texas spirit, alongside the aroma of our sweet mash and the soothing hum of our copper pot-stills making more bourbon. Distillery tours take place at 10, noon, 2 and 4. But you don’t have to take a tour to taste our bourbon. We serve our bourbon flights Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5. You can make your distillery tour reservation here: GARRISONBROS.COM/ TOUR

©️2022 Garrison Brothers Distillery. Garrison Brothers is a registered trademark of Lone Star Distillery LLC. Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 47% Alc./Vol. (94 Proof). Cooked, distilled, barreled, and bottled by Garrison Brothers Distillery, Hye, Texas 78635.


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

very spring the Texas Hill Country comes alive with fields of color. Miles of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, winecups, daisies, pink evening primroses, and prairie verbena create a glorious drive and captivating photos. Visitors will want to plan ahead and early in the year. If there is a milder winter, the wildflowers might start blooming even before March. If Johnson City gets ample fall and winter rains and has warmer than usual weather in February, you might start to see Texas mountain laurel popping out at the end of February.

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RELOCATION INFORMATION CITY SERVICES & UTILITIES The City of Johnson City provides water and sewer service to each and every home and business within its municipal boundaries. Residential curbside recycling is also provided to each city resident. The city is dedicated to providing prompt friendly service in a professional manner. City Hall 303 East Pecan Drive | 830-868-7111 The City Council meets regularly at City Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend City Council meetings. Meeting agendas are posted a minimum of 72 hours in advance, both on the website and next to the City Hall front door. Blanco County 101 East Pecan Drive | 830-868-4013 Johnson City Police Department - 830-868-0995 Emergency - 911

HEALTHCARE

EDUCATION

Johnson City Chiropractic 505 East Main Street 830-868-7770

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

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

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

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

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

Baylor, Scott & White Medical 810 TX-71 - Marble Falls | 830-201-8000 Johnson City Medical Clinic 405 US 281 #101c | 830-868-7800

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

Elevate + Acupuncture + Wellness 208 Haley Road #8 830-255-7455

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

Johnson City Dentistry 400 East Main | 830-868-0274

2022 JOHNSON CITY POP. - 2,287 MEDIAN AGE - 43.6 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME - $59,338 MEDIAN PROPERTY VALUE - $178,800 Source: US Census Bureau

Robert Bourquein, DDS/MS 1026 South Adams Street - Fredericksburg 830-990-0333 Seton Highland Lakes Hospital 3201 South Water - Burnet | 512-715-3000 Johnson City Eye Care 213 Hwy 281 #A | 830-868-0327

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

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johnson city chamber of commerce calendar of events

JANUARY

Blanco County Youth Stock Show

AUGUST

Blanco County Fair & Rodeo - page 6

Science Mill Snow Day

OCTOBER

Wild Game Dinner

FEBRUARY

Valentine Gala - School Fundraiser

Pig Roast

MARCH

NOVEMBER

Spring Break at the LBJ Ranch

Lights Spectacular - page 7 Market Days - Thanksgiving Weekend

APRIL

LBJ 100 Bike Ride

DECEMBER

Lights Spectacular - page 7

MAY

Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fish Fry

ONGOING EVENT Market Days Fourth Saturday and Sunday from March through October

SAVOR the Hill Country

JUNE

Antique Tractor Show and Pull

Event dates subject to change. Visit johnsoncitytexasvisitorcenter.com for more information.

The LBJ 100 Bike Ride starts at the LBJ Ranch in April. The event supports the LBJ National Historical Park. To register: www.bikereg. com/lbj-100-bicycle-ride To volunteer: www.signup. com/go/BhiYnkW Photo courtesy National Park Service.

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church directory

WORSHIP IN JOHNSON CITY

Everyone is welcome at our area churches. Community Church of the Hills 212 Klett Rand Road 312-516-5801 Worship Sunday 10:30am

House of Mercy and Evangelism 405 Highway 281 830-868-4871 Worship Sunday 11am

Good Shepherd Catholic Church County Road 213 830-868-0370 Worship Sunday 11am

Johnson City Church of Christ 200 Live Oak Street 830-868-9911 Worship Sunday 11am and 6pm

First Baptist Church 102 North Avenue F 830-868-7252 Worship Sunday 11am

Liberty Lighthouse Fellowship 321 Old River Crossing 830-868-7400 Worship Sunday 10:30am

First United Methodist Church 105 North LBJ Drive 830-868-7414 Worship Sunday 8:30am and 10:50am

Christ Lutheran Church LCMS 209 East Main Street, Building C 830-488-7896 Worship Sunday 2:30pm

First Christian Church 401 East Cypress Street 830- 68-9066 Worship Sunday 9:30am

Trinity Lutheran Church 4270 Ranch Road 1, Stonewall 830-644-2479 Worship Sunday 10:10am JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS |

Harvest Point Church 620 North Nugent Avenue Worship Sunday 10am Faith Christian Cowboy Church 1597 Highway 281 830-868-7300 Worship Sunday10:30am and Wednesday 6:30pm St. Lukes Episcopal Church 10063 Cypress Mill Road 830-825-8001 Worship Sunday 10:45am and Wednesday 11am

Top photo, First Christian Church. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Sooter.

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johnson city chamber of commerce member directory ADVERTISING Bird’s Eye View Maps 412 South Adams, Fredericksburg 830-998-8666 AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING Apache Air and Heat 4696 Highway 281 South, Blanco 830-833-0335 Blanco A/C Heating & Electrical 2226 Highway 281, Blanco 830-271-2506 ARCHITECTURE Reliance Architecture 12 Chisholm Trial Road, STE 200, Round Rock 512-758-7660 ART Blanco Performing Arts 830-385-1173 J L Haynes Studio Gallery 512-787-2192 Uptown Blanco Textile Studio 317 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-1579

Marble Falls Chevrolet Buick 2301 Highway 281 North, Marble Falls 830-265-5069

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

BED AND BREAKFASTS, HOTELS AND LODGING

Hillside Acres Resort 4032 Ranch Road 3232 830-868-7515

Best Western Johnson City 107 Highway 281 South 830-868-4044 BJB Ranch 7506 Crossdraw, Austin 512-944-4269 Blanco County Inn and Guesthouses 902 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-4502 Blanco River Hotel 2218 North Main Street, Blanco 830-833-5697 Blue Top 1744 Flat Creek Road 512-750-3818 Cabins on Wild Currant Farm TheCabinsOnWCF@gmail.com 713-582-3882

Vacasa 1209 East Main Street, Fredericksburg 830-515-0638

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

Walden Retreats Hill Country 1388 Gipson Road 830-321-0295

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

Wrenwood Ranch 6214 US-290 559-304-8740

New Life Farms B-n-B 804 Danz Well Road 830-468-5095

BOOKKEEPING & TAX SERVICE

Rancho de Vida 7514 Flat Creek Road 512-775-9227 River Place 119 River Place 830-291-8020

Blue Rose Bookkeeping 713-582-3882 Lokken Bookkeeping & Tax Service 603 West Main Street 830-868-2492 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Sam Houston Johnson House 106 North LBJ Drive 433-386-2222

Johnson City Chamber of Commerce 100 East Main Street 830-868-7684

Stonewall Motor Lodge 14818 Highway 290, Stonewall 830-644-1040

CLEANERS

ATTORNEY

Canyon Road Olive Ranch 703 North Canyonwood Drive, Dripping Springs 512-829-1660

Zachary Hudler, P.C. 209 North Nugent Street 830-868-7651

Carter Creek Resort & Spa 4067 West US-290 877-232-0138

The Casitas at Caballo Creek 815 Billy Sisson Road 512-517-4994

AUTO DEALERSHIP

Helmly House 208 North Avenue G 210-373-8313

The Crossroads Inn 625 North Nugent Avenue 290-330-4955

Hill Country Inn 203 Highway 281 North 830-868-2614

The Historic Pearl 201 North Nugent Avenue 830-291-8020

Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln 3301 Highway 291 North, Marble Falls 830-693-5577

Texas 2 Suites 579 Triple South Trail 830-997-2749

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Kara’s Kleaners 206 Highway 281 North 830-868-0207 Coffee Shop COFFEE SHOP Johnson City Coffee Co. 108 West Main Street 830-256-8360 CONSERVATION Bamberger Ranch Preserve 2341 Blue Ridge Drive 830-868-2630


johnson city chamber of commerce member directory Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky 812-565-0446

El Agave 111 US-290 830-868-0812

Greenwood, M. Harris Greenwood / Favrot Romelia 830-868-4528

El Charro 502 US-281 830-868-7040

CONSTRUCTION

Fat Boy Burgers 104 Highway 281 830-868-0264

Agave Custom Homes 200 North Avenue G 512-844-0138 Clay Bass Construction, LLC 213 Highway 281, STE G 512-748-4694

FITNESS C-Results Fitness 5310 Highway 281 830-225-0271 Core Fitness 621 North Nugent Avenue 830-330-4549 FLORAL

Hill Country Cupboard 101 US-281 South 830-225-1491

AJ’s Flowers 213 Highway 281 South, F 830-868-2510

Johnson City Dairy Queen 202 Highway 281 830-868-7067

FUNERAL HOME

Texas Farm Bureau Insurance 509 South Water Street, Burnet 512-756-2806 INTERNET HC Wireless 200 North Avenue G 830-225-1465 Nexstream 115 South Washington Street, Fredericksburg 888-499-2613 IT TECHNOLOGY

Crofts-Crow Funeral Home 305 East Elm Street 830-868-4444

“IT” Girl’s Get It 1450 Highway 290 West, #203, Dripping Springs 512-222-3904

GAS AND PROPANE

JEWELRY

Pecan Street Brewing 106 East Pecan Drive 830-868-2500

Johnson City Hydro Gas 410 Highway 281 South 830-868-7412

La Ti Da Deluxe 305 East Main 512-773-7777

Hill Country Design Build 504 One River Point 830-868-4108

Proof & Cooper 209 East Main Street 830-868-0477

GOVERNMENT

Rudy Moreno 305 East Main Street 512-296-4570

Tex-Mix Concrete 512-759-1438

Uptown Blanco Restaurant 317 Main Street, Blanco 830-833-0738

David Weekley Homes 900 Waterford Centre Boulevard, Austin 512-821-8800 Duffin Custom Homes 350 Old Red Ranch Road, Dripping Springs 512-413-2393

Tre Walker Construction 830-385-3343 CREDIT CARD PROCESSING Kim Mock Powers 512-497-1281 CUSTOM WOOD FURNITURE Myron & Mary Uecker 830-798-7882 DINING Blanco River Pizza Company 306 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-833-3221

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

FINANCIAL Johnson City Bank 100 East Pecan Drive 830-868-7131 Lone Star Capital Bank 403 Highway 281 South 830-868-4051 Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union 1040 Rob Shelton Boulevard, Dripping Springs 210-945-3300 Texas Regional Bank 206 East Main Street 830-833-4538

Erin Zwiener 512-463-0647 Johnson City Housing Authority 304 South Avenue F 830-868-7322 GRAPHIC DESIGN Kat McCool Creative 970-930-5038 INSURANCE Moursund Insurance Agency 10603 Highway 281 North, Round Mountain 830-825-3237 Philips Insurance Agency 110 East Main Street, STE B 830-868-7484

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LANDSCAPING Haynes Cedar Company 1904 Highway 290 512-492-2032 Texas Cedar Clearing 830-868-4243 LAVENDER PRODUCTS Hummingbird Farms 9340 Highway 290 West 830-868-7862 LEATHER AND SHOE REPAIR Bono’s Custom Leather & Shoe Repair 612 Chandler, Blanco 830-733-0864 continued on page 40


johnson city chamber of commerce member directory LIBRARY

MUSEUM

Johnson City Library 501 North Nugent Avenue 830-868-4469

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

LIQUOR JC Liquors 100 Highway 281 830-868-7500 LIVING PLANT WALLS AND DESIGN Variance Design, LLC 111 West Main Street 512-299-1045 MEDICAL Baylor Scott & White 800 Highway 71 West, Marble Falls 830-201-8671 Elevate + Acupuncture + Wellness 208 Haley Road #8 830-255-7455 Hill Country Memorial Hospital 1009 South Milam, A, Fredericksburg 830-998-7613 Johnson City Chiropractic 505 East Main Street 830-868-7770 Johnson City Dentistry 400 East Main 830-868-0274 Johnson City Eye Care 213 Highway 281, A 830-868-0327 Robert Bourquein, DDS/MS 1026 South Adams Street, Fredericksburg 830-990-0333

Science Mill 101 South Lady Bird Lane 844-263-6405 MUSEUM / VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES Texas Vintage Motorcycle Museum 100 North Nugent Avenue OLIVE OIL Texas Hill Country Olive Company 2530 West Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs 512-607-6512 ORGANIZATIONS Blanco County Community Resource Center 206 Highway 281 South 830-868-0208 Blanco County Democrats 512-750-3818 Blanco County Republican 830-835-4337 Casa for the Highland Lakes Area 325-388-3440 Gem of the Hill Community Center 830-833-2713 Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center 300 Avenue N, Marble Falls 325-388-0354 Hill Country Alliance 15315 Highway 71, Bee Cave 512-263-9147

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center 512-756-2607 Hill Country Film Society 6811 La Concha Pass, Austin 866-244-7714 Johnson City Woman’s Civic Club 830-868-0208 League of Women Voters Hill Country 830-868-4219 Master Gardeners of Blanco County www.txmg.org/blanco Pedernales Wildlife Management Coop 830-868-4528 Pleasant Hill Rocky Community Club 830-798-7882

PHARMACY Blanco Pharmacy & Wellness 316 Pecan Street, Blanco 830-833-4815 Johnson City Pharmacy 405 Highway 281 South 830-868-7185 PLUMBING WB Plumbing 830-868-8674 PORTABLE TOILETS A-John Portable Toilet Rentals 830-833-0272 PUBLICATIONS Johnson City Record Courier 110 East Main Street 830-868-7181

Rotary Club of Blanco County 210-269-4838

Trips Publications, LLC 406 East Main Street, STE 105, Weimar 979-725-3080

PARKS AND RECREATION

RADIO

LBJ National Historic Park 100 East Ladybird Lane 830-868-7128

Radio Ranch Group 830-896-4990

PEST CONTROL Falco Pest Management 603 FM 2093, STE 1608, Fredericksburg 830-992-2900 PET SERVICE AND SHELTER Paws Shelter of Central Texas 2965 FM 165, Dripping Springs 512-858-0016

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Texas Rebel Radio Broadcasting 210 Woodcrest Street, Fredericksburg 830-997-2197 RAINWATER COLLECTION Harvest Rain 169 Russell Land, Dripping Springs 512-645-2955


johnson city chamber of commerce member directory REAL ESTATE

RV PARKS

SURVEY SERVICE

VENUE

7 Star Ranch Realty 512-627-7330

Miller Creek RV Resort 5618 Highway 281 South 830-868-2655

WCR Land Surveying 512-628-7672

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

Hill Country Real Estate 830-833-4591 Hulsey Homes and Ranches 300 West Main Street 512-755-2893 Jeanne Parker Kuper Sotherby’s International Realty 512-422-7063 Realty Austin Commercial 900 Esperanza Trail 512-800-1138 Sharon Herbert Fathom Realty 512-827-1339 Topper Real Estate 201 East Main Street 830-385-9658 Town Creek Properties 803 Highway 281 830-868-0873

Roadrunner RV Park 501 Highway 281 830-255-7650 SHOPPING La Ti Da Deluxe 305 East Main 512-773-7777 Lady Bird Farmers Market 305 East Main Street Lowe’s Market/Ace Hardware 405 Highway 281 830-868-4274 Odiorne Feed & Ranch Supply 522 Highway 281 830-868-4579

REMEDIATION

Old Annex Office Solutions Market 200 North Avenue G 830-396-9011

Serv Pro of the Hill Country 407 Highway 289, Comfort 830-995-4102

Pearl Goods 205 East Main Street 512-694-5146

RENTAL PROPERTY

Vintage 205 205 East Main Street 830-868-7676

P & S Jenkins Rentals, LLC 830-868-2683 RENTALS Diamond X Rentals 100 Los Encinos Drive 830-868-4131 ROOF AND GUTTER INSTALLATION Starr Companies, LLC 12106 Highway 281 North, Round Mountain 512-736-6539

Whittington’s Jerky 602 Highway 281 830-868-5500 SIGNS AND BANNERS Johnson City Sign Shop 801 Highway 281 830-868-5277

TITLE COMPANIES Countywide Title Company 2224 Highway 281, Blanco 830-833-1308 Guardian Title Company 508 8th Street, Blanco 830-833-5007 TOURS Cheers Fun Bus 801 Highway 281 830-225-3450 Fredericksburg Tours 683 Upper Albert Road, Fredericksburg 830-456-5145 Hill Country Wine Tours, LLC 512-815-1900 Slowpokes Wine Tours & Shuttles 509 West Mercer Street, Dripping Springs 512-858-4740 UTILITIES City of Johnson City 303 East Pecan Drive 830-868-7111 LCRA 512-944-5476

Mae’s Ridge 3965 Ranch Road 3232 512-626-9219 Twin Sisters Dance Hall 6720 Highway 281, Blanco 830-833-5773 VETERINARY Deer Creek Veterinary Clinic 101 Heritage Oaks Drive 830-868-5600 WATER WELL SERVICE Bee Cave Drilling 185 Angel Fire Road, Dripping Springs 512-894-4221 T & T Water Wells, LLC 100 Highway 281 830-456-3485 WILDLIFE RESCUE Wild Things Rescue Ranch 325-289-2298 ZOO

Pedernales Electric Cooperative 830-868-6041 Waste Connections 830-868-7597

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Carter Creek Resort & Spa 4064 Highway 290 West 830-225-1990

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Exotic Resort Zoo 235 Zoo Trail 830-868-4357


surrounding area

MEET THE

NEIGHBORS

Visit the surrounding area when you stay in Johnson City. HYE – An unincorporated community in Blanco County, Hye is only a short nine mile drive. Hiram G. (Hye) Brown settled in the area with his family in 1872 and would later be appointed as their first postmaster in 1886. The post office and general store were recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1966. Today, take a short drive to Hye and you’ll discover Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Horn Winery, Hye Cider Company, William Chris Vineyards, and Zero 815 Winery.

MARBLE FALLS - Balcones Canyonlands is a national wildlife refuge located in Marble Falls. he refuge was formed in 1992 to conserve habitat for two endangered songbirds including the golden-cheeked warbler and the blackcapped vireo and to preserve Texas Hill Country FREDERICKSBURG - A popular destination, habitat for numerous other wildlife species. Fredericksburg is known for their elegant shops, They are located at 24518 Ranch Road 1431 in fine dining, and diverse wineries and distilleries. Marble Falls. No visit to Fredericksburg would be complete without a stop at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Dedicated to all those who served STONEWALL – Enjoy a short 15-mile drive in the Pacific War, the museum has expanded to Stonewall and discover President Lyndon and gone under expansive renovation over the Above left, Junction School, a one-room Johnson’s birthplace and death place. In last 10 years to make it the world’s premier schoolhouse near Stonewall, which was addition to the LBJ National Historical Park, museum about World War II’s Pacific Theater. attended by Lyndon Baines Johnson when he you’ll find that Stonewall is no stranger to was a small child; right, a golden-cheeked fine wines. Several wineries boasting amazing warbler spotted at Balcones Canyonlands in Marble Falls. Texas Hill Country views are treasures to the area. Nicknamed the Peach Capital of Texas, stands and orchards in the area offer up their memorable peaches to customers or, if you’re looking for a little sweet fun, you can pick-yourown.

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2 OFFICE LOCATIONS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE Johnson City Office

Blanco Office

201 E. Main St. Johnson City, Texas (830) 868-4663

807 Main St. Blanco, Texas (830) 833-5511

Rodney Topper Owner/Realtor

SPECIALIZING IN RANCH, RIVER, AND RESIDENTIAL.

Phone: (830) 385-9658 Email: Rodney@TopperRealEstate.net www.TopperRealEstate.net