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Help with Hill Country Itinerary

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Help with Hill Country Itinerary

We will be making our first visit to HIll Country in October.

Decided to base in Fredericksburg for 4 nights and take day trips out and about. What destinations would you recommend for mature couple who enjoys history, scenery, and a bit of antiquing?

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1. Re: Help with Hill Country Itinerary

Thoughts from someone who grew up less than an hour away.

History: Drive down to San Antonio, see Downtown, the Alamo and the other Spanish Missions, and the Riverwalk

LBJ State Park and LBJ National Historic Site to the east, in Stonewall, President Johnson's hometown.

Antiquing: It's what Fredericksburg is known for.

Scenery: Enchanted Rock, 15 minutes north of Fredericksburg, should be your top priority. You could spend 10 minutes, or half a day hiking around. If you hike to the top and nothing else it will take about an hour. Pedernales Falls State Park is also nice (about 40 miles to the east).

Lots of Caves. The closest major ones would be Cascade Caverns and Cave Without a Name, both near Boerne, Natural Bridge Caverns is more impressive, but is about 1.5 hours away. Caverns of Sonora is even more impressive (probably the best in Texas) but is almost 2 hours away., and there isn't much else in that direction, so it would take up most of your day.

Other: Bandera has lots of dude ranches and bills itself as the cowboy capital of the world. You can probably arrange horseback rides at a dude ranch (there will be plenty around Fredericksburg, too), even if you aren't staying there, but you will most likely need to plan ahead.

Vineyards/wine tasting around Sisterdale (SE of Fredericksburg).

A weird local sight is Stonehenge II in Ingram, just west of Kerrville. It is a replica of Stonehenge, along with some Easter Island statues. They are in the process of moving it, so I don't know if it has been fully reconstructed yet.

Edited: 07 September 2012, 06:19
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2. Re: Help with Hill Country Itinerary

one of these might be of interest...a taste of Texas-hill country


October 6, 13, 20, 27 Cowboys on Main


Features a Western display in front of the Bandera County Courthouse and strolling entertainers on Main Street. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Main Street



Second Saturday Art and Wine

Oct 13,

Market Days

Oct 13 - 14,

Hot-Rod Night

Oct 13

Key to the Hills Rod Run

Oct 12 - 14

Chocolate Festival of Texas

Oct 20

Harvest Moon Celebration

Oct 27



Village Fall Antiques Show

Oct 20 - 21



First Friday Art Walk

Oct 5,

Trade Days

Oct 19 - 21,


Oct 5 - 7

Texas Mesquite Art Festival

Oct 12 - 14

Lone Star Gourd Festival

Oct 19 - 21

Knights of Columbus BestFest

Oct 20

Dogtober Fest

Oct 27

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest

Oct 27



Wild Game Dinner and Fundraiser

Oct 6

Annual Pig Roast

Oct 12 - 14



Kerrville Outdoor Painters' Event

Oct 4 - 6

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