SENIORS VISIT TEXAS HILL COUNTRYMay 17th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Seniors Retire in the Hill Country
My wife and I love Texas Hill Country. If you have never driven through this part of the state, you are in for a treat. Whether you take Hwy 87 or 290, you will pass through smaller towns that team with rolling hills, lush green landscape, lakes and rivers and picturesque scenery around every corner. Check out Bandera on the map above that is known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” and Bandera is just the place to order a chicken-fried steak bigger than your “haid” and dance to live country music. Don’t forget to pick up a must-have rubber tomahawk from the Frontier Times Museum. The Hill Country of Texas is known as the backyard playground for senior Texans that like to have fun, enjoy nature, hang out, live and retire.
The Hilly Triangle
This map shows the many interesting sites that seem to form a triangle going west from San Antonio, North to Austin and back West to Kerrville, Texas. You will find plenty to see and do in the Hill Country as you read through this link. See if you can find Luchenbach on this one as Waylon Jennings sings a song about this town. Johnson City is also quite famous as former President Lyndon B. Johnson called it his boyhood home.
Are Five Million Visitors Impressive?
The Hill Country can be no longer be considered one of the nations’ biggest “hidden” secrets. This spectacular area welcomes over five million visitors a year. Still, only a small percentage of seniors are lucky enough to discover such a beautiful countryside within a genuine “down to earth” community. The picturesque landscapes are more than enough to make even the most seasoned Hollywood photographers jealous! All senior travelers, both seasoned and beginners, leave with a once in a lifetime experience that can only be found in the Hill Country of Texas. Made up of a vibrant community of over 55 cities/areas, the Texas Hill Country offers a variety of beautiful rugged hills and romantic sunsets. The mild winters and warm summers make it a viable year round vacation destination for everyone. Select a few cities/areas above and you will soon see for yourself that this is one spectacular area of Texas that offers unparalleled diversity.
For us, it’s Fredericksburg and One Charming Town After Another
My wife and were driving through Hill Country enjoying the roads and countryside as we passed through Fredericksburg where just over 10,000 folks enjoy daily life. We just had to stop and stroll along on the sidewalks. As we did we passed a store called Dogologie that carries our family business (Dog Treats) called Dr. Becker’s Bites (That’s my daughter, Karen, the Vet). We stopped in and had a great conversation with the owner. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. If you happen by between October 5-7, 2012, you can experience OktoberFest in Fredericksburg.
And Some Great Vineyards
The local chamber of commerce and the town’s “official website” invites seniors to bring along a wine glass at the Becker Vineyard …yes, but unfortunately it’s not our family business, but great wine is just east of Fredericksburg. There are several other vineyards to visit and each is a special treat. Check out this wine tasting tour by bus Texas Style as you sample “liquid treasures crafted by passionate vintners.”
Wildseed Farms and Enchanted Rock
Being a Master Gardener myself (Iowa State University) I love flowers of all kinds and this site was a special visit for my wife and I. Wildseed Farms is located in the beautiful Texas hill country, just seven miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas. They have 200 acres of wildflowers in various stages of development on the farm. Springtime visitors will likely see Texas bluebonnets, red corn poppies, phlox, and a gorgeous array of other spring flowers.
So plan to bed down in Hill Country and spend a few days just relaxing and enjoying the many sites and activities. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area consists of 1643.5 acres on Big Sandy Creek, north of Fredericksburg, on the border between Gillespie and Llano Counties. So work on your “Texan Drawl” and mosey on down to Hill Country, Seniors. You’ll love it. jeb