Austin Insider Guide 2016/2017 : Page 63

04 02 04 Bluegrass, Americana, folk, Southern rock ‘n’ roll — it’s all onstage at the 30th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival (April 2017). Make a weekend of it, and bring your camping gear; there’s even a family-friendly camping area. Driftwood 07 For a true taste of the Old West, stop by the Luckenbach General Store (a souvenir shop housed in a ramshackle 1800s post office) and the historic Luckenbach Dance Hall , still offering live country music concerts every night. Luckenbach Escape to a rustic ranch surrounded by acres of serene countryside when you indulge in a day of spa pampering at The Back Forty of Fredericksburg . Don’t want to leave? It’s also a bed and breakfast, so you can stay overnight. Fredericksburg 12 10 Play the firm, fast greens, and navigate your way around challenging water features at the 18-hole, par 71 Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course . Fredericksburg 08 05 06 Pair live music with a pint of locally brewed craft beer 09 (such as the ultra-smooth Chocolate Pecan Milk Stout, brewed with Texas pecans and cocoa nibs) at Pecan Street Brewing . Johnson City Follow in the footsteps of one of our country’s great leaders Fill your face with some of the best eating around during the annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival in June. This family friendly feast also features live Americana music all day. Fredericksburg 11 Taste the best darn pickles you’ve ever had at the famed Texas Carousel Antiques & Fickle Pickles . (And yes, they really do have antiques, too.) Boerne at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park , and tour the late President’s palatial ranch house — dubbed the Texas White House — that was once an epicenter of political activity. Johnson City 12 Unwind in a healing salt cave at the luxurious Pure Sol Spa at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort , or play a round of golf on the Tripp Davis-designed course. Boerne 18 miles from San Marcos to New Braunfels 3 miles from New Braunfels to Gruene 21 miles from Gruene to Wimberley 34 miles from Wimberley to Lockhart 78 miles from Lockhart to Round Top 85 miles from Round Top to Georgetown 43 miles from Georgetown to Marble Falls HAMILTON POOL FLICKR/DARREYLRHODES MILLER; SAM BUSH AT OLD SETTLERS BY JOHN GRUBBS; COURTESY PECAN STREET BREWING; FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL BY AMANDA KOONET; PHOTO COURTESY TAPATIO SPRINGS HILL COUNTRY RESORT; COURTESY FICKLE PICKLES 63

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