Don’t Mess With Texas
May 27th, 2009

If you know much about my travel patterns, you’ll know that they rarely keep me in the United States.  If they do, it’s often for a special event or family visit. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the U.S.,  I just figured I’ll “work my way in” .

This past holiday weekend, however, my travels took me to Texas – a state the I’ve never visited though it’s always intrigued me. My partner’s sister and her husband live there, and since he had a US Airways voucher and I had frequent flyer miles we were able to take a four night trip for very little cost and visit his family at the same time. 

We stayed in Blanco, a small town (population just over 1500) about half way between Austin and San Antonio. We took day trips to each of these cities and I fully enjoyed them both. The weather was gorgeous, the people friendly, the music contageous and the food down-right delicious, even for us vegetarians!  

Trip highlights included:

  • Austin’s music and vibe:  Fun, quirky (“weird” as they like to boast). For an Austin landmark, head to Threadgils where, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch an outdoor concert – we say The Gourds, a fun home town band with tons of energy.
  • San Antonio’s river walk: I’m not one for touristy areas, but I am one for anything along the water. We went on a Sunday morning just as everything was opening up, which helped us to avoid the crowds and the worst of the heat!
  • Driving on the open road, enjoying the sun, desert scenery and SPACE!
  • Texas Wine Region – you read that right! This was my biggest surprise of the trip – that it existed at all, its size and its quality. But the best part, a 6-wine tasting for $5! 
  • The newfs. Ok, this isn’t a “to see” recommendation (although perhaps it should be!), though I can’t go without mentioning them as they may well have been the highlight of my trip! My partner’s sister owns seven newfoundland dogs, which happen to be one of my favorite breeds. I was in dog-lovers heaven! 

So there you have it. A rare vacation in the states to a state that I had never been. It was fantastic. One of the most relaxing trips I’ve been on, with a bit of culture, music and history and a lot of fun visiting and dog time!  I look forward to a return trip.

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