Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Well, Well, Well . . .

I enjoy the Travel Sections of the Sunday paper. Last weekend I was surprised by the Travel Section of the NY Times.

Headline: 31 Places to Go This Summer.

And guess which place is No. 1? The Texas Hill Country.

Quoting directly,

Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Moreover, the region is speckled with 22 wineries ( that buzz with food and music festivals year round. And towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens and schnitzelhäuser. New York Times, June 1, 2008
We locals have known and loved the Hill Country for many years and are happy that the national media recognizes its qualities. On the other hand, I'd just as soon keep it a secret.

To see the other 29 suggestions: 01places.h
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This Eclectic Life said...

SSSHHH! Mama said, "Don't tell everything you know!" Now, it's gonna get crowded in the Hill Country!

Francis Shivone said...

I agree, thanks.

Rambler said...

Well, be sure to see St. Mary's in Fredericksburg if head that way. The "new St. Mary's" (circa 1903) is a beautiful painted church with lovely windows. "Old St. Mary's", from the 1840s is next door and beautiful in an undecorated manner, using form to make it's beauty.

And the pastry shops on Main St. are excellent.

Francis Shivone said...

I look forward to checking them out, especially the older church.