Guidebook for Blanco and surrounding area

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Guidebook for Blanco and surrounding area

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Blanco State Park is ideal for picnics, fishing, floating and swimming. Texas State Park fee required.
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Blanco State Park
101 Park Road 23
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Blanco State Park is ideal for picnics, fishing, floating and swimming. Texas State Park fee required.
Visitor's Center is located inside.
The Old Blanco County Courthouse
300 Main St
Visitor's Center is located inside.

Sightseeing

Buggy Barn Museum - http://www.buggybarnmuseum.com/ Step back in time --- dedicated to preserving our history. We have over 180 unique buggies and an old west town.
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Buggy Barn Museum
1915 Main St
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Buggy Barn Museum - http://www.buggybarnmuseum.com/ Step back in time --- dedicated to preserving our history. We have over 180 unique buggies and an old west town.
A single malt whiskey distillery that offers tours, tastings, and cocktails in their beautiful tasting room located in the scenic Texas Hill Country.
Andalusia Whiskey Company
6242 US-281
A single malt whiskey distillery that offers tours, tastings, and cocktails in their beautiful tasting room located in the scenic Texas Hill Country.
The Real Ale Brewing Company was established in 1996 in Blanco. Their beers can only be found in Texas.. Originally operating out of a tiny basement brewery on the square in Blanco, the brewery relocated in May 2006 to a brand-new facility in Blanco, where they have increased production massively. The owner credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery
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Real Ale Brewing Company
231 San Saba Court
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The Real Ale Brewing Company was established in 1996 in Blanco. Their beers can only be found in Texas.. Originally operating out of a tiny basement brewery on the square in Blanco, the brewery relocated in May 2006 to a brand-new facility in Blanco, where they have increased production massively. The owner credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery
Pedernales Falls State Park is located 10 miles (16 km) east of Johnson City. The park is on the Pedernales River, 14 miles (23 km) southwest of the river's mouth at Lake Travis. Many of the activities in Pedernales Falls State Park center around the Pedernales River: swimming, tubing, wading and fishing. The park also has a number of picnic areas and campsites, including some primitive campsites that require a hike of over two miles to reach. There are also 19.8 miles (31.9 km) of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails, and 14 miles of backpacking trails. There is a park store where you can purchase gift items and ice. The entrance fee is $6 daily for persons 13 years or older, children 12 and under are allowed in at no cost.[1]
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Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
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Pedernales Falls State Park is located 10 miles (16 km) east of Johnson City. The park is on the Pedernales River, 14 miles (23 km) southwest of the river's mouth at Lake Travis. Many of the activities in Pedernales Falls State Park center around the Pedernales River: swimming, tubing, wading and fishing. The park also has a number of picnic areas and campsites, including some primitive campsites that require a hike of over two miles to reach. There are also 19.8 miles (31.9 km) of hiking and mountain biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails, and 14 miles of backpacking trails. There is a park store where you can purchase gift items and ice. The entrance fee is $6 daily for persons 13 years or older, children 12 and under are allowed in at no cost.[1]
BEAUTIFUL SCENIC DRIVE - Just outside of Fredericksburg heading toward Llano, Texas, the terrain changes from pastoral, gently rolling hills to a dramatic, rugged landscape of deep canyons, sky reaching jagged cliffs, meandering streams and phenomenal panoramic views. All year round you’ll be amazed by this spectacular countryside, BUT during a good Wildflower Season (March – May), you’ll discover “take-your-breath-away” inspirational natural beauty. A favorite location for a slow, lingering country drive is the “famous” Willow City Loop! This is THE iconic Texas Hill Country scenic drive! The narrow two-lane Ranch Road winds for 13 miles through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas. Deep Canyons carved by Coal Creek are picturesque and the meadows at the bottom offer up splashes of blue, yellow, orange, and white depending on the seaon and which wildflowers are blooming down below. The views from the highest hill tops are absolutely stunning. During a good spring wildflower season the hills and low lying creek bottoms are ablaze with the colors of a multitude of wildflower varieties… Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Phlox, Coreopsis, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, Firewheels, yellow and white Daisies, Winecups, Horsemint, and Verbena! Mesquite, pecan, and live oak trees thrive, and there is an abundance of wildlife… the most beautiful Texas Hill Country you will ever experience! NOTE! Word of this amazingly diverse and gorgeous landscape has spread, and the “Loop” has become very popular with visitors. Although, I personally have not driven the Loop on the weekends, several visitors to this site have complained that the weekends are just absolutely awful… “bumper to bumper traffic” cancels out picture perfect! So, just be aware and, if possible, plan to drive the “Loop” on a weekday when there is less traffic! I am including a few alternate drives that aren’t so crowded for weekend Wildflower viewing!
Willow City Loop
8264 Crossroad Trail
BEAUTIFUL SCENIC DRIVE - Just outside of Fredericksburg heading toward Llano, Texas, the terrain changes from pastoral, gently rolling hills to a dramatic, rugged landscape of deep canyons, sky reaching jagged cliffs, meandering streams and phenomenal panoramic views. All year round you’ll be amazed by this spectacular countryside, BUT during a good Wildflower Season (March – May), you’ll discover “take-your-breath-away” inspirational natural beauty. A favorite location for a slow, lingering country drive is the “famous” Willow City Loop! This is THE iconic Texas Hill Country scenic drive! The narrow two-lane Ranch Road winds for 13 miles through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas. Deep Canyons carved by Coal Creek are picturesque and the meadows at the bottom offer up splashes of blue, yellow, orange, and white depending on the seaon and which wildflowers are blooming down below. The views from the highest hill tops are absolutely stunning. During a good spring wildflower season the hills and low lying creek bottoms are ablaze with the colors of a multitude of wildflower varieties… Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Phlox, Coreopsis, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, Firewheels, yellow and white Daisies, Winecups, Horsemint, and Verbena! Mesquite, pecan, and live oak trees thrive, and there is an abundance of wildlife… the most beautiful Texas Hill Country you will ever experience! NOTE! Word of this amazingly diverse and gorgeous landscape has spread, and the “Loop” has become very popular with visitors. Although, I personally have not driven the Loop on the weekends, several visitors to this site have complained that the weekends are just absolutely awful… “bumper to bumper traffic” cancels out picture perfect! So, just be aware and, if possible, plan to drive the “Loop” on a weekday when there is less traffic! I am including a few alternate drives that aren’t so crowded for weekend Wildflower viewing!

Food scene

Great Deep Dish Pizza on the Blanco Town Square
Blanco River Pizza Company
306 Pecan St
Great Deep Dish Pizza on the Blanco Town Square
Just a short drive south of town; this number 1 ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor is open for breakfast and lunch only during the hours of 8am to 2pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Get there before 10am for Sunday breakfast or expect to wait.
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Chess Club Cafe
1020 US-281
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Just a short drive south of town; this number 1 ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor is open for breakfast and lunch only during the hours of 8am to 2pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Get there before 10am for Sunday breakfast or expect to wait.
To the right of the entrance to the Blanco State Park. Chef Joe Hanus has returned to his home town of Blanco to raise the culinary bar in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Josie's Kitchen will feature artisan sandwiches and baked goods. Joe will be using locally sourced produce whenever possible. He will also be making fresh baked breads. Jessie Hanus, an accomplished baker, will be offering fresh baked pies, cookies, cakes and other baked goods. Whole pies will be available with call ahead ordering. Gluten free and sugar free options will also be available.
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Josie's Kitchen
1721 US-281
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To the right of the entrance to the Blanco State Park. Chef Joe Hanus has returned to his home town of Blanco to raise the culinary bar in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Josie's Kitchen will feature artisan sandwiches and baked goods. Joe will be using locally sourced produce whenever possible. He will also be making fresh baked breads. Jessie Hanus, an accomplished baker, will be offering fresh baked pies, cookies, cakes and other baked goods. Whole pies will be available with call ahead ordering. Gluten free and sugar free options will also be available.
YUM!!!! Delicious donuts and kolaches! Within walking distance of the River Home.
Main Street Donuts & Kolaches
49 Main St
YUM!!!! Delicious donuts and kolaches! Within walking distance of the River Home.
Enjoy Texas Bar BBQ in a relaxing and inviting environment. Open 7 days a week on the Historic Town Square with the hours of Monday – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. The restaurant is a great place to hang out: either on the patio overlooking the courthouse on a nice sunny day, or inside the dining hall – perfect for watching sports on the TV in the restaurant or the 120″ screen in the Back Forty Hall located in the same building as the OLD 300 Restaurant. Great bands the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month! Visit the website for more information.
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Old 300 BBQ
318 4th Street
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Enjoy Texas Bar BBQ in a relaxing and inviting environment. Open 7 days a week on the Historic Town Square with the hours of Monday – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. The restaurant is a great place to hang out: either on the patio overlooking the courthouse on a nice sunny day, or inside the dining hall – perfect for watching sports on the TV in the restaurant or the 120″ screen in the Back Forty Hall located in the same building as the OLD 300 Restaurant. Great bands the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month! Visit the website for more information.
Open for lunch Monday – Thursday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10:30 – 9:00 PM; with live music at 6:30 on Friday and 7:00 pm on Saturday. Open Sunday 10am to 3pm. Also located on the historic town square and a short stroll from the Blanco River Home.
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Redbud Cafe
410 4th Street
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Open for lunch Monday – Thursday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10:30 – 9:00 PM; with live music at 6:30 on Friday and 7:00 pm on Saturday. Open Sunday 10am to 3pm. Also located on the historic town square and a short stroll from the Blanco River Home.
Restaurant across from the Courthouse on Hwy 281. Has recently re-opened , however hours vary. Please contact them for hours.
Uptown Blanco Restaurant
317 Main St
Restaurant across from the Courthouse on Hwy 281. Has recently re-opened , however hours vary. Please contact them for hours.

Neighborhoods

President Lyndon Johnson’s hometown was Johnson City, Texas. Johnson City is extremely close to the famous Lyndon B. Johnson Historical Park. Johnson City is also home to the Exotic Resort Zoo, which houses over 500 wild animals and 80 species. The Zoo is spread out over 137 wooded acres with several lakes and creeks. Pedernales Falls State Park is located within Johnson City. Activities include camping, hiking, tubing, picnicking, wading, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, and river swimming. The hiking trails are extremely family-friendly. There is a duck pond, quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook of twin falls, and a viewing station that is wheelchair friendly. The Tobacco and Wolf Mountains hold a 7-mile long trail. Johnson City, Texas holds several annual events: Blanco County Fair and Rodeo, 4th of July Spangle Dangle, Blanco County Fair and Rodeo and Big Carnival, Annual Wild Game Dinner, Johnson City Pig Roast, and Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style.
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Johnson City
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President Lyndon Johnson’s hometown was Johnson City, Texas. Johnson City is extremely close to the famous Lyndon B. Johnson Historical Park. Johnson City is also home to the Exotic Resort Zoo, which houses over 500 wild animals and 80 species. The Zoo is spread out over 137 wooded acres with several lakes and creeks. Pedernales Falls State Park is located within Johnson City. Activities include camping, hiking, tubing, picnicking, wading, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, and river swimming. The hiking trails are extremely family-friendly. There is a duck pond, quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook of twin falls, and a viewing station that is wheelchair friendly. The Tobacco and Wolf Mountains hold a 7-mile long trail. Johnson City, Texas holds several annual events: Blanco County Fair and Rodeo, 4th of July Spangle Dangle, Blanco County Fair and Rodeo and Big Carnival, Annual Wild Game Dinner, Johnson City Pig Roast, and Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style.
Fredericksburg is known for its wineries. The city's German heritage is on display at the Pioneer Museum, which features settlers' homesteads and artifacts. In the nearby town square, Marktplatz, the Vereins Kirche is a replica of a 19th-century German church that once stood in the city. The vast National Museum of the Pacific War features WWII exhibits, including a recreated combat zone.
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Fredericksburg
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Fredericksburg is known for its wineries. The city's German heritage is on display at the Pioneer Museum, which features settlers' homesteads and artifacts. In the nearby town square, Marktplatz, the Vereins Kirche is a replica of a 19th-century German church that once stood in the city. The vast National Museum of the Pacific War features WWII exhibits, including a recreated combat zone.
Luckenbach is an unincorporated community 13 miles from Fredericksburg in southeastern Gillespie County, Texas, United States, part of the Texas Hill Country. Luckenbach is known as a venue for country music.
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Luckenbach
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Luckenbach is an unincorporated community 13 miles from Fredericksburg in southeastern Gillespie County, Texas, United States, part of the Texas Hill Country. Luckenbach is known as a venue for country music.