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With school starting up again, it may feel like your summer is coming to an unfortunate end. Luckily, summer doesn’t end until September 23rd, which means we still have plenty of time to enjoy the warm sun and great outdoors. The best part? You don’t need to go far to enjoy a weekend getaway. Just take a trip to the Texas Hill Country!

Guadalupe River / Medina River
Spend your days out on the water where you can swim, fish, tube, and canoe at Guadalupe River State Park. The river itself is a four-mile stretch where you can grab a campsite near the water and soak in the beautiful natural landscapes around you. In addition, there are plenty of biking and hiking trails you can take full advantage of. If you’re interested in an aquatic adventure that doesn’t draw the crowds the Guadalupe does, we suggest winding your way through tunnels of bald cypress trees in a kayak on the Medina River.

The place where everyone’s somebody! A small city with big culture known for its western feel and the many country music concerts hosted here throughout the year. Swing through the dance hall under rafters draped in white lights and if you’re lucky, you might catch Willie Nelson hosting a picnic or private concert. Check out the website to see if there any performances you don’t want to miss out on.

About an hour away from either San Antonio or Austin, is the city of Fredericksburg. A Texas gem laden with beautiful scenery, it plays host to live music, spas, antique shopping, and an abundance of wineries, distilleries, and breweries! It’s also a town rich with German and Spanish history and culture, so make sure you visit the multiple museums in the area. Book of one its many, famed bed and breakfasts and get ready for your perfect getaway!

Enchanted Rock
Near aforementioned Fredericksburg, sits the nation’s second-largest granite dome, Enchanted Rock. Try to make the half-mile hike to the top of this giant, pink rock at the end of your day so you can catch the beautiful sunset. Enchanted Rock is known for its gorgeous views and, believe it or not, its talking! The Native American tribes who revered the rock believed it talked but scientists believe it has to do with the granite expanding at the end of a hot day. Experience it yourself and let us know what you think!

Franklin Barbecue or Cooper’s Old Time Bar-B-Que
We wouldn’t consider ourselves Texan if we didn’t recommend some well-known barbecue for you to try. It’s like a religion in our Lone Star State. If you’re interested in something off the beaten path we highly recommend Cooper’s Old Time Bar-B-Que where you can pick meat right off of pool-table sized smokers that fill the air with the delicious smell of mesquite. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with award-winning Franklin BBQ in Austin. We believe that nationally-recognized smoked meats, a James Beard award, presidential visits, and long lines of foodies are all dead giveaways that you have to stop by.

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