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Introducing Hill Country

New York has the Hamptons, San Francisco has the wine country, and Texas has the Hill Country. Just an hour or two's drive from both Austin and San Antonio, the area is an easy day trip or weekend getaway, and its natural beauty paired with its easygoing nature has inspired more than a few early retirements.

Thanks to former First Lady Claudia Taylor Johnson – 'round here everyone calls her Lady Bird – each spring the highways are lined with eye-popping wildflowers that stretch for miles and miles, planted as part of her Highway Beautification Act.

In addition to the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and black-eyed Susans that blanket the roads, the Hill Country shirks Texas' reputation as being dry and flat, with rolling hills, giant oak trees, spring-fed creeks and flowing rivers.