Welcome to Hill Country

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

In addition to the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and black-eyed Susans, the Hill Country shirks Texas' reputation for being dry and flat, with rolling hills, oak trees, spring-fed creeks and flowing rivers. Those hills abound with small wineries, stylish B&Bs, lively dance halls and Instagram-ready geological wonders, from caverns to a grand granite dome. Gorgeous back roads connect them all.

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Texas LBJ Ranch and Hill Country Tour

A working cattle ranch, true to how it existed in the 1860's. A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw. The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place. In the spring, behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers, a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's. Come along and enjoy the culture, beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president. The tour continues along scenic Hill Country backroads to the charming German community of Fredericksburg, once the edge of the frontier and home to brave German pioneers, beginning in the mid-1800's. Lunch is on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg, many of which feature authentic German culinary specialties. You will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping and browsing in the quaint antique shops and gift boutiques along the Hauptstrasse (Main Street). There will be time to explore the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historic Center, as well as the History Walk of the Pacific War and the Japanese Garden of Peace.

$75 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Marble Falls Winery Tour and 3-Course Meal with Wine

Arrive at the Flat Creek Estate in the morning or evening to begin your visit with a self-guided stroll through the vineyards while enjoying the beautiful Hill Country scenery. When it is time for your scheduled reservation, meet in the tasting room for a quick tour of the 10,000 case wine production area. Following the tour, you will be guided to The Bistro for your 3-course paired wine meal. Accommodations for special dietary needs can be made with advanced notice. Each course is paired with Texas wines from the vineyard estate and partnerships with other small producers in the state.

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