Hill Country

I just got back from a week-long trip with my mom and sister to the Texas Hill Country for a little R&R. This was the longest uninterrupted time I’ve spent with my mom and sis since moving away from home 10 years ago.  We talked, shopped, ate, laughed, slept-in and enjoyed every minute!

Texas bluebonnets

I went a little paparazzi with my new camera, so I have lots of photos to share. So you can enjoy the post in just one cup of coffee, or cocktail of your choice, I will keep the words brief.  😉

From Houston, we headed west on 290 and first stopped at Chappell Hill, where a Bluebonnet Festival was happening.

My sister, Natalie, and mom

I loved this old gate – I think it says 1859

After spending a little time at the festival, we went on further west to True Blue HomeLeftovers Antiques and then Round Top.

TBH’s new location has an awesome front porch

The greeter at Leftovers 🙂

I bought this hardware for a pulley maid system to use in our laundry/mud room.

Later that evening, we settled in to our apartment (attached to a pretty house) in Fredericksburg.

Our neighbors

Over the next few days we explored historic downtown Fredericksburg and the surrounding area.


One of our favorite stores

This designer used to work for Anthropologie. It shows! We thought this display was so cute, particularly because its now wildflower season.

Fredericksburg was settled by Germans in the mid-1800s. It still emanates German culture and charm today.

We surprised mom with an early Mother’s Day gift – a hand & foot massage at the Hoffman Haus Spa. Their grounds were so pretty.

Dinner at Rathskeller (Rat House!) was delish! We had the German sampler platter.

Peach Bread Pudding was amazing!

More pics from around town….


Breakfast at this German Backerei was the best

German pancakes – much larger and thinner than what we’re used to.

A “Sunday House”

FBurg was founded in 1846. This cornerstone, dated 1847, was the oldest we spotted while walking around town.

This area of Texas has over 50 tasty wineries

Luckenbach did not disappoint. It was so laid back and chill…

Boss Hawg Dog and Apple Pie Fries – YUM!!!

The backup singers were crowing as the musicians played 🙂

Hiking to the top of Enchanted Rock was a workout! But the view from the top was worth it.

Nat, mom and me on Enchanted Rock

Another morning was spent shopping at Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques.

These butter churns were really neat

These Swedish paint rollers were cool too

We also hit a few thrift stores – another favorite pastime of ours.

After Fredericksburg, our next destination was Austin. On the way there we stopped at Saucer-Beckmann Living History Farm and Jacob’s Well.

Jacob’s Well, near Wimberley, TX. (I needed a wider lens to capture it better.)

In Austin, we stayed in the annex of William Green Hill House and took full advantage of the breezy front porch.

Oak leaf hydrangeas were in the front yard

We walked, shopped and ate our way thru Austin over the last few days of the trip.

Nat and mom over the Colorado River in Austin

Nat in Zilker Park

Barton Springs Pool was closed due to flooding, unfortunately

Me and Nat

Oysters at Clark’s

Lavender donuts

We hit some food trucks one night for dinner

Final stop was Gourdough’s for some unusual and yummy donuts.

Mother Clucker (Fried chicken with honey butter), PB&J, & the Fat Elvis

Whew – sorry for the lengthy post. Believe it or not, these are only half the photos I took. 🙂


Until next time,





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