Welcome to our very first blog.
Every month, we’ll share a little about what we’ve found on backroads worth getting lost on in the towns that make up Fayette County, Texas. The food, festivals, wine and music we’ve discovered in Round Top, Schulenburg, La Grange, Fayetteville, Flatonia and many others are worth the short drive from the big city and offer an easiness you can’t get anywhere else.
Just a few miles away from Austin, Houston and San Antonio, but far enough away to make a divine difference in city dweller’s lives, this is the country escape you’ve earned.
It can’t be Christmas already. Well, it’s in less than a month.
We love the holidays but they’re often crazy hectic. Consider a weekend escape to a few towns where you can eat, drink and be merry and get back to Houston or Austin in plenty of time on Sunday afternoon. Browse around for handmade Christmas gifts and local art, experience a time gone by, sip a little vino and forget everything until Monday.
A blast from the past and shop till you drop.
The 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes & Historical Places in Round Top happens on December 3rd. Or, on December 10th, Christmas at Winedale (literally down the road from downtown Round Top) offers all the historic charm of the 19th century. Storytellers, wagon rides and tours of historic homes are just a snapshot of activities. Ask for a sip of homemade wine but there are a few more goodies…..For more information on all these events and a whole lot of others in Round Top, go here. Did you ask about shopping? Explore Henkel Square Market. You’ll thank us later.
Santa, architecture and artsy gifts.
It’s so worth driving about 15 minutes from there to the town of Fayetteville. Their Country Christmas on the Square features pet costume photos, arts, crafts, Santa and music. It kicks off on Friday night, December 9h and runs through Saturday the 10th. Also on the 10th, the Country Christmas Home Tour showcases Fayetteville’s amazing historic architecture. Did you know Fayetteville is designated on the National Register of Historic Towns? They’re also known for their art galleries. You’ll love the artsy gift selections. If you’re hungry, there are several food choices right in the square.
Lights, fresh air, history and wine….perhaps.
Thousands of lights illuminate Monument Hill in La Grange for the Trail of Lights. Simply get back on 237 and head south. This enchanting Christmas walking adventure features holiday décor throughout the state park. At the 1850’s-era German home of H.L. Kreische, knowledgeable, costumed guides will take you back in time on December 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. You could end the night wining and dining at the quaint Bistro 108. Susan Kuehler, the owner, would love to have you. Bonus: Next door is her wine bar. Hello. Then Pat and Jerry could have your room ready at their Big Tin Flag Bed and Breakfast, about seven miles south of La Grange.
Maybe a little more wine, handmade gifts and Christmas decor.
The Flatonia Wonderful Winter Wine Walk is in Downtown Flatonia about 25 minutes away and it’s on Friday, December 2nd. More than 20 retail stores open up their doors and serve wine when you stop by. Sip and stroll to Floy Farm Floral Design. Housed in a three-story building built in 1879, almost all the delightful Christmas décor is handmade. Let us know what you discovered. Then since there’s a Best Western right off of I10 in Flatonia, you can chill for the night. Happy Holidays!
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