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Bluebonnets, Chicken Fried Steak, and Deer

January 24, 2011 by · 3 Comments 


(Photo Caption: Hill Country Winery)

One other stopping point on our way from New Mexico to South Texas is the Texas Hill Country.  We always enjoy our stay in this part of Texas because there is so much to do—and it is close to San Antonio and Austin.

When in the Hill Country there are a few things that, at least in my opinion, must not be missed.  The first three of these things are food…Chicken Fried Steak, Barbeque, and Barbacoa.  While these are served in other places, the Hill Country seems to make them better than other locations.  Of course, you can always find incredible German food by visiting Fredericksburg, and you should always stop at the many wineries you will come across.  Another thing to watch for in the Hill Country are the wildflowers; many wildflower festivals happen in various cities across the area, but since the Bluebonnet is the state flower, it is important to recognize the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, Texas (Burnet is recognized by the Texas state legislature as the bluebonnet capital of Texas).

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort

Our favorite place to stay when in the Hill Country is in Kerrville—the Buckhorn Lake RV Resort.  We love this park.  There is an “executive” section (adults only) and a general section, 2 pools, an exercise room, playground, walking trails, creek-side sites, fishing, cabins, a movie theater, cable tv, phone hookups at each site, wi-fi, a “barn” for large events, and even a bus.  Yes, they have their own bus (a very comfortable bus, like one you would charter) that they use for outings.  With the location in the Hill Country, they have outings to places like the LBJ Ranch, Lukenbach, the YO Ranch, Fredericksburg, San Antonio, Bandera, a winery, antique shops, and many others.

The Buckhorn also has many events right on-site such as meals, breakfasts, community cook-outs, jam sessions, and movies in the theater (as well as 3 movies every night on their own channels through the cable).  There is never a shortage of things to do, and the staff and guests are always friendly.  There is also an area called The Club for those who want to have their own place.  They also have holiday events (when we were there for Thanksgiving, they served over 300 people—this lets you know the size of the “barn”).

Cardinal at Buckhorn

Cardinal from our window at Buckhorn

What about the “deer” that I threw into the title?  Well, there are deer everywhere along the roads.  It is quite an issue, so it is important to always be on the lookout for deer when you are driving anywhere.  Anytime we drive outside of a city (and on some roads in the cities), we often see deer near the roads.  Dusk and dawn are the busiest times for the deer, but you often see them at other times day or night.  Some of the locals say that Kerr County has more deer-car accidents than anyplace else.

If you want to visit an area that has something for everyone—from hiking to fishing to shopping to dining to wineries to music—the Texas Hill Country is an excellent choice.  The people are friendly (they will even pull onto the shoulder to get out of your way if you come up behind them).


3 Responses to “Bluebonnets, Chicken Fried Steak, and Deer”
  1. Hello, those are great photos and interesting blog! I really like them a lot, I’m not from Texas but now that I’m here I love bluebonnets. I just stumbled across your page while searching for info about bluebonnets. This past Saturday I took my family and I out to a small patch of bluebonnets outside of Dallas, Texas to get our first bluebonnet family portrait done. If you would like to see them here they are:

  2. Hi Matthew~

    Those are beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hoby says:


    Thanks for sharing those great pictures. Since you are in the Dallas area (I assume), you really are not far from the Hill Country area where they have some excellent wildflower festivals each Spring.

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