For non American-speakers, I might have to explain the pun, here. Let me just say that on our Texas road trip we did not drive “clean across” Texas, we only drove up the center, shunning freeways on Route 281, through Texas Hill Country from San Antonio to Ft. Worth. (But since we did not litter, I guess you could say we drove “clean” across Texas.)
And what a terrific drive it is! The delightful small towns along the way, the German heritage, the food! From the home of a former President to a night in a B & B that used to be a stone barn, we saw a wonderful slice of America. The LBJ boyhood home has been refurbished just like when LBJ was a boy, and his beloved ranch on the Pedernales stands nearby. I was fortunate to visit again (after this Texas road trip) when the bluebells were in bloom, and it was easy to see why LBJ loved the hill country of Texas.
Our first stop after Fredericksburg and Johnson City was at Marble Falls–on the Colorado River.
One of the more unique B & Bs we have stayed in–Airy Mount B & Brooms (we had the French room) are in an old stone barn–but there is nothing rustic about the ornate decor.
Although we had an ample breakfast, when we saw the town square of Lampasas and spotted Eve’s Cafe, we decided to stop for another cup of tea.
Eve’s Cafe on the courthouse square in Lampasas was another delightful serendipity. Deep in the German heart of the hill country, they serve German Meals and pastries. Their collection of marionettes hangs from the ceiling, and their website includes directions from nearby towns AND from Germany!
Hico Texas is noted for being the home of Billy the Kid, however a friend had tipped us off to a more appealing attraction: CHOCOLATE. Wiseman Househand-crafted chocolates induce drools in a beautiful Queen Anne House in the center of town.
Every county seat–and they come thick and fast–in hill country centers around its limestone, hulking courthouse. The square surrounding the courthouse is public gathering place, shopping mecca and a place to find the best regional food. Here’s our stop in Granbury.
Babe’sis just OFF the courthouse square in Granbury, but what would a Texas trip be with a meal of fried chicken, biscuits and coleslaw served in paper containers on a trestle table in a barn of a place?
On our way back south from Ft. Worth, we took to the freeway and stopped to see friends in Georgetown, Texas,a more sophisticated big sister of all those small towns we had passed through earlier. Here in their downtown courthouse square that is packed with Victorian building, we ate at the County Seat Cafe, where they serve the real regional “Texas Cuisine.”
Our Texas Hill Country road trip is just ONE example of a regional road trip in the United States. If you missed our road trip around the U.S., you can start with this list of road trip reading and movies. Now be sure to read about the Road Trip across America via regional food in Brette Sember’s Tasty Travels article..right below this. This post is my contribution to Travel Photo Thursday. To see many photos from around the world, go on over to Budget Traveler’s Sandbox and see who has contributed this week. All the photos here are my own. Please respect my copyright.