Following on the popularity of the 7 Town Tampa Bay MicroTour, we at SeniorSouth thought we should give our home state of Texas a little love too. Because why not? When it comes to senior travel tours, the Texas Hill Country offers an unbelievable combination of outdoors, old Texas fun, wine, and Texas Music.
The idea of a MicroTour is that you can either do it in a circuit, spending the night in each location, or you can just find a place you like and create your home base while you take day trips to the destinations we recommend. As usual there are plenty of great stops in any region and we may miss a few here and there so feel free to leave it in the comments if you can’t believe we left it out! 🙂
The list is long for things we love in the city of Austin. Music, food, fun about sums up what most people associate with Austin, and for good reason. There are more live music events being performed on a given night then anywhere else in the world. Austin has a right to call itself the “Live Music Capital of the World”, but there are also some historical treasures so make sure you take a quick free tour of the State Capitol building.
To beat the heat we also recommend taking a dip in the Barton Creek Springs public pool, and when you’re ready for that drink and a little music, our favorite place is the bar in the Driskill hotel, a legendary landmark with great food and drinks. It is smack dab in the middle of downtown so you will have a great start to any place you choose that night be it Stubbs Music Hall, Zilker Park, or …well, really any venue!
The Colorado River of Texas flows through the heart of the lone star state, and following a project initiated by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, several parts of the river were dammed for reservoirs. Just outside of the town of Marble Falls is what is now known as Lake LBJ.
Visitors to the Horseshoe Bay Resort will have their option of playing in the water, tennis or 72 holes of golf, or else getting pampered at the lakeside spa. At the end of the day don’t forget to grab a glass of wine at the Yacht Club Restaurant.
This is where things get good! This Hill Country gem is loved by Texans near and far. Its old town German heritage can be seen and tasted at any of the German restaurants. The Hill Country limestone architecture and restored town library are musts for any history buff.
One can’t really talk about Fredericksburg without mentioning the Hill Country wineries. Make sure you make a stop at any one of the wineries and ask for a sampling of the best Texas Wines have to offer, or you could book a tour of the wineries around Fredericksburg.
Right along those lines, if you have ever enjoyed a song by any Texas Singer Songwriter, you owe it to yourself to make a stop at Luckenbach. At the General Store in this single stop town (basically that’s about it) you may walk in on a circle of guitar pickers, and have a chance to two-step on the same wood floor graced by Willie Nelson, Gary P Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker, Merle Haggard, and just about every other music legends past, present, and future.
Enchanted Rock State Park
Further along out of Fredericksburg along highway 965 is one of the rarest geologic features in the southwest. Enchanted Rock is a pink granite dome 425 above the ground and believed to be the source of great spiritual power according to the Tonkawa Indians. Making a short drive up from Fredericksburg to the place is highly recommended, as is making reservations to enter the park on any weekend day between September and May.
Hiking to the top of the rock is practically a rite of passage for many Texans, but be sure and take time to savor the view from below and appreciate the beauty of the Hill Country around you.
Pronounced “Green”, this little funky town has seen explosive growth in the last few years, but has still managed to hold tight to its small town charm and Texas Music Landmark Status. Catch a show at the famous Gruene Hall that has had surprise visits from the likes of George Strait and Garth Brooks as well as launched the careers of a vast multitude of country music legends.
The Grist Mill restaurant is a perfect place to grab a bit overlooking the Guadalupe River before or after a show, and if it’s hot enough, consider floating down the Guadalupe in a tube (you won’t be alone!)
Yeah, yeah, we know you’ve heard of Texas’s 3rd biggest city, and definitely remember the Alamo. But it is absolutely obligatory to put this on the list of places if you’re traveling in the area. Don’t make the mistake of just stopping at the Alamo though!
Making your way down the river walk to the Pearl District or King Williams Art District will reward the day hiker with a beautiful view of the city and old houses from some of the old German burgers that settled in the city. The Pearl District was recently renovated from the Pearl Beer Brewery and has won numerous awards. Grab a cocktail at the Hotel Emma, and then walk across the green to the Jazz Texas where a jazz cafe hosts a band every night.
Ok, I know there are many sites in central Texas that we have left out, there are too many to really do justice. But if you want, help out visitors to the page by leaving a comment below to make sure nothing gets left out!
The best time to come to central Texas is probably in the fall or early Spring to avoid the famous Texas heat. But either way, you’re guaranteed a rockin good time, delicious food, and our great Texas hospitality!