April 18, 2019

New Braunfels, Hill Country, Luckenbach and Gruene, TX

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018
New Braunfels, Texas
Linda & Bob's Hacienda


We enjoyed another relaxing morning with our good friends before heading out to drop the RV off at the Ford dealership for its 7,500 mile service. We drove past this amazing gas station, which has 60 (!!) gas pumps and a 67,000 square-foot convenience store on an 18 acre site. We didn't need to get gas, so we didn't stop in to check it out, but as strange as it sounds, it's on my list for our next visit!

It's not Texas without Buc-ee's.
Look at all those gas lanes!

We all headed over to our other Nebraska friends' gorgeous new home for an afternoon out by their pool, enjoying great food and watching the Husker football game. It was wonderful catching up with Kim & Pat, whom we knew in Lincoln and who have since moved to Texas. If you're keeping track, that's three couples (all from our dinner group) who have moved from Lincoln to Texas!

A lovely afternoon at Kim & Pat's new home.
An amazing view from their patio and pool!


Rod's cold was worse, so he decided to stay back at our friends' while I joined the group for an outing in the Hill Country. Our first stop was at William Chris Vineyards in Hye. We enjoyed our tasting and I wound up buying two bottles of a red, as well as a bottle of an excellent port. It was lunchtime, so we headed over to the Hye Market (located in the town's historical post office), where I had a delicious pulled pork sandwich. 

After lunch we headed over to Garrison Brothers Distillery. We had a very informative tour, which included a tasting of the unaged bourbon (140 proof). I love bourbon, but not that strong! We were in Hye, Texas, which doesn't allow the purchase of alcohol on Sundays, so I left empty-handed. Probably not a bad thing since most of their bourbons are around $100 a bottle. 

From the distillery, we made our way to Luckenbach, which is a great place to relax with an ice cold beer while listening to live country music. I could have easily spent the entire day there, but it was getting late and we had to get back to the house and get Rod before we headed out again for dinner at the Gristmill in Gruene.

Texas Hill Country

First stop, William Chris Vineyards

Pat, Kim, Linda & Bob
Fun times with great friends!

Ready to switch from wine to bourbon!

So disappointed that Rod missed this due to a bad head cold!

Cheers, y'all!

 Let's go...

Gran and her sweet girl, Miss Millie.

Nothing better than being a grandparent!

Willie & Kris

Millie with her mama, Cami (also from Lincoln)


  1. Visiting with old friends is the best! My mom and sister stopped at a gas station similar to that on a trip they took and my mom talked about it a lot.

    1. Kathy, one of the main reasons we wanted to get an RV was so we could travel around the country, visiting friends and family. It's turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for retirement.

  2. This was fun to see! Love the pictures of all your friends - what a cutie 'Miss Millie' is! And also loved the picture of Willie and Kris in their younger days. :-)

    1. Kay, I thought you would enjoy it! Miss Millie is a darling little girl. There were others at the pool party, but for some reason I didn't take any pictures other than that one of the gorgeous pool. I love that picture of Willie & Kris, too. I'm sorry we weren't in the area long enough to get in a visit with you guys, but at least we saw you when you were in Oregon. Next time!!

  3. The Texas Hill Country is one of my favorite parts of Texas. The landscape is beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's a very economical place to live.

    I hope you can find time to visit me on your next Texas road trip.

    1. Deb, we lived in the Fort Worth area for a couple of years and after we moved back to Nebraska, we always said we would happily move to the Hill Country, if we ever had to move back to Texas. As you said, it's a lovely part of Texas and the people are very friendly. We look forward to more visits with our friends and I would love to plan a blogger meet-up on my next trip. I would love an opportunity to see you, Kay, Andi, Iliana and Trish. Maybe in 2020!


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