We are about to hit the winter doldrums and this momma is ready for a road-trip. We have an upcoming 3 day weekend and with no sports commitments, I want to hit the road and explore the Texas Hill County. So I put together the perfect 3 day road trip and pitched it to my hubby to go along for the ride.
There are loads of wineries just west of Austin that I have been dying to go to but unfortunately, my husband isn’t the biggest fan of wine. However, he does love BBQ and has been dying to go to a few small-town BBQ joints in the area. Unconventional as it may sound, this couple is going on a wine & BBQ tasting tour of the Texas Hill Country.
Wait. BBQ and Wine? YES! This mom gets to have a few wine tastings while hubby plays designated driver. And the next day, the role gets reversed. What’s it look like?
Saturday: Texas Hill Country
9:00 am: As we drive to the Texas Hill Country, the winding roads that lead us to the rolling Texas hills takes all the tension & stress of the work week out of us. It’s a beautiful drive out towards Stonewall, as we stop at our first winery for a tasting, William Chris Vineyards. After we have lunch on the patio, we head down the road to another amazing Texas Hill Country vineyard, Becker Vineyards.
1:00 pm: A bit of history awaits us, as we can drive through the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. We can pick up an audio tour at the Visitors Center and make our our time through the late president’s favorite ranch, visiting the Official Texas State Longhorn herd and the Texas White House.
3:00 pm: As we make our way towards Fredericksburg, we stop at one more winery, Grape Creek, where you can get a tour of the vineyards and see how the wine is made. We have just enough time to do a little shopping in Fredericksburg before checking into a bed & breakfast there. I’m taking the hubby to The Auslander Restaurant for a traditional German meal.
Sunday: Texas Hill Country BBQ Tasting
9:00 am: We want to save room for some BBQ, so we’ll just grab some German pastries and pick up some more history at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. If we are lucky, it twill be one of the weekends where they are doing a Pacific War Coliseum reenactment.
11:00 am: Our first stop for BBQ will be at Cranky Frank’s BBQ in Fredericksburg. We know that our day will be filled with eating, so we have a plan to pace ourselves. We can only try a few pieces of the cuts of BBQ that the various restaurants are know for. We hear that Cranky Frank’s has amazing pork ribs & brisket.
1:00 pm: We head on up to Cooper’s BBQ in Llano for our next stop. We have actually been to Cooper’s BBQ many times, but it’s one of our favorites, so it’s a must. Cooper’s slow cooks their meat over coals where you can walk right up to the actual pit and pick what meat you want. It’s most definitely hard to pick what’s their best cut – it’s all good!
3:00 pm: As we will be driving through Marble Falls, we are going to have to stop for pie happy hour at the Blue Bonnet Cafe. That lemon meringue pie is calling my name.
5:00 pm: Our final stop for BBQ is in Spicewood, for Opie’s BBQ. I have heard they have a fun presentation and their baby back ribs are to die for.
7:00 pm: This mom & dad are not quite ready to go home, so I have one last surprise up my sleeve. We are staying the night in a treehouse at the Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Accessible by zip-line, what a fun way to finish our road trip!
And the best part of our weekend? We are going to rent a convertible from Enterprise Rent-a-Car. With no kiddos along for the ride, we don’t need a big vehicle for our trip, so we are going to pick a fun car (READ: Not practical!) No miles go on our cars and we get to play around in a fun, sporty car for the weekend. Win-win!
So why Enterprise? Simple, it’s a matter of convenience – Enterprise Rent-A-Car has more than 5,500 neighborhood and airport branch offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. I have used the Enterprise in our town when we needed a replacement car while ours was getting fixed. I was impressed at how close it was to home and how helpful the employees are, evening picking me up from the car dealership to take me to their rental office.
So why a road-trip? Why not hop on a plane somewhere for the weekend? Personally, I love to explore new areas, especially ones that are here in my beloved state of Texas. I find road trips exciting and relaxing. We try to not have a time line while on a road trip and stop when something catches our eye. And renting a car is fun, my husband loves to try our new vehicles.
Enterprise conducted a leisure travel survey with 1,000 U.S. travelers who took at least one road trip over the previous year. And some of the findings confirm exactly how we feel:
- Men love the drive, while women focus on relaxation and rejuvenation.
- 66% of Americans prefer to take a one day or weekend road trip
- Over 75% prefer to drive to their destinations because of the freedom it provides
For more information about Enterprise and to rent a car for a future road trip, visit www.Enterprise.com.
So does our Wine & BBQ Hill Country Tour beat those winter blues for you?? Where would you go if you had a free weekend? Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win one of two $100 Mastercard Debit Cards for you to take a weekend road trip with! Enter to win with the rafflecopter below. Contest starts on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and goes through Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 2 Winners will be chosen by rafflecopter and informed by email. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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