‘Battle for the Heart of Texas’ screens Thursday at Price Center
A documentary detailing the battle between Kinder Morgan and local landowners over the construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline is set to screen at The Price Center & Garden.The heralded feature d[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Election staff abruptly quits, upending rural Texas county
FREDERICKSBURG , Texas (AP) — Part of why Terry Hamilton says he abruptly left his job running elections deep in Texas wine country is by now a familiar story in America: He became fed up with the har[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Election staff abruptly quits, upending rural Texas county
Part of why Terry Hamilton says he abruptly left his job running elections deep in Texas wine country is by now a familiar story in America: He became fed up with the harassment that followed the 2020 election. On the brink of November’s midterm elections, it was not just Hamilton who up and quit this month but also the only other full-time election worker in rural Gillespie County. The sudden emptying of an entire local elections department came less than 70 days before voters start casting ballots.news.yahoo.com
Hello autumn, goodbye summer
Autumn in the Texas Hill Country can be the most beautiful time of year, bringing relief from the triple-digit temps we have been experiencing. But admittedly, when you are in the middle of August, this seasonal change that brings overall relief is difficult to imagine. • Fall mulching. I probably sound like a broken record (really dating myself here), but mulch is aboernestar.com
Population growth challenges Texas' Hill Country
Booming population growth, coupled with changing climate patterns, unslakable groundwater thirst and political challenges, leave the Texas Hill Country newly vulnerable. Driving the news: A recently released report from the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network reveals a region facing profound threats to its future. The network is a partnership of dozens of organizations working across an 18-county region of Central Texas to protect waterways, vistas and wildlife.Stay on top of the latest marknews.yahoo.com
HILL COUNTRY HARMONY
There are a lot of great things about the Lone Star State — particularly the Texas Hill Country — but throw in the community of Fischer, and its historic Fischer Hall, and you’ve got the makings for something special.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Commissioners recognize Hill Country night sky
Tuesday's Hays County Commissioners Court meeting began with a proclamation that declared the month of October as Hill Country Night Sky Month in Hays County.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
The 25 Best Fall Trips in the World
Leaf peeping in Colorado. Surfing the Azores. Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage—yes, Alaska, in fall. We scoured the world to find epic adventures and stunning destinations to satisfy your autumn wanderlust, especially this year, when we all have a little cabin fever.outsideonline.com
Wrestling superstar Goldberg teams up with Boerne nonprofit to help veteran-owned small businesses
BOERNE, Texas – Veteran-owned small businesses in Boerne can get a helping hand from a new non-profit. The Task Force VOSBO, or Veteran-owned Small Business Organization has a mission to promote local businesses and provide educational opportunities for its members. Mark Sierra, owner and chef of Compadres Hill Country Cocina in Boerne, serves as the Task Force VOSBO’s president. “(Through Task Force VOSBO) we can help promote (small businesses), try to come up with resources for startups… (and) for existing veteran-owned businesses to get their name out a little bit more, just so we can help one another,” Sierra said. “We’re here to, you know, take you out of your comfort zone… We always encourage veterans to lead, right because that’s what (Task Force VOSBO) is all about.”AdApplications to join Task Force VOSBO are now being accepted.
Still trying to resurrect dead agave plants? Here are some tips
Still dealing with dead plants after Texas winter storm? Rooted Right Plants, a Johnson City-based garden business, shared a "gardening public service announcement" last week to save dead or damaged agave plants. Owner Robbin Voight described an uphill battle in trying to resurrect a damaged agave plant that will require pruning protection. Rooted Right Plants also encourages green thumb groups to wear eye protection when hacking away the dead leaves. Voight said the process of pruning away the decay will leave agave plants looking like "ugly pineapples for a long, long time."mysanantonio.com
Hill Country power outages pass two weeks, some could be out into a third
AdThe original rain and ice storm that began on Thursday, Feb. 11, knocked out power to 10,000 to 12,000 meters, Loth estimated. At its peak, Loth said, about 35,000 of 43,000 CTEC meters had no power. By Sunday, Feb. 21, Loth said CTEC was in its “rebuild” stage, meaning it couldn’t restore power without rebuilding something. AdThe downed power lines and poles are in hard-to-reach places, too, with bulldozers sometimes required to pull the trucks where they’re needed. Every mile of CTEC’s rural power lines serves just a handful of power meters.
5 home improvement projects from Texas YouTube star April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson, a Texas Hill Country resident, has made a name for herself as an expert Do-It-Yourselfer on YouTube. Debuting on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. CST, “Assembly Required,” features Wilkerson, Tim Allen and Richard Karn of “Home Improvement” fame. Wilkerson started a blog in 2013 and now has more than 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. Then, see five of her favorite home improvement tips, complete with a YouTube video, below. You might also like KSAT’s YouTube channel, where you can find all of our local journalism available for free.
This Texas town ranks high on list of top 5 idyllic small towns to visit in 2021
Nestled in the Texas Hill Country lies the small town of Fredericksburg, which has earned a top spot on a Forbes roundup of the the most idyllic small towns in the U.S. to visit in 2021. Founded in 1846, the Texas small town gem has lured visitors to its rolling hills dotted with bluebonnets and cool bungalow rentals called "Sunday Houses." These small town jewels provide travelers with a way to get off the grid and enjoy the small town pace. Outdoor enthusiasts might want to spend a day hiking Enchanted Rock or hitting the Texas Wine Trail. Elizabeth City, North CarolinaLocated in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, Elizabeth City has been named one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America."mysanantonio.com
San Antonio COVID-19 cases shatter single-day record as mayor warns hospitals are 'stressed'
click to enlarge Wikimedia Commons / Charles SpirtosA medic pulls on gloves as she gets ready to work at a mobile testing site in the Texas Hill Country. Local health officials reported 1,997 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, setting a new single-day record of infections as the city's hospital system faces growing strain.The San Antonio area also tallied seven additional coronavirus-related deaths.COVID-patients now make up a third of all patients in local hospitals, a percentage that's doubled since the middle of December. "The local hospitals are in command of their situation, but it’s very serious. "They are seeing record numbers of admissions every single day with regard to coronavirus, much higher than even we saw during the summer. "As of Sunday, 1,234 people in local hospitals were receiving treatment for COVID-19.sacurrent.com
San Antonio-area's Greune Music & Wine Fest raises $83,000 for United Way despite going virtual
click to enlarge Courtesy Gruene Historic DistrictSponsorship representatives present a check to United Way of Comal County. The annual Gruene Music & Wine Festival typically takes place over four days in the Texas Hill Country destination's historical district. Not so this year. The pandemic got in the way.Undaunted, the organizers took it virtual in October — and now are revealing that they still raised $82,832.29 for United Way of Comal County.The online fest included a guitar auction, a raffle, guided wine and beer tastings, and naturally, live music. Among the featured performers were Waco-born country artist Wade Bowen and Bret Graham, Gruene Hall's regular emcee.The organizers even sold T-shirts emblazoned with the 2020-appropriate tagline “Drinkin’ From Home.”The United Way of Comal County provides support funding to 32 area health and human care service agencies, including CASA of Central Texas, Hope Hospice, New Braunfels Food Bank and River City Advocacy.sacurrent.com
San Antonio public health officials issue recommendations against indoor dining and gatherings
click to enlarge Wikimedia Commons / Charles SpirtosA medic pulls on gloves as she gets ready to work at a mobile testing site in the Texas Hill Country. This is a critical month,” said Dr. Junda Woo, Metro Health's medical director.The new directive urges residents to opt for outdoor dining and take-out service instead of using restaurant dining rooms. In the workplace, people should take meals in separate spaces or outdoors.“We are asking people to be more selective about how they dine and how they gather with others until we’re on the other side of this surge," Woo said. "When you have to be around others, try to bring in fresh air by opening a window or increasing ventilation. Bundle up, mask up and stay safe.”sacurrent.com
Helotes historical society honors artist Hunter
The Historical Society of Helotes is honoring Hunter through a collection of his work at the town’s City Hall, 12951 Bandera Road. “We have been wanting to do T-shirts for the historical society but we wanted to have a meaningful image on them,” Cynthia Massey, president of the Historical Society of Helotes, said. “One of the historical aspects of Helotes is that in the 19th century, the city was a cattle drive stop. One of the challenges that the historical society faced was trying to get word out about the T-shirt fundraiser. Maybe people will rediscover him as well as the beautiful Texas landscape that is in the Hill Country itself.”Sales of the T-shirt within the Hunter exhibit will benefit the Historical Society of Helotes.mysanantonio.com
Check out this million-dollar home on 10 acres for sale in San Antonio
This million-dollar property has plenty of land and all the views of the Texas Hill Country but it’s within the San Antonio city limits. This listing comes with picturesque views and a 3,477 square foot home on just over 10 acres. There are four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms at 9080 Camino Del Sol. According to the listing, the property also comes with a “sparkling pool and spa with full summer kitchen.”There’s also an oversized pass-through detached three-car garage and two workshop areas. 9080 Camino Del Sol (Paige to Page Photography)Related:
2 highly rated Vrbo vacation spots in Texas Hill Country up for grabs in contest
Texas – Did you know that two of the most “favorited” vacation homes on the popular home-rental website Vrbo are in the Texas Hill Country? A press release from Vrbo officials states that the company is giving away 25 stays at “25 of its most iconic, highest-rated vacation homes, cabins, condos (and castles!)" Included in the list of properties that contest winners can choose from is an architectural gem in Wimberley and a River Resort in Mason. To enter, participants just need to share a family vacation photo on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #VrboTurns25. Vrbo will select winners who will get to choose a vacation home from Vrbo’s collection of all-time favorites, officials said.
Arabian horse farm with Patrick Swayze connection up for auction in Texas Hill Country
KERRVILLE, Texas – An Arabian horse farm in the Texas Hill Country is up for auction and perhaps one of its most interesting features is a custom dance floor that was originally designed for the late Patrick Swayze. Twisted Rose Farm is a sprawling property covering more than 234 acres in Kerrville. The farm has a main home, guest cottage and living quarters designed in barn-like structures on the property. In all, there are 11 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, according to the auction description on Concierge Auctions. An article from the San Antonio Business Journal, Swayze “was a frequent visitor to the property in the 90s out of fascination for its stallions.
Arabian horse farm with Patrick Swayze connection up for auction in Texas Hill Country
Arabian horse farm with Patrick Swayze connection up for auction in Texas Hill CountryPublished: September 25, 2020, 9:56 amAn Arabian horse farm in the Texas Hill Country is up for auction and perhaps one of its most interesting features is a custom dance floor that was originally designed for the late Patrick Swayze. Video provided by Concierge Auctions.
5 things Texas homebuyers are looking for in 2020
SAN ANTONIO The coronavirus has affected nearly every aspect of daily life for Texans and that includes the kinds of homes that homebuyers are looking for. KSAT reached out to several Realtors in the San Antonio-area and the Texas Hill Country and while the needs of homebuyers vary greatly from family to family, there was some common ground in homebuyers preferences. This also helps with what they will be taxed for in certain areas, said San Antonio Realtor Terry Gill. Buyers are also looking to be in close proximity to things to do in their area.2. Open Concept - This isnt just something HGTV homebuyers are looking for.
‘The Lost Husband’ movie on Netflix was filmed in several Texas cities
If you’ve been binging Netflix recently, you may have noticed a new romance movie, “The Lost Husband,” was just added. However, what you may not have known is that the movie was actually filmed in several Texas cities, including Austin, Houston, Elgin, Wimberley, Round Top, and a few others, according to a report from Distractify. The movie is ranked on Netflix as number 1 in the U.S., as of Friday, and stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Nora Dunn, and others. The film depicts the story of a widow that is looking to start anew after the unexpected death of her husband. To learn more about the film, you can watch the trailer below:RELATED: “The Secret Garden” 2020 film has South Texas connections
Search for buried booty in Texas treasure hunt
SAN ANTONIO You could find buried treasure in the Texas Hill Country -- an estimated $340 million worth. Texas is estimated to have $340 million in buried treasure, more than any other state in the U.S., according to TexasHillCountry.com. Bass is also tied to legends of treasure buried treasure in Burnet and Llano counties as well as Packsaddle Mountain, Lone Star Treasure reports. According to TexasHillCountry.com, legend says theres close to $3 million buried near where Shoal Creek empties into the Colorado River. Singer buried the chest after being forced to leave his home and returned several times in an effort to find his buried treasure but was never able to recover his fortune.
Texas Hill Country restaurant offers elevated eats with flip flop atmosphere | SA Live | KSAT
Texas Hill Country restaurant offers elevated eats with flip flop atmosphere | SA Live | KSATPublished: August 6, 2020, 10:02 amTake a road trip to the Texas Hill Country to try some delicious game-inspired eats while sipping on a beer or enjoying a glass of wine
Distilleries, wineries shuttered by Gov. Greg Abbott's bar shutdown say they should be exempted
Distilleries, wineries and even some restaurants with high alcohol sales say they are unfairly being caught in the crossfire of the statewide bar shutdown. Abbotts order required any business that gets 51% or more of its revenue from alcohol sales to close. RestaurantsThe bar shutdown has also closed many restaurants that have high alcohol sales, industry experts said. Because its revenue generated from alcohol sales outpaces food sales, the ice house was also forced to close down. She said she doesnt think the bar shutdown was intended to target a business like hers.
9 swimming holes near San Antonio that have reopened amid coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – Many outdoor activities have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but several swimming holes near San Antonio have reopened. The Hill Country is full of unexpected watering holes within driving distance of San Antonio that would be great for a daycation. Jacob’s Well Natural Area and Blue Hole are both in Wimberley, about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio, and are open for swimming. Krause Springs in Spicewood reopened May 21 and is approximately an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown San Antonio. Blanco State Park is a quick trip out of San Antonio, just an hour north of the city.
Tour the grounds of this $5.1 million Texas Hill Country property
COMFORT, Texas – You can tour the grounds of this $5.1 million property in the Texas Hill Country. Video from Hill Country Photography shows the grounds of this 107-acre property in Comfort, complete with a 1 1/2 mile driveway lined with 56 Crepe Myrtle trees. Gorgeous $7.95 million mansion for sale in Boerne will make you feel like you’re in ItalyIn addition to the 1,300 feet of Guadalupe River frontage, this property also has two water wells, a seasonal pond and a windmill. The listing also includes a 3,200 square foot, four-bedroom home that has two wood-burning fireplaces and a separate guest house. Video takes you inside ultra-exclusive, million-dollar San Antonio mansionFor more information on the property at 833 FM 473, click here.
Tour the grounds of this $5.1 million Texas Hill Country property
Tour the grounds of this $5.1 million Texas Hill Country propertyPublished: May 29, 2020, 11:36 amVideo from Hill Country Photography shows the grounds of this 107-acre property in Comfort, complete with a 1 1/2 mile driveway lined with 56 Crepe Myrtle trees.
Gourmet food + craft cocktails at this new 1920s industrial-themed bar in Boerne
SAN ANTONIO Cheeseburgers, pork chops and shrimp tacos--just a few of the customer favorites at this new business off 153 Main Street in Boerne, Texas. Weve still managed to secure some fantastic meal items, Guy Sanders, co-owner, Richter Tavern. " According to their website, Arno Richter was a visionary at the turn of the 20th Century. Richter embraced the change in Boerne from horse and buggy to the automobile resulting in the first modern garage on Main Street. Richter Tavern is transformed into a Boerne hot spot for shopping, entertainment and now plenty of curbside options too.
Hill Country tavern the second-oldest bar in Texas
SAN ANTONIO Heres a sneak peek of the bar menu at Richter Tavern in Boerne. The Richter building is rich in history. Our Maxs Mule is named after the bartender Max Bessler, Mike Rogers, beverage director at Richter Tavern said. The bar was built in 1869 and remains in the same building in the Texas Hill Country. Richter Tavern has a full curbside menu available online and they also have select cocktails available to-go.
Texas Hill Country Winery Sends Free Bottles of Vino to Frontline Workers During the Pandemic
click to enlarge Courtesy of Signor VineyardsA Texas Hill Country winery is trying to make things a little bit easier for people on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Signor Vineyards of Fredericksburg is sending free bottles of its wine to frontline employees around the U.S., from the general manager of an H-E-B grocery to a COVID ICU nurse at the University of Chicago. Each bottle comes with a personalized note thanking the recipient for their contributions in the fight against the outbreak.We understand how much our frontline workers are sacrificing and putting at risk for our community," Signor Vineyards General Manager Will Coker said in a statement. "Many are working through such stressful situations and do not have the comfort of hugging their children and being around their family. "The vineyard is inviting other wineries and vineyards to participate in its Bottles For the Frontline initiative using the hashtag #bottles4frontline.sacurrent.com
Texans Petition TABC to Pause Mixed Beverage Tax and Sales Tax for Restaurants During Coronavirus Crisis
"Businesses are in jeopardy and can use any and all assistance for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. This delay or cancel of tax will provide financial relief immediately to businesses that will file to pay the March 20th tax due. Federal tax credits at the end of this year will not help cash flow, but cessation of beverage taxes can help NOW." From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
Stunning swimming holes near San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – The Hill Country is full of hidden places to swim and cool off, including 10 unexpected watering holes within driving distance of San Antonio that would be great for a day trip. The first two, Jacob’s Well Natural Area and Blue Hole, are in Wimberley about an hour’s drive from downtown San Antonio. Krause Springs - Photo courtesy Josie LugoSchumacher Crossing in Hunt is also about an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown San Antonio. Blanco State Park is a quick trip out of San Antonio, just an hour north of the city. Guadalupe River State Park is less than an hour from San Antonio.
Hill Country wine tour
SAN ANTONIO – Jen Tobias-Struski takes a trip to the Hill Country to find great spots to drink wine. Texas Hill Country Wineries contains over 50 beautiful wineries. Watch the video above to see a few of them! If you want more information on the Texas Hill Country Wineries, or if you want to find the perfect wine tour for you, head to their website.
1,500 free trees to be given away at annual Pearl event
SAN ANTONIO – The annual Jammin’ Jams fruit and nut tree adoption event is coming back to The Pearl. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is giving away 1,500 free trees starting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 25. This event is very popular and arbor-enthusiasts wanting a free tree should arrive early. You do not have to be a resident of San Antonio to receive a free tree. 8 Texas treehouses you can rent for the weekendThe Pearl is located at 312 Pearl Parkway in San Antonio.
Boiler House Chef Taking Texas Hill Country Cuisine to James Beard House
"I designed the menu to highlight our unique cuisines in the Hill Country, Gwaltney told theI'm so excited about this dinner. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Take a peek inside one of San Antonio’s most expensive listings
The Kuper Sotheby’s listing at 21882 Cielo Vista Drive is one of the most expensive homes on the market in San Antonio at its current list price of $6.5 million. (CREATIVE ESTUDIOS)21881 Cielo Vista Drive is a beautiful property in the Texas Hill Country. (CREATIVE ESTUDIOS)21881 Cielo Vista Drive is a beautiful property in the Texas Hill Country. (CREATIVE ESTUDIOS)21881 Cielo Vista Drive is a beautiful property in the Texas Hill Country. (Kuper Sotheby's International Realty)21881 Cielo Vista Drive is a beautiful property in the Texas Hill Country.
Unlikely alliance fighting pipeline in Texas Hill Country
Unlike the Dakota Access Pipeline project that sparked massive protests in 2016 and 2017 over fears it would hurt the environment and sacred Native American sites, opposition to the Texas pipeline has largely played out of public view. "That's the purpose of this project, to capture that natural gas and ship it to market," Fore said. Texas already has the most expansive pipeline network in the country with more than 460,000 miles (740,250 kilometers) of channels zigzagging through it. Those strange bedfellows have held townhalls, formed grassroots community campaigns, and lodged lawsuits against Kinder Morgan. "No one has fought (Kinder Morgan) harder and no one has fought them longer than we have in the Hill Country," he said.chicagotribune.com
WATCH: 10 fun things to do in Concan; SA Live show on-the-go
Concan offers tourists a great escape in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. We have a list of 10 fun things to do while you stay in Concan. Attend the Frio Family Camp (Oct.18-20). This weekend is the Frio Family Camp fall retreat, where you can enjoy campfire hot dog buffets, live music, s'mores, campfire storytelling, archery, rock wall climbing, skeet shooting, cowboy breakfast and much more! Click here to learn more about the Frio Family Camp.
How does the Edwards Aquifer work?
The Edwards Aquifer is responsible for providing millions of people from the Hill Country to San Antonio with freshwater every day. And although a lot of us know that the aquifer is our local source of water, very few understand exactly how the vast underground system works.
Big Adventure May: Hillside Boutique Hotel in Castroville
CASTROVILLE – If you're looking for an affordable getaway in the Texas Hill Country, Hillside Boutique Hotel in Castroville is just the place to visit. Hillside Boutique Hotel is located on the edge of San Antonio and is the perfect escape. It has all of the modern amenities you might expect to find in the city. Hillside Boutique Hotel amenities:Texas BistroBarrel RoomSpaYoga on the HillFor more information, visit hillsidetexas.com or call 830-538-3200. Sponsored article by Hillside Boutique Hotel.