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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Close friends and a very special occasion took our family to Georgetown, Texas- a quiet city on the outskirts of bustling Austin. As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger and better in Texas!”

The Southern hospitality, clean and well kept surroundings and great food make it a wonderful place to visit.

We enjoyed some outdoor activities despite the heat in late July. While the boys were spending the day golfing on the renowned Teravista Golf Club- an 18 hole Clifton-Ezell-Clifton design in Round Rock; the girls were enjoying delicious sandwiches and local wine at the CafĂ© at The Vineyard at Florence. This off the beaten path vineyard is worth the trip. Nestled among 30 acres of grapes, this gorgeous rocky masterpiece hosts many activities: weddings, special event lunches & dinners, wine tasting and seminars. We brought home wine that evening and exchanged stories with the boys of our day’s adventure.

You can’t go to Georgetown and not eat authentic BBQ! Duke’s Smokehouse is the place to go! With its large dining area and its red and white checkered table cloths, you get in the Texas BBQ mood! Duke's Smokehouse is set on the north fork of the San Gabriel River. It has a large porch and backyard picnic area where the kids can safely run loose after a yummy meal. Duke’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. How lucky for the locals that they also cater!

Inner Space Caverns, one of Texas’s best preserved caves, was our next stop. The one and a half hour walking tour begins with a downward ride in a cable car to the opening of this bat filled, limestone cavern. As you walk through the dimly lit passageways, water drops fall from the ceiling. The guides tell you that if a drop falls on you, you have been blessed with good luck! Yeah for us… we should be experiencing many years of good luck since we were “kissed” as they say. People of all ages were on our tour and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

Georgetown, Texas was a very welcoming place. Our family had a wonderful time! The best part of it all was that we were able to share four fun-filled days with our best friends. They were wonderful hosts! They live in a beautiful home and were most gracious! Good bye Hill Country… til next time!

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