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In the very middle of Texas is an area of great beauty that is not known to very many outside of the state of Texas. The Hill Country of Central Texas is just now being discovered by Winter Texans. Typically the winters in the hill country run about 2 weeks of what would be a very mild winter in the midwest. Tempratures rarely get much below 32 in that two weeks, and warm up to the mid 50's. Other than those two weeks, there is not much resemblance to winter for a mid-western native.
While most Winter Texans go to the Rio Grande "Valley" of South Texas for even warmer winters, the friendly people of the Hill Country are extremely welcoming of Winter Texans. What is a Winter Texan? Other southern states refer to similar people as Snow Birds. Texas just welcomes winter only residents more than any other state, and the costs tend to be lower in Texas.
Even the land makes you feel welcome in the Hill Country. If all roadsides had the abundant wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, the world would be a more wonderful place. A Hill Country native, Lady Bird Johnson introduce a highway beautification project based on her beloved Hill Country.
How do Hill Country Texans deal with the summer heat? They head for Rivers and Reservoirs. A popular passion is traveling rivers in inner tubes, called "Toobing".
There are two commercial caves worth exploring in the hill country. The cost of admission is significant.
Natural Bridge Caverns is near Schertz TX a little north of San Antonio. The cave is water formed with fabulous dripstone type formations.
Wonder Cave is in San Marcos TX and was fromed by the earthquake that lifted the Hill Country. This cave has little in the way of water formed features, but is a quite interesting look at an obvious fault line.
The courthouse of Lockhart is beautiful. Lockhart is best known as the Barbecue Capital of Texas. See the Texas Recommendations page for barbecue recommendations.
San Antonio, on the border between the Hill Country and South Texas, deserves some mention because of its historical missions.
Gruene has been "gently resisting change since 1881". The Old Mill restaurant was a cotton mill that burned down over 100 years ago. It was rebuilt as a restaurant and has the greatest ambiance you can imagine. Cactus is growing out of some of the walls. You can seat inside or outside overlooking the Guadalupe river. See the Texas Recommendations page.
The Hill Country of Texas is a great place to spend the winter. Spring is early and Fall lingers late. Both are very good. There are beautiful scenic areas to explore, interesting & unique shops and businesses, great food, with possibly the friendliest people in the United States who treat visitors as valued friends.
Drawbacks are two weeks of true mild winter and many people have early spring allergies to plants such as juniper. Summers are HOT.