The Summer Issue
Day Trips 2013: Five Ways to Get Outta Here
Published: June 26, 2013
1. Krause Springs and Hamilton Pool:
Krause Springs (Spicewood)
9504 Hwy 71 E (Spicewood)
Hamilton Pool Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs)
When the temperature gauge starts sweating bullets and the world begins to slowly melt around you, a cool way to beat the heat is by heading 90 miles north to one of the most treasured swimming holes in Texas — Krause Springs. The gin-clear waters, just down the road from Willie Nelson’s rancho deluxe, provide the perfect place to reconnect with nature, make some new (old) hippie friends, and float around in the not-so-hot water. In fact, the spring holds constant at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words? Heaven on a hot Texas summer day. If you want to make it a two-for-one day trip, about 30 miles down the road (we suggest stopping at Opie’s BBQ on your way out of Krause Springs) lies another Texas swimming hole gem, Hamilton Pool. A hidden grotto once revered by Native Americans, the pool sports a 50-foot waterfall and plentiful shade.
$6 admission Krause Springs
$10 vehicle permit Hamilton pool
$20 lunch at Opie’s
What to Pack:
• Sunscreen and water (we like to take care of our readers)
• Floaties, noodles, blow up rafts… even a snorkel might be kinda cool
• Camera — you WILL want to take pictures of this natural beauty
• Snacks on snacks on snacks. Relaxing, er, swimming really takes it out of you!
Miles Round Trip:
3 — Blow up your floaties if ya can’t swim
Affectionately known as “The Little Alsace of Texas,” Castroville is a quaint romantic getaway. It’s like being transported to the French countryside without the hassle of, well, stepping through metal detectors and flying halfway across the world. A village that time has nearly forgotten, and not overrun with tourists sporting “authentic German beer mugs” (names need not be mentioned), Castroville is a lovely place for a leisurely day full of history, nature, and antiquing. Alsatian-style cottages and architecture can be seen throughout the town creating a historic and romantic vibe. You can take self-guided tours to view more than 60 classic dwellings, including the famous Steinbach house, a 17th-century building brought over from Wahlbach, France as a gift from the Alsace people. You might even consider bringing a picnic basket and dining next to the rustic Medina River — Bon appétit!
$30 picnic. Might we suggest including some cheese and wine in your basket? (caveat: Castroville regional park does not allow alcohol).
Self guided tours are free