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The Summer Issue

Day Trips 2013: Five Ways to Get Outta Here

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Casita, Castroville-style

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What to Pack:
• Walkin’ shoes
• Picnic blanket and basket
• Beret

Miles Round Trip:
50 miles

Threat Level:
1. There’s always that chance you can get stung by a bee?

3. Shiner:

K. Spoetzl Brewery
603 E Brewery (Shiner)
(361) 594-3383

Antiques, Art, and Beer
720 N Avenue E (Shiner)
(361) 594-2337

Handcrafted, micro-brewed beers are everywhere. Part of the credit for the so-called “independent beer movement” in the U.S. goes straight to the tiny town of Shiner, Tex. — and its most famous product: Shiner beer. Take a tour of the Spoetzl Brewery (where Shiner brews are created). Don’t worry, you get to taste the suds as well. You will be given the chance to try four of the eight beers on tap; but if you enlist a pal who’s OK with swapping spit you can try all eight between yourselves. On the way out of town be sure and stop at Antiques, Art and Beer—the name says it all. With over 170 different kinds of beer, both boozers and perusers will be satisfied.

Free Tour at Spoetzl
$20 at the gift shop (beer mug heaven)
$20 at Antiques, Art and Beer

What to Pack:
• Camera
• A thirst for some beer knowledge, as well as a thirst for beer

Miles Round Trip:
184 miles

Threat Level:
5 — 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall…

4. Llano-Mason:

LanTex Theater
113 W Main (Llano)
(325) 247-5656

The Badu House
601 Bessemer (Llano)
(325) 247-2238

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
604 W Young (Llano)
(325) 247-5713

Mason County topaz

Yee-haw! There is a two-for-one special in the more rugged northwestern corner of the Texas Hill Country. Take a 100-mile trip up I-10 this summer to Llano and Mason — neighboring cities that offer all kinds of hidden treasures. Llano is home to the enduring and diverse LanTex Theater (host of movies, oprys, and country concerts), as well as the Badu House, a swankified and romantic country hideout located downtown. After a dip in the Llano River, one of the prettiest in the state and a perfect place to fish or swim, head on over to Cooper’s BBQ — a world-renowned joint famous for its pit ’cue. Thirty miles away, Mason is a bit quieter, but filled with marvelous old buildings constructed by the German settlers in the 1800s. There are peaceful B&Bs and amazing junk-thrift-collectibles stores — including some that still hawk the highly sought-after state gem, the Texas topaz . . .a stone only found in and around Mason. If you want to try your luck, three ranches in town (Garner Seaquist Ranch, Lindsay Ranch, Bar M Ranch) offer the chance to look for the gem yourself for only $15 — Don’t forget to bring a pick, shovel and wire screen.

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