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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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Price:
$15-$20 lunch at Cooper’s
$15 Topaz digging
Browsing antiques and 1800’s German architecture… priceless

What to Bring:
Swimsuit
Pick, shovel, wire screen with ¼ inch mesh

Miles Round Trip:
216 miles

Threat Level:
4 — Try not to stab yourself (or anyone else, for that matter) with your pick when digging for topaz.

5. Texas Hill Country Wine Trail

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Windows rolled down. Warm summer air blowing through your hair. Country music blaring. Attempts to sing along. There is only one thing that can make a trip down a Lone Star state highway any better… Texas wine. Take a turn at the well-established Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. One of the more popular attractions for a bachelorette or birthday party, the trail, boasting 12 wineries along Highway 290 between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, offers vineyard views, tasty wines, and friendly folk — hey, its 5 o’clock somewhere! With prices ranging from $5-$12, one can generally taste five to six wines per vineyard. Not a bad deal considering the trail is known for fabulous customer service and some honest-to-God good wine.

Price:
$50 for wine tasting (some wineries will provide you with cheese, but you might consider bringing your own snacks)

What to Bring:
Miranda Lambert CD
Designated driver

Miles Round Trip:
100 miles

Threat Level:
9 — One word: wine.

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