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Lake Travis Day Trip of the Month: Llano

Downtown Llano

The back story of our neighbor to the Southeast, Llano, is filled with tales of American Indians, early European settlers aided by Germans, boom periods in search of iron deposits in nearby mountains and downtown town fires so frequent, the town was denied fire insurance for a number of years by insurers.

This small Texas town boasts big Texas heritage, from their bustling antique shops downtown to their pride of the area, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que — when you come to Llano you don’t leave empty handed (or hungry).

Just 20 miles west of another Highland Lake, Lake Buchanan, and 70 miles northwest from downtown Austin, Llano is humble on the surface. But don’t be fooled; this quiet Texas town packs a hefty historical punch.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: February 27th – March 1st

LTL Weekend Feb27 2015

It has been a cold week in the Lake Travis area and we’re hoping for the weather to warm up and clear up for the weekend. That’s because it’s a lot more fun to make the trip to the big city and fly your kite at the 86th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival when it’s sunny and warm. Chances for rain on Sunday are pretty good, so if Mother Nature refuses to cooperate (again!) a rain date is scheduled for March 8th.

There are a couple of rain or shine events to check out this weekend including our worth-the-trip Braunfest in New Braunfels. Or stay closer to home and get some exercise this Sunday at Run for a Purpose 5K and KidsK taking place through the rolling hills of Lakeway. Sign up to run or show up to cheer and help fight lung cancer.

We hope to see you (and the sun) out and about this weekend!

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All Star Burger: The Place Where Burgers Are Best

All Star Burger

Submitted to our Just For Kids section by 10 year old Lake Travis area local, Addi Hower.

Do you crave a good burger?

If you do, I know where to go — All Star Burger! It’s located in the Hill Country Galleria at 12921 Hill Country Boulevard #105 Bee Cave,TX 78738.

If you are a non-meat eater, don’t stop reading! They have vegan and vegetarian options too that are just as good. They also have great drinks. Plus ice cream, and the most amazing milkshakes you’ve ever tasted! I remember the time I got a cookies and cream milkshake there. They have that flavor, and many more. They always have great flavors!

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Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano: Coming Soon to Austin

Cooper's BBQ

“It’s all about the meat.”

You know you’re in the mood for barbeque when you wake up from smelling it in your dreams, prompting you to drive over 60 miles out to the Texas Barbeque Belt to get your meat-loving fix before all of the brisket sells out.

Luckily, at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, the pits are as large as they are smoky, so the meats just seem to keep coming.

My first time to Cooper’s was on my way back from a road trip from West Texas, hungry from being on the road 7+ hours and in a literal and virtual food desert for hundreds of miles. It was already evening, and in my barbeque experience that means one thing — the good meats are probably sold out. Tired and weary from my drive, I headed in hungrily, only to be greeted by smiling faces and full pits of smoky brisket, jalapeno sausage, chicken, perfectly smoked ribs and pretty much any meat I could hope for.

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Run for a Purpose in Lakeway: 5k & Fun Run for Kids

Run for a Purpose

Lake Travis High School HOSA and Track Teams present, Be Healthy Lake Travis and Rexanna’s Foundation’s Run for a Purpose 5K and KidsK on Sunday, March 1st. This event fuels the fight against lung cancer, in honor of Rexanna Hawkins, a Lake Travis Middle School Athletic Director and non-smoker.

Run for a Purpose is a wonderful opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, cancer survivors and lung cancer advocates to support an important cause, as well as the local Lake Travis community. Many of the race coordinators and participants hold this event dear to their hearts because of their friendship with Rexanna, whose story is widely known throughout Lake Travis and Austin.

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Solid Rock Brewing Saturday Evening Tap Room

Grab a pint at Solid Rock

You’re never too far from a great place to grab a pint or two when you’re in the Lake Travis area. Lately I’ve noticed breweries expanding their tap rooms, making for some very interesting evenings at places like Jester King, Oasis Texas Brewing Company and Solid Rock Brewing.

When you’re thirsty and find yourself in the Spicewood area, take a turn down Bee Creek Road and continue on for a couple of miles. On the left just behind a few rows of mesquite trees you’ll find Solid Rock Brewing, one of the newer breweries to spring up in the Texas Hill Country.

On a typical Saturday night you can drive up to the brewery and grab yourself a parking spot on their spare land, then head up to their warehouse for a chance to grab a pint of their newest brews, straight from the brewers themselves. It’s a weekend tradition that has quickly grown in popularity, which I found out firsthand last weekend.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: February 20th – February 22nd

LTL Weekend Feb20

Live music and events in Lake Travis? Why yes, we have that! Things are a little bit slower around here during the colder months, but you can always find live music and something to do in this beautiful place that we get to call home.

After a week of running your kids around to various sporting activities and play dates, drop them off at Rolly Pollies in Bee Cave for a Parents Night Out. The weather on Saturday should be perfect for a road trip out to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and the first annual Enchanted Rock Star Party. Or make the trip to McDade for the 6th Annual Sherwood Forest Faire. The Blue Man Group will be at The Long Center all weekend and that’s a show you don’t want to miss. Check out more things to do outside in Lake Travis for inspiration.

It looks like we have until Sunday before the next cold front rolls into town so get out there and enjoy the warm!

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Lake Travis Neighborhood Guide: Flintrock

Flintrock sunrise

Flintrock, located eighteen miles northwest of Austin in Lakeway, is one of the newer neighborhoods in the Lake Travis area boasting gorgeous custom homes, top-rated schools, world-class golf and beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country. If you’re seeking an exclusive neighborhood where you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets, picturesque landscapes and convenience to everything you need, Flintrock might just be the place you want to call “home.”

The notoriously winding and steep Flint Rock Road leads you to the gated community of Flintrock Falls (on your right) and Bluffs at Flintrock (on your left) and then it winds through the Hill Country which lends itself to spectacular views of the homes and the hillside. The hustle and bustle of RR 620 quickly clears from your mind and you feel like you’ve been whisked away to a serene escape.

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Oaks at Lakeway Update: Torchy’s Tacos, Bowling, HEB with Eatery & Bar

Oaks at Lakeway

Despite the cold snap, construction has been moving right along at the Oaks at Lakeway site. This highly anticipated $70 million, 250,000-square-foot project has had Lake Travis residents buzzing for a while, so seeing a concrete slab is rather exciting.

Plus, new tenants are falling into place like Torchy’s Tacos and High 5 Family Entertainment. We’ve also heard that the H-E-B is launching a unique concept at this location which will include full bar service and an eatery.

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Hill Country Day Trip: Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock Texas

Pack your water bottles and grab your hiking shoes! When the weather warms up Central Texas, it’s easy to find yourself in search of outdoor activities to get yourself out of the house and into the sun.

If you haven’t had the chance, take a scenic drive through Central Texas and out to Fredericksburg to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, where you can take in a bit of Lone Star history while admiring the awe-inspiring rock formations that make up the peaks of Enchanted Rock. Natural flora and fauna make appearances throughout the trails here, and you’re welcome to take in the natural rock by way of hiking, rock climbing and camping at designated spots around the park.

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