May is the beginning of the Texas Hill Country lavender season. Many of our local farms are gearing up for their busiest and most exciting time of the year. Becker Vineyards held its 11th annual lavender festival two weekends ago. The festival showcased the best of local artists, chefs, artisans, and growers. Vendors included Shayne Sauce, makers of homemade pastas and jams; Miller Creek Lavender, producers of all things lavender including margarita mix; Al’s Gourmet Nuts, producers of delicious lavender pecans, and many others. Our next festival is the Blanco Lavender Festival June 12 – 14th, 2009. I’m looking forward to taking the short 40 minute drive up to Blanco and enjoying this annual event with my family.
Although we received a bit of much needed rain on the first day of the festival, it was a great weekend to be outdoors and enjoying the Hill Country. Becker Vineyards was serving a limited release red wine called “Raven” that was truly delicious. After taking in the Becker Lavender Festival we drove over to Fredericksburg, stopping by in Stonewall, the peach capital of Texas. Although the peach harvest is expected to be much smaller this year, due to a late season frost, we were still able to enjoy some incredible fresh peaches and of course, homemade peach ice cream. Driving over to Fredericksburg, we spent a few hours walking along Main Street of this quaint, historic German town. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Hondo’s . My family and friends really enjoy this restaurant and its outdoor beer garden. Those of you who know me can probably guess what I ordered; yes, a bacon jalapeno cheeseburger…medium rare.
Once you discover the Texas Hill Country, it stays with you. As we prepare to open the resort in early 2010, it’s exciting to think of all the people who will be traveling here for the first time. I know you and your family will enjoy it as much as I do with my family.
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