It’s no secret that we at Second Shelters have a soft spot for the Texas Hill Country — with its wide open spaces, the beautiful scenery, and the plethora of wineries that dot the landscape, it’s hard to find something you don’t like about Fredericksburg.

This week’s historical shelter is a perfect second home for someone who wants to be able to walk to the shops and dining in downtown Fredericksburg, but also wants to be close enough to drive to wine tastings or lunch at Hye Market, for instance. (more…)

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Buying and building in Boot Ranch is a no-brainer if you’re looking for luxury Hill Country living with resort-like amenities and an award-winning Hal Sutton-designed golf course.

Boot Ranch provides fabulous service amid the rustic beauty of ranch life and there’s something for everyone, from the 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex and 4.5-acre pool and sports campus, to a 34-acre golf practice park for pre-course warmup.

They recently hosted the CandysDirt.com staff for a three-day retreat and part of the appeal of this incredible destination is its Hill Country location. Boot Ranch is close to so many recreation options, from fine dining and wineries, to state parks and historic sites and museums. Here’s a roundup of some nearby options for Boot Ranch residents looking to take a drive and have some fun.

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Boot Ranch is everything I love about Texas all rolled up into one big beautiful package.

It’s easy to get caught up in big city living and lose sight of the innate beauty of Texas until you hit the backroads. The minute you take that right turn at Evant, and head towards Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country rolls out before your eyes. Suddenly nothing matters but the view. You turn a corner, and Enchanted Rock looms up like a stone spaceship. As you wind around the road to Boot Ranch, the clubhouse rises out of the stone cropping’s like a cowboy’s version of a castle and simply takes your breath away.

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The Hye Market Restaurant offers local wares, in addition to some mighty fine cooking by chef Matt Church (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

While mentions of the Texas Hill Country are often coupled with discussions of all things wine, two chefs in the Fredericksburg area are making sure that food also enters the conversation.

From our first night at Boot Ranch, who graciously hosted our editorial retreat Sept. 15-17, we were immediately put on notice — some remarkable food is coming out of Hill Country kitchens. (more…)

As if it was even possible, Boot Ranch’s award-winning Hal Sutton-designed course just got better. The 18-hole golf mecca in the Texas Hill Country now offers improved playability with an enormous, tailor-made practice area. We got a chance to preview the completely redesigned links at this incredible resort just outside of Fredericksburg last weekend, and we came away absolutely impressed.

To find out more about the impressive upgrades this already phenomenal facility, we chatted with Barbara Koenig of Boot Ranch, who took me on a quick tour of the still under-construction course as the resort graciously hosted us for our editorial retreat Sept. 15-17.

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The Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House in La Grange, Texas, boasts a rich pre-statehood history and beautiful views.

What if we told you that you could own both a piece of Texas history and a place to lay your head after a long day at Round Top or kayaking the Colorado River — and that they were the same place?

And what if we told you that the opportunity existed for less than $300,000?

Well, let us introduce you to the Brookfield-Evans-Cremer House in La Grange, home to an Alamo hero, a couple of heroes from the Battle of San Jacinto, and a proposed site of the capital of Texas. (more…)

Most expensive homes listed in U.S.

Photos courtesy of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

A Texas ranch was included in Curbed.com’s roundup of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. earlier this week. Perhaps the Hill Country town of Lampasas should rebrand itself Lampa$a$, given the $81 million price tag on the Hill Country property, which ranks among the 25 most expensive homes currently listed for sale in the nation. It ranks 21st in the lineup that ranges from $250 million to $78 million , with most in what seems to be a sweet spot for top-tier housing prices — the low to mid-80s.

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More news from Boot Ranch, the luxe private golf club and residential community we’ve been following in the Texas Hill Country: a new toque in the kitchen. Boot Ranch chef (and Abacus alum) chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier left the ranch in October to return to Dallas to join Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing in Lovers Seafood and Market which opens in the next few weeks. Fredericksburg pastry queen Rebecca Rather filled in during the transition while Boot Ranch management sought out their new executive chef – Casey McQueen. McQueen is now at the helm of the Boot Ranch kitchens, overseeing the clubhouse dining room, outdoor bar and grill and catering activities.

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