5 Reasons to Camp in the Spring

5 reasons to camp in the spring

While most people associate camping with summertime, the spring is actually a great time to bust out the sleeping bags and get outdoors after spending months inside cozied up by the fire. Here’s a few reasons why you should pack up the RV early and plan a springtime camping trip.

  1. The Weather Is Great

While the summer is great, that overbearing heat isn’t always so nice. Camping in the hill country during the spring gives the advantage of having warm daytime temperatures, usually in the mid 70’s while getting a nice cool breeze at night, without freezing. While you may need to pack an extra blanket and a warm hoodie, a warm campfire and smores can make it all worth it.

  1. Less Crowds

Because most people think camping should be done in the summer, the parks tend to fill up quickly. Camping earlier in the year gives you the benefit of finding the perfect spot without having to worry about parking or noise from any neighboring campsites. Plus, there’s something extra special about enjoying the night with just you and your loved ones

  1. The Bugs – or Lack Thereof

One thing that summertime has more of is bugs, especially mosquitos. While you may still find the occasional fly or bees in the area, the peskiest pests are still sleeping away and won’t be as big of a bother during the spring.

  1. The Scenery is Beautiful

The Texas Hill country is well knowns for its wildflower fields which predominately bloom in the spring. There’s really nothing else like taking a long drive past miles of bluebonnets, sunflowers and many of the other blossoming flowers that cover the hillsides.

Wildseed Farms Volkswalk

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A little-known fact about Fredericksburg is that the city was the first in the U.S. to create a walking club. The “Volksportverein Friedrichsburg” or “People’s Sport Association of Fredericksburg” was created in 1976 after a local man, Kenn Knopp visited family in Germany. Having been very overweight at the time, Knopp’s family introduced him to the sport of walking which he brought back to Fredericksburg as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle to his neighbors while still holding on to the town’s German roots.

Since its creation, the club holds annual walking events all around the Fredericksburg area, one of which takes place this February the 11th. The Wildseed Farms Volkswalk is a free 5k or 10k walk event that winds through the wildflowers and grape plantings the area is best known for. The event starts at 9 am at the music pavilion where food venues and tasting areas will be set up, and lasts until noon. Come out and take a walk through a little piece of Fredericksburg’s German history.

Fall in Love in Fredericksburg

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Fredericksburg offers some of the most romantic experiences in the Texas Hill Country. Check out a few of our favorites!

Wine Lovers Celebration

Spend a romantic weekend tasting the best wines and chocolate the hill country has to offer. For two weeks, February 3 – 19, 43 local wineries open to a self-guided tour offering complimentary tastings, a box of chocolates and discounts on wine purchases. The wine tour is the perfect way to get a taste of the Hill Country while spending time with your significant other. Tickets are sold through texaswinetrail.com for $40 per person or $70 per couple.

Book a Spa Session

Fredericksburg may be small but it definitely does not lack in spa treatments. With over 20 local spas in the area, there are plenty of options for your romantic getaway. Soothing One’s Soul Spa in Fredericksburg offers everything from massages and body wraps to foot scrubs and a dry sauna.

If specialty offers are more of your thing, check out Willow Room Spa just north of Fredericksburg. This local oasis offers sugar scrubs, cupping massages, hot stone treatments and more. Check out their website for specialty packages and group rates.

Take a Cooking Class

Learn to cook while having a few laughs at Fischer & Wieser’s Culinary Cooking School. Each 2-hour class offers a 4 course meal with a little bit of local history thrown into the mix. The school offers basic classes as well as themed classes and can accommodate for any dietary or allergy restrictions.

Best Christmas Lights in Austin

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Trail of Lights

What started off as a small gathering in 1965 has grown to one of the city’s most beloved Christmas activities. With over 40 displays and more than 2 million lights, Austin’s Zilker Park lights up the city in a truly magical way. The park is free to enter and will be open every night from 6:30-10 p.m. after the grand opening on December 10th.

 

 

Sing Along & Downtown Stroll

If Christmas carols are your thing, be sure to check out the annual sing along where hundreds of people gather to sing carols on the steps of the Capitol building. Caroling starts at 6 p.m. on December 3rd and at 7 you’ll be treated to the lighting of the Capitol tree set to a light show and fun music by local Austin artists. After the tree lighting, take a stroll through the neighborhood as many local businesses will stay open late in celebration.

 

 

37th Street

While many people know of Austin’s famous 6th street, there’s another street making a name for itself as well. 37th Street in Austin is really the epitome of Austin’s weirdness during Christmastime. The residents on 37th really go over the top and put lights on literally everything; the houses, the rooftops, the telephone poles…everything and it gets bigger and better every year. There is no website to review since it is not an official festival, but take our word for it that it is fantastic. Start on the corer of Guadalupe and 37th and take a long walk through one of Austin’s best hidden gems.

 

The Domain

New York may have Rockefeller Center but Austin has The Domain with an equally impressive tree. Rising 40 feet up, the giant tree is located in front of Macy’s and makes for a great photo op. The Domain is one of the best shopping centers in Austin so wear comfy shoes and take a walk, window shop and enjoy the holiday cheer.

 

Project X-Mas

For the 6th year in a row, residents in North Austin cooridiate a light show for everyone to enjoy. Using over 27,000 lights on just one house the show changes every year and runs multiple times a night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Drivers can tune into 102.9 FM for coordinated music while watching a very impressive light show.

Christmas Happenings Part 2

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‘Tis the season for lights and parades, Santa and his reindeer, Christmas carols and for chestnuts on an open fire. Christmas is a special place in the Texas Hill Country and we’ve wrangled up a few of our favorite upcoming events.

 

Light the Night Parade & Afterglow

Join us on December 2 in Fredericksburg for one of the best and brightest Christmas parades around. For over 20 years the parade has brought people from all over to witness as 130 bands, floats, horses and more will make their way down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. After the parade, come out to the Marketplatz on Main for the Afterglow celebration for a diverse selection of food, wine, holiday shopping and free pictures with Santa.

 

Luckenbach Christmas Ball

We love the old city of Luckenbach all year long but during Christmas the little town is extra special. The annual Christmas Ball takes place on December 17 and features live music and a world famous dance floor. Doors open at 8 and the dance starts at 9. Throw on your nicest jeans and your dancin’ boots and have yourself a ball.

 

 

Drive-Thru Christmas Light Fest

Open nightly through December 31st, Don Strange Ranch in Boerne features a 2 mile lighted drive with millions of lights and displays like you’ve never seen and ends Santa’s Village full of food, drinks and games. Visitors can drive their own car through the light fest although we’d recommend hopping on a Ho Ho Hay Ride and enjoying the scenic view from under the Texas night sky.