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Located on 15 acres along the Sabinal River, Utopia River Retreat offers a peaceful getaway in the Texas Hill Country. Cyprus and oak trees dot the property, which has become a popular spot for family picnics, fishing, and weddings. You can stay here and while away the days in the scenic surroundings, go shopping at a nearby antique or consignment store, take a walk at Lost Maples State Park, or visit Bandera (the “Cowboy Capital of the World”).
A picturesque region of rolling hills and valleys covered in bluebonnets, the area of central Texas known as Texas Hill Country has been compared to the landscape of Tuscany by the New York Times. Texas Hill Country is a backyard playground for nearby cities, as it lies just west of Austin and northwest of San Antonio. Urbanites often escape here for the weekend to enjoy the slower pace and beat the heatâ€”the region’s slightly higher elevation means it’s often less humid. With many state parks and spring-fed rivers, the Hill Country is also a haven for outdoorsy types; activities range from fishing and tubing to rock climbing. Utopia is centrally located to both Lost Maples State Natural Area as well as Garner State Park. Lost Maples is known for its lost grove of Maple trees with beautiful fall color.
Among the Hill Countryâ€™s major towns, Bandera best captures its cowboy spirit. Itâ€™s not uncommon to catch an open rodeo in the summer or to see a ranch hand riding to the store on horseback. The town is also surrounded by dude ranches where you can get a taste of the local lifestyle. Just north of Bandera, the town of Fredericksburg is also worth exploring. Along with New Braunfels, it was one of the main settlements of local German immigrants in the 1840sâ€”a heritage that visitors can still see today in the â€œWillkommenâ€ signs hung on shop doors.
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