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Oh, and check the forecast... we have notoriously changeable weather....
2170 days ago
I guarantee that you will not find chicken chili here in Texas unless it was introduced by a transplant from somewhere else (same with the notorious tofu chili with almonds and raisins that I heard about from my Texan aunt transplanted to California......eeeeeeewww!)
There WILL be things you will enjoy eating that will be good for you, though!
Have fun, ya'll!
2170 days ago
You are the "best" ! ...Recommendations for restaurant,arts and crafts right up my alley. My husband and I are Nantucket Lightship basket weavers and have classes here at home. I have books about the Austin area and Gruene is a place that looked especially inviting. We definitely will try to get to arts /crafts display if we can.. I've heard about the bats and legislature but will return another time when we can tour those places. Austin area has so many interesting things to do.. Same with Cape Cod .. quiet in the winter.. busy,busy in the summer months.. We are enjoying 50-60 degree weather here now, will get cooler later this week. I'm always in a quandry as to what to travel with.. Love casual/comfortable . Love to wear flip-flops but not to easy to travel with sometime.. Thanks for filling me in on your beautiful area. Also planning to be extra careful about over indulging.. Chicken Tomatillo sounds good !
2171 days ago
Comment edited on: 11/16/2010 8:21:03 AM
I think you're going to enjoy the weather down here when you get down for your visit... Austin is a great destination, depending what your interests are, whether sports, or food, or music, or just plain "different".
The most popular bumper sticker says, of course, "Keep Austin Weird", but the huge urban bat population (millions that live under the Congress Street bridge in downtown Austin) will have migrated back south for the winter, so you'll miss them. The Texas legislature won't be meeting again until January, so you'll miss that particular weirdness, too.
It's only about 45 miles south to Gruene Hall from Austin, and their website will show you what their lineup looks like, but if you want to eat in Gruene, I recommend the Grist Mill, right behind Gruene Hall. People who aren't watching their calories can feast on the Texas staple, Chicken Fried Steak, but I've transitioned to their Tomatillo Chicken, spicy and delicious.
If you come down and it's hot (it's a little late in the season for hot, but it happens sometimes, OR plan on coming back in the summer) you can float the Guadalupe River- one of the delights of a Texas summer, and don't forget Schlitterbahn, the best water park in the country, is just about three miles away, though it closed for the season in September. There's nothing like its uphill "water roller coaster", and almost all the rides are on inner tubes, or "toobs", as we call them.
This coming weekend (Nov 19-21) should be Gruene Market Days, the big arts/crafts gathering held once a month that keeps Gruene hopping, but many of the local artisans will be at the New Braunfels Civic Center for Weinachtsmarkt, the museum's annual Christmas arts/crafts show, http://vimeo.com/16515695.
Well, anyway, hope you have a great trip. Come back anytime!
2171 days ago