, 2022-08-02 16:12:03,
Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood hosts live music every night of the week. Staff photo by Alecia Ormsby
Spanning three counties in the Texas Hill Country, charming Spicewood is situated along Texas 71 and embraces the south shores of Lake Travis.
While obvious attractions dot the highway, pockets of beauty, water activities, wineries, and more can be found farther into the town shared by Blanco, Burnet, and Travis counties.
If you stay in a bed-and-breakfast or rental home in Spicewood, you have few options for morning coffee. Yellow Dog Coffee Company near downtown is your best bet. Grab a tasty muffin or roll while you’re there.
With your morning energizer in hand, head to Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area or Pace Bend Park, both on Lake Travis, for biking, hiking, or swimming. You can rent watercraft (at Muleshoe Bend), camp out, or have a picnic.
Arrive in the early afternoon before the crowds at Krause Springs, where you can fly high on a rope swing into the cool, spring-fed water or take a nap under the shady cypress trees after a walk through the musical, butterfly gardens.
After basking in the sun, refresh yourself with a cold one or sip a glass at the nearby Frontyard Brewing or 5 Soul Wine Co., which are both on the same property and offer games and plenty of oak tree-shaded seating.
Dinnertime choices are many. The honky-tonk crowd can enjoy a burger and live music at Angel’s Icehouse. If you’d rather get cleaned up for a nice steak or delicious seafood, J5 Steakhouse is the place — it’s not too fancy. Be sure to try the firecracker shrimp!
Close out the evening at Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse, which also serves food. With live music every night, you can expect a good time and the potential to run into a music legend. Randall “Poodie” Locke, who owned the place before his death, was Willie Nelson’s stage manager for over three decades.
Spicewood isn’t too spicy, but you can count on great meals, fun times, and beautiful Hill Country views.
6038 Texas 71 West, Spicewood
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