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Teia Collier is a native Texan with a passion for politics, history, food, books and fashion, she is on a mission to explore and experience the best that life has to offer while sharing Southern hospitality with all she meets. Back in Mesquite, Texas after spending nearly a dozen years in Washington, DC, she loves wearing her snakeskin boots again and taking in the best of Texas food, culture, shopping, events and museums. Teia spends her days writing, playing with her young children and "saving the day" with her concierge consulting company. She is active in local children's and family charities.

Exploring the Texas Hill Country: Inspiration in Rural Texas

Welcome to Cowboy Country (credit: Jodi Cobb for National Geographic)

Welcome to Cowboy Country (Photo Credit: Jodi Cobb for National Geographic)

Texas is known for beautiful sites, over-the-top experiences, equally big personalities, delicious food and world famous hospitality.  While most people are familiar with Dallas and Houston as “Texas must visits,” we want to introduce you to the Texas Hill Country.  A lush and gorgeous 25 county expanse that stretches across natural rolling hills and the Texas capital of Austin, rolling across the Colorado River, brushing up against the Mexican border, spiked with cacti and breathtaking mountain-esque views.

Locals will tell you be sure to stop through the West and pick up a dozen kolaches on your way to Austin; maybe take a detour through the lovely and historic Fredericksburg and visit the one of over 30 wineries in the region.  Others will tell you to spend a weekend camping and trekking along the Colorado River and to visit Gorman Falls and lose yourself in the luscious nature that grows wild for your pleasure.  While there will still be others that proclaim the restorative powers of staying in a working dude ranch in Bandera or taking in the shopping in New Braunfels.

There is much to see, do and explore.  Before you hop on a plane and rent your car for your perfect Texas road trip, you’ll want to stop by here and here for planning purposes.



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