Johnson City is located at the crossroads of the Texas Hill Country, 48 miles west of Austin, 60 miles north of San Antonio, and 30 miles east of Fredericksburg. Johnson City provides the perfect getaway where you can visit our historic areas, enjoy our art galleries, visit our local vineyards, and more. You can visit the famous Whittington’s Jerky General Store, Black Spur Emporium and Coffee Shop, Kara’s, The Treasure Chest, Pieces of the Past, The Old Lumberyard, DeLeon’s Outpost, The Historic Pearl, Hop To It Home Brew, Taste Wine + Art, and more!
Looking for somewhere to stay while you’re here? No problem. We have a Best Western as well as the Hill Country Inn. Thinking more of a bed and breakfast? We have many to select from including the Chantilly Lace Country Inn, Country Cabins Bed & Breakfast, Lighthouse Hill Ranch, The Sandy Road Guest Haus, Songbird Meadows B & B, and our newest facility, Hillside Acres Retreat. We also offer several conveniently located RV parks and resorts, including Miller Creek RV Resort, Road Runner RV Park, and Pedernales Falls State Park. Looking for something unique? We have that, too. Check out the Exotic Resort Zoo where you can choose from one of five cabins, all of which have covered porches overlooking the large lake with over 80 species of wild animals roaming the ranch, as well as phenomenal hill country views. If you choose to stay there, you will also receive a free tour of the zoo, as well as other amenities.
There is something for everyone in Johnson City. We are home to many fabulous contemporary artists and several high-quality fine art galleries. Many nationally and internationally recognized artists show in our galleries. You can also visit The Benini Sculpture Ranch, Bunkhouse Gallery, and the galleries on Nugent Street, including Taste Wine + Art (Kirchman Gallery), A. Smith Gallery and LMC Murals and Fine Art. We also have artisans, such as Two Moons Hye Jewelry, where you can treat yourself to one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Be sure to take time to visit our historical area, the LBJ National Historical State Park, which includes LBJ’s boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement. Guided tours are provided at the boyhood home at no cost. Nearby in Stonewall, you can also visit the Western White House, the home of LBJ and Lady Bird, where the entire first floor is now available to tour.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park proudly announces the opening of a new exhibit recognizing the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Celebration that continues through 2012. This exhibit will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center at 100 E. Ladybird Lane in Johnson City through December 22, the anniversary of the First Lady’s 100th birthday. The exhibit shares stories and photographs of Mrs. Johnson from her childhood to her death in 2007. The exhibit themes include her campaign through the South on the 1964 “Whistle Stop” tour and her love of nature and the outdoors. Aboard a train named the Lady Bird Special, Mrs. Johnson traveled through eight southern states in a four-day, 1628-mile campaign trip. She was stumping for her husband’s presidential campaign and reaching out to her fellow southerners upset by Johnson’s Civil Rights Bill. Panels highlight her visits to national parks in Texas: Big Bend National Park, Padre Island National Seashore, and Fort Davis National Historic Site. Most historians agree that President Johnson’s record fifty national park bills, more than any other President in history, is attributable to Lady Bird’s influence. Mrs. Johnson’s press secretary, Liz Carpenter said, “If she visited a national park, the tourist numbers tripled within a week. If she took a raft ride, this became the ‘in’ thing to do.” The Visitor Center at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to see any of the exhibits, movies, or for tours of the Boyhood Home of President Johnson.
If you like garage sales, on April 12-14, there will be a garage sale of monstrous proportions. The sale will take place at the North Blanco County EMS Building, located on Bill Watson Drive. Take the entrance into Super S and turn left at the back — can’t miss it! Hours are as follows: Thursday, 5 - 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department and North Blanco County EMS.
You can also explore our state parks, including Pedernales Falls State Park, located along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River. It features picturesque waterfalls, abundant animal and bird life, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, and horseback riding. Also located along the banks of the Pedernales River is our newest park, The Pedernales River Nature Park, provided for you through the LCRA. You can enjoy nature, do a little fishing, or picnic under some gorgeous live oaks on the banks of the Pedernales River. This park is a day use park and there is no fee. Maybe you would like to hunt exotics during your visit; that too is possible. Benson Farm and Ranch offers guided hunts, as well as fishing and lodging.
If you like to stay fit and desire a place to walk, Johnson City has a newly-constructed 1.8-mile round-trip hiking trail from the Johnson City Community Park past the Courthouse Square to the LBJ Park Visitor Center. You can extend the hike on both ends by walking through the parks and sidewalks. The trails are for walking and roller skates only- no bicycles or skateboards. There is a water fountain and memorial park benches along the way, but they’re not yet lighted at night. If you enjoy water recreation, be sure to visit the Johnson City water sport area located on the Pedernales River at the bridge on Highway 281 just north of town and next to the Blanco County Show Barn. It offers an easy launching area that is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, and fishing. There is convenient parking and there is no charge for use of the water area or parking.
While enjoying all the activities available, you’re sure to work up an appetite, and there are several places for you to fill up, including Ronnie’s BBQ, AJ’s Pizza Shoppe, the Chrome Cactus, Friendly Bar Bistro (open evenings Thursday through Sunday, including live entertainment), Hill Country Cupboard, Pecan Street Brewing, Silver K Café, Texas 290 Diner, Dairy Queen, Big Daddys, Al’s Grocery, Subway, El Charro, El Agave, and others from Mexican to famous Texas BBQ. Prefer to create your own picnic meal? Just head down to the local Super S grocery store for whatever you desire; also inside the Super S is an Ace Hardware for your convenience.
Located in Johnson City is the Texas Hills Vineyard, providing a tasting room to sample their award- winning wines, a gift shop, and an event facility along with a delightful setting in the Hill Country just a few miles from town. If you head toward Stonewall, you can also take in Becker Vineyards, who also have a tasting room, gift shop, and a fabulous outdoor porch where you can enjoy the views overlooking their vineyard and lavender farm while you enjoy wine and cheese available for purchase inside. Speaking of lavender, there are several lavender farms in Johnson City. We also have many churches- both denominational and non-denominational who welcome you.
Do you like antique cars? If so, you’re in for a treat! Owners and Car Clubs are invited to drive their classic, collector, antique, or hot Rod car or truck to town and park around the Courthouse Square on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9pm. Ground Zero is Pecan Street Brewing, a Brew Pub and Restaurant. Classic Chassis Car Club Austin LCCI is a local chapter of an international car club with over 2,000 members worldwide, four regions in Texas, and accepts members regardless of the make, condition, or age of their vehicle. Area businesses are sponsoring door prizes which will be distributed among drivers of classic, collector, antique, or hotrod cars or trucks who arrive by 7pm. This Cruise-In is Open to the Public and Free of Charge. More information is available at our website – www.3fjc.com.
Did you know that we have the “only” Bourbon Distillery in the great state of Texas? Just down the road in Hye, Texas is Garrison Brothers Distillery. Not only are they purveyors of bourbon, but according to several reliable sources, it’s the best bourbon you’ll ever taste. Garrison Brothers is not only dedicated to making the best bourbon available, they are also committed to using Texas products such as corn and grain etc... Tours are available at the distillery- contact them for details.
While viewing our gorgeous wildflowers along our scenic roadways, why not participate in the
Wine and Wildflower Trail? Get out and take a trip to as many as 33 participating wineries during this picturesque time, April 13-22, 2012, and enjoy the fabulous, award-winning wines from your Hill Country Wineries. The Wine & Wildflower Trail has 33 participating wineries, the trail is 10 days long, and the price has been reduced! More wineries, more time (weekdays included) for a lower price, how could you go wrong? Come out and enjoy the fruits of their labor with a minimum of 1 and up to 3 complimentary tastes from each winery and a 15% discount on 3 bottle purchases. Pick up your beautiful bluebonnet swag bag from the winery of your choice. Get your couples ticket for $40 or a singles ticket for $25. You will designate which winery you choose to pick up your Swag Bag! Your ticket includes 1-3 complimentary tastes of wine at each winery, 15% discount on 3 bottle purchases at each winery, one blue bonnet gift bag per ticket, one rain gauge per ticket and one Wildflower seed packet per ticket. Follow the Wine and Wildflower Trail through the Texas Hill Country Wineries in its finest hour. Enjoy the spectacular vistas along with the new releases born among the bluebonnets. Remember to pack your camera so you don’t miss out on photo ops all along the trail at the wineries and in the vineyards. Wildflower pictures will make great Christmas cards in a few months!
Music is also prevalent here in Johnson City and in nearby towns from Thursday evenings at the Silver K Café, to weekends at the Friendly Bar Bistro, Saturday evenings at Pecan Street Brewing, 2nd Sundays at Taste Wine+Art (Kirchman Galleries), and many other musical events in or near Johnson City, where you can spend a wonderful evening listening to some great artists.
Once you visit our spectacular little piece of the Hill Country, you just might decide you want to come back to stay. If you do, we have several realtors ready to assist in the purchase of your piece of the Hill Country. Feel free to contact Anders Realty Group, Carol Bigott, Century 21 Town Creek Properties, Janice Fox, Home Ranch Realty, or Star of Texas Real Estate.
Check out the events calendar on our website to see what’s going on when you plan to visit. Johnson City is a great place to visit, and better yet, you can stay here amongst the Texas hills that are currently bursting with color and make day trips to nearby areas. For more details, visit our website: www.johnsoncitytexaschamber.com.