The New Year always holds such a measure of promise and hope. As people consider their New Year’s resolutions, included on the list for many will be to spend more time with their loved ones and to give themselves more personal time. The start of the New Year is a time of renewing ourselves, and Blanco is the perfect place to take that time. Let the beauty of Blanco, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country, inspire you.
If you would like to learn something new, Uptown Blanco Art Center has several exciting workshops scheduled for the month of January. Watercolor artist Jim Street will be teaching a painting workshop on January 19 and 26 and Sydonia Poenisch will be teaching a two-session mosaic workshops on January 12 and 26. After your class, enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner at Uptown Blanco Restaurant, both conveniently located on Blanco’s historic town square. For more information, please visit the Uptown Blanco Arts & Entertainment website at uptownblanco.com.
If you would like to get out in nature more, Blanco State Park is not to be missed! In Spanish, Blanco means “white,” and the town of Blanco was named for the limestone hills, banks, and bottoms of the rivers that flows here. The Blanco River, which meanders through the southern edge of this Hill Country town, provides not only the community’s drinking water, but also its most popular tourist attraction. The river is the focal point of Blanco State Park, one of the state’s smaller parks and one of the most picturesque. It is one of only a few state parks with camping facilities located within a city, making supplies and small-town amenities readily available. The Blanco State Park’s Ranger Program offers a wide range of activities, starting with the First Day Hike on January 1. Start the year off right and take a hike!
On Saturday, January 5, the Blanco State Park will present their Storytelling in the Park program at 4:00 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to take a little time out from the hectic pace of the world and join the story circle along the beautiful Blanco River, learn the importance of storytelling to different Texas cultures, and hear local folklore, ghost stories, Native American stories, and cowboy stories. Bring a blanket or lawn chair that is easily carried. When conditions are permitting, the story circle is held around the campfire, just as it should be. There is no cost for park events with the purchase of the regular entrance fee of $4.00 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. Birds at Breakfast, Nature Walks, and Fishing with a Ranger are events that are happening in January – just a few great reasons to get out of town and get to Blanco! Visit the Blanco State Park website for the full event listings: tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/blanco
If you are interested in wine, the mild Texas winter weather makes touring the Texas wine country an excellent option for a day-trip, a weekend, or a week-long exploration. World-class wines, genuine Texas hospitality, and wineries as diverse as our Texas landscape are all reasons why Texas is the country’s fifth-leading wine producing state. Plan your Texas Wine Tour experience with the Texas Winery Passport available through gotexanwine.org.
Blanco’s own Real Ale Brewing, Johnson City’s Pecan Street Brewing, and Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye offer more options for your perfect Hill Country experience.
Consider extending your stay in Blanco and give yourself or a special someone a weekend retreat by staying in one of Blanco’s friendly hotels or bed and breakfasts. Blanco offers a wide range of accommodations, from a hotel with a fitness center and conference facilities to a small cabin for a secluded getaway – there is something for everyone. Please visit the Blanco Chamber of Commerce’s website at blancochamber.com for a full listing of all of Blanco’s fine lodging establishments.
SAVE THESE DATES!
The Blanco State Park presents:
February 8 & 9 – 9:00 am – 2 PM - Buffalo Soldiers – Learn about the life of a Buffalo Soldier. Program includes history of the Buffalo Soldiers, Seminole Scout Station, Women of the Frontier, Animal Tracking and Native American Stories and Games.
February 9 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Stars in the Park – Program begins with an overview of space using Stellarium, a real-time, computer generated view of the heaves. After this sneak peak at what will be shining, step outside to amateur astronomers waiting to guide you through the night sky, each of their telescopes trained to a different planet, star or galaxy. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather!