Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sunday Adventuring along Hwy. 290

Sometimes you just get the urge to wander.

Wildseed Farms


I often get the itch to roam in the springtime, when it's warm but not scorching & the hill country begins filling up with wildflowers.  Moving to Austin was always in my plans, but it's not until I actually arrived here that I realized my favorite Central Texas wonder: the wildflowers.  There's something so magical about bar ditches filled with yellow blooms, bluebonnet fields & front yards adorned with poppies.  If you follow me on instagram, you will see my infatuation is real.  I have many, many photos of wildflowers sprinkled throughout my feed.

Recently, Andrew & I decided we needed to do a little Hill Country wandering.  We headed down Hwy. 290 on a breezy Sunday morning with two things in mind: pastries & poppies.

Pie-e-tea




Wildseed Farms


We stopped at Pie-e-tea for a few goodies before heading on to Wildseed Farms, to check out their famous poppy fields.  Neither destination disappointed.  The flaky, rich pastries at Pie-e-tea would have been worth the trip alone & my latte was equally decadent & delicious.

Wildseed Farms, which is always on my list if we head down Hwy. 290, was overflowing with poppies & people.  We arrived to a packed parking lot, but the crowds weren't nearly as bad as we imagined when we pulled in.  We roamed around the giant grounds, checking out all of the gorgeous plants & pots for sale, before making our way to the fields.  Wildseed Farms has several fields of poppies, as well as rows of various other blooms scattered around the back section.

Walking among the wildflowers is a wonderful way to spend the day.  And though it was a little early for us to take advantage of, Wedding Oak Winery now has a tasting room set up on the Wildseed Farms grounds.  We will definitely be back to try out their wine.  

Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms


Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms

On our way back in to Austin, we decided to stop in & take the driving tour of the LBJ Ranch.  It's a really peaceful way to see a little piece President Johnson's life.  We walked around the original buildings, including the school house pictured below & even saw a few Longhorns & wildflowers.

Our day ended on a tasty note with BBQ from Stubb's at Graceland Grocery, a fun roadside stop along Hwy. 290.  A huge outdoor space houses lots of tables, a volleyball court & room for kiddos to run around.  We happily munched on nachos & a brisket sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes, while reflecting on our fun day trip.

LBJ Ranch

LBJ Ranch
LBJ Ranch


Stubb's at Graceland Grocery




Pie-e-tea

12005 W. Hwy. 290
Austin, TX
512.394.7041
6am - 4pm

Wildseed Farms

100 Legacy Drive
Fredericksburg, TX
800.848.0078
9:30am - 5pm

LBJ Ranch 

100 Ladybird Lane
Johnson City, TX
830.868.7128
9am - 4:30pm

Stubb's at Graceland Grocery

8600 W. Hwy. 290
Austin, TX
512.792.9778
11am - 9pm

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