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Where to Stay:
When the kids rush in and exclaim, "Bunk Beds!" you know this is going to be a special vacation. But this cabin isn't just for families, as couples will also enjoy the comfort of the cedar and cypress king size bed. The open floor plan of this 522-square-foot cabin with woodsy interior makes for a great family vacation with full kitchen and no television – truly unwind and unplug here. Enchanted with flickering fireflies, warming campfire, and nighttime stargazing, bonding here is easy.
Where to Eat:
The Laurel Tree offers a romantic dining experience. Their guests are spoiled with a menu that changes weekly and features only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The chef is trained in French cuisine and marries the dishes to Texas Hill Country roots. Take some special time before or after your meal to meander through the pecan grove and visit the herb and vegetable gardens. Among their amenities are fresh flowers, candlelight, and fireside seating as the weather changes. Bring your own wine! They will provide the glasses and corkscrew. Another unique aspect is their treehouse dining room that was built by Treehouse Masters, as seen on the television show.
Where to Fish:
Cook your own catch! The Medina Lake offers both swimming and fishing. At a maximum deapth of 152 feet, you can catch largemouth bass, white and hybrid striped bass, channel, blue and flathead catfish. For largemouth bass, try fishing deep drop-offs near points in the warmer months using jigs or shad imitating lures. Troll spoons or rattle traps are also best found in deep water with down-riggers or use chicken liver for bait. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops using crawfish-colored crankbaits and jigs. For hybrid striped bass, hang around open water points and humps. White bass can be caught also off open water points using small spoons or shad imitating jigs. Catfish prefer chicken liver, blood bait, or shad and are commonly found in deep coves that have feeder creeks. Fish on!
Where to Drink:
Lost Maples Winery and Polvadeau Vineyards is not to be passed up. Nestled in a canyon along the crystal clear waters of the Sabinal, surround yourself with friends, a glass of wine, and natural beauty. They believe that if you honor and respect the grapes, they will render wine that is to be celebrated as much as it is to be celebrated with. The hearty and robust Black Spanish/Lenoir grapes in this vineyard were originally brought to Texas by Spanish missionaries to make communion wine. Today, they form the basis of their distinctive wines. Your taste buds will thank you.
Where to Fall:
Lost Maples protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. Many folks come here to see colorful leaves on these and other trees in autumn. The show varies, depending on weather conditions. Hike the trails, but be mindful to stay on the designated ones. The natural area contains steep and rugged terrain. Try to tread lightly, as bigtooth maples have shallow roots, and you can hurt the trees by walking over them. But they are worth the colorful view!
Where to Shop:
Bears Market is newly open! The Buckstop is the name of the convenience store attached to Bears Market and they have gasoline. Bears Market is enormous, contains a beer cave, a great assortment of wines, huge selection of gifts, cards, antiques, French milled soaps, picnic supplies, kitchen goodies, spices, jams, jellies - the list goes on and the best part is it is all good quality. Also, there is a coffee bar, and a gummy bear bar with assorted candies, and 24 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream and a deli. Really, what more could you want?
Where to Camp:
Choose from 30 campsites with water and electricity, or for the more rugged camper, backpack to one of six primitive campsites. Campsite amenities include: picnic table, fire ring, water hookup, restrooms nearby, 30-amp electric hookup, shade shelter over picnic table, and back-in RV parking. For the primitive camping, backpacking equipment is required and fires are prohibited with the exception of containerized fuel stoves for cooking only. The sites are clean, as all campers practice “Leave No Trace” principles as the park contains sensitive natural and cultural resources.