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Monday, October 31, 2011

The Oaks... and a growing tourism corridor

On our way to La Grange, we stopped at The Oaks, a humble, yet exquisite eatery outside of Warrenton. I ordered the Red Snapper and it was... absolutely delicious. This is the kind of food that you never expected to find anywhere but the big city a few years ago.

What I began to discern as we travelled was a tourism corridor, forming rapidly, of top-flight tourism opportunites between Burton and Schulenburg. There were numerous vinyards, restaurants and live music venues cropping up along the way. The picturesque hamlet of Round Top, famous for its monstrous semi-annual antique fair, has become a year-round attraction.

Hand-hewn stone stairway to the wine celler at the Stone Celler

View from the outdoor dining at The Oaks

I am calling it the Germania Wine Country until I find a better name. look at the trail!

Burton: Cotton Gin, White Horse Tavern,
Round Top: Heinkle Square, The Stone Cellar, other shops and restaurants
Winedale: Ima Hogg's historical village
Warrenton: The Oaks
La Grange: Many shops, restaurants, Live Music at The Bugle Boy
Schulenburg: Restaurants, shops, the fabulous Sengelmann Hall

Restored to its turn of the Century beauty, Sengelmann Hall is the stately centerpiece of Schulenburg's downtown.

Midway between Houston and Austin, this gorgeous Live Oak belt can only become the Napa Valley of Texas.

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