Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful Highland Lakes, is the historic community of Burnet. Best known as the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, Burnet provides every day essentials, such as groceries and shopping, within five minutes of your new recreational or residential homesite at The Meadows at Bluebonnet Hill. First established as a fort on the Texas frontier in the mid-1800's, Burnet has maintained its pioneer roots and rural charm while adapting to the modern age. Welcome to one of the friendliest towns in central Texas…we just know you and your family are going to feel right at home here!
Burnet's Historic town square offers a unique shopping and dining experience. Gift, antique, and collectible shops surround the square. There are several cafes and full-service restaurants on or within easy walking distance of the square. Motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, lakeshore cabins and Burnet's proximity to so many sights make it the ideal hub for travels into the region. So no matter what your interests you will find something to please you in Burnet, whether for a weekend or a lifetime!
The City of Burnet, the county seat of Burnet County, is a hub of industry, commerce, and trade in the Highland Lakes area. Its modern schools, hospital, airport, and retail centers provide all the essentials for today's society, while the scenic countryside and inviting parklands present a myriad of opportunities for those who want to get away from it all.
Throughout the year, the City of Burnet offers a vast array of events and activities for all ages. From the spring splash of bluebonnets and wildflowers to the fall festival of arts on the Arts and Crafts Trail, from the winter wonderland of the spectacular Christmas musical light display to the summer frontier shoot-outs and vintage steam train tours, Burnet is alive with sights and sounds that make it one of the Hill Country's most popular destination spots in the state of Texas. Come see for yourself why people call Burnet the jewel of the Highland Lakes.
The Highland Lakes of central Texas consist of six lakes along the Colorado River starting 85 miles northwest of Austin and ending in Austin. All of the Highland Lakes are located in some of the prettiest parts of the Texas Hill Country and are an easy drive from Austin - from the tip of Lake Buchanan to the dam at Lady Bird Lake is about 100 miles. The lakes are Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis and Lake Austin. These lakes are very popular with boaters, fishermen and campers. This is also a very popular retirement area. There are services at all of the lakes.
Your new home at The Meadows at Bluebonnet Hill is an easy drive to nearby Lake Buchanan, the second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas, and the Highland Lakes area. The lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, campers and swimmers. The lake is so large that you will never feel crowded on the lake. You can boat up Lake Buchanan and see scenic wilderness and waterfalls through the historic Colorado River Canyon. Striper Bass are stocked in Lake Buchanan and the lake is famous for its striper fishing. There is also good catfish fishing on Lake Buchanan.
The Highland Lakes area is abundant with other things to do off the water. The surrounding communities are laid back, small and country friendly. You won't get bored when you set out to explore the Highland Lakes for a day trip or weekend. You can boat, bike, hike, swim, fish, hunt or explore a cave, sample some award winning wine, rent a boat, hire a fishing guide, play some of the best golf courses in Texas, ride a zip line across Lake Travis, devour some fantastic food, shop till you drop, listen to live music in a fun bar, attend a fantastic music festival or special event and lots more!
The city of Marble Falls first got its name as early as 1817, when travelers used the area’s large natural waterfalls as a landmark on their journeys. Referred to as the ‘great falls’ or ‘marble falls’, the structure was actually three distinct formations, created by a large shelf of limestone that ran diagonally across the Colorado River. The city’s official founder, General Adam R. Johnson, first surveyed the area in 1854. In awe of the falls, Johnson visualized building a great manufacturing city powered by the rumbling Colorado River. Johnson followed through with his dream, facilitating the construction of a railroad to nearby Granite Mountain in 1884, and then plotting the town site and selling lots, beginning July 12, 1887. Within ten years, the town grew to a population of 1,800 and eventually became an incorporated town in 1907.
With a spectacular location in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and close by to some of the Highland Regions best lakes, there is no shortage of fun to be had outdoors in and around Marble Falls. Boating, fishing, golf, hunting, camping, swimming, and sightseeing are just a few of the things to look forward to year-round in Marble Falls.
Backbone Creek Hike & Bike Trail: Running along Backbone Creek from Lakeside Park to Westside Park, this 1.3 mile long gravel & asphalt trail is perfect for a quick hike or bike ride. Points of interest along the trail include Lakeside Park, Falls Creek Park and Skate Park, Andrea's Pass Waterfall, Johnson Park, Madelyn's Crossing, and Westside Park. There is also a good chance you may spot some of the area’s natural wildlife!
Apple Rock Golf Course: Situated on the banks of the LBJ Lake, Apple Rock spans 147 acres of rolling Hill Country and is widely known as one of the most scenic courses in the state. The course leverages the rocky and rolling terrain and offers lots of variety, some unique challenges, and a very enjoyable round of golf.
Copperhead Creek Shooting Club: Open to the public Thursday through Sunday, Copperhead Creek is a full service and family-friendly shooting club.
Lake Marble Falls: The newest of all the Highland area lakes, Lake Marble Falls is also the second smallest spanning 611 acres. The lake was formed in 1951 after the construction of the Max Starcke Dam. The lake is a popular spot for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
Lakefest Drag Boat Race: This three-day boat race party takes place annually on Lake Marble Falls where visitors can watch as over 100 boats race to speeds of over 260 mph. With plenty of food, drinks, merchandise, and vendors to visit between races, Lakefest makes for a very memorable weekend.
Children’s Day Celebration: Hosted annually, the celebration includes crafts, entertainment, a talent show, learning centers, carnival games, food, and so much more for the community children to participate in free of cost.
Marble Falls is home to a thriving arts scene and many talented local artists. Whether you’re looking to add to your collection, just enjoy the beauty, or learn how to create your own art, the areas many galleries are more than willing to help.
ArtFrog Art Academy: This local nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting cultural education through arts and crafts centered programs, events, and activities. The Academy is a cost-free, hands-on learning center created to educate budding artists young and old.
Marble Falls is home to some of the best Hill Country eateries. Whether you’re looking for something exotic or craving some authentic Texas BBQ, there are so many great restaurants available in the area.
Blue Bonnet Café: This “Truly World Famous” café is known for some of the best home cooking around, making it a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
River City Grille: Another favorite of locals, River City Grille offers a southwestern menu with some delicious seafood options. The only things better than the food is its lakeside location, offering diners some spectacular views.
Double Horn Brewing Company: Considered the first brewery in Burnet County, Double Horn is also a family-friendly restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. Enjoy their refined-casual menu in one of their three relaxing dining areas overlooking the brewery and amazing Hill Country views.
Marble Falls is the ‘hub’ of the upper Highland Lake’s area when it comes to shopping, with many different options to visit. Whether you’re looking for yourself or a friend, the areas many specialty shops are sure to have what you need.
3 White Doves Gift Shop: This quant shop offers the most complete selection of Native American and Southwest themed collectibles. With hundreds of rare and unique items to choose from, there really is something here for everyone.
Ciao Bella: This boutique offers clothing for women of all ages. Inspired by Marble Falls’ beauty and relaxed vibe, their wardrobe options look as good as they feel.
Dragonfly Gifts: This cute little shop offers a wide selection of wedding and baby gifts, as well as home and garden furnishings.
The Shops at Old Oak Square: Located on Historic Main Street, under Marble Falls’ legendary oak tree, Old Oak Square features some of the Hill Country’s best shopping, in the quaint charm of a 100-plus-year-old building.
Austin is home to amazing music, a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake, as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum.
Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" but that's just the beginning. It is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The Austin music scene is legendary; nearly 200 venues offer rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows nightly. The Broken Spoke, known as "the last true Texas dance hall," features great country acts - and guests can also take a Texas Two-Step lesson. The Continental Club has showcased blues, rock and folk music since 1957, earning it the title, "Granddaddy of Austin music venues." Antone's, Austin's "home of the blues," is where Stevie Ray Vaughan got his start. Newer stages like those at The Mohawk and Club DeVille showcase local acts alongside big-name touring artists.
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. If golf is your game, Austin's diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, make it the perfect setting for year-round golfers. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin's finest golf courses for you to enjoy.
Find something that speaks to you while browsing Austin's unique shops. Or make plans to partake in one of Austin's many events or festivals throughout the year. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food + Wine Festival showcases the best innovative cuisine. "Fun Fun Fun Fest" is known as the nation's best underground punk and alternative music festival; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park has performances by more than 100 bands.
Austin is not only are we home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation's largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, it is also home to plenty of artists themselves. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues.
Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places. Then there are the water-front locales on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Or get yourself some BBQ at laid-back locales. And no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues.
You can explore all the excitement and activities the bustling city of Austin has to offer, then return home to your peaceful country home at The Meadows at Bluebonnet Hill. Get the best of both worlds!