The Texas Hill Country consists of 25 counties in South and Central Texas. It is nestled between the booming metroplexes of San Antonio to the West and Austin to the South. The Hill country is a plateau that ranges from 1000 to 2500 ft elev. It’s weather is typically hot, but precipitation can vary wildly. In one year Fredericksburg had 11 inches of rain, the next it had over 40. Originally home to the Apache and Comanche tribes, the region began to see large scale European settlement in the mid 1800s. Settlers from many different places came to the region and thrived, leading to a vibrant cultural mix. A perfect example is Tejano music which developed as traditional Mexican musicians were introduced to the accordion by German immigrants.
Hill country is famous for it’s cuisine. It is a unique mash-up of Polish, German, Mexican and native Texas flavors not to be found anywhere else. A great example isTexas Peaches and Shrimp. Food writer Julia Celeste describes it this way “It may be hard to wrap your head around it when you hear the combination—hunks of lightly char-grilled wild-caught Texas shrimp and slightly charred ripe Fredericksburg peaches marinated in chile powder, jalapeño and herbs, with a pour-over of warm ginger-infused heavy cream—but it’s layer-upon-layer of fresh flavor”. The Hill country is also the center of Texas’ wine country.
Due to it’s geology and several large rivers including the Texas/Colorado that flow through the area, Hill Country has some of the most amazing caves in the world. The Natural Bridges Cavern is the largest commercial cave in the U.S. The facility that has been developed here includes tours of developed caves, supervised wild caving and outdoor activities like a gigantic maze and the canopy challenge where you can climb and rappel safely.
The Hill Country is one of the fastest growing regions in America. Anchored by Austin and San Antonio, communities like New Braunfelsand Comal are growing quickly. If you’re interested in moving to this diverse growing region call your friends in the moving business All My Sons Moving & Storage.
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