Texas Snake Education classes are some of the most popular resident events at Sweetwater, so we asked Austin Reptile Service owner Tim Cole for some advice on identifying harmless and beneficial local snakes, and what do to if you see one.
Enjoying spring wildflowers is one of our favorite things to do at Sweetwater. From bluebonnets to buttercups, here’s a visual guide to the most common varieties of wildflowers you can find blooming in our parks and along our trails.
If you see a wildflower along a highway, thank Lady Bird Johnson, a former First Lady who helped passed laws to beautify highways and protect parks and rivers throughout the nation. Nowhere is Mrs. Johnson’s legacy more visible than Central Texas, where three of her largest accomplishments have transformed Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
We all enjoy a good bucket list, so why should our dogs be left out? Our Canine Bucket List has 7 ideas for fun with your pooch, from local dog parks to dog-friendly restaurants and bakeries. We also include three ideas for living your best canine life right here in Sweetwater.
There are literally millions of twinkling lights to enjoy near Sweetwater during the holiday season. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, here’s our guide to holiday highlights in Austin, Lakeway and the Hill Country.
Fall is a special time of year in Austin and the Hill Country around Sweetwater. To get the most fun out of fall, check out 10 of our favorite annual events. From wine and racecars for grownups, to boos and pumpkins for the kids, there’s something for every member of the family to love.
If you’re thinking about relocating to Austin, here are 10 things to help you get the lay of our land. You may already know that Austin is a booming tech hub and the Live Music Capital of the World, but there are also some recent claims to fame in here that might surprise you.
Texas has welcomed nearly a million former Californians in the past decade, with many moving to Austin. To help Golden State transplants learn more about the Lone Star State, we’ve created this guide to explain kolaches, the Silicon Hills, why we’re willing to wait in line four hours for barbecue, and much more.
Texas is “a place of outsized ambition and out-of-the-box thinking,” says one tech company CEO who relocated from Los Angeles to Austin and plans to double his company’s headcount this year. This is just one example of the tech boom that is transforming Austin.
Austin is the most dog-friendly city in Texas, and one of the top 10 dog-friendliest cities in the United States. Find out why this is true, and why Sweetwater is one of Austin’s best communities for dogs.
Dog people are fitter people, and Sweetwater is a great community for dogs and their people to de-stress, build healthier hearts and forge stronger bonds, amid beautiful Hill Country parks, trails and natural open spaces.
If you’re looking for a fun activity with a focus on nature, check out these upcoming and ongoing events from Sweetwater’s natural partners, including the Wildflower Center, Round Rock Honey, Austin Pets Alive! and Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin.
April is a spectacular month for wildflowers in Austin and the Hill Country, and 2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory. To help you find the bluebonnets and other beautiful wildflowers, we’ve scouted out these hotspots in Austin and the Hill Country.
Sweetwater’s great location makes it easy to enjoy the many diverse activities that make Austin such a great place to live. From parks and museums, to bats and wildflowers, here are our Top 10 picks for fun activities that every member of the family will love.
Two recent studies rank Austin as one of the least stressed and most active cities in Texas and the U.S. Another study confirms the health benefits of living amid green space. That’s great news for residents of Sweetwater, who enjoy 750 acres of parks, trails and natural open space.
From lakes and swimming holes, to parks and wineries, Sweetwater is close to many Austin and Hill Country attractions. Lakeway is one of the most popular destinations, and here’s our list of the Top 10 things to do in this scenic Lake Travis town.
If you’re planning a move to Austin, our relocation guide has some great resources to help you choose the right community, get organized and packed, and find info on local schools and other priorities. We even list all the reasons to love Austin – as if you need them.
From music to nature, there are so many reasons Millennials love Austin, we created this interactive animation to combine facts, photos and polls. Cast your vote for your favorite wildflower, show your love for UT-Austin and more.
The Texas Hill Country surrounding Sweetwater is home to more than 50 wineries, each with a distinct personality, terroir and style of winemaking. They make for an easy day trip, especially during annual events like the Christmas Wine Affair.
It’s hard to imagine a library making a list of the world’s 100 greatest places, alongside natural wonders and archaeological treasures. But the Austin Central Library, built around a sunny six-story atrium, is a library like no other. And it’s easy to visit from Sweetwater.
From running the trails to working out at the fitness center, Sweetwater residents enjoy many ways to keep fit right in their own community. For even more, the new Hill Country Indoor health and athletics club has opened less than 5 miles away.
Sweetwater residents enjoy more than 700 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces right inside their community. They also enjoy quick and easy access to many nearby natural treasures, from swimming holes to state parks.
Encouraging locals to enjoy Austin’s kid-friendly attractions has become a family project for Annette Lucksinger, her kids and husband. She shares some of their favorite things to do, including several near Sweetwater.
Whether you want to get away with the kids, the girls, or even by yourself, we’ve rounded some great Hill Country day trip ideas. They’re close enough to Sweetwater that you can get a leisurely start in the morning, and be home in time for a relaxing evening.
Sweetwater is only a few miles away from all kinds of grocery stores and restaurants, and for even more convenience, a growing number of companies are offering home delivery or curbside pickup for groceries, prepared foods and other goods.
Sure, it’s hot outside, but fortunately for those of us who love spending time outdoors, the Texas Hill Country surrounding Sweetwater offers many cool attractions, from crystal-clear swimming holes to fascinating caverns.
This is a great time to enjoy the many recreational opportunities the Texas Hill Country has to offer. Our Hill Country Guide has a collection of articles about places where you can plunge into a refreshing swimming hole, tube down a crystal clear river, kayak on a lake and more.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the Sweetwater Wildflower Festival last weekend, and there’s still time to enjoy an above-average wildflower season throughout the Texas Hill Country. But hurry – the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and other Texas beauties won’t last much longer.
With the wildflowers in bloom and the weather just perfect, spring is the perfect time to enjoy a day trip in the Texas Hill Country. From wine to wildlife, here are 5 day trip ideas everyone in the family will love.
Sweetwater residents have a sweet deal when it comes to fun and fine dining near the community. That’s especially true for Valentine’s Day, when many nearby restaurants offer special menus. See our top picks for romantic dining, close to home.
The votes are in for the top three nearby restaurants loved by Sweetwater residents. From a classic seafood and oyster bar, to a down-home Texas icehouse, the results are as fun and diverse as Sweetwater itself.
There are plenty of gift guides out there this time of year, and many of them are very good. But how many of them are devoted to gift-worthy goods and experience that celebrate Austin and the Hill Country?
Austin Texas has grabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list for 2017. To come up with the rankings, U.S. News analyzed 100 U.S. metro areas based on quality of life, the job market, the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.
May is a magical month in the Texas Hill Country, combining the last hurrah of spring with a heady hint of summertime fun and freedom. Here’s a list of our Top 6 picks for Hill Country festivals near Sweetwater. Enjoy!
Located just five miles from Sweetwater’s main entrance, Lakeway Regional Medical Center has new signs bearing its new name: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway. This state-of-the-art hospital also has a bright new future, as part of Texas’ largest not-for-profit health system.
Living in Sweetwater means that you not only see the bright stars at night, but are able to experience all of the things that the Texas Hill Country offers outdoors in the daytime. Check out the list of top things to do outdoors in the Texas Hill Country.
Texas is known for its BBQ and we have plenty of it to choose from. Whether attending a block party with your neighbors, grilling out at the Sweetwater Club or venturing out to the local area BBQ joints - one thing is for sure, Texas Loves Barbecue!
The Sweetwatear Club's pool has been called one of the nation's best, but for something different, try a classic Texas swimming hole - like Hamilton Pool located minutes from Sweetwater. There are several more that made the "10 Best" that are pretty close as well.
Austin receives yet another number 1 ranking for "2013 Best-Performing Cities Where Jobs are Created and Maintained," according to the 2013 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.
Austin shows up on so many “best of” lists that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Colin Pope, editor of the Austin Business Journal, gave us a pretty comprehensive recap, though, in a recent column.