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.
The annual Sweetwater Holiday Market happens on Sat., Dec. 7, from 10-2 at the Sweetwater Club. It’s a great opportunity to find unique handmade gifts from Sweetwater residents and other Austin and Hill Country vendors. Door prizes donated by vendors will be given out during market hours.
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.
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.
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.
Sweetwater is home to an 800-year-old Texas Madrone tree that’s easy to visit along Pedernales Summit Parkway, our main thoroughfare. Discover this tree, and find out where to get your own Texas Madrone tree to plant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many great things about living in Austin and the Texas Hill Country, including the fact that we’re located along one of the main migratory routes for Monarch butterflies. October is prime time for Monarch watching in Sweetwater and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
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.
From miles of trails to new homes with dog-friendly features, Sweetwater really puts out the “welcome” mat for dogs. And for the growing number of homebuyers who consider dogs a big part of the family, that’s great news.
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.
It’s great when family and friends visit for the holidays, and there’s no need to stress about keeping everyone entertained. With tips on everything from restaurants and shopping, to nature and entertainment, our Area Guide will help make sure there’s never a dull moment.
Connecting kids with nature has benefits ranging from increased mental acuity to decreased obesity and depression. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s how living in a nature-rich community like Sweetwater can help make kids happier.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Sweetwater’s Fall Festival will offer food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and prizes. It will also be a great time to discover 30+ new homes available for quick move-in at Sweetwater.
As Sweetwater prepares for its second annual honey harvest this summer, all signs are pointing to a bountiful increase over last year, when Sweetwater first became home to six hives of apis mellifera honeybees.
Close to both Austin and the Hill Country, Sweetwater offers many reasons why you’ll never want to leave the community once you discover your new Austin home here. Our community has many attractions including green-built houses that have floor plans that let you live the way you want.
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!
Along with providing lots of fun and learning for hundreds of residents and visitors, the 4th annual Sweetwater Wildflower Festival raised $1,500 in cash and hundreds of dollars worth of supplies for Austin Pets Alive.
With more than 700 acres of parks, trails and natural open spaces, Sweetwater offers residents plenty of possibilities to explore scenic Hill Country canyons and waterfalls, wonder at the night sky, and enjoy active events without ever leaving the community.
We love to highlight the many Hill Country events and attractions near Sweetwater, and now we're calling attention to a bat-tastic event coming to the heart of Downtown Austin. It's the 12 Annual Bat Fest on Saturday, August 20, from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Rightfully considered the crown jewel of Austin’s excellent park system, Zilker Metropolitan Park sits just across Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) from the city’s dynamic downtown skyline.
Located in Dripping Springs only 15 miles from Sweetwater, the 2,427-acre Reimers Ranch Park is the largest park acquisition in the history of Travis County, with nearly three miles of frontage along the Pedernales River.
Located near Sweetwater, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is dedicated to inspiring people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature through educational programs, collaborative alliances, and conservation of its beautiful 75-acre preserve.
Barton Springs Pool, Austin’s crown jewel, offers year ‘round swimming. Sometimes called the “soul of Austin” – and definitely one of the city’s crown jewels – Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre manmade pool fed by natural underground springs originating from the Edwards Aquifer.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, Krause Springs is filled with beautiful Hill Country scenery, including a breathtaking waterfall, a secluded grotto, rugged boulders and bluffs, towering trees and lush landscaping.
Ask any Texan about enjoying the Guadalupe, and they’ll probably immediately talk about tubing, whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. With tranquil currents and a constant 72-degree temperature, the Comal offers a gentler experience than the rapid-rich Guadalupe, which it joins downstream.
Located just north of Wimberley, the Jacob's Well Natural Area is one of the most magnificent natural gems of the Texas Hill Country. The first natural preserve owned by Hays County, this beloved swimming spot forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek.
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.