Best Vacation Flood Relief

Take a Central Texas Staycation

Need a break? Why not funnel vacation dollars into our own backyard to aid neighbors affected by the Memorial Weekend floods? A list of recommendations could easily take pages; for this award, we'll name-check a few resources to get you started:
• Martindale: When the wild hustle and bustle of San Marcos and Gruene are too much, but you still wish to be a stone's throw, consider going east for a float down the San Marcos River.
• Taylor: Home of the legendary Louie Mueller Barbecue. Need we say more?
• Bastrop: Yes, wildfire-recovering Bastrop was hit by the floods as well, especially Bastrop State Park, which is open for business.
• Blanco: The Austin Steam Train goes to Blanco, and there's plenty to do, including the town square and Blanco River State Park.
• San Marcos: The last few weeks of good tubing and Texas State Bobcat sports top the fall. Plus, this mini-Austin is as live-music loving as we are.
• Wimberley: One of the sweetest collections of bed & breakfasts and non-chain accommodations in Texas and our area artists' colony always offers a magical getaway.

City of Martindale
409 Main St., Martindale, 512/357-2639
www.martindaletexas.org

Taylor Chamber of Commerce
1519 N. Main St., Taylor, 512/352-6364
www.taylorchamber.org

Blanco Chamber of Commerce
312 Pecan St., Blanco, 830/833-5101
www.blancotex.com

Explore Bastrop County
804 Pecan St., Bastrop, 512/581-4011
www.explorebastropcounty.com

Bastrop State Park
100 Park Rd. 1A, Bastrop, 512/321-2101
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/bastrop

Tour San Marcos
San Marcos Tourist Information Center, 617 I-35 N., San Marcos, 512/393-5930

Wimberley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
14100 RR 12, Wimberley, 512/847-2201

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