Five Day Trips From the Vault

Gerald E. McLeod picks 5 trips that have stood the test of time

The Chronicle’s Day Trips columnist Gerald E. McLeod picks five of his favorite jaunts just a few hours from Austin.

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Historic Dance Halls of Texas (Oct. 1, 2010)

Old dance halls in Texas weren't invented by German and Czech immigrants; they were just perfected in the farming communities of Central Texas. Go to column.

Real Ale Brewery, Blanco, TX (July 30, 2010)

The brew crew hasn't let it go to their heads that they're one the largest craft breweries in the state. Friday afternoons are a chance to open the tasting room and give tours with the brewmaster. Go to column.

Snow’s BBQ, Lexington, TX (June 17, 2011)

The little barbecue joint has a mighty big reputation to live up to every Saturday morning. The pressure has been on since 2008 when they were crowned the best purveyor of smoked meats in the state. Go to column.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area, Wimberley, TX (May 17, 2013)

The popular swimming hole is no longer a not-so-well-kept secret. It’s now a Hays County park, and sneaking around protective neighbors is no longer necessary. Go to column.

A Tour of Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s Art (Nov. 6, 2009)

Daddy-O's art has been keeping it weird for decades and is scattered around Texas. You can find his unique sculptures made of junkyard parts or shiny urethane in the most unusual places. Go to column.

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