Winter is a time to walk and explore Hill Country towns

Stroll your way through winter in the Highland Lakes, where the average high temperatures are in the mid-60s December-February. You can take in all the sights, sounds and smells with a leisurely walk around any of the area’s Main Streets and courthouse squares.

On weekends, the best way to get around Fredericksburg is by foot. Clomp along the wooden sidewalks of downtown as you discover an old five-and-dime, eclectic furniture stores, art galleries, bakeries, a winery, ice cream and more.

In Llano, explore a variety of art galleries, antique stores, gift shops and restaurants from the Llano River Bridge to the courthouse square. Don’t miss a chance to see the World War I memorial and visit the Llano County Courthouse, one of the few remaining Texas courthouses built before 1900. It was designed by A.O. Watson and Jacob Larmour in the Romanesque Revival style during the “Golden Era” of Texas courthouse construction.

In Marble Falls, Historic Main Street boasts a number of shops worth exploring along with plenty of live music venues and nearby restaurants, public areas and nightspots. And don’t forget to check out all the open-air sculptures.

In Burnet, you can cut away from the Courthouse Square across U.S. 281 (watch for traffic and wait on the lights) and make your way to the Riverwalk on Hamilton Creek. And if you’re walking along League Street, just one block east of the courthouse square, at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon, you might just travel back in time to the wild, wild west.

The Burnet Gunfighters dress in period costumes and put on a 20-minute shootout at Old Burnet Town. Times depend on the train schedule for the Hill Country Flyer, so you might want to call for specific shootout times at (512) 756-1872. For more, go to www.burnetgunfighters.org.

In Johnson City, you can walk in the footsteps of President Lyndon B. Johnson at his boyhood home on Elm Street, one block south of U.S. 290. You can stroll on over to the Johnson Settlement, where guides will help you experience life on the farm during Johnson’s childhood.

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