What to do and eat

LOTS of info on this page.


Spicewood/Marble Falls/Burnet County Activities:

Krause Springs (worth a visit in old-town Spicewood 3 miles from us). A pleasant surprise tucked away. The absolute best 4th of July fireworks.

Spicewood Arts Society (season concerts at Spicewood Vineyards Events Center begin each Fall)

Sweet Berry Farm (great spot for picking berries, a cornfield maze in the fall, check it out!)

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours  They are just 8 miles down the road.

Vanishing Texas River Cruise (outside of Burnet on Lake Buchanan)

Longhorn Caverns (between Marble Falls and Burnet, a beautiful drive on Park Road 4)

Inks Lake State Park on Park Road 4

Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce

Burnet County Tourism (Spicewood is in Burnet County)

Uptown Theatre in Marble Falls: restored theatre on Main. Live variety of entertainment, movies on weekends sometimes

Marble Falls movie theater (ShowBiz Cinemas) north of Marble Falls on 281 next to WalMart

Hill Country Community Theater (on 2147 near Horseshoe Bay)

Willow City Loop wildflower drive (lovely anytime of the year)

John Gilbert Fishing Guide (Lake Travis and Lake LBJ)

Heart of Texas Wine Tours will come pick you up at the cabin.

Star gazing at the observatory at Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan, about an hour drive

Kingsland Slab: Hwy 71 west, go 22 miles and turn R on CR307, go 5 miles

The Science Mill in Johnson City.

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Recent fishing report from our shoreline (August2017):

“First day, 3 largemouth bass. Second morning 7 largemouth bass, 1 smallmouth bass, 1 channel cat and 1 gaspergoo. Caught all on  #4 minnow mepp.”

You can also fish at the LCRA Narrows Recreation Area 2 miles away. There is a boat ramp and some campsites.

Also the LCRA Grelle Recreation Area about 4 miles away near Krause Springs.

Note John Gilbert fishing guide in the above list.


Pamper Yourself:

Onsite massages can be arranged by contacting Trish at 830.596.3264.

Trish is experienced in Trager work, Lomi Lomi, Accupressure …. please ask her for details!

You can also visit her at her location in Marble Falls.


Nearby Vineyards

Spicewood Vineyards (Spicewood-5 miles away) A nice setting and the staff is SO friendly. Good wine selections.

Stone House (Spicewood)

McReynolds (Spicewood)

Texas Hills (Johnson City) Italian wine, so of course it’s a favorite. Try the red port and orange muscato.

Perissos (on the road to Longhorn Caverns, a smaller vineyard that we like. Have a burger at Hoover’s Valley Cafe across the road.)

Torr Na Lochs (on Hwy 29 between Park Road 4 and Burnet). Beautiful view. Visit Perissos, then drive Park Road 4 to Hwy29, turn right.

El Gaucho Winery (on Kathy Lane off of Bee Creek Road in Spicewood). Argentine wines. Note: they only serve Malbecs.

Fall Creek Vineyard (Tow)

Marble Falls Wine Trail ( a good map)

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Many vineyards from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, a one-hour drive. Grape Creek Vineyards has lovely patios and THE BEST pizza. New restaurant also serving dinner. Mallonee belongs to the wine club and her favorites are Cabernet Trois and Cabernet Syrah. Becker is another favorite.

Garrison Brothers whiskey distillery: outside of Johnson City in Hye on 290.


Mountain Bike Trails:

Muleshoe Bend – Spicewood

Pace Bend Park – Spicewood

Pedernales Falls State Park – Johnson City

Reveille Peak Ranch – Burnet




Opie’s Bar B Q is on Hwy 71 at the intersection of Spur 191 where you turned off the highway. Good smoked brisket, ribs, pork chops (!), chicken, lots of yummy sides. Mon 11-4, Tues 11-2, Wed-Sun 9-7. WiFi. On Top 50 Texas Monthly list 2013.

Spicewood General Store/Exxon: breakfast tacos, hamburgers, groceries and hardware. Sometimes you can pick up wi-fi from Opie’s.

Beto’s Tacos red food trailer just west of the Exxon on hwy71. Yummy tacos and plates. 6am-2pm

The following are a 15 minute drive near the Pedernales River on Hwy71:

La Cabana Grill: Mexican food restaurant, open 7 days. WiFi.

J5 Steakhouse: Fine dining, good menu. Closed Sun and Mon. tel. 512.428.5727

Angel’s on Hwy 71 towards Austin past the Pedernales bridge. Salads, burgers, chicken fried steak. WiFi. Very casual and we like it.

Apis Restaurant and Apiary on Hwy 71 at the Pedernales. LOTS of good press. Try their happy hour and signature cocktails. They have now added a more casual Pizzeria Sorellina.


Marble Falls (15 minutes)

The Blue Bonnet Café on Hwy 281, on the right after you go over the bridge. A Texas legend for home cooking, breakfast served all day, pies piled with meringue. Mon-Thurs 6am-8pm, Fri-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 6am-1:45. Pie Happy Hour M-F 3-5.

Noon Spoon Cafe on Broadway, the last street off of 281 before you get to 1431. Right onto Broadway. Open M-F, 11-2:30. Yummy!!! Mallonee’s favorite. Check out their menu via the link. Great soups and daily specials and salads.

Russo’s Texitaly: turn right at the light just before the bridge, then right at the stop sign. 1st right again, it is on the hill overlooking Marble Falls. Pasta, steaks, burgers.

Inman’s Bar BQ is another legend. North on Hwy 281 at 6th, it’s on the right, look for the hubcap man! Choose your own meat from the pit; we recommend the turkey sausage. Mallonee would put a chunk of sausage in her lunch bag tied to her saddle as a child while riding her horse, Cochise, all day long when there was nothing in Spicewood. When they sell out, they close.

Julie’s Cucina : On FM 2147. Turn left at the light before the bridge onto 2147, go about 3 miles, it is on the right.

River City Grille is at the bridge on 281, good lake view. Food OK, salads are good.

R Bar: Off of Main Street on 3rd behind Uptown Theatre. Good pulled-pork tacos.

Dock’s: Hwy 281 at Hwy 1431 in Marble Falls. Steaks, fried catfish, shrimp salad. Can be loud.

Double Horn Brewery is on 281 right across from the Blue Bonnet Cafe.

Huey O’s burgers are yummy, a new find for us! 510 Castle Rock Drive off of 1431 where you turn for On The Rocks. Closed Sun and Mon. Owner is a character, the place is small and very casual. We think better than Bill’s.

On the Rocks at 4401 Cottonwood Dr off of 1431. Nice patio area with a good view and atmosphere. Food and service may not be the best, but go for a relaxing cocktail and a decent/good meal.

Bill’s Burgers on Main in Marble Falls is on the 2016 Tx Monthly Top 50 burgers list.


A 30-minute drive:

Bryans On 290/Johnson City: featured in Tx Monthly. Pricey.

Pecan Street Brewing/Johnson City: Hwy 281 south to Johnson City. It’s on the square across from the courthouse.

Lady Bird Lane Cafe/Johnson City next door to The Science Mill. Same owner as the beloved but now-closed Silver K Cafe.

Hoover’s Valley Cafe is across the road from Perissos Vineyard on Park Road 4 north of MF. Grab a burger and see a slice of local culture.


Further towards Austin (20-30 minutes):

Mallonee’s favorite happy hour: Santa Catarina in Lakeway. 1310 RR 620 S. Great appetizers and prices and food presentation. Interior Mexican food. We go Hwy 71, left on Bee Creek which takes you thru Lakeway, right on Lakeway Blvd, right on 620. It will be on the right tucked away in older strip center (sign has ‘League Tavern’).

Verde’s: on Hamilton Pool Rd. Interior Mexican food, good menu. Pork chops/shrimp/steak/rellenos.

Hill Country Galleria mall on the left and Galleria Shops on the right, at the intersection of RR620 and Hwy 71, 18.5 miles east of us towards Austin. There are several eateries: Panera, Einstein’s Bagels, Mandola’s Italian, Mimi’s Café, Cafe Blue, Chiso’s Grill, All Star Burgers (try the Fireman), Buenos Aires Cafe a favorite, string quartets some evenings, good happy hour.

The Oasis is on RR620 across the dam (15 miles from Hwy 71?) , turn left at light onto Comanche Trail. This is looking like Vegas on the Lake, and a far cry from its simple beginnings prior to its devastating fire. Worth a visit if you want to take a drive. Not our favorite place, but it is well-known and often on someone’s “list”.



Our local Exxon.

HEB is in Marble Falls, turn left at 1431 (at the Pizza Hut) off of 281. A brand new store is being built next door to it (Feb2018!!).

WalMart on 281 north of Marble Falls.

HEB towards Austin at Hwy 71 and Bee Caves (RR2244). Bigger and better than Marble Falls, a mini – Central Market.

Lakeway HEB at 2000 RR 620 just north of Lohmans Crossing (next to Sonic). It features a restaurant ‘Table 620’.

Whole Foods at Hill Country Galleria, 20 miles east on 71 towards Austin.