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Best small towns in Texas
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/28/2010 | Source: “Ride Texas” (Readers' Choice, Best in Texas 2010)

Posted on 01/28/2010 7:29:39 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

1. Luckenbach

2. Leakey

3. Fredericksburg

4. Jefferson

5. Gruene

6. Bandera

7. Alpine

8. Kerrville

9. Granbury

10. Muenster


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Texas
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Texas, ya'll.
1 posted on 01/28/2010 7:29:41 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Welcome to Texas..


2 posted on 01/28/2010 7:30:35 AM PST by gibtx2 (keep up the good work I am out of work but post 20 a month to this out of WF Check)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is there a correlation with distance to the Mexican border?


3 posted on 01/28/2010 7:31:53 AM PST by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: WestCoastGal

PING


4 posted on 01/28/2010 7:34:08 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Seems the Hill Country towns are the most popular for good reason.


5 posted on 01/28/2010 7:35:42 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Responsibility2nd

The best small town in Texas is the one you’re in at the moment. It’s a Texas State of mind.


6 posted on 01/28/2010 7:37:28 AM PST by TADSLOS (Presidential charisma without repect for liberty is a dangerous trait.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I live in Garland Texas

The calendar's out of date but I'd date 'em

7 posted on 01/28/2010 7:39:14 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Based on what criteria?


8 posted on 01/28/2010 7:39:23 AM PST by ChocChipCookie (God to Obama: Don't think I'm not keepin' track. Brother.)
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To: TexasCajun

“Ride Texas” is a magazine for motorcycle enthusiasts. Lots of views, twists, and turns in the hill country.


9 posted on 01/28/2010 7:39:54 AM PST by Kowdawg
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To: Responsibility2nd

Fredericksburg = Chicken Fried Steak YUMM!


10 posted on 01/28/2010 7:40:20 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Responsibility2nd
Leakey -- Frio River


11 posted on 01/28/2010 7:41:29 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Responsibility2nd

Luckenbach is #1? I wonder why. I guess we need to head over there for our next weekend trip.

I love Gruene!


12 posted on 01/28/2010 7:41:40 AM PST by txmissy
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To: MeekOneGOP; ValerieTexas; txhurl; basil; SwinneySwitch; austinaero; lormand; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; ..

Pimging some Texans.


13 posted on 01/28/2010 7:42:05 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Hey zero, It is NOT Bush's fault anymore.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hah! I’ve been to about half of them and I don’t live in Texas. Used to when I was in the AF.


14 posted on 01/28/2010 7:42:38 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Deja Moo - The feeling that you have heard this BS before.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Based on what criteria?

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Source: “Ride Texas” (Readers’ Choice, Best in Texas 2010)

FWIW


15 posted on 01/28/2010 7:43:11 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: TexasCajun

Ever been to Willow City? Drive the Willow City loop?

Beee-yutifal.


16 posted on 01/28/2010 7:44:10 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: Responsibility2nd

11. Hico


17 posted on 01/28/2010 7:44:36 AM PST by texas_mrs
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To: Responsibility2nd

I lived in Alpine many moons ago. I loved it!


18 posted on 01/28/2010 7:44:45 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: TADSLOS

“The best small town in Texas is the one you’re in at the moment. It’s a Texas State of mind”

Have to agree with that. My personal favorites would have to be Fairfield, Teague, Buffalo, and especially Dew, Texas.

“God blessed Texas with His own hand...sent down angels from the promised land” ...or something like that.


19 posted on 01/28/2010 7:44:57 AM PST by crude77
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To: texas_mrs

11. Hico

mmmmmmmm Dove!!!


20 posted on 01/28/2010 7:46:42 AM PST by crude77
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To: Responsibility2nd



21 posted on 01/28/2010 7:46:42 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This would have been 100 times better had they bothered to identify the criteria. Are these the best small towns in Texas because they are crime free? Have low taxes? Nice weather? Or are they the best small towns in Texas because they pay the highest welfare benefits and provide the most luxurious assisted housing? Most comfortable for criminals? Friendliest toward illegal aliens? I would like to know.


22 posted on 01/28/2010 7:47:13 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: txmissy

Many of the happiest memories remaining from my mis-spent youth involve Gruene, the Guadalupe River, an inner tube and Lone Star beer. Is that funky dance hall still there in Gruene, the oldest remaining dance hall in TX?


23 posted on 01/28/2010 7:47:25 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Responsibility2nd; SwinneySwitch

Texas Ping


24 posted on 01/28/2010 7:48:07 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: TexasCajun

Seems the Hill Country towns are the most popular for good reason.

Yes. Here’s a few more.

Canyon Lake (Currently living at)
Sattler
Comfort
Wimberly


25 posted on 01/28/2010 7:48:36 AM PST by BornToBeAmerican
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To: TexasCajun
Seems the Hill Country towns are the most popular for good reason.

Just what I was telling my wife when I saw the list. Not in the desert, not in the mosquito belt. Mild climate mostly except when a norther bursts in or a hurricane pushes through the coastal plains. Plenty of friendly people too.

26 posted on 01/28/2010 7:49:15 AM PST by no-s (B.L.O.A.T. and every day...because some day soon they won't be making any more...for you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I would add Ft Davis and Alpine.


27 posted on 01/28/2010 7:49:35 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Kowdawg
I thinks that it's for the ride.

Would substitute Ft. Davis for Alpine.

Alpine is nice but I do not consider it small.

As far has small towns with charm I would put Palacios on the list. Surprised not to see Rockport and Port Aransas on the list as I see lots of motorcycles in the area when the weather is good.

28 posted on 01/28/2010 7:51:15 AM PST by nomorelurker
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To: Responsibility2nd
Brenham ...

The Bluebell Ice Cream Factory

A little roadside restaurant that has a buffet with the BEST chicken-fried chicken livers and deep-fried stuffed jalapenos in the world!

29 posted on 01/28/2010 7:51:34 AM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: ken5050

Not really, most of the towns are within just a few hours of the border, some are closer than that.

Jefferson, Granbury and Muenster are in East Tex or FW area, Alpine is in far west Tex (and close to the border), all the rest are Tex Hill Country, west or NW of San Antonio.


30 posted on 01/28/2010 7:52:32 AM PST by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Luckenbach is nothing, but a beer joint.

I like Blanco and Terlingua.


31 posted on 01/28/2010 7:53:12 AM PST by razorback-bert (Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Yes - God Bless TEXAS!!

Canyon Lake - is the DAM judge still there? (Heck, is the sign still there?)

Wimberly

I long to be back in Texas!!


32 posted on 01/28/2010 7:53:52 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: Responsibility2nd

Been to every one ... every one of them are awesome in their own right. The list could go on forever. God Bless Texas!


33 posted on 01/28/2010 7:54:30 AM PST by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: txmissy

Gruene 10 years ago was beyond a doubt the best of the best.Even during the summer with all the tubers, it was still a great hide away. Now it’s lost a lot of its charm with the huge amount of tourists cramming the streets(it’s now a small San Antonio). Fredericksburg has always been the diamond of the hill country. As it grows, it still has kept its serenity. We stay just down the road from Becker’s and no matter how much anxiety we arrive with, Fredericksburg dissipates it and brings us back to a state of tranquility. As to Luckenbach, I don’t see it as being in the top 10 ( probably because of Willie Nelson).


34 posted on 01/28/2010 7:54:41 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: RebelTXRose

Yep,

Slow down and see the Dam

Speed up and see the Dam Judge

Never seen him...........


35 posted on 01/28/2010 8:46:46 AM PST by BornToBeAmerican
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To: ken5050

In my opinion the correlation is how close they are to larger cities - still small town, but you can get to all the amenities if you want to... possible exception would be Alpine.


36 posted on 01/28/2010 8:53:26 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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To: razorback-bert
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson - Luckenback, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)

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37 posted on 01/28/2010 9:04:18 AM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: txmissy
I love Gruene!

I love Gruene (Green for all you non-Texans) too...but I wouldn't want to live there. Can you imagine having to deal with the traffic all the time on the weekends? What a nightmare.

38 posted on 01/28/2010 9:11:13 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: tgusa
You bet!

Gruene Hall.

39 posted on 01/28/2010 9:12:18 AM PST by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve visited Luckenbach. It’s like 3 houses, a cafe/store/post office, and a dance hall.

Nice place to visit, but I don’t think many of us are going to be able to move there!


40 posted on 01/28/2010 9:15:04 AM PST by NRPM (America again in 2010!)
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To: ansel12
1994 - youtubeJERRY JEFF WALKER - VIVA LUCKENBACHsong.mpg

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41 posted on 01/28/2010 9:17:16 AM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: Proud_texan

Yep, that’s it! Still looks the same after ~30+ years .... Absolutely gorgeous part of the country and of Texas. San Antonio area used to be our escape from NAS Beeville - have many, many fond memories of those days.


42 posted on 01/28/2010 9:21:45 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m really looking forward to one day getting on the road and seeing more of Texas. Since moving here in late 2005, we’ve fallen in love with our adopted state, but haven’t had the resources to see much outside of the DFW area.

I enjoyed reading the comments on the thread. Sorta helps to put some flesh on the bones of towns I’ve heard of.


43 posted on 01/28/2010 9:23:27 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’d go with Muenster any day of the week. Predominantly German, it has two home town German restaurants and is the home of a great cheese maker. The supermarkets sell good old time German sausages made right there in the town. The folks are friendly and crime is low. The motorcycle ride there on 82 across North Texas is pleasant all the way from New Boston way past Vernon. Couple that with the fact there are still some good German stock babes in Muenster makes that place A-1 in my book.
44 posted on 01/28/2010 9:25:10 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Responsibility2nd

I was in Taylor, Hutto, and Marble Falls a lot last week, all nice towns. I’ve promised my Texas wife a move to Texas at some point in our lives, hopefully the job market complies soon.


45 posted on 01/28/2010 9:26:43 AM PST by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

that sign was “legendary” during my college days... in Houston! lol


46 posted on 01/28/2010 9:27:06 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: Responsibility2nd; humblegunner

11. humblegunner-ville


47 posted on 01/28/2010 9:32:35 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I lived in Alpine as a kid.

It was alright, nice country and mule deer.

From what I recall, it was full of college-town politicking.


48 posted on 01/28/2010 9:44:08 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Responsibility2nd

How ‘bout Possum Kingdom? I remember my father-in-law saying he’d spent time there once on a business trip.


49 posted on 01/28/2010 9:51:58 AM PST by shorty_harris
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is that a town or a compound? ;~)


50 posted on 01/28/2010 9:58:59 AM PST by TADSLOS (Presidential charisma without repect for liberty is a dangerous trait.)
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