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Your First Stop Into The Texas Hill Country
Spotlight Destination: Johnson City
Johnson City, boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the first stop in the best of the Hill Country. Once a general store, the Withers & Spaulding building, 100 Main Street, built in 1893, fully restored by the National Park Service, serves as Johnson City’s Chamber and Visitors Center, has maps and free Wi-Fi. Across the street, in a restored feed mill, is the Hill Country Science Mill, where kids of all ages explore the worlds of science and technology.
Grab a cup at the Black Spur Coffee Shop and head to the Nugent Avenue Arts District. Here, the A. Smith, Lee Casbeer, Taste Wine Art, and Texcetera galleries showcase local and nationally renowned artists in painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography and textiles. Local jams, jellies, honeys and other delicacies are also featured. Lunchtime? Stop into the Pecan Street Brewing Company, in a restored hardware store.
Expect craft brews, brick oven pizzas and hearty American fare. An outdoor beer garden features live music on weekends and a Sunday night pickers circle. Try the East Main Grill, Lady Bird Lane Café and Bryans on 290. Explore the former home of our 36th president, Pedernales Falls State Park, and a variety of other shops, eateries and parks.