by Diane Capito
Here is a guidebook that takes you deep into the hearts of picturesque towns that dot the Texas Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin, from Bandera to Buda, Kerrville to Kyle, Grapetown to Gruene.
Diane Capito, the indefatigable walk leader whose San Antonio On Foot came out in 1993, is back with an even more ambitious work. Her 38 carefully mapped walks in 26 Hill Country towns take you along familiar main streets, then down the unbeaten byways that so often define a town’s soul. A wealth of freshly unearthed historical information brings hundreds of small town landmarks to life.
For those without enough time to slow down in each town, the author kept the routes on public streets that can be driven or bicycled along. You’ll find precise directions plus the location of convenient parking, restrooms and restaurants. The index offers a quick checklist of cemeteries, courthouses, museums, parks and nature trails and even, for five towns, eyewitness accounts of ghosts, one of which the author swears she herself encountered during the preparation of this book.
“The most fun was learning about small towns that I had always just whizzed by without a thought or second glance. . . . I find myself putting the book in the car every time we head out of San Antonio, just in case there is time to drop in on a town I never knew I wanted to explore.” —San Antonio Current