Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country just 1 hr from Austin & San Antonio.
Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, life paces itself slower. In Blanco, old-timers gather regularly at the Blanco Bowling Club and Café to exchange opinions over a cup of coffee, and on the square, residents pause to chat at the post office after retrieving the morning’s mail. The Blanco River, which meanders through the southern edge of this Hill Country town, provides not only the community’s drinking water, but also its most popular tourist attraction. The river is the focal point of Blanco State Park, one of the state’s smaller parks and most picturesque. It is one of only a few state parks with camping facilities located within a city, making supplies and small-town amenities readily available.
Blanco’s majestic centerpiece on the square is the Old Blanco County courthouse built in 1885. The courthouse served the county for only four years before the seat was moved to Johnson City in 1890 after a controversial election. Following its abandonment by the county government, the building housed a number of entities over the years, including a hospital, bank, school, museum, restaurant and newspaper offices. A local preservation society purchased and restored the courthouse, which serves as a visitor’s center and community hall.
Our hill country beauty has inspired a craft unique to our area. From restoration of old buggies at the Buggy Barn, the fine craft beers at Real Ale and the distilled whiskey’s of Ben Milam. Come experience what hill country craft means.