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Moving, Motivation, and the Post That Should Have Been

Sweet Berry Farm. Marble Falls, TX

Last week, we visited Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, Texas. We bought a pumpkin, completed the corn maze, ate homemade ice cream, and fed some feisty goats.

That was how I was going to start my post on our outing to a pumpkin patch. But to be honest, I’m not feeling it right now. This is probably one of those things I’m not supposed to admit.

I’m sure if I do a google search for “blogging tips,” I’m not going to find, “Admit to your readers that you’re tired and are so bogged down in the logistics of moving that you just don’t have the motivation to write about your perfectly lovely day-trip to Marble Falls.”

But it’s true. I’m so fixated on organzing, packing, and finding kid-friendly/pet-friendly hotels along our route to Las Vegas that I’ve been staying up way too late and drinking way too much coffee the next morning.

So, you’ll just have to trust me that we had an outstanding time at Sweet Berry Farm. Don’t believe me? Go check it out for yourself! Sweet Berry Farm is located in Marble Falls, which is about 90 minutes away from San Antonio. Bring cash, sunscreen, and an empty backseat so that you have room to haul your pumpkins home.

p.s. Never fear! I’ll be back on my game later this week. I’ve got a great post coming up…a round-up of my favorite Texas adventures, two years in the making. Stay tuned.

A Mother/Daughter Stay at the Horseshoe Bay Resort

HSB Resort, beach

Marriott’s Horseshoe Bay Resort is located along Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country. E. and I enjoyed a two-night stay at the resort hotel in late June.

An easy drive from San Antonio (and I would imagine, Austin), the resort is located just minutes from US 281 and the small Hill Country town of Marble Falls.

The grounds at the resort reminded me a little bit of Scottsdale, Arizona–lots of palm trees, ferns, and carefully manicured landscapes. Also, the resort features the Japanese-inspired Palm Trail, a walking path that runs past lily ponds, fountains, and sculptures.

HSB Resort, Palm Trail map

HSB Resort, Palm Trail

Our standard room reminded me of those found at other Marriott hotels and featured two comfortable queen-size beds and a nice bathroom. I’ve always had good experiences at Marriott hotels in terms of cleanliness and peace-and-quiet, and this was my experience again at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. One particularly nice feature in our room was the empty (in other words, non-mini-bar) refrigerator. This is especially helpful for those travelling with babies and young children.

Resort pool

Our room overlooked the main pool and a zero-entry (beach-entry) kids’ pool. E. loved the kids’ pool’s fountains and the waterfall-like feature in the main pool.

Speaking of water, we also enjoyed the resort’s beach along Lake LBJ. The resort provided beach toys to guests, and E. had a great time wading in the shallow water and playing in the sand. Snacks and drinks were available for purchase nearby, and there is yet another pool and hot tub overlooking the beach.

Overall, we had a great time at the resort, and I definitely consider it to be family-friendly.

HSB Resort, checkers

Disclaimer: I received a discounted rate at this hotel and I follow the resort on Twitter and have therefore communicated with them prior to my visit. However, the resort did not ask me to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Four Reasons I Love the Blue Bonnet Cafe

Recently, E. and I went on a two-day trip to Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls. One highlight of the trip was our breakfast at Blue Bonnet Cafe located along US 281. Here are four reasons why we loved it:

1. They’re old school: The Blue Bonnet Cafe has been pleasing customers since 1929. I love places with that kind of track record. Part of the fun is wondering how many other people have enjoyed breakfast there.

2. They serve breakfast all day: And what a breakfast it is! I ordered a scrambled egg (which was cooked perfectly), bacon, hashbrowns, and biscuits. It was all wonderful. I have a feeling I’ll be daydreaming about this breakfast for awhile.

Breakfast, Bluebonnet Cafe

3. Friendly folks: The service is fast and friendly. And it’s clear from looking around that this is a place enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

4. The customers are gorgeous: Well, maybe I’m a little biased. But this gal was awfully cute. I happen to know that she’s a big fan of pancakes and bacon.

At Bluebonnet Cafe

For more food-related posts, check out WanderFood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Stay tuned! Later this week I’ll be writing about our stay at the lovely Horseshoe Bay Resort.

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