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Texas Country Roadtrip

24-Hour Adventure: BBQ, Horses, and Texas Country Views

Three cities, 24 hours. Start your day with a pilgrimage to the renowned Snow's BBQ in Lexington, TX, just an hour from Austin. Open only on Saturday’s, this spot draws travelers from all over to savor Tootsie's famous brisket that slides right off the bone with bark that tastes like candy. People often wait in line not just for the food, but also to take a photo with the almost 90-year-old Ms. Tootsie! Don’t let the lines deter you—they keep guests happy offering a complimentary beer or Bloody Mary while they wait. Across the lot, a huge antique shop in an old mill offers hidden treasures and a fine selection of cowboy boots, perfect for the next leg of your adventure.

Another hour’s drive takes you to Brenham, Texas, where a unique Airbnb experience awaits. Nestled in serene countryside, Darell’s Rockin’ Star Ranch offers the chance to explore nature’s beauty on horseback, with over 100 acres to roam. Under Darell’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to pick your tack, saddle your horse, and receive a short lesson before heading out on a leisurely trail ride. Encounter wildlife such as aoudads, elk and deer and soak in panoramic views of grazing cattle and goats. While in Brenham, check out Brossa’s farm-to-table fare and dine alongside local farmers while enjoying fine wine and excellent cuts of meat.

Next, head 15 minutes outside Brenham to Burton, TX where a renovated barn atop a hill promises unforgettable sunset views that bleed into black skies perfect for stargazers. This modern Texan barn, adorned with eclectic cowboy pop art and thoughtful touches sourced from local artists, offers the perfect place to unwind. The owners, Ronda and Bruce Prothro, Austin locals who have been collecting art since 1989, have created a space that exudes comfort and creativity. Cozy up by the fire pit and admire the 10 acre-property – and don’t be surprised if you spot a bobcat or deer grazing close by. This gem of a home, found on Airbnb under BNR Farmstead hosted by HOSTÎE, also offers concierge services like a private chef.