This time of year, sweeps of blooms paint the Hill Country purple and spritz it with delicate perfume.
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Explore the Lavender Fields of Texas
Lavender season in the Texas Hill Country usually runs from May into July, rejuvenating those of us who start missing the bluebonnets the minute their season ends in early spring. According to texashillcountry.com, it’s the alkaline limestone soil and dry climate that make this part of Texas ideal for growing lavender. Hill Country Lavender in Blanco was the first commercial lavender grower in Texas and now has more than 2,500 plants and 70+ items in its product line. Not only can you tour lavender fields at commercial farms here, but some of the local wineries, like Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas, also grow fresh lavender. The 14th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival happens June 8-10 in Blanco, Texas. Sample Texas foods, hear live music, and browse the Texas lavender market on the historic Old Blanco Courthouse grounds. Want more ways to experience Texas lavender while the blooms are still at their peak?
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Book a Stay in Lavender Country
Lakeway Resort & Spa, which is just shy of an hour from Austin, is a family-friendly getaway right on Lake Travis. Enjoy spectacular lake views, several pools (including one just for the kiddos), and a spa for the grown ups, all in the heart of lavender country.
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Sip a Lavender Lemonade Cocktail
Served at Lakeway Resort & Spa, this refreshing sipper is made with 2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka, the juice of a fresh lemon, and 1 oz. lavender simple syrup. Vigorously shake together ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; pour into a chilled, sugar-rimmed martini glass; garnish with lavender springs and a halved lemon slice.
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Take a Spa Journey
For the ultimate in relaxation at Lakeway, take the spa’s 3.5-hour “Lavender Journey,” which highlights indigenous Texas lavender and includes a lavender scrub, an 80-minute wild lavender oils massage, and a lavender manicure and pedicure.