Looking for a Hill Country getaway that takes you west? You’re in luck as there’s a place that even has its own song sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. “Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas” from San Marcos and you’ll get there within an hour or so.
Luckenbach, Texas is a must-visit for anyone who lives in San Marcos and wants a real Texas staycation. Country music lovers will think they’re in heaven as its history with outlaw country music goes back to 1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band recorded a live album at the Luckenbach dance hall.
Considering Luckenbach has a population of 3, it’s barely a town. But it’s a memorable town that will fill your day with new memories. The scenic drive from San Marcos to Luckenbach is packed with rolling hills and wildflowers, all the things that make the Texas Hill Country what it is.
Relish Live Music
Grammy-winning country music artists come to this town to play at the timeless dance hall. Big-name stars like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Pat Green, and Gary P. Nunn stop by and entertain. Willie Nelson performed here every year for thousands of his closest friends at the 4th of July picnic.
Most of the music is country, but you’ll likely hear a mix of folk, blues, rock, bluegrass, and jazz. The best part? Many of the performances are free. Check the Luckenbach event page to see who’s coming to play and pricing for special performances or just swing by and you might catch an impromptu jam session.
Explore the General Store
Standing since 1849, the General Store-slash-U.S.-Post-Office is a treasure with a rich history. You can betcha you’ll find the perfect souvenirs and lots of selfie opportunities.
Every trip to Fredericksburg should also follow with a stop in Luckenbach for at least a selfie in the store, cold beverage, and good music. Come stay awhile and enjoy yourself. Heck, you can bring the pets along for the ride. In fact, if you’re lucky, you’ll meet the cat that lives in the General Store.
Eat Some Good Fixins
A food truck or two may be on sight to whip up some fixins for you. Or visit the Lone Star Café serving nachos and a variety of fries ranging from Slap Ya’ Momma to Pig, tacos, and wings.
“My Texas” is a Josh Abbott Band song that highlights spots in Texas and recommends drinking a cold Shiner in Luckenbach. Beer or no beer, Texans should pass through Luckenbach at some point to experience a place where “everybody’s somebody.”
You have many options for Hill Country getaways and Texas staycations like Gruene, New Braunfels, Georgetown, and Fredricksburg when you live in TRACE in San Marcos. Its many amenities give you easy access to everyday things. The community will have three parks, a fire department, retailers, and an elementary school.