Day Trip From Austin: Krause Springs and Opie’s BBQ

If you have never been to USA and all you know about this country comes from books, movies and TV-shows, it’s very likely that America seems to be the land of skyscrapers, yellow taxis, hamburgers and sexy world saviors like Bruce Willis. Which is true but only in part because USA is so much more than that.

Watching TV-shows like Friends and Sex and The City makes you believe that USA is all about big city life. When you actually move here it’s like a whole new world opens. Green, flowery, beautiful world of nature. This picture is taken in Spicewood, Texas, only one hour drive from Austin, which makes it perfect for a day trip.

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Another amusing thing. Are you ready? This place is a private property owned by Krause Family! What? This gorgeous place is somebody’s summer house? Correct, just like Jacob’s Well is somebody’s backyard pool (Jacob’s well is also great for a day trip from Austin).

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The best thing about the springs – apart from the opportunity to take a perfect shot for Instagram that will earn you hundreds of likes – is that it’s shady. Hiding from merciless Texas sun couldn’t be easier. The water is… how do I say it gently… refreshing. To tell the truth, it’s freaking cold but only in the first 5 minutes, then you pretty much stop feeling your limbs. That’s the case with all natural springs, so if you live in Texas, you are probably used to it. If you are from abroad and accustomed to warm waters (like I am after living in Sri Lanka for three years) – man up and jump right in! After a couple of minutes of heavy breathing and active kicking you will be just fine.

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There’s also a man-made pool…

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… and gorgeous butterfly garden on the property.

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Can you believe you are in Texas and not in some kind of royal garden in Europe?

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Naaahh… still in Texas!

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After burning calories in icy water of the spring you have to restore powers Texas style – with BBQ. Opie’s BBQ, included in the list of 50 best BBQ joints in Texas, is only 5 minutes’ drive from the springs. They have a huge dining room, a bigger-than-life warming pit which is also a showcase of all the meats and heavy wooden furniture – proper Texan experience all in all. And I haven’t even started on the menu yet.

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Half chicken, dry-rub ribs, and jalapeño sausage at Opie’s BBQ

I have tried the half-chicken, jalapeño cheese sausage and dry-rub ribs. All juicy and full of flavor.

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I rarely take chicken in BBQ restaurants, it always feels like a waste of the precious space in my stomach, but this juicy spicy meat was totally worth it. Ribs are one of the best I have tried anywhere. And Opie’s sausage is praised in every review I have found online.

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The funniest part is that I brought my vegetarian friend to this smoked meat kingdom, and after finishing up three different side dishes, she proclaimed that was the best meal she has had in Texas. Even veggies rock in hardcore Texan BBQ restaurants! Try their craisins and almonds coleslaw. I can’t prepare BBQ at home, but I will attempt to repeat that recipe at home (I will probably make a whole bucket of it and eat coleslaw for a week).

Krause Springs

Address: 404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669

Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM (year round)

Admission: $7 per adult (cash only)

Opie’s BBQ

Address: 9504 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669

Hours: Mon – Wed: 11 AM – 4 PM, Thu – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM, Sun: 11 AM – 5 PM 

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AUTHOR: YULIA DYUKOVA
Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.

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