Weekend Road Trip: Johnson City

Weekend Road Trip: Johnson City

As you explore points West, there are many places you’ll want to discover. One not to be overlooked is Johnson City. This town, just a 50 mile trek from Austin, has the nostalgia of a charming town square, and the fun, active atmosphere of a burgeoning new destination. With shops and galleries, wine tasting rooms and bucket list BBQ, Johnson City offers Austinites a little of the familiar, and a lot of new experiences.

>> Bucket List BBQ

Ronnie smokes up some goodness

Ronnie smokes up some goodness

Ronnie's Ice House BBQ • 211 US 21 • Johnson City, Texas

It may have been featured on the Food Network, but Ronnie’s still maintains the covetable status of local secret among Texans. Lines form early, and sell-outs of their meats happen daily. Smoked out back for up to 14 hours, Ronnie’s gives hungry visitors and BBQ enthusiasts a meal to remember. Only open for Lunch. Get there by 2, or you might face a sell-out. Tues-Sat, 10 am - 3 pm

>> Craft Beer + Pub Games

Pecan Street Brewing hosts a rotating tap of in-house brews.

Pecan Street Brewing hosts a rotating tap of in-house brews.

Pecan Street Brewing Company • 106 E Pecan Drive • Johnson City, TX

With more than thirty brews to their name and seven on tap at any given time, Pecan Street Brewery is the place to relax with a pint (or a flight) and take advantage of their awesome menu (fried portabellos with chipotle ranch, anyone?) Play a round of shuffleboard or pool, and catch one of their live music shows on most Sunday nights. Tues-Thurs, Sun 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10

>> What Happened Here in a Previous Life

Johnson Family Settlement is a registered National Park - one you might not expect

Johnson Family Settlement is a registered National Park - one you might not expect

Johnson Family Settlement • Ladybird Lane and Avenue G • Johnson City, TX

At first glance, you might drive by - it’s such a quiet, serene - even mild - experience. But if you give yourself the opportunity to stand where President Lyndon Johnson’s ancestors worked, struggled, endured, and carved out a life in what was then wilderness, yougive yourself the chance to experience your own life more fully. Historic barns, Johnson’s boyhood home, and more are open for tours and visiting. Textures abound, so bring your macro lens. Operated by the National Park Service. Open every day, 9 AM - 5 PM

>> Dining in Historic Digs

A new Shopping & Dining Complex in a refurbished historic location

A new Shopping & Dining Complex in a refurbished historic location

East Main Grill • 209 E. Main St • Johnson City, TX

Johnson City’s newest restaurant joins the quaint, creative shops at The Old Lumber Yard. While you could savor just about any of East Main Grill’s delicious entrées and sandwiches, we recommend the chicken-fried steak - and so does everyone else. Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11-3, Dinner Mon, Fri and Sat 5-9. Brunch on Fri and Sat beginning at 10. Closed Tuesdays.

Another road, another adventure in your back pocket. Keep riding, keep exploring. As you’ve
seen, a few miles from home can be a world apart.  •

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