I passed these on to SLK
already, but I thought I'd put them in here as it seemed like the most logical folder to pass on some info about a couple of great hill country drives in central Texas. If you're ever this way, I highly suggest both, although the one out to Leakey is definately the best, more rural, less development, and overall more TWISTY!
The first is west of Austin. Coming from san antonio, I go up 281 north and cut over on ... I think highway 71 towards austin and then take the back way up to Lake Travis. I'm not sure of the exact roads, but it's a heck of a drive. If you go on google or yahoo maps and map out the route from The Oasis restaurant on lake travis to Johnson City, it will take you on the route I'm referring to I believe. You should pass over the dam by lake travis for it. Also, if you do the full drive to Johnson City and back to Austin round-trip, you can stop off there at Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City to pick up a bottle of wine. They have an EXCELLENT port bianco and port rubino.
The other really good one is out highway 16 from san antonio, through Bandera, to Medina, TX. I usually stop in medina at this little restaurant with freshly made, insanely good apple pie they make with apples from their own on-site orchard. Its Love Creek Orchards if I'm not mistaken. From there, I take a farm road out to Leakey, TX. Once again yahoo or google maps could give you more specific directions.
Both of these drives are out of the way, but they're some of the best driving in central texas. Also, the view from the patio dining at The Oasis is incredible at sunset. If you're ever planning on a weekend getaway down to Austin or something, shoot me a message ahead of time and maybe we can meet up at The Oasis for a bite and some drivin'.