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Connoisseurs of fine food and wine often cite one characteristic that is shared with the best wines and foods all over the world --- simplicity. For the foodie and wine lovers of Texas, living in the Lone Star State offers simplicity at its best. Weekend Texas getaways abound, and very few areas of the state shine as brightly as the Texas Hill Country.

If you are serious about your love of great food and fantastic wine, here are three getaways that need to be on your "must-try" list:

Blue Bell Ice Cream in Brenham, Texas - A few simple ingredients come together to create the wonder that is ice cream, and few places do it better than Blue Bell. Opening its doors in 1907, Blue Bell Ice Cream has been a standard-bearer for ice cream aficionados for over a century. Making a trip to taste Blue Bell at its home headquarters in Brenham, Texas is an essential foodie trek.

Jersey Barnyard in La Grange, Texas - Foodie folks are major proponents being able to taste the essence of the food they eat and knowing where their food came from. This is the foundation of the farm-to-market movement, and it does not get much more natural and farm fresh than the food and milk to be had at the Jersey Barnyard. Four generations of the same family anchor a farm that welcomes visitors to not only take tours of their land but to also participate in the farm's activities.

The Texas Blue Bonnet Wine Trail - Six wineries located between I-45 and US Hwy 290 have come together to form a wine lover's dream weekend excursion. With close proximity to major cities such as Austin and Houston, and scenic drives from Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, the trail showcases what Texas has to offer in terms of its natural beauty and its steadily growing reputation as a wine powerhouse.

Bonus: Royer's Roundtop Cafe in Round Top, Texas - Dessert is a little gift at the end of an amazing meal. In the case of Royer's Roundtop Cafe, they specialize in pie. It's a simple food that can be perplexing to prepare well. When done right, it can be divine, and Royer's is one of the best in Texas. It's foodie nirvana by the slice and the perfect food to pair with the right wine.

Texas getaways need not be thought of as ways to drive for hours and see nothing before reaching your destination. The Lone Star State is full of fun trips for food and wine lovers alike, especially those with an adventurous spirit.

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