They Call it Hill Country

Round Rock, Texas is located about 15 miles north of Austin, in the Central Texas hill country. We stayed here with family for 4 nights and enjoyed being so close to Austin.


The first 4 nights of our 7 night Texas Roadtrip we stayed with my cousin Amy and her husband ‘Catfish’. We spent our first two days making trips to Austin, but on the third day we spent it in Round Rock with Amy.

After sleeping in, we started our day with world famous Round Rock Donuts. This place has been around since 1926 and is known for their Texas-sized donuts. Back in 2008, they made it on the TV show ‘Man v. Food’ which led to even more publicity. While we did not get a Texas-sized donut, they were certainly delicious and unlike any donut I’d ever had before.

Once we stuffed our faces with donuts, we headed to the outlet mall to do a little shopping. It was unexpectedly cold and rainy so we shopped for pullovers to keep us warm the rest of our trip. We wandered in and out of different stores for a few hours and just enjoyed the slow paced day.

After shopping, we went to a Texas sized grocery store called HEB. If you’re from Texas you know what this is, but if not I’d compare it to a Kroger but better. We got all the fixings for our dinner we were going to grill later.

Once back at the house we rested for a bit, and then Catfish dropped us off at the Brass Tap. John and my cousin Amy both really enjoy trying different beer, and she said this was the perfect place for that. They had over 150+ craft beers from around the globe to choose from. They both got flights and while we snacked on tasty pretzels and cheese.

A couple hours later we grabbed an Uber and headed back to the house for dinner. We had grilled ribeyes topped with mushrooms and onions, with sides of baked potatoes and mac-n-cheese. Everything was phenomenal and we were all beyond stuffed.

We spent a couple more hours visiting with Amy and Catfish, as it was our last night with them. We thoroughly enjoyed our time staying with them, and are so thankful for their hospitality. We will definitely be back to visit and explore the Round Rock area again the the future!


If you haven’t been following along, this is post 3 of our Texas Roadtrip. Click here for the first one, and here for the second.

I have 2 more cities to write about from our roadtrip, and I can’t wait to share!

They call it the hill country, I call it beautiful. I’d call it progress if it could be saved. They call it the hill country I call it home. But what will they call it, when it’s leveled and paved?”

– Randy Rogers Band

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