Web Extra: Hills of Home in Marble Falls
Marble Falls fans Cindy and Hugh Vaughn have been active in the Main Street Historical Society and the annual Bluebonnet Music and Fine Arts Festival. Intern Samantha Hyde shares the couple’s insider tips on this quintessential Hill Country town. This interview accompanies the Hills of Home feature in the July 2009 issue of Texas Highways.
TH: If you only had time to do one thing in the Marble Falls area, what would you recommend?
Cindy: If I were coming here for the weekend, I would go to Ginger and Spice for dinner, then to Lorraine’s to hear music and dance. And if it were a Sunday morning, I would go to Lost Creek Vineyards in Kingsland and have brunch. During the day, I’d go to The Slab for swimming or one of the sandbars on the Llano River.
Hugh: Picking the right weekend would be good, too. Come for the sculpture fest weekend [October] and you get to see the unveiling of all the new sculptures.
TH: You’ve been married since 1996—would you say Marble Falls is a romantic getaway?
Cindy: Oh, yeah! You can go antiquing or to the vineyard. We have bed and breakfast inns all over the place that are just beautiful.
Hugh: You have to mention the Wallace Guest House, too! The nights we have spent at the Wallace House are unforgettable because you can sit out on the porch and see Lorraine’s night club and on the other side, the neon lights of Uptown Theater, without the hustle and bustle of everywhere else.
TH: Well, there have been many musicians that have come through town. Are there any memorable moments?
Hugh: We’ve had some really great blues people come through. The late Clifford [Antone] came and then the late Uncle John Turner came and he played the drums for Jerry LaCroix for a couple of years. The blind piano player [Bobby Doyle] came and played at our second Pianorama [part of the Bluebonnet Music and Fine Arts Festival]. He played Ray Charles so good you would’ve thought you were in front of Ray at the piano.
TH: The Bluebonnet Music and Fine Arts Festival is one of many big, annual events that happen in Marble Falls. Do you have a favorite?
Hugh: The Bluebonnet Music and Fine Arts Festival is what we created and produced. From the profits on that, we started the Sculptures on Main project.
Cindy: I would say that Sculptures is my favorite now. There’s food and wine tasting. Some of the local vineyards and restaurateurs participate. Then you have the sculptors…
Hugh: They come from all over. The drag boat races [Lakefest; in August] are awesome!
TH: Let’s do rapid fire. I’ll list some subject, and you two give me your favorites. Musical venues:
Cindy: Lorraine’s would be first, and Uptown Marble Theater would be second. It’s very cool there.
TH: Main course:
Cindy: Chicken dish with peanut sauce at Ginger & Spice
Hugh: Lost Creek Vineyard’s blackened fish
Cindy: Crème brûlée with fresh berries at Lost Creek brunch
Hugh: Yes! Without a doubt.
TH: Artist or gallery:
Hugh: Main Street Gallery
TH: Weekend activity:
Cindy: Being on the lake
Hugh: The fireworks show July 4th and the boat parade [Flotilla]
Hugh: I’m not a shopper, but Smartie Pantz is pretty cool for grandparents.
Cindy: Main Street, the whole area
TH: Best thing to do under $10:
Hugh: The Walkway of Lights [during the holidays]
Cindy: All the parks or hanging out on the lakes and going to the Slab. The Slab is free.
TH: Splurge activity:
Cindy: That would have to be Lost Creek Vineyards.
Hugh: Without a doubt!
From the June 2012 issue.
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