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Lavaca County Loop-de-Loop

Written by Nola McKey.

If you like winding country roads, distinctive small towns, historic buildings, really good regional food, and a certain measure of adventure, do I have a plan for you! Some 90 miles southeast of Austin, there’s an entire county that’s devoid of shopping malls and freeways, and largely undiscovered by tourists. I’m talking about Lavaca County, where ethnic traditions still flourish and residents remain close to their rural roots. I defy you to find another spot in Texas with a stronger sense of place.

That quality is especially evident during the county’s many festivals (see Essentials), but visitors can enjoy exploring at other times, too. With that in mind, I offer an itinerary to help you make the most of your stay. Don’t expect the route to follow a straight course, and don’t expect to see everything in one trip. But don’t worry, you’ll be back.

A few tips: First, plan to go over a Friday and Saturday (some sites aren’t open on the weekend, others aren’t open during the week). Second, reserve a room for both nights at the Rehmet House, a gracious B&B in Moulton that works great as a base for this trip. (If you can’t get a room there, contact the chambers listed on page 49, and ask about other B&Bs in the area.) Third, call ahead to check hours (small-town businesses sometimes close early). Fourth, eat light so that you can sample a wider array of the local goodies!

CONTACT INFORMATION for the sites mentioned in the story is listed below. Each of the chambers listed will arrange group tours upon request. The area code is 361, unless otherwise noted.

Essentials

HALLETTSVILLE

Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, 1614 N. Texana St., 798-2662; www.hallettsville.com.

Kountry Bakery, 802 E. 4th St., 798-4423 or 800/385-4767; www.kountrybakery.com.

Lavaca County Courthouse. On the square on Main St.

Grahmann’s True Value Hardware Store, 101 E. 2nd St., 798-2261.

Cole Theatre, 207 E. 2nd St., 798-4569.

Lavaca Historical Museum, 413 N. Main St., 798-4113; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Novosad’s Meat Market, 105 La Grange St., 798-2770.

Janak Country Market, 3116 US 90A West; 798-5057 or 800/438-0155; www.janakpacking.com.

SHINER

Shiner Chamber of Commerce, 817 N. Avenue E, 594-4180; www.shinertx.com.

Spoetzel Brewery, 603 E. Brewery St., 594-3383; www.shiner.com.

Friday’s Fried Chicken & Pastry, 122 E. 5th St. (Texas 95), 594-4332.

Martha’s Quilting Corner, 117 E. 7th St., 594-8286; www.marthasquiltingcorner.com.

Beyond Beyond, 115 E. 7th St., 389-3799.

Stara BaBa’s Stuff, 707 N. Ave. E., 594-2008.

Antiques, Art and Beer, 720 N. Ave. E, 594-2337; www.antiquesartandbeer.com.

Gaslight Theatre, 207 E. 7th St., 594-2079.

MOULTON

Moulton Chamber of Commerce, 405 S. Lavaca St., 596-7205; www.moultontexas.com.

The Rehmet House Bed & Breakfast Inn, 301 W. Moore Ave., 596-4300; www.therehmethouse.com.

Kloesel’s Steakhouse & Bar, 101 Moore Ave. 596-7323; www.kloesel.com.

Ole Moulton Bank, 101 N. Main St., 596-7499; www.olemoultonbank.com.

Pavlas Tavern, 114 S. Main St., 596-4449.

Wagner’s Department Store, 106 S. Main St. 596-4881.

OTHER SITES

Rosie’s Hideaway, at Witting (intersection of FM 340 and FM 1295), 596-7547.

Moravia Store, at Moravia (2 miles north of the intersection of FM 957 and FM 532), 979/562-2217; www.moraviastoretx.com.

Festivals and More

FALL is a great time to visit Lavaca County, especially the Sunday before Labor Day (Sep. 2, 2007). That’s when the area’s two biggest church picnics take place, and since they’re only 15 minutes apart, you can take in both in one day. Your only problem is which Fall Picnic to go to first—the one at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville or the one at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. Both offer great food, polka bands, bingo, children’s activities, and lively company.

Other fall events include Hallettsville’s Kolache Fest the last Saturday in September and Shiner’s Bocktoberfest in October. The fun continues throughout the year with a sausage and polka festival, a fiddlers’ contest, and two state championship domino tournaments in Hallettsville; Half Moon Holidays in Shiner; and the Moulton Jamboree. (The latter takes place July 27-29, 2007.) For details, contact the chambers listed on page 49 of the print issue.

Note: For information on events in Yoakum, which lies partially in Lavaca County, see the Double D Ranch story in the July 2007 print issue.

From the August 2007 issue.

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