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Savor the serenity in North Hill Country.

Travel + Leisure
July 10, 2014

This quiet town is loaded with charm and surrounded by beautiful rivers and lush, North Hill Country terrain. A historic downtown is full of well-kept buildings from the 1920s, including a whitewashed courthouse, drive-in movie theater, and a performance hall where you can see local and visiting acts. If you’re eager to get outside, take advantage of hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as serene spots where you can watch colorful Texas sunsets.

Hockaday Ranch

This third-generation-owned working ranch is home to 200 cattle, as well as a sweet ranch house where days start with coffee on the porch and end with sunsets over the Brazos River. The cozy guesthouse has a cheerful red kitchen, two bedrooms with quilt-topped beds, and a bathroom with a claw-footed tub.

Old Post Office Museum & Arts Center

This 12-year-old museum, housed in a restored U.S. Post Office, has history and art exhibits including a historic mural by Alexander Hogue and 1920s pictures and paraphernalia from Graham’s urban beginnings.

Graham Memorial Auditorium

This 780-seat theater, originally built in 1929, hosts live music performances ranging from jazz artists to visiting symphonies.

Graham Drive-In Theater

Americana meets romance at this drive-in movie theater, originally built in 1919 on Graham’s downtown square. The latest flicks are played on three screens.

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