Cowboy Country: Bandera, Medina, and Vanderpool Professional Review and Guide
"Bandera has open rodeos weekly from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Typically rodeos are held Tuesday night at Mansfield Park and Friday night at Twin Elm Guest Ranch, and, during the summer, several rodeos at Mansfield Park. Today the wildest action in town occurs in the dance halls every night except Monday and Tuesday. Put on your boots, crease your best jeans, and get ready to two-step with locals and vacationers alike. From Bandera, continue west on to the tiny community of Medina, best known for its dwarf apple trees that produce full-sized fruit in varieties from Crispin to Jonagold.
Vanderpool is a quiet getaway during all but the fall months. Tucked into the hills surrounding the Sabinal River, this small town is a center for sheep and goat ranching. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Austin. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."