Category Archives: Texas

Fireworks Safety Tips

Each county, city and neighborhoods can have different ordinances in regards to fireworks.  Their use, possession, and distribution depend on current burn bans, ETJ locations, Homeowner Association rules and general common sense. Please make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise all fireworks activities. Children can suffer injuries even from sparklers, which parents often assume are safe. Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

To prevent a trash fire, douse spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding.



Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!

The Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is working on a plan for a world-class trail system to connect Dripping Springs and surrounding areas. With the assistance of a National Park Service grant, the Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is envisioning trail system that will connect a network of routes across the city and the ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction) that will allow residents and visitors to run, bike, walk, and hike in and around Dripping Springs. The trails will potentially feature a variety of trails from paved, to multi-use, to hiking trails and will take advantage of opportunities to reach other local trails like the Violet Crown Trail in SW Austin.

The committee’s upmost priority is a Dripping Springs Trail system that will be welcoming and safe for users of all ages, abilities, and levels of mobility. To that end, the committee is currently looking for feedback about the system. If this is something that interests you, please take a few minutes to provide your input here and feel free to share the link with anyone you think may be interested.

More information on the Dripping Springs Trails System will be available soon at 

Steve Mallett, broker/owner of the Mallett Integrity Team, is very involved in this project and is currently serving on the Dripping Springs Trails committee. Our team is excited about and looking forward to seeing this great, community improvement come to the city of Dripping Springs!

Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!

Featured Subdivision – Sunset Canyon!

Sunset Canyon is located in Dripping Springs off Hwy 290 W and features many custom acreage homes with great Hill Country views. Sunset Canyon is a great community if you want a rural lifestyle not far from Austin. Properties here are usually over 1 acre, and there are still some lots available for new construction. The HOA restrictions are light, so residents have the option to exercise more control over their properties. Sunset Canyon is part of highly acclaimed Dripping Springs ISD and just a quick trip up Highway 290 to Austin or 5 minutes to the city of Dripping Springs.

Featured Sunset Canyon Homes

One of our team’s recent listings in Sunset Canyon. This beautiful home went under contract in 18 days, and sold for 100% of asking price!

Featured Sunset Canyon Homes

Relax under the gorgeous oak trees found throughout this acreage subdivision.

If you’re thinking about selling your home in Sunset Canyon, it’s a great time! As you can see from the chart below, homes listed in this area have gone under contract in less than 30 days since July 2013! There’s also been a significant increase in sales prices in 2013 vs. 2014 that is expected to continue throughout. 2014.

Sunset Canyon

Whether you’re thinking about buying a home in Sunset Canyon, or listing your home, let one of our local area home experts help you get the most for your money. The Mallett Integrity Team specializes in this area and we have a proven system for making your real estate transaction go as smoothly and effectively as possible. Contact us today!


Wine Travel Destination 2014: Texas Hill Country

Wine Travel Destination 2014: Texas Hill Country.

Texas Hill Country Wine Destinations

 Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not check out some of the local area wineries and attractions that earned the Texas Hill Country the title of one of 2014’s Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations in the World!

Texas HIll Country Wineries

The Texas Hill Country’s rolling hills and mild climate make it the perfect environment to create prize-winning wine flavors that can only be found in the heart of Texas.

Be sure to check out some of the following vineyards for a tasting and then explore some of these great local restaurants to get the full Texas Hill Country experience!


Bell Springs

Perdernales Cellars

Driftwood Estate Vineyard and Winery

Duchman Family Winery

Salt Lick Cellars

West Cave Cellars Vineyard and Winery

Texas Hills Vineyard

Solaro Estate Vineyard and Winery

Perissos Valley Vineyards

Flat Creek Estates


Salt Lick BBQ – Driftwood

Bluebonnet Cafe – Marble Falls

Creek Road Cafe – Dripping Springs

Rolling in Thyme and Dough – Dripping Springs

Pecan Street Brewing – Johnson City

Ottos – Fredericksberg







World’s Largest Gingerbread House has a Texas address!

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. And now, that also includes gingerbread houses!

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a gingerbread house, now’s your chance! Though you may not actually get to live in one, you can go visit the world’s largest Gingerbread house this holiday season in College Station, TX.

This entirely edible creation set a new Guinness World Record at more than 39,000 cubic feet, surpassing the previous record of 36,660 cubic feet set at Mall of America in Minnesota in 2006.

The life-size gingerbread house was built by the Texas A&M Traditions Club using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and 3,000 pounds of brown sugar and it contains a whopping 36 million calories!

But this holiday treat isn’t just a “sweet” tourist attraction, it’s a way to raise money for a great cause. All money raised from visitors will be donated to St. Joseph’s Hospital trauma center. So, if you’re heading out to College Station for the holidays, be sure to check out this amazing confection and contribute to good cause while you’re at it!

Check out the full news story online here

Free Fun! Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concerts

Hill Country Galleria Free ConcertsJoin Hill Country Galleria for the upcoming Saturday Night Concert Series. From September 7 – October 26, you can enjoy free, live music in the outdoor amphitheater, from 7 – 9 p.m. Pick up some food to go from one of the many restaurants surrounding the amphitheater, and pick out a spot on the lawn to enjoy some great live music!

The schedule:

Independent Hill Country Radio Station, KDRP, will broadcast the concerts live on 100.1 FM, 103.1 FM, 107.1 FM, and 99.1 FM, and will also stream a live video on

Hill Country Galleria

12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Bee Cave, TX 78738

Austin: First place in national economic rankings

Austin is on top again! After a brief slip to #3, Austin is back up to #1 in the On Numbers Economic Index. The Index measures the relative vitality of 102 major metropolitan areas with populations of more than 500,000. Its 18-part formula assesses private-sector job growth, unemployment, personal earnings, housing-price appreciation, and construction and retail activity. The top 5 cities on the list include: Provo, Utah (2); San Jose, CA (3); Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (4); and Oklahoma City, OK (5).

Check out the graphic below to see how Austin measures up!

Austin Ranked #1 in Economic Index Report

What To Do This Weekend In and around Austin

Looking for something to do in Austin or Dripping Springs this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out some great events going on this weekend below, and be sure to visit for even more great things going on this weekend!

Austin Ice Cream Festival, Saturday 8/17, 10am-7pm

Austin Ice Cream Festival

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! With live music and LOTS of ice cream,  Austin’s Ice Cream Festival is sure to be a hit with the whole family! 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 8/17. $10 for adults; free for kids 8 and under. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. 512-441-9015,

Deep Eddy Mile, Saturday 8/16, 8am


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This popular race is held in the chilly waters of on of Austin’s most popular spring-fed swimming holes, Deep Eddy Pool. Heats are seeded according to age group and time, and everyone gets his or her own lane during the race. 8 a.m. Saturday 8/17. $49-84. 401 Deep Eddy Ave. 512-327-1280,

Hill Country Rally For Kids, Saturday 8/16-18, Driftwood TX

Drive a little West of Austin for the annual Hill Country Rally for Kids. It’s fun for the whole family, with some of the coolest cars & motorcycles in the area, amazing BBQ, live music, and activities for the kids. This year’s rally funds will benefit the boys at the Burke Center, scholarships for kids through the Dripping Springs Youth Fund, and the DS Tiger Totes program. More info at

Hill Country Rally For Kids

Dripping Springs ISD School Supply Checklist 2013

Ready or not, it’s almost time for school! And, with tax free weekend coming up Aug 9-11, it’s time to get those school supply lists together to make make sure your child is ready for school in just a few weeks!

Click on the image below to see the list for your child’s school.

DSISD School Supply List 2013