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That Texas Couple visits Highland Lakes

Travel bloggers and social media influencers Michelle and Marty Snell play musical instruments in Harmony Park in downtown Marble Falls. The couple visited the Highland Lakes to promote local businesses and tourism on their website. Staff photo by Brigid Cooley

When Michelle and Marty Snell first began their travel blog, they never intended for it to become an actual job. However, when they realized they could combine their love of travel with their photography and writing hobbies, they just couldn’t resist.

Known online as That Texas Couple, the Snells have traveled to local, national, and international destinations, posting stories about their stays on their blog and social media accounts. Recently, the Burnet County Tourism Board hosted the couple on a three-day visit to the Highland Lakes. They posted on their blog, a Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram about their experiences, encouraging others to vacation in area.

“We still feel awkward about calling ourselves influencers sometimes, but it really is so much fun,” Michelle said.

The couple first met and began dating when they were teens living in the Fort Worth area. Michelle said she remembers thinking on her first date that she would marry Marty. However, they broke up when Michelle left for college and eventually lost contact.

When they reconnected seven years ago, the couple took it as a sign and got married. They share bits of their love story on social media, gearing some of their content toward romantic getaway spots.

Travel bloggers and social media influencers Michelle and Marty Snell take photos of products inside Third Street Treasures, 807 Third St. in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Brigid Cooley

During their stay, the couple soaked in the beauty of Lake Buchanan at Canyon of the Eagles Resort, 16942 RR 2341 in Burnet, which offers visitors breathtaking views of the water and an opportunity to experience the beautiful Texas night sky at the resort’s Eagle Eye Observatory. In addition to the views, guests can enjoy kayak rentals, hiking trails, canyon cruises, and delicious food at the resort’s Overlook Restaurant

They also visited Spider Mountain Bike Park, taking advantage of the year-round chairlift, and Torr Na Lochs Vineyard and Winery, where they relaxed with a glass of wine and chatted with owners Karen and Blake DeBerry.

“I could have just sat and talked travel with (the DeBerrys) for hours,” Michelle wrote in her blog post.

They also spent time in Marble Falls, eating at the historic Blue Bonnet Cafe and shopping businesses along Main Street. Michelle, who has a sweet tooth for ice cream, even stopped at Oh So Yummy!, 300 Main St., for a scoop of Blue Bell.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down their overseas adventures, one of the couple’s goals is encouraging people to safely travel and support local businesses and industries, Michelle said. In addition to the Highland Lakes, they recently visited other Texas towns, including McKinney and Wimberly, to promote local tourism.

To keep up with their adventures and read about their Highland Lakes stay, visit their website.

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