Buda is a bedroom community of Austin, located within an easy commute to downtown. It manages to maintain its small town charm and has created a quaint depot station to embrace rather than try to hide the train tracks that cut across at the north end of town.
Buda is located 20 miles south of Austin or 1 hr north of San Antonio
You'll find Buda to be a crisp town with a sprinkling of antique shops, but at only a block or so long, it's not going to occupy your day.
Buda Park and Pavilion are used for public concerts and festivals, including Budafest which takes place in early December. Check the chamber website for exact dates.
Not far outside Buda, off IH 35 is Cabela's. This is a stop you're going to want to make. It's not quite in the spirit of the Texas Hill Country, in terms of charm and historic importance, but it's done in the tradition of "everything is bigger in Texas" and "It's always a good time to go hunting."
This is the largest sporting goods store I have ever experienced -- and it is an experience. Cabela's has an indoor aquarium with catfish the size of my right leg. They have a full museum of "critters" native to Texas. And they have a cafeteria style restaurant overlooking a snowy-mountain peak with stuffed goats. And of course, they have every hunting, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, and archery piece of equipment that you have ever coveted.