Road Trip: Poteet, Texas in a Mazda CX-3

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Poteet, Texas is known for fresh strawberries. Every spring, tents line Capital of Texas Highway in Austin, the red canvas standing out against the white limestone walls along the road. Poteet itself is small - a little more than 3,000 people, according to the last census - but mighty, the hometown of not only delectable fruit but country music legend George Strait. 

It's not a George Strait song that runs through my mind as I sip strawberry reserve wine at Strawberry Pines resort that weekend. It's the namesake song for what is swirling in my glass: "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter.  

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Mazda lent me a CX-3 for the week, and it was a zippy ride with plenty of room for the two of us and all of our luggage, snacks, and technology periphery. 

Once we arrived, we met our friends joyously and the mood was festive as we enjoyed wine, appetizers, and dinner by Matt Martinez, the former personal chef of George Strait. The 100-year-old barn was the perfect setting for us to sit through dinner and dessert, and the homemade churros were so good I nearly ate two portions myself. If you're looking for a getaway in Texas, don't miss Strawberry Pines - they have everything you need for a wonderful experience, including an on-call masseuse, personal chef, yoga instructor, and a fully stocked pond for fishing. The houses are cozy and well-appointed, and each one of us left there feeling whole again. 


Starting at $18,095, the Mazda CX-3 is a fun ride!  

Newly standard in the 2018 model:

  • Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) standard on every Mazda3 model

  • All touring models now equipped with SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine (previously Mazda3 Touring 2.5 trim level and above)

  • Dark silver alloy wheels (new color)

  • Rear deck lip spoiler

  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder and illuminated vanity mirrors (driver and passenger) standard on all Mazda3 Touring models

  • Bi-LED headlights with auto-leveling, LED combination tail lights and LED fog lights standard on top-trim Mazda3 Grand Touring models

-- Happy driving! 

Strawberry Pines invited me and 14 other writers and creatives to spend the weekend there, both for us to have a chance to spend time exchanging tips, setting goals, and motivating each other... and for us to get to know Strawberry Pines and all of its amenities. It's a beautiful and serene place, and each of us found something to take back home with us. 


Kristin Shaw