Welcome! I’m so glad you are here!

Who am I? I am Sierra Schmidt, lead writer and photographer behind Island + Alpine.

I live in beautiful Texas Hill Country with my sweet family – husband & three kiddos. We happily fill our days with exploring our area and making fun day trips, and this site allows us to share our experiences with our readers!

We strive to provide detailed travel itineraries as well as plenty of photos for visual inspiration. Our main goal is to encourage everyday families like us to seek adventure and make space in their daily lives to explore the world around them!

Are you looking to reach a community of travelers?

Then you are in the right place!

Very Truly Texas is a travel website focused on all the amazing things to do and see in this great state.

Our readers are travelers with everyday lives looking to make the most of every day off with weekend getaways or week long travel itineraries. From hikes to walking tours to exploring small towns and beautiful beaches to resort vacations, we cover it all!

Our readers have a limit to their vacation funds, but they are willing to splurge on items worth splurging on – and they trust us to tell them what is worth their hard earned cash!

They appreciate detailed travel tips, help with their packing lists, and personal recommendations on activities and lodging.

Want to Collaborate?

we specialize in the following + and are always interested in discussing new ideas!


What does Island + Alpine write about anyway?

  • Beautiful Beach Towns
  • Charming Mountain Getaways
  • Weekend Trips
  • Extensive 1-2 Week Long Vacations
  • Road Trips
  • Seasonal + Holiday Festivities
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Family-Friendly Activities
  • Service + Product Reviews