I would like to come again to Hill Country, Texas.
We barely scratched the floor throughout our 9 day go to. The Texas Hill Country is a big area that encompasses 12 counties and is situated on the crossroads of West, Central and South Texas.
Enchanted Rock State Park
It encompasses two main cities: Austin and San Antonio. Meaning there are such a lot of issues to do in Texas Hill Country.
I forgot that Texas is large. On our first day exploring the Texas Hill Country we had a two hour drive from our RV Park at New Braunfels simply to get to Fredericksburg TX!
I knew then it was time to change our schedule somewhat and focus extra on the area close to New Braunfels. It’s not best to spend a lot time in the automotive for day exploration journeys.
That meant I used to be scrapping Bandera Cowboy Country and the Highland Lakes Chain close to Austin. Since I’m intent on slowing down on this RV journey I’ve to be okay with letting go.
With so many issues to do in Texas, I penciled in on my should return and discover additional listing – the Hill Country of Texas!
And I added a aspect word to make it both spring for the wildflower explosion, or summer time so we might partake in considered one of my favourite summer time actions – tube floating down the rivers.
Hill Country abounds with rivers and lovely state parks, and charming small cities.
The charming city of Gruene
I might see this being a area I might camp at for a few weeks and dive deeply into the serenity and stillness of lake dwelling.
Oh, and for the unicorn lovers, we observed an enormous water tower on the outskirts of Landry Park in New Braunfels that stated Unicorn Country.
Savannah is obsessive about unicorns and so this was her favourite factor to see in Texas Hill Country. In fact we whipped out her The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook later that night to see if it acquired a point out.
We didn’t see a unicorn whereas in Texas Hill Country. Tell us in case you did?
Please, in case you have insider information why Texas Hill Country is called Unicorn Country let me know in the feedback.
For the next enchanting issues to do in the Hill Country, I’d spend a day in the Fredericksburg space, a day in the New Braunfels space, and a day in Gruene.
In fact, change issues as they go well with you!
Things to do in Texas Hill Country
Fredericksburg TX, or Fritztown, is an historic German city in Texas in the center of Hill Country.
It’s shut location to Austin Texas and San Antonio makes it one of the fashionable locations to see in Texas, particularly as it’s in the guts of wine nation right here.
There are fairly a couple of issues to do in Fredericksburg, we solely spent half a day and that is what we loved.
Climb Enchanted Rock
How are you going to ignore one thing referred to as Enchanted Rock?
When you around the bend on the best way in and the vista opens up to this large pink granite rock jutting out of the valley flooring, you realize you’ve reached a spot that holds religious energy.
This was as soon as recognized to be a magical place for the native Apache and Comanche tribes.
It jogged my memory of Uluru in Outback Australia with its magnetic potential to draw you in.
One factor to concentrate on is that Enchanted Rock State Pure Space has restricted parking area. As soon as it’s full, they shut down the park.
In case you are fortunate, you’ll obtain a ticket to come again later in the afternoon when it reopens. It’s assured entry, however they solely give a sure variety of these out.
Both approach, you’ll find yourself ready in a line of automobiles to get a spot.
We arrived at about 11 am (silly choice on our behalf – dangerous planning and sluggish to get shifting) and after 30-minutes ready in line, we acquired the ticket to come again at 3pm.
We had one other 30-minute wait then, however at the least obtained into the park.
It was completely value it.
The climb up Enchanted Rock is steep however not as dangerous because it appears. It’s simply the primary a part of the graceful rock that’s fairly intense. I discovered it fairly straightforward and exhilarating.
The women each dealt with the stroll high quality (aged 11 and seven) so in case you have youngsters they’ll be effective too!
The 360 views from the highest of the encompassing Texas countryside are extraordinary.
I commented to Kalyra,
“It is so wonderful to once again be seeing miles of open spaces without any built up places.”
It jogged my memory a lot of Outback Australia.
These experiences the place you’ll be able to lastly let go because it’s simply you and mom nature for so far as you’ll be able to see. You are feeling such as you’re studying to breathe once more. You’ll be able to simply sit down and take in the enjoyment and ease of it.
The one distinction is that in Australia you’re more than likely to have this view all to your self.
We didn’t understand, however for those who stroll down the opposite aspect of the rock there’s a clump of rocks which have hidden caves to discover!
Discover Downtown Fredericksburg
I wasn’t a raving fan of downtown Fredericksburg, though many individuals are.
It nonetheless retains a lot of its German affect, which is a part of its attraction to many. For me, it felt prefer it had misplaced a little bit of its soul alongside the best way in its effort to keep its touristic attraction.
However that’s going to occur in widespread vacationer locations. I a lot most popular Gruene, a city that has managed to maintain its historic soul regardless of its reputation.
It’s simply an power that you simply really feel, which may typically be affected by the power you convey to it. So you can have a totally totally different expertise to me.
Fredericksburg has loads of boutique shops in lots of its previous sandstone buildings, in reality over 100, so you’ll be able to think about purchasing is a well-liked factor to do in Fredericksburg.
The primary road could be very extensive and full of a great deal of individuals. There are additionally plenty of German eating places and breweries.
We stopped in on the Fredericksburg Brewing Firm, the oldest brewpub in Texas for lunch.
Once more, I wouldn’t rave about it. My German potato skins got here out chilly and the beer was simply okay. We solely had one beer although, so not a good judgement.
There are many wine tasting bars alongside the primary road of Fredericksburg as nicely when you can’t get out to the close by wineries.
See the Guitar Choosing Circle at Luckenbach Texas
Regardless of this being a literal three constructing city, you’ll have heard of Luckenbach, Texas.
It was made well-known by these strains in a Waylon Jennings track:
Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This profitable life we’re livin’
Received us feuding just like the Hatfields and McCoys
Between Hank Williams’ ache songs and
Newberry’s practice songs and Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain
Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain’t no one feelin’ no ache
I had by no means heard of that track till I Googled issues to do in the Hill Country, and Luckenbach Texas popped up as a singular and sudden spotlight.
Guitar choosing and nation music beneath a 500 yr previous oak tree. How might we not go to?
You understand from our time in Nashville, Memphis and Franklin, Tennessee I’m a little bit of a reside music lover, particularly these sort which are intimate storytelling periods.
You couldn’t get a lot better in Luckenbach.
Depart all of the vacationers behind wandering downtown Fredericksburg and be a part of the handful of individuals standing round in cowboy hats, cracking jokes, consuming beer and listening to some good ole Texas Country.
Luckenbach was established as a buying and selling publish in 1849 by a small creek lined with oak timber. All that’s listed here are a couple of picket sheds: the pub, the dance corridor, and the feed lot (the place you should purchase your conventional good friend meals!)
Deliver money as that’s all they settle for on the bar, though there’s an ATM hidden inside a picket field.
The bar jogged my memory of an Outback Australian pub.
The entire expertise was very uncooked and genuine cultural, not like what you’d discover in Downtown Fredericksburg.
In Luckenbach everyone is someone. I beloved listening to the previous timers music, jokes and tales – and sure, one even concerned an actual life story of an encounter with Willie Nelson.
I might simply see him choosing his guitar underneath these big oaks. Thus far, one among my favourite experiences on our America Unplugged RV street journey.
Deliver it Texas. I’m prepared for extra.
Different suggestions for issues to do in Fredericksburg we acquired:
- Go to the wineries! There are greater than 30 wineries off-the-beaten-path between Johnson Metropolis and Fredericksburg. I undoubtedly need to come again for that sans youngsters. Here’s a wine tour you might take pleasure in
- Within the season, benefit from the Texas Hill Country wildflowers the world is legendary for, particularly the fields of bluebonnets.
- Within the spring and summer time, this area can also be recognized for its peaches. Go decide and eat em!
- Lyndon B Johnson’s Ranch in Johnston Metropolis (his childhood residence) – we had so many suggestions for this one! (It’s a part of the San Antonio Explorer Cross in case you are going to discover that area as nicely.)
- Munch Meals Park is a superb choice for many who love all kinds of dishes served up from meals vans. There’s beer and wine and typically stay tunes.
Things to do in New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels was based in 1845 by a German prince wanting to begin a colony in the Republic of Texas.
It didn’t occur, however we now have a cute small German-Texas city to take pleasure in.
We didn’t discover an excessive amount of of the downtown space. It’s a lot smaller than Fredericksburg and doesn’t have the beautiful buildings, however I feel it’s extra concerning the surrounding space, particularly close by Gruene!
Gruene is registered on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.
In Gruene, all three roads lead to the Water Tower, which is the place you discover custom, historical past and homegrown Texas enjoyable.
Keep tuned for a weblog publish coming simply on this bona fide Lone Star State city.
Take pleasure in a Scenic Drive
That is Hill Country!
There are many fairly drives to take pleasure in, particularly in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
The River Street
The River Street is a picturesque drive alongside the Guadalupe river. The one disappointment is which you can’t cease alongside the best way to soak it in and take pictures.
So benefit from the view from the automotive window. The colour of the water will entice you to come again.
Go straight from The River Street previous Canyon Lake to get to the Satan’s Spine scenic drive on R.M. 32. Once you see an indication that states picnic space, pull over because it’s additionally a viewing level.
I’m unsure why they don’t denote it as being that so that you’ll know to pull over and look. As a result of a picnic will not be of curiosity however a spectacular view can be.
Another scenic drives really helpful:
- Texas 29 West & RM 2341 northwest to Spider Mountain
- R.M. 2342, wonderful view, particularly at a turnout close to the confluence of the Llano & Colorado River.
- R.M. 1431 for breathtaking views
These ones are extra close to the Highland Lakes Chain area close to Austin which we’ll go to someday in the longer term.
Espresso and Cake at 2 Tarts, New Braunfels
The women and I began our day exploring along with espresso and cake at 2Tarts.
I’m beginning to drink extra black espresso as I discover principally it’s troublesome to get a very good latte – I take far much less dangers and, until I can work out from evaluations that will probably be knowledgeable barista made espresso like I might from Kona Kona under, then I’m going black.
I’m glad I did.
It was a premium drip espresso and bloody scrumptious. Made me assume black espresso is the best way to go any further. It’s undoubtedly less expensive and higher for the waistline.
Besides maybe if you pair it with a cashew nut milk peppermint patty.
The women liked their cupcakes too!
Have Lunch on the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, Gruene
The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar has been serving meals since 1977 in the three story boiler room of the previous cotton gin.
It’s location on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River and shaded by towering oak timber makes it a restaurant exhausting to cross up. It’s proper underneath the water tower in the historic district and simply behind the Gruene Corridor.
As soon as I knew we have been staying in New Braunfels for an additional three days over New Years, I introduced we’d be all having fun with a New Years Eve lunch right here to have fun the previous yr.
On the Gristmill you’ll discover South Texas fare like fried catfish and tomatillo hen, and in the event you can match it in, a signature Jack Daniels Pecan pie.
I’m guessing you gained’t have room for dessert as a result of the serving sizes right here have been a number of the largest I’ve ever seen. That’s simply how they do it in Texas.
Our hen in a bone was scrumptious, and BIG!
The restaurant is equally as massive with a number of eating rooms by native stone fireplaces, an indoor bar, and an outside deck with river views, which might be good in the hotter months.
Plus, there’s additionally a beer backyard with hearth pits that always hosts stay music!
Go Dancing on the Iconic Gruene Corridor
Gruene Corridor is sweet ole Texas enjoyable and a particular spotlight on our record of issues to do in Texas Hill Country.
It’s a spot for the group to collect, and the most effective locations to go to in Texas to pay attention to music and dance. It jogged my memory a lot of the barn dances Australians as soon as had in the nation.
For households, I feel the free afternoon session on the oldest dance corridor in Texas is the best choice.
There’s loads of area for the youngsters to play in the timber outdoors, or up the again with their toys. I’m positive they’ll even love to dance with you and pay attention to the superior reside music from the big variety of types the long-lasting Gruene Corridor places on every single day.
There’s a night ticketed occasion as nicely.
Deliver your cowboy hat and boots and relaxed character.
You’ll want money to seize a drink on the bar. When you’re fortunate you’ll discover area at one of many picket picnic tables with the gang up the entrance, or area on the dance flooring on the again.
Provided that you promise to dance although. Even when it’s just a bit shuffle. The 2 step is welcome.
Style Native Wine at Grapevine Vineyard, Gruene
There are a number of wineries in Texas Hill Country. Sadly, it didn’t work for us to go wine tasting.
However I used to be comfortable to style a few native wines on the Grapevine Vineyard in historic Gruene. Craig was joyful together with his native Austin porter beer too.
The Grapevine is a cool spot, particularly its hearth pits in the outside backyard, which recurrently hosts stay music. There’s a homely neighborhood really feel right here and be ready to chat with an area or two.
Watching the colours mild up behind the water tower and sundown out of your hearth pit seat is one thing particular to take pleasure in.
Sadly we had a lot rain throughout our time in Texas Hill Country that we didn’t see too many sunsets.
Go Tubing on the Guadalupe or Comal River (seasonal)
The spotlight of New Braunfels are the 2 rivers, Guadalupe and the Comal.
Each supply all kinds of water actions – in the best season. This can be a factor to do in New Braunfels in case you are visiting in the hotter months.
Sadly, for us, it wasn’t, so I’m placing this down on my listing to return too.
The Comal is a brief journey that takes you previous Schlitterbahn if you’d like to go to there as properly. Schlitterbahn is the 70-acre water park located alongside the Comal River and close to Landry Park.
The Guadalupe is called the celebration float with rapids, booze and music and may go for so long as six hours!
Take pleasure in a Espresso at Kona Kona, Gruene
When you’re in the Gruene space cease into Kona Kona for a scrumptious espresso (with hemp milk). So good I had two of them.
I ended in for a day to work, which is why I had time for 2. The service right here was tremendous pleasant and it’s a implausible spot for a social espresso with a studying nook and some video games you’ll be able to play, or if you would like a cellular workplace for the day.
Chow Down a Brisket Burger at San Marcos (if in the world)
Brisket burger from Craft Home Kitchen and Faucet
It’s in all probability ok to make the detour out to San Marcos, however I’m unsure you’ll actually need to do that.
Nevertheless, in case you are in the school city of San Marcos be certain to cease in at Craft Home Kitchen and Faucet for a Brisket burger – at an excellent worth too.
You’re in Texas now which is all about beef and it’s the state that supposedly does brisket one of the best.
I’m not an enormous beef eater, however I made a decision to give this brisket burger a go as a result of nicely, Texas.
It was undoubtedly my beef quota for the week and I’m glad I spent it on this tender, fatty and scrumptious brisket burger.
The place to Keep in Texas Hill Country
Hill Country Resort & RV Park
There are many RV Parks alongside the River Street. Should you’re coming in the summer time, I’d advocate tenting right here. It seems so fairly and plenty of enjoyable.
In any other case, I’d use the New Braunfels space as your base as a result of I favored it higher and there’s extra to do in the world.
We stayed on the Hill Country Resort & RV Park, which had a variety of facilities like a playground, video games room, indoor and outside swimming pools and health facilities.
Hill Country Resort & RV Park
This did make the price of it somewhat greater than some others. Our night time fee ranged from $51 – $60. You will get reductions for every week lengthy keep, they usually even have Good Sam and Passport America low cost.
For many who are in search of Texas Hill Country lodges or flats, take a look at the choices in Hill Country by means of our companion, Reserving.com.
We discover they’ve the widest vary of properties. You get free cancellation on most rooms, and a greatest worth assure.
Plus, they’ve verified evaluations from friends who’ve truly stayed on the property!
Listed here are some resorts we researched for you nearly as good choices:
There are additionally a great deal of Airbnb choices in the New Braunfels space. Click on right here to discover the right residence rental for you.
Need to Go to San Antonio?
Riverwalk, San Antonio
Excellent news, San Antonio is tremendous shut to New Braunfels in Texas Hill Country. It might be an ideal base for you to discover San Antonio for a day or two.
San Antonio is the eighth largest metropolis in the nation and fairly sprawling. The spotlight of issues to do in San Antonio for us are The Alamo and the San Antonio River Stroll. Each locations I really like!
Don’t overlook the San Antonio Explorer Move. It’ll prevent up to 45% on mixed admission costs in your selection of three or 5 prime San Antonio points of interest.
You’ll be able to create your itinerary from 15 decisions which features a San Antonio River Cruise, Six Flags, San Antonio Museum of Artwork, and Texas Hill Country and JBJ Ranch Tour. Purchase your cross right here!
How to Get Round Texas Hill Country
As with most locations in the USA, a automotive will probably be required to get round.
For those who don’t have your personal car, yow will discover rental automobiles from Austin right here and from San Antonio right here.
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