Rex’s Top Hill Country Activities (Besides Wine)

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The Texas Hill Country is home to some of the best wineries, vineyards, and cellars in the state of Texas.  From the succulent Peach Wine at Fat Ass Ranch and Winery to the bold Tempranillo at Hye Meadow Winery, you are sure to find the perfect wine to get your taste buds tingling.  With over 40 wineries at your disposal, it might be hard to imagine that there could be any more activities to schedule in your next Hill Country visit.  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things to do in the area.   Take these into consideration to make your next vacation a hit!

  1. Luckenbach, Texas. Is that coat and tie choking you? Come on down to Luckenbach to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while.  They might only have a population of 3, but don’t let that stop you!  The General Store, which is now home to a souvenir shop, has been in use since 1849.  On any given night you can find good music and ice cold beer.
  2. Fredericksburg Massage- Marla Buck. There is no better way to prepare for a long, hard day of wine tasting than a relaxation or deep tissue massage from the skilled hands of Marla Buck. Come in feeling run down by the Big City, but leave feeling revived and tranquil.
  3. Enchanted Rock. This is a great activity if you’re feeling a little outdoorsy. I would suggest planning this excursion the day before your wine tour. Enchanted Rock is a massive pink granite dome that rises above the Hill Country.  Its legends alone have drawn people to the formation for hundreds of years.  Legend tells us that there are many Indian Spirits that still remain attached to the rock.  Hike to the summit and decide for yourself if the legends are true, but be sure to pack plenty of water.
  4. Hamilton Pool. Looking for a cooler and wetter outdoor activity? Try the Hamilton Pool, located in Dripping Springs. This natural formation was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion over 1,000 years ago. Its crystal blue waters make it a popular attraction, so be sure to make reservations before arriving.
  5. New Braunfels. Speaking of water activities, you must visit New Braunfels the next time you find yourself in the Texas Hill Country. This is a longer excursion, so you should definitely make it a day trip.  Take the time to relax and float the Comal or Guadalupe River, and end your day with a big meal at the Gristmill. The Gristmill is located in Gruene, but is located just down the road from New Braunfels.
  6. Shopping. Sorry guys, but Fredericksburg is home to excellent shopping that is sure to please the lady in your life. Men, get ready to hold purses; and ladies, get ready to shop until you drop.  With numerous boutiques and unique gift shops, you are sure to find the perfect item to commemorate your Texas Hill Country experience.
  7. Old Tunnel State Park. Old Tunnel State Park is a railroad tunnel of the Fredericksburg and Northern Railway, which ceased operations in 1942. It is now home to roughly 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats, and 3,000 cave myotis bats. Every evening, the bats can be seen emerging from their caves. This is an exciting experience for all ages.
  8. Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn. You will be missing out if you do not feast on German cuisine while visiting the Texas Hill Country.  Friedhelm’s is my recommendation, as it boasts the most authentic flavors and dishes from Germany.

Give me a call and let’s get your next weekend get-a-way on the schedule!

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