Header Image: Rowdy Winters, featuring The Lazy Lavender
Often described as one of the most picturesque Texas towns, Wimberley is filled with refreshing swimming holes and creeks, an energetic town square, world-renowned creatives and a welcoming atmosphere unlike any other. Located smack-dab in the middle of San Antonio and Austin, this Hill Country haven doesn’t have a bad angle. Swimming in Blue Hole Regional Park, Jacob’s Well or the Cypress Falls Swimming Hole and climbing up the 218 stone stairway of Old Baldy to take in the views are among the obligatory activities; but don’t forget to check the iconic Corral Theatre’s schedule for outdoor movie screenings and The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens to see what family friendly production is set for the Main Stage theatre. You can easily spend an entire day strolling through the town’s Square, which acts as a hub of local love with rows of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Wimberley Market Days, which returns this month, is the Hill Country’s oldest outdoor market and the second largest in Texas, with over 475 booths of treasures, tree-shaded paths, live music and BBQ. Regardless of your itinerary, Wimberley’s special brand of southern hospitality makes everyone — yes, even tourists — feel at home.
Effortlessly straddling the line of modern city vibes and small-town Texas charm, this chic boutique hotel serves as another great lodging option. The cocktail-centric bar, located inside the old Innkeeper’s Cottage, and exclusive access to the Blanco River — via its sister hotel 7A Ranch — make this spot even more appealing.
Soul-satisfying food, creatively curated cocktails and a modern design located right on Cypress Creek sets this place above the rest. The Creekhouse menu has something for everyone, including a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
This is a must-visit when in Wimberley. The gallery itself features dozens of artists specializing in various 3D artforms, while the architectural showroom and studio contains architectural and home accessories. When available, studio tours provide visitors with a jaw-dropping look inside the fused glass studio and how warm glass is created.
The Texas Hill Country is no stranger to wine, and (when in Rome …) you’ll want to stop here. Both educational and delicious, wine tastings are available inside the Tasting Room — with no reservations needed for parties less than six. A retro, double-decker bus serves up express bottle and glass service on the patio.
Housed inside one of the area’s oldest restored structures, this restaurant’s philosophy centers around sharing good conversations over fresh, seasonal and local food. The fried Brussels sprouts, grilled steelhead trout and house-made gelato are just a few of the delicious items you’ll find.
Unique design and personal touches come together to create this dreamy lodging experience. Each house on the property exudes a different personality while combining luxury elements with second-hand finds. Owner Nathali Barlas’ distinct design eye and attention to detail will help elevate your Wimberley stay.
If you’re interested in exploring the beautiful Hill Country from a bird’s eye view, book a reservation here. A walking tour leads you to the start of a 10-zipline course through hills, meadows and canyons. Things to keep in mind: A new beer garden just opened on site, and bookings are $20 off on Tuesdays!