Just west of Austin lies the beautiful Texas Hill Country, home to expansive natural areas, an abundance of shopping, decades of Texas history and a few of our favorite wineries (46, to be exact). Experiencing the Hill Country is a must for any Austin visitor and these day trip ideas are sure to provide plenty of leisurely entertainment and local charm.
Old Gruene Market Days, Gruene: On the third weekend of each month, more than 100 artists and merchants sell unique artwork, crafts, antiques and food to the backdrop of live music in the Gruene Historic District. Parking and admission is free. gruenemarketdays.com
Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall: This family-owned winery is famous for its award-winning Tempranillos and Viogniers. Open seven days a week, visitors are encouraged to stroll the beautiful land, with self-guided tours through the cellars open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. pedernalescellars.com
Wimberley Market Days, Wimberley: On the first Saturday of each month (March through December), over 450 vendors set up booths at the second largest flea market in Texas, offering Texas-made crafts and goods. Admission is free. shopmarketdays.com
First Friday Art Walk, Fredericksburg: On every first Friday in Fredericksburg, 13 art galleries open its doors to showcase the fine artistic talent from the area and beyond. Most galleries offer free wine and live entertainment within a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. ffawf.com