QUICK AND EASY GETAWAYS
The foils to Austin's chic city life are the surrounding 14,000 square miles of Hill Country, where historic towns and more than two dozen vineyards meet a laid-back and soulful lifestyle.
Just look for the water tower to find this former German farming settlement turned ghost town turned artsy, revitalized community listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Try your hand at fly fishing in the Guadalupe River, the southernmost trout stream in the Northern Hemisphere.
Head to the Grapevine’s outdoor garden and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting.
Shop for treasures at the Gruene Antique Company, Fickle Pickles Antiques and Pickles and Black Swan Antiques, where you’ll find Old World collectibles shipped directly from Europe.
Prepare to fall in love with The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas - Georgetown.
With its Victorian Downtown Square and majestically restored courthouse that merely hint at the rich past of this county seat.
Home to the Palace Theatre and at the crossroads of the Chisholm and Hill Country Trails, Georgetown is where culture, natural beauty, and history meet in a truly unique setting. Shop, dine, play and stay in a town so charming you might just want to call it home.
Known as the Texas Hill Country, historic Fredericksburg is home to over 20 wineries offering tastings, barrel room tours and unbeatable views. And what pairs well with that? Hill Country and authentic German cuisine, of course.
Make your way to Main Street and peruse 150+ shops, boutiques and art galleries-a true shopping mecca.
Enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view atop Enchanted Rock. Or look back in time-at the National Museum of the Pacific War with state-of-the-art (and kid-wowing) interactive exhibits, and LBJ State and National Historical Parks where you can tour our 36th President's Texas White House.
Founded in 1845 by German settlers, the small town is full of historic districts and inviting bodies of water.
Grab your swimsuit and an inner tube and float the Guadalupe River. Try something new and rent an inflatable kayak or book a rafting trip.
Two-step at Texas landmark Gruene Hall, the state's oldest continually running dance hall. George Strait and Lyle Lovett have performed here.
Whip down waterslides and take on The Falls rushing river ride at famed Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
Much like its neighbors, Wimberley was a former mill town, featuring production in lumber, molasses and cotton. What remains now is a lovely, antiquated hub for Hill Country arts, boutiques and outdoor adventures.
Join the families swimming at crystalline Jacob's Well, or take day hikes through the scenic Cypress Creek Trail and Mount Baldy.
Head into town and refuel at mom-and-pops such as Brewster's Pizza and locally sourced café The Leaning Pear.