Make your way to the quaint town of Wimberley, Texas, nestled in the beautiful landscape of Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly destination, a romantic getaway, or a girl’s weekend with friends, this darling place has something for everyone.
in 2018, Wimberley was designated as an International Dark Sky Community, limiting its use of lights after dark and preserving the night sky. In other words, it’s a great place to stargaze!
What to Do
Blanco River // This landmark river is generally shallow, providing the perfect place for kids to wade and get cool relief from the summer sun. Public river access in Texas is very limited, but options do exist. Ask your local lodging provider about access points.
Blue Hole Regional Park // The 126-acre park includes nearly five miles of trails, plus picnic areas, a community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, amphitheater, and the Blue Hole Swimming Area.
Devil’s Backbone Scenic Drive // While you’re in the car, take the scenic route and see the Devi’s Backbone, a limestone ridge running through Texas Hill Country. Spooky fact: It’s touted as the most haunted highways in Texas.
Jacob’s Well // Jacob’s Well is an artesian springs, in which the year-round temperature of the springs is 68 degrees. There is also a nature center and trails — perfect for kids of all ages.
Shopping // Shopping is a must when visiting, and it’s a great place to knock out Christmas shopping because there is every kind of shop: Kiss the Cook Kitchen Shop, Cedar Chest of Wimberley women’s clothing store, and Shop the Tree House gift shop.
Wimberley Valley Winery // Try a variety of wines at the local hot spot, and feast on the food truck open on weekends.
Where to Eat
Community Pizza and Beer // This beer garden offers 32 beers on tap, a full bar, wood fire Neapolitan pizza, and a pirate ship for kiddos to play on.
Hay’s City Store // Located in nearby Driftwood, this sports bar and diner has made-from-scratch comfort food, more than 50 beer on tap, and and outdoor oak-shaded beer garden. Open seven days a week!
Ino’z Brew & Chew // Ino’z Brew & Chew is an American-style, family-friendly restaurant overlooking Cypress Creek. There’s live music and good food — what’s not to love?
Shamrock Tacos // Shamrock Taco’s offers tasty tacos with fresh ingredients, prepared daily. Try one of its “lucky day tacos,” nachos, or hamburgers. Located in the heart of Wimberley.
Sip! On the Square // Sip! On the Square is a local coffee shop serving specialty coffee drinks, frappes, tea, and a variety of treats and bites.
Sugar Shack Bakery // The Sugar Shack offers sweet and savory breakfast pastries, brunch, specialty coffees, custom cakes, and catering services.
The Leaning Pear // The Leaning Pear raises the bar when it comes to dining. This restaurant focuses on cooking with fresh, local foods. It’s great for couples, large groups, and kids, this restaurant offers a kids menu and has a great wine and beer selection.
The Shady Llama // Take one guess why the word “llama” is in the name . . . because THERE ARE LLAMAS! Six to be exact. And two miniature donkeys. Obviously this is a great place to bring kids while adults can enjoy the wine and beer bar. The menu includes tacos, burgers, and quesadillas, plus a kids menu and weekend specials.
Wimberley Cafe // Don’t leave town without a bite at Wimberley Cafe. It’s everything a family could want in a breakfast-lunch-and-dinner diner, including local faves like huevos rancheros, and fried french toast fingers, chicken fried steak, and chicken and waffles. And there are plenty of vegetarian options, too!
Where to Stay
While there are not any chain hotels nearby, there are plenty of fun options!
7A Ranch // The 7A Ranch was voted Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice for its location, cleanliness, and customer service. The 7A offers individual family style cabins and large group lodges.
AirBnb // Score a great price and a unique stay by looking up an AirBnB. There are TONS of fun options that can accommodate kids, large groups, or couples.
Birdsong Cabins // Select one of six cabins to fit your lodging needs. One cabin features an air hockey table, and most include a pool or hot tub.
Black Canyon Wimberley // Get stunning views of Hill Country and be near the Blanco River at this RV park and cabin destination. It features a “boutique RV park” with only seven spots, plus cabins decorated in clean, modern farmhouse decor.
Blair House Inn // The Blair House Inn has it all under one roof: a cooking school, dining, and day spa.
Creekhaven Inn and Spa // Located on Cypress Creek, this bed and breakfast is a relaxing getaway for couples or a solo trip to recharge. It has 600 feet of private river access and a spa.
Hotel Flora and Fauna // Find eclectic rooms in the heart of Texas Hill Country at Hotel Flora Fauna. The hotel has several upgrade packages and is pet friendly, but does not allow children under the age of 12, making it ideal for a girlfriend getaway or couples retreat.
Square Inn // Stay on the square at this inn, which features seven rooms and a courtyard. Complimentary continental breakfast is available. Specialized packages can be added to any room, including the Stay the Wimberley Way, which includes a bottle of wine, and the Romance the Wimberley Way, featuring wine, cake, snacks, and floral arrangements. This is also a great option for wedding venue (and even has a horse-drawn carriage!).
For more driving destination ideas, check out Fort Worth Moms “Guide to Road Trips from Fort Worth.”
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