Texas Hill Country
San Antonio is perched on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Picturesque small towns and a variety of outdoor adventures are just a short distance from here. Floating down cool rivers, strolling quaint main streets in search of unique bargains or hiking and biking through rolling, scenic terrain — all this and more await you in about a 90-minute drive. A float trip is a relaxing affair, but there are a few rules you’ll need to abide by when you plan your getaway. Visit Tube Texas to learn more about the statewide rules.
Attractions, Events and Culture
The Texas Hill Country, settled by Germans and Eastern Europeans, has a culture all its own. Storybook farms and ranches dot the countryside, and you may still hear older folks speaking German in Fredericksburg, Boerne and New Braunfels. You’ll also find some of the best barbecue in Texas, antique shops on old-fashioned main streets and celebrations with roots in the Old World, like Wurstfest (a sausage festival) and Weihnachten (a Christmas festival).
Hill Country Wineries & Tours
Vineyards are another specialty: the Hill Country has become a hot spot for wine connoisseurs. Follow the Wine and Wildflower Trail in April or the Texas Wine Month Trail in October to sample some of the award-winning vintages produced by more than 30 regional wineries. To make the circuit in style, sign up with Texas Wine Tours for an escorted trip by limo. During San Antonio’s Culinaria Festival in May, many Hill Country wineries pair their best wines with multi-course feasts.
Outdoor Activities & Sports
The idyllic Texas Hill Country, with its clear rivers and abundant wildflowers, starts just north of San Antonio and offers recreation year-round, from hiking and biking to rock climbing and cave tours.
Hill Country Day Trips
With all that San Antonio has to offer, it’s not easy to pull yourself away. But sometimes you just need to take a relaxing ride through the countryside to unwind. Great little towns surround the San Antonio area and make delightful destinations for shopping, dining, exploring and more.