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Your Weekend Guide to the Dripping with Taste Trail

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Anytime is a good time to visit Dripping Springs. But, if you plan a long weekend with your love or some friends you can enjoy wine, beer and distillery tastings or flights like a local. It’s the perfect motivation for booking a weekend away from the busy city life and discover everything that Dripping Springs has to offer.


First things first. Get settled at your home base. There is no shortage of lodging options in and around Dripping Springs. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind location for your getaway, we recommend the Hill Country Casitas. It’s a short stumble away from the tasting room at Hawk's Shadow Winery --convenience, style and relaxation all in one! The gorgeous property has 10 casitas, so invite your best couple friends to join in your weekend. Cheers!

Next, make the short 15 minute drive to Dripping Springs proper, and taste what Bell Springs Winery has to offer. They’re known for small-production wines that can be found at their spacious winery. Plus, avail yourself of their on-site food truck that serves up Southern favorites like chicken and waffles, as well as small bites.

You will need food in the mix to keep going from here!

Heading out from downtown, stop in at One Shot Distillery and Brewery. One Shot is a veteran owned brewery and distillery located just north of Dripping Springs on Ranch Road 12. One Shot is committed to making top quality liquors and craft beers using Texas Agricultural ingredients in the Texas Hill Country while supporting Veteran and First Responder Organizations.

Next stop....Hamilton Pool Vineyards!

Take your time on the drive out to Hamilton Pool Vineyards. You’ll cross over the Pedernales River on your way north and west, deeper into the famous hill country. Hamilton Pool Vineyards is home to a cozy tasting room and simply beautiful vineyard. Tastings here are such a treat; with at least one owner/vintner on site at all times, you can get every burning winemaking question answered by an expert! They currently tend to nine acres of mature vines that yield nine different grapes. Soak up a sunset under the big old oak trees before heading back to the Casitas for the evening.

a blue bottle of alcohol with a cocktail with a citrus garnish on a wood cutting board
photo: Cowboys & Indians Magazine 


Amazingly, there are about as many distilleries adorning the lists of things to do in the Texas Hill Country as there are wineries. For your Saturday, we recommend mixing up distillery tours with some of the many other area attractions. Start with the incredible Desert Door Texas Sotol. They open at 11:30 a.m., so get a solid brunch on board from the world famous Salt Lick BBQ joint and make the short trek down the road to Desert Door.

The experts at Desert Door will walk you through their offerings and, as they put it, “help you to discover the alluring nuances of sotol”. Sotol is the original spirit of Texas and has a rare, sweet, distinctly desert-forward flavor that you can’t leave the Hill Country without tasting (and dare we say, loving?).

Before you carry on to your next distilleries for the day, we recommend a detour to downtown Dripping Springs. Shop at the many boutiques, eat, walk around, and make a plan for how you want to end your sippin’ Saturday.

the front of a brewery with picnic tables and two women sitting at the picnic tables


Breweries in Texas are showing up on the national stage, and there’s a whole host of options right here in Dripping Springs. We recommend starting your day at one of the newer breweries in town, 12 Fox Beer Company. This German-inspired brewery offers 12 taps that are inspired by those created across the pond.

Acopon Brewing is inspired by English Ales, and they believe Bitters, Milds, Old Ales and Porters are best when tapped fresh from a cask. Try one or two for yourself in their spacious downtown taproom or on their front porch! In the mood for a bite? Their pizzas are delish and it's located right there on the property. Wrap up your visit at Ghost Note Brewing. You’ll love the beers at this new nano-brewery, not to mention the taste. The folks at Ghost Note are friendly, chill and love to chat over a bite from the onsite foodtruck!

It’s never fun to end a weekend getaway, so take the long way back to Austin and make Fitzhugh Brewing your final stop (for this weekend, anyway). They’ve got a great tap menu plus you can get a delicious meal from the on-site restaurant.

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