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Top 10 Things To Do in Dripping Springs, TX

Dripping Springs is the destination to discover new outdoor experiences, indulge in a delicious meal, or visit one of the many wineries, distilleries, or breweries that call this slice of Hill Country heaven home. Just a short drive from Austin, and not too far from San Antonio sits the little town of Dripping Springs that is full of big adventure.

If you’re looking for the best things to do while you visit for the day or a weekend, check out these great destinations.

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Hamilton Pool Preserve


Hamilton Pool is one of the most picturesque locations in all of Texas (maybe even the world) and is located in Dripping Springs. A trip to the 200-acre Hamilton Pool Preserve will make you feel like you are being transported to another world rich with lush plants, and a variety of wildlife species. The pool, a geological masterpiece was formed by thousands of years of water erosion which created a collapsed grotto, the canyons and a staggering waterfall. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times, it does slow to a trickle. To get to the pool, you must take a ¼ mile trail that includes a series of rock steps that descend into the canyons. Good shoes and plenty of water are a must for the trip to the pool and preserve. Reservations are required to visit Hamilton Pool Preserve through the summer months. Reservation must be made online by paying $11 with a credit card. A $15 per vehicle cash fee is required for entrance to the preserve. Credit cards are not accepted when you arrive at the preserve. Camping and pets are not allowed on the grounds either so make sure to leave your dogs at home.

Nothing quite beats Hamilton Pool in the heat of the Texas summer, but reservations do fill up fast, so make them before they’re gone.
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TEXAS HILL COUNTRY OLIVE COMPANY

Along Fitzhugh road just northwest of the center of Dripping Springs you will find the Texas Hill Country Olive Company. Pull into the parking lot of the Tuscan inspired villa and you will find yourself surrounded by over 15 acres of olive trees and smack dab in some of the most beautiful lands in all of the Hill Country. The Texas Hill Country Olive Company has been in business since 2008 and offers orchard and mill tours on Fridays & Saturdays.

Tours are $6 per person and you will learn about the history of olive oil, the oil extraction process and much more. There’s also a tasting room on the grounds, a bistro with paninis, charcuterie and pizzas, as well as a lovely selection of local beers and wines. Within the villa is a gift shop where you can purchase their award winning olive oil, balsamic vinegars, cooking accessories, fresh bread, and gifts. Tasting room hours are from 10 AM to 6 PM daily.
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DEEP EDDY Vodka

Known for its’ super tasty and award-winning vodkas, Deep Eddy Distillery now offers tours of their Dripping Springs distillery and tasting room. One of the most popular destinations to visit, the distillery is located right off of Highway 290 in Dripping Springs. Deep Eddy Vodka serves up tasty and fun drinks using their selection of vodkas including the Ruby Red vodka infused with real grapefruit, the Original which is distilled up to 10 times, or try their variety of flavored vodkas including the Lemon, Peach, Orange, Cranberry flavored. A favorite of Southerners and non-Southerns alike is the Sweet Tea which is sure to delight your taste buds.

Stop in to try their specialty cocktails in the modern tasting room or step outside on the gorgeous manicured lawn and covered patio to enjoy your specialty cocktail in a mason jar glass. Deep Eddy is open Thu, Fri, Sat: 11am – 5pm & Sun: 12pm – 5pm. While you're there, make sure to get a snap with the super cool, retro Deep Eddy Vodka Volkswagen van while you’re at it.
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BELL SPRINGS WINERY

Visit Bell Springs Winery and experience their small-production wines, chef prepared food, and a visit that you will never forgot. Whether you stop by for a wine tasting, pairing experience, glass of wine, or lunch from our food truck, they always look forward to seeing you.

This winery is not your typical nose in the air type of venue, it’s a place where you spend all afternoon relaxing on the beautiful grounds enjoying an exceptional glass of wine. Bell Springs Winery, located on Bell Springs Road offers tasting for $10 where you can sample 5-7 wines, seven days a week. They also offer a full food menu on the weekend where you can try delicious eats like flash friend brussels sprouts which are out of this world or a more traditional brunch option like waffles and friend chicken. On the weekdays, they serve up various meats and cheeses, and charcuterie plates and various other small bites.

The owners of Bell Springs Winery also own Sidecar Tasting Room, a prohibition style wine bar in the heart of historic Dripping Springs on Old Fitzugh Street.

Whether you choose to visit the winery or the tasting room, sit back, listen to some live music and stay while at this serene hill country winery.
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TWISTED X BREWING COMPANY

Twisted X Brewing Company brews high quality, small batch craft beers in the heart of the Hill Country in beautiful Dripping Springs, TX. Twisted X uses the finest ingredients to make their selection of lagers, pilsners, and IPAs. The tasting room at Twisted X is open Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm – 8 pm. If you aren’t sure which beer to go with, you can sample all the brews that they make at the brewery on a specially made flight paddle featuring 4.5oz samples that cost between $2 and $3 apiece. Once you’ve got your flight of tasty brews in hand, head out to their covered deck or grab at an outdoor table overlooking the hill country, listen to some live music or chow down on some great food from the food trailer on site.

If you are interested in touring the facility to see where the brew magic happens at Twisted X, they offer tours Thursday through Sunday and no reservations are required. This brewery also kid friendly and encourages you to bring your furry friend as well.
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Treaty Oak Distilling


Tucked away in the hill country, located on twenty-eight acres is Treaty Oak Ranch which is home to the distillery, the gift shop and the recently opened Ghost Hill restaurant. Named after the massive and majestic 500-year-old oak that symbolizes strength and longevity, the ranch is a family and dog friendly destination. Treaty Oak Distillery selects the best ingredients for their selection of beers, and spirits that include bourbon, rum, and gin. Open just on the weekends, there’s a little something for everyone -a gift shop, tasting room, artisanal cocktails on tap, yard games, a kids play area, and live music every weekend.

Their recently opened Ghost Hill Restaurant houses a full bar and kitchen and serves up delicious Texas inspired meals all weekend long. The menu includes snacks, smoked/roasted/grilled meats, fresh salads, roasted veggies and well as a kid friendly fare. They also offer a 45-minute tour of the distillery where you can learn all about the production process from the Treaty Oak distillers. Tours cost $15 per person. Pack up the kiddos and head out to Dripping Springs and Treaty Oak Distillery for an experience the whole family will enjoy.
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REIMERS RANCH


The limestone cliffs and walls that hang over the Pedernales River in Dripping Springs are a rock climbers dream but also a beautiful back drop for anyone looking to spend some time in the great outdoors. A visit to Reimers Ranch will put you right on the banks of the Pedernales River where you’ll have 3 continuous miles of river frontage to explore. The park which is situated on over 2,400 acres and gives you access to over 18 miles of trails perfect for hiking and biking. After you’ve worked up a sweat, you can hop in the cool, clear river for some swimming and relaxation.

On top of the hike and bike trails, Reimers Ranch has trails for horseback riding, and excellent fishing conditions ideal for snagging one of those infamous large mouth bass. Getting down to the river is a breeze; park officials allow you to pull your car right up to the river and unload your items, and then park in the lot a short walk from the banks. Cost to get into the preserve is $10 per car. This day use only park also hosts events like astronomical parties, and monthly guided bird hikes. The scenic vistas, well maintained trails and the gorgeous Pedernales River will have you coming back time and time again.
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HAWK'S SHADOW

When you arrive at Hawk's Shadow, the first thing you will see is a commanding view of the Lower Estate Vineyard, and the broad expanse of nature preserves, ranches and watersheds east of the Pedernales Falls State Park. Arriving on the vineyard, located just west of Dripping Springs proper, the owners Doug and Carol will immediately make you feel like you’re part of the family. Wine tasting at Hawk's Shadow feature samplings of their finished wines in bottles, crafted from varietals from their vineyards with grape that are exclusively grown in Texas.

Hawk’s Shadow is a pet friendly winery and they also encourage folks to bring a picnic and relax awhile. Or stay for dinner in the cellar. You can also book and experience a private tasting for a group. Enjoy live music on the weekends and find a shaded table to relax over a glass or bottle with a friend. Hawk’s Shadow is one of the most serene and gorgeous hill country vineyards.
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ONION CREEK KITCHENS AT JUNIPER HILLS FARM

Perched atop one of the highest blue-green rolling hills of the Blanco River Valley, awaits a place to get away from it all. This magnificent cooking school and luxury Hill Country cabin rental destination is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Cooking classes are geared for all levels of expertise and is most often described as a dinner party with friends new and old. Whether you’re looking to expand your cooking repertoire, all classes are hands on in a laid back informal style.

The classes cover not only kitchen techniques, but also will share wonderful recipes, and hopefully, introduce you to some new friends. And after the class, all the attendees dine with one another and savor the fruits of their labor. If the trek back home seems too far, and you don't want the fun to end, you can even stay at one of the beautiful guest accommodations on the property. They also offer yoga and a sauna onsite. Onion Creek Kitchens believes life, like food, should be savored and celebrated.
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DRIPPING SPRINGS VODKA

Visit the original distillery in Dripping Springs and the makers of infamous Dripping Springs Vodka for an afternoon of sipping and relaxing. These folks know what they are doing when it comes to distilling; they were the 2nd distiller and the 3rd licensed Distilled Spirits Permit holder in the great State of Texas. The award-winning Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin is micro-distilled in small batches in copper pot stills. Each product is finished with pure, mineral rich Hill Country artesian Springs Water. Take a tour of the facility Thursday – Saturday - the tickets are just $15.00 each and include a distillery tour, tasting, and souvenir shot glass!

Visit the tasting room located on Bell Springs Road Monday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 11 am-5 pm. Tastings are $7.00 each and include a sample of their 3 vodkas, 2 gins, 1876 Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 1876 Port Barrel Finished Bourbon and it comes with your very own Dripping Springs shot glass. Make sure to check out their events calendar for fun happening at the original Dripping Springs distillery .
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