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Summer Road Trip Plans? Make Dripping Springs One of Your Destinations

Pedernales Falls State Park

Make Your Texas Hill Country Trip One to Remember

With Texas being the second largest state in the US, it’s no wonder you can always find something to do…from beaches to mountains, from open plains to the gorgeous Texas Hill Country - there are endless possibilities. People gravitate to Texas year round for the outdoor recreation, abundant activities, friendly people, great food, shopping, and of course - live music! If exploring Texas is on your list of things to do, be sure to plan a trip to Dripping Springs, TX for a day, weekend, or week-long getaway. There’s plenty to do in this little slice of paradise, and here are the reasons why it should be on your travel agenda.

Why Dripping Springs is the perfect destination

Dripping Springs, TX is located at the Gateway to the Hill Country, just west of Austin and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Over the years, Dripping Springs has become a hot spot for numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries, making it a great place for adult outings and date nights. Many offer kid and pet friendly settings too. Home to a number of festivals throughout the year means year round entertainment and things to do. Officially the Wedding Capital of Texas®, means unmatched lodging and accommodations for every budget. It's the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Check out some of Dripping Springs places to hangout, cool off, and enjoy all the Hill Country has to offer.

Beat the heat and take in nature’s beauty

For a fun place to cool off from the summer heat, plan a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. You can camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch and ride horses at the park, or swim, wade, tube or fish on the river.

One of the most picturesque locations in all of Texas (maybe even the world) 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. Swimming is not allowed but you won’t be disappointed by Hamilton Pool’s breathtaking beauty. Reservations are required to visit so plan ahead!

Discover a fun outing for the whole family

Here’s a three-for-one stop! Maybe you're looking for a unique tour in the area, let us suggest Barton Springs Mill, the Hill Country’s first new mill in more than a century. They opened in 2017 and are located off of Fitzhugh Road. Tours are available this summer. Barton Springs Mill also holds classes and workshops on occasion so make sure to check their website for dates and times.

In the same building, you can find Abby Jane Bakeshop, a delicious baked goods shop that uses heritage grains grown in Texas and milled in Dripping Springs at Barton Springs Mill. In fact, a nine-foot window from the bakery into the mill means when you come to get your latte and morning bun, you can sip leisurely while watching the millers doing their hard work. (Seriously, they love it. Do it.) Abby Jane offers a regular menu of breads, pastries, pizza, sandwiches, grain salads, treats, and sweets made with all the heirloom grains we can get our hands on.

After you’ve toured the mill and stopped in the bakeshop, maybe you’d like to wet your whistle with a little adult libations, family-friendly atmosphere, live music, and outdoor games among the large oak trees at Treaty Oak Distillery. Tucked away from the noise of the city, the Treaty Oak Ranch sits on a twenty-seven acre plot of land. Their focus is innovative Texas-centric food and beverage experiences with family-friendly entertainment while enjoying the tasting room, distillery, restaurant, rick house, cocktail house, play area and dog park. Wow!

Stay in Dripping Springs

Now that you have your sights set on Dripping Springs for your next trip, it’s time to decide where to stay. Dripping Springs has a number of lodging options depending on your personal needs and desired accommodations. There is definitely something for everyone from yurts to cabins to traditional hotels.

Romantic Getaway

If you're looking for a more secluded and romantic place to stay, Dripping Springs has some real hidden gems. To help you narrow your search, here’s a couple of our favorites:

Hill Country Casitas is a luxurious, 13 acre, hill country getaway in Dripping Springs. Perched on a hill overlooking the Pedernales River Valley, the Casitas are close by to all of Dripping Springs’ many natural parks and wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Maybe you’d like to spend your time among the trees, well look no further than the Arbor House. Consisting of four one-of-a-kind themed tree houses that sit in a canopy of trees eight feet off the ground, each is complete with a kitchenette and spectacular view of the Texas Hill Country. Gaze at the hills through picture windows or from lounge chairs on the spacious decks or relax in a wooden porch swing under the cabins by the pond, waterfall, and stream. You can even fire up the barbecue grill in the evening for a cookout under the stars or play a round of corn hole.

Once you have the overnight accommodations set, you’ll want to stop in Mercer Dancehall to dance, listen and enjoy what makes Texas honky tonks uniquely special. And spend an afternoon strolling along Historic Mercer and Old Fitzhugh Streets to take in the eclectic boutiques.

Family Getaway

If you’re bringing the whole family on a trip, then maybe you’re looking for a more traditional place to stay. Short-term vacation rentals are one option, or Dripping Springs has a couple of hotels to choose from too; Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and Sleep Inn & Suites, and Courtyard by Marriott is scheduled to open Fall 2022.

And one of the newest features for kids of ALL ages is Dreamland. Just as the name implies it is a recreation haven for mini golf, pickleball, live music, wine and beer on tap, full bar and art galore.

So whether you plan to explore a lot of Texas or just a portion of it, do yourself a favor and make Dripping Springs one of your destinations - you won’t be sorry. Stay a day as you pass through, or make it an extended stay, either way you’ll see what makes it so special.

Be sure to check out our other blogs for all things Dripping Springs : Destination Dripping Springs

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