Go to the Texas Hill Country now, because even though it’s not exactly off the beaten track (Texas Highways, National Geographic, and Southern Living are just a few of the publications that have featured the Hill Country), it’s still far from crowded. Based on what I understand from the locals, weekends are ridiculously busy. The many small towns that comprise the Hill Country receive 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on the weekends and during festivals. Go during the week if you can.
Go to the Texas Hill Country now to see the wide-open spaces, the star-filled skies, drink award-winning wines, and enjoy some Texas-style hospitality with a German accent. Much of the Hill Country was settled by German immigrants and a lot of the original heritage and culture remain.
The Texas Hill Country was settled by German Immigrants
Visit Fredericksburg, which is definitely no longer a secret, but still a worthy destination. Main St. maintains much of the architecture of the original settlers and the Pioneer Museum is worth a visit. An original schoolhouse and two-family homesteads are in excellent condition and furnished with heirlooms of the period. You can tour the buildings at your own pace. The Pioneer Museum is located on Main St.
The Hill Country is the deep heart of Texas, smack dab in the center of the state. It’s an amazing landscape – from vineyards to farmland to granite domes and limestone cliffs, cut by spring-fed rivers and dotted with lakes – God’s country, as the locals like to refer to it. It’s the kind of place that makes newcomers say things like, “I’m not from Texas, but I got there as fast as I could.”
This is only a small slice of what the Hill Country has to offer. It is a huge area and you can’t see it all in a weekend, or even a week – maybe not even in a lifetime. Southern Living and National Geographic have a lot more great suggestions so check them out.
Have you been to the Hill Country? If so, which is your favorite town? If not, when are you going?
My visit to the Texas Hill Country was sponsored in part by Visit Fredericksburg and Mazda. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.