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17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

written by Penny Sadler

You’ll want to go to the Texas Hill Country now because it’s spring time and that means the wildflowers are in full bloom. The highways and roadsides are a kaleidoscope of color, everything is lush and green, and it’s absolutely stunningly beautiful.

Go to the Texas Hill Country now before it is 100 degrees in the shade (that comes soon enough, maybe even as early as June).

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A big Texas landscape under a cloudy sky. Just another drive in the Texas Hill Country

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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 and 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.

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Luckenbach, Texas  More than a song Willie Nelson sang, it’s still a place where people gather for community and great music.

17 photos that will make you want to visit the Texas Hill Country now

Poppies of all colors and varieties are blooming now. If you can, visit the Wild Seed Farm in Fredericksburg on Hwy. 290.

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.


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Good example of German architecture on Main St. Fredericksburg, Texas

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Hye, Texas, so quirky and colorful I stopped to take photos. Hye is named after the founder, Hye Brown. In 1966 it was listed in the Register of Texas Historic Places. Hye is also the home of William Chris Vineyards and the oldest legal distillery in Texas, Garrison Brothers.

Torre di Pietra winery, Stonewall, Texas

Torre di Pietra – the tasting room and vineyards are located on Hwy. 290 between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Vineyard tours are available and recommended. Torre di Pietra has a very interesting history of wine making with a Spanish influence, not to mention the most fun labels I’ve ever seen.

Midnight Nymph wine Torre di Pietra

Fun wine label for a delicious fruit forward red.

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Wildflowers growing in the vineyards of Pedernales Cellars, a family owned winery and one of the oldest in the Hill Country.

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Blue bonnets, the state flower of Texas, are in full bloom now along highways.

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 school house 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.

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The original classroom – Pioneer Museum. Notice the German to English lesson on the blackboard.

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Original barber shop in the Pioneer Village Museum. Tools of the trade.

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.”

LBJ Ranch Texas hill Country

The “Texas White House” where the 36th president,  Lyndon Johnson spent as much time as possible Located at the LBJ Park you can tour the house with a guide. The driving tour through the 674 acre ranch is self-guided.

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Ancient oak trees are everywhere and provide much needed shade for man and beast. A symbol of the Texas Hill Country.

17 photos to make you visit the Texas Hill Country now

Texcetera, a wonderful gallery featuring exclusively Texas artists. Located in Johnson City just off Hwy. 290. Take home some original Texas art.

Hondo's in Fredericksburg, @PennySadler 2015

Texans are very independent. No where is this more evident than in the Hill Country. They also have a great sense of humor. Hondo, is Hondo Crouch, a writer and humorist.

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.

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Llano, Texas hosted Earth Art Fest this March, and the first National Rock Stacking Championship. Next year promises to be even better. Just another Hill Country original.

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.

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Sheree February 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm

I am starting a website promoting the Texas Hill Country. I would love to use your article on the website if you agree. It adds such a nice personal touch.


Penny Sadler February 4, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Hello Sheree,
Thanks so much for the compliment. You are welcome to link to the article but you can’t use the article in it’s entirety because Google doesn’t like duplicate content. You can write a couple of paragraphs introducing int and use a sentence or two which would include the link. Good luck on your new site! Texas Hill Country is beautiful!

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Tori Bellos January 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Boerne takes the cake! It’s the HUB of the Texas Hill Country. Stay there and explore the historic charm and great shopping and then take day trips to all the surrounding communities (and San Antonio if that’s your thing) since they are all less than 45min to an hour away!

Penny Sadler January 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm

I was in Boerne once, so long ago. Really enjoyed it. Probably time to revisit. Thanks for the reminder!

Tori Bellos January 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

You are more than welcome! Come by the Boerne Visitor Center and say “Hi!” 1407 S. Main, http://www.visitboerne.org

Leigh April 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

I’d love to visit the area in spring.Absolutely beautiful.

Penny Sadler April 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Spring is the best time. Fall in Texas is pretty dang good too.

Ana O April 24, 2015 at 8:45 am

Penny, this is a lovely article. I’ve been to the Hill Country but this makes me want to drop everything and go now, especially because it’s gray and dark in Dallas today :)I’ll be sharing this on SM.

Penny Sadler April 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

Thank you Anna. It’s likely grey down there too. 🙂 But you never know. Anyway, it’s prettier!

Lillie April 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm

This is SO COOL. Those flowers! That architecture! That history! I MUST make it to Texas!

Penny Sadler April 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

Hey Lillie, if you’ve never been to Texas before the Hill Country is the place to be.

Mary @ Green Global Travel April 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

The Earth Art Fest sounds really cool. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images of Texas’ wide open spaces. I love seeing all the green!

Penny Sadler April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Thanks for stopping by Mary.

Tom Bentley April 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Some nice shots, Penny. I’ve buzzed through parts of Texas before, but never the Hill Country, which I’ve heard praised from many corners. Hope I make it there on some non-100-degree day.

Jeff Titelius April 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm

So much history to be discovered!! I have never been to Texas other than its airports but I certainly will visit the hill country for sure! Loved the old school and general store pics!!

Penny Sadler April 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Thanks Jeff. There’s a lot going on there, you just need a car to be able to get around.

Wandering Educators April 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Just gorgeous! Those flowers!!

Sherry Muldoon April 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

Conor and I were thinking of going to Wimberly. Fredericksburg was another option we were thinking about. Now I’m don’t know which to go to ..LOL!!!

Penny Sadler April 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I haven’t been to Wimberly in a long time. I don’t know. That’s a tough one. I think if you want to do the winery and art thing go to Fredericksburg.

Richard April 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

More of your wonderful photos, Penny. We are ready for a road trip and the Texas Hill Country sounds like a real possibility.

Penny Sadler April 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

If you do go I’ll meet you there!


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