Explore the Northern Hill Country

A glorious day or longer getaway destination, the Hill Country is located between Austin and San Antonio. This fairly large geographical region is known as the center of the Texas wine industry, all while offering a number of local attractions.

Whether you’re looking to explore the northern Hill Country with your partner or with friends, there’s something for everyone — especially those who love wine, quaint cities, and the great outdoors.

Enjoy All That Northern Hill Country Has to Offer

Considering the Texas Hill Country is home to more than 50 unique wineries, it’s no surprise that wine connoisseurs flock to this region from near and far. Whether you love food, history, or nature, there’s something for every taste, style, and budget.

While planning a northern day trip, here’s a short list of where you’ll want to stop. Each area has a winery nearby, so plan accordingly. Considering there are only 36 miles between San Saba and Lampasas, you could pack numerous stops, planning the picture-perfect day.

1. San Saba

Located approximately 105 miles northeast of Austin, San Saba is known for its hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Often referred to as the “Pecan Capital of the World” by the locals, this small, quaint city has so much to offer. For those who love nature and exploring the local sights, Mill Pond Park, Risien Park, and the Regency Suspension Bridge are three must-see spots.

After you enjoy this charming city, pop into Wedding Oak Winery or Old Man Scary Cellars where you can enjoy a wide selection of wines in stunning settings.

2. Lometa

Lometa is another small city located in Lampasas County, offering a number of quiet, peaceful spots. Start your day at the Lometa Regional Park. This 88-acre park is a great place to have a picnic — there are also baseball and softball fields, as well as a rodeo arena, a fishing tank, and a number of playgrounds.

As you head south, stop by Fiesta Vineyard and Winery, where you can sample award-winning wines. Located just five miles east of Bend, also be sure to stop by Colorado Bend State Park. Here you can marvel at the area’s natural beauty, as you explore a 70-foot spring-fed waterfall, known as Gorman Falls.

3. Lampasas

Although larger than the cities listed above, Lampasas also offers a charming experience, offering visitors a range of attractions and activities. Here, you can discover the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden, which combines the beauty of art and nature. Here, you will also find the world’s largest spur, Marigolds Antiques & More, as well as Cooper Spring Nature Park.

While in the area, don’t miss out on Texas Legato Winery, the perfect “gathering place for friends and family.” This family-owned winery invites you to relax and most importantly, enjoy their award-winning wines, made from Texas-grown grapes. And don’t forget to make a tasting reservation at Pillar Bluffs where you can enjoy their French varietals.

Regardless of what you’re into, Northern Hill Country offers the perfect balance of nature, history, food, and of course, fabulous wine.

Looking to plan a more comprehensive trip? If so, be sure to check out our complete visitors’ guide. Also, be sure to plan your stay around all of the great Texas Hill Country events happening throughout the year!