Winter Texans: Plan Your Trip

Everything is bigger in Texas, and there’s no denying that applies to the Texas Hill Country wine region. With over 500 wineries, Texas ranks at number 4 as the “most wine-producing state” in the country and the Texas Hill Country is a perfect destination for any wine lover! We’ll let you in on a little secret, the best time to visit is in the Winter! The mild Texas winter weather makes January and February the perfect time for Winter Texans to stop by and see all that the Texas Hill Country has to offer. So pack your bags, wave goodbye to the snow, and come fall in love with the Texas Hill Country! 

 

Where to Stay 

Immerse yourself in the region and stay local to get an authentic Texas Hill Country experience. With several B&Bs, inns, and places to park your RV, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites: 

  • Messina Hof Manor Haus: Stay at a winery and spend your day sipping on delicious Messina Hof award-winning wine! Messina Hof’s Manor House includes four uniquely themed cottages nestled in the heart of Texas wine country.  
  • Cotton Gin Village: Take a step back in time with Cotton Gin Village’s 1870’s log cabin village. Experience wine country like no other by being surrounded by limestone walls, waterfalls, and herb gardens! 
  • Hill Country Casitas: Designed for comfort and relaxation, Hill Country Casitas sits on 13 acres of land with some of the best views of the Texas Hill Country. If you’re planning to visit with a large party Hill Country Casitas is the place to stay as it can sleep up to 48 people.   
  • Hoffmann Haus: The luxury of a boutique hotel meets the individualized attention of a bed and breakfast. Guests will experience the peacefulness of a country retreat while staying around the corner from downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. 
  • MT. Gainor Inn:  Modern country decor with charm and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.  A quiet and private retreat on a secluded scenic hilltop. Enjoy 23 acres of bird watching, meditative walking trails, and several wineries minutes away! 
  • The Back Forty of Fredericksburg:  This Fredericksburg B&B ranch hideaway is the perfect home base for exploring the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the serenity of the space while taking in the fragrance of lavender in the air.
  • Blair House Inn: The Blair House Inn doubles as an art gallery and offers a nationally recognized cooking school, guaranteeing you’ll enjoy a cultured and well-rounded experience.   
  • Hill Country RV Park: For those traveling by RV, park yourself at Hill Country RV Park! Whether you’re staying for a weekend or month, you’ll be minutes away from several wineries, fine dining, art, specialty shops, museums, and live nightly entertainment.
  • Fredericksburg Hill Country RV Park: Stay in Fredericksburg city center and get all the benefits of being in town while enjoying the comfort of your RV.

 

Things to do 

The Texas Hill Country has a unique blend of picturesque landscapes and small-town charm. Your vacation can be as jam-packed or relaxing as you make it, that’s the beauty of the Texas Hill Country! You have an endless amount of options, or you can spend your time reading a book in front of some breathtaking views. Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend time in the Hill Country: 

  • Wine Tastings and Tours: Texas Hill Country IS Texas Wine Country. Texas Hill Country Wineries has over 60 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or novice, there is something for everyone! Each winery has its own personality and style of winemaking, but what they all have in common is a commitment to quality, hospitality, and passion for Texas wine.   
  • Grab Your Passport: Take a tour of the Texas Hill Country Wineries with your wine passport, which allows you to sample several wineries at once! Come celebrate love in the air, during February by indulging in our Wine Lover’s Celebration. Sip and Sample award-winning wines at 48 unique Hill Country Wineries. You’ll have a full seventeen days to enjoy all that the Texas Wine Country has to offer! If you can’t make it in February, then join us in March for our Wine and Wildflower Journey. See the beauty of Texas in full bloom while you sip on wine from our participating wineries. Order your passport tickets today, before they sell out! 
  • Take in the View: The rolling hills of Texas provide the perfect backdrop for sipping on local wine, but they can offer so much more than meets the eye! Take a drive out to Garner State Park or Pedernales Falls for some hiking that will reward you with breathtaking views. Spend the evening hiking Enchanted Rock, then stay to take in a panoramic view of the sunset. If you’re lucky enough to be in town on a rare winter day that is 70 degrees, head out to Krause Springs in Spicewood for a lush hike and a dip in the natural spring. 
  • Dance the Night Away: Put on your boots and have a night on the town for some two-stepping. Gruene Hall was built in 1878 and is the oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall in Texas. This venue has hosted several music legends like George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Lyle Lovett. Check out their calendar for a full list of events. If you’re staying closer to Hye, Tx you won’t want to miss the newly renovated Hye Hall. The dance hall had fallen into a state of disrepair, but after a year-long project, it has been restored to its original glory!   
  • Take a Slice Out of Life: What trip to Texas would be complete without a slice of pie? The best pie in the state is in Marble Falls at The Bluebonnet Cafe. Open since 1929; this Texas staple has been serving pie varieties to locals and visitors for decades. Every pie is made from scratch and with love from this family-owned establishment. 
  • Get Your Fill of BBQ: Barbecue is near and dear to many Texans’ hearts, and your visit wouldn’t be complete without giving it a try.  There is no shortage of incredible BBQ places, but we recommend stopping by Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. The secret to their delicious BBQ is years of family recipes and techniques passed down over several decades. Wine down afterward with a glass of wine from Fall Creek Vineyard across the street. 

 

Your trip to the Texas Hill Country is bound to be as diverse as the state is! There is something for everyone with a mix of picturesque landscapes, small-town charm, outdoor family activities, and unparalleled award-winning wineries. Escape the stress of your day to day and unwind in the heart of Texas. Take advantage of mild winter weather and book your trip to the Texas Hill Country today!