The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in town or nearby. Make sure you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun of a Dripping Springs summer 2022 getaway by booking early to secure all your favorites.
Experienced travelers know that booking travel necessities secures you the best of the best items at the lowest price. Should you until the last minute to book, you may miss out on your favorite rental property, or pay a premium, while those who plan in advance can take advantage of lower prices on the most sought-after homes in Dripping Springs. Lower costs may apply to other aspects of your trip, too. Airfare, vehicle rentals, attraction admission, and popular activities offer discounts to travelers who think ahead.
First come, first served. It’s a saying popular with businesses looking to attract more customers. Those who arrive early, or in the case of your vacation rental – book early, can get benefits like guaranteed admission to popular places, lower entry fees, and other special treatment only available for customers who booked in advance. Booking your 2022 summer getaway to Dripping Springs with I Love Dripping Springs now means you’ll have your choice of vacation rental homes so you can reserve the one that will enhance your Dripping Springs experience and make it everything you hope for and more.
Peace of Mind
Booking your 2022 summer vacation to Dripping Springs now and securing reservations for your preferred vacation home means you don’t have to worry about a one of the major parts of your trip as you count down to the day you start your journey. Once you’ve secured the vacation home of your dreams, you can focus on booking the other activities and attractions that will make your summer 2022 Dripping Springs adventure one everyone will remember for years to come.
Booking your vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs for your 2022 summer getaway not only means you can focus on other items on your trip planning to-do list, but it also means you have more time to prepare every detail imaginable. If you’ve never been to Dripping Springs, use this time and peace of mind now to download and save maps of the area around your rental as well as the best routes to everything you want to see and do while you’re here. Gather the things you’ll need and store them somewhere easily accessible so all you have to do is pack the car and head to the airport.
Time to Save
With everything booked and in place and down payments secured, you’ll have plenty of time to save some extra spending cash for the trip. There are bound to be impromptu adventures that may require admission fees, groceries during your stay, other items not provided at your vacation rental, incidentals, as well as some fun souvenirs to remember the trip once you return home.
Travelers who book early not only have secured exactly what they want, they may get a little more, too. Rather than having to rent, or even purchase items you won’t be taking home with you, those who book early may be able to secure those items as part of the rental fee rather than add ons to be gotten after arriving.
Get Everyone Prepared
Planning your summer 2022 trip to Dripping Springs well in advance means there’s plenty of time to get everyone prepared for the trip. New clothes, sandals, bathing suits, luggage, and other large purchases can be made without the stress or pressure of purchasing them within days of travel. You can even create personalized lists of the items each traveler needs to make sure everyone has everything for their perfect Dripping Springs summer vacation. You’ll also have plenty of time to secure the valuables you’re not taking with you.
Destination: 2022 Dripping Springs Summer Fun
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your 2022 summer getaway destination, make sure your next step is booking a private vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. You can begin and end every day of your Dripping Springs adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of your own home. Choose a one-bedroom all the way up to a six-bedroom home to accommodate a large family group or summer reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for perks and upgrades like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, and more.
Contact us today to start planning your summer 2022 trip to Dripping Springs and have fun making memories to last a lifetime!
The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. Add some Christmas cheer to the mix and you have the perfect destination for a Christmastime getaway. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in-town or nearby.
Distilleries, Breweries, and Wineries
Warm up with some of your favorite brews or spirits this Christmas. With a list of distilleries, brewing companies, and wineries longer than your arm, Dripping Springs and the surrounding area has something to quench your thirst and make your holidays a little merrier. Head to their tasting room and try Deep Eddy Vodka. It comes in a range of flavors from traditional to ruby red, and even peach. Make a tasting appointment at Hawk Shadow Winery & Vineyards and walk away with “Bad Boy Red” or a 2011 vintage Orange Muscat – made from Lost Draw Vineyards grapes with aromas of green apple and lemon grass finishing with hints of orange blossom. For a great-tasting, locally made brew, head to Family Business Beer Co. Try the Golden Age, a German-style pilser with a milk, earthy hop bouquet and clean finish, or the Cosmic Cowboy, an American IPA ripe with pineapple and grapefruit with a layer of pine. Make sure to bring some back to pair with your Christmas meal.
Trail of Lights This Christmas in Dripping Springs
Dripping Springs and the surrounding area will have plenty of opportunities to experience the glow of Christmas lights. Pack up your group and head to Zilker Park in Austin for an amazing light show full of Christmas cheer, including 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted trees, and over two million lights. Cruise through the mile-long path in your own vehicle. The 57th annual event runs from November 27-December 31. The path is open from 5:45 – 10:45 p.m. nightly. One vehicle with up to nine passengers requires only one pass, but vehicles with more than nine passengers or more than 20’ long require a second pass.
Ice Skating at Dreamland
Lace up your ice skates for a chance to skate in the warm Texas winter. Dreamland is hosting the “Lights & Delights” event this year in Dripping Springs. Enjoy events and activities like minigolf, pickleball, and more, then enjoy a seasonal cocktail or other drink after taking a spin on the rink. The event runs November 20, 2021 – January 4, 2022, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities. Skating hours are 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sundays. The cost is only $10/person including skates, and $5/person including skates each Monday.
Driftwood Lights Holiday Trail
Bring your friends and family to Vista Brewing this holiday season for some Christmas festivities. Take a stroll along the beautifully lighted trails of the 21-acre site. Everything will be decked out in Christmas lights, luminaries, and holiday décor for you to enjoy. Make sure to bring your camera for holiday photo ops throughout the 21-acre site. Sip on hot chocolate or hot apple cider, or one of Vista’s 14 drafts, as well as a wide range of bottles of brew and local wine. Add in s’mores cooked over an open fire pit and you have a recipe for Christmastime fun.
Historic Mercer Street
The historic Mercer Street decks itself out in Christmas finery during the Christmas season, but there’s also plenty of Old West heritage lining the street. Many of the buildings were built between 1870 and 1940, and are current sites of town businesses, like the “Barber Shop” bar or Vintage Soul boutique.
You came to a Christmas in Dripping Springs for some fun, relaxation, and holiday cheer. Make sure you add in some of the area’s year-round attractions, too. Hamilton Preserve Pool is a natural wonder that draws tourists and locals alike. Make sure you make reservations as it’s a popular place in the winter months. Be sure to take in activities like escape rooms, the Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home, and other fun activities.
Destination: Christmas Cheer in Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your destination for Christmas fun and relaxation, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your holiday adventure in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose an intimate one-bedroom for you and your sweetheart all the way up to a six-bedroom unit to accommodate a family reunion or other large group Christmas celebration. Prepare the Christmas feast and any other meal or snack in a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy the privacy of your own room, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and more to make your holiday merry and bright.
Contact us today to start planning your Christmas trip to Dripping Springs and make memories to last a lifetime!
Planning your annual vacation can be a bit challenging, as you spend hours pouring over vacation destinations, accommodations, and of course, airline fares that you are hoping you can keep in check. You need to ensure that your entire family can take off the week together, you have to be sure that the home you rent is large enough and comfortable enough for everyone to enjoy, and you simply can’t take a vacation without knowing what seasonal activities there are available for you to do. Fortunately, you have the destination chosen already—Dripping Springs—and you know you would never settle for less than what I Love Dripping Springs has to offer for your vacation home away from home, so for now, all that is left to discuss is the season! Summer and fall are the most popular vacation times, but did you know that Dripping Springs is an all-seasons vacation destination offering excitement, fun, and adventure throughout every month of the year? This guide, our ultimate guide to Dripping Springs and everything you can see, do, and fall in love with during the winter and spring months will help you narrow down your departure dates!
A Southwestern Winter Wonderland
Winter is often thought about with a mixed bag of emotions throughout most of the country. Everyone dreams of a white Christmas and that first snow is so clean, pure, and beautiful you can’t help but be entranced. By mid-January, however, icy roads, numb fingers and toes, and high winter utility bills have you dreaming of warmer locales, and although Dripping Springs can get cold and has been known to offer a rare snowstorm during the season, the temperatures tend to stay in the moderate range, letting visitors explore the landscape without going into hypothermia!
Stay close to home and discover the joys of hiking through the Hill Country on trails that range from easy to moderate and leave the difficult hikes for those who don’t understand that vacations are for relaxing, not killing yourself scrambling over boulders and losing your breath on higher altitude trails! Reimer’s Ranch Lower and Upper River Trail, for example, is only about four miles long, looping around to bring you back to where you started and offering scenic views of the river as you make your way along its expanse. There is no shade on this easy trail, making the cooler days of winter the perfect time to enjoy the hike, and if you insist on upping the intensity of your hike, its relatively low elevation gain of 196 feet makes the trail a popular one for runners.
There are many different ways to enjoy the short days of winter, however, and on the coldest days, we love to warm up from the inside out with a visit to Treaty Oak Distilling, located at 16604 Fitzhugh Road. Forget about putting all that extra effort into wearing the right shoes, layering your clothes as the day grows warm during your hike and then begins to cool again, and spend a lazy afternoon sitting, sipping, and sampling the whiskeys and cocktails found at the Treaty! Their online store allows you to continue sipping your newest obsession long after you return home, and whether their Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon or their Treaty Oak X Whiskey Meyers Red Handed Bourbon is your favorite, you can order refills whenever you want.
Whiskey can be a little much to handle for some travelers, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the entire sipping experience, not when the Side Car Tasting Room and the Bell Springs Winery are located just a few minutes from your I Love Dripping Springs seasonal sanctuary! Offering sophisticated Texas wines in charming and tranquil surroundings, your entire winter escape could happily be spent in either of these places without you feeling you have missed out on a single adventure—not that we encourage skipping the other fun things you can do in Dripping Springs, but it is nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of vacation life every so often!
Winter Events You Won’t Want to Miss
So far, you have spent your winter getaway hiking and drinking—it sounds like the perfect getaway to us—but there are events that take place in the winter that you won’t want to miss, starting with Christmas on Mercer Street on December 4th. This festive event allows visitors to get an early start on their Christmas shopping, and as you explore the shops filled with gifts, décor, and more than a few Texas souvenirs, you can sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, enjoy some yummy treats, and get teary-eyed over the pictures your youngsters took with Santa. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in the evening, and if this happy experience doesn’t fill your holiday spirit tank extra full, we don’t know what will!
Dance your way into the new year of 1971 when you spend New Year’s Eve with Madam Radar & the Reverent Few at the One 2 One Bar (1509 S. Lamar Boulevard #600 in Austin). And yes, we said 1971, because this very special show is all about the music and clothing of the early 70s, and after the last year or so of the millennium, we are all eager to take a step back into the past!
Instead of fighting your way through snow, sleet, and ice at home in February, you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of West Side Story on February 26th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts with a live performance conducted by Peter Bay. Winter in Dripping Springs is the gift that keeps on giving, and we at I Love Dripping Springs are proud to offer a soft place to land at the end of every day!
Hearty Meals You Will Never Forget
In addition to a deep and uninterrupted night’s sleep, one of life’s greatest luxuries is a hearty meal on a cold winter’s night, and although the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, you will still enjoy the delicious meals offered by some of our favorite Dripping Springs restaurants. Nothing warms your body and soul quicker than a spicy Mexican meal, and El Rey Mexican Bar & Grill is destined to be your new favorite spot! Offering cheesy goodness, karaoke, and live mariachi bands, every minute of your meal will be one you never want to end. When it’s good old-fashioned American comfort food you crave, however, Homespun Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of Dripping Springs at 131 Mercer Street, has the meals you desire! Featuring juicy burgers, hearty chicken fried chicken covered with gravy that tastes like something your grandma made, and sweet treats made fresh every day, this all-American upscale diner will make your taste buds stand up and take notice.
The Promise of Spring
Now that we have you excited about the winter months, it is time to take a step in a new direction, towards the promise and hope of spring in Dripping Springs. As cheerful flowers push their way through the dark soil and the trees begin to bud with dark green leaves, the warmer days are welcomed by visitors and residents alike. These are the days we want to spend outside as much as possible, enjoying the milder weather before the heat of summer takes over, and even rainy days are our favorite!
Take a brief road trip to the nearby big city of Austin and spend hours losing yourself in the history of the museums found there, staying dry and cozy while the rains fall outside. The Bullock Texas State History Museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue, covers pretty much everything that has happened in our state over the centuries, while the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library explores the man who was president for a brief and exciting time. And if history isn’t as important to you as the colors that surround you, the Contemporary Austin-Jones Center features the best of Texas when it comes to contemporary art! Thinkery Children’s Museum will help your children get excited about learning, and the Texas Military Forces Museum will make your military-loving husband actually happy about going to a museum!
Enjoying the Good Weather
Not every day is a rainy one in the spring, and on the best days, as we stated earlier, you will want to get outside and play as often as possible! Start with a visit to the Dripping Springs Farmer’s Market, located at 108 East US-90 and open every Wednesday from 3-6 PM. The market is open year-round, but there is a special kind of beauty found when you spend a spring evening walking up and down the aisles, purchasing fresh produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts made by the finest of craftsmen!
The best way to greet a spring day in this part of Texas is with a long walk along the greenest landscape you will find in our state—and yes, we are talking about golf! Dripping Springs Country Club is a world-class driving range and includes Top Tracer technology and a clubhouse serving icy cold beverages, but if you really want to get out and play the entire 18 holes, Austin has more than a few courses you are guaranteed to enjoy. The Grey Rock Golf Club and the Falconhead Golf Club are two of our favorite spots, but any of the courses you find in the area will satisfy your desire to chase the white and dimpled ball over all the course you choose!
Mercer Street in Dripping Springs is the hottest spot in town, offering a variety of shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will make your time in Texas all that sweeter. Home décor and women’s clothing with a flower child edge can be purchased from Vintage Soul, while Starrs on Mercer offers a little bit of everything that you never knew you needed! A cute pair of hoops to complete your outfit, a Prue scarf to ward off the chill on a windy spring day, even a colorful sippy cup to replace the one your toddler “accidentally” threw into traffic are all destined to make your day shine brighter and all can be found simply by exploring Starrs.
The Sound of the Dinner Bell
Vacation dining can often be hit or miss, but you chose I Love Dripping Springs for your accommodations, and our guides never let you down! Celebrate the season with a meal from Alice’s Restaurant (cue the Arlo Guthrie earworm now!) at Treaty Oak Distilling and find your newest happy place. Offering a taste of barbecue that will make your stomach smile, add a sip of your favorite whiskey and your day will be complete. Carnivores will get their meat fix in at the Garrison on Red River Road in Austin, a cheerful and upscale restaurant in which the chefs really know their way around a thick and juicy steak, but if you are the type who refuses to eat anything that once had a mother, Counter Culture at 2337 E Cesar Chavez Street in Austin is a vegan’s delight! Eat your favorite vegetarian dish at the restaurant or order it to go and enjoy it in the comfort of your I Love Dripping Springs seasonal escape.
The Best Part of Dripping Springs
No matter the season you choose to travel to the great state of Texas, spending your nights and evenings in the comfort of our vacation rentals promises to be the best part of your Dripping Springs vacation! Offering luxury amenities, comfortable furnishings, and incredible views of the Texas landscape, our homes are designed to give travelers everything they could ever want or need. Reserve your favorite property today and make all of your vacation dreams come true!
The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. The state and its towns put on an extra show for the holidays, including generous Thanksgiving feasts and fun events to enjoy. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in town or nearby. The history makes it the perfect place to spend a Dripping Springs Thanksgiving with the ones you love.
A Dripping Springs Thanksgiving Dinner
While some restaurants may be closed to celebrate the holiday with friends and family, others remain open to celebrate with locals and visitors alike. The restaurants of Dripping Springs and the surrounding area offer plenty of delicious eats from traditional Thanksgiving feasts to tasty dishes from their regular menus. Ask about catering, take out, or delivery if you’d rather avoid the crowds at the restaurant or the hassle of making dinner reservations along with your other vacation plans.
Buda Turkey Trot 5K
Work up an appetite at the 3rd Annual Buda Turkey Trot. The event starts Thanksgiving morning at the Sunfield Amenity Center at 10 a.m. The event is presented by Sunfield and benefits the Hays County Food Bank. There is a free kids’ sprint event as well, so the whole group can work up an appetite for dinner later in the day.
Funny Fridays Thanksgiving Edition
Enjoy some laughs during your Thanksgiving break. Head to Lando Sheppard, and others. There are two shows, Friday, November 26 at 8 and 10 p.m. The adult evening will also feature food and drinks and is the perfect relaxing date night after the family holiday.
Christmas on Mercer
If your Thanksgiving getaway lasts into early December, you’ll see historic Mercer Street transform with holiday cheer. The town of Dripping Springs starts the Christmas season with a bang with “Christmas on Mercer,” an event sponsored by the Lions club. The annual tradition is in its 17th year in 2021. The party is happening December 4, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in downtown Dripping Springs.
Austin Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights is returning to Zilker Park for its 57th year. Make sure to put it on the itinerary for your trip this Thanksgiving. The drive-thru event starts November 27 with an exclusive premier party. Cruise through two million twinkling Christmas lights. There are other special evenings throughout the month of December. The display is closed December 24th and 25th. Buy advanced tickets online and choose your date. The light trail is open from 5:45-10:45 p.m.
Austin Ghost Tours
If you still wish it was Halloween or want to learn about the area’s spookier historical side, Head into Austin for a ghostly good time. Throughout the year, Austin Ghosts hosts ghost tours of the town. Storytellers in the know will take you on a spooky tour of downtown as they tell you about some of the bloodiest conflicts, tales of woe and misfortune, and more about the real-life hauntings of the city. Tours are held year-round, rain or shine.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Make a Well-known Dripping Springs attraction part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists alike throughout the year. The natural wonder was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. The result is the unique structure you’ll see on your visit, which includes a waterfall and a grotto. Part of a 234-acre nature preserve, the pool is considered a Texas swimming hole gem. Wear your close-toed shoes for the hike back to the pool, and make sure to bring your bathing suit for a dip after you’ve admired the natural wonder. Though the water may be a chilly 55 degrees or less, many still want to cross the experience off their bucket list no matter what time of year. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the shores after your swim. From March through December, you’ll need to reserve one of the 140 per day 4-hour time slots. Each person in your group needs a slot, so make sure you can reserve space for everyone together!
Thanksgiving Fun in Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your Thanksgiving destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose an intimate one-bedroom for your small family or sweetheart getaway or a six-bedroom to accommodate a turkey-filled family or other large group reunion. Create a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it in open living and dining spaces. Enjoy the privacy of your own room, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and more.
Contact us today to start planning your Thanksgiving trip to Dripping Springs and make memories to last a lifetime!
The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in town or nearby. The history makes it the perfect place to spend a spooky Dripping Springs Halloween getaway.
Haunted Hayride & Haunted House
Head to Dripping Springs Ranch Park for a frightful night. Step into the haunted home of Dead Hill Ranch for spine-tingling thrills and chills. Bring a friend to help you escape the family of maniacs, driven blood-thirsty mad by a poisoned well. waiting to terrorize you beyond the doors. The event presented by Hell Country Productions runs October 28-31. Hours are 7-10 p.m. October 28 and 31 and 7-11 October 29 and 30. These attractions are meant for guests 13 and older. Tickets purchased online before October 15 are $10, tickets at the gate each evening are $15.
Trunk-or-Treat at 12 Fox Beer Co.
Enjoy a family-friendly trick-or-treat event in a safe environment. Spooky volunteers will decorate their trunks and truck beds into Halloween trick-or-treat stations at 12 Fox Beer Co. in Dripping Springs for a spooktacular good time. Enjoy treats, live music, and a fun, safe experience. Trick-or-treat trunk stations will be judged for best station starting at 4:45 p.m. Bring your ghosts and goblins for candy handout from 5-7 p.m. Live music will be provided by Michael Ingalls from 4-7 p.m. and Hocus Pocus at 7:15. The event is Saturday, October 30.
Trunk or Treat at Sunset Canyon Baptist Church
Dress in your spooky best and take everyone down to Sunset Canyon Baptist Church for the annual trunk or treat event. There will be games, prizes, a bounce house, face painting, food, and more for a spooktacular time for the whole family. The event takes place October 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the church.
Train Ride of Terror
Take the short trip to Wimberly this Halloween weekend. The Wimberly Players, along with 7A Ranch have teamed up to haunt Pioneer Town, a space set up at 330 Wayside Drive in Wimberly. The train ride goes around the town, so you’ll want to be careful to stay on the train and not fall victim to the ghosts and ghouls that haunt the area after dark. The event takes place on the evenings of October 29-31.
Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert
If you need to give the kids a little culture along with the Halloween fun, make plans to include attending the Austin Symphony’s Halloween children’s concert. Wear your costumes and be ready for music from the opera of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. A narrator will tell the story of the unfortunate Hansel and Gretel, siblings abandoned in the forest, only to be captured by a witch who lives in a gingerbread house. The symphony house will be decorated in its Halloween best, too!
Boo at the Zoo
Your favorite animals at the Austin Zoo are getting in on the spooky fun this Halloween. Each weekend in October, you’re invited to come to the zoo in your best Halloween costumes for a great time full of family fun. The zoo is decorated to maximum spookiness for the occasion. Check out the nocturnal animals not out during normal business hours, a haunted mansion, and a haunted train ride around the zoo.
Austin Ghost Tours
Head into Austin for a ghostly good time. Throughout the year, Austin Ghosts hosts ghost tours of the town, but they pump up the fright around Halloween. Storytellers will take you on a spooky tour of downtown as they tell you about some of the bloodiest conflicts, tales of woe and misfortune, and more about the real hauntings of the city. Tours are held year-round, rain or shine.
Other Dripping Springs Halloween Fun
Between all the ghostly fun, make sure to check out other Dripping Springs attractions. Historic Mercer Street has many businesses and restaurants perfect for picking up fall and holiday goodies. Visit Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home or take a trek to Hamilton Pool Preserve or other hiking destinations around town. You’ll find a way to fill every day of your Dripping Springs Halloween escape!
Destination: Spooky Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your Halloween destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your spooky adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose an intimate one-bedroom for your small family or sweetheart getaway or a six-bedroom to accommodate a spooktacular family or other large group reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own room, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and other perks.
Contact us today to start planning your Halloween trip to Dripping Springs and make spooky memories to last a lifetime!
Taking time to unwind and relax in Dripping Springs is a good choice any time of year. That said, if you’re lucky enough to head this way in the fall, you’re in for a scenic and exciting treat. Give your itinerary an autumn focus by filling in any free time with a few of our favorite fall activities that Dripping Springs is known and loved for!
Hiking and Leaf Peeping
Fall is a fantastic time of year that comes with an abundance of change—both in the way the weather feels and the colors that surround you! Those who are lucky enough to head to Dripping Springs this autumn will be treated to a myriad of colorful vistas thanks to the lush terrain that awaits. If you’re the type of traveler that can’t wait to make the most of every fall foliage moment and is ready to lace up their hiking boots too, you’re in luck. Dripping Springs is home to a variety of trails and parks that provide the perfect setting for taking in the fall scene at your own preferred pace.
Charro Ranch Park is a fan-favorite fall foliage stop in Dripping Springs with good reason. Here, visitors can wander the many trails that run beneath a canopy of towering juniper and oak trees and enjoy the transitions that leaves take on from green to bold reds, yellows, and orange. For a gentle stroll, take the one-mile grassland loop that runs through this 64-acre park. Visitors are often thrilled to learn that Charro Ranch Park was once a fully functioning ranch that’s been transitioned into a space to enjoy nature!
Those willing to go looking for leaves and trails a bit further away will want to head to nearby Milton Reimers Ranch. Filled with a maze of trails to explore on foot or mountain bike, this ranch covers nearly 2,430 acres of land. Dotted with rivers and streams, those who make their way here have over 18 miles of trails to choose from across 5 trails that are designed to accommodate hikers of all skill levels.
Find Time for Fishing
While the temperatures may fall a bit in the fall, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get out and fish while you’re visiting Dripping Springs in the autumn season. Once you have your gear in hand, head over to Flat Creek in nearby Blanco County which is just a mere 11-miles from Dripping Springs. This destination is a delight for the angler looking forward to a quiet day on the water hoping for bass to bite.
Sip a Fall Day Away at Le Muse
There’s something quintessentially fall about taking time to sip a seasonal latte in a space that’s charming, artistic, and welcoming. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you swing by Le Muse in Dripping Springs. Located at 505 Wynnpage Drive, Le Muse is open daily from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm and serves up sensational flavors to enjoy in a setting that’s colorful and inviting. Guests can easily pair their seasonal favorite coffee with foods and pastries, teas, or baked goods in abundance. It’s a coffee bar loved by locals and visitors alike that’s well worth finding your caffeine fix in when you’re headed to Dripping Springs this fall.
Book a Wine Tasting With These Activities in Dripping Springs
October in Dripping Springs is typically considered wine month with good reason! Wine enthusiasts from near and far flock this way to make the most of the mild weather and time spent savoring local flavors at tasting events across more than 12 tasting rooms that call Dripping Springs home. The lush terrain found in this part of Texas lends itself to robust flavors, and those who enjoy a fine wine or two will find everything they’re looking for and more. What could be more enticing than a white, red, or sparkling glass enjoyed amongst a backdrop of gold, yellow, and orange foliage? Come see for yourself how great it can be!
Enjoy a Savory Meal
When there’s a chill in the air, sometimes the best way to warm up is to grab a delicious bite with these activities in Dripping Springs. That’s easy to do when you set your palate-pleasing hopes on a stop at Crepe Crazy when you’re in Dripping Springs this fall. This creperie carries a variety of sweet and savory options ranging from green chili chicken to Nutella royale. If you’re in the mood for something with a particularly fall-focused flavor twist, go for the granny smith apple and brie crepe topped with roasted walnuts.
Book Your Stay Today
When a trip to Dripping Springs sounds like just the right choice, there’s truly no reason to wait! The team at I Love Dripping Springs is here to help make sure that your trip includes luxurious and conveniently located accommodations. Reach out today to learn more about our many area rental options!
When it’s time to get out of town and enjoy a one-of-a-kind vacation, Dripping Springs is the place to be. Filled with options for fun, adventure, and excitement, it’s also a destination with amazing casual dining options waiting to delight the palate too! The following Dripping Springs dining spots are a few you won’t want to miss out on while you’re in town.
Homespun Kitchen & Bar
When you make your way to Dripping Springs, there’s a good chance that between the fun and exciting activities and sightseeing, you’re bound to work up an appetite. When you’re here and find that you could really go for a home-style meal, head over to the Homespun Kitchen & Bar and let your taste buds be treated to a variety of traditional favorites. This inviting eatery is situated at 131 E. Mercer Street, making it a wonderful dining choice if you’re already downtown checking things out. It’s a cozy destination that showcases a rustic aesthetic and pairs it with plenty of friendly service as well. Guests are invited to pick and choose between making the most of a meal in the spacious dining room or heading outside for a fresh-air experience on the restaurant’s large patio. The menu at Homespun Kitchen & Bar is just as welcoming. Whether you opt for the deviled eggs, skillet mac n’ cheese, or the grilled shrimp tostadas, there’s really no way to go wrong. No matter what you land on, be sure to make room for dessert before you go. Sweets are whipped up daily, so you’ll need to ask about the daily special to guarantee your meal ends on a savory note. Homespun Kitchen & Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 10:00 pm. On Sundays, guests can enjoy a meal anytime between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm.
Flores Mexican Restaurant
Sometimes, the best part of a trip to Dripping Springs is how you can easily pair amazing scenery with exceptional dining options. While the local fare is easy to find in Dripping Springs, it’s just as simple to set your culinary sights on dishes that are designed and inspired by favorites from other countries too. For example, if your day has been packed with excitement, and the only thing left you’re craving is a sensational Mexican dinner, Flores Mexican Restaurant will have exactly what you’ve been searching for. Situated at 2440 E. Highway 290, Flores Mexican Restaurant is easy to spot thanks to the decorative exterior architecture complete with stone archways and bold signage! Inside, the welcoming ambiance continues with vaulted ceilings, arched detailing, and friendly service that’s hard to top. The menu at Flores Mexican Restaurant includes everything from fajitas and nachos to tacos, tamales, Pollo Caliente, and beyond. Of course, no meal here is complete without a chance to savor a house margarita in style. Gather your family and friends and stop by anytime between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Be sure to note that Happy is on between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Dripping Springs Dining at Pig Pen BBQ
Perhaps there’s no dining experience as inviting and laid-back as a food truck. When you can make that food truck experience revolve around mouthwatering BBQ selections, it’s even better! That’s exactly what visitors can enjoy in Dripping Springs when they set their culinary sights on Pig Pen BBQ. Situated at 1005 W. Highway 290, Pig Pen BBQ offers up the ultimate casual dining experience complete with savory options that will keep you coming back for more. Many consider it the best BBQ stop in Dripping Springs with good reason. Whether you go with the pulled pork or brisket, prime rib selection, or beyond, it’s bound to be a treat for your tastebuds. There’s nothing you need to bring to Pig Pen BBQ except a robust appetite and a few good friends to make it an unforgettable meal!
Carmela’s Pizzeria Café & Deli
There are moments during any vacation when a slice of pizza would go a long way towards making you feel ready to continue the fun. If you’re in Dripping Springs and on the hunt for a welcoming and comfortable Italian stop where pizza options abound, make sure to put Carmela’s Pizzeria Café & Deli at the top of your list. Found at 18901 Hamilton Pool Road, Carmela’s Pizzeria Café & Deli offers guests a bright and inviting eatery to enjoy everything from ravioli and pizza to sweet potato fries, savory sandwiches, and more. This is a family-friendly stop that caters to appetites and visitors of all ages. Carmela’s Pizzeria Café & Deli is open to the dining public Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm for dinner.
Book Your Dripping Springs Adventure Today
There’s always a good reason to enjoy time in Dripping Springs and knowing you have accommodations in place that keep you close to the fun makes it that much more meaningful! Reach out to I Love Dripping Springs today and learn more about our many available area property options.
The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great place for a getaway no matter the time of year. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s, and many other popular historic landmarks either right in town or nearby. You’ll want to make sure your getaway to the Dripping Springs area includes plenty of fun and exciting things to do to keep everyone happy and busy. The weather may not always cooperate with your outdoor plans, so make sure you have some indoor activities in Dripping Springs scheduled to battle the boredom that comes with a rainy day. Don’t forget your masks, as many places may still require them for admission.
Distilleries, Brewing Companies, and Wineries
Warm up in the winter or enjoy cool refreshment other times of the year with some of your favorite brews or spirits. With a list of distilleries, brewing companies, and wineries longer than your arm, Dripping Springs and the surrounding area has something to quench your thirst. Distilleries like Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery, Hawk Shadow Winery & Vineyards, and Family Business Beer Co. are just some of the establishments that call Dripping Springs home. Head to the Deep Eddy tasting room and sip on their Deep Eddy Vodka, which comes in a range of flavors from traditional to ruby red, and even peach. Make a tasting appointment at Hawk Shadow Winery & Vineyards and walk away with “Bad Boy Red” or a 2011 vintage Orange Muscat – made from Lost Draw Vineyards grapes with the aromas of green apple and lemon grass finishing with hints of orange blossom. For a great tasting, locally made brew, head to Family Business Beer Co. You’ll want to try the Golden Age, a German-style pilsner with a milk, earthy hop bouquet and clean finish, or the Cosmic Cowboy, an American IPA that’s ripe with pineapple and grapefruit with a layer of pine.
Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home
While the students of the group may moan about learning while on vacation, and especially on a rainy day, you can find a way to add in a bit of a history lesson during your trip. Presidential elections have been known to turn the tide of the nation quickly, and each president’s administration leaves its own special mark on the country. When you visit Dripping Springs, you may want to take some time on a rainy day to soak up the presidential history surrounding our 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson rather than the rain, with a visit to his boyhood home. Johnson lived there from the age five until his 1924 high school graduation, and the home has been listed as a national historic park. For a more authentic experience, the home has even been furnished in the style of the early and mid-1920s period and reflects the rural Texas lifestyle Johnson and his family would have lived there. Join one of the free guided tours, offered daily and available hourly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a lunch break from the staff at noon.
Escape Room Activities in Dripping Springs
Escape rooms have become a popular family or group activity in recent years, and there’s an escape room only moments from Dripping Springs. Escape In Time escape rooms offers multiple rooms with different stories that give your logic skills and brain some exercise. Work together with your groupmates to solve the series of clues and break out of the room within 60 minutes to win. Rooms are ranked in difficulty so you can choose a room that fits the skills, abilities, and age range of your group. Book your spot before arrival, and make sure to address any concerns like age of players and handicap accessibility before confirming your plans.
Add some fun and games to your rainy day with a visit to the local arcade. Just a few moments away, Pinballz Arcade offers arcade games, escape rooms, laser tag, and many more indoor activities to keep the excitement going even when the rain is falling.
Dripping Rain in Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your destination for some memorable Texas-style fun, even when the rain falls, make sure your next step is booking a private vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. You’ll begin and end every day of your Dripping Springs adventures in a beautiful and private vacation rental with all the comforts of your own home. Choose a small one-bedroom for your smaller family or a sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom to accommodate a large group or reunion for a Texas-size good time. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom where you can catch a nap on a gloomy day, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies for when the sun returns. Choose a premium unit for perks and upgrades like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, and much more.
Contact us today to start planning your all-weather trip to Dripping Springs and have fun making memories to last a lifetime!
The seasons are constantly changing as the temperatures rise and lower, the colors of the landscape turn from verdant green to rich reds, golds, and oranges, and the activities we participate in alter to fit the season, but the one thing that never changes is our desire to get away! We need the rest, the relaxation, and the opportunities to expand our horizons almost as much as we need air, food, and water, and if your journey is leading you in the direction of Austin, Texas for a summer or fall getaway—both are excellent times to visit—we have created this guide to ensure that your escape fulfills all your wants, needs, and desires. And because turning an ordinary vacation into an extraordinary retreat is something we specialize in here at Austin Vacation Rentals, your first step to perfection is choosing one of our Austin sanctuaries!
The Times Have Changed
Gone are the days when vacationing families crammed together in one small hotel room, sleeping on pullout couches, rollaway beds, or in one of our own more memorable childhood vacations, on a pallet of clothing on the floor! Today, travelers want space, comfort, and luxury amenities, and during your Texas journey, our Austin Vacation Rentals properties offer all of the above and so much more. Walk into spaces that are bright, airy, and designed to spoil, offering kitchens that are the heart of the home, living spaces filled with comfortable furnishings and state-of-the-art electronics, and bedrooms that will give you the best night’s sleep of your lives. Making you wish you could stay here forever, you soon will discover that it is the little things that add up to a whole lot of wonderful!
Coffee makers in the kitchen ensure there is no need to stay un-caffeinated at any time during your stay, and updated appliances that are easy to use can help cut down on vacation expenses. Free wireless internet allows hardworking travelers to keep in touch with the office but can also be used for updating social networks sites and streaming music to enjoy anywhere on the property. Fluffy towels in the bathrooms are soft against sunburned skin, high thread count linens make slipping under the covers each night a luxury, and the perfectly placed deck chairs turned to get the best views of the sun setting over the horizon, give your vacation accommodations a sense of paradise. The larger luxuries may vary from property to property, but are of equal importance, and can include private pools, hot tubs, and game rooms filled with everything you need to stay entertained!
Everything is known to be bigger in the great state of Texas, and the amenities we offer fall right in line. Whatever you need you will find inside, and if we do not happen to have that particular necessity, we can guide you to where you can find it!
Summer in Austin
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year; a period of time in which the days stretch out before you in an endless expanse of possibilities, and in Austin, the opportunities to play, explore, and relax are just as endless. Explore the history of our state with a visit to the Texas State Capitol Building, located at 1100 Congress Avenue. Constructed in 1888, guided tours are offered on a limited basis, Monday through Friday, but if you can’t wait for a tour to become available, self-guided tour brochures are free and can be found at the Capitol North Entry or at the information services booth. Either way, as you explore the fascinating (and air-conditioned!) expanses under the roof of the 6th tallest capitol building (Remember, everything is bigger in Texas and at the time it was built it more than likely ranked number one in height!), you get a sense of history that makes you proud to be an American.
Because it can get a little sultry in the summer, and also because some travelers can never get enough history, a summer visit to the also air-conditioned Bullock Texas State History Museum located just down the street from the Texas State Capitol building at 1800 Congress Avenue offers another chance to learn about our fascinating history while staying cool and dry! In addition to their usual exhibits, they are currently showcasing a temporary exhibit titled “Guitar: the instrument that rocked the world.” On display from May 19 until August 15, this exploration of the 5000-year-old history of the guitar should appeal to everyone!
For those who prefer the great outdoors, Austin is guaranteed to be your favorite playground, offering places to paddle, hike, or swim. McKinney State Falls Park offers hiking trails, picturesque views of the falls, and plenty of places to swim in the middle of the summer, or if swimming is all you are interested in, Barton Springs Municipal Pool is a three-acre body of water filled with natural spring water. This fun recreational spot is popular year-round. as the 68- to 74-degree water temperatures never vary more than the expected six degrees, so be sure to remember Barton Springs Municipal Pool when you come back in the fall!
Another unique summertime experience is one that may seem like a blast from the past but has made a comeback over the past year in many places. We are talking about a drive-in theater, or to be specific, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In located at 2103 E. M. Franklin Avenue in nearby Manchaca! You won’t be able to see any of the latest films at this hip and updated miniaturized version of the theaters you remember fondly from your youth, but you will get to introduce your children to the tradition and watch a variety of films that range in genre. Indie films, cult classics, and your favorite childhood movies are shown on the big screen at the Blue Starlite!
Falling for Fall
As the temperatures fall and the leaves on the trees change into the most brilliant shades of red, gold, and orange, you may find yourself venturing towards Austin, and we are delighted to welcome you here! Fall in love with the beauty of Lady Bird Lake, surrounded by trees and offering a peaceful respite rarely found in the middle of big cities. Rent a kayak and ride along this river like reservoir named after our former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, or hike the trails that surround this beautiful body of water, being sure to keep an eye out for photo ops such as the way the rays of the setting sun reflect off its smooth waters, mimicking the colors of the trees that frame the lake.
Another fun outdoor activity in the fall (and in the summer) is to explore the many murals that can be found on the exterior of buildings located throughout the city! Colorful, vibrant, and cheerful the Dougherty’s Art Center (located at 1110 Barton Springs Road offers a free map of all the different murals in town. Take a selfie in front of the postcard-like “Greetings from Austin” mural on 1st Street and be prepared to be amazed by the sheer brilliance of the colors that make up the Austin Texas mural on Guadalupe! Offering a variety of different subject matters ranging from a portrait of Johnny Cash to a simple hand-painted mural that states “I love you so much,” these special paintings add another layer to the wonder that is Austin!
Looking for a uniquely fall activity in the city of weird? Visit Barton Hills Farms and pick your own pumpkin to help bring in a little of the holiday spirit to your Austin Vacation Rentals seasonal escape, take a sip of your favorite beer in celebration of Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest was canceled in 2020 for the pandemic, but many of our visitors still managed to celebrate in their own way, enjoying bratwursts and beer at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, located at 70 Rainey Street. In 2021 (and beyond) we expect a return to normalcy and the return of Oktoberfest, but if the wurst was to happen, (Yeah, we went there!) Banger’s is a wonderful substitute!
Halloween is a popular time to visit in the fall, and for those who live to be scared during this frightful holiday, the Murder, Mayhem, & Misadventure Walking Tour takes place on October 31 every year at the Oakland Cemetery. Actors dressed in period clothing will enact the stories of the demise of some of the cemetery’s more famous residents, and if an extra “guest” suddenly seems to appear, stay calm; they just want to hear the end of their story!
Yummy in All Seasons
We have spent a lot of time talking about all the fun you can have in the City of Weird, (one of our favorite nicknames!) but if you, like us, are starting to find yourselves feeling a little peckish, do not worry! Now is when we get to the good stuff, showing you how to enjoy a taste of the town in the midst of your explorations. Austin is a foodie paradise, and although you may expect to find nothing but steak and Mexican food, you may be surprised at the variety of restaurants we offer!
Enjoy outdoor dining at its finest in Contigo, a farm-to-table restaurant offering the freshest food in the state, served inside and outside on its large all-weather patio. Their expansive menu offers everything from charred avocados served with kale furikake, lime, cilantro crema, and camp bread, to rabbit gnocchi made with sage Parisian gnocchi, farm-fresh carrots, cippolini onions, spiced rabbit jus, parmesan & parsley, to their famous pie in the jar! This finale to an incredible meal under the stars is made with a white chocolate creme patisserie, pie crust, whipped cream, and almonds, and promises to be the highlight of your Texas travels!
Of course, you have come all this way, and chances are you will want to experience the best steak of your lifetime; Bob’s Steak and Chophouse at 301 Lavaca Street never fails to please! Also offering a strong seafood menu, you can’t go wrong ordering any of their delicious dishes, but we have to admit we are partial to their 22-ounce prime “cote de boeuf” bone-in ribeye. Thick, juicy, and prepared exactly to your specifications, hearty eaters may be surprised to find themselves requesting a box—it is THAT big. Besides, you are going to want to save room for their incredible brownie sundae, made with peanut butter and chocolate brownies, peanut butter ice cream, and topped with a pecan chocolate butternut sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!
Finally, although you generally start your day with breakfast, we are ending the story of your wonderful Texas getaway with a few examples of the best breakfast places in town! Everyone knows that eating a hearty breakfast prepared by others is one of life’s greatest luxuries, and these tastefully exciting spots do it the best! Keep it simple with a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee served from a stationary trailer at the Paperboy, located at 1203 E. 11th Street, or fall in love with the farmhouse delights offered at Josephine House, 1601 Waterston Avenue. Serving breakfast scones, fresh-squeezed orange juice, lemon ricotta pancakes, and French press coffee, there is nothing on this menu that does not go down smooth and easy!
A Place for All Seasons
Although we are primarily guiding you through fall and summer for your Austin escape, there are many activities that are guaranteed to be fun, no matter what season the calendar is showing! Shop at indie boutiques, bringing home souvenirs and keepsakes for you, your family, and friends, visit some of our cultural oddities, which include a cathedral of junk and a Museum of Weird, or simply hang out in a variety of record shops, reminiscing about the music of your past being played the way all good music should be—on vinyl! All of the above activities and adventures just won’t have the same panache unless you get to come home at the end of every day to the comforts of our Austin Vacation Rentals seasonal sanctuaries; reserve yours today!
Big city living can be a wonderful experience as you live in the midst of all that is exciting, but while we can appreciate being able to run to the nearest convenience store in less than 5 minutes and being close to theaters and restaurants, the lifestyle can get to be tiring and stressful. Offering too many people, too much noise, and a tension that can be too much, it is no wonder that many big city dwellers choose the quiet and serenity of small-town Dripping Springs, Texas, for their annual getaway! Located close enough to the big city of Austin while allowing room to breathe, this small town is a favorite for visitors at any time of the year, but especially during the summer and fall months. If your annual sojourn has you turning in the direction of our favorite small Texas town in the summer or fall, this guide to the homes we offer and the fun you can have during your stay will make this getaway one you will never forget!
A Vacation Experience
Life has changed a lot from the days when we used to vacation in hotel rooms, all members of our families cramming together in one space, qualifying the experience with the phrase “it is just a place to sleep at night!” Today’s travelers want a vacation experience, a place where we can eat, play, and sleep without having to step on someone’s toes, and our I Love Dripping Springs vacation properties offer all that and so much more.
Save money on meals by creating family feasts in rooms filled with updated appliances, custom cabinetry, and all the equipment needed to ensure you are well fed and comfortably hydrated. Our Dripping Springs homes are designed to make you feel at home and are furnished in ways that ensure this getaway is as relaxing as you wish it to be. Nap on plush couches strategically placed in front of smart televisions, relax some more as you soak up the rays poolside on a hot summer’s day! Game rooms with pool tables, shuffleboard tables, and state-of-the-art consoles offer teens and adults hours of entertainment on those days when staying in sounds like a really good plan. Theater rooms are most popular on rainy days and lazy nights, and as you lounge in leather recliners watching your favorite movies on the big screen, you may begin to wish that you never had to go home again!
Dining rooms are where the family will gather, playing board games, putting together puzzles, and creating a game plan for your adventures in Dripping Springs and Austin, but they also serve as a space to enjoy the meals you prepared in our fully equipped kitchens, located just steps away. Those moments you spend out on the patios, enjoying the quiet of the night and the awesome expanse of sky stretching out for miles before you, will be the times you appreciate our small-town wonders most of all. Peaceful, tranquil, and quiet, your big city life will seem millions of miles away, and you will not mind the distance one bit—especially when the sun dips below the horizon, the moon rises high in the sky, and the stars begin to twinkle merrily as if someone has just flipped a switch and you realize your eyes can not stay open another second! Your time spent in our comfortable beds will give you the ultimate luxuries: a long night of deep and uninterrupted sleep, allowing you to wake up the next morning, refreshed and ready to face a new day of adventures, some of which we are about to discuss next!
The Long Lazy Days of Summer
There is a special magic that comes along with the summer solstice, even as we get up most days and head into work, but during your summer getaway in I Love Dripping Springs, summer becomes even more magical. Our town is a small one, but there are still many things you can do without having to drive 20 miles to Austin, especially if you are fond of the grape! There are a variety of wineries in our small village, including the Bell Springs Winery located at 370 Bell Springs Road, the Solaro Estate Winery at 13111 Silver Creek Road, and because you can never have too many opportunities to sip and sample, the Sidecar Tasting Room, while not a winery, can be found at 501 Fitzhugh Road. Offering a delicious selection of silky-smooth wines, The Sidecar Tasting Room also features a draft beer bar that makes non-wine drinkers incredibly happy. The Sidecar Tasting Room is actually an offshoot of the Bell Springs Winery, built to give visitors more places to enjoy great wine while celebrating the prohibition history of Dripping Springs. The Bell Springs Winery offers its own expansive tasting room, and because live music makes even the most delicious wine taste better, they feature live entertainment on most weekends! The Solaro Estate Winery has the added attraction of being built on an ancient fossil bed, and all the wineries and tasting rooms are developing a reputation that compares to those in Napa Valley!
Man (and woman) cannot live on wine alone, however, and if you are looking for more adventures in the Texas Hill Country, a quick jaunt over to the big city of Austin will give you all the excitement you can handle! One of the more unique activities you can participate in, bat watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge, takes place at sunset from late spring to early fall and can be added to your itinerary in either season. At dusk, crowds gather on the bridge and in boats in the water below, waiting for thousands of bats to exit their habitat beneath the bridge. The sky will grow dark, not from the sun setting, but from the mass of bats flying off to begin their nightly adventures, and the crowds never cease to be amazed. It is truly a sight to behold, and if you are watching the show in the fall at the end of their migration season, expect to be stunned as over one million bats fly off into the night! Bat Fest, taking place again after a hiatus due to the pandemic, will offer live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, a costume show, food, drinks, and children’s activities, so if it sounds interesting, schedule your Dripping Springs escape to coincide with this event!
Summer is beautiful in Dripping Springs, but as the temperatures drop, pumpkin spice everything becomes available, and the trees turn from verdant green to brilliant shades of crimson, gold, and purple, our small town becomes a shining example of seasonal excellence! Take your annual Christmas tree pics in front of the waterfall at Hamilton Pool Preserve, hiking along groomed paths that take you deep into a canyon. As the pool preserve opens up before you, the feeling that you have entered a new world will definitely fall upon you! Feel the temperatures drop even further as the spray from the waterfall wets your face and lose yourself in the magical surroundings. Crystal clear waters, stone walls that offer an ombre shading of grays, browns, and golds, and of course, the vibrance of the trees that surround this grotto, all dressed in their autumn finest—the natural landscape promises to provide a backdrop for your annual picture that will be the envy of all who receive the card!
You may not be a Michelin star-level chef, but even the most inexperienced of family cooks understand the importance of the right olive oil when it comes time to create a family meal, and a tour of the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company will help you in your culinary endeavors. This tour, while not exclusively a fall adventure, will teach you about the different flavors that are available to you and surprise you! The bistro found on the property offers more than a menu filled with delicious examples of how their olive oil can make any meal taste gourmet; it also features wines from local wineries, allowing visitors to enjoy yet another sit and sip adventure!
Family vacations will be made even sweeter with a visit to Reimers Ranch, where travelers can hike, climb rock walls, and even ride mountain bikes rented from the Dripping Springs Rental Center, located at 299 W. Mercer Street. Spend a day reveling in the beauty of the natural landscape of Reimers Ranch, being sure to pack a picnic to enjoy along the banks of the river that runs through the property. There are fees of $5 per person for day use of the ranch, and they don’t accept debit or credit cards, so be sure to bring along enough cash. Children 12 & under and disabled veterans are free, and seniors only have to pay $3 per person, so you can take that information into account when loading up your wallet!
Getting Hungry Yet?
Just writing about all the fun you can have during your Dripping Springs getaway is making us hungry, so we can imagine that if you are actually getting out there and experiencing all these adventures, you will be starving! If packing a picnic lunch doesn’t quite sate your appetite, there are plenty of restaurants in the area that are definitely up to the challenge of feeding hungry travelers, no matter the size of your group!
Start out your day with the sweet and savory dishes found at Crepe Crazy, a wonderful spot that offers a children’s menu, sandwiches, salads, milkshakes, and a selection of beer, wine, and other beverages that will go perfectly with the variety of crepes that is the mainstay of their menu. Crepe Crazy also offers delivery options, allowing you to sleep in later still eat a hearty breakfast before going out and exploring our hometown.
Enjoy the fabulous flavors of Texas barbecue at one of our favorite family-run joints, the Railroad Bar-B-Cue, located at 1111 US-290 #3818, where the scent of smoked meats will greet your nose long before you catch sight of the restaurant! Open every day of the week from 10:30 AM until 8 PM (on Sundays they don’t open until 11), the menu is simple, featuring meat, more meat, and stuffed potatoes (stuffed with meat) so large they are designed to be an entire meal! Yes, they also offer salads, side dishes, and a yummy kids’ menu, but the mesquite-smoked meat is the reason you are there, so be sure to fill up.
Sometimes you want to eat AND play, and Roadrunners Kitchen & Spirits truly get you and what you want, offering an 18-hole miniature golf course, ping pong tables, dart boards, a disc golf course, and a full menu filled with your favorite bar foods: burgers, sandwiches, a full bar, and a Chocolate Lava Cake so rich and sweet, you need to remember to SAVE ROOM!
Fall & Summer Delights
There are more than a few activities you can explore in Dripping Springs, no matter what the season and the time-honored tradition of shopping is included on that list! Our downtown area offers a selection of boutique stores such as Vintage Soul and Fresh Native, offering a stylish selection of women’s clothing, and our favorite gift shop, Dripping Springs Delights. Located in the downtown area (right next to the historic dance hall), DSD is where you can find sweet treats and special gifts for the ones who weren’t so lucky as to accompany you during your Texas travels.
Whether you spend your days hiking, exploring the history of the area, or gorging yourselves on delicious Texas cuisine, coming home at the end of every day to the comforts and luxury found in our I Love Dripping Springs vacation hideaways will always be the best part of your trip—reserve yours today!