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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. Once you’re done immersing yourself in Texas history and charm on your Dripping Springs vacation, you want a place to let loose and have fun. There are several hot spots in and around Dripping Springs that you won’t want to miss.

Dally’s Down Under Saloon

Dally’s Down Under Saloon is where it’s at if you want that Texas saloon vibe along with great food and live entertainment. Notice the giant American flag hanging over the bar when you walk in. A weekend joint, Dally’s is only open Thursday-Sunday. There’s a small menu of shareable dishes like chili cheese fries, buttered popcorn, and pepperoni pizza, so if you plan to groove to the live music you’ll want to fuel up before heading here. Thursday nights are limited to pizza and popcorn. You’ll hear live music most nights but show up on the second Thursday of the month for open mic night. Enjoy beers on tap as well as bottled and canned alcoholic beverages. A mask is required to get in the door and move about the saloon when or when not at your table.

Sidecar Tasting Room

The Prohibition era style bar is located right in the heart of historic downtown Dripping Springs, Sidecar Tasting Room was opened as a second tasting room for Bell Springs Winery & Brewery. It’s located inside an old house on a ½ acre of land and offers cozy indoor space as well as expansive outdoor patio space to enjoy your chosen libation or food selection. Come for a taste of the business’s libations along with small plate offerings that pair well with the wines available. Sidecar is only open weekends, Friday and Saturday 2-10 p.m. and Sunday 2-9 p.m. A mask is required to get in the door and move about the tasting room when or when not at your table.

Grawlix Cocktail Lounge

Another Dripping Springs hot spot, Grawlix Cocktail Lounge serves up local brews, specialty drinks, and food. Draft beers from local breweries join canned and bottled options as well as a variety of wines. Choose a specialty drink like the “Pecan’ @ The Ginger Snatch” or the “Phoni Negroni” for something different. Enjoy your drinks with food offerings like artichoke spinach dip or roast beef toast. Do as the establishment name says and lounge in comfortable chairs and couches and enjoy the drink of your choice. Sit outside at one of the picnic tables or sit around the fire pit. Live music is available some nights, too. A mask is required to get in the door and move about the lounge or when not at your table.

Barber Shop

You won’t get a haircut or a straight-razor shave here. The building that started as a garage and gas station, morphed into a barber shop, and eventually was remodeled and turned into the unique beer and wine bar it is today. Focused on bringing locals and visitors alike the best in Texas craft beer, there’s something for everyone. They entertain, too, with live music every Saturday 3-5 p.m. and a “Picker’s Circle” every Sunday from 5-8 p.m. Since their focus is the brew, they welcome you to bring outside food in case you might get a little hungry. If your pet made the trip to Dripping Springs with you and somehow convinced you to take them on date night, The Barber Shop welcomes furry friends in their outdoor seating area.

Hudson’s on Mercer St.

Another hot spot for entertainment in Dripping Springs located on historic Mercer Street, Hudson’s on Mercer St. offers live entertainment, a full bar stocked with local creations, specialty drinks, and much more, and a delicious offering of bar eats like their burger & fries, BBQ brisket sandwich, salads, and other bar food staples. Hudson’s offers entertainment like karaoke, open mic, “people’s choice” and scheduled performances. Masks and proper social distancing are required when not seated at your table with food and drink.

Date Night Hotspots for Your Dripping Springs Vacation

Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your next getaway destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. When you’ve visited any of these hot spots or others you’ve heard of, relax in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose a small one-bedroom for a special trip for you and your sweetheart, or a six-bedroom to accommodate a fun couples’ trip with friends. Enjoy the privacy of your own room and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for upgrades hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and more.

Contact us today to start planning your hot spot-seeking, fun-filled trip to Dripping Springs and make memories to last a lifetime!

Dripping Springs is a wonderful destination for visitors of all ages. Families in particular can find a wide variety of things to do enjoy in the area. Whether you’re traveling with young children or bonding with your teenagers, we’ve compiled a list of fun Dripping Springs activities in the area you can experience on a family friendly trip to Dripping Springs!

Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum

Learn about the area’s history with a visit to the Jack Glover Cowboy Museum. Fun fact: the namesake of the museum was Will Roger’s cousin. While the kids may not know who Rogers is, they’ll enjoy the exhibits and memorabilia on display. Glover’s museum is a tribute to Old West life in true pioneer fashion. When he was alive, Jack had plenty of stories, but his collection of memorabilia which survives today is like no other.

Lyndon B Johnson Boyhood Home

The country’s presidential past is a big piece of the country’s overall history. Bring the family and step into that past with a tour of the boyhood home of the 36th U.S. president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The home, where Johnson lived from the age five until his 1924 high school graduation, is listed as a national historic park. The home has even been furnished in the style of the early to mid-1920s period and reflects the rural Texas lifestyle Johnson and his family would have lived in. There are daily free guided tours available hourly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a lunch break from the staff at noon.

Dripping Springs Activities On Historic Mercer Street

No matter what time of year you come, historic Mercer Street has many tales to tell. Should your family getaway come during the Christmas season, the street and the buildings and businesses that call it home gets out in Christmas finery. Beneath all the Christmas cheer there is still also plenty of Old West heritage lining the street. Many of the buildings, which house town businesses like the “Barber Shop” bar and Vintage Soul boutique were built between 1870 and 1940.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

A well-known Dripping Springs attraction, the beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists, young and old alike. The natural wonder was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. The result was the unique structure you see today, which includes a waterfall and a grotto. Part of a 234-acre nature preserve, the pool is considered a “gem” among Texas swimming holes. Bring your bathing suit for a dip, though the water may be chilly, sensible close-toed shoes for the hike there and back or pack a picnic to enjoy on the shores. From March through December, you’ll need to reserve a time slot. Time slots are four hours, but only 140 slots are available each day, and each family member will need their own slot.

Hiking

There are plenty of state parks and public hiking trails in and around the Dripping Springs area. Gather the family, lace up your hiking boots, and set out. There are loops, “out and back” routes, paved routes, and dirt paths appropriate for many ages and ability levels. Take an easy jaunt without much elevation change or challenge yourself with a longer hike or one that offers several hundred feet of elevation change. Take the trails leading to natural wonders like Hamilton Pool or Jacob’s Well and, in the summer months, reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the water. Watch out for bikers or horseback riders as some trails are prime routes for them, too.

Austin Zoo

Take the short trip into Austin and spend some time at the zoo. Tickets currently are only available for online purchase. Bring your proof of purchase to the zoo gates for admission. Walk the grounds and visit animals like tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and monkeys. Enjoy Texas wildlife, including the acorn weevil, bronzed crowbird, and northern black-bellied whistling duck.

Dripping Springs Family Fun

Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your next family getaway destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your adventure in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose a small one-bedroom for your smaller family or a six bedroom to accommodate a large family or reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own room – away from the kids, 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 family fun filled 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 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 in town or nearby. Make sure your next winter getaway to the Dripping Springs area includes at least a few of these Dripping Springs activities.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

A well-known Dripping Springs attraction, the beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists alike. The natural wonder was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed, causing the unique structure which includes a waterfall and a grotto. Part of a 234-acre nature preserve, the pool is a Texas swimming hole gem. Bring your bathing suit for a dip—though the water may be a chilly 55 degrees—close-toed shoes for the hike there and back, or pack a picnic to enjoy on the shores. From March through December, you’ll need to reserve one of the 140 per day 4-hour time slots.

Distilleries, Brewing Companies, and Wineries

Warm up with some of your favorite brews or spirits. With a list of distilleries, brewing companies, and wineries longer than your arm, Dripping Springs has something to quench your thirst. 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 pilsner 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.

Christmas on Mercer Street

If you schedule your break during December, make sure to make the Christmas on Mercer Street a part of your plans. Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and the Dripping Springs Lions Club, you’ll experience the joy of the season with brilliant lights, Christmas cheer, music, and carols, as well as business vendor booths and shopping.

Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum

The namesake of the museum was Will Roger’s cousin. His museum is a tribute to Old West life in true pioneer fashion. There’s the museum, and opera house, newspaper, and ice cream parlor. Jack had plenty of stories and a collection of memorabilia like no other.

Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home

Step into the country’s presidential past and tour the boyhood home of the 36th U.S. president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The home, where Johnson lived from age five until his 1924 high school graduation, is listed as a national historic park. The home has been furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and reflects the rural Texas lifestyle Johnson and his family lived in. There are free guided tours available hourly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a lunch break at noon.

D-Tour Aviation

Climb into a helicopter and head toward the clouds. You’ll see many of Dripping Springs’ must-see sights – with a bird’s eye view. Fly over areas like the Hamilton Pool, Lake Travis, Mansfield Dam, Downtown Austin, and many more, depending on the package you book.

Driftwood Lights Holiday Trail

Visit the team at Visit Brewing and take a winter stroll along the trail and see Christmas lights, luminaries, and more. Bring your camera for holiday photo ops throughout the 21-acre site. Sip on 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 smores cooked over an open fire pit and you have a recipe for winter fun.

Historic Mercer Street

The historic Mercer Street decks itself out in Christmas finery during the winter months, 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.

Destination: Winter Fun in Dripping Springs

Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your next winter holiday destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your adventure in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose an intimate one-bedroom for you and your sweetheart or a six-bedroom to accommodate a family reunion or other large group. 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 trip to Dripping Springs and make memories to last a lifetime!

Some years, New Year’s Eve comes and goes without much fanfare, but as the world gets ready to ring in 2021, there’s an overwhelming sense that something is very different. This year, perhaps more than ever before, it seems that everyone across the globe is looking forward to leaving the stress and worry of 2020 far behind and turning the page on a brand-new year, full of potential for something better!

With so many people very tired of staying at home lost in the wake of stressful moments, planning a New Year’s away could be just what’s needed when the clock strikes midnight. If you’re looking for a destination where memories of lockdown can be pushed aside and replaced with sensational scenery and options for fun, there’s no place quite like Dripping Springs, Texas.

This lovely locale is known as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country and offers New Year’s travelers the space and landscape they require to savor the fresh air, social distance and still spend time with the ones they love most. Picking Dripping Springs is a great route to finding the relief many of us are craving this holiday, and when you’re in the process of putting together just the right itinerary to match, the following are just a few options to bring your New Year’s away to life in style!

Visit Solaro Estate Winery

Dripping Springs is known for its beautiful terrain which proves to be as productive as it is mesmerizing, offering up great soil for grape growers to turn fruit into fantastic local labels. Across this region, those visiting with a passion for palate-pleasing moments can savor tastings at a variety of vineyards year-round, but if you’re here over New Year’s consider making your way to Solaro Estate Winery at least once. Situated at 13111 Silver Creek Road, Solaro Estate Winery is a welcoming destination where it’s easy to settle in for a wine tasting experience with family and friends. This destination hosts a versatile lineup of flavorful options to choose from and the friendly on-site staff is happy to answer questions regarding each bottle as well as the production process. You’ll want to be sure to make a reservation in advance of your arrival so you can be sure to get the best seat in the house in the pavilion surrounded by the vineyards!

Savor Time at Charro Ranch Park This New Year’s in Dripping Springs

If your idea of a great New Year’s in Dripping Springs is one where the focus is firmly on time spent outdoors, hiking your way through Charro Ranch Park promises to please. This scenic and inviting destination within the Dripping Springs Community is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle and commune with nature. Take time to wander the many trails that wind through this park and keep your eyes open for year-round birds that call this destination home along the way. A bird blind area is set up for more serious birders while benches line the paths as well for those looking to simply savor a tranquil moment in the great outdoors.

Texas Hill Country Olive Co.

Finding those local stops that make a destination one of a kind is half the fun of a New Year’s getaway to Dripping Springs. When you’re in town over the holidays, be sure to add a tour of the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. to your list of must-do activities. Situated at 2530 W. Fitzhugh Road, the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. is a family-owned establishment that sits on 17 acres and provides guests with options for touring the orchard as well as enjoying time in the tasting room. A stop here comes with access to an on-site bistro as well as a fun gift shop when you’re looking to pick up just the right souvenir to commemorate your holiday travels.

Connect with History at the Original Dripping Springs

While New Year’s is about looking forward, a trip to Dripping Springs is also a great moment to connect with the past, particularly when you’re looking forward to a stroll down historic Mercer Street. Recognized as the heart of Dripping Springs’ beginnings, this street still showcases architecture that stretches back centuries. At the west end of this road, guests can also enjoy getting up close to the original springs the town is named for. Flowing gently over limestone ledges, this understated natural landmark holds a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike.

Book Today

When you can’t wait to get out of town for New Year’s and are looking forward to a Dripping Springs adventure, the team at I Love Dripping Springs is happy to help travelers with all of their accommodation needs. Contact us today to learn more and to start planning.

For Americans and those living across the globe alike, in the year 2020, it’s seemed the only thing that was certain was that nothing was certain at all. Endless changes defined our calendar year as professionals moved out of traditional offices and began working from home and students found that online learning was their new normal. These many transitions brought a sense of complication into many homes, where families found it tricky to strike a work-life balance when the setting was the same for all of it.

On top of it all, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, many are wondering how to keep celebrations going without risking health and safety standards. With so many well-loved traditions at risk, the thought of simply having to cancel it all can seem overwhelming. So instead, why not change it up this year? Instead of holding tightly to those holiday moments we know so well, consider packing your bags and enjoying a Dripping Springs getaway! Yes, it’s bound to be a different experience—but perhaps a refreshing new perspective is just what we need to remember all we’re grateful for this holiday season.

Why Dripping Springs Is an Amazing Thanksgiving Destination

Offering up a landscape complete with lush, rolling hills, hidden away streams, and limestone cliffs that are sure to inspire, Dripping Springs, Texas is fondly referred to as the Gateway to the Hill Country. This scenic and charming destination is just the right place to enjoy a holiday away, savoring mild weather, amazing stops to explore, and plenty of options for spending time with those you love while still keeping far from the crowds. Those families with hearts for the great outdoors will find that Dripping Springs offers up much in the way of outdoor adventure and this year, fresh air is perhaps more important than ever. Natural highlights of a trip this way might just include time at Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Westcave Preserve, or Dripping Springs Ranch Park. When you don’t have your boots laced up and find yourself on a scenic trek enjoying bird watching or wildlife spotting, guests can get up close to history with ease in this welcoming locale. A simple stroll down historic Mercer Street puts you in proximity to some of the very first buildings that made up the town and have since been restored to maintain much of their original glory. At the end of Mercer Street, it’s even possible to get a look at the very spring for which Dripping Springs is named!

Equally intriguing and worth noting is that Dripping Springs is home to a large collection of wineries, breweries, and pubs that serve up the best of local and regional flavors. Turn your Thanksgiving into a safe, healthy, and savory experience by booking a private wine tasting moment with those you love most, or grabbing something to go and sipping an evening away on a private porch of your vacation rental patio instead.

Consider Meals To-Go

Leave the Thanksgiving cooking to someone else this year and leave the stress of restaurant risk behind by considering ordering your holiday meal to take away. Dripping Springs is home to a wide variety of mouthwatering restaurants serving up both local and global-inspired cuisine. Whether you’re looking for southern comfort food this holiday or something more cutting edge, you’ll find plenty of options as well as the ability to order for pick up. Once you have your meal safely in hand, head back to your vacation rental and enjoy the amazing flavors with family and friends in a space that’s safe, cozy, and fun.

Book a Dripping Springs Getaway with Holiday Style

If you’re the type of holiday traveling crew that just can’t fathom a Thanksgiving experience without that traditional meal, booking into a vacation rental in Dripping Springs that provides access to a full kitchen is going to be your key to success. Those guests that book with I Love Dripping Springs will find exactly this plus more when they reserve their space utilizing the assistance of our professional staff. Many of our properties provide kitchens that include spacious counters, access to cookware and utensils as well as a lineup of modern appliances to make serving up Thanksgiving dinner easier than ever. Large dining room tables can help provide for that traditional feeling while those who prefer a fresh-air approach can easily transition balconies, patios, or decks into alfresco holiday moments at a moment’s notice.
When the meal is over, make the most of cozy and tasteful furnishings throughout our properties that provide a place to settle in for great conversation, enjoy a game on tv, or the chance to stream your favorite holiday film together.

Reserve Your Home Away From Home Today

Whether you find yourself in Dripping Springs over Thanksgiving or any other time of year, the team at I Love Dripping Springs is here to help you get settled into the ideal vacation rental. Contact us today to learn more about our properties and services and to get started planning your Dripping Springs getaway!

Popular amongst those that have a destination wedding date just around the corner, adventurers looking for outdoor fun, and those that crave moments indulging in old world charm, the Texas Hill Country has long called to travelers from across the map. While the area that makes up the greater Texas Hill Country is vast, there’s only one place that’s earned the title as the gateway to it all and that’s Dripping Springs. This inviting and scenic locale has much to offer up in the way of fun and provides just the right launch point for even more exploration into this appealing terrain that makes up the region. Complete with fun local establishments to check out, boutique stores, and savory dining stops, it’s easy to get swept up in the welcoming ambiance that has long defined this destination. Just as appealing for travelers headed this way is the opportunity to get out and explore the abundance of natural attractions that exist nearby. If you’re the type of visitor that can’t wait to connect with nature, there are plenty of options to choose from in charming Dripping Springs.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Versatile beauty is every visitor’s for the savoring when they find themselves at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Located at 24300 Hamilton Pool road, this preserve hosts a spectacular natural pool designed by Mother Nature herself within the confines of a captivating canyon crest. The wonder of this natural combination is further enhanced with the inclusion of a 50-foot waterfall that cascades over limestone ledges. Throughout the year, the waterfall never entirely stops thanks to its connecting point with the nearby Pedernales River, but during dry times, it’s likely that visitors will see the spill slow to a trickle. That being said, the pool below has a wonderful way of staying constant in its level, providing an eye-catching blue-green hue to enjoy with your own eyes or capture on camera year-round. Surrounding grottos offer up a whimsical beauty to this area which in total, covers 232 acres of ground.

The land that surrounds the pool is forested and home to a variety of local bird species that are interesting to observe as they thrive in their natural habitat. Among these is the golden-cheeked warbler. Hiking trails wind throughout this preserve to offer up a more direct route to admiring towering trees and wildlife along the way. Those hiking through the uplands of this area will find a landscape dominated by oak and juniper savannah surrounded by a plethora of wildflowers. This area is known for helping rare plant species thrive including the chatterbox orchid, red bay, and the canyon mock-orange. The preserve itself was designated as such in 1990 by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court and to this day, continues to be a place where visitors come to authentically connect with nature at it’s finest.

The Original Dripping Springs

Historic Mercer Street runs through the heart of Dripping Springs and for many, it’s appeal lies in the collection of shops and storefront that speak to centuries past. However, sitting at the very west end of this well-known street is the reason that Dripping Springs has the name it does. Fern-covered limestone slabs and ledges lend themselves to a dropping point for a trickling spring known as the original Dripping Springs. Water cascades over these ledges into a pool below and for those excited to view the original springs, limestone stairs are accessible near the Visitor’s Bureau parking lot. Stories surrounding this original spring suggest it was an important gathering point for First Nation Tribes that called the land home. Later on, it would be an essential water source for early settlers and likely, a primary reason the main street of town was built up around this area.

Charro Ranch Park

Situated at 22690 W. FM 150, Charro Ranch park covers 64 acres of land and was dedicated to the area by Lucy Reed Hibbard in 2008. The park is designed as a place dedicated to preserving the beauty of nature for all visitors. While the parameters are official, nature is truly allowed to pave its own path within this park boundaries and many come this way to enjoy wildlife viewing, bird watching, and learn about the tree and plant species thriving thanks to meticulously placed signage. Comprised of grasslands paired with Juniper and Oak woodlands, Charro Ranch Park houses a stunning variety of animal and plant life and functions as a natural drainage basin too. Over 117 species of birds nest in this area including painted buntings, eastern screech owls, black-chinned hummingbirds, and red-shouldered hawks.

Enjoy the Getaway

Taking time to unwind, relax, and enjoy Dripping Springs is sure to be an inspiring choice. Elevate the experience from start to finish by letting the team at I Love Dripping Springs help you get settled in just the right vacation rental during your next visit. Contact us today to learn more and to start planning your Texas-bound adventure!

Known and loved as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Dripping Springs is a scenic and exciting place to set your travel sights, particularly when you’re getting ready to enjoy a fall getaway. Complete with wonderful weather, intriguing landmarks, and plenty of options for fun in the great outdoors, Dripping Springs provides a place to rest, relax and restore your sense before winter ever has a chance to set in. Here are a few options to add to your itinerary when you’re planning your Dripping Springs vacation:

Hike Through Charro Ranch Park

When fall rolls around in Dripping Springs, Texas, the beauty of a trip this way is often rooted in the fact that the weather takes a turn for the comfortable, meaning visitors can get out and explore as easily as ever. With fewer crowds to contend with, those that love to lace up their hiking boots and hit the trails will find many of the routes open and waiting to be discovered. While there are many options when it comes to exploring the terrain through and around Dripping Springs, a hike through Charro Ranch Park is bound to please hikers of all age levels and skillsets. Located at 22690 W. FM 150, Charro Ranch Park sprawls across 64 acres of pristine land and was donated to the city of Dripping Springs in 2008 by the Reed Hibbard family. This multi-use park is perfect for walking, running, or simply enjoying the surrounding nature. Trails throughout Charro Ranch Park were designed for recreation, but also for moments of reflection in the great outdoors. It’s common to come across signs indicating specific trees, birds, plants, and more—specifically placed to give hikers reasons to stop, think, and reflect in surroundings that will surely inspire.

Take to Reimer’s Ranch Lower River Trail

For the hiker that’s looking to take their Dripping Springs fall journey even further into the heart of nature, focusing on the Reimer’s Ranch Lower River Trail is a must! Integrated into Reimer’s Ranch Park this lower river trail follows the current and provides outdoor enthusiasts with a 1.9-mile adventure to enjoy. Complete with small grottos, rock formations, and plenty of fun river views, hikers will find that this trail works just as well for the solo adventurer as the explorer looking to spend time with the family. While fall weather is ideal for this trek, the trail still tends to get warm in the afternoon hours so it’s advisable to pack plenty of water and sunscreen for the journey.

As a follow up to a hike along the Reimer’s Ranch Lower River Trail, those that enjoy taking time to spot local and migratory birds will find Reimer’s Ranch Park to be a fantastic bird spotting destination overall. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes on the trees and skies when you’re looking to end your day of adventure on a sky-high note.

Fall Foliage Trip Through Pedernales Falls State Park

It may not come to mind as a destination where fall colors can readily be admired but the changing season does create a palette of different hues amongst the trees and many of those transitions can be viewed at nearby Pedernales Falls State Park. Access at 2585 Park Road, Pedernales Falls State Park is named for the cascade that the destination hosts which flows with energy over impressive limestone slabs. The park itself is filled with trees, foliage, and wildlife that makes it an ideal place for animal spotting, hiking, and mountain biking. From any of the trails within this park, guests can enjoy the changing colors of the season and it’s advisable to bring your camera as it’s likely you’ll run across a photo-worthy moment or two during your journey. If you’re looking to combine some time on the water with your fall foliage experience, it’s simple to put a kayak, canoe, or tube in at Trammell’s Crossing Trail and enjoy time on the water paired with perfect seasonal views.

Stroll Down Mercer Street

Considered the historic heart of Dripping Springs, Mercer Street is a fantastic destination to just enjoy a stroll when you’re in town during the fall season. Take some time to admire the architecture which speaks to eras past and feel free to do some people-watching too! This area is packed with charming shops but it’s the landmark at the end of the street that draws the most attention. Situated on the street’s west end, guests can take time to view the dripping spring for which the city was named! Flowing over limestone ledges perfectly covered with ferns, this small, yet meaningful place gives great insight into those spaces where nature and city collide.

Savor the Getaway

Whether you’re planning a fall adventure to Dripping Springs or can’t wait to enjoy the stay any other time of year, the team at I Love Dripping Springs is always on-hand to make sure you have the ideal accommodations to match. Contact us today to learn more about our properties and to begin planning!

When summer rolls around, travelers from near and far often find themselves itching for adventure. This sunny time of year offers up the chance to explore new destinations, enjoy innovative activities, and make some lifelong memories alongside those you love most. When you’re on the hunt for a summer getaway destination that provides a welcoming balance between outdoor fun, small-town charm, and proximity to big city living, there’s no place better to enjoy than Dripping Springs, Texas.

Known and loved as the Gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Dripping Springs is a destination that’s wonderfully scenic and welcoming yet keeps guests within a mere 25 minutes of bustling Austin to the west. Brimming over with intriguing historical landmarks, flavorful stops, and beautiful state parks, it’s not hard to see why Dripping Springs is a destination that calls travelers back year after year in search of more adventure. When your travel plans bring you to Dripping Springs this summer, be sure to add the following exciting Dripping Springs activities to the list.

Visit the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room

Dripping Springs is a destination that’s earned its reputation for flavor based on its rich hill country soil and collection of vineyards and farms that offer up much in the way of mouthwatering results. Among these stops to enjoy while you’re in town is the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room. Situated at 2250 E. Highway 290, this locale is a great place for Vodka enthusiasts to come and see the production process before enjoying a tasting session alongside family and friends. Small plates are served to pair with the many savory flavors of Vodka available and as an added bonus, dogs are more than welcome on the patio.

Spend Time at Founders Memorial Park

If you happen to be visiting Dripping Springs with the entire family in tow, a trip to Founders Memorial Park is sure to be a delight for travelers of all ages. This park is found at 480 Founders Park Road and is a great place to plan for an afternoon picnic at one of the many tables on-site. The park is dotted with lush green spaces and includes playgrounds when little ones need to burn off some extra energy. Founders Memorial Park also hosts a public pool when you’re in the mood for a dip on a hot Texas afternoon.

Stroll Along Historic Mercer Street

The history of Dripping Springs is highlighted for those that choose to spend some time taking a stroll down Mercer Street. This unique stretch of town is home to a collection of era-specific architecture dating back as early as 1870. At the founding of Dripping Springs, Mercer Street made itself a central hub of business, and today, visitors enjoy the fact that this old world ambiance still remains intact in this section of town. Boutique storefronts, barbershops, and themed restaurants dot the length of Mercer Street, making it a great place to spend some time exploring. It’s also a good place to curb a craving when you’re in the mood for an afternoon or evening of dining out. On the west end of the street, guests will enjoy taking time to admire the very springs for which the town was named. Tumbling over moss-covered limestone, it’s easy to see why this charming location inspired the naming of an entire town.

Visit the Dripping Springs Sculpture Garden

Looking for a touch of creativity to incorporate into your Dripping Springs stay? Making your way to the Dripping Springs Sculpture Garden should do the trick. This welcoming destination is found at 5300 Bell Springs Road and is an inviting place to spend some time strolling through an open-air gallery that hosts a wide variety of sculptures to admire. From depictions of marine life in stone to intriguing abstract design, it’s up to you to decide which most inspires the imagination. The works on-site are handcrafted by local artists who also offer up their pieces for purchase when you find something that you know would bring your own garden or home to life.

Hike Through Charro Ranch Park

If you’re the type of summer traveler that likes to take things at their own pace and enjoys tranquility that can be found in natural settings, you’re bound to love time at Charro Ranch Park. Located at 22690 W. FM 150, Charro Ranch Park became an integrated part of the city-scape in 2008 and today offers up a scenic place for visitors to enjoy walking the many trails, spending time bird spotting, and admiring a collection of tree species native to Texas.

Enjoy the Best of Dripping Springs

There’s never been a better time to set your sights on Dripping Springs when it comes to making the most of an amazing summer getaway. When you’re in town, be sure to partner with I Love Dripping Springs and be sure you’re settled into a rental home away from home that exceeds all of your vacation expectations. Contact us today to learn more about our Dripping Springs activities and to start planning your Texas adventure!

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