For some travelers, wintertime means making the most of a snowy getaway where skiing tops every itinerary. For others, more mild temperatures are more appealing. When you’re looking for a winter getaway destination that’s as scenic as it is comfortable, Dripping Springs, Texas checks every box on the list. This inviting destination enjoys wintertime temperatures that linger around the mid-60s, making it easy to still enjoy the great outdoors with options to cozy up inside as well! When you’re planning a winter journey this direction, make sure to make time for the following this Dripping Springs winter!
A Winter Stroll Through Charro Ranch Park
Charro Ranch Park is a former working ranch that sits on 64 acres of land in Dripping Springs and in its modern form, provides guests with a beautiful place to connect with nature and enjoy a winter season stroll. Charro Ranch Park hosts a 1-mile hiking loop that’s easy to enjoy walking, biking, or running. No matter what pace you take it at, be sure to savor the sights of grasslands, Junipers, and Oaks that tower overhead.
Explore Historic Mercer Street This Winter in Dripping Springs
Those winter explorers who have a heart for history and associated architecture will find that time spent on historic Mercer Street is intriguing and informative! This area is the heart of the original Dripping Springs settlement and is also home to the natural spring for which the city was named! Take time to explore the shops and restaurants that are settled on this street and function within structures that have stood the test of time!
Many of these shops are the same as when they were first built between the late 1800s to the 1940s. See a gas station with original pumps, visit the old brick building that now houses Vintage Soul, and make sure you walk all the way to the west end to see the dripping springs, for which the city was named.
Stop in a Crepe Crazy
When you’re looking for a sweet or savory bite that would warm you up in the winter, head over to Crepe Crazy at 660 W. 290 Highway B and sink your teeth into crepes of all kinds served up in European-inspired tradition! Crepe Crazy is a family-friendly destination where you can pair ham and cheese crepes with Nutella topped sugary delights that are sure to please the palate. This stop also serves up salads and paninis when you’re in the mood for something a bit more robust this Dripping Springs winter. No matter when you arrive, you’ll want to be sure to try a shake to top it off on an extra sweet note.
The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum
When people say, “Back in the old days,” this is what they’re talking about. The Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum is the highlight of a five-acre expanse of oaks and Old West history. Dr. Pound’s family owned the farmstead just as it is for over 130 years. The original two log cabins still stand today and may have even been a stop on a wagon route. The farmstead stands as it was, with the only modernization being the addition of electricity.
Westcave Outdoor Center
This stunning nature preserve offers a guided tour of the grotto, where you hike through grasslands to a limestone crevice. Once you pass through, you travel down a staircase into an enclave with luxurious flora. Soon you arrive at the grotto, where the 40-foot waterfall cascades into the grotto pool below.
Note: You must have a staff member tour guide to visit the grotto, cave, and canyon, and visits are by reservation only.
Dripping Springs Sculpture Garden
This is a must-see for art lovers! This garden, located at 5300 Bell Springs Road, is an outdoor gallery dedicated to sculptures ranging from small to large to completely majestic. The best news is you can purchase one of the designs for yourself! Take part of your Dripping Springs winter tour home with you!
Winery and Brewery Tours
The area boasts no less than ten wineries, most of them with tasting rooms. If you like beer, try one or more of the eight breweries and tasting rooms in and near Dripping Springs. If you like an upscale experience, check out Somm By Epicure, which also has small bite food available. Want a guided tour of the breweries and wineries so someone else can drive? Slowpokes Winery Tours will take you on a private or mixed group tasting tour.
Pedernales Falls State Park
A short drive down E. Highway 290 from Dripping Springs, Pedernales Falls State Park is home to some of the area’s best camping and hiking spots. If you just want to take a day trip, bring your backpack of food, bird watching binoculars, or your geocache equipment. There are lots of hiking trails, and the beginner as well as the expert will find scenic and interesting paths.
Enjoy the Winter Getaway
No matter what season you find yourself in Dripping Springs, the property professionals at I Love Dripping Springs are here to make sure you’re settled into a home away from home to match the fun this winter in Dripping Springs. Contact us today to learn more about our portfolio of vacation rentals in the area.