Sometimes when you visit an area for the first time, you get really lucky. You find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood, and you begin to feel as if everything you touch turns to gold as you enjoy living the good life. And then there are other vacations—ones that perhaps you don’t want to talk about too much, as you remember being far away from all the best attractions and activities and spending the majority of your trip in the car going one place or another. (Or something much, much worse!) Those are usually the gambles you take as you explore the world one city at a time, but in this and so many other ways, your visit to Dripping Springs promises to be different. I Love Dripping Springs wants your Texas vacation to stand out from all the others just as much as we want you to be comfortable, happy, and spoiled in your vacation accommodations, and as such, we have prepared this guide for you. The best Dripping Springs places to stay will always be with us, but for you and your unique needs, at least one home in one neighborhood will be a shining star!
The beauty of Texas Hill Country is reflected in the homes you will find in this quiet gated neighborhood located far enough away from the downtown area of Dripping Springs to feel as if you are in a private and secluded world of your own, yet close enough to ensure your vacation journey isn’t an endless one in which you are stuck behind the wheel! Located just off W Highway 290, guests who choose this beautiful neighborhood will be able to easily get to wherever they choose to play, and for those who may be planning the destination wedding of their lifetime in the wedding capital of Texas, Morgan Creek Barn (formerly known as Saddle Creek Weddings) is less than a few miles from this neighborhood. Located at 700 Farrell Lane, you and your bride or groom can make your vows in a Texas-sized barn built specifically for weddings, and the happiest day of your life will shine through all the pictures taken.
Another popular activity in beautiful Dripping Springs is wine tasting, offering up some of the sweetest grapes in the world. Graveyard Vineyards, located at 5258 Bell Springs Road, is almost within walking distance of the Settlers Ridge community. Based out of California and offering this second location right here in Dripping Springs, the wines you sip here are even sweeter because you know you can purchase more bottles through the Graveyard Vineyards website whenever you run out of your favorites. You don’t have to come back to Dripping Springs, but we think it will be no hardship, especially when you choose to stay in one of our I Love Dripping Springs Settlers Ridge escapes.
Offering luxury and a hill country charm that will make you fall in love, two of our most popular properties, Quit N Time Ranch and Magnolia, are nestled into five secluded acres of prime Dripping Springs real estate. Rent each separately, or if this is the destination wedding we spoke of earlier, rent them together and enjoy a Texas-sized party that you will never want to end! Featuring a private swimming pool and hot tub, multiple out door entertaining areas including one creek side paradise offering a walkway through a forest of oak trees and a quiet serenity that will soothe your tattered soul, and its own private 4-hole golf course, the outside of the ranch will keep you entertained for hours. The interior boasts 6 luxurious bedrooms, an indoor theater, and a gourmet kitchen that will bring a tear to the eye of any chef who walks into its space. State-of-the-art televisions grace all the rooms, high speed Wi-Fi ensures social network scrolling will be uninterrupted, and a three-car garage are just a few more amenities you will find in our I Love Dripping Springs fantasy home in the Settlers Ridge community!
West Dripping Springs
Dripping Springs is known as the Wedding Capital of Texas, but West Dripping Springs can only be described as the gateway to wine country, making your upcoming Texas getaway a truly sweet escape! Located just off Highway 290, the road that takes you to all the wineries in the area, it is the perfect area to stay for a wine weekend with the gals, a romantic honeymoon with the love of your life, or a guys getaway filled with steaks, cigars, and visits to the local distilleries! Slowpokes Wine Tours ensure that you don’t need to worry about a designated driver, taking you to the top wineries in the region as well as local breweries and distilleries. The 290 Trail includes stops at Hawks Shadow, where delicious food trays are also served along with some of the best wines in the county.
Also located close to the downtown area of Dripping Springs, the shopping promises to be fun and fulfilling. Mercer Street is where many of the shops in Dripping Springs are located, including sassy boutiques such as Revel Wilde (330 W Mercer Street Suite 1) Vintage Soul (302 Mercer Street) and Panache (220 W Mercer Street Suite 3.) When dinnertime rolls around and hunger pangs demand attention, Homespun Kitchen and Bar offers farm to table delights and a menu that changes with the seasons. Located at 131 E Mercer Street, its setup is also great for large parties, something to keep in mind if you are here for a family reunion or a wedding!
As you may expect, West Dripping Springs is also home to another popular I Love Dripping Springs property, our Hill Country Ranch! Offering 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and tucked away on a two-acre lot in the midst of the rolling hills of Dripping Springs, this special property is designed for relaxation and comfort. Spend your hours hanging out in the game room, watching your favorite shows on a 75-inch Sony Smart TV, or sleeping late into the morning in cloud soft beds! Outside, a crystal-clear pool and hot tub built for seven offers fun under the Texas sky and a gas firepit, picnic tables, and multiple places to sit, sip, and reflect on the beauty that surrounds you. A creek runs through the property and can often be the spot where timid deer step out each morning and evening to hydrate, and the mesquite and oak trees that dot the landscape shade you from the summer sun as they serve as homes for birds and other wildlife.
Dripping Springs Places to Stay in Sunset Canyon
This exclusive neighborhood located between Dripping Springs and Austin (closer to Dripping Springs) is known for its high dollar estates and quietly wonderful ambience. Offering a taste of the country with the convenience of nearby shopping, restaurants, and popular local attractions, guests who choose this neighborhood for their vacation accommodations will be lucky enough to enjoy the best of both city and country life.
The Shops at Galleria, found at 12770 Shops Parkway in nearby Bee Cave, is a local mall featuring some classic chain department stores including Marshalls, Old Navy, and Pier 1 Imports, but it also contains some local favorites, including the Oh Yeah, Boutique, Signature Bridal Salon, and the Home Consignment Center. (The Home Consignment Center always has something new and interesting, so be sure to set aside plenty of time for your visit!) The Galleria is a great place to enjoy a meal as well, featuring Maudie’s Tex-Mex, which gives guests an authentic taste of Texas, and the ever-elegant Plate by Dzintra. Plate provides catering, takeaway meals, and a full menu of elegant dishes designed to please the pickiest of eaters; their Tenderloin Rossini makes is a special occasion dish you will be glad you spent a little more to enjoy!
When visitors want to enjoy an up close and personal look at the Texas landscape, you could go for a walk in the neighborhood where your I Love Dripping Springs escape is located or you could take a little road trip to Austin and a visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center and Botanical Garden. This Texas botanical garden features all the plants, flowers, and trees that make Texas the most beautiful place in the nation! Located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue in Austin, if your Dripping Springs adventures are taking place in the spring, it is the perfect place to learn the answer to your question, “Ooh, what kind of flower is that?”
Wedding travelers may want to say their vows at Thurston’s Mansion, a wedding venue found in Driftwood where the sunsets offer the most beautiful backdrop to your most special day. Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room is another popular place to visit, located at 2250 US 290, just a few miles from the Sunset Canyon community. Serving up a taste of Texas finest vodkas, Deep Eddy (named after the oldest swimming hole in Austin) prides itself in providing a comfortable place for people to come together and celebrate everything from special occasions to Taco Tuesday!
The best part of the Sunset Canyon community, however, is our I Love Dripping Springs Hill Country Cabin, and when you choose this sweet property for your vacation home away from home, your vacation experience will exceed all your expectations. Offering 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a prime location on 15+ acres of Texas landscape, Hill Country Cabin promises to spoil all guests who reside within! Offering glimpses of Texas wildlife including deer and wild turkeys, the private pool and firepit outside entertain while the plush furnishings, gourmet kitchen, and premium mattresses inside comfort and spoil. Hiking is a well-loved activity in Dripping Springs and this property offers plenty of trails to check out, but for those who prefer less activity and more relaxation, the sunset views from the deck promise to be just as amazing—especially when accompanied by a chilled vodka purchased at Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room!
Onion Creek Ranch in Driftwood
The Dripping Springs community stretches out into the neighboring towns, including the small town of Driftwood located just 8 miles south of our hometown. Onion Creek Ranch is a neighborhood that is easily accessible from either Austin or Dripping Springs and offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Its proximity to some of our favorite wineries makes it popular with the wine drinking bunch, but its beautiful scenery will make it a favorite of anyone who chooses to visit.
For a taste of the town, the Salt Lick Barbecue offers true Texas favorites, slipping in a few unique items such as its Bison Ribs—just to make sure you are paying attention! Driftwood is known for its wineries, but if the grape isn’t your thing, Vista Brewing at 13551 FM150 W offers craft brews and cheese boards filled with farm fresh goodies. Fall Creek Vineyards, 18059A FM 1826, offers make & sip and paint & sip classes regularly, giving visitors a unique souvenir to bring back home, and their vineyard is often used as a wedding venue if matrimony is in your future.
When each day has reached its glorious finale, coming home to the comfort and style found in our I Love Dripping Springs Hill Country Sweetwater Escape promises to be the highlight of your vacation experience. 5 spacious bedrooms, 4 spa-like bathrooms, and a farmhouse charm that will appeal to all makes this home one you will never want to leave. Inside, high-end appliances, state-of-the-art technology, and plush and luxurious furnishings give this farmhouse a modern edge and outside, a crystal-clear pool, an outdoor shower, and multiple places to sit and watch the sun set over the rolling hills ensure that every minute of your stay is filled with fun and wonder.