Girls Weekend Escape in the Texas Hill Country

Days are shorter, and the weather is perfect. It’s the best time of year for grabbing your gal pals, throwing on some Texas Country and hitting the road for a quick girls weekend getaway in the wide open Texas Hill Country.

The only thing you need to do in advance is to make a reservation at the Dofflemyer since it books up pretty quickly. Other than that, pack a bag – throw in Cards Against Humanity for good measure – roll the windows down, and let Texas fill your soul. At the end of the road, San Saba awaits to recharge your soul and leave your memory tank full. You don’t even have to take our word for it, Austin Woman Magazine says a girls getaway to San Saba is just the ticket. What fun to get into during your stay? Well, that’s up to you really (and don’t worry – we won’t judge that second bottle of wine). Here’s how the ladies of San Saba like to do it. First and foremost, sustenance. We make a quick round to collect supplies for the wine-a-thon that should rightfully follow (it’s a shame to waste award-winning wine after all).

Girls Weekend Essentials

Food & Wine

We’ve got some fantastic oils and vinegar over at San Saba Olive Oil Company. Pick up your favorite flavors and grab some fresh bread for dipping at our new bakery, Bread to Dough. At Alamo Pecan & Coffee stock up on pecan butter (the chocolate pecan butter is sinful), and sweet and savory pecans. Last stop is Oliver & Co. for a charcuterie platter. (We highly recommend also asking for takeaway fruited chicken salad and pimento cheese, you can thank us later.) With sustenance in tow, head to Wedding Oak Winery for your first happy hour, yes we said first.

Do a tasting to find your favorite, then buy a bottle. If a beautiful fall day awaits outside, take your goodies and set up shop. Chat the afternoon away as the wine flows. When you’re ready to mosey onward, pack your picnic basket and walk two doors down to your second happy hour of the day. Old Man Scary Cellars, an incubator project of Wedding Oak Winery, offers even more easy-drinking wine to enjoy leisurely. If you’re lucky, they’ll be having their monthly Sunday brunch (second Sunday of each month) or live music on the patio.

For dinner, indulge in an authentic Texas meal at Digg’s Steakhouse. Afterwards, catch the band (music schedule permitting) or play some pool with the locals. Watch out for the resident pet (hint: it “lives” in a cigar box behind the bar).

Stroll & Shop

Upon waking, hopefully sans wine-over, head downstairs for fresh quiche and smoothies before a morning walk in Risien Park. Or, arrange for a SUP rental on Mill Pond Park from Up A Creek Adventure Sports. If you’ve worked up a thirst, swing by Bar D to try a craft beer flight, maybe pop unto Young’s BBQ & Burritos for a no-frills lunch (the Iranian ice cream alone is worth the trip says Texas Monthly’s, Daniel Vaughn). Or indulge in a cupcake of the day over at Bread to Dough. (No, we won’t judge if you take cupcakes to the wineries for round two). And, what’s a girls weekend without a little shopping? Stop into Harry’s Boots to shop their fall selection and maybe see if there are any trinkets over at J.C. Mercantile & Co. that you can’t live without.

If you’re heading home in the afternoon, visit neighboring vineyards like Fiesta Winery or Texas Legato on the way home. Come back soon, y’all and hope you have a girls weekend to remember!