Texas Hill Country Tourism without the Droves
We are blessed to live in a state that spans 268,597 square miles of diverse beauty. To the west, you can find one of the country’s most breathtaking national parks. To the east, you find dense, piney forests of green. And here in Central Texas, we have roughly 986 square miles of lush land, the limestone and granite flecked hills dusted with wildflowers and sage undulating throughout the horizon.
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY – “Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France.” – NY Times, 31 Places to Go This Summer
In 2016 the Hill Country hosted 61.86 million people on day trips (an increase from 57.16 million people in 2014). Overnight stays also increased from 28 to 31 million visits. By all projections, Hill Country tourism will continue rising in 2018. Which is great – after all, we are excited to show you our little slice of Heaven. Hailed by the New York Times, Readers Digest, Southern Living, Food & Wine – and just about every other travel authority – you’ll frequently find “droves” mentioned as much as “beautiful” when referencing this little stretch of Texas.
But boy, aren’t droves a most inviting prospect? Dripping Springs, Wimberley and Fredericksburg have – rightfully – exploded on the state and national tourism scene. They offer swimming holes and state parks, libation and culinary delights, the charm of small-town Texas, boutiques for shopping not to mention some breathtaking Hill Country views. We know – we love day tripping in their neck of the woods, too. We aren’t here to dissuade you from checking these delightful towns out. We’re here to offer you respite off the beaten tourist path.
You see, at the top of the Texas Hill Country – the little town of San Saba also offers swimming holes and state parks, wineries and breweries, Texas-sized charm and great boutiques for shopping. We have parks, and 6,904 yards of award-winning golfing, pecan orchards and breathtaking sunsets. And, we offer the pleasure of leisurely tourism away from the droves of Hill-country goers.
So what can you get up to in our neck of the woods? Whatever you feel like!
San Saba sits about an hour from Longhorn Cavern State Park and Enchanted Rock State Park, and only 25 minutes from Colorado Bend State Park – home to the renowned Gorman Falls. We highly recommend stopping by for an early morning hike on your way in or out of San Saba. Depending on your route, each park is unique in its offering and is a perfect stretch-your-legs spot on the drive. This is especially true for overnight guests staying at the beautiful Dofflemyer Hotel.
Once you get here, get ready to relax. Perhaps you go SUPing on Mill Pond, stroll through Risien Park or go for eagle at the San Saba River Golf Course. Or maybe you pack up a feast and head out for a picnic. Or perhaps you head straight to the wineries for continuing vintage knowledge. By all means, feel free to take a glass to go (we’re wet here) and check out unique shops like Harry’s Boots and the J.C. Campbell Company & Mercantile. Spend some time indulging in barbecue at Double G Pit Stop and Young’s BBQ. Or dig into a juicy steak at Digg’s Steakhouse. (Don’t miss out on delicious pecan treats from butter to pies that can be found at Alamo Pecan & Coffee and Oliver & Co.). So, what are you waiting for? If a relaxing weekend in the Hill Country sounds like the perfect escape from crowded city life, head to our quiet town at the town where you will find more than you imagined.