Jester King Brewery
Hill Country oasis for great beer
Set just half an hour from downtown, this laid back craft brewery is a favorite of both beer connoisseurs and locals looking to relax. With over 60 draft options, you are sure to find a beer that you love. It will pair nicely with a pizza from their restaurant that is made with ingredients they grow on the premises. Grab a seat at one of the many picnic tables on their 165 acres or bring your beer with you to walk their half mile loop trail and visit the goats.
Apis Restaurant & Apiary
Creative and contemporary fine dining
With creative menu items such as oysters with horseradish foam and egg toast with 120-day aged beef, it is no surprise that dinners return time and again to see what new dish chef Taylor Hall has come up with. While the bill from this meal will be much more expensive than what you might be accustomed to from a small town restaurant, rest assured that your expectations will be far surpassed as well. Reservations are recommended.
Gorgeous swimming hole that requires reservations
This oasis that is only a 45 minute drive from downtown is just as magical as it looks. It is the perfect place to cool off from the Texas summer heat, just make sure you make a reservation a few weeks in advance because they are required from May 15th through September 30th and they book up quickly. Occasionally, swimming isn't allowed due to bacteria levels, so check the status before you book. If you are visiting outside that time frame, you don't need a reservation, you only need to pay $8 cash per person at the gate to enjoy the watering hole and mile long trail that leads to the Pedernales River. You really don't want to miss this glorious natural spring. If it is all booked up for the dates you are in town, check out Krause Springs or Milton Reimers Ranch Park instead.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX
Pace Bend Park
County park with swimming, cliff jumping, and hiking
On a hot Summer day, it seems like the whole city flees to Lake Travis to cool down. This beautiful Hill Country park on Lake Travis has it all: beaches for swimming at, cliffs for jumping off of, and miles of trails for hiking, walking, and biking. You can even stay overnight if you want to camp. The entrance fee is $5 per person cash, which is well worth it on a beautiful spring or summer day.
Fall Creek Vineyards
Hill Country winery pioneers
Ed and Susan Auler opened their original winery in Tow, Texas in 1979 after falling in love with the French wine country. Since then, they have continually produced some of the best wines in the Hill Country and opened this second location about an hour and a half away from the original. This beautiful winery offers tours and tastings in their well appointed space. If you drink a little bit too much you don't have to worry because they have guest rooms next door.
Fall Creek Vineyards
Family Business Beer Co.
Stylish Hill Country brewery with a playground
This laid-back, family friendly brewery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The kids can pass the time at the fenced in playground or playing cornhole while you are sipping on some of their delicious and refreshing beer (their Grackle imperial stout is a favorite). They have a contemporary seating area inside, picnic tables galore outside, Jep's Southern Roots food truck, and frequent live music, so all you have to do is show up and you are set.