Texas Hill Country

San Antonio is perched on the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Picturesque small towns and a variety of outdoor adventures are just a short distance from here. Floating down cool rivers, strolling quaint main streets in search of unique bargains or hiking and biking through rolling, scenic terrain — all this and more await you in about a 90-minute drive.

Attractions & Culture

The Texas Hill Country, settled by Germans and Eastern Europeans, has a culture all its own. Storybook farms and ranches dot the countryside, and you may still hear older folks speaking German in Fredericksburg, Boerne and New Braunfels. You’ll also find some of the best barbecue in Texas, antique shops on old-fashioned main streets and celebrations with roots in the Old World.

Wineries & Tours

Vineyards are another specialty: the Hill Country has become a hot spot for wine connoisseurs. Follow the Wine and Wildflower Trail in April or the Texas Wine Month Trail in October to sample some of the award-winning vintages produced by more than 30 regional wineries. To make the circuit in style, sign up with Texas Wine Tours for an escorted trip by limo. During San Antonio’s Culinaria Festival in May, many Hill Country wineries pair their best wines with multi-course feasts.

Outdoor Activities & Sports

The idyllic Texas Hill Country, with its clear rivers and abundant wildflowers, starts just north of San Antonio and offers recreation year-round, from hiking and biking to rock climbing and cave tours.