Mar 8, 2024 - Things to Do

Travel guide to Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country

Empty trees and a blue sky and clouds reflected in the river.

The Blue Hole Regional Park is worth a visit even outside of swim season. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

Wimberley, a small town nestled on the Blanco River in the Texas Hill Country, has all the makings of a great weekend trip: beautiful nature, delicious food, unique cocktails and charming lodgings.

Why it matters: This town is worth an extended stay beyond the day trip from San Antonio.

  • Here's our guide to Wimberley.

Where to stay

A pine-walled tiny cabin with a queen bed with white bedding has a full-length window that shows a forest outside.
You've probably seen this scene advertised on Instagram. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

We stayed at the edge of town in a Getaway cabin — yes, that tiny cabin everyone seems to be getting an Instagram advertisement for lately.

The vibe: Really tiny, but well-designed and functional.

  • The cabins are spaced out across the property in a way that feels like a campsite.

The cost: Varies. March prices ran anywhere from $119 to $346 per night at last look.

  • You can pay extra for a campfire kit, a kid's adventure kit or a "get closer" kit with conversation cards and chocolates. A provisions box of food is also available for an extra cost.

The bottom line: You can probably stay somewhere else with more space for the same price or less — but the novelty of the experience makes this worthwhile.

  • It's nice to feel like you're camping but still go inside to running water and a warm bed.
  • And, yes, the huge window really is pretty great.

Other lodging options we found:

What to do: Nature, shopping

A natural well with green and blue coloring on the deep, underwater cave.
Jacob's Well is a natural wonder. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

Blue Hole Regional Park: Even when swimming is closed, this park is worth a visit for a good view and a meandering walk along forested trails.

  • Swim season typically runs from May through Labor Day, and reservations are required.

Jacob's Well Natural Area: Another attraction worth your time even outside the swim season.

  • Even with low water levels, this underwater cave and artesian spring is an awe-inspiring sight with a range of colors and textures on view.

Pedernales Falls State Park: This park is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Wimberley, and boasts a plethora of trails and a photo-worthy main falls area.

  • Make a day pass reservation to guarantee entry, as the park often reaches capacity.

Creekside Vintage: This quaint store in Wimberley Square is full of mid-century modern furniture and decor, with unique knickknacks you won't find anywhere else.

Ceremony Botanical Studio: Another great downtown shop where you can grab plants, pots and more goods.

Where to eat, drink

Two cocktails on a natural wood table with a flower vase and sunlight streaming in.
The craft cocktails at Longleaf stand out. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

Longleaf Craft Kitchen and Bar: This cozy restaurant and bar feel like a trip to grandma's country ranch where you know you're getting high-quality comfort food.

  • Add some seriously good, unique cocktails on top of that and you're showing grandma the door.
  • To eat: Eggplant Parmesan from the lunch menu.
  • To drink: Literally anything from the craft cocktail menu, but ask for the dessert cocktails. We loved the coffee cake old fashioned and the orange dream.
  • To finish: Butter rum budino trifle.

Creekhouse Kitchen & Bar: This restaurant offers a more contemporary atmosphere with seating available along Cypress Creek in good weather.

  • To eat: Blackened fish tacos and the spinach salad with salmon.
  • To drink: The Ole Tx Pecan Fashion is smooth and flavorful. The Jacob's Well — made with tequila, Grand Marnier, lime, lemon and olive juice — is fun and playful.

Roughhouse Brewing: Less than 10 miles outside town is this sprawling craft brewery and restaurant that's the perfect hangout spot in good weather.

  • To drink: Hill Country light lager. A nonalcoholic citrus wheat beer is also available.
  • To eat: The menu changes, but there's usually something for the barbecue lovers, such as a pastrami sandwich, and the vegan eaters, like the spiced chickpea stew.

Other picks for food and drink:

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