Interested in the fall activities that the area has to offer? An article on Southern Living outlines a variety of family-friendly activities. Keep reading for a rundown of things to do during fall in the Texas Hill Country.
1. Explore fall foliage from the seat of a Kayak.
The Medina River is a gem hidden among columns of leaning trees, making it the perfect kayaking spot. Interested in enjoying the river in peace? Luckily, Southern Living notes that “the Medina River doesn’t get the crowds that flock to the Guadalupe River.” Simply rent a kayak at the Medina River Company and start your quiet journey.
2. Cozy up with history at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm.
Southern Living writes, “the cozy cottages [at the herb farm] are styled like the old-time “Sunday Houses” built by German farmers for weekend stays when they came to town for church and shopping.” Rent a cottage and enjoy the herb-filled air. As well, visitors can relax at the farm’s modern spa and bistro.
Photo courtesy of Van Chaplin
3. Discover the lavender farms.
Blanco, the “Lavender Capital of Texas,” and home to the “Blanco Lavender Festival” is easy on the eyes and on the nose. As Southern Living perfectly describes, “perfume scents the air starting in mid-May when flowers start to bloom at nearly a dozen farms.” Although most farms are only open to visitors during the bloom, the lavender fields are still a great place to visit by car during the autumn season.
4. Search for gems.
Actual gemstones can be found all over the ground of Texas Hill Country. Take the family out and start a treasure hunt. As far as prime locations go, Southern Living lets readers in on a secret, “Topaz, the state gem of Texas, is found only in Mason County, about an hour’s drive from Fredericksburg.”
5. Visit Gorman Falls.
If you’re up for the challenge, Southern Living encourages readers to “ [take] a 1.5-mile-long hike through rugged ranch country. The last 100 yards is a rocky descent down a steep path to the misty chill of half a dozen cascades…” What’s more rewarding than seeing a waterfall after a long hike?
6. Go for a drive down Highway 16.
Looking for something to do from the comfort of your vehicle? Southern Living notes that, “this sidewinder of a highway that climbs through the Hill Country for 30 miles between Kerrville and Medina is one of the most scenic in Texas.” Go for a drive and experience it for yourself!
7. Taste Medina’s delicious apple pie.
There’s nothing like warm apple pie during fall. Hailed as the “apple capital of Texas,” Medina is home to a variety of orchards as well as the “Love Creek Apple Store,” a beautiful business that boasts delicious pies and other baked goods.
8. End your day with a trip to Enchanted Rock.
The best part of a hike is the view. Located near Fredricksburg, the Enchanted Rock is, “the nation’s second largest granite dome… it’s a half-mile hike to the top, but for an unforgettable experience, make the trek at the end of the day, about a half hour before sunset.” Watch the sun go down with a loved one.
9. Buy a Homesite in the Texas Hill Country!
After you’ve fallen in love with the beautiful scenes and sites that the Texas Hill Country has to offer, stop by Vintage Oaks and take a private tour of our breathtaking community of homesites. After your tour, take in the surrounding area with a glass of wine- Dry Comal Creek Winery is right across the road.