Australia’s Herald Sun has discovered the Texas Hill Country. The Herald Sun excerpted Lonely Planet Southwest USA’s Best Trips, taking a look at the jaunt between San Antonio and New Braunfels. And perfect timing too, as we dig into spring and embrace one of the best times of the year to spend time in the Hill Country.
In the spring “when wildflowers are blooming, this is one of the prettiest drives in all of Texas – perfect for a day trip or a lazy, meandering vacation. Along this route, you can rummage through antique stores, listen to live music, dig in to a plate of barbecue, and learn about the president who called this area home,” said the Herald Sun.
They call San Antonio “a great launching point” and recommend seeing the River Walk, “a paved canal that winds its way through downtown and is lined with cafes, hotel gardens and stone footbridges.” We would add that no trip to San Antonio is complete without also visiting The Alamo.
On the way to New Braunfels, a stop in Comfort yields great antique shopping and views of 19th-century limestone homes. In Kerrville, a one-of-a-kind cultural experience awaits at the Museum of Western Art. The building features “handmade mesquite parquet floors and vaulted domes,” which complement paintings and sculptures depicting the Old West. Then, on to Fredericksburg, “a 19th-century German settlement…with a main street lined with historic buildings housing German restaurants, antique stores, biergartens and shops.” Fredericksburg is also a booming wine travel destination and offers an array of pick-your-own peach orchards.
Be sure to make a stop in Wimberley, especially if you can manage to visit on the first Saturday of each month from April to December, “when local art galleries, shops and craftspeople set up booths for Wimberley Market Days, a bustling collection of live music, food and more than 400 vendors.” And save time to head over to San Marcos, for great shopping at the San Marcos Premium Outlets. This outlet mall featuring 140 stores including Coach, Gucci, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Victoria's Secret was named the third-best place to shop in the world by the ABC talk show The View.
Time your day so you can catch the sunset from the patio of The Gristmill when you arrive in Gruene. This historic cotton gin-turned-fave restaurant was also recognized as one of America's Most Popular Family-Friendly Restaurants by Urbanspoon. After dinner, head over to Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas and still a prime spot for Texas live music seven days a week. You might just catch a legend like Willie Nelson!
Finally, it’s on to New Braunfels, the first German settlement in Texas and today a desirable place to live, play, stay, and celebrate the German cultural influence throughout the town. The Guadalupe River is a Texas tubing hotspot, and Schlitterbahn attracts a crowd of water park enthusiasts. But perhaps the most popular attraction in New Braunfels is the one that allows people to stay permanently: the master-planned community of Vintage Oaks, the fastest-selling community in the Texas Hill Country.
With the best Hill Country location, five-star resort amenities, and an array of homes and homesites, it’s no wonder Vintage Oaks is a favorite of land buyers in search of the best values in Texas.
Vintage Oaks currently has properties ranging from one to 14 acres plus a brand-new neighborhood of pre-selected floorplans:
- Silver Oaks, offering 1- to 2.42-acre properties with some of the most breathtaking views of the Hill Country’s rolling terrain and majestic oak trees. Wooded, cul-de-sac, and view homesites overlook the Hill Country landscape and are dotted with hundred-year-old oak trees. Silver Oaks is within walking distance to many of Vintage Oaks’ amenities, including the Clubhouse, swimming pools, athletic fields and walking trails. The neighborhood is also a short walk from Comal ISD's proposed school site.
- Champagne Hills, Vintage Oaks’ first gated community in more than two years, offering some of the most spectacular Hill Country views and a rare air of privacy. The homesites also offer huge oak trees, heavily wooded landscapes, private cul-de-sac sites and green belt locations with direct access to the community’s walking trails.
- The Reserve offers a unique opportunity for homebuyers to call Vintage Oaks home in a whole new way. It's the best of Vintage Oaks living plus the ability to choose from a variety of home plans from two of the nation’s most respected builders, David Weekley Homes and Ryland Homes.
For more information on Vintage Oaks, visit Vintage Oaks.