Those who have had the pleasure to spend time or, even better, to live in the Hill Country, know what a special place it is. The rolling hills, the craggy oaks, the unique spots that bring back memories or inspire new ones. And, at the heart of the Hill Country, a welcoming spirit among residents that invites new explorers in with a warm hug. It all gets even better in the fall, with gorgeous weather to complement the scenery and a whole host of exciting and interesting things to do. Need another reason to visit the Hill Country in fall? How about five?
1. The weather
Fall’s crisp embrace only enhances the Hill Country experience. Spend the day enjoying family time at Landa Park or Fischer Park, have a picnic with a view of one of the sparkling lakes and rivers, and stroll along Fredericksburg or Gruene’s charming downtown. Or, enjoy some live music on the patio of a one of the Hill Country’s favorite restaurants. If you’re not already in love with the area, you surely will be by the time you leave. Or, maybe you’ll decide not to!
2. The Fall color
No, the Hill County is not the Northeast, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some spectacular sights here this time of year. The most popular place to go to see fall color in the Hill Country is Lost Maples State Natural Area, located in Vanderpool. The bigtooth maples feature vibrantly colorful leaves in late fall, but plan ahead: you are likely to encounter crowds at this favorite Hill Country hotspot, and the parking lot is limited to just 250 cars at any one time.
Garner State Park is another favorite spot to catch a glimpse of fall color; it’s particularly striking with the gold and orange leaves juxtaposed against the blue of the Frio River. Get more ideas for where to go in the Hill Country for fall color here.
3. The wineries
There’s nothing like sitting outside at one of the Hill Country wineries, enjoying a favorite glass of red, gazing out over the vineyard and rolling hills. If it feels like you’re in Tuscany, well, that’s a popular opinion. Yes, the view might make you forget you’re in Texas, and so might the wine. In fact, the ever-growing Texas Wine Country is being named alongside some of the most famous wine-producing areas in the world.
Huffington Post called the Texas Wine Country the "New Napa,” for its “hours upon hours of sun and great soil” and “perfect growing conditions for varietals better known in central Italy and France's Rhone Valley. They also noted that the Texas Hill Country is the “second most visited wine tasting region in North American and top 10 in the world, yet the region is just a fraction of Napa Valley with fewer than 50 vineyards and less than 300 in the entire state of Texas.”
Wine Enthusiast also named the Texas Hill Country “one of the 10 Best Travel Destinations,” and its wines continue to win prestigious awards in worldwide competitions.
4. The events
Fall kicks off a great season of events in the Hill Country, from runs and walks to some of the best ways to celebrate the Christmas spirit. Whether you’re looking for family fun, holiday festivities, unique Hill Country experiences, or opportunities to stay active, you’ll find it here during this time of year.
Perhaps the most anticipated of all Hill Country events, Wurstfest takes place from November 4–13 this year. Voted the the No. 2 Oktoberfest in the nation by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best, Wurstfest is a “10-day celebration of sausage,” and so much more. This favorite Hill Country event attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year who come to celebrate the area’s German heritage with music, dancing, carnival rides and games, and lots of beer and sausage.
Don’t forget while you’re in the Hill Country to come visit Vintage Oaks. The fastest-growing community in the San Antonio MSA for the past three years, Vintage Oaks is often the reason both long-time and brand-new fans of the area choose to make a move. Abundant Texas land for sale, with Hill Country homesites from 1 to 14 acres in both gated and non-gated neighborhoods, plus semi-custom and custom homes, give buyers numerous options to realize their dream of living in the Hill Country. Vintage Oaks’ resort-style amenities are also a draw, including multiple pools, ball fields, walking trails, and a Tuscan Clubhouse, as is its stellar location, right on the Texas Wine Trail between Austin and San Antonio.
For more information, visit Vintage Oaks or click below to get a look at the new homes that are now available.