Those who live in the Hill Country know how beautiful it is, but the rest of the world continues to catch on. The Hill Country recently made the “27 most beautiful places in America” list on Elle Décor. The site specifically called out the area for its “most beautiful wildflower bloom,” saying that the “countryside west of Austin and north of San Antonio explodes in a riot of colorful Texas Bluebonnets every April.”
Of course, the area is stunning year-round, and, this time of year, fall color only adds to the panorama of natural beauty. Here are 5 more reasons the Hill country is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Towering oak trees command attention all through the Hill Country, with some dating back more than 500 years! Live oaks comprise most of the oak trees in the area, although some say there are as many as seven different varieties of oaks in the Hill Country, providing another layer of interest.
Whether you just love the look of the craggy oaks as you drive along the windy roads, or are seeking the perfect spot for a picnic, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Hill Country.
Those visiting the Hill Country for the first time are always surprised by the variations in elevation—especially when they’re impression of Texas is one of vast, flat land. The tall, rugged hills, as Wikipedia calls them, provide beautiful topography, as well as great views from nearly everywhere. Get high enough, like in many neighborhoods in favorite Hill Country masterplanned community Vintage Oaks, and you can literally see for miles.
“When you walk into our bedroom and you look out the back, you can see a beautiful view,” said Ricki and Eric Holt, residents of Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the Hill Country for three consecutive years. “As you continue through our bedroom and into our bathroom, there is just an unbelievable view. You can just see forever. Every morning is just a wonderful feeling to be able to look out and see the beautiful things around you. If you’re looking at buying in Vintage Oaks, the first thing you’re going to see is the amazing scenery. It’s so beautiful here.”
“Texas Hill Country rivers, lakes, water holes and springs are a water recreationalist’s dream. Choose from boating, rafting, kayaking, tubing, swimming, skiing or swing from a rope,” said the Texas Hill Country Travel Guide. “The popular Guadalupe River is a seasonal favorite among many vacationers visiting the Texas Hill Country every year.”
Of course, all that water makes for some pretty fine sights. Grabbing a meal at The Gristmill in Gruene, one of the Hill Country favorite restaurants, is made even better with an outside table overlooking the river.
No matter how beautiful an area might be, the real draw for those looking to live there are the people. And the people in the Hill Country are as lovely as the sights.
“It’s the people who live here that make it most enjoyable,” said Vintage Oaks residents Ron and Judith Walton. “There are a lot of very friendly people who are very helpful and caring. This is a real community.”
Want to call this beautiful place home? Visit Vintage Oaks for more information about living in the Hill Country. Vintage Oaks is ideally located right on the Texas Wine Trail between Austin and San Antonio and offers Hill Country land for sale plus custom and semi-custom homes and an array of resort-style amenities including multiple pools, ball fields, walking trails, and a Tuscan Clubhouse.
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