Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WHEN IN WIMBERLEY...

Several people I've met or reconnected with recently are planning trips to Wimberley, and have asked for recommendations on what to see and do when here. Instead of sending them each a list, I thought it might make more sense to post a list here on the blog. That way people can leave comments, reminding me of all the important things I forgot to include. If I can figure out how to do it, I might even link it to a button over in the sidebar, so you can find it easily if you want to refer back to it later. I may even edit and add to it as time goes by, if I think of more good stuff to add.

So here it is...

THE WIMBERLEY TO-DO LIST

OUTDOORSEY STUFF 

A Rafting Trip in New Braunfels, Back in the Day
Blue Hole Park - Swim there in the summer. Hike, bike, or picnic year round.

Jacob's Well - another swimming hole, this one happens to be the spring that is the source of Cypress Creek, and opens into a series of underground caves.

Wimberley Zip Lines

Tubing - head over to San Marcos for this. Rent your tubes from the Lion's Club then float down to the park behind the River Pub, where there are a couple of water chutes. When you finally wear yourself out, buses will pick you and your tubes up and take you back to your car.

Rafting - New Braunfels is the place to go for rafting, plus it's home to the best water park in the world, Schlitterbahn!

Mt. Baldy - the tallest hill in Wimberley, with a gazillion steps leading up to it.

Enchanted Rock - not actually in Wimberley, it's closer to Fredericksburg, but for outdoor people, it's the ultimate Hill Country experience.

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

At The Corral
Corral Theater - Not a drive in, but a blast-from-the-past walk-in outdoor theater, showing first run movies at bargain rates (summer months only)

Wimberley Players - home of our community theater, located just off the town square

Emily Ann Theater - both an outdoor and indoor theater, and host to various events throughout the year, including Shakespeare in the Park, the spring Butterfly Release and winter's Trail of Lights.

Friday Night Bingo at the VFW - it's a hoot!

Boot-Scootin' - head out to Gruene Hall over near New Braunfels, the oldest dancehall in Texas. Or try out the new dance hall on Mercer St. in Dripping Springs, which is a bit closer. If it's the weekend, there's always live music right here in Wimberley at the bar-with-dance-floor behind Cypress Creek Cafe, on the square.

SHOPPING

Wimberley Glassworks - stop in and watch the glassblowers at work! On RR12, heading out towards San Marcos

In-Style Accessories - the best women's shoe store ever. All their shoes are super-comfy, but also cute and sassy -- not the least bit orthopedic looking! There are lots of other great shops up and down RR12 and all around the square, but I'm not much of a shopper, so I'm not the best to advise you on these. I have found cute clothes and jewelry at both Dove Tails and Vintage Girl, and nice gifts and furnishings at The Tree House. Plus we have a great kitchen shop called Kiss The Cook. Wimberley Fine Arts and Bent Tree Gallery are great places to find local art.

Wimberley Market Days - First Saturday of each month (except Jan. and Feb.) at Lion's Field. Over 500 booths.

WINING AND DINING

The View From Inoz' Terrace
Inoz Brew and Chew - kind of a sports bar inside, with burgers and such, but with a great outdoor terrace overlooking the creek. Great place to stop for a drink, or leave the men while you continue shopping. Just follow the staircase down between Blue Willow and Wooden Spoon (frozen yogurt).

For Breakfast go to Wimberley Cafe in the center of the square, or go to Mima's down 2325, between the two high schools. Mima's specialty is tacos made fresh, from scratch, but they also serve bacon and eggs and pancakes. It's my go-to place for lunch as well.

The Leaning Pear, on River Road just off RR12, is probably the best upscale restaurant in town, with wonderful soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, woodfired pizzas with unusual toppings, and several nice dinner entrees as well.

Linda Allen's is the home of our local caterer, and the best place to find lots of great veggie choices, for dine in or take out, if you are trying to eat light.

The Salt Lick, over in Driftwood, is the best barbecue spot anywhere, as far as I'm concerned.

Also in Driftwood are Trattoria Lisina (fabulous Tuscan style dining), on the grounds of Duchman Vineyards and Winery. The best place by far if you're looking for ambience!

Another fun vineyard where we like to hang out is Driftwood Vineyards, which is perched atop a hill with a beautiful view.

ACCOMMODATIONS

There are a gazillion B&B's, cabins and inns in Wimberley, and I haven't stayed in any of them. Most all are rented out by lodging services, rather than by their owners. Just google "Wimberley lodging" or "Wimberley Accomodations" and you should get a list of them. The nice thing is they all post pictures so you can see what you are getting. The downside is that they don't really tell you where they are located.  "3 miles from town square" could mean 3 minutes straight down the highway, or three miles out a rutted dirt track requiring 4-wheel drive. You just never know.


So tell me Wimbo buds, what vital places or activities did I forget to include?


2 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

What a great list! been to the greune dance hall, love that little town too.....Thanks for sharong all this Becky...xox

Hill Country Hippie said...

You're welcome. Compiling the list was really good for me, because it reminded me of all the exploring I did when we first moved up here, and made me realize I'd fallen into a routine of going to the same old places all the time. Time to shake things up again!