Ideas for A Romantic Wimberley Vacation
10 Romantic Ideas for Your Fall or Winter Wimberley Vacation
I love the sun! And living in a town with SO MUCH to do outside in the summer, it may be difficult to considor Wimberley a fall or winter destination…but since my husband loves cooler weather we’ve figured out several things we can do together – both inside and out – when the temps dip below the 50’s. (I considor that extreme winter).
If you are planning a romantic getaway and are thinking about the Hill Country, check out this list of things to do in Wimberley. And don’t forget to book a cozy cabin if you can!
Guys – there are some pretty cool spots on this list – including a few spots where popping a ring out would be a total hit!
Start Your Day In Downtown Wimberley
One of the things Wimberley is most well known for is it’s amazing shops, galleries and restaurants downtown. During the fall the shops and entire square are fully decorated in the Christmas Sprit with beautiful greenery, lights and other holiday displays.
Luckily it’s pretty rare for the temps to be so low that you can’t enjoy a walk through town. Head to SIP! one of our local coffee shops and grab a seasonal latte and homemade muffin or breakfast taco. If you want a full breakfast, The Wimberley Cafe next door has an amazing breakfast.
Even if you don’t like to shop there are some great spots to stop and enjoy. Several art galleries on the square and right off the square in Old Towne Plaza are worth a tour just to experience the paintings, sculptures, and photography of local artists. One of my favorites, The Wildflower Gallery has a beautiful display of Texas Wildflower paintings and gifts! If you stop in be sure and tell the gallery manager, David, that Jodi said hi!
You will also see many of the boots that make up the “Bootiful Wimberley” art tour. Locals and visitors alike enjoy taking selfies with the boots. Be sure and post yours on our Facebook or Tag us on Instagram!
Of course, there are also some unique shops downtown – a few of my favorites right now are Broadway Pauls Collectibles (vintage collectibles, old records, and much more), The Hill Country Wine Shoppe with some unique Texas wines and wine-lover gifts, and Papa Hoos Popcorn!
Watch a Glass-Blowing Demonstration at Wimberley Glassworks
Wimberley Glassworks is one of my favorite places in Wimberley to take new visitors and was the highlight of the first Wimberley date my husband and I had a few years ago.
Here you can watch a live demonstration of how they make their beautiful glass vases, light fixtures, glassware and art. Tim, the owner and artist, creates a beautiful piece of glass right in front of you while explaining how to achieve all the shapes and color techniques of his art.
Because the glass blowing demonstration is held in a warm (from the fire they use to blow glass) and cozy room, it is a perfect spot to get out of the cold.
Be sure and check their website for dates and times for demonstrations- they also have glass blowing classes throughout the winter which is sure to be fun!
Have lunch at The Leaning Pear
There’s several great restaurants in town with an amazing selection, but if you are looking for an amazing lunch in a more elegant spot, I highly recommend The Leaning Pear.
The fresh-ingredient menu from owner and chef Matthew Buchanan gives you plenty of choices for a cozy and eclectic hill country lunch or dinner.
For traditionalists, try the amazing Macaroni and Cheese!! Other top choices are the wood-fired pizzas – like the sausage and mushroom made with homemade Italian sausage and fontina cheese. Cozy soups are made daily and they have a great selection of craft beers and hill country wines.
Get there early or make a reservation for a spot by the large brick fireplace in the back! Perfect for a chilly day.
Take A Nature Hike At Blue Hole Regional Park
Nothing warms up the body better than exercise and the “back” trails at Blue Hole are challenging enough to keep you cozy.
With about six total miles of trails you will climb up rocky hills, hop over trickling creeks and experience one of the most beautiful spots in the Hill Country.
If you are adventurous, grab a blanket and a bottle of wine and hike over to the Blue Hole Overlook Trail to a rock patio that overlooks the creek. Watch the birds and deer and listen to the sounds of nature. You probably won’t see a soul for hours.
Experience the Magic of the Holidays at The Emily Ann Theater Trail of Lights
You won’t believe how beautiful the gardens are here at EmilyAnn and how enchanting the grounds are.
Throughout the holidays – from The Saturday after Thanksfiving through the entire Christmas season, the magic comes alive with one of their biggest fundraisers of the year – The Trail of Lights. (donation only).
Local businesses, non profits, families, and churches create lighted holiday displays throughout the gardens for you to stroll through and pick your favorite.
Roast hot dogs and marshmallows and sip hot cocoa beside the Yule log. Sit there all night and listen to the holiday music from local choruses and other groups.
Although this is a family event, it is so magical and romantic, especially if you stroll up the hill to the top where you can look down at the Wimberley Valley and see the lights and hear the music from “on high”.
You can also tour the gardens during the day – anytime of the year. Stop beside the Betrothal Tree where a little deck invites you to sit together and enjoy the day and look out over the hills.
Watch an Indoor Play at the Wimberley Play House
For theater lovers, the Wimberley Community Theater “The Wimberley Players” is regionally recognized as one of the best. The playhouse usually has shows every evening and a Sunday matinee during each of its mini seasons and has plays throughout the year. The last play of 2016, Vanya & Sonia and Masha & Spike runs November 11 – December 2nd. Others are usually planned for mid February and early April.
Lots of little towns have community theaters, but not many of them have productions honored by BroadwayWorld Austin. Last year, the Wimberley Players racked up 12 awards for best musical, best actor, best director and more. The plays are getting popular with theater-goers in the area so it can be hard to get tickets, but you can always call and get on the waiting list. This is definitely an evening out you should plan in advance but if you like theater it really can’t be beat.
Celebrate the Occasion with a Couple’s Massage
It’s no surprise that an area as beautiful as Wimberley has one of the most romantic Bed & Breakfasts in the state.
The Blair House Inn, well known for it’s seasonal gourmet dinners and cooking school retreats is a an amazing destination for a romantic getaway. Book one of their 12 secluded rooms on 22 tranquil acres.
For those looking to spend some relaxing couple’s time, make a reservation at their luxurious Day Spa – with a selection of a a number of different massages to choose from, you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenaed.
Enjoy A Romantic Dinner At A Beautiful Italian Restaurant & Winery
One of the most romantic spots in the area is Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood, about 10 miles from Wimberley. This Tuscan Style Italian Restaurant is known as one of the top romantic dining spots in the Austin area.
Trattoria Lisina is set on a large winery estate and has fresh pastas, veal and lamb dishes, amazing desserts and a wonderful selection of regional and Italian wines.
If you are headed here on a weekend, be sure and get a reservation. Get more details including links to their full menu here.
Spend a Few Nights Beside the Fire in a Cozy Cabin
There are lots of adorable little cabins around town but one of my favorites is Hat Creek Cabin, right across the road from one of our local wineries – The Bella Vista Olive Farm.
Imagine how romantic it would be sipping some Hill Country Wine beside a fire pit overlooking the creek or beside the huge rock fire place. The cabin also has a hot tub on the deck right off the master bedroom.
There are several other cabins throughout the Wimberley Valley – another favorite of mine is “Buffalo Bend Cabins.” Set on five acres of land outside of town, these two little cabins are perfect for a couple wanting total seclusion.
Each cabin has a hot tub, old fashioned wood stove, and fire pit over looking an amazing view and the starry Hill Country night. The owner, Melissa, will go to great lengths for your trip with add-ons including rose petals on the bed and more.
Reading back over this list I can see that I probably gave you about three days worth of fun; let me know in the comments if you plan to visit any of these spots or if you did, what did you think?
Better yet, if you are planning a Wimberley vacation and want some help with your own romantic trip just hit us up in the comments for even more suggestions, or join our email list to keep up with everything going on in town!