A true Texas culture can be found in the Hill Country of central Texas, which is the geographic area west of Austin and north of San Antonio. Wimberley lies between Austin (45-minute drive) and San Antonio (70-minute drive), the best location for experiencing that Texas culture or what the locals call “A Little Bit of Heaven”. In 1848, Wimberley was a trading post settlement on Cypress Creek. William Carvin Winters established a gristmill there in 1856. The gristmill was eventually expanded to process lumber, shingles, flour, molasses, and cotton. There had been several name changes to the community over the years, from Winters’ Mill to Cude’s Mill. Finally, on the 1880 application to have a post office established, the name of the community was listed as "Wimberleyville". The post officed application was granted, but the name was shortened to Wimberley. This name and the Texas culture are still visible today in the slow pace of life, traditional ranching in the rugged hills and at the charming downtown Square of Wimberley. There is also a new aspect to Wimberley, the wineries and breweries, gourmet restaurants, and unique boutiques, all with an artistic flair. This combination of traditional and modern is what keeps the locals here and draws artists, retirees, and those looking for a change of pace to the area.
Situated by the Blanco River and Cypress Creek, Wimberley offers a range of activities involving its natural wonders. The first unique feature is the Blue Hole Swimming Area, one of Texas’ top 10 swimming holes. It is found at Blue Hole Regional Park. This 126-acres park includes miles of trails, picnic areas, community pavilion, playscape, basketball court, sand volleyball court, and amphitheater. If you enjoy water activities, then Jacob’s Well Natural Area should be your next swimming spot to visit. At 81-acres, Jacob’s Well Natural Area is smaller than the Blue Hole Regional Park, but just as special. It is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water daily and the second largest fully submerged cave in Texas. A few fun facts about Jacob’s Well - it has a depth of 140 feet and the water temperature stays at 68 degrees year-round. In addition to swimming, Jacob’s Well Natural Area offers guided tours, hiking trails, geocaching, birding, scenic photography, children’s play area, and picnic areas. Another natural wonder is Cave Without a Name, a natural living cave. The tour of Cave Without a Name will take you through six rooms exhibiting Stalactites, Stalagmites, and many more beautiful natural cave formations. The cave remains at 66 degrees and has easy walkways for an unforgettable adventure. Cave Without a Name is in the town of Boerne about a one-hour drive west from Wimberley, the perfect distance for a day trip.
Wimberley offers a wide range of activities for the young and young at heart throughout the year. Have you ever wanted to step back in time and feel like a cowboy from the Old West? Pioneer Town, at 7A Ranch, is an 1800’s reproduction of a wild west town. There are plenty of photo ops, a house made of glass bottles, sights to see and don’t forget to stop at the ice cream parlor. On your next activity - take to the skies and glide over canyons and creeks with Wimberley Zipline Adventures. The course has 10 ziplines, ranging in length from 150 feet to 900 feet for a mile of zipline fun. The ziplines stretch out above the valley at a maximum height of more than 100 feet with traveling speeds over 30 miles per hour. This is two hours of adrenaline rush. Visit the Biergarten (beer garden) after your thrilling zipline experience. Farmers’ Market Days, flea markets and trade days, and arts and crafts show will fill up your days searching for the perfect souvenir from your trip to the Hill Country. In addition, you may want to select fresh produce to enjoy with a bottle of wine from one of the nearby wineries. There are several wineries, open to the public, that offer wines produced from Texas grapes or traditional Mediterranean style grapes. One way to tour the wineries, all within a 20 -minute drive of town, is with a wine tour company. Another unique tour is at Bella Vista Ranch. With 1200 olive trees, there are guided tours and tastings of their olive oil and wines.
A very active artistic community is present in Wimberley. Several art glass galleries, such as Wimberley Glassworks, offer live demonstrations and Silo Glass offers fused glass making classes. The Cedar Ranch Art Show chooses 25 artists that exhibit a wide variety of art forms. Along with the artists, there are many local musicians with a mix of musical styles from “Starry Starlight Night” performed by the Starlight Symphony Orchestra, “Music in the Air” with various local bands playing on the downtown Square, and “The Haunted Show” is a live concert at Cave Without a Name. The Texas musical experience means spending the evening at one of the dance halls or saloons, locally known as “honky tonks”, for an evening of music and dancing. The family friendly atmosphere, live music, raw plank dance floor, and dim string lights all add up to an experience only found in Texas.
The Wimberley Valley is designated as an International Dark Sky community. Each season the dark sky offers different nighttime viewings and activities. “Howl at the Moon” Dance Party in October and “Blue Hole Star Party” in November are just two examples of an evening under the stars. The Parks and Recreation Department has many programs with something for everyone, such as Owl Prowl, Tree Trek, Bats at Night. The Texas Hill country is a central flyway for migrating birds filling the skies every spring and autumn. Springtime also brings the wildflowers throughout Texas. For photographers, the Wimberley area is one of the best scenic wildflower locations in Texas.
Shopping and dining round out the activities and experiences to have while visiting Wimberley. The Square, as the downtown shopping area is called, has wide variety of shops to browse and explore. Rancho Deluxe, offers rustic, ranch décor and folk art. Kiss the Cook has quality cookware that will inspire any cook. The Cedar Chest is for the women looking for Texas fashion or Hill Country gifts. Art on 12 showcases works of art from 53 local artists. After all the shopping, it’s time sit down and enjoy the local cuisine. Blair House Inn is the restaurant if you want a fine dining experience. Head to Creekside Cookers BBQ and Bar for a real taste of Texas. Wimberley also has a few food trucks to enjoy a quick meal outside.
Wimberley can be described as scenic - with its beautiful vistas, artistic - in its renowned art galleries, having natural wonders at the springs and caves, all in a traditional Texas setting. The 13,000 residents in the Wimberley Valley are instrumental in making the area a welcoming retreat from everyday life. The 300 days of sunshine, hot summers and mild winters attract visitors year-round and from all over the world.
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