SWAP YOUR SNOW BOOTS for cowboy boots and head south to the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Gentle rolling hills, fragrant wildflowers, pristine lakes and rivers and cities rich with culture, the Hill Country region entices with beauty and charm.
Deep in the heart of Texas, San Antonio's bold culture and historic legacies make it an ideal gateway to so much more than the Latin American culture. The rolling terrain of the Hill Country around San Antonio has drawn charming vineyards, hillside bed and breakfasts and nationally acclaimed resorts that offer rustic refinement in the most pampering of ways, from championship golf courses to fireside spas and delectable restaurants.
Varied cuisines, including famed Tex-Mex, fill the air with rich aromas. New chef-driven restaurants have cropped up in hot neighborhoods like Pearl, a former brewery now transformed into a celebration of all things culinary. Art comes alive with river gardens, Spanish colonial architecture and prestigious museums. San Antonio's Spanish Colonial missions, including the Alamo, were designated a World Heritage site in 2015.
The flourishing River Walk cradles much of San Antonio's unparalleled charm. Here you'll find miles of meandering paths along the banks of the San Antonio River connecting hotels, restaurants, shops, historic landmarks and more. San Antonio recently completed a $358.3 million project to lengthen the River Walk from three to 15 miles. It was this river that originally inspired the settlement of San Antonio, and it still flourishes today as the city's center.
Just a short drive from San Antonio is Fredericksburg, where German heritage combines with Texan hospitality. More than 900 bed and breakfasts, guest houses and inns, fascinating historic sites, gourmet cuisine and a much slower pace attract an ever growing number of international visitors.
Fredericksburg is the epicenter of the wine region, home to more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms. In the Hill Country area, the count stands at 50 wineries and tasting rooms.
Fredericksburg is also home to two of the twenty craft breweries featured on the new Texas Hill Country Beer Trail- the Fredericksburg Brewing Company and the Pedernales Brewing Company. The Fredericksburg Brewing Company, located in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg is the "oldest and most acclaimed brewpub in Texas," while the Pedernales Brewing Company is the fastest growing brewing in the Texas Hill Country.
About eight miles southeast of Fredericksburg is Luckenbach, where visitors will enjoy live Texas music seven days of the week. This tiny hill country hamlet where "Everybody's Somebody" was established as a Trading Post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County. The Post Office/ General Store/ Beer Joint, was first opened in 1886 by August Engel, an itinerant preacher from Germany, whose daughter Minna chose the name Luckenbach in honor of her fiancé, Albert Luckenbach.
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