Romantic Things To Do in Texas Hill Country
My husband, kids, and I live in the Texas Hill Country. I have lived here for almost 10 years now, and for nearly all of my married life.
There are great places in the Texas Hill Country where you can escape for a romantic weekend, all within reach from the metropolises of Austin and San Antonio. You and your sweetie can make make the drive (or flight) to this charming region for your next staycation or adventure destination. There’s so much to do, restaurants to try, and places to stay, here’s something to get you started.
Fredericksburg, Texas, is a well-known favorite. It’s a welcoming old German town with a blend of the contemporary. When Fredericksburg is an easy hop away, you can spend several weekends checking out various B&Bs and even camping in nearby Enchanted Rock State Park. A romantic weekend getaway can be done on the cheap, too.
Book a night at an out-of-the-way bed and breakfast in town, in an historic building above the hopping Main Street, or in a creekside cabin with spa amenities. Fredericksburg is relaxing and laid back. On the way to town, if you’re coming from the east, pack a picnic lunch and stop at LBJ State Park and LBJ Ranch in Stonewall for a tour of the former president and his wife’s house.
Romantic Things to Do in Fredericksburg
Once you get to Fredericksburg and get situated, find your way to Main Street. Take a stroll, hand in hand, along the storefronts and check out all the nifty shops, there’s pretty much everything you can think of, and decide where to eat.
Shopping ranges from high end boutiques to antiques to old-timey general stores to art galleries. Rustlin’ Robs store offers scores of locally-made hot sauces, mustards, jellies and jams, and fudge. They offer free samples for hundreds of their items, so you can make sure you are buying something delicious!
Enchanted Rock State Park
The park, located north of Fredericksburg, is great for camping adventures. Enchanted Rock has become a very popular spot these days. If you’re visiting for the day, expect a wait along the road into the gate and the park may close to new arrivals after a certain time. If you’re spending the night, book your reservations now. The state parks system now offers day use reservations online as well.
The state park offers both walk-in campsites (with water, restrooms, and showers nearby) and primitive camping. A great place for an outdoorsy getaway, you both can enjoy hikes on the trails around the rock. As the day wanes, climb the massive granite dome to watch the sun set over the Hill Country vista.
Also, if you’re into wine, Fredericksburg has COUNTLESS wineries and even a few distilleries. If you’re more into beer, there’s several craft breweries as well, so you could easily make a weekend out of just trying out all the local drinks! Local bus companies offer tours of these great venues; you can sit back and let someone else do the driving.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park, located outside Johnson City and on the way back to Austin, is a great stop for a picnic lunch and for some fun swimming in the river.
A getaway in Fredericksburg is one of the most fun and romantic trips ever!
Next on our list is New Braunfels, Texas. This is in one of the fastest-growing areas of the entire country, but there’s a TON of unique places to stay, eat, and play. The city is located on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio. You’ve got the amenities of a larger city that still has a small town feel.
You’ll have a hard time not finding romantic places to eat and sleep. If you want to up the adventure a little bit, you can even stay INSIDE a waterpark at the unique Schlitterbahn.
Gruene – pronounced “green,” a the little town within a town – is a step back in time with a foot solidly in present day. The Gruene Dance Hall hosts popular musicians like Leann Rimes, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, and more.
Both Gruene and New Braunfels are home to charming B&Bs and historic hotels. Faust Hotel and Brewing Company is located just a couple of blocks from the courthouse square. An historic hotel built in 1929, the guest suites feature Art Deco design with current amenities. In the late-90s, they added a brewery, full restaurant, and biergarten.
Transport back in time at the really cool Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre for some good make-out sessions during a movie. That’s quite a way to feel young again.
For fun outside, Landa Park is a really fun city-run park that hosts a variety of events. One of the most popular activities in New Braunfels is tubing the Comal River. Grab your loved one, a cooler, some sunscreen, a couple of tubes, and spend the afternoon floating.
The smallest on our list, Blanco, is just 1,800 people. Blanco State Park, located entirely inside the small town of Blanco, is a quick trip from Austin or San Antonio. The campground has electric, water, and it’s a place where all those who decided to rent an RV to travel around the States hang out. They’ve got close access to a grocery store and a few restaurants while keeping the wilderness camping feel. There’s swimming, two easy hiking/walking trails, and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.
Many campsites have a screened shelter with locking door. You can put all of your food and stuff inside there so you have more room in your tent. Blanco is a really interesting town, with quirky stores and friendly people, and is definitely worth visiting if you’re in the area.
At the center of San Antonio is a small town of sorts. One of the ultimate romantic places to stay is on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. Spend a night in the Menger Hotel right next to the famous Alamo. This updated hotel is packed with 160 years of history. Theodore Roosevelt rounded up his Rough Riders in the hotel’s bar. You can relax in the beautiful courtyard, swim in the pool, and step out onto the street next to the Alamo to begin your journey around the Riverwalk.
There’s not much out there that is more romantic than a candlelit dinner in a nice restaurant overlooking the river. You can watch all the riverboats drift by as well as all the people walking and shopping. Being in San Antonio, there’s no shortage of wonderful places to eat and things to see. Hold hands as you explore up and down the Riverwalk, visit the shops in La Villita, and grab a kiss next to the waterfalls around the Tower of the Americas.
Boerne – this one’s pronounced BER-nee – is a town on the rise northwest of San Antonio. It’s close enough for a quick weekend getaway and inexpensive enough not to break the bank. You can spend an entire day exploring the shops. There’s a really cool restaurant on the main street, Soda Pop’s, that has the atmosphere of a 1950s diner. Try to stop by during one of their Hot Rod Nights for a unique experience.
Guadalupe River State Park
If you like camping, one of the romantic places to camp is Guadalupe River State Park, near Boerne. The campground is cozy and comfortable. You can take advantage of programs at the state park such as birding with a park ranger and guided hikes. It’s also absolutely BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful. The Guadalupe River is the park’s main attraction and many people love to spend their time alongside the river or swimming.
So, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway for a staycation or even a destination location, there’s TONS to choose from in the Texas Hill Country. Pick one destination and stay several nights there, or spread it out and spend one night at several places.
The post is written by Mama from www.mamawritesreviews.com. She is a mom of 2 boys, 3 dogs, and whatever other stray animals happen to come along. She loves crafting and playing music and enjoys her jobs as Kindergarten Classroom Mom, Suzuki Piano Mom, Soccer Mom, and organizer of a Preschool/Kinder Church group.