One of the things I love most about summer is family vacation! We try to take a trip every year to spend quality time and make new memories together. We were unable to take a trip last year because we were making preparations for our youngest child to arrive, so this one was overdue. With our son still being so young this year we decided to take a road trip, but we didn’t want to venture too far. We looked at locations within reasonable driving distance and decided to visit Wimberley, Texas.
We had a great time exploring the town and enjoying its simplicity and beauty. Here are 5 things to love about Wimberley.
1.Small town charm. I was raised in a small town and have come to appreciate its value. While I love all the things bigger cities have to offer, I really love the slower pace of smaller towns. Less traffic, less angry road ragers, less concrete and more trees. Granted, some small towns have nothing much to see (can anyone say podunk?) but this wasn’t one of those places. Wimberley is charming in its own way, with interesting things to see around every bend.
We love renting houses instead of hotel rooms when we travel so we have more space to be together, a kitchen to cook in when we feel like it, and can make ourselves more comfortable in general. We found the most adorable cottage in Wimberley aptly named Ramsay’s Cozy Cottage on the Home Away app. Cozy, it was! We had such a nice stay there and the hosts were very hospitable any time we had a need.
2. Friendly people. Not only are the people friendly, you can really feel the love of the community there. Wimberley experienced a devastating flood back in 2015, which resulted in some lives lost and destruction to some of the structures and trees. There’s still evidence of the flood, but it doesn’t take away from the town’s beauty. I’m sure such a tragic event brought the town closer as a community, but I bet the community was already tight-knit before then. People are always willing to stop and chat or send a wave and a smile.
3. Beautiful scenery. One of the things that attracted us to Wimberley in the first place was the river. The cottage we stayed in was directly across the street from it, so we could sit on the front porch and look at the water while eating breakfast or visiting. This was really one of my favorite parts of our stay. With a busy work schedule and taking care of a family, I really don’t get to spend as much time outside as I’d like, so when we have time to slow down I try my very best to soak up every minute of it.
There was the best breeze that was always blowing through the porch, making it really enjoyable to sit outside. I kept talking about how good it felt outside at all hours of the day because I couldn’t believe we could sit out and enjoy the scenery without getting overheated during the hot Texas summer (that doesn’t happen at home, y’all… no breeze finds its way through my porches!). We saw deer roaming around every evening and some mornings and one even wandered through our yard and came right up to my nephew. So cool!
The river was the most beautiful blue-green color and was the perfect temperature to swim in. There were two park entrances nearby the house within short walking distance that were the perfect spots to swim and play in the river. One of them had some little rapids that were pretty and fun for the kids to play in. We even had a tube my daughter could get in and ride down the rapids, which she thought was super fun. I loved seeing her face light up and hearing her squeals of delight as she floated by. Most of the river has private access, so be sure you stay somewhere that allows you to take a dip. One great thing about that is that it feels secluded and doesn’t get overcrowded.
One of my blogging buddies, Grace, lives about 30 minutes or so from Wimberley so when we realized how close we would be to one another we took the opportunity to meet up. We met through a blogging facebook group so we had never met in person before. She brought her kids over and we played in the river and visited and had the best time! Meet Grace from A Literary Feast. She is an avid Gilmore Girls fan and writes book reviews as well as some about her life as a wife and mom. I have to say one thing I love about her writing is her sense of humor. If you love to read (or laugh), check out her blog!
4. Nearby attractions. Wimberley is so close to so many things, even if you happened to get bored there after a few days (although we didn’t!) you could venture to another nearby city like San Marcos, Austin, or San Antonio for shopping or more sights to see (outlet malls, swimming holes, and Sea World, oh my!).
We visited a swimming hole in Wimberley called Jacob’s Well and had a great time there. The water was 72 degrees, but in the hot summer it felt a lot colder than that. My 6-year-old daughter said it was too cold but she still had fun. You have to have a reservation and it booked up well before our trip, so be sure to look into it ahead of time to secure a spot. They only allow a certain number of people to swim at a time so it doesn’t become overcrowded. There were well under the number of people allowed in when we went so it worked out great. There are also some other swimming holes in the area including The Blue Hole and Hamilton Pool, but we didn’t happen make it to either of those. Maybe next time!
The only other time we really ventured out of the town was to eat barbeque at The Salt Lick, which was only about 20 minutes away. It was a lovely, hilly drive and well worth the venture. Charlie had been there once before and I’ve heard a ton about it, so of course we had to go for lunch one day. The food was delish and the atmosphere was fun, too.
5. Unique finds. We ventured to the town square (which isn’t really a square, but who’s paying attention?) to check out some of the local shops. There are art galleries, restaurants, and shops with all kinds of unique things. We got Christmas ornaments to remind us of our trip to Wimberley, a couple of Christmas gifts and souvenirs, and my daughter found a new toy so we were all happy.
It felt much hotter when we were out walking around the town, so we stopped in the cutest yogurt shop called The Wooden Spoon to have a treat and cool off. It was in the best location right off the river so we sat out on the back patio to eat our yogurt. The yogurt was delightful and the decor was very inviting. Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in the area.
We also stumbled across the most adorable little plant shop called Ceremony. They call it a “botanic studio” – I love that! My mom is lovingly known in our family as “the plant lady” so she loved chatting with the store worker and even went back another day to look around again and chat with the owner. They have workshops after hours once a week so you can learn to make things like terrariums (I want one!) and fairy gardens. How cool is that?! It was unlike any shop or plant store I’ve ever been to. They had the prettiest succulents, cacti, and even Japanese moss balls. I’m pretty sure I could have stayed in there for hours and hours and not gotten bored. So beautiful!
We had a great trip and made lots of new memories we’ll cherish forever. If you’re ever in the San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin area and feel the need for some small town vibes, be sure to trek through Wimberley. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Safe and happy travels,
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