When we lived in College Station we made sure to take a few weekend trips to the Hill Country, right outside of Austin. One of the towns we chose to visit Wimberley which is about 45 minutes southwest of Austin. It is a quiet area that is off the beaten path and is perfect for a relaxing and low-key getaway.
They have lots of nice bed and breakfasts in this area but we chose to rent a small cottage so we could bring the pups with us.
We ended-up staying at Cypress Creek Cottages and they were super cute. They even had little Texas shaped stepping stones leading to the front door.
A few other nice amenities included a hot tub on the deck and a faux fireplace for Coco to curl up by.
One of the main reasons I chose to go to Wimberley was because I was in need of some swimming hydrating relief from the hot Texas summer.
I was able to find a natural swimming hole in Dripping Springs, Texas which was about a 20 minute drive from the cottage we were staying at but first we stopped at a little bakery in Dripping Springs, Rolling in Thyme & Dough.
Outside of the bakery is a beautiful little nursery with all sorts of unique items and plants to purchase for your own garden. We were living in a shoebox one bedroom apartment at the time so I didn’t buy anything but I definitely would have if we had a house. They also had delicious and fresh croissants which I would love to go back for!
After a good breakfast, we headed out towards the swimming hole with our lunch packed in a cooler. We parked the car (there is a $10 entrance fee to the park) and hiked about a mile along Pederanales River to find Hamilton Pool.
We went on a Saturday and the small beach was already full by the time we got there.
Next time, I would try and go during a weekday in order to have a little more leg room on the beach but the view was absolutely gorgeous and the water was cold and refreshing!
There is a walkway behind the rocks that allows you to go all around to the other side as well.
After swimming for a while and enjoying our lunch, we hiked back and headed toward some lavender fields not too far away.
Unfortunately there was a drought the year we were there so there were very few lavender flowers in bloom.
We still had a fun time searching for a few sprigs though!
They also have a little shack store where you can buy a few handmade lavender products.
And they offered Brandon a job but he respectfully declined.
We picked-up a few soaps and body sprays and headed back for showers and dinner at a restaurant called Trattoria Lisina.
The restaurant is located right next to a winery and offers a great view of the surrounding vineyards.
When we were there, the vineyard was named Mandola Estate Winery as the restaurant and the vineyard were owned by the Mandola brothers who also own Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Brandon and I thought this was special since we met when we were waiting tables at Carrabba’s while we were both in college. However, the winery is now named Duchman Family Winery.
Either way, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a bottle of wine.
Excuse my awkward pose and Brandon’s fluffy hair, haha.
Where is your favorite weekend getaway?