Fourteen-thousand-square-miles of opportunity begins in San Antonio’s northwest. From there, the Texas Hill Country extends north to Austin and west. Resembling the rolling hills of California’s Napa Valley, it is not the iconographic tumble-weed West Texas desert. The region possesses a unique beauty few outside Texas are aware of. In fact, the Hill Country had remained a secret until named by the New York Times as a ‘must-see’ summer destination in a 2008 publication.
Original German settlements like Boerne, Wimberly, New Braunfels, and Fredericksburg dot the area. One of the largest, Boerne boasts a significant variety of locally-owned restaurants, B&Bs, antique shops, and specialty boutiques for all tastes.
Throughout this region, a diverse landscape delivers a myriad of outdoor opportunities and leisure activities. State parks and natural areas dot the hill country. Visitors can explore caves, go bat and bird watching, or fish the Guadeloupe River. Interestingly, the Guadeloupe River is one of the top 100 streams for angling rainbow trout.
Recalling Napa, Texas Hill Country is Texas Wine Country. Boasting over 20 local wineries and vineyards with endless opportunities for wine tasting no matter the day of the week. Aside from wine, at the right time of the year, native wildflowers fill the countryside with native wildflower and lavender fields. Offerings from local crops of pecans, strawberries, melons, and apples, to name a few.
No matter where one sets roots in the Texas Hill Country, there are few places like this Texas gem where one can buy a home without breaking the bank.