Brave the Cold(ish) Waters at a New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

December 28, 2023 | By Omar L. Gallaga

Sometime after 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Mayor Greg Bisso of Surfside Beach is going to be cold and wet—on purpose.

The Fate of Jacob’s Well Remains Uncertain

June 27, 2023 | By Ian Dille

Shift Your Sightseeing Up a Gear with Self-Guided E-bike Tours

March 3, 2023 | By Pam LeBlanc

Get Creative in the Scenic Hill Country Town of Wimberley

October 27, 2022 | By Matt Joyce

Celebrating Pride Month in Small Town Texas

June 17, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

Coming out of two long years of canceled events and public gatherings due to the pandemic, people all around Texas are getting back on the party saddle.

Behold the Bounty of the Blanco

June 24, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Get Away From Distractions by Taking a Solo Retreat in the Texas Hill Country

June 9, 2021 | By Clayton Maxwell

Surrounded by windows and white pillows while in bed at my tiny cabin, I think of the liner notes to Bob Dylan’s album Desire: “These notes are being written in a bathtub in Maine under ideal conditions…” Here at Getaway Hill Country, I am also writing under ideal conditions: quiet, simplicity, good coffee.

At Wimberley’s 7A Ranch, the Past Comes to Life Aboard a New Train

February 5, 2021 | By

When Scott Way purchased the historic 7A Ranch resort in Wimberley in February 2016, following the destructive Memorial Day flood of 2015, he had three objectives.

A New Mom Reclaims Her Freedom on a Motorcycle Ride Through the Devil’s Backbone

January 28, 2021 | By Katie Gutierrez

New Year, New Marfa: Which Texas Towns Are Ready to Eclipse the Tiny Art Haven?

January 5, 2021 | By Michael Corcoran

Hill Country Alliance’s Inaugural Night Sky Month Kicks Off October With a Harvest Moon

October 1, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

This October features a full moon on its first day, known as the Harvest Moon, and another on its last, a Blue Moon—as in “once in a,” because two full moons in one month doesn’t happen every year.

Grammy-Winner Sarah Jarosz Reflects on the Influence of Texas Music and her Hill Country Upbringing

July 30, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

When she was a student at Wimberley High School, bluegrass prodigy Sarah Jarosz was already mesmerizing audiences across the country with her nimble mandolin playing, honey-rich voice, and down-to-earth demeanor.

How Two Small-Town Radio Stations Are Serving Their Rural Communities During COVID-19

July 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Community radio was made for times like these. Not-for-profit and listener-supported public radio stations exist to provide critical information in times of emergency as well as to entertain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, two Texas stations are living up to that mission statement. 

New Album From Sarah Jarosz Reflects on Her Texas Roots and Hometown of Wimberley

June 4, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

When concert halls are closed and the energy of live music is off limits, World on the Ground, Sarah Jarosz’s meditation on her Texas roots in Wimberley, is music to turn up loud and let fill the walls of your home.

Fall Really Does Happen in Texas – You Just Have to Know Where to Look

September 23, 2019 | By

Mother Nature’s autumnal coloration of leaves before she applies her cruel winter grip is a visual gift typically associated with areas of the country that actually experience four distinct seasons. In Texas, where for the most part it’s oppressively hot and dry in September and October, green can abruptly give way to brown, without displaying even a hint of the kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows typical of a postcard New England fall. There are hidden pockets of the state, however, where the trees, beneficiaries of just the right weather conditions, offer one final, dramatic blush. Follow our photographers to these special places for some of the best foliage in the state—from the Nolan River in North Texas and Garner State Park in the Hill Country, to the Canadian River in the Panhandle and Guadalupe Mountains
National Park in West Texas.

5 Texas New Year’s Wellness Retreats

December 14, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

The New Year can bring a much-needed impetus for change and self-improvement, especially when it comes to health and wellness. And achieving those goals can be fun when they’re combined with a vacation. These five New Year’s retreats in Texas promise days of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and an all-around good start to your 2019.

Brewster’s Pizza

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Wimberley Pie Company

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The Devil’s Backbone Tavern

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Old Baldy

November 4, 2018 | By

Day trips like the 30-mile drive to Blanco underscore the calmness and rugged beauty of this part of the Hill Country. First, check off Wimberley’s Old Baldy from your list by making an early-morning ascent up its 218 stone steps to the tabletop summit for a 360-degree view of the surrounding hillsides and treetops.

The Blair House Inn

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Where to Stay in Wimberley

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The Blanco River May Very Well Inspire You to Take Home Local Art When Visiting Wimberley

June 26, 2018 | By Rose L. thayer

“The river was just beautiful,” he says of that first visit. “After driving in through the cypress trees for just a few seconds, I was hooked.” In 2002, Smith began building a house. Now retired, he lives in Wimberley full-time and has turned his hobby of photography into a business. His beloved river is a frequent muse, and his photos teem with intricate lines and captivating use of light and color.

Wimberley Reboots

April 15, 2016 | By John Lumpkin

Here in Wimberley, a town of less than 3,000 in the heart of the Hill Country, visitors and residents alike describe the scene as “bootiful.”
The fiberglass boot sculptures, which were installed in 2014 and 2015, are just one attraction for this community some 45 minutes southwest of Austin.

Let’s Go Glamping!

March 28, 2016 | By Vicky Garza

Glamping: A combination of “glamorous” and “camping” that blends great outdoor adventures with the comforts of home or a hotel.

In the Creative Moment

July 11, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

The artist, inventor, architect, and teacher Buck Winn first beheld the hills of Wimberley in the late 1930s.

Swimming Holes

April 9, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

Our bodies are mostly water. Our primordial ancestors lived in it. Science tells us that looking at it lowers stress.

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