The variety of geography found on our planet never ceases to amaze me. Even just in the United States, drive across the country and watch it change like the seasons, from piney green hills and vast yellow fields, to blue and purple snow-capped mountains, to the red, orange, and pink rock formations of the southwest. Texas is huge. I knew this first-hand, having driven from one end to the other. Taking I-10 across the state from the Louisiana border to El Paso in the westernmost corner, takes a whopping 12 hours (without any stops). But the massive size of the state means endless exploration, and on days when I don’t have anything to do I love nothing more than hopping in the car and finding a new town or state park to explore.
Texas Hill Country refers to a portion of central and south Texas that extends to the west of Austin and San Antonio. Beyond the two large metropolitan areas it is home to many quaint small towns, gorgeous swimming holes, and roads that wind through farm country and rolling hills. In many of these small towns you’ll find some amazing antique shops, which I’ve taken to visiting in search of things for my home. Here’s a little glimpse at hill country and some of the places I’ve visited — and want to visit – if you have any recommendations please let me know!
One of the first towns I visited was Wimberley – a quiet little village of antique shops, restaurants, and galleries alongside a peaceful green river. Nearby is a swimming hole called Jacob’s Well that I’ll definitely be checking out on a nice day in the near future. The above photo is of Jean’s Antique Mall just outside the town, where I lost about an hour of my day picking out little vintage trinkets.
Another town I visited was Fredericksburg, which is a bit more of a tourist attraction with its picturesque historic downtown and german beer gardens. Definitely a fun place to spend a beautiful day walking around and shopping!
I found this desk and chair at an antique mall in Fredericksburg – they make an odd pair that somehow works together, and I love them.
It’s common to spot a longhorn hanging out alongside many of the roads in hill country!
Quite possibly the best part? Driving home at sunset…
+ Where should I go next? Leave your recommendations below!