Wimberley, Texas is a little town 38 miles south of Austin with a scenic Texas Hill Country drive to get there. We started Boyfriend’s birthday celebrations last weekend with a surprise getaway to Wimberley. It was a quick trip that let us check off a few of the spots we’ve been meaning to visit and to enjoy the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
The trip started bright and early Saturday morning since Wimberley is about an hour away from North Austin. Follow along and I’ll tell you all about the sites we visited!
Swimming at Jacob’s Well Natural Area
Not only did we start early, we started by jumping into some cold 68 degree F water!
Jacob’s Well is a well-visited spring in the Texas Hill Country. While it is more a wading pool in this area, the big wow factor here is the deep spot where visitors line up to jump into. There are two heights you can jump from, though you can also jump from the side if you want an even lower height.
The hole is narrower than I thought it would be but it was no issue jumping in without hitting the side.
Deep down in the hole is the second largest fully submerged cave in Texas, which at its deepest is 140 feet. Two lengths run 4,341 feet and 1,314 feet! Getting in and out is a little tricky because you’ll be walking on some slippery mossy rocks. You may want some water shoes with grip or just go very, very slowly.
They also have this meditation path.
In the summer, you must book a reservation ($9 per person) to visit for a specific two-hour window. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!
Lunch at Brewster’s Pizza and Wimberley Brewing Co
The only thing I knew about Brewster’s Pizza was that they brew beer and there’s pizza. Let me start with the pizza. The Brewster has pepperoni, beef, bacon, garlic, blue cheese, onions, and mushroom. It might sound like a weird combo but it was delicious!
For beer, try their Drop the Rabbit, a Scottish Ale. Now, if you’re also curious about the history of this place, it was founded by Bruce Collie, a former NFL player, and you’ll see him, his wife Holly, and some of their 13 kids running the place!
Craft Beer at Middleton Brewery
Another popular brewery in the area is Middleton Brewery, almost two miles (four-minute drive) from Brewster’s Pizza, though it is technically in San Marcos. We were very impressed with their beers. Their Juicy Visions IPA was my favorite!
We popped into the Wimberley Glassworks showroom to see some of the incredible pieces. The dragon scale light fixtures are my favorite because they change colors when the light is on and off. You can also see glassblowing demos if you come at the right time.
Another studio, Silo Gallery is down the street next to Middleton Brewery.
Wimberley Pie Co.
This is a must-stop! We got a slice of fudge pecan and it was pretty magical. It kind of tasted like a brownie pie.
Staying in Wimberley
I booked us this place to stay. The house is in a quiet spot with several small rentals. It had all the essentials – shower, A/C, comfy bed – and even had Netflix. It was a good amount of space for two people and a good location, but I didn’t love it.
There are a handful of inns and cottages to stay in the area, especially for families and groups. I also looked at Hotel Flora and Fauna and Cottage on the Square. For glamping, check out Yurtopia or Collective Retreats.
Dinner at Jobell Café & Bistro
For dinner, I had The Leaning Pear on the schedule, but we ended up at Jobell Café & Bistro, which happened to be about a one minute drive. We had a very eclectic meal: Crispy Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts, Panko Parmesan Crusted Eggplant Dip, Back to the Garden Vegetable Curry, and Venison and Lamb Lasagna Rolls. The appetizers were huge portions and everything was very good. It was a nice little find in Wimberley and seemed to be a hotspot based on the full restaurant.
Swimming at Blue Hole Regional Park
After eating dinner leftovers for breakfast, we left for our final stop on our Wimberley weekend, another swimming spot. Blue Hole Regional Park is well maintained and a very popular spot for families with kids. They have two chain swings to jump into the water, and you bet we took our turn at it!
You can make a summer reservation from 9 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 6 pm. While advance reservations ($10 per adult, $6 for kids 4-12) are recommended, you can likely book it the day before since they usually have plenty of reservations. This is a great place to lay out picnic blankets for a picnic!
Other Wimberley Activities
If you’re planning a trip to Wimberley, consider these places in town.
- Sugar Shack – bakery
- Mima’s Kitchen – restaurant
- Wimberley Café – restaurant
- Wimberley Valley Winery – winery
- Bella Vista Ranch – olive orchard and olive oil maker
- Ino’z Brew and Chew – restaurant
Boyfriend loves the Hill Country and I can see why. The rolling hills and peaceful calm ushers in a slower pace of life. Honestly, the trip wasn’t very relaxing because it’s hard for us to slow down, but there were slower moments in our trip that I want to bottle up.
It’s a good goal to have: to take advantage of opportunities to get away, go somewhere new, and find calm.
P.S. Be sure to check out one of our favorite swim spots in Texas: Hamilton Pool!