Hill Country

Hill Country Travel Guide

Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery attributes his whiskey’s superb taste to the organic wheat grown on his 213 acres as well as the area’s mineral-rich water. Just walking around the ranch’s rolling landscape is worth the trip outside of Blanco.

Stop in this favorite local lounge during happy hour (3-7 p.m. Monday to Friday) for $5 frozen margaritas and $1 off beers and cocktails such as mojitos and key lime pie martinis.

This funky museum, located on one corner of the historic town square, has an impressive collection of antique timekeepers from Germany, France, Austria, and the U.S.

Antique shops are a dime a dozen in Texas’ small towns, but this shop looks for global pieces as well as costume jewelry, vintage furniture, and original artwork.

Dress up in bonnets, bandanas, and chaps at Smiling Eyes Photo Gallery and pose for Old West sepia snapshots.

This main street staple has original 1950s wood floors and pressed tin ceilings. Practice your bowlegged saunter up to the shop’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor for a root beer floats or glass bottled Dr. Pepper. Keep an eye out for vintage (and more affordable) embroidered cowboy boots.

This main square landmark, built in 1886, was mostly indistinguishable from other limestone courthouses that anchor small Texas towns until the Coen brothers chose it for their 2010 Academy Award-nominated film “True Grit.” The building retains some of that L.A.

Get ranch-ready at Bunkhouse Leather & Biker Shop where owner Michael Hancock tools just about anything out of leather, including reigns, saddles, and for the city slicker, cell phone holsters.

You can chow down on grilled steaks and two-step to live country music at this family-friendly bar and restaurant.

Gruene (pronounced green) is famous throughout Texas thanks to this 1878 saloon, the oldest in the state. The tap doesn’t run dry at the Gruene’s no-frills bar, under a collection of signed photographs of country singers.

This three-story landmark building has high-design shopping finds, a contemporary art gallery, and a top-notch bistro with tin pressed ceilings and an eight-seat bar. Try the burrata with charred asparagus or orecchiette topped with lamb meat balls.

Step into this historic Main Street building to see paintings and sculptures by American artists, many of whom focus on Texas and southwest subjects.

The oldest brew pub in Texas has a biergarten and its own blonde ales and porters on tap. You can also spend the night in one of 11 rooms—a bed and brew, if you will—located above the restaurant.

Head to the tasting room to sample wines—including ports and sherries—made from Texas-grown grapes at this family owned winery in downtown Fredericksburg.

Long privately held but open to the public because its owners didn't feel right about not sharing it, Hamilton Pool is now the centerpiece of a nature preserve run by the state.