Everyone knows that Texas is synonymous with big. After all, it can take an entire day of driving just to span the distance from the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle. However, if you happen to be in Central Texas, especially Austin’s charming Hill Country, you are at a great advantage. The best Texas has to offer in local wineries is near enough for a quick day trip. Here are two Central Texas day trips for ‘Winos and Foodies:
Don’t let the name fool you. Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek is the perfect romantic couple’s getaway. Better yet, when departing Austin, it’s only half an hour away. At the boutique hotel spa, a couple can book rustic romance for two with the lodge’s Romance Package. After arriving, you will discover a welcoming treat of chocolate covered strawberries. After the pleasure of the sweet treats, unpack and relax by the pool. Or, perhaps you would rather enjoy the privacy of your own Jacuzzi or the tantalizing treat of a couple’s massage.
Extras are available to make the event truly memorable, like:
- Specialty cakes
- Romantic dining package
- Breakfast, or dinner, in bed
What adds to the romance is the isolation of Sage Hill? Tucked away atop a hill in the midst of more than 80 acres, in addition to the gorgeous views, guests can enjoy sights of local wildlife such as antelope, deer, foxes and countless bird species. The Garden Spa is perfect for enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the outdoors with a fire pit, party-size hot tub and pool.
For connoisseurs of fine cuisine, the lodge’s experienced chef and cooking crew use almost 100% locally sourced ingredients as well as serve locally brewed craft beer and the finest American wines. And after luxuriating in marvelous food and drink, what could be better than hiking the three miles of trails on the property, adventuring along the cliffs of the property’s creek?
If your adventurous spirit yearns to go a bit further, there is an abundance of exciting choices only minutes away:
- Bear Creek Stables: Horseback riding is only 20 minutes away.
- Plum Creek: For the golfing enthusiast, a short 10-minute drive takes you to a driving range, championship 18 hole course, and putting green.
- Wimberley Glassworks: Art lovers can find their own little bit of heaven just 15 minutes down the road.
For award-winning wines and a taste of Tuscany in Texas, Duchman Family Winery sits in the heart of Texas Hill Country only minutes from Austin. Vintages are produced in the spirit of Italy’s Dolcetto and Sangiovese wine regions, using only the finest varieties of Italian grapes completely Texas grown.
The grounds are open for picnics and guest can also enjoy tours and wine tastings within the main building whose architecture is inspired by Old World Italian villas. Set atop rolling hills, the views are breathtaking and photography worthy, dotted with majestic oaks and lush vineyards.
Devoted wine lovers will probably fall in love with this family winery. There is good news for you if this happens. You can simply join the club, the Wine Club, that is. Club membership benefits include complimentary tastings, notice of release of coveted wines such as limited releases or new releases, invitations to special events, and the ever-so-important discount on all that wine you will be purchasing.
Whether you visit the winery for fun, book a special occasion, or plan a corporate event, all who attend will be impressed and probably make it a point to plan a return trip. Featured in a Southern Living article, the Duchman family name in the winemaking industry has earned such acclaim to fame as being nicknamed the “Napa of Texas”.
Best News of All
It is good news for all Austin residents that fine dining and luxurious getaways are so near. The best news of all is that every single venue mentioned is only a day trip away. In fact, an industrious wino or foodie may be able to experience more than one in a single day! For more information on moving just a short drive away from one of these amazing venues, please contact us. We are your best source not only for an Austin home but for all that Austin area has to offer!