August 04, 2012

On the Road... Wimberley, Texas

We recently spent the weekend in a little town in the hill country of Texas called Wimberley.  We have been going to Wimberley for as long as I can remember for our annual family reunion.  It is a charming little town full of good eats, charming shops and antiques.  We stay out at the 7A Ranch each year because they have lodges large enough to house a large family reunion.  My Daddy is the youngest of 12 children and so there are TONS of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.  The location is right on the river with lots of opportunities for inner tubing, fishing, swimming or just relaxing as you watch the water wash by.  

(the picture above is my parents with all the grandkiddos)

I want to share a few little favorites of mine that you might enjoy if you get down to that area.  

If you are looking for coffee.... and who isn't, right?  Check out the Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee Shop.  This is a delicious little stop.  Em and I popped in for an iced coffee while we were in town running some errands on Saturday morning.  We were there during the day but they have a hopping little night scene going with concerts and open mic nights.  It is very youthy and trendy with a plethora of surfing and Hawaiian decor all around.  The service was great and the coffee was delicious!

If you are in the mood for pie then I have the perfect stop for you.... The Wimberley Pie Company!  I had the chocolate chip pecan pie when I was there and could not resist picking up a little cap for work with their logo on it.  Em had the chocolate cheesecake and it was TO DIE for!  You can buy by the slice or by the pie and they have sweet pies of all kinds, cheesecake, savory pies like pot pies and quiches and they serve sandwiches for their lunch service.  The seating room is small but there is an outside dining area, too.  They offer service with a smile.  It was a real treat!

A favorite of our family each year is eating at The Wimberley Cafe on our way out on Sunday morning.  If you have a large group there is a bit of a wait but it never disappoints.  There is something to please even the youngest pallets and the prices are just right.  It is right in the very center of the action surrounded by antique and clothing shops so you can park, eat and take a walk around to see all the shops.  

If you happen to be in the area on the first Saturday of the month between March and December then the Market Days might be just what you are looking for.  It is a giant flea market with some very charming collectibles, antiques, crafts and goodies.  

Three other charming places that I have yet to try but they are on my list for next year include...

The Leaning Pear - it has been there for several years and gets rave reviews.  My timing has just not been right to fit it in but it is on the list to try now.  It is owned by a professionally trained chef who has taken the local ingredients and fashioned an amazing menu of local, organic and sometimes vegetarian and vegan treats for your enjoyment.  Check out the website for menus and information.

Want to catch a show while you are in the area?  Check out The EmilyAnn Theatre.  I have to admit I was drawn to this because it is my daughter's name!  LOL  It has things going on all the time.  Check their calendar of events and shows when you are in the area to book your adventure.  

One more... has got to be the Blair House Inn.  It is a bed and breakfast, a spa, an evening dining restaurant, an art gallery and if all of that is not enough for you it is also a cooking school!  Dreamy sounding isn't it?  Dan and I are going to have to make an anniversary time of it without the children sometime.  It is steeped in hill country charm, amazing menus and relaxing atmosphere.  

Another blogger of note on all things Hill Country of Texas has some great reviews and information, too.  Here is Roaming the Hills page on Wimberley

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