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The wedding capital of Texas, gateway to the hill country, growing hub of wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants, Dripping Springs is a little town with an ambitious culture that focuses on buying local, celebrating Texas Hill Country life and all it has to offer. Nestled in the Texas hills, Dripping Springs is blessed with the breathtaking scenery of national parks, hiking trails, swimming holes, and camp sites. Whether you want to tour the olive orchards, vineyards, or downtown shops, shake your tail feathers at a local dance hall, or chow down on some award-winning barbecue, Dripping Springs is a destination spot for people from around the globe. But with few major hotels, a visitor to the area may wonder, where does one find lodging when visiting this happenin' little town? Well, you're in luck. We've compiled a list of favorite spots to shack up, from luxurious Bnb's to spacious RV campgrounds in the great outdoors.
For cozy accommodations and hot breakfasts, Dripping Springs has an abundance of quaint BnB's to offer:
The Homestead at Dripping Springs is a historic bed and breakfast where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet, while still conveniently located near local attractions, like Mercer Street Dance Hall, The Mercantile, and of course, Bell Springs' very own, Sidecar Tasting Room. Guests of the Homestead can unwind on the front porch with a cup of coffee, enjoy a complimentary breakfast of pastries from a local bakery under the shade of the property's giant oak tree, or take the stone steps down to the dripping springs the town is named for.
The Cabin on Barton Creek is the perfect spot for a couple's getaway, or a small family weekend. The Cabin is as rustic and charming as it gets, built from cedar fence posts, native stone and barn lumber, surrounded by wildlife and a babbling creek. The Cabin offers a cozy nature retreat, but also caters to the active crowd, with two tennis courts, an in-ground swimming pool, and fishing in the creek onsite. Guests at The Cabin will also have easy access to a sundry of nearby attractions nestled into the hill country, including the Texas Hill Country Olive Co., Treaty Oak Distillery, Last Stand Brewing Co. and Argus Cidery. And Bell Springs Winery is right around the corner!
A haven for visitors of all kinds, Star House Bed and Breakfast is a great place to relax after a day of touring the hill country. This eclectic Bnb can house up to five guests, and offers complimentary breakfast every morning, and all of the comforts of home. The Star House is surrounded by miles and miles of hill country views, and as its name suggests, is the perfect spot for stargazers. For an even more unique experience, book the location's second option, Stella's Moonlight Vintage Airstream, fully air-conditioned and heated to complete your 'glamping' experience. The airstream offers its own private porch with lounging chairs, two plush twin beds, and a private bath. The stars are waiting!
Amici Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful house that offers seven bedroom suites, making it the perfect venue for a small group, like a family reunion. The property is also a wedding venue, and so provides convenient lodging for wedding guests. Four acres of gardens, trees, fountains, swings and even a fish pond surround the BnB, and as if that wasn't fairy tale like enough, guests can even feed carrots to Cinderella and Snow White, Amici's own pet donkeys! There's even more natural beauty to drink in nearby at the Hamilton Pool Preserve, Sol'stice Gardens, and the Juniper Hills Farms. Call ahead of time to book an onsite massage or a private painting lesson, or come visit us up the road at Bell Springs for a glass of wine on the porch!
An early 20th century German farmhouse, Mt. Gainor Inn is a quiet bed and breakfast that offers a true Texas countryside experience. With cottage gardens and a spectacular hill country view, the Inn is a centrally located retreat with easy access to the attractions in Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Wimberly, Blanco and Johnson City, Texas. The Mt. Gainor Inn really knows how to pamper their guests, offering romantic packages which include in-room massages, whirlpool hot tub access, chocolate dipped strawberries, and other amenities. You can even purchase a prepacked picnic lunches to tote along on an excursion to local the wineries.
For upscale, boutique hotel lodging, look no further than these gorgeous Hill Country venues:
Bell Springs Winery's neighbor, The Liney Moon, is a quirky chic boutique hotel with three unique lodging options available. For the large group, wedding parties, Texas sized families, or whathaveyou, The Stellar House can accommodate up to 24 people. With flat screen TVs, modern decor, and an adorable outdoor bar, you will be bunking in style. For couples or small families, there are ten cottages, each one fully furnished and uniquely decorated. And lastly, if you want to revisit the concept of 'glamping,' you may do so in The Liney Moon's updated and modern airstream trailer, lovingly nicknamed 'The Pearl.' E-mail the proprietors to inquire about venue, lodging, bachelorette, and transportation packages.
The Alexander at Creek Road sits on 40 stunning acres of land in the heart of the Texas hill country, dotted with live oak trees. This is another great place to get a little stargazing in on a relaxing vacation. The boutique hotel includes several adorably decorated lodging options: The Country house, with three bedrooms, The Guest Quarters, a single luxury 'hotel' room, and a smattering of country cottages. The Alexander offers everything from wedding blocks for large groups, to a quiet cottage hideaway for a romantic weekend. Just a few minutes from downtown Dripping Springs, all the shopping, drinking and dining you heart desires is just down the road.
Camp Lucy is not only a stunning wedding venue, with a gorgeous 19th century French colonial chapel, stone terraces and surrounding gardens, it is also an opulent place to find sanctuary in the hill country. The spacious, luxe-rustic style of the Lucy Cottages is sure to make any guest feel like royalty, especially after a soak in the handcrafted imported stone bathtub. The communal fire pit is the perfect balance to such luxury, adding a little country flare to the experience. Free continental breakfasts, Posturepedic plush pillow top mattresses, easy access to the Dripping Wine Trail, need I say more?
If you are going for maximum privacy and that cozy feeling of being at home, try renting a cabin or 'casita':
Hill Country Casitas are a brand new, specialty lodging property in Dripping Springs, just north of downtown. The Casitas offer spacious studio, one and two bedroom bungalows, equipped with kitchens, covered porches and outdoor fireplaces. Need a nature fix? The Hill Country Casitas property is equipped with hiking and yard games. And there are lots of other little extras available upon request, including fruit baskets, chocolates, groceries delivered to your door, winery tours and local transportation. This is a perfect hideaway vacation spot in the hills!
Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm is like a little countryside resort away from it all. The combination of culinary and agricultural businesses that house these getaway cabins makes this the ideal destination for the food connoisseur. Guests can book custom designed retreats which include cooking classes at the adjacent Onion Creek Kitchens. Other amenities include massage, a visit to the sauna, yoga classes, and an in room tapas menu. Getting away from it all has never been easier when you're relaxing by the pool, roasting marshmallows for s'mores around the outdoor fire pit, or enjoying a glass of wine in the cedar arbor. There's even a bocce ball court just a few yards away from the cabins, and if you haven't tried this Italian lawn game, that's just one more reason to bunk at Juniper Hills Farm on your next visit to the Texas hill country.
Canyon Road Olive Ranch offers tiny home accommodations on a sweeping 25 acres, and guests are free to roam among more than 600 olive trees, grape vines and fruit trees. The Ranch's high elevation provides amazing views of the Hill Country all around it. All the comforts of home accompany a stay in one of the Ranch's 25 casitas, which are fully furnished and decorated, with full kitchens, and some include washer and dryer units for an extended stay. A 15 minute drive away from Dripping Springs, and only a 5 minute drive from Pedernales Falls, this Hill Country retreat is optimally located for winery tours, hiking and swimming, all in the same day.
If you're vacationing in the Hill Country in a Recreational Vehicle, become one with nature, complete with AC hookups, at one of these local RV Parks:
Cottonwood Creek RV Park
Leaning Oak RV Park
Dripping Springs RV Park
We look forward to seeing you at Bell Springs Winery or Sidecar Tasting room on your next trip to the Texas Hill Country. Happy Travels!