Hill Country

Spring in Texas Hill County is like no where else; the rugged limestone hills are ablaze with Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush, the oaks and cedars sway in the breeze, the sun is shining, and the air is fresh. It is peaceful. San Antonio and Austin both sit on the edge of Hill Country, but in the heart of it, small towns reign.

Over twenty wineries dot the region, and the fine quality of the wine is gaining the attention of wine aficionados around the world. Over the next couple of weekends, plan to travel the Wine and Wildflower Trail; Hill Country wineries will be offering tastings and pleasant picnic spots. The area around Fredericksburg has many wineries, and is a good place to start your tour; there are many fine Texas Bed and Breakfasts in and around Fredericksburg. The New York Times noted in 2008 that Texas Hill Country was the number one vacation spot in the nation – a more affordable alternative to Europe, with its rolling hills reminding the author of Tuscany and the south of France. Indeed, there are strong European influences in this region; much of it was settled by Germans, Czechs and Austrians, and there is fine beer as well as wine to be had here. Of course, the Spanish also had an important impact on the region, which gives the architecture, music and food an interesting fusion.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the Hill Country.

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