Things to Do

Dining, Shopping, and Things to do around The Hill Country

We are delighted to have you stay with us! Arbor House is a local family business, and we want you to enjoy The Hill Country as much as we do! We’ve included a number of local attractions including dining, shopping, vineyards, music, and surrounding communities that are a quick drive. Arbor House offers seclusion but with the accessibility of many quaint communities ‘just around the corner’ as well as the vibrancy of Austin’s city life. You have many choices!

If you head out of the property to Fitzhugh and take Fitzhugh all the way to Hwy 290 you will hit multiple wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and shopping. Or, decide if you want to head north into Austin, south into Dripping Springs and Wimberley, or west into Johnson City and Pedernales Falls State Park.  We’ve compiled a list of local attractions all over the area so you can best plan your time with us. Most places have websites where you can go for information about hours and more specific offerings. Enjoy! 



Wineries, Breweries, and Bars:

Backroads Brewing: 2.5 Miles from Property

4700 West Fitzhugh Rd

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Single sourced Malt; High-end, European master craft beer;
Veteran-owned brewery & bakery coming to 78620 in early 2019.

Bell Springs Winery: 4.7 Miles from property

3700 Bell Springs Rd 

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Wine tasting and food truck; live music every weekend

Hawk’s Shadow Winery: 6.6 Miles from property

7500 McGregor Lane
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Offers a relaxing escape from the working world and an authentic taste of handcrafted Texas wine; picnics on the patio and dinners in the Cellar.

Four legged friends are welcome to join.

Treaty Oak Distilling: 8.3 miles from property

16604 Fitzhugh Rd

Dripping Springs, TX 78620-5011

BBQ; Distillery tours; gift shop. Try their vodka sweet tea specialty.

Acopon Brewing Company: 9.2 miles from property:

211 W. Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

On bustling Mercer Street, this pet-friendly brewery serves all kinds of brews but specializes in English brews; outside food is welcomed.


The Barber Shop: 9.2 miles from property:

207 W. Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Casual bar with hand crafted beers; a local favorite for many with deep roots in what used to be a garage and gas station.


Sidecar Tasting Room: 9.5 miles from property:

501 Old Fitzhugh Road

Dripping Spring, Texas 78620

Prohibition wine bar and full menu with a quaint indoor and outdoor space.

This tasting room is a tribute to the Prohibition era and a second tasting room for Bell Springs Winery.


Solaro Estate Winery: 9.6 miles from property

13111 Silver Creek Rd.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Winery, tastings, tours, and vineyards.

Deep Eddy Vodka: 11 miles from property

2250 E. Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Award winning vodkas and tasting room; try a sweet tea, ruby red, peach, and cranberry flavors among many others.

Twisted X Brewing Company: 11 miles from property

West 150, 23455 Ranch Rd 12

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Handmade Texan-American small-batch, craft beer brewery made with high quality local products. Stop by for tours and samples and try their Tex-Mex beer.

Jester King Brewery and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza: 12 miles from property

13187 Fitzhugh Road

Austin, Texas 78736

Craft brewery, handmade pizzas, covered spaces, outdoor seating, playground and family-friendly.


Suds Monkey Brewing Company: 13 miles from property

1032 Canyon Bend Drive, Suite B

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

A fun nanobrewery, kid friendly, with games for adults.


Driftwood Estate Winery: 16 miles from property:

4001 Elder Hill Road

Driftwood, Texas 78619

Winery, vineyards, food and drinks; sits on a bluff overlooking the vineyards.                                       



Duchman Family Wineries: 19 miles from property:

13308 FM 150 W

Driftwood, TX 78619-9232

Scenic Hill Country views and close to Trattoria Lisinia (see Food section).




Texas Hill Country Olive Company: 3.7 miles from property

2530 W. Fitzhugh Road,

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

High quality handmade olive oil, vinegars, and gifts; features a lunch menu surrounding the olive gardens. 

Crepe Crazy: 8.7 miles from property 

660 B W. Hwy 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Voted “Best of Dripping Springs”; serving sweet and savory crepes and drinks.

Thyme and Dough: 9 miles from property

333 W. Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Fresh, local, organic ingredients; sandwiches, soups, salads and daily specials, wonderful bakery; Bistro Night every Thursday 6-9pm with live music on the patio.

Homespun Kitchen and Bar: 9.6 miles from property

131 E. Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Gourmet and homestyle foods and ales.

Epicure Food, Wine and Piano Bar: 9.6 miles from property

1025 Cannon Drive Suite 105

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Upscale food in a casual setting; live piano music nightly; reservations accepted


Pizza Cave: 9.2 miles from property

110 US Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Hand-thrown pizza, Stromboli, and eggplant parmesian in a casual sit-down restaurant.

Mazama Coffee: 9.1 miles

301 W. Mercer St. Ste. B

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Quaint local coffee shop, bakery and small food menu all day. Try a homemade poptart!

With casual, rustic design and indoor and outdoor spaces, this spot is great for enjoying a book or a chat.

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza: 12 miles from property:

On property with Jester King Brewery, enjoy a hand-crafted beer with a hand-crafted pizza. Views in every direction, enjoy covered or outdoor dining or spend the day relaxing.

Austin Java: 13 miles from property

3799 E. Hwy 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Right next door to Skulls and Cakebones (see below), Austin Java has deep Austin roots and created a restaurant just for Dripping Springs. With a full menu, drinks, and a playground, this one is great for the whole family.

Skull and Cakebones: 13 miles from property

3991 E. Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Food so good you’d never know it was vegan. Featured on the Cooking Network and Food and Wine magazine.

The League Kitchen and Tavern: 16 miles from property

166 Hargraves Drive

Austin, Texas 78736

In Belterra, this locally owned tavern has a full bar and excellent menu.

From brunch to lunch to dinner to dessert, enjoy gourmet food any time of day in their new Dripping Springs location.

Torchy’s: 16 miles from property

166 Hargraves Drive

Austin, Texas 78736

Also in Belterra, what started as a food truck became a local legend, with a brand new restaurant now serving Dripping Springs.

With a bar and tacos of all varieties, each with a unique name, enjoy indoor or outdoor dining.


Pious Pizza: 16 miles from property:

166 Hargraves Drive

Austin, Texas 78736

Known for pastrami and Neapolitan pizza, this new Belterra location also includes a bakery.


The Switch by Stiles Switch BBQ: 16 miles from property:

In Belterra Village (see above), this restaurant features wood-smoked meats, unique menu items, and a Sunday brunch.


Spoon and Fork: 16 miles from property:

Japanese and Thai kitchen in Belterra Village.


Hat Creek Burger Company: 16 miles from property:

In Belterra Village with burgers, hand-cut fries, and a great playground.


Trudy’s: 16.5 miles from property

13000 W. Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Casual Tex-Mex and excellent Mexican Martinis

Lox, Box, and Barrel: 17 miles from property

9521 W. Hwy. 290

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

New York style retro deli with smoked fish and meats; housemade charcuterie

Trattoria Lisina:  19 miles from property

13308 FM 150 W.

Driftwood, Texas 78619

Casually elegant dining with wood-fired pizza and Italian foods and sorbet.

Beautiful Hill Country setting.

The Salt Lick: 20 miles from property

1800-C FM 1826

Driftwood, TX 78619

A long-time favorite barbecue restaurant in a country setting that many consider “the best.”


Jack Allen’s Kitchen:  20 miles from property

7720 Hwy. 71 West

Austin, Texas 78735

Features farm-to-table dining; try their incredible Sunday brunch and their homemade pimento cheese.




The Rural Home Antique Store: 9.4 miles from property

104 W. Mercer Dripping Springs, Texas

Antiques and home decor


Abby Cara Chocolatier 9.6 miles from property

601 Old Fitzhugh Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Offers artisan chocolates and cacao elixers; known as “sipping chocolates”—YUM!


Fresh Native: 9.8 miles from property

28101 Ranch Road 12

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Women’s clothing boutique and home decor

Vintage Soul: 9.1 miles from property

302 W Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Clothing, jewelry, hats, bags, and accessories

Starrs on Mercer: 9.2 miles from property

209 Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Local gift shop, apparel, jewelry, gifts, and more

Dripping Delights: 9.1 miles from property

330 W Mercer St.

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Dessert parlor, ice cream, and artisan marketplace; shop while you snack!


Lone Star Gifts: 9.1 miles from property

301 W Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Premier gift shop with multiple vendor booths; local crafts, novelties, and memorabilia


Sacred Moon and Herb: 9.1 miles from property

305 W. Mercer

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Experts in herbs and remedies in a quaint shop on Main Street.


High Cotton Home and Design: 15 miles from property

10827 W. Hwy. 290

Austin, Texas 78736

Upscale retail shop for home décor and gifts.


Belterra Village: 16 miles from property

Hwy. 290 and Nutty Brown Road

Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

New to Dripping Springs, this shopping center has multiple stores, restaurants, and a luxury movie theater.

Parks and Swimming Holes:

Pedernales Falls State Park: 9.8 miles from property

2585 Park Road 6026

Johnson City, Texas 78636

Camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, bird watch, and ride horses.

On the river, you can swim, wade, tube or fish.

Look for local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden.


Charro Ranch Park: 12 miles from property

W. FM 150

Driftwood, TX

64 acre park with trails and signs marking plant species


Hamilton Pool Preserve and Reimer’s Ranch Park: 16 miles from property

24300 Hamilton Pool Road

Dripping Springs, Texas

Beautiful, natural swimming pool and Hill Country hikes with sandy beaches.

Reservations required for Hamilton Pool.

Blue Hole Regional Park: 25 miles from property

100 Blue Hole Lane

Wimberley, Texas 78676

Swimming hole: “a blue hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole open to the surface.”


Jacob’s Well: 21 miles from property

1699 Mt. Sharp Rd.

Wimberley, Texas 78676

Beautiful swimming hole and 81.5 acre preserve-online reservations required for swimming



Other Things to Do:


Sycamore Creek House Concerts: in the neighborhood--as local as you can get!

Enjoy local music at various dates, but be sure to check their website for specific dates and performers.

Some great talent comes through and all money goes to the bands.


Home on the Range Golfing Range:

3000 W. Highway 290

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Golfing, putting, and driving range with unique targets


Shady Greens Wine and Beer Garden and Miniature Golf:

235 Sports Park Rd.

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Family fun mini golf, beer garden, and live music

Magic’s Theater and Museum: 12 miles from property:

13419 Fitzhugh Road

Austin, Texas 78736

Magic shows, museum and live theater. This is a top Hill Country event.


Sky Cinemas Dripping Springs: 16 miles from property

166 Hargraves St., Unit A100
Austin, TX 78737

Luxury movie theater, bar, reclining seats, and full food and drink menu.


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Botanic Gardens: 16 miles from property:

4801 La Crosse Ave

Austin, TX 78739

State Botanical Garden and Arboretum, café and playground.


Austin Zoo: 19 miles from property:

10808 Rawhide Trail

Austin, Texas 78736

A rescue, rehabilitation, and education facility located on the southwest edge of Austin;

draws visitors from around the world to learn about the rescued animals and to enjoy time outdoors in the Texas Hill Country.

Hays County Store: 23 miles from property

8989 FM 150

Driftwood, Texas

Live music, indoor and outdoor seating, scratch-made comfort food, homemade key lime pie.

Nearby Communities and Attractions:

Wimberley, Texas: 24 miles from cabin:

Cute restaurants and lots of local shopping downtown, this is a favorite haunt for Hill Country gatherings.

Lakeway Marina: 25 miles from cabin:

103 Lakeway Drive

Lakeway, Texas 78734

Outdoor activities, boat tours and water sports, tours, endless dining and shopping in the surrounding area.


Buda, TX: 28 miles from property:

Once dotted with dilapidated metal barns, silos, and a cotton gin dating 1914, historic Buda is finding new life but with deep roots.

The Mercantile at Buda Mill and Grain

300 South Main 78610

Buda, Texas

An upscale apothecary and home goods store.

Tavern on Main

Buda, Texas

Bar, restaurant, live music

Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery

306 S. Main Street, Suite 106
Buda, Texas 78610

“The gallery emphasizes the quality and beauty in each medium by creating a cohesive collection, resulting in the most exquisite, diverse body of work. “

Buda Drug Store and Soda Fountain

203 Railroad Street

Buda, Texas 78610

Hometown pharmacy and soda fountain with wonderful baked goods.

Gruene, TX: 29 miles from property:

Texas’ oldest dance hall is here. Live music every day. Historic district with shopping and quaint restaurants.

Austin, TX: 30 miles from property

Austin’s reputation for live music and good food is strong and the food trucks are everywhere!

Don’t forget live theatre in Austin’s cultural downtown.

If you want national upscale chains like Fogo de Chao or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, this is your place.

San Marcos, Texas: 43 miles from property:

Tangers Outlet Malls—over 90 retail stores with discount prices; head a few miles further for dining, shopping, and floating the river.

Schlitterbahn: Waterpark, rides, and lazy river ride, food and drinks. Stop in at Buc-ee’s on the way!

Fredericksburg, TX: 47 miles from property

Old German community with restaurants and bakeries, downtown shopping, wineries,

the famous Wildseed Farms, and the Nimitz Museum.      



Ongoing Local Events:

Dripping Springs First Thursdays:

“Experience Downtown Dripping Springs like never before. All grown up and open late on the First Thursdays of each month. Enjoy special activities, music, art, dining and shopping. Make it a night to remember with someone special.”


Dripping Springs Farmers Market:

Veterans Memorial Park - Hwy 290 & RR 12

Dripping Springs, Texas

Every Wednesday from 3pm-6pm


Headwaters Farmers Market:

708 Headwaters Blvd. Dripping Springs

Every Saturday from 9am-1pm


The Austin Flea at Jester King Brewery:

13187 Fitzhugh Road

Austin, TX 78736

First Sunday of the month 12-5 when weather permits-check Jester King website for updates!


Wimberley Trade Days:

Wimberley Lions Club
601 FM 2325
Wimberley, Texas 78676

First Saturday of each month-weather permitting

“Market Days has been an institution in Wimberley since 1964, when the first market was held on the town Square. Local vendors set up for business on the tailgates of their trucks. Most items sold for $10 or less.”