Wimberley, Texas, located about one hour outside of Austin, is one of the Texas Hill Country’s most beloved and special towns. And it’s easy to see why. From its breathtaking scenery to its welcoming and artsy shops down main street, the town is a destination town for country folks and city dwellers alike. Devastating floods in 2015 left the town with rows of destroyed homes and over 1,000 displaced residents. But Wimberley is strong and has worked diligently to come together and rebuild.
If you’re planning a trip to the Hill Country or just looking for a new place to cross off your Texas travel list, take a closer look at what Wimberley has to offer.
A Little Bit of Heaven
Wimberley started out as a trading post settlement in 1848. In 1874, the settlement was named after Pleasant Wimberley, the owner of the local gristmill.
Perhaps the biggest draw to Wimberley is Jacob’s Well, the largest continually flowing karstic spring in the Hill Country. Jacob’s Well is open for swimming from May to October. The well is known as one of the most dangerous places to dive on earth and is a destination for professional scuba divers.
Explore the science and history behind the area at the Jacob’s Well Nature Center, which displays exhibits on groundwater flow and offers regular lectures and tours.
Jacob’s well feeds Cypress Creek, another swimming hole destination for Texans.
Shopping on the Square
After taking in the Central Texas nature, it’s time to explore the Hill Country art scene at some of Wimberley’s art galleries.
Art on 12, displays about 50 Central Texas artists and special exhibitions each month. Gallery on the Square specializes in abstract art as well as work from jewelers, sculptors and glassblowers.
You can’t leave Wimberley without stopping in a few (or all) of the shops in the town square. For all your western wear needs, visit Wall Street Western on the square.
Wimberly’s Cedar Chest is a one-stop-shop for bohemian clothing, accessories and shoes.
Food and Drink
You’ll need to fuel before heading out to shop and explore. Start your morning at the Cactus Coffee Shop, a cozy little hideaway with coffee, delicious baked goods and succulents.
For lunch, try the Wimberley Cafe or Mima’s Kitchen.
Then pop over to the Sugar Shack bakery for a late afternoon treat.
When dinner rolls around, head to The Leaning Pear, a top spot for Hill Country cuisine overlooking Cypress Creek.
Between the gorgeous views, great shops and delicious eats, after just a few hours in Wimberley you’ll understand why it’s known as a little slice of Hill Country heaven.