Hey Alexa, play Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away. If SXSW madness is getting you down, you’re not alone! Check out our top six weekend getaways to escape the crowd.
In the mood for craft brews, locally sourced food and great views of the Texas Hill Country? Head to Vista Brewing, a destination brewery located 30 minutes outside of Austin in Driftwood, Texas. This day trip is the perfect escape from the busyness, and we can guarantee the cold brews and fresh air will satisfy your desire to get away! Check out their website for information on the latest events and food and beverage menu.
Highway 290, the sweet escape from SXSW traffic and the road to your refuge for the day. Located 30 minutes outside of Austin, nestled in the gateway of the Texas Hill Country, lies Dripping Springs, Texas. Dripping Springs is home to some of Texas’s best distilleries, wineries and breweries. Just ten minutes from Dripping Springs Ranch Park is Argus Cidery, home to Austin’s first cider house. Make your way to the tasting room, open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.! We highly discourage touring and drinking on an empty stomach, so be sure to fuel up for your day with a pit-stop west from weird at Austin Java Dripping Springs!
There are a lot of hidden gems in Round Rock. And two of our favorites located a little further up north on I-35 are Jack Allen’s Kitchen and its seafood sister restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. Drive up for a hell of a good happy hour from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and indulge in $1 gulf oysters and discounted appetizers.
Don’t forget to try the Hibiscus Paloma or the Dripping Springs Lemonade if you’re in the mood for some booze. If you’re craving some serious Texas comfort food, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is right next door and offers half off all appetizers and drinks specials that are not to be missed every Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
While everyone is flooding into Austin, make your way to historical San Antonio. Stay the weekend at the Crockett Hotel or take a day trip to for the unique eats, drinks and sights that San Antonio has to offer. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention one of our favorite restaurants, Clementine San Antonio. This seasonal Southern/American restaurant recently made Texas Monthly’s list of Best New Restaurants in Texas for 2019, and if it isn’t on the top of your list to try, you should change that.
Our idea of a nice and relaxing weekend consists of wine tasting, beer tasting and whiskey tasting (and eating, but you already knew that). Luckily, Fredericksburg is home to an abundance of vineyards, a brand new [huge] brewery and a damn good whiskey distillery. If you’re interested in some *fine* Texas wine, Southold Farm + Cellar is changing the game for wine made in the Lonestar state. The winery sits atop a tall hill with a 360-degree view of the Hill Country. You can see for 30 miles on a clear day, and between that and a bottle of wine, you’re set for the afternoon.
Once evening falls, check out Otto’s a farm-to-table German restaurant serving up plates like Duck Schnitzel and Jäger Huhn. If you decide to stay for an entire weekend, make sure you grab brunch at Emma + Ollie, a newly opened restaurant and bakery that makes literally everything from scratch. Lobster Benedict, anyone?
Just an hour away from Austin is Johnson City. This unique town is home to quaint art galleries, antique shops and a Texas oasis known as Pedernales Falls State Park. As much as you’d like to tell all the tourists who are visiting Austin to take a hike, it seems like you’ll be the one doing the hiking for now. So spend your day at the falls, on the hunt for your home’s newest art piece, or learn the story of America’s 36th president at Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Historical Park.