Looking for a quick getaway with a nod to yesterday? Chill out in Wimberley. By Laurette M. Veres
A little off the beaten path, you drive on dirt roads, over one-lane bridges and dodge armadillos, possums and deer. What a great get-away.
It was a little stressful finding our cabin. After navigating winding dirt roads with numerous switchbacks and deer sightings, we found our cabin and headed to dinner. It took me a while to wind down. Just off the main drag, Ino’z Brew and Chew’s picturesque setting is the perfect location to enjoy a hill country sunset. The open-air deck looks down on the Blanco River. At first glance, I think the tables are too close to each other, promoting socializing and I’m not here to chat; I’m here to get away. As the final rays of the sun peak through the Cypress trees, I realize everyone here knows each other. Before long, this Houstonian finally starts to wind down. The tuna-stuffed-tomato is just the right size for a light lunch or dinner. Soon, we converse with the family at the next table. And the table next to them. Along the river, there is a ceremony. Is it a wedding? No, women have joined together to thank God for the rain. Yes, people in Wimberley have time to say thank you for rain.
Wake Up and Shop
Get lost in San Marcos’ Premium Outlets. Most major brands have outposts here. We visit a few, just to make sure the prices are lower. All this shopping makes us hungry.
The line at Centerpoint Station is long and for good reason. Half of this establishment is an Americana memorabilia store with fun brands like Brighton and Vera Bradley. The other half is a counter service casual eatery. The fresh salad is brimming with bacon, pecans, strawberries and feta cheese. It’s the buttery bread that makes the burger so flavorful and has earned the accolade “best burger in Hays County.”
In the heart of the hill country, Trattoria Lisina is an unexpected, rustic Italian oasis. Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, this is the closest you’ll come to Tuscany in Texas. Enjoy wine in the tasting room, or try to snag a seat in the sold out dining room. Enjoy Veal or chicken marsala, prime rib, asparagus and gelato or tiramisu.
Moreover, enjoy the slower pace of life. Where diners aren’t anxious to get their checks and always make time for desert.
Ino’z Brew & Chew, 14004 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, 512-847-6060
Centerpoint Station, S IH 35, San Marcos, 512-392-1103
Trattoria Lisina 13308 FM 150 West
Driftwood, 512- 894-3111