Victory, food, and the sunset in central Texas that dyes the sky hot pink.

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MeIf Texas’s ideas remind us of the endless expanse of flat highways, we’ve never heard of Hill Country. Approximately 31,000 square miles in central Texas between US-83 and I-35, Texas Hill Country is an all-limestone and granite hill, beautiful landscape, juniper and cactus, thriving German culture, and a charming little town. am.

Popular trips to this area involve staying Austin It’s a day trip to many Fredericksburg wineries, but it’s just as fun to stay near San Antonio and check out the lesser-known treasures within an hour’s drive from the city. There’s a lot to do in Hill Country and you can only scratch the surface on weekends, but here’s an itinerary to get you started.

With 550 acres and a 25,000-square-foot spa, La Cantera is not a resort, but a village of relaxation.

Where to stay: La Cantera Resort & Spa

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At the southernmost tip of Hill Country, La Cantera Resort & Spa It feels more like a relaxation village than a hotel. Deer has 550 acres including a golf course, 496 guest rooms (including an adult-only floor where you can enjoy happy hour daily in a private lounge), 34 private villas, an infinity pool, a spa, and a restaurant enough to eat out for property. I’m walking around. ..

La Cantera offers an ideal location for hill country adventures. Eleven miles from San Antonio Airport and 17 miles from downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a drive of everything from antiques, wineries, world-class restaurants and millions of Mexican dishes. Even Austin is only 84 miles away, but it’s still a secluded hideaway with beautiful views and a hot-pink sunset in central Texas.

On-site activities include a new monthly “Women + Whiskey” program. The program hosts a local distillery at the facility and provides guests with tastings, live music and whiskey education.And fine dining signIf a series of copper pots is adjacent to the open kitchen, the sommelier will evaluate your taste for the wine combination and the chef’s garden will supply herbs and spices. The French Texan menu changes from season to season and may include mussels pulled out of the shell, unfriendly bread, and white wine cream that the server pours onto the tableside.

La Cantera’s crown jewel is 25,000 square feet Roma de Vida SpaA quiet sanctuary with a heated pool, sauna, steam room and cozy lounge furniture facing the glass walls, with spectacular views of Hill Country. Treatments include local honey and lavender.

Enjoy cocktails and sunset views at The Moon's Daughters, the rooftop bar of the Thompson Hotel.

Place to eat and drink

One of the things you’ll never run out of in Texas, especially near San Antonio, is the Tex-Mex. Check out the classic 25-year-old San Marcos Casa Maria Or owned and operated by a veteran Compadres Hill Country Cocina Berne (pronounced “Burney”).

For the most spectacular 360-degree views of San Antonio, dress up for a party and take the Thompson Hotel elevator to the rooftop on the 20th floor. Moon daughters It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset or enjoy a Mediterranean cocktail. Feta cheese pesto, octopus skewers, fried squid and Greek olives.

Ten years ago, 17-year-old Tylangston started trading with his father and now opened the locally famous Pizzeria. Comfort pizza.. Father and son built everything from scratch, refurbished a 1920s gas station for space, built an Old World-style wood-burning oven, and invented a Bluetooth-powered remote-controlled table umbrella for outdoor seating areas. They grow sourdough yeast in-house, and “TyThePizzaGuy” bake all pies themselves.

Hill Country Winery, loved by the locals Bending branch We offer wines made with a technique called cryomaceration. A wine geek with freezing and thawing of grapes, but whatever the details, the proof is in the product. The wine is delicious and the estate and tasting room are beautiful stops.

What to do in Hill Country

There are many things to do within an hour’s drive from San Antonio.

See Luckenbach for country music

Check out Luckenbach with a population of three. OK, with zero population these days, “town” is a country music venue, with some food trucks and beer stands, but it’s a kitsch fun time. As Waylon Jennings sang, “Not everyone feels pain in Luckenbach, Texas.”

Go antiques with Comfort and Berne

These two towns are full of antique shops where you can find everything from cowhide rugs to vintage Coca-Cola signs to unique mirrors.A couple you can’t miss: Sift the treasure with 8th Avenue Market An antique collection of 35 vendors gathers in a reusable Ford dealer with a ceiling in a grain storage silo and spreads out in a spacious garden.When Carousel antique & whimsical pickles, The Berne store, where the front is all pickles and the back is antiques. (For Fickle Pickles Some places The entire hill country and its pickles are spicy, sweet and completely addictive. )

Spend the morning at the weekend market in San Antonio

You may not want to spend a lot of time in the city when you are here to see the country, but if you are traveling on the weekends Weekend market A fun outdoor walk in the Pearl district of San Antonio. At the farmers market on Saturday, you can find free-range eggs and honey directly from the hives. At the artisan market on Sunday, you can buy handmade soaps, jewelry and pottery made by local designers.

How to get there

Fly to San Antonio and rent a car. One of the best things about Hill Country is to drive the gorgeous scenery. Hill Country spans 31,000 square miles and 25 counties, so all you have to do is select your first destination and connect to Google Maps.

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