The Texas Hill Country – just north of San Antonio and west of Austin – is one of the state’s most pleasurable surprises, as its rolling green hills, wineries, orchards and ravishing towns giving a scene that doesn’t altogether mirror the stereotypical image of Texas as a dusty, Southwestern state. Make a stop in the spring to see wildflowers like the Texas bluebonnet – the state flower of Texas – imbue some color into the slopes of the hill.

From either San Antonio or Austin, most travelers will begin their journey and driving around the region looking in on quaint communities like Fredericksburg and Kerrville and stopping to make time to take pleasure for the beautiful countryside at places like Lake Travis which is a great way to experience Hill Country. Traveling makes it easy to stay awhile and book bed and breakfasts or country inns in communities across the Hill Country region by obtaining reservation services like Gastehaus Schmidt.

Let’s begin our exploration on the northwest of San Antonio in the town of Medina, where we’ll stop in at the Love Creek Orchard and we will go around in the apple orchard. It only costs $5 for tours and guests can purchase some apple pie and other Apple-related products to experience a wonderful picnic lunch on the scenic orchard grounds.

A noteworthy scenic stop in Hill Country just outside of Fredericksburg is the Pedernales Cellars Winery. The winery is open daily and invites guests to taste its excellent wine and delight in the property’s 145 acres of rolling vineyards.

In Fredericksburg, travelers can have little lessons about Texas history, as it’s the hometown of two of the state’s greatest individuals: President Lyndon B Johnson and Admiral Nimitz. They present some interesting facts on the admiral at the town’s National Museum of the Pacific War, while LBJ has his own state park with an educational visitor center and some substantial natural scenery.

The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located directly north of Fredericksburg, which is a great area for hiking or rock climbing on its stunning pink-granite rock dome. Experienced climbers are the only ones who should attempt to scale the rock face, and for safety, they even should register their climbing routes ahead of time with the state park office.

Travelers will quickly reach the small town of Llano by continuing going north from Enchanted Rock. While there’s nothing much to do in this small town, no one should miss the chance to try some good ol’ Texas barbecue at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Everyone will agree that the BBQ alone is worth the drive!

Located near Austin on the eastern end of the region is the last place we’ll mention on our little tour of Hill Country, the Lake Travis. During weekends, the lake is full-pack for partying Austinites who gravitate to its shores to rent party boats and jet skis.