What is there to do in the Hill Country this time of year?

I am asked the above question usually when I have a prospective guest on the phone (sometimes I am asked the question after they have checked in to the B&B).  I can easily answer the question of  “what is there to do” without hesitation in the warm summer months.  A few suggestions that come to mind are tubing the Guadalupe River, boating on Canyon Lake and taking a dip in the pool at the B&B.  Come January and February, however, answering the question becomes slightly more challenging, but not impossible.  Below are a few suggestions for fun when the weather is cool.

Go explore a cave or even better a cavern!  Natural Bridge Caverns ( 20 minutes by car from the B&B) offers adventure tours that take you deep underground where the temperature remains a constant 70 degrees year round with 99 % humidity.  So when the wind is blowing and the temperature is 40 degrees  you can explore the many chambers underground at a comfortable 70 degrees.  http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/

Try staying indoors while tasting some wine.  The Texas Hill Country is one of the fasted wine destination regions in the country ( second only to Napa).  Here is a link to  a printable Texas Wine Trail Map http://www.texaswinetrail.com/map.html .

Shopping, shopping, shopping.  Spend the day in San Marcos at the outlet malls  or even Cabelas in Kyle. 

Hike one of our many trails around Canyon Lake or take a guided tour of the Canyon Lake Gorge.

Wimberley Zipline Adventures .  Ok, I know this is an outdoor activity but lets face it; there are plenty of mild winter days in Texas where zipping from hilltop to hilltop would be perfect.

Drive the scenic River Road between Sattler and Gruene.

The pace really slows down out here in the winter (as if it could get any slower).   The summer tourists are gone.  The Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake are empty and thus serene.  The winter sunsets seem to be more brilliant somehow.  If I were asked my favorite time out here at the lake I would say without hesitation it is now.

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