This past weekend Sutton and I ventured down to Dripping Springs, Texas to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. If you saw my post on Monday, you know that we ended up getting engaged on this trip! But, I wanted to expand on everything else we did, saw and ate while we were in Dripping Springs for the weekend.
Dripping Springs, a suburb of Austin, is about a four hour drive from Dallas. When we plan a road trip we try not to pick anywhere that is more than four hours away. Any more than four hours and it is just too much time in the car. We visited Dripping Springs last year for a friend’s wedding and we wanted to go back to explore more. There are lots of wineries and breweries, great food and beautiful scenery.
image via Mt Gainor Inn
We stayed at a sweet little bed and breakfast, the Mt Gainor Inn in the Veranda room. This B&B is tucked away in the country and it is so charming. Our room was spacious and had a modern country feel.
On Friday evening, we went to Salt Lick for the ultimate barbecue experience. If you are a bbq connoisseur you have to try this critically acclaimed restaurant. I had the pulled pork sandwich and Sutton had the Thurman’s Choice. I definitely out ordered him…even though he won’t admit it.
image via Salt Lick Cellars
Following an enormous dinner, we walked next door to the Salt Lick Cellars. We ordered a bottle of wine and enjoyed it on the porch next to a warm fire.
Pro Tip: Go to Salt Lick Cellars prior to going to Salt Lick for dinner. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but is byob. So, you can either bring your own or get drinks next door at the cellars.
On Saturday, we took a wine tour with Slowpokes Winery Tours. We went to two different wineries and a distillery. This was my absolute favorite part of the trip. It was so fun to try the different wines and mingle with the other couples on the tour.
The first winery we visited was Wimberley Valley Winery. This winery is known for their sweet wines, but offers dryer imported options for those who don’t particularly care for sweet wines. My favorite was the sangria but the most interesting was the blueberry champagne! Also, I got to feed a mini pony and donkey!
The second stop on our journey was Treaty Oak Distillery. Here they distill vodka, rum, gin and bourbon. I didn’t partake in this tasting because I don’t drink liquor but everyone else on our tour enjoyed them. This stop was the most fun because of the atmosphere. The distillery is on a 27 acre ranch, they have games set up all over the property along with delicious food and mixed drinks.
image via Bell Springs Winery
The last stop on our tour was the Bell Springs Sidecar Tasting Room. This winery was a great place to end on. After a high energy day, it was the perfect spot to sit down and unwind. This winery had a set tasting menu so you were able to try their signature whites and reds.
After a quick nap, Sutton and I headed off to dinner at Jobell Cafe & Bistro. This was the most darling restaurant. The outside of the restaurant was decorated with stringed lights and the inside was adorned with beautiful art. While we were dining, there was a pianist playing all of the classics. We started with the spinach and artichoke dip, which was delicious. Then for our main course, I had the seafood pasta and Sutton had the pappardelle. He definitely out ordered me this time! Since we were celebrating our engagement, we decided to be glutinous and have dessert. Creme brûlée and espresso cheesecake capped off a wonderful evening. If you are looking for fine dining in the Hill Country look no further. This was such quaint, intimate spot that I cannot recommend more.
This was such a special trip that I won’t ever forget. Now it’s time to start planning for our next romantic getaway or maybe the wedding! What is your most memorable vacation?
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