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Small Town Shopping & Things to Do

Day trips: Within a short distance there is so much to do and see in the Hill Country. Antique Shops, weekend craft fairs, historical sites, music festivals, wine tastings, peach and apple festivals and wild flower drives. Here are just some of the suggested day trips in our area. All of these are close enough to drive to, spend the day and return to your resting place at Juniper Hills Farm.

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Small Town Shopping/Things To Do



Just south of south Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a must see


4802 La Crosse Ave



Backroads Books

Bandera 830-796-7748

Museum of Western Art


1550 Bandera Highway/State Hwy 173


Blanco Settlement

1705 Ranch Road 165, just outside of Blanco

Cute little Gift shop


Blanco Market Days

Open air market on the grounds of the historical Blanco County Courthouse.  Booths

with an assortment of goods and crafts from local artisans.  Local Lavender Farms are sometimes set up.

Brieger Pottery

409 4th St. on the North side of the Square, across from the Courthouse.  Run by local potters, they feature the works of local Hill Country artists.  Also a fine selection of gifts, local and imported gift items.


Monday-Saturday 10-5

Real Ale Brewing Co.

231 San Saba Court


Our local and quite famous brewery.  Tours and tastings Fridays 2-5 pm

Blanco State Park

US 281, just south of downtown-the Square in Blanco. Located on along the banks of the Blanco River, the park offers, picnic sites, fishing, swimming, canoeing and hike-bike trails.


Admission $4. Open Daily

Hill Country Lavender

Located on the corner of RR 165 and RR 2325


Call for seasonal hours.  Products available at Brieger Pottery on the Square

Arnosky Family Farm  Located on the corner of RR 165 and RR 2325 Blanco.Saturday 9am-5pm. Other days self serve, limited stock

Blanco County Courthouse

Located on the Square of downtown Blanco, this beautiful old courthouse has been lovingly restored to it’s original 1885 glory. Featured in the recent re make of “True Grit”.  The Visitor’s Center is located on the ground floor. 

Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-3 pm


Juniper Green Antiques

510 B 7th St


Wonderful collection of European copper, re-lined for modern day use.



Cowgirls and Lace Le Ragge Ruggs

Trail Head Market Highway 290, just west of Dripping Springs


An amazing selection of fabrics that bring top designers to Drippin.  Unique gift, home accessories and clothing.  An entire section of wonderful toys.

Vintage Soul

302 W Mercer St 512-829-5821 clothing, jewelry and home decor

Fresh Native

28101 RR 12  512-858-5300   clothing, home furnishings






Jams, jellies, sauces, mustards, salad dressings and more

315 E. Main St

Der Kuchen Laden-great kitchen store


258 E. Main

Wildseed Farms-huge selection of wildflower seeds and gardening delights


Hwy 290 E

Fredericksburg Herb Farm-shops, restaurant, spa treatments


405 Whitney St


Gruene Market Days


An usual assortment of vendors with live entertainment with lots of shops and dining nearby


The Science Mill  101 South Lady Bird Lane  844-262-6405



Kerrville Wine and Music Festival.  Music and Wine, that says it all.  The weekend before Labor Day.  Also the Kerrville Folk Festival, late May, early June.  And 18-day nonstop live music festival.


Famous Luckenbach General Store and Dance Hall.

Buy souveniers and listen to live music on Friday-Saturday and Sunday evenings.



Our national bird, the bald eagle, nests from November through mid March in the large trees overhanging the Llano River, just a yard of so from the road.  TXDOT has designated parking areas on either side of the road for bird viewing.  Bring binoculars.  8 miles east of Llano on Highway 29


Love Creek Orchards


In addition to apple cider, ice cream, apple pies and other edible goodies.  They also sell an assortment of quilts and kitchen accessories.


Wurstfest: 10 day festival celebrating all things German. Usually in late October


Also just 45 minutes lies San Antonio!  A city FULL of cool stuff to do!

River Walk, Sea World, The Alamo, Brackenridge Park, The Zoo with Golf Course and Train, Botanical Gardens

Mission Trail: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada



Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo

Yes, you can watch the crowning of the Peach Queen! Mid June



Wimberely Zipline Adventures

300 Winn Valley Drive


Check Website for times


Corral Theatre


An outdoor movie spot!


Wimberley Glass Works

6469 Ranch Road 12, towards San Marcos


Glass blowing demonstrations plus beautiful showroom of spectacular one of a kind glass pieces

Daily 10 am-5 pm


Rancho Deluxe


14010 Ranch Road 12

The Wild West Store

13709 Ranch Road 12


Home of “The Boot Whisperer”  Over 300 Western Boots, gently used and practically new; the owner will fit your foot like a glove on site alone!


Wimberley Pie Company

Located on Ranch Road 12, 1/4 mile east of the Square

Nice selection of delicious pies  512-847-9462

Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Sunday 12 pm-4 pm



Blue Willow

14008 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley

Gifts and Cool Stuff


Kiss the Cook

201 Wimberley Square


The very best kitchen wares store.


Una Tierra Distante

110 Old Kyle Road


Pottery, folk art, sinks, basins, old doors.


River House

104 Wimberley Square


Fine Gifts



Bella Vista Ranch

3101 Mt. Sharp Rd


Visit this working Olive Ranch and see a beautiful, established olive orchard.  Take the tour and see the Frantoio or olive mill in action during harvest time.  Do a tastings and learn ALL about the olive business.  Check Website for current hours.


Wimberley Market Days

Highway 2325

In progress on first weekend of each month, March-December.

Saturday only March-August.  Saturday and Sunday October-December.

 Hundreds of booths to shop and visit. 

Lions Club


The Village Store-Thrift

450 River Road 512-847-5400