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Art Hot Spot: Wimberley, Texas
Spotlight Destination / Image by John R. Rogers
If you’re in the mood for a leisurely drive and some boutique shopping in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, head south of Austin just 45 minutes to Wimberley, TX. On your drive you’ll experience picturesque views of the Blanco River, colorful fields of wildflowers, and of course the gently rolling, limestone-encrusted hillsides.
Downtown Wimberley has a quaint town square that boasts a wide array of shops, tree-lined side-walked streets, gourmet restaurants, and local musicians playing year round at the surrounding wineries and brew pubs. Long known for its thriving community of performing and visual artists, Wimberley has a unique concentration of art galleries and working studios. Art lovers are attracted to Wimberley to enjoy the Market Days, an outdoor festival that takes place the first Saturday of every month between March and December, but also because of the numerous art galleries that have made Wimberley into something of an artists’ haven.
Don’t miss one of the most known and sought after working studios is Wimberley Glassworks, the Southwest’s premier hand blown lighting and art glass studio. It’s been hailed as a “Must See” by Texas Highways and “Wimberley’s most famous attraction” by the prestigious Texas Monthly magazine. The Glassworks hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations for travelers and art glass enthusiasts from around the world. When you visit Wimberley Glassworks, you will have a chance to browse its exclusive art glass collections, limited edition vases, sculptures, platters and home lighting fixtures. Visit wgw.com for more information.
Wimberley also has plenty of outdoor activities and seasonal events to experience. Hike up Old Baldy for some of the best views of the Hill Country, or seek out one of Wimberley’s two refreshing, crystal clear natural swimming holes. The Annual Jubilee Celebration, VFW Rodeo, and Fourth of July celebration are all fun indoor/outdoor celebrations to enjoy in the summer months. Want to be entertained? Enjoy movies under the stars at the old Corral Theater, catch the Wimberley Players performing dramas, musicals, plays and comedy skits at the Wimberley Playhouse on Old Kyle Road, or check out the Emily Ann Theater, known for Shakespeare Under the Stars. The area is also the location for the Christmas Trail of Lights and the Annual Butterfly Festival in April.
However, you choose to spend your time, rest assured you won’t run out of ways to entertain yourself in Wimberley!
Visit wimberley.org for more information.