Inn at Sunset Mill Ranch

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Attractions near Us

There is so much to do and explore in the Texas Hill Country. Spend your nights at Inn at Sunset Mill Ranch, and let us help you plan your days with activities and adventures that suit your style. From hiking along one of the many local paths and trails to taking a scenic drive to one of our nearby small towns for shopping or dining, or visiting one of the many nearby wineries, distilleries, or breweries… there is something for every visitor!

We would be happy to assist you in planning your adventures. The following should give you a good idea of what the Hill Country has to offer!

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Scenic Drives

After a hearty breakfast at our inn, just hop in your car and enjoy a Hill Country drive. No matter which direction you choose, you will find amazing views of the rolling hills, wildflowers, oak trees, cows, horses and wildlife. Stop along the way for a picnic near one of the parks or streams or dine and shop for unique finds in one of the many local small towns. If you let us know your preferences, we can help!

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Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

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Take a tour and sample award-winning fare from one of the many local wineries, breweries, or distilleries just a short drive from the inn.

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Hiking & Outdoor Adventures

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In addition to the walking trails at the inn, Wimberley and the surrounding areas offer numerous hiking trails and outdoor adventures. Hike or swim at the Blue Hole Regional Park or Jacob’s Well Natural Area; take a tour of a working olive oil ranch or soar through the area on a zip line.

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Shopping & Antiquing

Be sure to take a day to stroll through our local shops and farmers’ markets, but make sure to return to the inn in time for the sunset and a relaxing evening on the porch. Here is a short list of suggestions:

  • Visit one of our many locally owned specialty stores.
  • Wimberley Market Days is held the first Saturday of each month with hundreds of vendors, music and food.
  • Buy artwork, pottery and gifts from one of our art galleries.
  • Find one-of-a-kind antique pieces in one of the many shops and antique malls in many of our neighboring small towns.
  • Sip a specialty coffee at one of the local cafes.
  • Buy yourself the gift of relaxation, spending some time at one of our spas.
  • San Marcos Premium Outlet mall is a short 30-minute drive from the inn.
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Small Towns

There are numerous quaint and fun small towns just a short and scenic drive from the inn. Here are a few just a short drive from the inn that we think you will enjoy:

  • Wimberley – just a ten-minute drive from the Inn, you will find amazing art galleries, shopping, delicious coffee shops and cafes, beautiful hiking and walking trails, as well as the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. The first Saturday of each month, enjoy Wimberley Market Days with hundreds of vendors, food and music.
  • Gruene – Just outside of New Braunfels, visit the historic district and find great music at Gruene Hall (oldest dance hall in Texas), as well as great shopping and restaurants. The Guadalupe runs through the town, so you might want to book a trip to float down the river while you are there.
  • New Braunfels – Known for its beautiful recreational and water parks. The historic downtown is one of our favorite places to shop, especially for antiques. They have a wonderful farmers’ market open on Saturday mornings.
  • Driftwood – Not really any shopping, but boasts some really great restaurants and wineries, and a pretty drive down winding scenic country roads.
  • Luckenbach – (13 miles from Fredericksburg) You have to see the really small town (Population 3 according to the 2006 census) which made Waylon Jennings’ song famous and causes the town to swell with visitors on the weekends. Enjoy a drink and listen to music under the old live oaks behind the post office/general store or in the dance hall.
  • Fredericksburg – This is approximately 45 minutes from the inn, but is well worth the scenic drive to visit the historic downtown shopping district and see great German architecture and enjoy some amazing foods. You will, of course, want to pick up a bottle of wine from one of their numerous wineries and pick up some peaches or other treats from an orchard on your way back to the inn.

This is just a small sampling of the small towns and fun that awaits you.  Just let us know what you enjoy, and we can give you numerous other recommendations and ideas for fun excursions and experiences.

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