Whether you want to celebrate a romantic getaway or throw an unforgettable bachelorette party with the girls, Texas Wine Country is calling your name. Not only is it packed with 100 beautiful wineries and vineyards, but it’s also home to sprawling landscapes with jaw-dropping scenery that will make any event remembered for years to come.
But not even the most die-hard wine lover can handle 100 wine tastings in one weekend.
To narrow down your trip, you’ll want to consider the 290 Wine Trail, comprised of more than 30 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms that dot scenic US Hwy 290.
So ditch the boring dinner plans or been-there-done-that drinks at the club. Instead, consider booking a weekend to explore the stunning landscape that is Texas Wine Country. Wine tastings and tidbits about the wineries abound, sure – but along the way you can also take in some live music and full-service restaurants.
Here’s all you need to know about enjoying a weekend away in this beautiful stretch of the Lone Star State, whether you’re planning a solo trip to dog-friendly wineries, a proposal to your significant other, or a bachelor party with your college buddies.
Early spring is the perfect time to explore this vast rural region, with its stunning landscapes filled with bluebonnets and easy access from all major cities in south-central Texas. In fact, it’ll only take you about an hour to get there from San Antonio or Austin, or if you’re up for a road trip to further extend the weekend, it will take you four hours from Houston and Dallas.
With such close proximity, a weekend trip to 290 Wine Trail couldn’t be more convenient. In recent years, Texas Hill Country has morphed into Texas Wine Country, with Texas being the fifth-highest wine-producing state with the fifth-highest number of wineries, according to the National Association of American Wineries.
Book Your Transportation
Because wine tastings are at the heart of Texas Wine Country, it stands to reason that you’ll be imbibing many samples of the region’s best reds and whites. Driving to and from each winery isn’t safe for obvious reasons, which begs the question: how will you be hopping from vineyard to vineyard? This is where an early booking of your transportation comes in.
The ideal way to get around is to book a hop-on, hop-off shuttle like the one offered by 290 Wine Shuttle. In fact, we are the only wine shuttle service in Fredericksburg, bringing you to as many wineries as you want in a day for just $39.99 with pick-ups at each winery every 10 minutes.
With shuttles that pull up every few minutes, you can stay as long or as little as you’d like at each winery. You can’t say the same with a guided tour where you’re at the mercy of the tour guide, dawdling guests and a tight schedule!
If you’re spending the weekend touring Texas Wine Country, you’ll need a place to rest your head at the end of a long day. There are many towns that pepper Highway 290, from Airbnbs to historic hotels. From the Palm Springs-esque Blue Skies Retro Resort to the rustic experience of Honey Tree Farm, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from.
A-Frame Ranch offers luxurious cabins in the middle of the woods, but if you’re more of a room-service-and-luxury accommodations type of person, check out La Cantera Resort & Spa, a Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards winner located just outside of San Antonio. From B&Bs to Swiss log cabins, there’s no shortage of lodging options to round out your weekend getaway.
Research the Wineries
What weekend getaway to Texas Wine Country would be complete without wineries? Before heading out, research all the wineries that line Highway 290 to see what they’re all about. Each one brings something unique to the table. Take The Wine Garage, for instance, where you’ll be treated to exceptional Texas wines while browsing the owners’ iconic collection of classic cars.
Or how about Fat Ass Ranch & Winery, a laid-back establishment offering an array of sweet wines such as strawberry, raspberry, peach, and watermelon flavor profiles? Then there’s Six Shooter Cellars, where you can sip frozen wine-a-ritas in an old tobacco barn from Tennessee. The list goes on and on. Check out more along the route here.
The key to any successful weekend trip to Texas Wine Country is planning. From shuttles to lodging, once you have those basics down, the rest will all fall into place. So start packing for that romantic proposal or fun girls’ weekend now…soon you will be sipping vino and making memories.
Book With 290 Wine Shuttle Today!
If you’re looking for a unique, fun and even educational way to celebrate a wedding, bachelorette party, romantic getaway or any other event, book your wine tour of Texas Hill Country wineries with 290 Wine Shuttle today. Our family-owned shuttle service visits 21 wineries and distilleries on Highway 290 in Fredericksburg, Texas, with convenient hop-on hop-off service every 10 minutes. Book now and get an all-day pass for just $39.99!