Where to Stay: The Cabins at Onion Creek
Where to Eat: Trattoria Lisina
Closest Cities: Austin (30 min drive) and close to Dripping Springs. 1.5 drive from San Antonio. 4 hour drive from Dallas and Houston
What to Do: Horseback riding, river floating, fishing, hiking, wine tasting, beer tasting
What to See and Do: Duchman Family Winery, Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood Estate Winery, Mercer Street Dance Hall, Hamilton Pool Reserve,Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company, TwistedXBrewing.
Lance and I love our drives in the Hill Country. There's nothing like the top down on our Porsche, winding through the country roads dotted with B&B's, vineyards, breweries and relics of the past. This past weekend we decided to explore Driftwood, a charming little town, just south of Dripping Springs. Driftwood is about 30 mins from Austin and an hour and half from where we live. One of our friends suggested we go to Trattoria Lisina for dinner at Duchman Vineyards. So off we went on a hot late Saturday afternoon.
We felt like we were transported to some beautiful little European vineyard. Trattoria Lisina is a family style restaurant but very quaint nonetheless. We were lucky enough to sit in the greenroom area with gorgeous sweeping views of the rose gardens and vineyards.
Normally, we would have picked a spot in this beautiful courtyard to eat dinner. With the restaurant facing southwest, what an opportunity to see a beautiful sunset. But on this day it was still around 95 degrees. Not enough chilled wine would have made it comfortable. But we cannot wait to go back in the fall.
Our food was excellent! We got an Antipasti appetizer and split linguine with scallops and shrimp. Delicious! I also order a Sauvignon Blanc Cocktail - it has Limoncello in it, that's all I know, and it was dangerously good. Could have easily had a few more!
We were very lucky to get a last minute table but we did have to wait about an hour. But the service was excellent and our food came out an appropriate time. After we finished our plates, we walked around the vineyards and checked out the tasting room. There was a wedding going on - and we decided not to crash it....but it was tempting :)
We decided it was getting a little late to make a drive back. We Googled "b&b near me" and The Cabins at the Onion Creek was first to come up. We gave them a call and to our amazement they had availability! They have 6 cabins sitting right on Onion Creek in Driftwood, just 3 miles away from Duchman Vineyards. So fun driving down the dirt road to check out our where we'd be staying the night. We stayed in the adorable "One Chic Shack". Perfect for a couple. It was definitely shabby chic decor. So adorable. The other cabins can sleep up to four. We were thinking how fun it would be for a whole family or friends to rent them all out.
Since we didn't bring anything with us, we made a little trek up to Dripping Springs (the closest town with amenities) to buy some overnight items. Dripping Springs is also a small town but it's just outside Austin, which means they at least have a grocery store, Walgreens, etc. No Target or anything but Walgreens was a welcome sight for weary travelers! We got a few snack items, some beer and necessities for the night and headed back to our cabin. I even found cute zebra striped flip flops for $2 and a black and white striped maxi dress for $9! Never thought I'd be styling an outfit from Walgreen's but it goes to show - you can shop anywhere!
With my new digs from Walgreens, we walked down to Onion Creek to put our feet it. The sun was starting to set and it was so refreshing on such a hot summer day. As were walking back to our cabin, we bumped into our neighbors who were visiting from Houston. They invited us to sit around the campfire area. So glad we did, they were a fun group and were so happy to have people staying nearby since we were in a pretty remote area.
How cute is this little cabin?! I adored the bedding - shabby chic bedding from Rachel Ashwell. Adorned with PINK velvet pillows! A dream!And our turquoise vintage headboard was perfection. The bed felt like a cloud - so plush and comfy. Surrounded by shiplap walls and a tin roof ceiling. We were really hoping it would rain, even just a little, to hear that magical sound while were drifting off to sleep.
We had such a wonderful time with our impromptu road trip. We found Driftwood to be such a charming beautiful little town. We made new friends and slept very peacefully in our little cabin by the creek. We watched bunnies chase each other the next morning while we drank coffee in our rocking chairs. We will definitely head back their in the fall - can't wait!