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3 Delicious Details about Dripping Springs

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Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country”, Dripping Springs is roughly a 20-minute drive west of Austin. A popular destination, it’s the perfect place to begin an excursion on into the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Within spending distance of Austin’s urban area, but far enough out that you feel like you’re “getting away from it all”, Dripping Springs features beautiful trails, sites such as Hamilton Pool, and some great Texas stargazing locations. Visitors to the area can explore craft breweries and local distilleries, unique boutiques and antique stores, vineyards, and live music venues, and here are three more reasons to visit this beautiful Texas Hill Country town.

It Has Great Hill Country Pioneer Heritage

3 Delicious Details about Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country

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Founded by three families that left Mississippi in search of a new life, Dripping Springs was settled by the group in January of 1854 on what is now Wallace Mountain. Dr. Joseph McKegg Pound and his wife, Sarah were one of those families. They constructed their home and a farm that same year, and Dr. Pound was one of the area’s first doctors. He also fought in the Mexican and Civil Wars. The Pound family maintained the farm for over 130 years, with four generations living in the home. The house was also a hospital and a church prior to being donated to the city by the family. Now called the “Pound House” Farmstead and Museum, it’s recognized as a state as well as national historic landmark and was restored by the community 2003. Public tours of the main house, bar, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and additional outbuildings are provided on a scheduled basis, and the resident blacksmith also holds Friday and Saturday demonstrations.

It’s the Wedding Capital of Texas

3 Delicious Details about Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country

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Offering over 30 wedding venues in a 15-mile radius, Dripping Springs is the official Wedding Capital of Texas. Brides and grooms-to-be can find everything they’ll need for their wedding right here, regardless of size, style, and religious affiliation. From cowboy-casual to elegant, quirky to unique, this town has a venue that’s just right for any wedding. There’s are historic mansion venue, a rustic barn which can work as both a chapel and a dance hall for the reception following, as well as a relocated 19th century Vietnamese chapel! And on top of venues, there are a number of local ministers, bakeries, florists, photographers, wedding planners, and catering companies. Hosting more than 1,000 weddings per year, this town knows a thing or two about having a Texas Hill Country wedding!

It’s Home to the Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival

3 Delicious Details about Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival

The annual Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival is a September highlight of Dripping Springs right here in the Texas Hill Country. Each year the festival combines the best tastes and flavors of Texas into one huge party with the sampling of wines, local craft beers, gourmet foods, and award-winning spirits. Held at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center and presented by the Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the event is designed to showcase local products and chefs from the Texas Hill Country. This year marks its 10th anniversary, which will include more than 75 vendors, live music and performances, demonstrations and drink mixology, and an actual grape stomp!