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These Texas Olive Orchards Are the Perfect Tuscan-Inspired Getaway

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By Karla Blackstock of Wide Open Country

If you are looking for the perfect Tuscan-style getaway from the hustle and bustle, look no further than the Texas Hill Country and South Central Texas.  There are a number of olive orchards from south of San Antonio to Dripping Springs that deliver unique experiences with great products that you can purchase straight from the farm. These olive orchards have become the new “Italy” in Texas.

These Texas Olive Orchards Are the Perfect Tuscan-Inspired Getaway

Photo: sandyoaks.com

Situated just south of San Antonio in the quaint little town of Elmendorf, Texas, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard offers “Olives with a Texas Accent.” The orchard was one of the first commercial olive orchards in Texas. Founder and owner, Sandy Winokur, planted her first olive trees in 1998. They have been one of Texas’ best-kept secrets – until now. The orchard has grown to host weekly events with free tours on Saturdays at 11:30 am. The kitchen at Sandy Oaks is open from Wednesday through Sunday for lunch. And you can “sail away” to a new country on Friday evenings to experience how olive products are served in other countries. June will offer an authentic menu from Argentina and Morocco. Later in the year, you can dine in Portugal or France. Check their website for more information. These bimonthly dinners are part of their passport services that you won’t want to miss. The testing room is filled with skin care products such as olive butter lotion to shampoo and food items like olive oils to butter and jellies; you can test and experience homegrown olive goods. The best surprise you are sure to enjoy – olive jelly.

These Texas Olive Orchards Are the Perfect Tuscan-Inspired Getaway
Photo: texashillcountryoliveco.com

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