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Texas: Hill Country

Texas: Hill Country This bucolic Central Texas region, north of San Antonio and west of Austin, is blanketed in bluebonnets in March and April and beloved by day-trippers looking to cool off in its spring-fed natural swimming holes in the summer. It’s all about slowing down here – in small-town general stores, at hilltop wineries, and with plenty of Lone Star style. How to Go: Virtuoso advisor Brandon Cosinteno recommends using Austin as a home base for day trips into the country. His pick: The 107-room Miraval Austin, a wellness-centric retreat outside the city in the Balcones Canyonland Preserve. “It’s a great place for solitude and to rest and relax, and it pairs well with the rest of Texas Hill Country,” he says. Don’t Miss: Krause Springs in Spicewood for swimming, and the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area outside of Fredericksburg for hiking – it’s the country’s largest pink granite monadnock. Nearby, in Texas Wine Country, dozens of tasting rooms welcome visitors, including Cosinteno’s favorite, Augusta Vin.

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