We got there on Wednesday after dropping off Ella at my parents house and Avery at camp. So, we arrived mid-afternoon and stopped off to eat at Ino'z on the Wimberley square. Though it was so hot outside, they have a great patio in the shade with fans going so we ate outside. I can't go there without having their fried pickles, clearly I was on vacation :)
We checked in and while going to our room we saw this deer having lunch across from our suite. When we left later, we saw 3 more
Here is another view from our room. They are having a serious drought down there in the Hill Country, otherwise this "pond" would have been full of water.
Ready to go to dinner our 1st night...so handsome :)
We got pretty good at taking pics of ourselves. You can hardly tell one of us is the photographer. It definitely took a couple tries...don't you just love digital!
We went to Trattoria Lisina for dinner. The grounds are so pretty there and I only wish we had gotten there earlier to enjoy them more in the daylight. It was a super-yummy Italian restaurant (Tim and I are suckers for Italian food!) that encouraged us to make reservations, but when we got there there were probably only 8 other tables occupied out of about 50! Kind of silly if you ask me. Our server was great and they are actually on the same property as a winery, but because of owner disputes, don't really have any of their wine there anymore...bummer, don't worry we made it over to the winery a few days later :)
I wish I could tell you how yummy this salad was. I can't wait to try and recreate it. Asparagus spears, 2 different types of pesto, goat cheese, lettuce and a vinaigrette. I wish I hadn't split it with Tim. I could have just eaten this and the most delicious piece of cheesecake I'd ever eaten that we had for dessert and been in total food bliss.
Speaking of food...you will hear a lot about food and wine in this post :) Here was our breakfast the next morning. Um, seriously?? I can't believe I didn't take pics every day. So, I'll just give you the run down:
1st morning: yummy pancake puffs, bacon (crispy-awesome!), mixed fruit with cream, banana bread, and fruit smoothie
2nd morning: eggs benedict - our favorite, mixed berries with cream, some sort of pastry, and a different smoothie
3rd morning: quiche and roasted potatoes with a cheese sauce, fruit, & smoothie
4th morning: huevos ranchero, sopapillas dipped in honey and fruit and smoothies
and, every evening around 6ish, they would bring us a bottle of wine and dessert. one night we had this amazing brownie/cake with chocolate and caramel syrup - delicious!!
so, is your stomach growling yet?? i don't know how we managed to roll out of there on sunday!! or, how i have room to eat!
where we would eat our breakfast every morning and just chill, enjoy the peace and quiet and read. we "prefer" to not eat with everyone else in the house dining area, so we would take a tray to go and bring it down here :)
One of our favorite things to do there is hang out at their pool because we never really get to do that anymore at home. And, we would spend every morning after breakfast at the pool for several hours and have it all to ourselves. I actually ended up reading 2 books while I was there!!
Once the afternoon heat hit, we left the property and went to the wineries and went tubing down the San Marcos. We found a winery, Driftwood, that we really liked and enjoyed almost all of the wines we tasted so we ended up joining their wine club and bought a bottle and sat out under their party patio and enjoyed it. It was a perfect way to spend our afternoon together!
Then, the hunger hit so we headed into the little town that Wimberley is, and ate at this bring your own wine place that got good recommendations. Tim and I are also suckers for bring your own wine...maybe that's why we like Italian food so much :) We had delicious pizza and a surprisingly yummy shrimp stuffed avocado appetizers. We ate so early that we got back to our place and took a 2 hour nap and still had the whole night ahead of us!
Friday, after spending the morning at the pool, we went tubing on the San Marcos (the New Braunfels river was too low and we would have had to drag our tube with us), but this one was perfect for us because it was about 1 and 1/2 hours and there were no "rapids" until the end where scaredy-cats like me could get out before going down them. I'm not normally fearful but EVERYTIME I've gone tubing I either flip out of my tube or get hurt. I just wanted to lounge in my tube and enjoy myself. So, this was perfect!! And, I got to watch Tim ride the rapids at least 4 times from my safe spot standing in the river :)
After tubing we headed over to Gruene to eat at the Gristmill. The food is so delicious there, but it is so da** hot that I couldn't make it all night and we had to leave. Sorry Tim, I'll make it up to you next time. Maybe it's just being there in the heat reminded me of last year being big and pregnant and wanting to just faint for how hot it was. I think we should go when it's cooler and I will be fine ;)
Saturday, we decided to hit up the winery on the property of the Italian restaurant we went to the 1st night. We had nothing else to do...so, why not go try more wine! We grabbed a bottle there and sat outside enjoying the scenery - nature and people :)
Saturday night, the Blair House Inn, puts on a fantastic 5-course meal that we did not try last time, so this year we decided to try it. We were so happy we did because the food was Fabulous!
Here was our menu:
I took a few pics of our food...here were our seafood cakes. They don't look that appealing but they were delicious because somehow the chef did not use any breadcrumbs to keep these together so it was all full of seafood.