Welcome to our issue on the Texas hill country’s “little bit of heaven,” Wimberley. Because of the area offerings for enjoyment, Wimberley earned its affectionate nickname of “a little bit of heaven.” The small town atmosphere remains despite more people falling in love with the area and moving here. Almost everyone we met was friendly and acted as if we were old friends. For those who prefer the social life, there are many organizations and community groups to join in this area, and if you aren’t a people person, Wimberley gives you a beautiful town of cypress trees, hill country views, Cypress Creek, the Blanco River, and many quiet and peaceful areas in this beautiful valley. Outdoor activities abound here. Two unique sites are Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole. No visit to Wimberley is complete without stopping by these truly Texas sites. The cold and clear water emerging from Jacob’s Well, an artesian spring is the primary source for Cypress Creek. Blue Hole, along Cypress Creek, is one of Texas’ top ten swimming holes. Blue Hole also has hike and bike trails, an amphitheatre, playground, soccer fields, camping and picnic areas. If you like to shop or just browse, there is no shortage of opportunities here. The Downtown Historic Square has plenty of adjacent, individually-owned shops to visit. There are also many great shops nearby for visitors to stop by with shop owners who truly know the meaning of customer service. The art community is large and still growing. There are numerous art galleries to visit that display the works of local and national artists. We have included videos of two artists in this issue. Wimberley Glassworks is a nationally recognized blown-glass company where you can see art being made, as well as a showroom with beautiful blown glass. Writers and musicians continue to call Wimberley home. The Wimberley Players perform plays and musicals year-round at the Wimberley Playhouse. The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents performances under the stars including “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which attracts actors from around the country. There also is the annual Butterfly Day Festival in April and the Christmas Trail of Lights in December. The Corral Theater has current movies under the stars during the summer months. We had only one negative encounter during our two days in Wimberley. Our research located the historic Julie Ann Ragsdale Home on a ranch area that Web sites stated had cabins for rent, acres for hiking and creek frontage for swimming. After locating the home and taking photos of the home and the historical marker, we drove off. As we reached the highway, we were met by someone (I guess it was the owner of the ranch). Even after explaining our magazine and plans to put information on the ranch in the magazine, he generally informed us that we should first check in with him and that he did not think he wanted to be in our magazine. We have taken pictures of hundreds of historical sites and homes with historical markers in Texas and this is the first time we have gotten that reaction from a site with a historical marker. Before heading out to swim or sightsee, make your first stop at the Wimberley Visitor Center at 14100 Ranch Road 12. There is so much in Wimberley that we could not cover it all, but the Wimberley Visitor Center can give you current activities and events. The employees there are very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about the area. We always try to stop at the chamber of commerce or visitor center in each town we cover, and the Wimberley Visitor Center has been heads above any town we have visited in regard to friendly service.
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