3 Fun Fall Trips in Texas Hill Country

At Windrose, one of the best parts of our job is getting to see the beautiful landscapes across the Lone Star State and share our love for this natural beauty with others. One of our favorite parts of Texas is Hill Country. It is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but fall provides some particular delights. Though there are many places to enjoy, here are three places that are extra nice this time of year.

Experience Cultural Delight in Fredericksburg

Experience small-town charm in a picturesque setting when you visit Fredericksburg. German pioneers settled in the area over 160 years ago, and the spirit of their industriousness lives on today, with the community focused on building a better place to live. You can see this goal has been realized with the wonderful time the city shows its visitors. Whether you do a day trip or a weekend escape, you won’t be bored with the wide array of things to do. Try the top-rated Cabernet Grill, which offers mouth-watering steak, seafood, and more. When you’re not grabbing a bite to eat, take advantage of the scenic outdoor parks or historic museums. Making a weekend of it? Experience true Texas hospitality in one of their many bed and breakfasts.

Get Outdoorsy in Lost Maples State Natural Area

To get a glimpse at some of the gorgeous colors that fall can bring, take a trip to Lost Maples. Located just two hours northwest of San Antonio, the park offers plenty to do for the whole family. You can take it easy with a leisurely stroll along the grounds, taking in the beautiful sights of nature and snapping a few pictures while you’re at it. Or you can get more adventurous and go hiking, fishing, or camping. Over 10 miles of trails to explore means plenty of opportunity to view the many species of birds that make Lost Maples their home.

To see fall in its full splendor, you can check their Fall Foliage Color Report, which gives regular updates of what’s happening with the trees so visiting guests know what to expect. We’re just entering the best time to see some true fall colors, so plan your trip soon to get the best showing!

Sip and Be Merry at Hill Country Wineries

To get the best wine in the world, many people think of Tuscany or Napa Valley, but Hill Country has its own unique varietals to offer. Of the wine-producing states in the U.S., Texas ranks 5th, with 42 unique wineries in Hill Country, each offering something unique in terms of winemaking style. Because of the sunny, dry climate, Spanish and Italian varietals do well in this area. Try the Fredericksburg location of Messina Hof, which has nearly 10 acres with its own vineyard.

No matter what you do when you visit Hill Country, make sure you leave time to explore and just appreciate the natural beauty of the area. For land surveying needs closer to home in Houston, call Windrose Land Services today!

6 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

As land surveyors, nothing captivates us more than the beauty of our world. From rocky mountains and towering trees to swaths of fields and glittering seas, the Earth’s terrain is vast and varied in its features. Each corner of the world has something unique to offer, so we’re exploring some of the most beautiful land in our world.

Bora BoraBask in the Beauty of Bora Bora

Some of the most striking land features are underwater, and this is certainly the case with the French Polynesian island Bora Bora, tucked in the stunning turquoise waters of the South Pacific. The terrain is composed of the main island of Bora Bora and the coral reef surrounding it in islets. Connecting the two is a breathtaking lagoon, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

 

HawaiiGet Volcanic On the Islands of Hawaii

All of the islands of Hawaii are distinctly striking, so it’s hard to choose just one to visit. Shaped from past oceanic volcanic eruptions, all six main islands offer stunning features such as active volcanoes, sea mountains and cliffs, rock spires, and more. Though the beaches are a sight to see, simply being in Hawaii and taking in the nature from lookout points scattered throughout the state’s national parks makes it worth the trip.

 

Zhangye Danxia, ChinaBe Awed By the Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China

The Rainbow Mountains of China look like something out of a dream, with their red, blue, and yellow striations. Centuries of tectonic shifts, climatic conditions, and the erosion of red terrigenous sedimentary beds have created this artist’s palette of beauty. They are understandably a popular tourist attraction and are worth a trip to glimpse their beauty in person.

 

 Iguazu FallsSee the Majestic Iguazu Falls of Brazil/Argentina

In the U.S., we have Niagara Falls, but Brazilians and Argentines share the beautiful Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls are twice as wide as those at Niagara, with 275 individual drops. They divide the river of the same name that serves as the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. Tourists can get up close for a glimpse thanks to the multiple trails.

 

Interlaken, SwitzerlandReach New Heights in Interlaken, Switzerland

Step into the chilly, snow-capped mountains of Switzerland with a jaunt to Interlaken, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream city. Interlaken sits between two lakes—hence the name—offering adventurers a plethora of thrilling entertainment. Here you can experience the beauty of the world at your fingertips, whether paragliding from the edge of a cliff, hiking winding trails, or taking a heart-pounding whitewater rafting ride.

 

Marble Caves in ChileMarvel at the Wonder of the Marble Caves in Chile

Another example of Earth’s natural creation of beauty, the Marble Caves in Chile are carved into the Patagonian Andes thanks to years of waves pounding against calcium carbonate, creating a solid marble peninsula that borders the remote glacial Lake General Carrera. Visit during different times of the year to see changes in intensity and hue. They are only accessible by boat, but the beauty will be worth the excursion.

For help with land closer to home, call Windrose Land Services for any surveying or platting needs in Houston. Let us know which gorgeous places you’d love to see!