I feel like the Texas Hill Country is just an endless abyss of incredible little towns that have so much to offer! I’ve now glamped in Bastrop, played around in Boerne, explored Georgetown, and enjoyed Bee Cave and Dripping Springs. Now, I can add falling in love with Marble Falls to that list!
The town is less than 50 miles away from Austin and is a lakefront town with its Lake Marble Falls touching most of the town. I got to go for a quick wine weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the local craft beer scene and outdoor adventures this quaint part of Texas has to offer!
Check In at the Wyndham WorldMark Marble Falls
Marble Falls has over 500 hotel rooms — but highly recommend grabbing one at Wyndham WorldMark Marble Falls — if anything but for the view alone. The rooms were amazing — full kitchen, multi-bedrooms (felt like a former apartment complex) are perfect for extended stays or families. The pool is great and from the deck you can see the lake. We watched the sunset from the hot tub, and let me tell you it’s in my top 5 moments for the summer, I can already tell you.
Coffee + Pie for Breakfast at Blue Bonnet Cafe
Everyone even passing through MF needs an obligatory stop at the Blue Bonnet Cafe. It’s iconic. No matter what meal, you have to get a slice of pie. Their meringue pies are about a foot tall — go with the lemon!
The cafe is cash only — be warned — and there probably will be a line out the door. It goes fast because the cafe is deceptively large and the servers/the kitchen staffers are so so so fast!
Morning Outdoor Adventures at Inks Lake State Park
Inks Lake State Park was the outdoor adventure I never knew my wine weekend needed. We rented a couple kayaks (a one-person one + a two-person one = $40 for two hours) and rowed about a half mile to Devil’s Water Hole where we pulled in our boats into the grass and got in!
The rowing was tough but totally doable. had some kayak newbies with me and we all survived — wasn’t even sore the next day.
The lake is shallow (at least at the water hole it is!) and we could stand for the most part. You do need water shoes or sandals. The bottom alternates from rocky to slimey.
There’s a great rock where you can jump off of, but we just observed the jumping from afar before rowing the 30 minutes back.
Downtown MF + Sandwiches from Darcie’s Deli
Downtown Marble Falls has all the things you look for in a small town main street — cute resale shops, mom and pop restaurants, and charming boutiques. We went to J&J’s and I bought my 5th or so Texas-shaped jewelry (a bracelet this time) and snagged some other jewelry. We browsed a few other shops too.
We were highly recommended the sandwich and salad bar at Darcie’s Deli. Half a sandwich is a normal person’s full and the salad bar has all different types of salads.
Wine Time at Perissos
A huge highlight of the trip was our visit to Perissos Vineyard and Winery — about a half hour outside of town. Y’all. This might be my favorite winery in Texas. The staff is so knowledgeable and nice. They really make some amazing wine — proving wrong all the too-sweet Texas wine stereotypes.
We got to try a lot of various vintages, and I recommend doing your own tasting. I loved their Lucy — named after the owner’s daughter — which has a crisp, refreshing taste. It’s a white blend and 100 percent of the grapes were grown on the property.
For those who favor reds, you must sip on the Aglianico. It’s award winning and hard to put down. I don’t think I’ve ever had an Aglianico wine, and now the bar is set pretty high. Though, the real winning wine for me was the Petite Sirah, which was super jammy — not your normal dry red, I swear.
The property is gorgeous. Acres and acres of vines and a lovely tasting room — plus a patio area where we made friends with a vineyard cat who let us cuddle her.
Coffee Break at Numinous Roasters
Numinous has to be on your list for your weekend visit — psa they close at 2 on Sundays. The spot is the only artisan coffee spot in town and is a town staple. The coffee is super smooth — I recommend just getting the iced cold brew.
Beer break at Save The World Brewing Co. and/or Bear King Brewing Co.
If wine isn’t your thing, MF also has two breweries for your itinerary too.
Save the World Brewing Co. is a cause-driven brewery and a favorite of the locals. We (accidentally) got there about an hour before they closed and oh my gosh, was it popping. We started with a flight — you can get three, five or seven at a time. The brewery specializes in ales. We liked the Lux Mundi, the Coconut Milk Lux, and the Passion Fructum Bonum. The Sol Vinum is super popular — it’s beer that’s aged in wine barrels from Perissos! Bonus: You can get six packs and liter bottles to go, which we definitely did.
Bear King Brewing Co. is newer to the scene but has made a splash in town. It’s right off main street and has a full delicious kitchen. I loved the blonde, the Swiggy IPA, and the Monkey Bridge hefeweizen. The queso really stole the show for us, as did the tacos. I love a brewery that also does food well! It was pretty reminiscent of Saint Arnold’s new restaurant and patio.
Wine and Dine at Flat Creek Enoteca
We visited Flat Creek Enoteca in downtown MF on Sunday before we hit the road for a quite bite. The spot is known for its flatbreads and endless bottles of wine for picking up while running errands around town. We left with TWO bottles of the almond sparkling wine. I know, sounds weird, but wow I LOVE that wine. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried, and maybe that’s why I love it! It is very sweet and not everyone’s cup of tea, err, wine, but it won creativity points for me.