Simply put, Dripping Springs is fun. Long seen as a quiet rural community minding its manners, Drip has become a bit of a party girl, while retaining her charm and graciousness. Why the transformation? Ever-growing Austin is just 25 miles east, and Dripping Springs is now a popular bedroom community for those seeking a respite from urban life. Regulations for breweries and distilleries in surrounding Hays County are also looser than in Austin, we hear, so craft brewers and distillers are popping up everywhere. Wineries are widespread too.
The small historic district along Mercer St, just north of Hwy 290, stays lively with its come-one-come-all atmosphere, especially at the Mercer Street Dance Hall. Other charms include gorgeous Hamilton Pool, a lush box canyon favored by swimmers and nature lovers.