For those of us lucky enough to live in central Texas, it’s great to know we have access to one of the most beautiful and diverse destinations: The Texas Hill Country. Whether we are talking Texas Wine Country or amazing camping and hiking, this beautiful spot located near the state’s capital of Austin is the place to be.
As an employer, you are always looking for ways to make your team feel valued and connected. Finding a weekend retreat that doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge, lucky for you we have a great suggestion for your next employee weekend getaway!
Texas Wine Country
What could be better than employee-bonding over a nice bottle of Malbec? The Texas wine country has never been better, and with beautiful accommodations, and well-organized wine tours, the wineries of the hill country are a sure bet for an employee weekend retreat. Currently there are 53…yes 53…. wineries that are scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels. You and your employees can learn about wine, which makes for great conversation pieces with clients (hint-hint). You can find a complete list of accommodations HERE where you can plan a day of team building activities coupled with nights sipping wine by a fire pit while your employees talk about how much they love their job.
Go Climb a Mountain!
Ok, so Enchanted Rock may not technically be a mountain, but it sure feels like one during the hike to the top! Team building is at its best in nature and the Hill Country has plenty of opportunities to connect with the great outdoors. Excellent camping abounds, such as Garner State Park and Guadalupe River State Park where your team will have the opportunity to rent kayaks and paddle boats, enjoy an outdoor BBQ, or maybe even a trust fall from a picnic table. River floating is also a popular activity in the summer where your employees can enjoy a lazy day of bonding from an inner-tube, followed by an evening of team building activities before retiring to their tents.
Plug into Unplugged Music
You don’t have to be a fan of country music to appreciate the infamous Luckenbach, Texas where “Everybody’s Somebody”. The quaint little music destination was established as a trading post in 1849. There is an old dance hall still in use every weekend, live music daily, a General Store and a bar (beer and wine only). While this isn’t a place for an overnight stay, it’s still a great place to visit. You and your team can kick back under the 500-year-old oak trees, listen to music, and watch the chickens that roam freely around the yard. Close enough to the aforementioned Texas vineyards, Luckenbach is a great day trip while staying overnight in the Hill Country.
Travel to Europe without Leaving Texas!
Fredericksburg, Texas is a very special little place that leaves the visitor feeling like they booked a plane ticket to Germany. Pioneers from the Fatherland settled in Fredericksburg over 160 years ago and brought with them their quaint architecture, love of beer, and of course schnitzel! There are many adorable bed and breakfasts along with larger hotels that are equipped with meeting rooms to host employee development and team building. Fredericksburg is great to visit year-round, but it really shines during its Oktoberfest, which mimics the world famous one that happens in Germany every year. Train your employees by day and then let them travel to Germany by night, what could be better than that?
Whether you are looking for an escape to nature, a cultural mecca, or a sophisticated wine country experience, the Texas Hill Country has you covered! You can learn more by visiting http://texashillcountry.com/.