Retail Roundup: Wimberley Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

For newcomers, shopping in Wimberley is a welcome surprise. For a small rural town, it has an incredibly diverse selection of unique shops, with a few standout shopping and dining establishments that rival anything the big city has to offer.

Wimberley has a collection of quaint eclectic stores located within its charming historic district, where shoppers enjoy perusing a wide variety of unique and distinctive artisanal products. Practical matters are easily taken care of as well, with Brookshire Brothers Food and Pharmacy, which stocks a full selection of groceries and sundries. Not merely a grocery store, Brookshire Brothers also offers a quality wine department, bakery, and a deli counter where they serve crispy golden fried chicken. The store also boasts a fresh self-service salad bar as well as European and gluten free food sections, ensuring that there is something to pleasealmost any palate.

Of course, customers wanting a greater variety of items can find everything they need in nearby San Marcos, located just twenty minutes away. San Marcos, a thriving university town, has numerous retail stores including those in its renowned Premium Outlets mall.

Fresh Gourmet Cuisine with a Twist

The Leaning Pear is Wimberley’s premier fine dining establishment, with a pleasant, contemporary ambiance and unique menu. Recently reopened in a beautiful new location, the Pear has a lovely dining area centered on a rustic rock fireplace surrounded by walls of glass, as well as an outdoor covered patio nicknamed “The Treehouse.”Both are perfect for a relaxed evening with good food and friends.

The Pear’s menu offers foodies a selection of inventive cuisine, with delectable items such as the creamy polenta with farmer’s goat cheese and mixed gourmet mushrooms. The creative homemade soups are constantly changing, with unusual and delicious combinations including flavorful ingredients such as ginger, carrot, rutabaga, bacon, and blue cheese. Everything at the Pear is wholesome, farm-fresh, and served with the restaurant’s refreshing signature herb-infused iced tea.

For a casual night out, residents of Wimberley enjoy the Wimberley Brewing Company & Brewster’s Pizza, a family establishment owned and operated by ex-NFL star Bruce Collie. Collie, his wife, and their 13 children run the friendly, vibrant restaurant and brewery in good, old-fashioned family style. Their delicious pizza is prepared with the freshest ingredients, the beer flights come with eight tasty samples, and everything is served with a welcoming smile.

Fun, Fresh Air and Relaxation for the Entire Family

Rough Creek, a working horse ranch with extensive lavender fields, is the oldest and largest lavender farm in the Wimberley Valley. Today, the farm boasts more than 5,000 live lavender plants. Rough Creek Lavender Fields welcomes the public to walk through the fields and harvest lavender each time it is in bloom — in the spring and again in the fall.

Or if you like, just relax and sit a while and enjoy the quiet of the country as breezes waft the scent of lavender across the property. Rough Creek Lavender Fields also hosts activities such as monarch butterfly viewing, hayrides and a pumpkin carving festival.

The first Saturday of each month between March and September, locals attend the fun-filled Market Days at Wimberley. More than 400 vendors furnish a diverse shopping experience, proudly offering their one-of-a-kind wares. At the same time, talented local musicians offer homegrown entertainment for the entire family.