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A Weekend in Texas Hill Country

Two weeks ago, I was having a rough day. I was venting to my friend about it all when she said “when I see you, I have some good news that will cheer you up.” I met up with her at our weekly Zumba class and she said to keep May 6-8 open, pack comfy clothes and be ready for a lovely weekend. Her and our other best friend and I were going away for a weekend for my birthday! We left Friday after work and drove and drove and drove.

After a couple pit stops and five hours on the road, we turned off the main highway and ended up on back country roads at 11:30 at night in the pitch black. The only things going through my head were, “I wish I could see all of this in daylight” and “If I was going to be murdered, it was here.”

Eventually we pulled up to our Air BNB. I couldn’t see much because it was pitch black, but the house/cabin was built into the side of a foresty hill. So basically my personal heaven. It’s casual. I eventually learned we were in Canyon Lake, Texas. We walked up a thousand treacherous steps to land on a massive deck. My friend opened the door, that was already unlocked, which I thought was weird. I hesitantly walked in the dark house. In a second, the lights switched on and my three other best friends jumped out and yelled SURPRISE!!!

I nearly had a heart attack! There were balloons, streamers, party hats, a gorgeous homemade, three-layer cookie cake (thanks Landad) and lots of hugs. I have never been so surprised in my entire life and couldn’t have been happier to be around my people (aka Da Besties as we call ourselves).

We drank, ate cake, chatted away and curled up in bed to prepare for an exciting day to follow.

(us after a five and a half hour drive and a midnight surprise)

(our gorgeous cabin that I saw in the light the next morning)

The next morning was one straight out of my dreams. I walked out onto the two story deck at the front of our woodland cabin and had the most amazing view. We all sat around, drank coffee, read books and had the most AMAZING breakfast prepared by chef Landad. The only other times I have felt that relaxed to date, were in my parents’ back yard in good ol Kansas City where I often spend hours playing with the cows and of course sitting on the porch overlooking the caldera in Santorini. I wanted to stay in that exact moment forever!

Texas Hill Country Scenery

Breakfast Flat Lay

After we got dressed for the day, we ventured out. The drive was spectacular – full of rolling hills, expanses of forests and gorgeous skies. We mozied around a lovely flea market, where I bought sunglasses and a cute little cactus (of course), had lunch and four of us began our winery tour. We went to two different wineries and had an absolute blast.

The first was gorgeous. We hung around outside snapped lots of pictures and even took a couple polaroids.

We drove through some more hills to end up at Wimberley Valley Winery. I had THE best wine made out of plums. The winery had a gorgeous yard, decks for days and even a retired two story bus they converted into a bar. The best part? The cows! The whole property was bordered by a lush farm. There were miniature ponies, alpacas, donkeys and cows. With glass in hand I pet them and made all new best friends. We spent a few hours here, drinking, eating cheese and crackers, talking about life, getting tipsy and of course taking lots and lots of cheesy pictures…

We had a lovely drive home through the hills to be followed with lots of crazy dancing on the cabin’s front porch before sunset. After a tasty dinner of burgers, beans and mac and cheese, we played games danced around some more and hit the sack.

The next morning was very bittersweet. I couldn’t wait to sit on that front deck and look at the sky, but that meant it was Sunday and time to go home. To end our adventurous birthday weekend, we let the birthday balloons loose. We said goodbye to our cabin with the promise to return, and I said goodbye to one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. 

It made me feel so loved to know my friends put so much effort into such a wonderful weekend. I don’t think they had any idea how much I needed a getaway.

It was nice to be outdoors, somewhere new and somewhere inspiring. I am antsy gal. So when I have to stay in one place for too long I get depressed and uninspired. I end up in the same routine, indoors 99% of the day and become absolutely miserable. Especially Dallas, which is notoriously terrible. A weekend away somewhere new where I could be refreshed by the trees, inspired by the skylines and at peach with the rolling hills, was exactly what I needed to keep on trucking through day-to-day life in ugly old Dallas. I needed perspective. I needed something to remind me of why I get up in the morning, a reminder of what makes me really happy and what I have to work toward. Pure and absolute joy. That was my perfect weekend in the Texas Hill Country. 

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  1. Aw what a lovely surprise your friends did for you, sounds like you had such a fab time. Must have been lovely to get away for the weekend.

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. It was the best weekend I've had in a long while :)

  2. Looks like your weekend was really very fun ♥ Do you want to be friends with me on bloglovin? If yes, just follow me and I'll follow your blog back ASAP!<3 http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784

  3. Ohh these pictures are so precious! Look how genuinely happy you all are! It sounds like you all had an amazing time <33

    Katie | Words By Katie

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! It was seriously the best weekend. Also, I love your blog!!!