It's the final weekend before school starts for us. We typically like to go to state parks or zoos or something outside, but it's hot here in central Texas -- like crazy hot. Like it's 103 degrees and then that heat index makes it feel like it's 4938783 degrees.
So, we opt to stay inside.
However, yesterday was an exception. It was still hot, but we were tired of being cooped up with our 5-year-old. So we ventured to Wimberley. First stop? Finding something to eat.
We had decided to try Community Pizza & Beer Garden. It's an indoor/outdoor establishment, and since it was packed inside, we opted to sit under the covered picnic area. There were fans with misters, so the heat was not an issue. Plus, there is a big, wooden pirate ship playground area, which our son had his eye on from the parking lot. The picnic area gives you direct access to this.
We were hungry. We started with the Spring Green Salad, which has greens, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese, red onion, and a light balsamic. This was certainly big enough to share, so we were happy we did.
After our salad, we split the Illuminati pizza. We tend to like most ingredients, so if it seems interesting, we are game to try it. This pizza is shareable (cut into 6, good-sized pieces), and had a little bit of everything: garlic, mozzarella, soppressata, house sausage, gorgonzola, hot honey, serrano peppers, and lava salt. A beautiful mixture of flavors! Not one ingredient overpowered the other.
I'm a tea snob. There, I said it. I love a good, fresh glass of iced tea, and their tea did not disappoint.
They also serve beer (obviously, it's a beer garden), wine, and mixed drinks. It's worth mentioning that the beer selection is on point. They have a wide variety of rotating beers on tap, ranging from well-known local craft beers to beers from all parts of the country.
We enjoyed this place a great deal and it's so family-friendly! Our kiddo was thrilled to play on the playground while we ate, so it was a great experience for all of us!
CYPRESS CREEK NATURE PRESERVE
Following our meal, we walked to the nearby entrance of the Cypress Creek Nature Trail and Preserve. The City of Wimberley has developed a little over 7 acres for this preserve. Here you have a nice trail that takes you along the Cypress Creek. There's a playground and restrooms at the entrance.
What we loved was that the shade from the huge cypress trees made the trail easily walkable in the afternoon. You get to see gigantic trees with impressive root systems, the beautiful creek, and massive boulders throughout. An extra added bonus? We were able to see wildlife -- even with a 5-year-old who doesn't know how to talk quietly! We walked up on some deer and even watched a couple of squirrels -- all in very close proximity to Wimberley's downtown area of shops and restaurants!
Want more info on the places we visited?
Community Pizza & Beer Garden
111 Old Kyle Rd. Ste 330
Cypress Creek Nature Trail & Preserve
Go to https://www.naturerocksaustin.org/greenspace/cypress-creek-nature-trail-park.
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