DRIFTWOOD, TEXAS is nestled between between Buda and Dripping Springs, about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Austin in central Hays County. Driftwood grew up in the 1880s as a supply center for neighboring ranches and farms. Pioneers settled in the area, then known as Liberty Hill, as early as 1850, but most settlers arrived in the early 1880s. The community grew rapidly in the beginning, perhaps as a result of its access to the new rail terminals at Kyle and Buda. Today, Driftwood is perhaps best known for the Salt Lick BBQ restaurant, considered by many to be the most iconic restaurant in all of Texas.
Residents of Driftwood love this area because of the peaceful atmosphere, gorgeous Texas Hill Country views, and convenient commute to Austin and San Marcos. With Dripping Springs, Wimberley and Buda nearby, Driftwood is also an ideal launching point for Hill Country adventures and recreation. Driftwood is home to several wineries including Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Winery, and The Salt Lick Cellars. Driftwood Estates offers wine tastings on an 1,100 square foot deck, a picnic area and a pavilion overlooking the vineyard grounds. The Duchman Family Winery’s beautiful tasting room is set on the grounds of the elegant Mandola Estate next to Trattoria Lisina, an upscale casual Italian restaurant.
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