Our Hye on the Hill guest house is located about 3 miles south of Hye off of County Road 206 on our 300 acre Wagner Ranch. Hye is on Highway 290 about a 20 minute drive to Fredericksburg and 10 minutes from Johnson City. Hye on the Hill guest house can accommodate four and is secluded from man-made noises, lights, and distractions, yet all the wineries and attractions of Fredericksburg and the Hill Country are easily accessible. It’s also a great value when compared to the cost of bed and breakfasts or hotels in the area. Our rental fee is $140 per night, with a two night minimum stay, and a $20 additional charge per person for a 3rd and 4th guest.
Hye on the Hill has a kitchen with stove and oven, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, and dining table. The living room has a futon sofa that sleeps two, gas fireplace, air conditioner, and flat-screen TV with satellite. The bedroom is comfortable with a full bed, side tables, closet, a/c unit, and ceiling fan. The bathroom includes a shower, vanity, washer and dryer, and everything else you would expect.
A deck overlooks the Wagner Ranch bottom land. You can step right out of bed and breakfast on the deck as the sun rises. In the mornings and evenings you can watch whitetail deer browsing, Rio Grande turkeys foraging, and exotic, spotted Axis deer grazing in the fields. You are free to hike the ranch, enjoy the scenery, and view the wildlife – just close the gates behind you and don’t cross any fences. At night, you won’t find a better view of the Milky Way this side of the McDonald Observatory in Marfa! Your night sky is uninterrupted by any manmade lights … unless you’ve got a campfire going.
When you’re ready to tour the area, you can start (or end) with a bourbon tasting at Garrison Brothers Distillery, less than a mile from your front door. You can also check out the Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room next to the Hye Post Office. You can sample local wines, spirits, and beers to figure out where you want to stop on your local tour, and pick up beverages for your stay at the guest house. The building that contains the Hye Market and Post Office now, was also once a general store run by Marsha’s grandfather! Lyndon Johnson swore in the U.S. Postmaster General on the front porch in 1965.
William Chris Wines in Hye could be your first stop on your Hill Country winery tour – our area is, of course, known for our wineries. Tempranillo and Sangiovese grapes grow well in our arid climate, so be sure to try wines featuring them on your tour. Becker Vineyards is another large and popular stop near Stonewall on the way in to Fredericksburg – where you’ll find dozens of other wineries to tour. Of course, the shopping and dining in Fredericksburg are unparalleled in Texas.
If you’re looking for nightlife, though, Hye on the Hill is especially convenient to a hidden gem – the Albert Icehouse and dance hall – just a couple of miles away. Put your boots and Wranglers on, go grab a cold beer, and enjoy the setting under spreading live oak trees. Albert hosts a variety of Texas country musicians and is earning a similar reputation to the renowned Luckenbach, Texas, itself just 15 minutes from Hye.
If you decide to head east on 290, Johnson City is a growing community with something interesting for everyone in the family. If you enjoy the outdoors, Pedernales Falls on the Pedernales River is always rated as one of the best state parks in Texas. A group recently remodeled the old grist mill and cotton gin in Johnson City into the Hill Country Science Mill, designed as a hands-on experience to teach kids how fun science can be. You can find great barbecue, Mexican food, home cooking, wine-tasting rooms, and you can stop by Pecan Street Brewing on the city square for their great local beers and food.
We don’t have room to talk about Blanco, Llano (and Enchanted Rock!), Kerrville – even San Antonio is less than an hour and a half away – but, if you run out of ideas, check out the Hill Country Portal for more. As you can see, Hye on the Hill might be the best situated guest house (or bed and breakfast or hotel) in the entire Texas Hill Country. It makes a great home base for day-trip adventures. Book Now!