Region: Medina



Medina Boasts of Sweet Apples and More



In 1989, Medina was declared the “Apple Capital of Texas” by the Texas Department of Agriculture because of its prolific apple orchards. It all started from small beginnings when in 1980, retired geologist Baxter Adams, Jr., with his wife Carol, experimented planting dwarf apple trees which not only proved to be an efficient use of land, but also produced the sweetest apples! By 1984, their apples were ready for sale, and the rest is Texas’ apple industry history. Following the agricultural break through, the Medina Apple Festival was celebrated annually every last Saturday of July, and in 1990, attracted 20,000 visitors and wide media coverage.

Though the festival is no longer being observed, the apple industry has definitely put Medina on the map. These days, visitors need not wait for a yearly event to enjoy the famous sweet produce of Medina which includes eleven different kinds of apples like Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold, pink lady and gala apples.

Recreation and Relaxation:

Love Creek Orchards, the biggest producer in the region, welcome guests all year round with a host of seasonal fun activities for individuals and groups alike.
This includes picking your own fruits – apples, blackberries, peaches, figs and persimmons, as well as the Great Hill Country Pumpkin patch every Saturday, Sunday and Monday in October. The patch’s 10-acre site hosts fun-filled activities for energetic kids and kids at heart including a hay bale maze, a barrel train, dress a scarecrow, petting zoo, and flatbed-trailer hayrides. You can also paint pumpkins, create a sand-art masterpiece, and ride a pony.

Be sure not to miss The Apple Store where they sell homemade treats like apple pies and breads, apple butters, apple ice cream, cookies, jellies, cider vinegar and more!

It’s also worth visiting the quaint Vine on the Rocks winery and vineyard which specializes in growing Tempranillo, Black Spanish, and Champanel. They have a comfortable wine tasting room and feature different Texas wines along with their own wine made on premises, as well as wines from other countries. They also offer finger foods and good music to make for a relaxing afternoon.

There’s also the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum located on 187, just four miles north of Vanderpool.


The Hill Country State Natural Area, a 5,369-acre park in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is only a 20 minute drive from Bandera. Primitive camping is permitted in a 20-acre designated site. Horseback riding, backpacking, and hiking are popular activities offered in the park. It is located on F.M. 1077, at 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, 12 miles west of town.

Scenic Drives:

The Hill Country is made up of many small towns connected by beautiful scenic drives. There are gorgeous Hill Country landscapes in almost any direction. Scenic drives are a favorite pastime for many locals, especially during sunset. So crank those windows down, turn up the radio, and fly over those hills!

Nearby local Texas attractions include the famous Three Twisted Sisters, which are some of the best roads in the nation for riding fast motorcycles and sports cars.

      • Hill Country Ranch Road 337: Sister 1, located closest to Medina and Vanderpool, is the longest road of the three. Follow her through spectacular views, and stop at Texas diners along the way.
      • Hill Country Ranch Road 336: Sister 2, intersecting with Ranch Road 337 at Leakey, Texas, takes you north along the Frio River.
      • Hill Country Ranch Road 335: Sister 3 brings you back to Ranch Road 337, where you can make your long and exciting journey home.

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Fun Stuff

There are plenty of opportunities for day trips from the Medina area.

Enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular Texas Hill Country on wide-open roads lined with breath-taking flowers and trees. Relish views only available in the Hill Country. You’ll feel like you’re light years away from a crowded freeway…because you are.

And, you won’t have to pick up and move. No packing and unpacking. You can make yourself at home and still experience a multitude of adventures that are fun for the whole family.

Here are just a few of the possibilities: