Bill, Michael, and Brendan are Third Base's founders, but they're regulars at their three sports bars, too. You'll often find them snacking on spicy ranch wings, kicking back with beers on the patio, or cheering at the house TVs. And, perhaps because the three are customers themselves, they go above and beyond to make their customers happy. They post an online schedule of the games they'll show on TV, for instance, so fans of Scandinavian folk wrestling never get their hopes up too high. They also host special events, like crawfish boils with mimosas by the carafe. Cuisine such as green chili cheeseburgers, stuffed tots, and fish tacos can be paired with daily drink specials, and carryout is offered for those who are stuck babysitting the house plant.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
An official partner of Texas State Athletics, Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill supports the maroon and gold with memorabilia that spans the school's 115-year history. Beneath displays of autographed helmets and game jerseys, people nosh on burgers, wings, fried seafood baskets, and regional hot dogs?including The San Marcos with chili, queso, onion, and jalapenos?while watching the game on 1 of 25 flat-screen TVs.
On the outdoor smoking patio, you can take a seat and sip on craft beers from Goose Island and New Belgium. If you're having a watch party at home, Bobcat Nation can cater your event or at least text you and tell you they miss you.
Texas Ski Ranch sends wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and water-skiers skimming across the placid surface of a cable lake—all without the use of a boat. Ropes connected to a circulating cable high above the water pull up to six athletes at a time around the lake, with kickers and sliders stationed throughout to provide opportunities for big air, and a Little Bro cable system is available for beginners. Aside from the cable park, the 70-acre action-filled sports wonderland also boasts a 15,000-square-foot city-style skate park, as well as an indoor trampoline park, beach area, portable rock wall, and Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant. A staff of coaches and a fully stocked board shop help visitors explore other adrenaline sports, such as wake surfing and extreme sunburning.
A cozy restaurant by day and rocking concert venue by night, Cypress Creek Cafe pairs hearty casual American cuisine with jams from some of the Lone Star State's most promising bands. As far as the food goes, you'd be remiss to not try the country-fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, and black-bean tacos packed with cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a homemade seasonal pie or a stack of pancakes during the popular weekend breakfast. Just down the hallway, the Buzzard Bar packs them in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The reason? Live blues, country, and rock performances that get the crowd moving.
Texas hills unfurl before Wimberley Valley Winery, gently guiding guests to the winery’s stock of wines. Since 1983, the winery’s resident winemaker has created a range of classic varietal wines in addition to offering wines from around the world. While the winemakers weave their magic in the cellar, the remainder of the winery’s staff entertains customers in the elegant tasting room. Here, an expansive stone fireplace steals the attention from sunny yellow walls, and granite counters hide bottle after bottle of wines waiting to be sampled. While tasters sink into cushy leather couches, the staff explains the flavor profiles of wine types and divulge tips for pairing wine with the right food or crazy straws.