DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas -- It is a destination for tourists and locals looking for a weekend getaway, but these days many people and businesses are calling the Hill Country home.
Driving along Highway 290 in Dripping Springs, you'll notice lots of new business like the HEB built just a few years ago.
"It's the gateway to the Hill Country," said 20-year resident Buddy Lewis.
These days more people are choosing to stop and stay a while.
"There's a lot of people here, yet it's still like a small home town. Everybody here is really great," Lewis said.
Over the last several years new housing subdivisions and businesses have popped up along Highway 290 and more are on the way.
"More business makes it more convenient for people that live here. I like Austin, But I don't have to go to Austin to shop," Lewis added.
A popular wedding destination and vacation spot, businesses are catching on and moving west.
Twisted X Brewery held its grand opening in Dripping Springs last weekend.
"Lots of people go through here on a regular basis, it seems like the right spot," said owner and brewer Jim Sampson.
Sampson says they hope to open the door for others.
"There's a lot of businesses that are coming out here. There's some vodka folks, some other distillers that are out here, a couple of craft brewers already," Sampson said.
"We used to be one of the only restaurants that was out here," said Nutty Brown Cafe General Manager Greg Reed.
Nutty Brown is just outside of town on 290.
"The building was here, I guess, around 1932," Reed explained.
Reed believes people are looking for a permanent escape in the Hill Country.
"We're more relaxed around here. It's not so much the hustle and bustle of inside the city," Reed said.
Locals say a reputable school district and scenic views will also do the trick, and they welcome the newcomers.
"I'm all for it. It's a great place to live and raise your kids," Lewis said.
Dripping Springs hosts a population just under 2,000 in the city limits, but their jurisdiction is actually home for nearly 30,000. A demographic study from the school district estimates more than 5,000 homes will be added over the next 10 years.