Karen and Mike Goins, along with their rescue cockapoo, Sadie, welcome you to their “little piece of heaven” they lovingly call Bella (Beautiful in Italian) and Green (because of the green hills and because it is eco-friendly).
Karen is a “people person” who enjoys nurture, nature, and life. She is a licensed massage therapist, a certified wellness practitioner/lifecoach, and your retreat facilitator. She has been a communications professor, healthy living magazine co-publisher, wellness director and regional talk-radio show host. Her passions include living creatively, finding joy and the sacred in simple things, eating healthy and giving back. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago and loves abstract art, relaxing in nature, eclectic music and dance, reading clubs, sculpture, photography, sustainable living, and healthy cooking.
Mike is an introspective and creative thinker, a true green-guy, self-taught chef, and has a passion for writing fiction, primarily novels. A former English professor, business consultant, and real estate broker, he loves his eclectic life writing and sharing the day-to-day operation of the B&B. He has a historical fiction trilogy with his agent and a couple of other books waiitng in the wings. A natural born Texan, he spends a large chunk of his time reading, writing, and visiting with guests. As a writer, editor, and long-time writing group facilitator, he is available for creative writing retreats or coaching as needed.
Together, they moved to this beautiful just under 10-acre property to establish San Antonio’s Natural Awakenings “healthy living” Magazine, wanting to educate the community on all things healthy, well, and green with a goal of connecting readers to quality providers in the area. After selling the magazine in 2011, they opened their guest house to those wanting a warm, welcoming and peaceful get-away. They added a beautiful EscapeTiny House to their rental options in 2016, and now have a second tiny house and a Plentisphere (a large very cool tent) available at Bella Green.
Bella Green is within a group of independently owned acreage properties just off Highway 16 about sixteen miles from Helotes, sixteen miles from Bandera, and sixteen miles from Boerne – offering guests a trifecta of fun cities to explore! The actual address is 2508 Timbercreek Road. If you call 210-251-5766 when you turn onto Timbercreek, we will walk out to the road to look for you. : )
Coming from Austin: We recommend picking up US 281 from Hwy 290 west. There’s a scenic little road (FM 165) and if you know it, you can pick this up around Henly and it lets you out again onto 281 at Blanco. Continue south on 281 and turn right (west) onto Hwy 46. Continue on 46 through Boerne where there’s an HEB if you need any last minute supplies and great restaurants. Cross over Interstate 10 and after a short but beautiful drive through the hills, you will come to a stop light at Highway 16. Turn left toward San Antonio (even though the sign says Pipe Creek to your right). Timbercreek Road is your next right – about 2.5 miles on the right. It curves into Bailey Circle and then changes its back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View Road, behind a silver corrugated fence.
Coming from Houston: There are several ways to get here, but we generally go I-10 to Loop 1604 NW, to Hwy 16 N to our road, Timbercreek. If you want to stop to dine first (our favorite city to eat in is Boerne) in which case you’d take I-10 West to Loop 1604 NW, to I-10N again…and exit Hwy 46 and steer tp the right. (if you MISS loop 1604…no worries! You can stay on I-10 the whole way and reach Hwy 46 this way too — we like to take Loop 1604 to bypass downtown traffic, but not necessary). To find us from Boerne, you’d take Hwy. 46 west until it nearly you reach the light at Hwy 16 (this stretch of 46 between Boerne and Pipe Creek is a beautiful drive) and you would turn LEFT at Hwy 46 (even though the signs say Pipe Creek to your right). Timbercreek Road is about 2.5 miles down. You will take a sharp right onto it (right after the Timber Ridge Winery sign). Timbercreek curves into Bailey Circle and then back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View Road, behind a silver corrugated fence.
Coming from San Antonio: Choose your favorite way to get to Helotes (we recommend I-10 to 1604 to Bandera Highway/Hwy 16) and drive out Hwy 16 (Bandera Highway) west toward Bandera. It’s a lot of divided four-lane road, but just after the park road that goes to Medina Lake, the highway skinnies down to a two-lane affair just as you are crossing the Medina County line. In two or three miles, you will cross the Bandera County line and that’s where you should start paying attention. After a couple of curves in the road, the highway straightens out and goes way down a hill and way up a hill again. Before the top of the hill, and about 1.5 miles after crossing the Bandera County line, you will see the indications for Timbercreek Road – first a sign that says Timber Ridge Winery, and then the sign for Timbercreek Road. Take a sharp, hard left onto Timber Creek road. NOTE: If you see a big cross on the right instead, or hit the Hwy. 46 light, then turn back. You’ve gone too far and missed the turn. Timbercreek curves into Bailey Circle and then back into Timbercreek (at least this is what most GPS systems say). We are approximately 2.5 miles up the hill on the right-hand side, just past Valley View Road, behind a silver corrugated fence.
HERE IS A MAP FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO HELP YOU AS YOU DRIVE UP THE HILL…If lost or for more information, call 210-251-5766 or 210-317-1836.