There is much to do in the Texas Hill Country and we are almost equal distances between San Antonio, Boerne, and Bandera…an easy drive to Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Comfort, San Antonio, New Braunfels/Gruene, San Marcos, and Austin (though a bit further). Here are a few of our CLOSE BY favorites:
Pipe Creek — Clean air, beautiful hills, peaceful and quiet serenity, and far away from the maddening crowd! From here, you can “day-trip” to almost all of the HILL COUNTRY CITIES so it makes a great home base to travel from. Plus, awesome local options!
- FOOD: Backyard Bistro – Farm to Market options with a cute outside area. Music on many Saturday nights. Best “close by” restaurant plus wonderful home-made ice cream.
- SHOPPING: Country Accents Antiques (it is in FRONT of the Backyard Bistro – making it a bit hard to find the Bistro… we think you’d enjoy checking out both!)
- WINE: Withing walking distance (weekends only) and just two blocks down the hill is Timber Ridge Winery which sells bottles only of their two personal blends that are delightful. [If you want more established grapeyard vineyard locations, outside of Pipe Creek, here are some favorites.]
- FUN: Our guest rave about the authentic Horseback riding experience at Cross G Ranch , Make a new friend at Brighter Days Horse Rescue (Saturdays) and bring a bag of apples, carrots to feed.
- REJUVENATING: Sit outdoors, look at the stars, listen to nature, enjoy the crackle, smell and glow of the fire pit, take a walk up or down the hills near Bella Green or hang out in the exercise room, book a Massage (call us at 210-251-5766) &/or Infra-red Sauna session at Bella Green, book a private WATSU session at Deer Creek Sanctuary.
Boerne — Antiques / Art / Great Food & Shopping! Year round parades, festivals and cultural events fill the air with music and merriment. The Kendall County Fair, Chocolate Walk, Berges Fest, Wings Over Boerne, Parade of Artists, Cibolo Songs & Stories, Harvest Moon Celebration, Abendkonzerte, Weihnachts Fest, Dickens on Main, Boerne Market Days and the Key to the Hills Rod Run are some of the activities that draw people from near and far away. http://www.visitboerne.org/
Our recommended favorites include:
- SHOPPING: EVERYTHING on Main Street (great boutiques, antique stores, and resale shops!)
- FOOD: Cypress Grill, Dodging Duck Brewhaus, 259 Brantley’s Bistro+Drink Texas Biergarten is directly behind it (Live music most Saturday nights), Chilito’s Express, Piknik Cafe (inside Nature’s Presence Health Store) Dog and Pony Grill – best salad bar in the area
- FUN: 2nd Saturdays Art Walk and FREE Shuttle Bus (monthly during Market Days!), Cave Without a Name & Cascade Caverns, River Road Park (bring seeds to feed the ducks) &/or walk the old train tracks, Cibolo Nature Center, Enchanted Springs Ranch
- ARTS: Boerne Community Theater and Boerne Performing Arts
- Like Wine?: Boerne Wine Company
- Like Beer? – Drink Texas Biergarten – Random Beer Garden – Dodging Duck Brewhaus – Boerne Brewery (free tasting tours on Fridays only from 2-4:45 pm)
Bandera — Cowboy Capital of the World. Visiting Bandera is like stepping back to an old-time rustic Western town, full of dude ranches, cattle and horses, trial rides, and where chivalry, live music and dancing abounds. There is a spirit of independence, and chivalry here – and a special pride that speaks to the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play. http://banderacowboycapital.com/contents.cfm?pg=todo
Our recommended favorites include:
- FUN: Hill Country State Natural Area, Rodeos – seasonal, Horseback riding – MANY options to choose from (contact Hill Country State Natural for providers or try www.dixieduderanch.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Juniper-Hill-Stables, www.silverspur-ranch.com)
MUSIC: 11th Street Cow Bar – Grab your cowboy hat and boots and come out for a cold beer, LIVE MUSIC and dancing!
- EDUCATIONAL: Visit the Bandera Natural History Museum , Polly Peak Chapel
- SHOPPING: Gunslinger’s (hands down Karen’s favorite store!), Graceful, The Western Store, Sista’s
- FOOD: Brick’s River Cafe , Doglegg Coffee House, China Bowl on Main Street, Bandera General Store (We love their Soda Fountain!)
San Antonio: Our favorite places include the Riverwalk (and Boudro’s to eat), walking the SA Missions, Pearl Brewery area (and all the food there) plus their Farmer’s Market and access to the NEW mission reach extension, the Zoo, the botanical gardens, Seaworld, Fiesta Texas, the majestic homes in King Williams (and Mad Hatter Tea in this area), the trolley cars, the riverboat taxis and tours, bike rentals along the Riverwalk, and Segway tours. WE LOVE THIS BIG CITY!! http://visitsanantonio.com/
Other favorites to explore:
- In Sisterdale/Comfort/Fredericksburg – Don’t miss the wine tours and tastings, antiques and shopping; Enchanted Rock (contact Texas Climbing Adventures if you want to climb), Wildseed Farms, Main Street(s), Medina Hoff Winery, Artisan’s at Rocky Hill, helicopter tours, Sunset Grill (Fredericksburg), High’s Cafe (Comfort), Fredericksburb Herb Farm, the Sculpture Ranch (Fredericksburg), and roadside peaches when in season!
- In Vanderpool – Lost Maples State Park (especially beautiful in the Fall)
- In San Marcus – this is our FAVORITE river to tube and if you enjoy shopping, don’t miss the the GIANT outlet mall; Food favorites: Shade Rooftop Patio Bar, Boho Bites and for fun, Dick’s Classic Garage.
- In Gruene / New Braunfels – It is fun to walk and explore the “old town” Gruene square and its many shops, restaurants, galleries, and music. Some favorite dining spots are Gruene River Grill, Riverhouse Tea Room, Mosie’s Bar and Grill, and Boho Bites.
In New Braunfels – (Old World Charm plus ********************). You’ll love Schliterbaum Water Park, Landa Park with its wonderful natural swimming hole with ropes to swing from, Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Plus New Braunfels overflows with old-world heritage and small town charm. You’ll find well-known attractions like the Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, as well as Schlitterbahn, the country’s number one water park. Everyone looks forward to Wurstfest, the annual sausage festival celebrated for 10 days near the first of November. Nearby Gruene is a small community known for the dance hall and artisans’ shops. (35 miles)
Austin – a hidden favorite is the Hamilton Pool (waterfalls) on the Pedernales River, Zilker Park, Barton Springs, Lake Travis, the bats at Congress Ave. Bridge, Whole Foods (its ORIGINAL location), the many food trucks, Shady Grove Restaurant, Jester King Brewery, and much more! To find LIVE MUSIC locally: http://www.reverbnation.com/main/local_scene
ARE YOU LOOKING TO HAVE YOUR DREAM WEDDING IN THE HILL COUNTRY? We have a sister property nearby that can host groups as small as 10 and as large as 100, and a second one that hosts up to 250! Contact us for more details.