Like everyone else, I didn’t think we’d still be in the midst of a pandemic in October. But, here we are — and, so, I continue to explore my home state. This time: Boerne, Texas.
Just 30 minutes north of San Antonio in Texas Hill Country, Boerne has a rich German history that still shows itself throughout the town. The bulk of its shops, restaurants and cafes are located on Hauptstrasse Street (Main Street) — also known as the “Hill Country Mile.”
Because of COVID-19, most of my time in Boerne was spent outdoors at parks or on patios. Not that I’m complaining! Planning a trip to Boerne? Here are some suggestions:
Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area: Located along the Guadalupe River, there are a few miles of trails at Kreutzberg. They’re scenic, but sort of confusing to follow, so drop a pin on your map where you started. Also, take a break at the wildlife observation blinds: little sheds with glass walls where you can watch birds! I saw a hummingbird and many others.
The Rim @ Cave Without a Name: Down the street from Kreutzberg is Cave Without a Name, an underground limestone cave and National Natural Landmark. While I didn’t do a tour, I did hike the surrounding trails. There are a couple to choose from, but opt for The Rim. It’s a natural, shaded trail, rocky in places, and offers beautiful views.
Cibolo Nature Center: Enjoy a few miles of easy nature trails through a prairie, marsh and forest with some of the most beautiful trees I’ve ever seen. This is a family-friendly park, with picnic areas, dinosaur tracks and other things to keep your kids entertained. Adjacent to Cibolo is the AgriCultural Museum, a free, outdoor display of old farm equipment and other historical items.
Richter Tavern: This is my favorite restaurant of those we tried. Located on the second floor of an industrial building on Hill Country Mile, Richter has a huge outdoor space, an eclectic menu and a funky vibe that could go casual or fancy depending on your mood. My recommendation? Spicy garlic shrimp on sourdough toast and a cocktail.
Natura Mexican Food Truck: This taco and burger truck is right off of the highway and has phenomenal street tacos — perfect after a hike! The people working are super nice and there’s lots of outdoor seating and space.
Dodging Duck Brewhaus: This is the best bar food you’ll ever have. There are tons of options, whether you want meat, vegan, gluten free or lots of gluten. Of course, you’ll want to try a house-made craft beer. This place was crowded nearly every time we drove by, so plan accordingly!
3 DRINK SPOTS
Cork and Keg: The downstairs space at Richter Tavern offers an abbreviated menu and a unique wine list. You can sit inside the bar or in an open-air atrium that looks like it was once a car repair shop. It’s a great spot for a quick drink or happy hour before dinner.
Newsom Vineyards: A 25-minute drive from Boerne is this charming tasting room that boasts red and white wines from their family vineyard in Plains, Texas. Do a tasting and then take your drink to the backyard, where there’s plenty of space to spread out and enjoy live music.
Black Rifle Coffee Company: This unique, veteran-owned company is known for its smooth coffee and support for the military and first responders. Stop by for your choice of an extra-caffeinated, light, medium or dark roast, and browse the shirts and coffee while you wait.
Looking for another Texas Hill Country trip idea? Check out my post about Spicewood, located just 30 minutes from Austin.
Tell me in the comments: If you’ve been to Boerne, what do you recommend? Where else in Texas Hill Country should I visit?