by Alex Lewis
on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 10:02am.
Pronounced /ber·nie/ by locals, Boerne, Texas is a gem of a small-town in Kendall County.
Located smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne is far from a small, dusty Texas town. The town is not only filled with Central Texas country charm, it boasts a strong German heritage too.
Boerne has developed an eclectic downtown shopping experience along “the Hill Country Mile”, an area which has many restaurants and breweries. The Texas Hill countryside and surrounding area promise near-endless opportunities for natural beauty and outdoor adventure.
Here’s the highlights and a brief overview as to all the best aspects of visiting or living in this quaint community that is located in Texas Hill Country:
1. Texas Hill Country Hospitality
Downtown Boerne, TX has undergone a facelift in the past couple years. Now called the “Hill Country Mile” the area attracts window shoppers, antique collectors, and trinket-lovers from all over who flock to the community in search of many kinds of treasure. Visit trading companies, wine bars, consignment shops, and antique bazaars up and down the street. Downtown also has a host of annual events, such as the Chocolate Walk every other Saturday in February, where vendors along the Hill Country Mile pass out chocolates to all the shoppers.
It’s also worth noting that the Boerne Market Days feature vendors selling plants, art, antiques, jewelry and other handicrafts every other weekend throughout the entire year in the Main Plaza.
2. Country Living in Proximity of San Antonio
Just 40 minutes up Hwy 10 from San Antonio, and only 25 minutes from Fiesta Texas, Boerne is a great place to visit or live if you love the beautiful Texas Hill Country but still want to be within close proximity to the 7th largest city in America: San Antonio, Texas.
However, Boerne is a true small town and not just another San Antonio suburb. Boerne is the perfect place to be if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city but still want to be close enough to venture into the city when you want to experience the restaurant scene or nightlife.
3. Parks, Caverns, & Accessible Nature
Cascade Caverns is an important geological, archaeological, and historical site in Texas and is definitely worth a visit. You can descend into the caves and explore the ancient pathways of the Cibolo River. Long after the river had cut through the rock, Native Americans took up residence in the caves and the evidence still exists to this day. Go on a tour with your family and see all that Cascade Caverns has to offer!
A visit to River Road Park is a nice way to spend an hour or two in the afternoon in Boerne. Walk around and see the geese that sun on the banks of the river, and bring your kids to feed the ducks.
Take a picnic to Joshua Springs Park and Preserve and enjoy the waterways--especially kayaking, which is what the park is best known for.
And don’t forget to simply take a drive in the Texas Hill Country during sunset! It will not disappoint.
4. Breweries Befitting Boerne’s German Heritage
Dodging Duck Brewhaus was the first craft brewery to open in Boerne. Here, the eats rival the beer, and it’s hard to go wrong with your choices. The Dodging Duck has a rotating tap of pale ales, hefeweizens, doppelbocks, IPAs, dunkel weizens, porters, and wheat ales.
Kinematic Brewing Co. is a bit further outside town but is well worth the drive to sample the great beers that are brewed on-site.
Cibolo Creek Brewing is on Main Street, featuring farm to table food--including wings and juicy burgers--as well as beer brewed on-site and outside seating. Be sure to try an amber, blonde, or IPA.
5. Festivals & Events Downtown
Every Father’s Day weekend, Boerne Berges Fest takes place celebrating the town’s German roots. Come on out for events including a root beer drinking contest, dachshund races, parades, German folk music performances, egg toss, wheelbarrow races,and the Miss Berges Fest Pageant. Visit the site here.
Likewise, in November and December, you can get into the holiday spirit with events for the whole family! Check out Dickens on Main for a one-man Dickens’ Christmas Carol show, as well as crafts, music, and shopping. In December, Oma’s Christmas Crafts Fair will allow you to finish your holiday shopping and enjoy the Christmas lights strung up on Main Street.