One of the many things to love about visiting and living in the Texas Hill Country is the access to so many historic, unique bed and breakfasts in the area. The Gruene and New Braunfels areas in particular are packed with hundreds of the quaint homes that allow guests to relax and enjoy area scenery from shaded porches, german-inspired food and even the occasional farm animal sighting! Here is a list of places in the Gruene area that will give you a taste of what Texas living is all about:
The Gruene Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast is located near New Braunfels, Texas in the historic community of Gruene, Texas. It offers quaint, historic rooms and mouthwatering home-cooked meals against the scenic backdrop of the Guadalupe River. The Mansion Inn shares the town with a number of other rustic Bed & Breakfasts, making Gruene an ideal place to soak up some Texas history. For a complete list of New Braunfels and Hill Country B&B’s, click here.
Gruene Homestead Inn: This country inn is located in New Braunfels, Texas, just outside of the Gruene Historical Disrict situated on eight acres of an original German homestead.
Gruene Apple Bed & Breakfast: For a relaxing family weekend or a romantic getaway, sample warm homemade biscuits, swim in the natural stone pool and gaze upon the Guadalupe river or historic Gruene from your private balcony.
Miss Milburn’s B&B: Beautiful cottage-like bed & breakfast located close to downtown and Gruene and shopping areas. Experience warm comfortable beds and hill country cooking.
Accents of Gruene: Constructed in the late 1800s, this historical home’s brick chimney’s and rosy brick walls transport you to a different time. Spacious breezeways and a lush garden make this the perfect visit.
Gruene River Inn: Located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, guests can take part in the antique shoppers paradise nearby, or simply enjoy beautiful and panoramic views.
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Just north of New Braunfels lies a small town that is anything but ordinary. Gruene, Texas dishes out a healthy dose of Hill Country charm and a sense of community that can be matched by few. Antique shops, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and Texas’ oldest dance hall entice visitors, with many of these businesses occupying original buildings from the town’s beginning in the mid-1840s. The Historic District is a thriving collection of “mom and pop” stores and restaurants that flourish and remain true to their small-town foundations.
When visiting a place like Gruene, one of the best ways to experience it is to indulge in the local flavor. The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, which is the original cotton gin, offers flavorful dishes that are guaranteed to make your mouth water. Under the protection of several giant oak trees, or perhaps in front of one of the stone fireplaces, sink your teeth into a juicy steak or a heaping burger. After dinner, head to the Gruene General Store (the original mercantile building) and pause for a drink at the soda fountain. As the sun sets, visitors and locals alike can relax on the spacious patio of The Grapevine and sample New World and Texas wines by the glass or bottle. Down the road, toes are free to tap as music springs to life at Gruene Hall where live music is available almost every night.
For the avid antique enthusiast, the mercantile building, which once held dry goods and housed Gruene’s original bank vault, is now home to the Gruene Antique Co. In this impressive Texas Landmark Building, 6,500 square feet of antiques, gifts and collectibles can be found. Lone Star, originally a Gruene family cottage, offers an eclectic assortment of furniture, gifts, candy, dinnerware, candles and accessories.
Preserving the authenticity of Gruene has been a long-time focus for those that love and protect the town. It is this that makes it an ideal and inviting place to come and slow your pace for a weekend and experience living history. Whatever your fancy, this small piece of the Texas landscape will delight and rejuvenate.
Plan your stay today! Visit www.gruenetexas.com for more details. Interested in living in Gruene? Havenwood is a special, masterplanned community adorned with majestic oak trees and rolling hills. You can enjoy the hill country sunsets from the porch of your very own custom-built home at Havenwood, with acres of land to explore. For more information on Texas hill country homesites, visit HavenwoodTexas.com.
Everyone knows that the Texas Hill Country has a relaxed state-of-mind – even down to the way people dress and the things they do for fun. After all, flip-flops are the choice footwear of most residents and visitors the majority of the year, and tubing the Guadalupe or Comal rivers involves nothing other than laying in a tube to soak up the sunshine!
So, it just goes to show that those who live in Gruene love their restaurants the same way. Local favorite, Gruene River Grill, is the newest member of the Clear Springs Restaurant Family, which are known for their larger-than-life fried catfish and homemade onion rings. In fact, most of the menu items at Gruene River Grill are made from scratch.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is often raved about, with a relaxing patio overlooking the river. There is also a newly-remodeled wine room that seats up to 22 people, and serves rare, unique wines from around the world.
And of course, to round out a hearty, home-cooked meal at Gruene River Grill, you can’t forget their Crème Brulee made with real vanilla beans or their Fudge Nut Brownie with vanilla ice cream.
Have you been to Gruene River Grill? What’s your favorite Gruene or New Braunfels area place to dine?
One of the most well-known restaurants in the Texas Hill Country is the Gristmill. If ever asked for suggestions on a great place to enjoy a chicken fried steak and a breathtaking view, locals will point you in the direction of this historic restaurant and bar.
Situated on a hill overlooking the babbling Guadalupe River, the Gristmill is reminiscent of a treehouse situated around majestic oak trees.
In 1922, the Gruene cotton gin processed crops raised by area farmers until the wooden structure tragically burned to the ground. All that remains of the water-powered mill today is the three story brick boiler room, which now serves as the main part of the restaurant and bar.
The Gristmill’s most popular dishes include their steaks and homestyle hamburgers, as well as catfish, grilled chicken and enormous sandwhiches. They also have an adjoining bar with great win and fresh-squeezed lime margaritas.
For more information on the Gristmill and to make your reservations, visit http://www.gristmillrestaurant.com/
On the third full weekend of every month, starting in February and going through September, you will find downtown Gruene, Texas, a bustle with handmade arts and crafts, rare finds and antique treasures. The Old Gruene Market Days have supported local vendors for who proudly sell their own wares for several years now, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Texas Hill Country residents and visitors alike enjoy the wide range of items including jewelry, candles, crafts, ceramics, metal art, furniture and clothing made 100 percent by the vendors themselves. Downtown Gruene businesses and restaurants also participate in the fun by welcoming market day participants in to see what all the buzz is about. Even the scenery is a draw – beautiful oak trees line the quaint streets, and german-style houses frame the backdrop of the rolling hills and the calming sunsets that South Texas is famous for.
Admission to Old Gruene Market Days is free, and live music is playing as you stroll the grounds of the Adobe Verde restaurant. If you live out of town, it’s worth the trip! Hope to see you there next month!