Planning a Texas Hill Country Wedding

Want to get married in one of the most beautiful places in Texas? Consider tying the knot in New Braunfels, Texas! Celebrate your big day with the rolling hills and spacious views as your backdrop. Plan a day you’ll never forget at one of these romantic venues:

Dry Comal Creek VineyardThis vineyard offers a number of convenient amenities that will help your big day run smoothly. Take advantage of an outdoor pavilion for a larger wedding or the back tasting room for an intimate gathering of less than 50 guests. You can also choose from a buffet or sit-down dinner for you and your guests to enjoy.  Be sure to plan time to take photos among the endless rows of greenery that you’ll treasure forever. Visit www.drycomalcreek.com to start planning your vineyard wedding today.

The Gardens of Cranesbury View – This Italian sculpture garden is perfect for a wedding of any size. Tie the knot with the beautiful Texas Hill Country as your backdrop and then enjoy your reception in the banquet hall. A Chapel is also available for an indoor ceremony followed by a garden reception where you can dance the night away under the Texas sky. This venue also provides an on-site florist and endless photo opportunities on 32 acres of secluded property. Click here to begin planning your wedding at the Gardens of Cranesbury View.

Castle AvalonFeel like a princess on your big day and get married at Castle Avalon. This romantic venue is nestled among the rolling hills and greenery of the Texas Hill Country. This castle is filled with stained glass and rustic, old-English décor that will make for beautiful photos and set a romantic mood for you and your guests to enjoy. Visit www.castleavalon.com to start your fairytale wedding.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Texas Hill Country

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping and making dinner reservations to celebrate the day with your special someone. This year, go above and beyond giving a box of chocolates – plan a whole day that makes your sweetie know what they mean to you.

Begin the day with a special delivery! Men, make sure flowers are waiting for your wife, girlfriend or even your mom to start the day! Pre-order a dozen long-stemmed roses or a beautiful bouquet from Flowers by Jeni and have them delivered to your Valentine’s home or office on February 14.

Send Something Sweet! Don’t just hand out conversation hearts to your friends and family – give them a gift they’ll remember all year long! Visit Gourmage and check out their hand-made desserts that include 15 kinds of truffles, chocolate bark and chocolate-covered almonds. Be sure to order a dozen hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries today before they run out!

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two! Make reservations today for a special Valentine’s Day meal at McAdoos Seafood Company and take advantage of their pre-set menu for two. Choose from two dinner options, Filet Medallions or Snapper, and enjoy a bottle of wine in one of New Braunfels’ most beautiful landmarks.

Dance the night away! Grab your dancing partner and head over to Gruene Hall for a free Valentine’s Day dance with the Sarah Pierce Band! Come out and enjoy songs from her new album, “Bring it On.” Visit www.gruenetexas.com for more information.

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day tradition in Gruene or New Braunfels? Share them with us on the Havenwood Facebook page!

Life in New Braunfels

New Braunfels is a quaint little town in the Texas Hill Country. What began as a home for German immigrants in the 1800s has blossomed into a charming place for all to live.

Worry that you will miss the big city? You get the best of both world’s when you live in New Braunfels because San Antonio and Austin aren’t far!

There is a little something for everyone here. Schlitterbahn and tubing are great activities for the whole family! The multiple parks allow for soaking up that Texas sun. Gruene Hall is nearby if you are in the mood for some great country music and dancing! New Braunfels staple, Wurstfest, occurs every November and you can enjoy Bavarian entertainment and food.

Living in New Braunfels is definitely unique. Want to learn more about how living in New Braunfels a reality? Please visit havenwoodtexas.com.

Building Your Dream Home in Texas Hill Country

Building a brand new, custom-built home can be one of the most exciting and unique experiences of your life. Fortunately in the Havenwood Community in New Braunfels, Texas you are able to pick the perfect piece of land to suit your individual needs and work with the home builder of your choice to turn your dream home into reality.

There are a few things to take into consideration prior to building on your land, especially understanding a home construction loan. Since construction loan rates aren’t typically published like fixed mortgage rates, it’s important to do your research and get with a lender to gather all the information prior to breaking ground.

Home construction loans are different than most types of home loans. They require interest-only payments throughout the construction phase of the home. You will work with the lender to draw up a schedule, and interest will be charged based on the money given. When you are buying the land consider splitting the loan into two loans. A “land loan” and “construction loan” so that they can be advanced at different times.

Due to the numerous variables that exist with home construction loans, the best advice is to work with your lender directly to make informed decisions. This is their expertise and they can guide you in the right direction regarding payments and a timeline to suit your needs.

Once your home construction loan is squared away and in place, you can begin the process of bringing your dream home to life in the breathtaking Texas hill country surrounding the welcoming Havenwood community.

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San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most unique cities in the country, with an interesting history, and one of the largest populations. Even though it is the seventh largest city in the country, many people notice the small-town feel whenever they visit.

San Antonio is constantly buzzing with exciting events and things to do. Home to the annual Fiesta and Stock Show & Rodeo celebrations, countless conventions and San Antonio Spurs NBA games, the city stays true to its heritage, educating visitors and residents alike with exciting activities available throughout the year.

One of the most unique aspects about San Antonio, however, is the people that comprise the city. San Antonians are friendly and down to earth, and no matter what part of town you visit, they are willing to always greet you with a smile and show you the quickest route to the Alamo.

Since San Antonio is so big, surrounding areas have also become very desirable places to call home. Just North of San Antonio you will find the Texas Hill Country, consisting of New Braunfels, Boerne, San Marcos, Gruene and other small towns along the outskirts of town. San Antonio is unique in that it was a planned community that was able to grow and expand along with the population.

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing – just miles north of San Antonio on the way to Austin – has land available for sale, with sprawling views of rolling hills and close access to the Texas wine trail. Learn more about leaving near San Antonio by visiting our website today!

 

Living in a Small Town

Those who live in the Texas Hill Country will tell you – nothing beats the genuine, charming feel of a small, Texas town. After all, there are so many tremendous benefits to living just outside a major metropolitan area.

First, small towns have a strong sense of community. The phrase “everybody knows everybody” carries a lot of weight, because smaller towns are quieter and have less people, allowing you and your family to enjoy the built-in community with your neighbors. Plus, smaller towns tend to support local business, keeping the economy strong.

Also, small towns ten do experience less traffic and the annoyances of taking a long time to drive from one place to the next. When most people imagine bit city life, the first thing that comes to mind is traffic and smog, but you won’t get that in the quiet Texas Hill Country.

Overall, the New Braunfels and Gruene areas have one of the least instances of crime in the state – yet another reason why families prefer to raise their children in small towns. Peace of mind knowing that your children are free to roam about and ride bikes with their friends is priceless!

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing is just miles away from San Antonio and Austin, so residents have easy access to the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying the relaxing and laid-back atmosphere of your small town. Visit our website to learn more about the unique aspects that small town life has to offer, and let one of our sales representatives show you the homesite of your dreams!

 

Retire in the Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is known as one of the most popular and relaxing places to retire in the country, and there are several distinct reasons why.

Location, location, location. Most retirees choose to live in the Gruene and New Braunfels areas simply because of its popular location. Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, located in the Gruene area, is near several towns and metros including Austin, San Antonio, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, San Marcos and Bandera.

The Hill Country is also one of the most affordable places to live in Texas.  Cost of living in the area is much lower compared to the rest of the U.S., and land is affordable. Imagine being able to build your dream home on the ideal plot of land, among rolling hills and large oaks trees!

Nearby amenities and activities such as museums, schools for continuing education opportunities, as well as easy access to medical facilities is also an important factor for retirees looking for their next home. The Texas Hill Country has award-winning, reputable hospitals within miles.

Overall, the Texas Hill Country offers retirees unbeatable activities, beautiful views and a decadent lifestyle. All of the area natural attractions and ideal warm weather make it the perfect place to call home. For more information about retiring in Texas, visit our website.

 

Hill Country Bed & Breakfasts

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.

Do you have a favorite Texas Hill Country Bed & Breakfast? Tell us about your stay! To learn more about making the Texas Hill Country your permanent home and building a dream house, visit us on our website.

New Braunfels Living: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

The heat of summer drives thousands of Texans to the waters edge each year, seeking relief from the sun’s rays. Be it a pool, a river or a simple sprinkler rotating on the lawn, summer fun is epitomized in plastic floating devices, snorkels and the water.

Deep in the Texas Hill Country in New Braunfels, scenic Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort guarantees the perfect solution to beating the heat. The name Schlitterbahn is a German term loosely translated as “slippery road,” and rest assured, there is plenty of adventure here, including raging rapids, towering waves and plunging waterfalls. The Waterpark boasts dozens of water slides, children’s water playgrounds and miles of inner tube chutes.  Schiltterbahn’s Master Blaster uphill water coaster has even received national recognition! Surrounding the Rapids, relax on one of the sandy beaches or unwind in a giant, oversized hot tub as you sip a refreshing drink at the swim-up bar.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is built along the spring-fed waters of the Comal River. The Resort began in 1979 with only 4 water slides, and has since grown to stretch over more than 65 acres. The New Braunfels park now has over 3 miles of inner tube rides, 7 water playgrounds for children, 17 water slides, 9 tube chutes, and the World’s First surfing and boogie boarding machine. The park’s watersource is also quite noteworthy, in that all of the water used in Schiltterbahn West is pumped from the Comal River that flows along the southern boundary. The water is filtered after use (no chemicals are used in the cleaning process) and is deposited back into the river, making Schiltterbahn extremely eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.

Country living in New Braunfels is enhanced by it’s small-town appeal, and the nearby attractions. Schlitterbahn Waterpark has been highly ranked and praised by various world travel publications and is often mentioned on the Travel Channel as an excellent place to visit. Soak up some country charm and spend a day amongst the waves!

Small-town feel, Texas-sized community

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.

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