THE BOERNE HILL COUNTRY MILE EXPERIENCE IS NOT TO BE MISSED.
When was the last time you visited Boerne, Texas? It had been years since I was there, until recently. WOW, how the town changed since that day I drove from Kerrville for a day of shopping in downtown Boerne. Well, folks, this charming town of Boerne has changed over the years and for good. Welcome to the Boerne Hill Country Mile. That and the beautiful Cibolo Creek is a true hill country experience, and it’s the perfect gathering place for a weekend of shopping, sipping, and relaxing with your girlfriends or family. Visit Boerne hosted my trip. All opinions are my own.
Boerne is only about 20-25 minutes from San Antonio and would make a great day trip. Last month when I was there, I found myself in awe of the beautiful flowers, ponds, gardens, and public art I saw on my Hill Country Mile route. And, nope, I didn’t finish in one day, so I took a few more hours the next day to make sure I saw it all. I may have lingered too long at the Cibolo Creek picnic area, but that’s just what you do. It was one of the best road trips I’ve taken to the Texas Hill Country! Wait until you see it –it’s beautiful and relaxing, and the ducks are so welcoming.
What’s there not to love about shopping, eating, and strolling? To me, this combination is the perfect vacation! Well, you’re in for a treat on the Hill Country Mile in Boerne, TX., as this is precisely what this post is all about — if you feel like it, you can add sipping to the mix. You’ll shop, eat, drink, sit, and repeat all up and down Main Street. And, if you don’t finish it all in one day, pick up where you left off the next day – simple!
MY SOLO TRIP TO BOERNE, TEXAS
When I arrived in Boerne, I went straight to Klein Smokehaus for lunch. I received the biggest Texas welcome from the owners, and it continued that way throughout my 4-day stay. Boerne is a true Hill Country getaway, especially if you love to shop.
MORE ABOUT BOERNE’S HILL COUNTRY MILE
Like I said above, there is plenty of shopping and dining to do in Boerne along Main Street and side streets …so get ready. Boerne’s Hill Country Mile is a huge reason this small charming town gets visitors daily and is a great street to do all your shopping. It’s a leisure one-mile walk on Main Street, where you’ll marvel over all the shops, boutiques, eateries, breweries, etc., that fill up historic buildings and modern storefronts.
The Hill Country Mile is truly an all-day experience, so grab your family or your girlfriend and plan for a fun time.
HILL COUNTRY MILE STORES IN BOERNE, TX
There are so many fabulous boutiques, vintage, thrift stores, funky art, coffee shops, art galleries, you name it, it’s there on Main Street, and no two boutiques sell the same thing. So everywhere I went, I saw something new. Strolling Main Street is truly the best way to see it all.
I bought the cutest jean dress at 259 Market and wore it on my winery tours the next day. Don’t miss the cute garden at A Little Nature Store with benches to rest on and a water foundation to listen to. It was such a treat to sit and listen and relax my feet.
Located inside one of the oldest historic buildings in town is The Dienger Trading Co. Their boutique is a darling place to shop for trendy merchandise and clothing for women, men, and babies. And while you’re there, enjoy breakfast or lunch in their bistro.
ATTRACTIONS IN BOERNE, TEXAS
If you’ve been up and down Main Street a million times and want something else to do, I’ve mentioned just a few things in town to do. You can be as busy as you want to be in Boerne! The town is also dog-friendly so bring your pup along.
THE CAVE WITHOUT A NAME
Take a tour of The Cave Without A Name to see this wonderful gem and walk where moonshiners did many years ago. You’ll be amazed at all the old history involved with this cave. Then, go sluicing (panning for gold), which is on the premises, and if you’re lucky, your bag will contain crystals, amethyst, copper, to name a few. It was a fun activity for me.
THE OLD JAIL MUSEUM
The Kendall County Historic Jail was built in 1887 and had been sitting there for years until two friends saw the value in its history and decided it needed to come back to life. They pulled together their resources and restored the place, which is now The Old Jail Museum. Don’t pass up a chance to see it in Boerne if you like history. As of now, it’s open for tours on Saturdays.
WINERIES NEAR BOERNE, TEXAS
Grab the gang and head out to two of the wineries that I went to. Along the way, you can marvel at the scenery of the Hill Country, and maybe you’ll find a new favorite wine. Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyard is a great winery to start your tour. You’ll enjoy all Texas wines here and their new facility. Then, take a 3-minute drive to Sister Creek Vineyards in Sisterdale (photo above), where you can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings and see the historic cotton gin that now houses their winery.
There’s no shortage of breweries on the Hill Country Mile. If you’re going for the beer, you’re in luck. Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. has an indoor-outdoor casual atmosphere, handcrafted house beers, and a farm-to-table menu. Tusculum Brewing Co. is another brewery on Main Street that’s worth trying out and listening to live music.
BOERNE HILL COUNTRY MILE RESTAURANTS TO TRY
VISIT KLEIN SMOKEHAUS FOR TERRIFIC SMOKED TURKEY
I had the best lunch at Klein Smokehaus. It’s been the town’s favorite butcher shop since 1950 and a great place to grab lunch on the go. Their menu is full of meats and mouth-watering sides to make your meal complete. If you’re deciding on either brisket or smoked turkey …well, you really need to try the turkey – it’s the best I’ve ever had!
PEGGY’S ON THE GREEN
Located adjacent to The Kendall, Peggy’s on the Green offers a lovely indoor setting for lunch and dinner. Serving all-American food with daily specials that are not on the menu. My friend who joined me for lunch said we had to order the homemade pimento cheese spread, and the waitress seconded it, so we did. Not sure what I liked best, that cheese spread or the fish tacos I ordered. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
LITTLE GRETEL RESTAURANT
Welcome to handcrafted cuisine where Owner and Executive Chef Denise serves up a variety of German food, American favorites, and the best authentic Czech food in the Hill Country. Find a seat inside or outside in the Biergarten at Little Gretel Restaurant and get ready to be in awe with the menu full of flavor and love.
Places To Not Miss While In Boerne
Cibolo Nature Center. It’s free to hike the trails, and you can bring a picnic.
Flashback Funtiques. Reminisce about the old days while strolling through the store.
River Road Park is an excellent choice to relax outside in the shade.
Be sure to stop by the Boerne’s Visitors Center to pick up brochures on attractions of the area.