Weekend Getaway to Boerne, TX
I was raised in Ohio where we could take day trips and easily get to different states, but once we moved to Texas I quickly realized I could drive hours and hours, yet still be in TEXAS! Thankfully, there are so many towns that make Texas exploration exciting. One town our family has fallen in love with is Boerne, TX (pronounced Bur-nee and considered San Antonio's 'hill country'). From Austin, Boerne is about a two hour drive and depending which route you take could lead to adventurous stops in itself (Dripping Springs or Marble Falls).
We spent just one evening and a portion of the following day in Boerne, but could have easily spent the entire weekend and had plenty to do. We find the small town to be kiddo friendly and very stroller walking friendly, but a romantic getaway to Boerne would be equally enjoyable and probably more relaxing...just saying ;). Here is where we stayed, ate and played...
We stayed at the most luxurious and accommodating boutique hotel called the Kendall Inn. The property sits just off the main stretch near shops and eateries but is about a block or so away from the core action which is great for relaxation. The hotel also backs up to the Cibolo Creek Trail which I found perfect for my morning run. The Kendall offers 34 unique rooms, suites and cottages in which every detail has been thought of and expertly executed. We stayed the night in the Erastus Reed Grand Suite which is positioned on the second floor of the main building and despite being close to the heart of the hotel was extremely peaceful. The exterior door to the suite opens to a room with one plush king size bed and chic fireplace. The attached room was the bathroom and definitely the most exquisite bathroom I have ever been inside. The bathroom marble floors were adorned with a claw foot tub, spacious walk in shower and a fireplace mantle from 1859. Every inch of the hotel has been restored in a way that screams luxury, yet preserves original elegance.
The Kendall Inn has heated swimming pool with jets next to the cottages that is great for a dip with the kids or an evening dip with a significant other. The grounds also hold lots of indoor and outdoor lounging space. Peggy's On the Green is the restaurant attached to the main building and while we did not dine there, we did poke our heads inside and the bar was jaw dropping gorgeous!
For dinner, we brought the stroller for Max (9 month baby boy) and walked about 0.3 mile to Cibolo Creek Brewing. The restaurant is counter style service and very family friendly. We ordered some house beers and grabbed some crayons and coloring books available among a full collection of board games while we waited for our food. The kiddos loved the grilled chicken and hot dog in a tortilla from children's menu fare. My husband and I were enticed by the unique wing sauce flavors and ordered our wings plain with two sauces on the side (Savory IPA and Orange Curry) to dip.
Another walk-able eatery from our hotel was the Boerne Taco House. We walked over for breakfast tacos because, well, Texas. The space is so adorable and we found our tacos to be delish and VERY filling. Hubs ordered the Breakfast Pirata ( beef and melted cheese flattened and grilled almost like a quesadilla) because it was unique to their menu. The rest of our group stuck with traditional breakfast tacos which come standard on flour tortillas unless you request otherwise.
Salty and Sweet
Soft pretzels and ice cream are made fresh daily in house. Ice cream flavors rotate regularly. Olivia ordered the chocolate brownie and it was 1-2-3 gone! The shop is cute and also carries a variety of candies and chocolates. The patio holds a children’s picnic table and plenty of other seating to enjoy your scoops or salty pretzel treat outside.
About a 15 minute drive from our hotel is one of Texas's most known caves, Cave Without a Name. This was actually our second time touring the cave, and each time our tour guide has been extremely knowledgeable and passionate. The cave offers tours daily, which do not need to be scheduled in advance and also hosts concerts (which you can find on this event calendar) and weddings. Once you see the space you will know why it is such a popular venue (hello gorgeous) and you're actually locking in a consistent temperature and humidity level which in Texas is pretty priceless. The tour takes about an hour and explores all six of rooms within the cave. You can also visit the gift shop, pick a geode to cut and gem pan.
There's no telling where our next adventure will take us, but we're always ready to explore!
Love and gratitude,