Hill Country Mile
Boerne’s Hill Country Mile – Small town Hospitality with Modern Flare
Boerne’s Hill Country Mile is a stretch along Main Street of locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants right through the historic heart of downtown Boerne. Shopping along the Hill Country Mile, you’ll find everything from on-trend boutique clothing and home décor to treasured antique pieces. Dining is no different -- you’ll experience time-tested recipes and down home cooking along with modern Hill Country fare and wine selections sure to make your meal a memorable one. The Hill Country Mile, spanning north from the Patrick Heath Public Library to Oak Park Drive on the south, is the perfect way to experience Hill Country hospitality, whether you have three hours or three days. We are “More Than Just a Mile!”
Beyond Shopping and Dining
Just steps from the Hill Country Mile are beautiful, meandering paths along the banks of the Cibolo Creek where you can view meticulously maintained historic properties and pocket parks on a newly-renovated trail. Fishing piers and picnic tables will make you feel like you are “away from it all”, without having to travel hours out of town.
Boerne’s public art scene is a walkable outdoor adventure for visitors and residents and is located throughout the Hill Country Mile and along Boerne’s Trail System. The collection includes permanent sculptures and Art al Fresco, a public sculpture competition, consisting of nine chosen works that incorporate a variety of materials including welded steel, bronze, blown glass, and others. The Art al Fresco sculptures are temporarily on loan from artists around the country. Learn about each piece by downloading the Otocast app and choosing Art al Fresco for a narrated tour of the installation!
South Boerne’s Historic Architecture
There is so much history to explore along the Hill Country Mile! South of the Cibolo is where you will find some of Boerne’s most stunning historic buildings, rich in history and architecture. St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, completed in 1923, is made from limestone and modeled after San Antonio's Mission de la Purisma (1730). The church’s twin towers rise 65 feet in the air, topping the main church which sits upon a high hill that overlooks the city. Stop for a drink next door at the 153-year old Phillip Manor, which has been restored into a boutique hotel, pub and event center. And across the street with its two story triple columns and arched windows is the Victorian style Carstanjen House, or Mansion House where you can shop for upscale home furnishings and clothing. Veteran's Park is also nearby along with the famous Kronkosky Tower - the best view in Boerne!
Celebrate Year-Round on the Hill Country Mile
The Hill Country Mile is the home of Boerne's most exciting events of the year. April brings the Texas Corvette Show, with a mass of hot cars lining Main Street and Main Plaza. Each Father’s Day weekend, the Boerne Berges Fest parade celebrates Boerne’s German Heritage. Summer is the time for Movies in the Park, Abendkonzerts at the Gazebo and Hot Rod Nights! Fall brings one of Boerne’s biggest events, the Key to the Hills Rod Run, where more than 500 pre-1949 Street Rods from all over the country line the Hill Country Mile and Main Plaza. And be sure to kick off the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend at Dickens on Main, when the Hill Country Mile is transformed into a winter wonderland! Snow and a real ice slide will get you right into the holiday spirit, while costumed shopkeepers and horse drawn carriages bring old-world Christmas alive. Monthly events include Boerne Market Days, and for late night shopping and dining, and Second Saturday Art Beat.
Small Town Charm is Right Down the Road!
Time it takes to get to Boerne from:
- Austin -- 90 minutes
- San Antonio -- 30 minutes
- Kerrville -- 34 minutes
- Houston -- 3 hours 20 minutes
- Corpus Christi -- 2 hours 30 minutes
- Odessa -- 4 hours 15 minutes
- Dallas/Ft. Worth 4 hours 30 minutes
The Hill Country Mile from a Planning and Economic Development Perspective
Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, a vibrant downtown outdoor adventure, is a branding initiative that connects Main Street businesses, the Boerne community and visitors while preserving the City’s historic heart and enhancing the downtown experience. The Hill Country Mile is the catalyst to unify our community and partner with businesses, groups and organizations. The Hill Country Mile will play a significant role in:
- Preserving the rich historic and cultural identity of downtown Boerne;
- Promoting the quality of life through a safer, cleaner, more walkable destination; and
- Fostering economic growth and business diversity
In addition the enhanced quality of life for residents and visitors, the Benefits to downtown property owners and businesses are tangible, including:
- Increased retail sales;
- Higher levels of patron and pedestrian traffic;
- Public and private improvements creating a memorable destination experience; and
- A safer and cleaner community, positively impacting the downtown experience.
Historic District Improvement Program – Application and Instructions
Contact: Mary Woods