For the Culture Seeker

Couple at Gallery 195A day in Boerne is great, three days is even better! Fill your time exploring local art galleries, making fantastic discoveries on the Hill Country Mile (historic or retail), venturing out into the hills for a wine tour, treating your taste buds to fabulous culinary delights, or partaking in an event with local flare.

DAY 1: Indulge Your Artistic Side

• Local and fine art can be found in the many art galleries around Boerne. However, you’ll need breakfast first! Head over to Little Gretel on River Road. This charming restaurant features German and Czech cuisine as well as some fabulous breakfast and brunch selections.

• Art is all over the place in Boerne. Partake in the Art Al Fresco outdoor public art program and explore the trails and public parks around Boerne to decide what your favorite piece is. Vote online to put in your two cents. Also, download the Otocast app on your phone for an audio tour!

• Lunch at the elegant 259 Brantley’s Bistro, where you can indulge in specialties such as quail or shrimp tacos, axis venison burger, lamb sliders, imaginative salads, and creative sandwiches.

• Visit fine art galleries in the afternoon, such as Carriage House Gallery, Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery, and the Gallery 195.

The Creek Restaurant is an enchanting dinner venue tucked along the Cibolo Creek near the Main Street bridge. Dine alfresco on the gorgeous deck or inside the historic landmark building.

DAY 2: Take it Easy Strolling the Historic Hill Country Mile

• Spend your second day visiting the unique boutiques, galleries, shops, and restaurants along historic Main Street. The quaint Bear Moon Bakery and Café, perfect for pastries and coffee, is located in a historic corner building and offers indoor and outdoor seating.

• Take your time visiting the many booths in the various antique stores along the Hill Country Mile including the Boerne Emporium or Antique Mall, then for lunch go to the Boerne Grill. The menu features soups, sandwiches, salads, homemade ice cream, and baked goods.

• Indulge your passion for fashion when you browse the interesting collections of clothes and accessories in the South Main Street boutiques. Grab a glass of wine or and ice-cold craft beer at Boerne Cork and Keg. If history is more your style, download a Historic Walking Tour or make sure to grab a copy at the Boerne Visitor Center before you start your day.

• The Cypress Grille offers both comfort and elegance for dinner. Your delicious choices include grilled pork chops, blackened sea scallops, pan-seared foie gras, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, crispy oysters, delectable desserts, and an extensive wine list.

Day 3: Every Day is a Special Event

• Coffee is a must every day right? Load up on your favorite morning brew at The Dienger Trading Co. Step foot into one of Boerne’s many historic buildings for a charming start to the day. Opt for sweet or savory breakfast eats to pair with your drink!

• There is always something going on in Boerne. Whether it is a festival, outdoor concert, Boerne Community Theatre show, Boerne Performing Arts function, Parade of Artists, Art in the Park, Art Waddle, or a movie in the park, plan ahead and pick your dates well and your day will be filled with local enchantment!

• Lunch might be BBQ back in Boerne and you can’t go wrong with Klein’s Smokehaus or Black Board Bar B-Q. If something Italian is more to your liking, visit Valeria Ristorante Italiano, Bella Sera, Z’s Pizza, Inferno’s Pizza, or Broken Stone Pizza. For award-winning burgers, try the Longhorn Café at the Old No. 9 Depot.

• Your afternoon adventure may take you into the Hill Country to visit wineries and sample commendable Texas wines. Singing Water Vineyards, Sister Creek Vineyards, and the Bending Branch Winery are located in the Boerne and Comfort area.

• Your dinner destination is the Dodging Duck Brewhaus in Boerne. Relax on the covered deck or dine in one of the lake house-style dining rooms. Winner of numerous World Beer Championship medals, Dodging Duck has its own unfiltered and unpasteurized craft beer on tap. The dinner menu features everything from Thai lettuce wraps to chimichurri grilled beef tenderloin to bratwurst and sauerkraut.