The list of fun things to do in the Hill Country goes on and on. One of the favorite activities of those who live in New Braunfels and surrounding cities is spending a day in Gruene.
When you come to Gruene, you can’t help but drink in the history. This charming town within the New Braunfels city limits was founded in the 1840s by German settlers and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Many of its original structures exist still, but when you stroll through town, you’ll see that what once was filled with cotton fields has been replaced by friendly shop owners and visitors.
What to do
Take a self-guided walking tour through Gruene. Gruene is an ideal spot for an historic stroll to check out the former homes of Henry D. Gruene, son of the first German immigrant to settle the area. Gruene Mansion Inn; Gruene Haus; and Gruene General Store were all homes belonging to Gruene in the 1800s. In addition, the former mercantile building, built in 1904, is now Gruene Antique Company and the former electric cotton gin is now Adobe Verde.
Go dancing at Gruene Hall, the oldest continually operating dance hall in the state. Historic Gruene Hall continues to host everyone from famous performers to up-and-coming artists. George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chris Isaac, and Willie Nelson have all played here.
Go tubing. It’s one of the most popular activities in the Hill Country, and, from Gruene, you have access to Rockin 'R' River Rides and Gruene River Co. for river guides and gear.
Check out—or spend the night at—Gruene Mansion Inn. This quaint bed and breakfast offers a trip back to 1872.
Head to The Grapevine. Free daily wine tastings. Need we say more?
Where to eat
Famous for its hand-tossed pizzas and for incorporating the hottest pepper in the world, the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper, into some of its menu items, Infernos Wood Fired Oven & Spirits is a local fave.
Gruene River Grill is a great place to dine a deux or with friends, enjoying great weather and a fun menu on their patio.
The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar used to be a cotton gin and is now one of the most popular restaurants in the Hill Country. Whether you eat indoors or out with a view of the Guadalupe River, you’re bound to have a great time.
The Gruene Door offers a more upscale dining experience, with chef-inspired American fare and a long wine list.
What to buy
Gruene is a great place to buy unique Texas gifts at Old Gruene Market Days, held the third weekend of the month, a famous jar of green sauce at The Gristmill, or some homemade fudge at the Gruene General Store—voted one of the 40 best places to visit in Texas.
Living in the Hill Country
Gruene is just down the road from The Crossings and in the heart of New Braunfels’ growing retail core, making it a favorite hangout spot for those living in the Hill Country. The Crossings is the newest community from noted developer SouthStar Communities and leading homebuilder Lennar Homes.
This popular Hill Country community offers a unique opportunity to buy a new home in New Braunfels in two single-family neighborhoods with spacious, modern floorplans and many of today’s most coveted feature thanks to Lennar’s popular Everything’s Included (EI) program. EI includes items like granite countertops, Energy Star® stainless steel appliances, window coverings, and landscape packages, built in to the homes at no extra cost.
Buying a home in New Braunfels at The Crossings also provides access to great onsite amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails, along with Hill Country views and an ideal location with easy access to I35.
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