The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Boerne, Tx (Feb 2012)

A beautiful February day in Texas, 85 degrees and sunny!  What to do?  How about a trip to Boerne (pronounced Burnee)?  The Jeep needed to stretch its legs so we were off.  We headed out in the country to take the back country roads on Highway 46.  It was a lovely drive through Smithson Valley, Bergheim, Bulverde, past Guadalupe SP, Texas longhorns grazing in several different fields (ranch country you know).  We came into Boerne the back way along River Road.  The lovely park along the river was all torn up so instead of seeing people fishing and picnicking, we saw graders and torn up grass.  Ahhh!

As we made the turn into town, we were warmly welcomed.

We parked along Main street.  Things were busy along here but we had no trouble securing a good spot right in the thick of things.

We were right by the Olde Town plaza where there is more parking surrounded by small shops.  The town also provides spotless public restrooms here.

This Hardware and Lumber store has lots of unique gift items in addition to hardware type items in an old-fashioned setting.  DH was very happy to find some Gorilla Tape as the roll he found years ago is almost gone.  Gorilla Tape is like Duct Tape on steroids.

This is a town with German heritage so of course they have a Bier Garten (Beer Garden).

They even have a winery which I didn't remember seeing on previous visits.

This store had an outside area and an inside area to explore.

We found a kitchen store that advertises itself as the largest in the hill country but I think the one in Fredericksburg is bigger.  Still they had almost every cooking gadget you can image.

Calamity Jane's turned out to be a home furnishings store instead of a western store.

Need a little snack, the vine covered Candy Store on Main has it all.

Looks like a little renovation is going on here.  Hmmm, stone over wood over plaster.  I think this goes back a ways.

DH was taking a little break checking out the scenery while I snapped some photos of ......
...the renovations going on along the river.  It looks like they are adding a meandering walkway all along the river along with some new picnic tables.  I guess this will be another "Riverwalk" but completely different than the one in San Antonio.

We stopped at the Bear Moon Cafe for coffee and a snack.  They have a breakfast buffet and serve lunch inside or outside.  They also have great looking bakery items to go along with coffee, expresso, and various lattes.  There are also a couple of other coffee shops in town as well as a good selection of interesting cafes right along Main St.  Even more choices if you venture out to other parts of town.

There are lots of old buildings with historical information posted.  Texas is very good at providing historical information.

 Staffel Store

But Boerne also has a great sense of humor!  You have to read the whole sign.

There are lots of boutiques and antique shops to browse in.

The brine smell from this Pickle Shop let us know what they were selling before we got there.

Lots of little shops!

And if you get tired from all your browsing and shopping....

You can head up the stairs above these shops and rent a room in this unique bed and breakfast.

We had a great day in Boerne.  It is an interesting place to visit up in the Hill Country and only a short drive from San Antonio right off IH10.

So just remember.....

Thanks for coming along on my trip to Boerne, Texas.


  1. I will be so glad when Jim is ready to stretch a little bit. He feels better every day but he's not up to a whole lot yet. Love the sign. I want to find some fun little shops and cafes to browse through. Maybe next week.

    1. Here's hoping you get to go out and enjoy real soon. These two signs were over a shop and I just couldn't resist.

  2. I like that "TODAY IS A GOOD DAY" sign!!! And the histerical sign about the house not there yet was really good!

  3. Great post, Colleen. Somehow I missed Bourne when I was up that way. Next time. Loved the Hysterical Marker!

  4. If you stopped at every TX historical/hysterical marker it'd take a lifetime, or more, to get through TX. Very nice tour through this quaint little town.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. I agree. There is a lot to see in Texas and there are a lot of historical markers just out there along the highway. I'm glad I found your blog through the Good Luck Duck. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you will follow along with us.

  5. You have so many neat places to visit near your home! Love those signs. Do you take the dogs with you on these excursions?

  6. We have a friend who lives in Boerne so we have visited there twice! Very nice town! You showed us some of the places we missed! Thanks for the tour!

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