What's so exciting about the Hill Country Mile? Well, if you haven't been to Boerne in a while, things have changed...for the better, and you are in for a great big surprise! If you've never been to Boerne, you will be delighted by this mile-long stretch of historic Main Street in Boerne. Put on your walking shoes and delight in the meandering paths along the banks of the Cibolo Creek in River Road Park, meticulously maintained historic properties, pocket parks, notable restaurants, and shopping as sophisticated as any big city's. The Texas-sized "Mile", measuring 1.1 mile, isn't just a measure of distance, it's an evolving place and process to make and keep Boerne an extraordinary destination that both the community and visitors will think is the best place to be!
Downtown Historic District
Boerne now has every kind of shop one could fancy-from high end boutiques to cool funky resale shops. There are galleries, jewelry, leather, home decor, vintage items, clothing, accessories, gifts and so much more! And then there's the cuisine- we have great downtown restaurants! South central Texas is a melting pot of cultures so you’ll find the tastiest of cuisines along the Hill Country Mile! From Tex-Mex to German, to Hill Country contemporary and Southern BBQ! Don’t miss the hometown bakery!
Downtown Boerne and the Hill Country Mile also hosts some of Boerne's most exciting events of the year! Spring brings the Texas Corvette Show, where Main Street is a mass of hot cars lining the street and Main Plaza! In June Boerne Berges Fest is a three day Celebration of Boerne's German Heritage and is a plethora of fun activities for families. Fall brings Key to the Hill Rod Run, Pre 49 Street Rods fill Main Street and Main Plaza for the biggest event of the year! And finally Christmas is everyone's favorite with Dickens on Main where costumed shopkeepers and horse drawn carriages bring old world Christmas alive! The Weihnachts Parade is the finale of this grand event!
River South Arts District
South of the Cibolo is where you will find a quieter Boerne, but some great places to shop, eat and relax just the same. South Boerne is home to some of the city's most stunning historic buildings; St. Peter's Catholic Church, built from limestone it was modeled after San Antonio's Mission de la Purisma(1730) and measures 38 x 85 feet, 21 feet high with twin towers that rise 65 feet in the air, and sits upon a high hill that overlooks the city. The Phillip Manor next door has seen many uses in it's 152 years, but has been restored into a boutique hotel, pub and event center. And across the street with it's two story triple columns and arched windows is the Victorian style Carstanjen House, or Mansion House. Veteran's Park is also nearby along with the famous Kronkosky Tower - the best view in Boerne!
The Hill Country Mile from a Planning and Economic Development Perspective
The Hill Country Mile (HCM) is the catalyst to unify our community and partner with businesses, groups and organizations. The HCM 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 place to live, work and play; 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.