Day Trippn' from Boerne Part 2
We know you love Boerne, and want to see and do all that we have here. Once you have finished exploring our community we encourage you to visit some of our Texas Hill Country neighbors. Boerne is the Hub of the Hill Country so call us home base while you explore additional communities in the area that also have fabulous offerings. Enjoy this follow up blog post from our first Day Trippn' from Boerne blog post.
Camp Verde (45 minutes from Boerne)
Historic Camp Verde was the 1854 site of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis’ “Texas Camel Experiment”. The camel was chosen for its ability to withstand Texas heat and arid conditions. Robert E. Lee was said to have laid out the grounds for Camp Verde, including the officer’s quarters and the camel pens. While the camels were well-suited to the region, their unpleasant disposition eventually got them fired! When the Civil War broke out, the camel experiment was abandoned. Even then, the Camp Verde General Store was open to offer goods and services to soldiers stationed at Fort Verde, and it has continued in operation (as a post office, community center and other incarnations) ever since. The present-day two-story Southern colonial stone structure was built in 1900, after the original building was swept away in a flood. Spectacular outdoor patio; dining, fabulous shopping, and a great place to spend the day. Located mid-way between Kerrville and Bandera on Hwy. 173.
Sisterdale (15 minutes from Boerne)
The community was one of the centers of German abolitionism and Unionism before and during the Civil War. After the conflict it became a quiet Hill Country hamlet. It still remains unincorporated, but several businesses have set up shop there in recent years including Nic Campbell Studio, a Texas artist who has recently opened up a gorgeous art gallery and teaching facility. Definitely don’t miss the Sisterdale General Store, where you can do everything from grab a bite to eat to rent a kayak and head to the Guadalupe River. Popular Sister Creek Winery is also a great place to sample some Texas Hill Country wines and take some back home with you, and the Marlowe Candle Company offers the perfect wax blends, scents and wicks to produce some of the finest candles in the area. Sisterdale Dance Hall is a great place to book weddings, events and other celebrations, and the Sisterdale Saloon is on hand to help you quench your thirst on a hot, Texas afternoon.
Bandera (30 minutes from Boerne)
The self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capitol of the World” is a throwback to the days of the Old West. The town was founded by Roman Catholic immigrants from Poland, whose St. Stanislaus Catholic Church remains one of the oldest in the state. Bandera was the starting point of the Great Western Cattle Trail during the second half of the 19th century. Today, the town is known for its abundance of “dude ranches” and saloons, as well as shopping and dining along Main Street. Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar is a famous local honky-tonk, and it is the former home of singer Robert Earl Keen, and brothers Bruce and Charlie Robison.
Contributing Writer: Dayna Cartwright