Boerne Travel Guide

  • Agriculture Museum
    Agriculture Museum
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  • Kendall County Courthouse
    Kendall County Courthouse
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  • Luckenbach Asher House
    Luckenbach Asher House
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Boerne Things to Do

  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

    The first church was built in 1866 with limestone from the Herff Ranch. The first church was replaced in 1923 but still remains and has been renovated. The "new" church 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 sixty-five feet in the air. The 1923 church is...

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  • San Antonio Riverwalk

    It is about a 40 minute drive from Boerne to the Alamo and Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The small river was originally a bypass channel, built when the San Antonio River was being straightened. The Riverwalk is below street level and seems like another world in the middle of the city. Both sides now have a walking path lined with...

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  • Boerne Public Library

    The Boerne Public Library is in the historic Dienger Building (1884) on the Main Plaza. It features a 1614 Low German (Platte Deutsch) Bible - one of only six known to exist. There is also free internet access.

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  • A Cool Cave Adventure

    The Cave Without a Name is an interesting, no-frills natural attraction. The cave, created hundreds of thousands of years ago, is awesome. The guide was funny and knowledgeable. The gift shop was not overly promotional, and had some reasonable rocks and other trinkets for kids to purchase.

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  • The Alamo

    It is about a 40 minute drive from Boerne to the Alamo and Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The Alamo became the Shrine of Texas Liberty in 1836 when the commander, Lt. Col. Travis, said "Victory or Death!" in his one-sided battle with the Mexican Army. Unfortunately it was the latter.Today it is difficult to picture that a siege and...

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  • Veteran's Park

    The park was established in 1923 and a monument erected by the Graham family to honor the 12 local men who died in military and naval service in World War I. A sculpture representing the different services was later done by J. Hester, a local artist.

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  • Boerne Main Plaza

    In June and July, the Boerne Village Band plays German music at the Abendkonzerte (evening concerts) on the main plaza. People bring their blankets, lawn chairs and ice chests to relax and listen, or dance a polka. The Boerne Village Band has been playing true old-country German music for 139 consecutive years. In fact, it's the oldest German band...

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  • Historic Stagecoach Stop

    The Kendall Inn building dates from 1859. It was formerly a stagecoach stop. The Limestone Grille is located there also. It is one of the best restaurants in the whole area (see my restaurant tip). When I was there, the grounds were being remodelled.

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  • Ye Kendall Inn

    Just off the plaza on Blanco Road is Ye Kendall Inn. It used to be a stagecoach stop and is located above Cibolo Creek. It now houses a B&B, the Limestone Grille and a few shops.

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Boerne Restaurants

  • Get a Seat by the Window and Enjoy the...

    Po Po, situated about 6 miles from downtown Boerne near a town called Welfare, is full of local character. Our family enjoyed sitting by the window where we could see hummingbirds feeding right outside.The walls of the restaurant are covered with decorative plates from all over the world.The service was fast and friendly. Food was good too! My...

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  • Best In Boerne!

    This restaurant is right off the town square of this town, about 30 minutes north of San Antonio. The "Key to the Hills," Boerne (pronounced Burn-Knee) is a friendly community full of German heritage. This restaurant is the best place to eat. The food is always consistent. Ye Kendall Inn has been visited by historical dignitaries, and was a stage...

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  • Excellent Tex-Mex Restaurant

    Mague's is excellent for Mexican food and/or breakfast at bargain prices (~$5.00). Their Spanish rice may be the best I have ever had; however, I tried the flan and it was just okay. The service is efficient but they don't open until 7 AM. Popurry Plate...tostadas fresh and crisp, green chile salsa, enchilada with red tortilla, chalupa, crisp...

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  • Fine Dining in Historic Kendall Inn

    The Limestone Grille was recommended by locals as the best restaurant in Boerne. It is located in the historic Kendall Inn, which was once a stagecoach stop. I don't drink but they had a large wine selection. They serve many unique items such as homemade Hungarian bread. Their side dishes were varied and delicious sounding (e.g. quinoa, creamed or...

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  • 35 Foot Bookcase with Fireplace

    This is a view of the 35 foot bookcase from the upstairs balcony. I have no idea how they got the items placed on the shelves to begin with, much less how to dust them.

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  • Vistro's Upstairs Dining Room

    The upstairs dining room and bar was not in use when I was there. It would be great in the winter when the weather is cold. It had a nice view of Veterans' park out the windows along the north wall. It was also built like a balcony overlooking the 35 foot bookcase and the downstairs dining room.

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  • Sunday House Style

    This picture shows the Vistro's Sunday house style combined with a European beam and stucco look. You can kind of see the exterior staircase behind the big tree on the left.

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  • Italian and German Family Dining

    The Vistro Restaurant is built in the Sunday house style, i.e., with an upstairs and an exterior staircase (see my local custom tip). They have German and Italian specialties but I just had the German, since it is hard to find back home; however, their homemade bread with pesto was outstanding. The Sunday house motif allows a unique 35 foot...

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  • RUDY'SSHANG...

    RUDY'SSHANG HIBUMDOODLERSMARGARITA'SRUDY'S -COUNTRY DOWN TO EARTH STAND IN LINE EAT AT A PICNIC TABLE LISEN TO MUSIC LOUD BUT GOOOOOOOD. CROSS THE STREET ON WEEK-ENDS COUNTRY DANCE A GOOD EAT AND DANCE EVENING THE DANCE HAS A BAR SHANG HI- QUIET GOOD PRICE VERY GOOD FOOD LUNCH HAS A $4.95 MENU THAT IS VERY GOOD AND A LOT OF FOOD. DINNERS ARE AROUND...

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Boerne Shopping

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    Hauptstrasse Shops

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    The Hauptstrasse (Main Street) in Boerne is lined with shops. It is most famous for the antique stores, many of which are in historical buildings. You can try the Antique Mall, the Emporium, the Landmark, the Iron Pigtail, or many others. Shop hours are typically 9 AM to 5 PM in Boerne. A few Hauptstrasse stores stay open until 6 PM. See also my Boerne travelogue on historic buildings, since many of them are antique stores.

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Boerne Local Customs

  • Sunday Houses

    Sunday houses were small second dwellings maintained near a church as a weekend place of residence. They became popular in the late 1800s among farmers and ranchers who lived in areas too remote to permit commuting to services. The families owning such houses normally left their farms and ranches Saturday morning, journeyed to town, took care of...

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  • Quiet after 6 PM

    Unless there is something going on in the Main Plaza, the Boerne Hauptstrasse is really quiet in the evening. Most of the shops open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM, but a few stay open until 6 PM. Mague's Cafe opens for breakfast at 7 AM. The Bear Moon Bakery and Cafe opens at 6 AM but the breakfast buffet does not start until 8 AM. You may as well...

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Boerne Tourist Traps

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    by TexasJack Written Jan 19, 2005

    Unless you really, really like caves, bypass this. The facilities (gift shop, premises) are old, and not taken care of.
    Yes, it was the sight of a Pat Swayze movie, but this place has seen better days...and those were a long time ago.
    There are far better things to do in the Texas Hill Country and Boerne area. It's a beautiful, friendly place.

    Unique Suggestions: Look at the peacocks. The best thing there.

    Fun Alternatives: Natural Bridge Caverns is about 40 minutes to the east (on Hiway 46, look for the signs) and a much better, first class cave experience....young and old.
    Spend your time visiting Main Street Boerne with it's restaurants and antique shops.

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Boerne Off The Beaten Path

  • Stream in Cave Without a Name

    This is the stream at one end of the cave. The cave extends much further but you must go under water to continue. After a rain, this stream can get quite large. The high water mark was 7-8 feet above this level. There is a rare salamander that lives in the stream but we did not see one.

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  • Cave Pools Without a Name

    There are spring-fed, crystal clear pools of water in the Cave Without a Name. At the far end, there is even a small stream flowing.

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  • Formations in Cave Without a Name

    The younger formations tend to be white. Evidently after a rain, enough water pours down from a small hole in the ceiling to partially dissolve this white formation. The rest of the time, it slowly builds up.

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Boerne Favorites

  • by csalas Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Father's Day week-end - Bergesfest best fair in the area.
    Labor Day week-end - Kendall county fair
    Cascade Caverns, Antique shops , Cave with no name,Craft shops,

    Fondest memory: In Boerne everybody is warm and friendly. There are always travelers here and you they are not treated poorly.They are given the home town welcome.

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