Things to Do in Boerne, TX
Like any community, there are plenty of great things to do in Boerne, TX. Sometimes these events, attractions and restaurants are well known, while other times it takes a well-trained eye or local guide to introduce you to them. If you are looking for more variety, the more populous cities in Texas are certain to accommodate your desires of activities.
The locale may be Texas‚ but the feeling is all German‚ at least every Father’s Day weekend when the annual Boerne Berges Fest pays homage to the city’s German heritage. “Berges” means “Festival of the Hills‚” according to the Fest’s past president‚ Blake McCarter‚ commenting on the 36-year-old festival’s beginnings. “We try to highlight traditional German activities and food‚ and we always bring out a big crowd.”
When Germans migrated to Boerne during the mid-1800s‚ they brought their love of music with them. They also brought their musical skills and wasted little time re-creating the sounds of their home country. And so began the Boerne Village Band‚ which was launched in 1860 by Dr. Karl Kienger. Other immigrants and their families joined in‚ including Ottmar von Behr‚ whose descendant‚ Dr. Kenneth Herbst‚ is the band’s current leader.
Secluded getaways for artists often are associated with the East or West coasts. For nearly 20 years‚ however‚ professional artists have had a Hill Country haven‚ thanks to the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation. The foundation‚ originally created to preserve the Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio‚ set its sights on establishing an arts community on a 500-acre ranch in Boerne.
The hushed fluttering of hundreds of wings provides the soundtrack for the Cinnamon Creek Tropical Butterfly Garden‚ a Hill Country treasure. The atmosphere is ethereal – “like God is here‚” says Peggy Smith‚ who started the project in 2003 with her husband‚ Clyde. The garden is a gift to the community‚ though the Smiths wish it weren’t such a secret one. A busy day sees 50 patrons‚ while some days no one visits the site.
When Denise Mazal and daughter Veronica opened Little Gretel on River Road last February, she dug out recipes her Czech mother developed more than 60 years ago. “The recipes come from my family,” Denise says. “We were in the restaurant business before in Boulder, so all of our recipes have been tested pretty well. I grew up in the restaurant business with my mother, who was a chef for 60 years in Prague. Cooking is absolutely natural to me.”
Maybe it’s the flaky‚ buttery crust. Or perhaps it’s all the juicy‚ mouth-watering fruit. Whatever the reason‚ there’s something special about a Tootie Pie. “People always say there’s some thing different about our pies‚” says Jeff Bailey‚ vice president of corporate development for the Tootie Pie Co. in Boerne. “They’re handmade from scratch with no preservatives.” Tootie Pie Co. was started by Ruby Lorraine “Tootie” Feagan in the early 1980s when she began baking and selling pies from her home in Medina‚ Texas.
Boerne may be a small city‚ but it’s developed a large appetite for good food. From traditional‚ down-home Tex Mex dishes to the best of innovative haute cuisine‚ Boerne’s restaurant choices have made it a dining destination for locals and visitors alike. “Boerne is growing‚ and as it grows‚ the dining options are increasing too‚” says Raoul Vargas‚ manager of The Creek. “In the past few years‚ the choices have gotten much better‚ and service has improved. It’s a real advantage to people who live here‚ because they no longer have to go to San Antonio to dine out.”
Whether seeking to get in touch with your spiritual side‚ play a few rounds of golf or reel in some fish‚ there’s a getaway in Boerne for you. As the area has grown in popularity both as a place to live and a vacation destination‚ Boerne’s tourism industry has responded accordingly. Historic buildings house hotels and spas‚ while the rich hills around town are dotted with retreats offering all manner of indoor and outdoor pleasures.
They’re having a ball at Northrup Park Athletic Complex. The spacious sports facility at Interstate 10 and Johns Road is equipped with three adult softball diamonds and nine youth baseball fields. The dozen fields allow the complex to host numerous leagues and tournaments on a year-round basis. Northrup Park opened in 2001 and also features coed volleyball leagues‚ flag football and YMCA camps. There is also a large playground area for toddlers and their parents who aren’t watching the sports action.