Browsing Boerne, Texas – A quaint Hill Country town

Shopping the Texas Hill Country Town of BoerneIf you are in San Antonio, consider a day trip to Boerne, a quaint Hill Country town just minutes away. We were enjoying the Westin La Cantera Resort and it was suggested that we could turn back the clock by traveling only a few minutes away to explore the small town of Boerne (pronounced Ber nee by the locals).  If you are staying at the resort, and don’t have a car, the concierge can facilitate transportation for you.

History
Boerne, like Fredericksburg, Texas, was settled by German immigrants. There are interesting stories about the history of Boerne. The visitors bureau website describes this unique aspect of Boerne’s founders:  Because Boerne had been established by “free thinkers” – Germans who had no religion – churches were not permitted in Boerne. Legend tells of signs posted outside the city limits warning that preachers found inside the town after sunset would be shot. George Wilkins Kendall decided to build a Catholic church to honor his wife in 1860, and he was forced to build south of town, outside the city limits. St. Peter’s Church stands on what is now Main Street. The first church built inside the city limits was the Episcopal Church, erected in 1881 by British settlers. I found this to be in stark contrast to the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg which is overflowing with churches!

Many of the stone buildings, including the first churches, remain in Boerne. Today, the town draws antique-hunters, art enthusiasts and history buffs who enjoy wandering the streets, relaxing at cafes and taking in the Hill Country charm.

Strolling Hauptstrasse
Shopping the Texas Hill Country Town of BoerneBoerne’s main street, Hauptstrasse, features historic German-Texan architecture and is a fun place to walk and explore the shops. We started our exploration of Boerne after parking in a free lot in the middle of the Hauptstrasse shopping district.

We stopped in to the first antique store we encountered and found a treasure trove of antique country furniture, vintage toys and, much to the delight of one of our shoppers, reasonably priced vintage jewelry. As IShopping the Texas Hill Country Town of Boerne explored the shop I enjoyed the old wooden floors and looked up to see original light fixtures and tin ceilings. This once had been a large drug store.

We stopped by more antique stores and marveled at how well displayed the items were. The friendliness of the shopkeepers was one thing that will keep visitors shopping and shopping. You can spend hours just talking to the locals who are very warm and truly enthusiastic about their town. They can tell you the history of the building where their store is housed and suggest more sights to see in the area.

Shopping the Texas Hill Country Town of BoerneOne highlight on main street was the pickle store. Carousel Antiques & Pickles offers a pickle tasting of their crisp, locally grown and packed pickles. Fickle Pickles are sweet pickles, which happen to be my favorite. I had to purchase a small jar of the sweet and spicy variety.

Another fun store was Leathers with Style which offered Texas-style tooled leather purses, colorful leather luggage tags (a real hit at $9.95), boots and Bible covers…. a little bit of everything leather. Passing up a gorgeous purse, I crossed the street to investigate another interesting shop in a notable two story historic building. Jac and Bill Spruce have created Jac’s and invite you to “Spruce up Your Home.”  This shop features beautifully displayed new decorator items.

Upstairs you’ll find the Crescent Quarters Inn with New Orleans style balconies. Overlooking Main Street, the hotel’s second floor balcony includes New Orleans gas lanterns and 100-year-old brick facade which beckons you to sit, relax, and enjoy the Texas Hill Country breezes.  (unreviewed)

Boerne – Well Worth Your Time
It’s worth a half or full day of your vacation to explore the Hill Country town of Boerne. The people are friendly, the shops unique and the town historic. You’ll find the visit fun and relaxing. In fact, you may decide to return and spend a long weekend exploring everything Boerne has to offer. Enjoy our photo gallery of our explorations in Boerne.

More Information
Boerne Visitors Bureau
Boerne Event Calendar
More Texas Hill Country Articles

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose
Note: The visit to Boerne was part of a Westin La Cantera Resort hosted experience.

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