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Cover photo: Cover photo: by Randy Stephens Photography. A new born Texas Longhorn in Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets.

Welcome to Boerne Publisher’s Letter Relocation Tips Finding a home Area Neighborhoods Financial Services Title Services Insurance Smart Technology Home Improvement Medical Services Facts & Figures Around the County Automotive Services Boerne ISD Comfort ISD Higher Education Private Schools Early Learning Faith Community Parks & Outdoors Trails Comfort Fair Oaks Ranch Government & Services Organizations Lodging Things to Do Dining, etc. Explore Down Under

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Welcome to Boerne

Nestled against a lush, scenic backdrop of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne (the seat of Kendall County) is a Germanheritage town that has retained much of its Old-World charm, despite its proximity to San Antonio which is just 30 minutes away. Boerne’s rich and storied past and its resident’s commitment to keeping the heritage alive for future generations have made it not only a popular place to visit, but a wonderful community to live and raise a family, retire, or open a business. HISTORY The area—originally called Tusculum-- was first settled in 1849 by a group of German immigrants who brought their language, customs, and music with them. Though that initial settlement attempt was shortlived, the area would be successfully settled three years later by Gustav Theissen and John James who surveyed and laid out the town’s site and renamed it Boerne. The name was a nod to Karl Ludwig Börne, the nom de plume of a German journalist and political activist who inspired many young Germans to leave their homeland and travel to the new world. Today, the customs and music can still be found in the music and Germanheritage events that take place. A beloved, historic gem can be found right inside the front entrance of the Patrick Heath Public Library. Boerne is home to a rare, illustrated 1614 Low German Bible, one of only 6 known in the world in Martin Luther’s High German translation. The big mystery is how the centuries-old Bible made its way to Boerne. Displayed and preserved under glass, it can be viewed during regular library hours.

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ARCHITECTURE Boerne’s European beginnings are evident in the old stone buildings with narrow windows, steep gables, outside stairways and gardens. Today, many of the historic structures still remain along the Hill Country Mile (Main St.). Others have been lovingly restored to their architectural pasts with beloved heritage buildings now taking on new lives as art galleries, boutiques, breweries, bistros, bakeries, and specialty stores. SHOPPING The Hill Country Mile and River Road districts are lined with an abundant array of independent shops whose offerings include antiques, home décor and furnishings, clothing and accessories, jewelry, gourmet treats, Christmas ornaments, gifts, books, souvenirs, and more. Most of the stores sit along Haupstrasse (Main Street) or along River Road across from Cibolo Creek. Throughout the year, there are several popular shopping events including the popular Diva Nights, Chocolate Walk, and Stocking Stroll. ARTS AND CULTURE A thriving local arts and cultural scene includes several art galleries, the Boerne Community Theatre, and Boerne Performing Arts, a non-profit that brings a season of world-class performances to town each year. The City of Boerne’s “Art al Fresco”

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program is responsible for the public art installations that dot the trail system and other locations along the Hill Country Mile. DINING There are many local talented chefs who contribute to the eclectic array of dining options, with choices that range from casual fare to fine, upscale dining. Sprinkled throughout town and along the Hill Country Mile are also several places to unwind with a nightcap, including several craft breweries, some of whom offer live music, outdoor seating, and pet-friendly areas. The cuisine includes Southern classics, Italian, Mexican, Latin, European, German, American, BBQ, and much more. There are also some wonderful bakeries and coffee shops in town. OUTDOOR/NATURE For outdoor enthusiasts, there are multi-

ple hike and bike trails, both in Boerne and throughout Kendall County. There are also numerous city and county parks, recreational facilities, Boerne City Lake, nearby state parks, and the popular Cibolo Center for Conservation and Herff Farm – a wilderness preserve and farm that features 100 acres of trails to explore. For those who want to explore down under, there are also two show caves in Boerne – Cascade Caverns, and Cave Without a Name.

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PUBLISHER Brian Cartwright, MBA 210.465.2060


Gu st magazien e 215 W. Bandera Rd Ste #114-118 Boerne, TX 78006 Copyright © 2022. Guest Magazine Inc. All rights reserved. Publisher makes every effort to guarantee accuracy, but such accuracy cannot be guaranteed as advertising is subject to errors, omissions, and other changes without notice. The information in this magazine from third-party sources is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Publisher does not assume responsibility for such claims.

KENDALL COMMUNITY RELOCATION GUIDE is published by Cartwright Media Group, a local, family-owned business, and publisher of the Official Boerne Visitor Guide. Since 2004, our company has been the leading publisher in the Texas Hill Country in the tourism and visitor sectors. Our professional staff are journalists, multi-media and marketing experts in their fields, having produced award-winning publications for over two decades. Our sister publishing company, Guest Magazine, also assisted in this publication. Until now, there hasn’t been a comprehensive local guide for those who have recently become our neighbors, or are planning to move here. As sixth-generation residents of Boerne and the Texas Hill Country, with decades of experience providing reliable, accurate information to local residents, we’re uniquely qualified to be your local guide. This valuable resource will help you get to know your new community and the businesses and resources available to help you get settled and thrive. Welcome, and enjoy the natural beauty and lifestyle that makes this area so special. Sincerely, Brian Cartwright Publisher Cartwright Media Group

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Advice from an Expert With San Antonio ranking as one of the top 10 largest cities in the U.S. and still growing, there are many nearby communities that help support its growth. One of the most popular is Kendall County, where there is currently an influx of families looking to relocate to the area.

One leading relocation expert in the area is Phyllis Browning Company’s Relocation Director, Robin Morris, who provided the following insight regarding her experience in relocating professionals to the area:

Q&A Transferees are often concerned with the disruption a move will have on their families. What do you do to help set them at ease? I start by asking about the move, who will be relocating (children, spouse, etc.) and what is the most important part of their move (schools, area, price point, etc.). It is imperative to listen to what the transferees are saying during the initial conversation. If children are involved in the move, there may be an extra-curricular activity or specific need that will have to be filled. I have personally moved 13 times with my family and with that many relocations, I have become a personal expert as well as a professional one when it comes to making sure my children are excited about the move, as well. How can a transferee decide on their preferred area without knowing the city or surrounding area? I try to give transferees a vocal tour of the area where their new office is located. We discuss traffic patterns, school districts, and any other questions regarding their move. I suggest a tour to help them get a feel for the area where they will be working. If time does not permit, I suggest that the assigned agent spends time going over a map before they leave the office so the transferee will have an idea

about the infrastructure and layout of the area where they are moving. How does a transferee find out what is covered by their employer regarding relocation services? They need to discuss with their employer/counselor what will be covered so they understand what is expected on both ends because surprises are never good. Every transferee’s move is different; therefore, they need to discuss and understand their package before they start the process. How should one begin the process of looking for a new home if they are unsure of the cost-ofliving difference and they do not know what they can afford? Before you start looking at homes, it is best to speak with a mortgage lender to help you better understand what you can afford at your new location. There are also internet tools such as CNN’s and Best Places’ cost-of-living calculators. These sites will give you basic financial information after comparing your current location and your new location. Another resource is your moving counselor or new human resource department. I also advise to seek out employees that may have moved in a similar situation, as they can share their experiences.

Relocating to Kendall County

While a strong job market and a surplus of people to serve is enticing to individuals and families, relocating is not always as simple as a “quick move”—but fortunately, there are many fantastic local resources, including relocation experts, to help transferees make their move as smooth as possible.

For more information about Relocation Services, contact Robin Morris, Director of Relocation Services; Phyllis Browning Company; 830-331-8450. Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide 7

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Kendall County 2021 Housing Statistics Month October November December

Home Sales 68 83 69

Source: San Antonio Board of Realtors

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Median $495,000 $550,000 $549,900

- 4th Quarter Average $652,404 $678,074 $694,592

Price/Sq. Ft. $242 $239 $260

Days on Market 40 54 44

Boerne Balcones Creek 10010 Paloma Oak Boerne Heights 25 Scenic Loop Road

Durango Reserve Shooting Club Road at Commerce Avenue Esperanza 601 Esperanza Blvd. Estancia at Thunder Valley 1 Estancia Lane Fallbrook 8223 Peony Landing off Old Fredericksburg Rd. Lily Ranch 22 Old Fredericksburg Rd. (210) 549-2565 Mirabel 26162-26194 Old Fredericksburg Rd. kbhome/new-homes-sanantonio/mirabel Miralomas 440 TX-HWY 46 Regent Park 32049 IH-10 Frontage Road Ridge Creek 27006 Dana Creek Dr. River Rock Ranch 25551 River Ranch san-antonio/river-rock-ranch Sable Chase 25971-26179 Old Fredericksburg Rd. Shoreline Park 114 E. Granite Shores Dr. (888) 524-6637 shoreline park-sterling collection Southglen Cascade Caverns Road at Ranch Dr.

Tapatio Springs Neighborhoods 409 Tapatio Dr. W. The Highlands at Tapatio Springs Preston Trail at Wild Turkey Blvd. The Ranches at Creekside River Road at Copper Creek Trails at Herff Ranch River Road at Herff Ranch Blvd. The Hills at Cielo Ranch 27602 Sonora View boerne/the-hills-at-cielo-ranch The Reserve at Old Fredericksburg Road 26204 Old Fredericksburg Rd. The Woods of Boerne Woods of Boerne Blvd. at River Road Fair Oaks Ranch Elkhorn Ridge 29519 Elkhorn Ridge at Dietz Elkhorn Rd. Front Gate Front Gate at Fair Oaks Ranch Parkway River Valley 7948 Valley Pointe perryhomes/new-homes-san-antonio/ river-valley at fair-oaks-ranch/173/ The Arbors Arbor Falls at Ralph Fair Road The Fountains 29085 Ralph Fair Rd.

Area Residential Neighborhoods

Cordillera Ranch 28 Cordillera Trace

Stone Creek Ranch Ammann Road at Rolling Acres Trail Bexar County Cantera Hills 9602 Midsomer Pl.

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Cont’d from page 9 Cresta Bella IH-10 at Camp Bullis Rd. Scenic Oaks 27000 Hazy Hollow The Canyons at Scenic Loop 23906 Carina Canyon Two Creeks Two Creeks at IH-10 APARTMENT LIVING Boerne Abbington Ranch Apartments 19 Cascade Caverns Rd. Arbors of Boerne Apartments 216 Ivy Lane Boerne Townhomes 116 Bentwood Dr. townhomes Carrington Place Apartments 825 Johns Rd. Country View Apartments 1 Doeskin Dr. Garden Creek Apartments 110 Bluebonnet Circle Creek Apartments Boerne Legacy at Cibolo Apartments 701 Oak Park Dr. LIV at Boerne Hills 3 Shooting Club Rd. Park Meadows Apartments 140 Calk Lane

Stone Creek Village 1000 Diamond Dr. Terraces at Cibolo 518 Fabra St. The Ranch at Cibolo Creek 1681 River Road The Woodland Apartment Homes 150 Medical Dr. bhmanagement/communities/ the-woodland-apartments Townhomes of Village Park 1041 E. Blanco (830) 816-7100 Vistas Apartments 125 Crosspoint (830) 816-8439 Fair Oaks Hills at Fair Oaks Apartments 8700 Star Ranch Rustico at Fair Oaks Apartments 27595 IH-10 Bexar County Ascent Cresta Bella 19702 Bella Loma Catalina at Dominion 21630 Milsa Dr. Enclave at Dominion 6974 Oak Dr. Infinity at The Rim 18130 Talavera Ridge Marquis Cresta Bella 20202 Cresta Avenida Park at Rialto Apartments 25051 IH-10 West

Ranger Creek Meadows 17 Ranger Creek Rd.

The Abbey at Dominion Crossing 21626 Stonewall Parkway

Roots at Boerne 135 Old San Antonio Rd.

Vista Ridge Apartments 6522 Camp Bullis Rd.

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Options for managing your money Around here, you have many options to help you manage your money. It’s important to think about your particular needs and financial goals when selecting a bank in your new community.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has developed a series of helpful questions to consider before choosing a financial institution. Do you receive a fixed paycheck or pension on a regular basis, or does the amount and frequency of your income vary? Do you prefer to make purchases using cash, credit cards, debit cards, paper checks or online? Do you set aside money regularly for savings? Are you concerned about possible overdrafts and the fees you might incur as a result? “The more specialized or variable a person’s financial needs, the more a local bank relationship makes sense,” Thompson stated. “But even if a person’s financial life is automated, it’s often comforting to have a personal bank connection when the unexpected happens.” Julia Garza, vice president and banking center manager of Jefferson Bank in Boerne, says that when it comes to banking, “keeping it personal” is important. “We’re personally involved with

our community, which helps us better understand the needs of area residents,” Garza said. Some banks are publicly-traded institutions. Others are privately-owned, including Jefferson Bank, which has been operated by the same family since its founding in 1946. “It’s good to know who you’re doing business with.”

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Financial Services

“A local bank enhances the experience of a new community,” said Kevin Thompson, Frost Bank market president in Boerne. “It helps a place feel like home. Research shows that a majority of Americans still choose a bank based on proximity to where they live.”

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Link to a savings account to cover overdrafts?


Savings Accounts

Does the bank offer all the services I need?

Is there a minimum opening balance?

Does it have convenient branches and ATMs?

Minimum monthly balance to avoid fees?

Is it insured by the FDIC?

Annual percentage yield (APY)?

Requirements for opening an account?

Withdrawal limits per month?

Checking Accounts

ATM / Debit Cards

Is there a minimum opening balance?

Are there fees?

Minimum monthly balance to avoid fees?

Location/number of ATMs?

Deposit hold times?

Debit card transactions requirements or limits?

Does it offer “Early Payday” for direct deposits?

Mobile/Online Banking

Overdraft Programs

Transaction types and limits?

Are low balance alerts offered?

Online bill pay?

Overdraft fees?

Send money options like Zelle?

Is “Overdraft Grace” offered?

Source: FDIC

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Understanding home loan options Not all home loans are the same so understand how your choices affect your monthly payment, overall costs both upfront and over time, and level of risk.

INTEREST RATE TYPE Interest rates come in two basic types: fixed and adjustable. This choice affects whether your interest rate can change, if your monthly payment can change and its amount, and how much interest you will pay over the life of the loan. Your monthly payments are more likely to be stable with a fixed-rate loan, so you might prefer this option if you value certainty about your loan costs over the long term. With a fixed-rate loan, your interest rate and monthly payment will stay the same. Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) offer less predictability but may be cheaper in the short term. Your interest rate changes based on the market. Most ARMs have two periods.


Mortgage loans are organized into categories based on the size of the loan and whether they are part of a government program. This choice affects how much you will need for a down payment, the total cost of your loan, including interest and mortgage insurance, how much you can borrow, and the house price range you can consider. Loans are subject to basic government regulation. Generally, your lender must document and verify your income, employment, assets, debts, and credit history to determine whether you can afford to repay the loan.

Home Loans

The term is how long you have to repay the loan. This affects your monthly principal and interest payment, interest rate, and how much interest you will pay.

During the first period, your interest rate is fixed and won’t change. Then, your rate goes up and down based on market changes. Most ARMs have a 30-year loan term.

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. www.




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Title Insurance

Protection for homeowners and lenders Unlike other types of insurance, title insurance protects the insured from loss that may occur from matters or defects from the past. According to Jamie D’Spain of Guaranty Title Company of Boerne, because most property owners borrow money (mortgage) at the time of purchase or during ownership, the lender requests protection of its investment against loss. “They insist upon a Mortgagee’s Title Insurance Policy to protect their stockholder’s and investors’ investment in

your property,” D’Spain said. “An Owner’s Title Insurance Policy protects your investment (equity) as the buyer or owner of the property. As the owner, you should want to have the same assurance as the lender that the investment you have made cannot be lost because of a problem or defect with the title.” LENDER’S AND OWNER’S INSURANCE Lender’s title insurance protects your lender against problems with the title to your property, such as someone with a legal claim against the home. Lender’s title insurance does not protect your investment in the home. When you purchase a home, you receive a deed showing the seller has transferred ownership to you. Owner’s title insurance protects you if someone sues, saying they have a claim against the home from before you purchased it. Common claims come from a previous owner’s failure to pay taxes or from contractors who say

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they were not paid for work done on the home before you purchased it. If someone sues with a claim against your home, you are the first person responsible. PROTECT YOUR EQUITY To protect your equity in the event of a title problem, you may want to purchase an owner’s title insurance policy. If you choose to buy owner’s title insurance, the total cost will usually be lower if you use the same provider for both the lender’s policy and the owner’s policy, compared to buying them separately. Title services include title insurance, title search, and other costs and services associated with issuing title insurance. All title companies charge the same rates set by the Texas Department of Insurance. CHOOSING A CLOSING DATE When choosing a closing date, consider the following: Does your purchase contract specify a particular deadline for closing? Is there a specific date when you have to vacate your current housing?

When does your rate-lock expire? Will your lender be able to complete their loan approval process in time for the closing? There may be more people trying to close near the end of the month. Consider scheduling your closing for the beginning or the middle of the month. READ YOUR POLICY “Read your policy. It gives the legal description of your land, tells how to file a claim and describes your coverage, including limitations, exclusions, exceptions and special conditions,” according to D’Spain. “A title company must defend your title in court, subject to certain limitations, and, if loses, the company pays covered losses up to the face amount of the policy. Your title policy amount is the sale price of the property plus the cost of immediately planned improvements.” For more information, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at or visit

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Agents help you get what you need You can buy insurance many different ways. How do you know what you need and how much to pay? An experienced, local expert with local knowledge will help you make the right choices for your specific needs.


“An insurance agent should help you evaluate your needs and options“ said Michael Glick of the independent Michael Glick Insurance Agency in Boerne. This is especially important when it comes to your home. “Every community is different. Having someone that knows about the local fire department, new subdivisions with fire hydrants (or not) and local protection class codes helps to make sure the rate for your home is correct,” Glick said. You can choose an independent agent or a direct agent. A direct agent sells insurance for one company. An independent agent may sell policies from different companies. Your agent should evaluate your needs to make sure you are getting the proper coverage. “When it comes to homeowners insurance there is no standard policy anymore,” said Glick. “Knowing what you have and how to properly cover it is important. I personally inspect every property to make sure it meets the underwriting guidelines.” “As part of the initial process of a policy review, I try to get to know my customers by finding their interests, long term goals and retirement plans,” Glick said. “This information helps me determine the liability limits needed to protest their assets. Then we go over the features of their home to determine the replacement value so that in a major loss there is enough coverage to replace it.” The rising cost of goods means the 16 Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide

rising cost of replacing your home in case of a major loss is rising too. ”It’s important to have the numbers correct,” Glick said. “Having someone explain the coverages helps the consumer make smart choices. It could save them money by not buying something they don’t need, or buying coverage that won’t do what they were hoping it would do.” Source: the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

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Fiber technology expanding in the Hill Country Fiber Internet service expands user’s horizons in many ways by allowing access to online-based services at significantly faster speeds compared to traditional broadband.

Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) is among the local internet service providers that offer high-speed internet service via its 100% fiber network. Since there’s no shared bandwidth or weather interference, fiber networks are able to deliver fast and reliable service for streaming devices, smartphones, gaming consoles, computers, and other smart devices.

Smart Technology

Fiber optics are transparent glass fibers, about the diameter of a human hair. According to the Federal Communications Commission, these transparent glass fibers carry data converted to light electrical signals through to its destination. “The same fiber providing your broadband can also simultaneously deliver phone service (VoIP) and video services, including video-on-demand.”

Fiber Internet speeds vary depending on subscription level. “The speed you will need depends on the number of devices you plan to connect, or the amount of data you plan to send and or receive,” according to the internet service provider. “The more devices you plan to connect at the same time, the more bandwidth you will need.” BEC Fiber offers monthly plans from 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps with symmetrical upload and download. Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide 17

Make your new home uniquely ‘yours’

Home Improvements

No matter how large or small, a home improvement project can give you the look and feel you desire for your unique living environment. Fortunately, there are many thriving, successful businesses in our area that specialize in making your vision a reality. Large jobs may require the use of a general contractor to manage all the aspects of the project, including subcontractors, permits and inspections. It might also involve the use of an architect to design the home, ad-

dition or a major renovation. Many times, homeowners hire specialty contractors such as roofing, flooring, painting, or restoration specialists. HELPFUL TIPS The Federal Trade Commission offers some helpful tips: Check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers who’ve used a contractor. Look at their work and inquire about their experience. Find out how long the company has been in business. An established company will have a record and reputation. A contractor should be able to give you names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three clients with projects like yours. Check for qualifications, like licensing. Get written estimates and ask for an explanation of the costs. Most cities require permits for building projects, even for simple jobs. Choose a contractor familiar with the local permitting process.

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Contractors should have insurance, including personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage. Make sure subcontractors have current insurance coverage and licenses, if required. For smaller projects, pay by check or credit card. Many people arrange financing for larger projects. Make payments during the project contingent upon completion of defined amounts of work. Get a Written Contract. It should be clear and concise and includes the specifics and cost of your project.

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Keep all paperwork related to your project, including change orders and a record of all payments. Don’t make the final payment or sign an affidavit of final release until you’re satisfied. You also need to know that subcontractors and suppliers have been paid. Protect yourself by asking the contractor and every subcontractor and supplier for a lien release or lien waiver. Before you sign off and make the final payment, check that all work meets the standards spelled out in the contract, and you have written warranties for materials and workmanship. Be sure that all subcontractors and suppliers have been paid, the job site has been cleaned up and cleared of excess materials, tools, and equipment, and you have inspected and approved the completed work. Agreement on expectations upfront

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Medical Care

Choosing Your Child’s Healthcare Provider Babies and children are not just small adults. Their healthcare needs are different. So, it’s important to find a healthcare provider that offers specialized care. The medical specialty dealing with children is called pediatrics. As a baby grows and develops, a primary care provider (PCP) is essential for routine care, as well as for illnesses or injuries.

Choosing a healthcare provider Choosing a provider for your child is an important part of preparing for a new baby. There are many things to consider, such as their training, experience, and office location and hours.

A pediatrician, family practice healthcare provider, physician’s assistant, family nurse practiFinding a provider is not hard, but you tioner, or pediatric nurse prac- need to start as soon as possible. You titioner can be your baby’s PCP. can ask the healthcare provider who delivered your baby for names and talk What care does a PCP give? with other parents about their provider. These providers may care for children from birth to age 21. Many providers offer a special time They provide: for parents to come and visit the • Well child care, includoffice, learn about the them and their ing preventive health such staff, and ask questions. There may as vaccines and screening or may not be a charge for this visit. • Support • Education It’s often a good idea to meet with 2 or • Guidance for caregivers 3 providers before your baby is born. • Care for illnesses and injuries • Referrals to specialListed on the next page are some ists as needed things to consider when choosing a healthcare provider:

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The location and office Questions about the location and office itself include the following: • Is the office near your home or place of work? • What are the office hours? • Are there weekend or evening hours? • How do you make an appointment? • How long does it take to get a well-child appointment? • How long does it take to get a sick-child appointment? • What about payments and billing? Is this provider listed on your insurance plan? What hospital is the provider affiliated with? Is this compatible with your insurance plan? • Does the office have walk-in hours? The healthcare provider Questions about the provider include: • Ask about the provider’s training and experience. Do they have a specialty or area of interest? Are they board certified?

If so, have they recertified recently? • Ask about the provider’s opinion on immunization and use of medicines. This includes antibiotics and over-the-counter medicines. Will they prescribe medicines over the phone? • Will your child see the same provider for all visits? • What happens if your child gets sick during the night or on weekends? Whom do you call? As you talk with the provider and the office staff, you’ll get a sense of whether they have the same philosophy of child raising as you do. You can also talk with other parents to find out their experiences and recommendations. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a referral service for help in finding a qualified PCP or specialist.

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Bertha Gaytan, MD Primary Care, Family Medicine HCM Medical Clinic–Boerne Dr. Gaytan lives and works in Boerne, and welcomes new patients of all ages, including newborns. She is bilingual in English & Spanish.

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In an Emergency

Urgent Care Urgent care center physicians, assistants and nurse practitioners provide care for a great range of conditions, including performing x-rays. According to the Cleveland Clinic, an urgent care center is designed to handle conditions that are not life-threatening, but should be treated within 24 hours. These include sprains and strains, sinus infections, ear infections, allergies, especially those that get worse during certain seasons, minor cuts and burns, headaches and dizziness. Check to make sure the urgent care center is covered by your health insurance plan.

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FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Kendall County EMS crews and ambulances are based in Boerne, Comfort and Bergheim, supported by first responders from all seven county fire departments. This provides faster care for those in remote locations in the county. In Fair Oaks Ranch, Acadian Ambulance Services crews are dispatched along with Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department first responders and Fair Oaks Ranch Police.

A Simple Explanation By Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older and younger people receiving Social Security disability benefits. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. When you first enroll in Medicare and during certain times of the year, you can choose how you get your Medicare coverage. There are 2 main ways to get Medicare:

Medicaid is the state and federal cooperative venture that provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons. The purpose of Medicaid in Texas is to improve the health of people in Texas who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children. To be eligible for Texas Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Texas, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income.


Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Medicare provides health insurance.

must have limited income and resources.


Original Medicare Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). If you want drug coverage, you can join a separate Part D plan. To help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare (like your deductible and 20% coinsurance), you can also shop for and buy supplemental coverage. Examples include coverage from a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy, or from a former employer or union. Medicare Advantage (also known as Part C) Medicare Advantage is an “all in one” alternative to Original Medicare. These “bundled” plans include Part A, Part B, and usually Part D. Part C plans may have lower out-of-pocket costs than Original Medicare. They also may offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover — like vision, hearing, dental, and more. If you can’t afford to pay your Medicare premiums and other medical costs, you may be able to get help from your state. States offer programs for people eligible for or entitled to Medicare who have low income. Some programs may pay for Medicare premiums and some pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. To qualify, you

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Facts & Figures Community Snapshot

Workforce assistance

POPULATION Boerne 18,232 Fair Oaks Ranch 10,042 Kendall County 47,431 Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts MEDIAN HOUSING VALUE Kendall County Boerne Fair Oaks Ranch

$348,500 $286,300 $455,400

PROPERTY TAX RATES PER $100 Kendall County City of Boerne City of Fair Oaks Ranch Boerne ISD Comfort ISD

$ .4127 $ .4720 $ .3735 $1.2046 $1.2135

BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER Boerne Fair Oaks Ranch Kendall County

41.6% 65.8% 42.1%

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME Boerne Fair Oaks Ranch Kendall County

$70,745 $128,398 $84,747

HOUSEHOLDS Boerne Fair Oaks Ranch Kendall County

5,452 3,662 14,253

COST OF LIVING INDEX U.S. Average is 100 Boerne: 116.9 Fair Oaks Ranch: 130.0 Comfort: 112.2 San Antonio: 89.8 Kerrville: 89.7 Fredericksburg: 101.9 New Braunfels: 99.4 Source: 24 Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide

Workforce Solutions Alamo’s Boerne Career Center offers job seekers employment information, career development training and other programs in the region. Program services include child care services, employer, job seeker and veterans services, vocational rehabilitation, and youth empowerment services. 124 E. Bandera Rd., Ste. 401 Boerne, Texas 78006 (830) 249-9229 Email:

The county would be named for him in the late 1850s. He would later die in Boerne, and he is buried in the Boerne Cemetery. The county is home not only to Boerne, the county seat, but also to several other towns that include Bergheim, Sisterdale, Comfort, Waring, Welfare, Kendalia, and parts of Fair Oaks Ranch. Each of these towns – most of them unincorporated – have their own distinctive feel. Several award-winning restaurants and wineries are in the county, along with several retail stores, saloons, music venues, and more. The Old Tunnel State Park is located between Comfort and Fredericksburg and is known for its emergence of Mexican free-tailed bats during the season (May-October). The park is open year-round for wildlife viewing, hiking and more. Several of these areas especially –

“Bat Viewing at Old Tunnel State Park ( Comfort – have B&Bs and lodging, and many are located near the Guadalupe River and have opportunities for tubing and river access. NEARBY NEIGHBORS The drive around the Texas Hill Country is gorgeous, and while we are partial to Kendall County, you may want to explore a little further while becoming acquainted with your new home in the area. Austin (90 Mins) Bandera (30 mins) Fredericksburg (45 mins) New Braunfels (45 mins) Kerrville (30 mins) San Antonio (20 mins)

Around the County

"Kendall County is named for George Wilkins Kendall, a celebrated journalist, war correspondent, and sheepman who is largely credited with introducing the sheep industry to Texas.

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Automotive Services

Things to consider in choosing a reputable shop Choosing the right automotive service provider is important and can be challenging if you’re new to the area. However, by asking the right questions, you can narrow your search to locate a reputable shop staffed by experienced, certified professionals. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as an independent, non-profit organization working to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. TECH CERTIFICATION In addition to passing an ASE Certification test, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification. To remain ASE certified, professionals must retest every five years to keep up with ever-advancing automotive technology. In addition to qualified technicians, it’s important to select a repair facility that offers a warranty on the parts and service, said Mark Belden, owner of Brady’s Auto Repair in Boerne. 28 Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide



WARRANTY IMPORTANT “Most reputable repair shops offer a two-year, 24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor for mechanical repairs such as replacing starters, alternators and radiators,” Belden said. “That’s the standard.” Belden said it’s important the warranty is honored outside the immediate area so the repair is covered while traveling, noting that nation-wide repair networks exist should the need arise. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS “Do your due diligence. It’s also important to consider the length of time an auto repair business has been in operation,” Belden said, adding that it’s also good to check a few different ratings services, like the Better Business Bureau. Some things to consider when choosing an auto service provider to care for your vehicle: • Look at the repair facilities website for more information. • Read online reviews from Google, Yelp or other online review sites.



• Ask if the automotive repair technicians are ASE Certified. • Make sure an ASE Certified Technician is on staff that can handle your type of repairs. • Drive by the building. Make sure it is it clean and professional. • Pull in and see if there is adequate parking and a neat, orderly appearance.

advanced course work on display. • Is the front desk person friendly and courteous? • Is the Service Advisor willing to answer all of your questions in a way that you can understand what they are talking about? • Do they warranty their parts and service?

• Go inside and make sure the waiting room is clean and comfortable.

• Do they have a policy to always contact you and get approval before they do any work on your vehicle?

• Check out the restroom to make sure it’s clean. It indicates how the facility is run.

• Do they have an after-hours key drop and pick-up procedure?

• Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area such as professional, civic, community, or customer service awards.

Consider starting with a small or minor job, such as an oil change or tire rotation. If you are satisfied, you can reward their good service with repeat business and more complex work.

• Look for ASE Certifications, trade school diplomas and certifications of

Source: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Boerne Independent School District

Recognized for Excellence Across the State entering the 2021-22 school year. The district surpassed the 10,000 student mark, and currently has over 10,300 students enrolled. The enrollment is expected to increase throughout the school year.” AWARDS AND HONORS The Boerne Independent School District (BISD) is a highly sought-after “destination district” nestled in the scenic rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Families who are relocating to San Antonio for work often choose to make their home in Boerne, which is less than 30 minutes from the seventh-largest city in the United States. Despite the proximity to a major city, Boerne has retained its small-town charm and family atmosphere. One of the main attractions, however, remains the topranked BISD School District. Boerne ISD has set an all-time record for student enrollment

The supportive community places a high priority on education—as reflected by the multitude of awards and distinguishments that have been bestowed upon the district and faculty, including the following: • Best Small School District in Texas (2019-2020), H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards • Top Workplace (2020) San Antonio Express-News • 100% Graduation Rate • Two Consecutive “A” Ratings by the TEA • AP District Honor Roll – U.S. College Board • Best Communities for Music Education designation • Curington and Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary named National Showcase School by Capturing Kids Hearts

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• 2020-21 ATPE Secondary Teacher of the Year, Kim Grosenbacher, Champion High School • 2021- TAPT Special Needs “Above and Beyond” Employee of the Year, Christy Cotton ATHLETICS The Boerne-Champion High School Girls Cross Country Team has won back-to-back Class 5-A State Championships in 2019 and 2020, while the Boerne High School Boys Soccer Team captured the 2021 Class 4-A State Championship. Boerne High School earned the 2020-21 Dan Cook Cup as the best high school sports program in the San Antonio area. FINE ARTS PROGRAMS BISD offers many fine arts courses that enrich the BISD experience, including award-winning programs that encompass band, choir, orchestra, dance and drill team, visual arts, general music, theatre/drama, and more. These programs offer an enhanced opportunity for a well-balanced education that includes fine arts.

CLUBS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES BISD High Schools also offer clubs including Academic and Honor Clubs, Debate Teams, Mock Trial, Academic UIL, Career and Technical Clubs, FFA, Robotics Club, HOSA, Skills USA, FCCLA, Language and Culture Appreciation, Service Clubs and Organizations, Student Council, Book Club, Boerne Buddies, Chess Club, JROTC, and a host of other clubs for fostering fun and friendship. BEYOND ACADEMICS BISD has also implemented the “Whole Child Learning Initiative” which focuses on the entire student rather than just academics. Students and educators are trained in skills that are not often taught in public education: • • • • • • • •

Optimistic Thinking Self-Management Goal-Directed Behavior Relationship Skills Self-Awareness Personal Responsibility Decision Making Social Awareness

For registration and other information about BISD, visit their website at

Champion High Girls 5A Cross Country State Champions

Photo courtesy B Benway/BISD

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Kendall Elementary 141 Old San Antonio Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-4600


Van Raub Elementary 8776 Dietz Elkhorn Road Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015 (830) 357-4100 Dr. Ferdinand L. Herff Elementary 604 Esperanza Blvd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-4300

Boerne ISD Contacts

Boerne High School

DISTRICT OFFICE 235 Johns Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-2000 Superintendent of Schools Thomas Price, Ed.D. (830) 357-2081 BISD School Board Trustees Jessica Davila-Burnett Carlin Friar Donna Sharp Joe Tidwell Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper Rich Sena Garrett Wilson Boerne Academy 235 Johns Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-2000 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Cibolo Creek Elementary 300 Herff Ranch Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-4400

Boerne Middle School North 240 Johns Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-3100 Boerne Middle School South 10 Cascade Caverns Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-3300 Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School 45 Voss Parkway Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-3500 HIGH SCHOOLS Boerne High School One Greyhound Lane Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-2200 Samuel V. Champion High School 201 Charger Blvd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-2600 For registration and other Information about Boerne ISD, visit their website at

Fabra Elementary 723 Johns Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-4200

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Curington Elementary 601 Adler Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 357-4000

Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary 29085 Ralph Fair Road Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015 (830) 357-4800


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Kendall County is fortunate to have wonderful public-school systems. Both Boerne ISD and Comfort ISD offer excellent educations for all students.


Students have opportunities to participate in many extracurricular clubs and athletic teams, including the Comfort Bobcats and the Comfort Deer.

143 Hwy. 87 N., Comfort (830) 995-6430 For information, visit

For registration and other information, including Pre-K and Kindergarten, visit

216 High St., Comfort (830) 995-6420 For information, visit cms.



327 High Street PO Box 398 Comfort, Texas 78013 (830) 995-6400

605 3rd Street, Comfort (830) 995-6410 For information, visit ces.


Higher Ed

For students seeking advanced learning, the area offers an easy commute to community colleges and up to four-year universities.

Comfort ISD

Comfort ISD has an elementary, middle, and high school whose missions are to find and cultivate the individual talents of every student by empowering students with knowledge to help them develop into productive citizens.

SCHREINER UNIVERSITY 2100 Memorial Blvd. Kerrville, Texas 78028 For more information, visit WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Teaching Site: Champion High School 201 Charger Blvd., Boerne For more information, visit ALAMO COLLEGES DISTRICT Community college campuses in San Antonio, Kerrville and New Braunfels. For more information about courses and certificate programs, visit Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide 33

The area offers wide range of private schools

Private Schools

Selecting a school is one of the most important decisions that parents make for their children. As parents consider what type of education is best for their children when moving to a new area, they often expand their search to include private school options. When parents look beyond the local public school, it is important to consider what will work best for their child’s personality, strengths, needs and interests and how different schools’ cultures and values fit with the family’s values and lifestyle. Here are some thoughts to consider when weighing the best private school choice for your family: SCHOOL CULTURE AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY Each school has a distinct culture and teaching philosophy that should be considered when choosing the right school for your family. Some schools have a strong sense of community, religious affiliation and others might promote individuality, artistic pursuits, creative thinking and problem-solving skills. It is important to determine what type of school you are looking for at its core. • Does the school’s mission line up with what is important to you as a family? Most private schools offer Open House events and campus tours. You can learn more on the school website and by scheduling a school visit to ensure the school culture aligns with your family values. 34 Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide



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a a • Are you interested in a particular teaching philosophy—for example, classical and Christian, a church-affiliated school or Montessori? • Are you seeking a school with a balanced sporting and academic approach, one with strengths in artistic and musical areas, one with a strong STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or one that has all of the above? • Small class sizes have been shown to have a positive effect on children’s learning. Research the school’s website to see the teacher-student ratio. • What academic successes have graduates of the school achieved? Check the website and ask questions about National Merit recognitions and what colleges the graduates have attended. • What are requirements for school faculty? What opportunities do faculty have for professional development? PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS • Do you want your children to attend the same type of school that you attended or are you interested in them having a different experience? • How will things like the location of the school or difficulty of travelling to and from the school affect you? • How will paying tuition affect your family budget in the short and long term? How many children will you send to private school? Does the school offer tuition assistance or the ability to secure financial aid?




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• If you have other children, is it important that all your children go to the same school? • Do you need before-school and after-school care for your child? • What facilities does the school have to support your child’s learning – playgrounds, library, fine arts programs, extracurricular clubs and athletic teams? • What opportunities are there for parent and family involvement with the school, and how is communication between home and the school managed? • How is the school connected with the local community and what opportunities do the children have to serve others? • Do the students wear uniforms? Every school has strengths that will enhance your child’s experience. Determining what is most important to you will help guide you AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS Ambleside School of Boerne Pre-K – 6th grade (830) 388-8865 Crestmont Christian Preparatory School K – 12th grade (210) 254-4534

through this process. Getting to know what those strengths are and how you can support them will benefit your child’s education and the school you choose to pursue. Article by Libby Lunsford, Advancement Director, Geneva School of Boerne. Photos courtesy Geneva School.

TMI Episcopal 6th through 12th grade (210) 698-7171

Children’s Lighthouse (210) 997-6122 childrenslighthouse. com/twocreeks

Vanguard Christian Institute Pre-K through 12th Grade (830) 328-8305

Messiah’s Kids Preschool (830) 755-2460


Geneva School of Boerne K through 12th grade (830) 755-6101

Apple Tree Day School of Boerne (830) 981-4343

Hill Country Montessori 18 months through 14 years (830) 229-5377

ExcellED Montessori Plus (210) 418-3288

St. Helena’s Episcopal School Pre-K through 5th grade (830) 249-8084 sthelenas

FUMC Boerne Preschool (830) 249-4834 fumcpreschool Lil Explorers School (830) 331-4068

Mini Texans Christian Learning Center (830) 308-7049 Planet Kids Learning Center (830) 249-5922 planetkids St. Mark Presbyterian Early Learning Center (830) 249-3813 Thrive Early Learning Academy (830) 249-0031 thrivelearningacademy. com/boerne-location

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Boerne and Kendall County are “blessed” to have an abundance of houses of worship in the community. The first church to be constructed in Boerne was St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (1866), which was located right outside of the city limits at that time because the free-thinkers who originally settled the area



Boerne Bible Church 1026 E. Blanco Rd (830) 249-2343 Boerne Church of Christ 1 Upper Balcones Rd (830) 249-2685 Boerne United Pentecostal 244 Hwy. 46 E. (830) 249-5993 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 203 Stonegate Rd (830) 249-7863 comeuntochrist

declared that no churches could be built within the city limits. As times changed and more settlers moved to the area and brought their religious practices with them, sentiments (and local laws) changed, and churches began sprouting up. Today, there are several dozen churches of many faiths located throughout the county:

Community Bible Church 745 W. San Antonio Dr. (830) 331-8190 Currey Creek Church 35 Cascade Caverns Rd (830) 755-8806


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Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witnesses) 304 N. School St (830) 249-2452 Living Hope Church Assembly of God 603 Frey St (830) 249-2174 Messiah Lutheran Church 9401 Dietz Elkhorn Rd (830) 755-4300 nineteen:ten church 130 Sisterdale Rd (830) 249-1217 St. Helena’s Episcopal 410 N. Main St (830) 249-3228 St. John’s Anglican 7 Sisterdale Rd (830) 249-3978 St. John Lutheran 315 E. Rosewood Ave (830) 249-3651

St. Mark Presbyterian Church 208 W Bandera Rd, Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-3000 St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church 202 W. Kronkosky St (830) 816-2233 Spring Creek United Methodist Church 9200 Dietz Elkhorn Rd. (830) 981-8331 Touchstone Community Church (UCC) 17 Old San Antonio Rd (830) 999-7100 Trinity Presbyterian Church 31 Ammann Rd (830) 815-1212 Unity Church of Boerne 121 Scenic Loop Rd (830) 755-5419

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Enjoy nature and sports at area parks and trails Parks

Outdoor Recreation

Boerne City Park

106 City Park Rd A unique athletic park and facilities that include tennis courts, playground, Municipal pool, The AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, and Cibolo Nature Center.

Cibolo Nature Center and Herff Farm

140 City Park Rd (Nature Center) 33 Herff Rd (Farm) (830) 249.4616 100 acres of Hill County trails, wilderness and a historic farm. Saturday Farmers Market located at the Farm.

Main Plaza and Waterworks Terrace

100 N. Main St Located in the heart of Boerne. Many events take place on the lawn of Main Plaza where the Gazebo takes center stage. Great place to relax, sit on a bench by the pond and people watch as passers-by stroll along Main Street.

Northrup Park

37550 IH-10W A premier sports facility that offers a variety of sports fields, basketball court, youth and adult baseball fields, volleyball sand courts, and more.

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CITY OF BOERNE PARKS Boerne City Lake Park

1 City Lake Road The 100-acre community park and lake offer a variety of recreational activities including a fishing pier, boat dock and ramp, bird observation blind, volleyball court, covered playground, butterfly garden, 9-hole Frisbee golf, picnic units with grills, trails, wildlife, fire rings and more. However because the lake is a city water supply, no gas-powered boats are allowed.




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A rest stop along the Old No. 9 Trail offers water for humans and their furry friends. famous wild ducks and geese. One of the unique features is the dam located at the east end of the park. Walking trails, picnic tables, public fishing.

Veterans Plaza 801 S Main St Park includes a Walk of Honor, memorial plaques, and is handicapped accessible. Kinderpark 111 Water St Tucked in a quiet neighborhood, this is the most child-friendly public park in town. Play equipment is shaded by century-old oak trees and is appropriate for a wide range of ages.

KENDALL COUNTY PARKS James Kiehl River Bend Park

118 River Bend Rd (Comfort) A secluded park perfect for fishing, paddling, swimming, and relaxing along the Guadalupe River.

Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

716 FM 289 (Comfort) Stocked pond, bird blinds, walking trails, picnic areas, and pavilions. The Ring Mountain Event Center is located on the hilltop with panoramic views, and it can be rented for events.

Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area

143 Mark Twain Dr (Boerne) 117-acre scenic canyon with Guadalupe River frontage allowing public river access. Trails, birding, wildlife viewing, fossil and nature study.

STATE PARKS Guadalupe River State Park

3350 Park Rd 31 (Spring Branch) Located 20 minutes from Boerne. Combined with adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area, the park encompasses 4,200 acres of Texas Hill Country habitat.


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Old Tunnel State Park

Cibolo Trail

10619 San Antonio Rd (Fredericksburg) Located in Kendall County, 13 miles north of Comfort. Bats emerge nightly during season (May-Oct) from an abandoned railway tunnel.

North Trail Head (100 N Main) South Trail Head (106 City Park Rd) 3.15-mile linear park. It follows Cibolo Creek and extends from Main Plaza to City Park. Users can navigate in and out of the famed Hill Country Mile.


Old No. 9 Trail

358 Esser Rd This trail follows the Old No. 9 Railway through town. The Patrick Heath Public Library is connected to the trail by a bridge. There is also a lot to explore on the library grounds.

Currey Creek Trail

1017 Adler Rd 0.5- mile linear park located at the Parks & Rec Offices and winds 0.5 miles to Blanco Rd

Public Art Trail Art al Fresco

Art al Fresco is Boerne’s walkable, outdoor art adventure where you can get up close with large-scale sculptures that are placed throughout the historic Hill Country Mile and throughout the Boerne trail and parks system, the library grounds, and more.

Hill Country Mile

River Road Park hugs the banks of the duck-laden Cibolo Creek A walk along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile will yield a treasure-trove of more than 50 colorful stores in historic buildings that have been given new lives as shops, craft breweries, restaurants, bistro’s, galleries, and more. Country Living Magazine named the Hill Country Mile one of the “Top 25 Small Town Main Streets in America.”

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Welcome to Comfort

An Antique Town... and So Much More! Comfort, an unincorporated community in Kendall County, has long been known as a destination for antique-lovers, and for good reason. Located just 15 minutes from Boerne and 45 minutes from San Antonio, Comfort was established in 1854 by German Freethinkers. Comfort is the tranquil type of town where people escape to from large cities in order to settle down and raise a family. Others find it the perfect place to retire. The Guadalupe River and Cypress Creek meander throughout the town, and much of the recreational economy is built upon the river. The town has a more laid-back vibe than some of its Texas Hill Country neighbors, and that is the way the locals like it! Today, this charming town is well known for its quaint bed and breakfasts, dining scene, live music, wineries and distilleries, outdoor recreation, and shopping along a Historic district that is rich in history. Nearly the entire downtown is walkable and many of the buildings are on the National Historic Register, with several of these architectural gems now being given new lives as

Comfort’s High St galleries, bistros, retail stores, and more. The downtown area boasts more than 100 structures in the area dating back to the 1800s, with a few designed by the noted architect Alfred Giles. There are abundant bed and breakfasts in the area that offer everything from lavishly decorated Victorian Mansions to rustic accommodations and picturesque riverside lodging--- and everything in-between. There are also several RV parks in the area, including some that offer cabins. The country roads that wind along the Guadalupe River and Cypress Creek which meander through town are perfect for motorcycle and bike enthusiasts, especially during the spring when the roadsides are dotted with blazing color from the wildflowers. Nearby Old Tunnel State Park is also a great place to bat watch, and Buckhorn Golf Course is also nearby. For more information about Comfort, visit the Comfort Chamber of Commerce website at www.

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Just 8 miles southeast of Boerne is the city of Fair Oaks Ranch (FOR), which encompasses parts of Kendall, Comal and Bexar counties within its 8.5 square miles. The land on which the city sits originally was the property of Ralph Fair, Sr. who was a successful cattle and oilman, and is one of the most popular areas to live in Kendall County due to its convenient location that allows quick commute times to both San Antonio and Boerne.

The City of Fair Oaks Ranch is a Home Rule city, and it is served by a Mayor and Council, and the City Manager is the Chief Operating Officer for the City working under the City Council. This close-knit community is also served by an active Fair Oaks Ranch Homeowner’s Association (FORHA), who also own and maintain the parks and trails that serve members of the FORHA and their guests. The houses are generally single-fam-

The city of FOR is served by the Boerne Independent School District, with schools that serve residents being Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, Kendall Elementary and Van Raub Elementary Schools which serve grades K-5; Boerne Middle School South and the new Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School serving grades 6-8; and Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School serving grades 9-12. Prominent features of FOR are the tree-lined median, which also leads to the members-only Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club whose most iconic feature is the historic clubhouse, once the residence of Ralph Fair, Sr. The club, which lies in the heart of FOR against a backdrop of heritage trees and a lush golf course, offers members tennis, golf, swimming, dining, and fitness activities. Many weddings and other celebrations are also held at the club.

Fair Oaks Ranch

The Fair family established a residential community in the 1970’s, and by 1988 the area was incorporated. It is served by its own 24-hour police force, with other services such as fire protection contracted through the nearby Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and EMS services contracted through Acadian Ambulance Services.

ily residential with some commercial, and the city and its facilities are well-maintained.

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Contact info for elected officials and available services

Government & Services

VOTING Kendall County Elections Department 221 Fawn Valley Dr. Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-8701 Texas does not have online voter registration. You can request a voter registration Boerne City Hall (above) shares space with the Patrick application be Heath Public Library (far right) on the City Campus. mailed to you or Milan J. Michalec, Boerne, TX 78006 pick one up in President person. It must be returned (830) 249-9511 Bob Webster or mailed at least 30 days Curt G. Campbell Mayor Tim Handren prior to election date. Allan P. Bloxsom, III Council Members Eldredge Ty Wolosin Nina Woolard DRIVERS LICENSE ELECTED OFFICIALS Quinten Scott All driver license and Bryce Boddie FEDERAL identification card Joseph Macaluso U.S. Senator John Cornyn services including U.S. Senator Ted Cruz drive tests are by City of Fair U.S. Representative appointment at www. Oaks Ranch Chip Roy TX-21 7286 Dietz Elkhorn License/appointments Fair Oaks Ranch, STATE TX 78015 Driver’s License Sen. Donna Campbell (210) 698-0900 Texas Department Senate District 25 www.fairoaks of Public Safety Rep. Kyle Biedermann 1415 East Blanco State House District 73 Mayor Greg Maxton Rd, Suite 2, Boerne Council Members KENDALL COUNTY (830) 249-6335 Emily Stroup (830) 249-9343 Roy Elizondo REGISTRATION Michelle Bliss Judge Darrel Lux LICENSE PLATES Laura Koerner Commissioners Kendall County Tax Christina Bergmann, Pct. 1 Scott Parker Assessor-Collector Chesley Muenchow Richard W. Elkins, Pct. 2 201 E. San AntoRichard Chapman, Pct. 3 nio, Suite 105 Cow Creek Don Durden, Pct. 4 Boerne, Texas 78006 Groundwater (830) 249-9343 MUNICIPALITIES Conservation District (830) 816-2504 City of Boerne page/ Boerne City Hall sor.collector Board members 447 N. Main St

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ANIMAL SHELTERS Boerne Animal Shelter (830) 249-2456 Animal-Services Kendall County Animal Control Shelter (830) 537-3430 animal.control RECYCLING Kendall County Solid Waste 46 Spanish Pass Rd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4542 Comfort 28 FM 473 Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 331-8250 Kendall County Brush Site 202 Charger Blvd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-8156

OTHER SERVICES AIRPORTS San Antonio Intl. Airport 9800 Airport Blvd (San Antonio) (210) 207-3433 Boerne Stage Airfield 100 Boerne Stage Air Field (830) 981-2345 www.boernestage Comfort Airpark 175 Air Park Rd Comfort, TX 78013 (714) 316-9058 LIBRARIES Boerne Patrick Heath Public Library 451 N. Main St Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-3053

Comfort Public Library 701 High St Comfort, TX 78013 www.comfortpublic (830) 995-2398 Kendalia Public Library 2610 FM-473 Kendalia, TX 78027 (830) 336-2002 POSTAL SERVICES Boerne Post Office 607 E. Blanco Rd (830) 249-2414 Boerne UPS Store 215 W. Bandera Rd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-6720 Parcel Express 234 W Bandera Rd Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-8199 Comfort Post Office 726 Front St Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995-3603

SENIOR CENTER The Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place 17 Old San Antonio Rd Boerne, TX 78006 830) 249-2114 www.rainbow senior TRANSPORTATION ART-Alamo Regional Transit (866) 889-7433 Chauffeurs on Demand (210) 887-5866 Hill Country Crown SUV (817) 368-0279 Uber & Lyft services

Available in some parts of the county.

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Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation (BKCEDC) 1221 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331.9070 Kendall County is the 5th-fastest growing county in the state of Texas and the 7th-fastest county in the nation. (U.S. Census 2010-19). The BKCEDC helps businesses looking to relocate, expand or start businesses in the area. YOUTH GROUPS Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center 648 FM 289 Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 331.8242 Home to 4-H, FFA and Jr. Livestock members who participate in agriculture and equestrian activities, competitions and educational enterprises. The mission is to fund scholarships and provide a multi-purpose venue in support of the youth agriculture community. Annual fundraising event is the Family Ranch Rodeo Fest that gives folks a glimpse into the real day-to-day life of ranch cowboys and cowgirls.

tion and an annual livestock show and sale, each January. at the Youth Ag & Equestrian Center. CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 121 S. Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249.8000 The Chamber has more than 800 members representing over 17,500 employees. Since 1928, the goal of the Chamber is to promote commerce and improve economic vitality through advocacy, education and connections of its members and community and to Keep Boerne Strong! Comfort Chamber of Commerce/ Visitor Center 630 Hwy 27 Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995.3131 The Comfort Chamber of Commerce is the official chamber for the area and has been serving Comfort and surrounding communities for over 60 years. They also serve as a visitors center with maps, brochures and area information.

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4-H member Taylor Jaimes shows his heifer at the Kendall County Jr. Livestock Show.

Rustic cabins to Resorts...Something for Everyone! Boerne has been a favorite destination since the first stagecoaches began stopping by more than 150 years ago. Today, Boerne remains a bustling destination that offers accommodations that range from the George Strait-owned Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort to quaint, rustic cabins – and everything in-between.

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort 1 Resort Way 855-627-2243

HISTORIC The Kendall 128 W. Blanco Rd 830-249-2138 The William 170 S. Main St 361.420.1270

Best Western Inn & Suites 36756 IH-10W 830-249-1212 Comfort Inn & Suites 35000 IH-10W 830-249-6800 Fairfield Inn & Suites 6 Cascade Caverns Rd 830-368-4167 Hampton Inn & Suites 34935 IH-10W 830-816-8800

MOTELS Days Inn & Suites 35150 IH-10W 830-443-9475 Motel 6 1228 S. Main 830-249-3562

CONFERENCE CENTER The Bevy: A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center 101Herff Rd (830) 816.5606

RV PARKS/ CAMPGROUNDS Alamo Fiesta RV Park 33000 IH-10W 830-249-4700 Bergheim Campgrounds 103 White Water Rd 830-336-2235 Cascade Caverns RV Park 226 Cascade Caverns Rd 830-755-8080 Cave Without a Name RV Park 325 Kreutzberg Road (830) 537.4212 RV Park USA 108 Blueridge, Comfort (830) 995.2900 Top of the Hill RV Resort 12 Green Cedar Rd 830-537-3666





Guest room at Tapatio Springs Texas Hill Country Resort.

For a complete list of lodging, including rental properties and B&Bs, see “Lodging” at the Boerne Visitor Center website, VISITBOERNE.ORG

(photo: Tapatio Springs)

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Attractions & Events

Things to Do

CAVES Cascade Caverns 226 Cascade Caverns Rd (830) 755.8080 Boerne’s oldest tourist attraction (1932). Offers daily one-hour tours, special 3-hour adventure tours and evening flashlight tours. On-site gift shop, pavilion, picnic, camping/RV area. Tours daily. Cave Without A Name 325 Kreutzberg Rd (830) 537.4212 Designated as a National Natural Landmark. Breath-taking formations, from delicate soda straws to huge columns. Daily tours, gift shop, pavilion, picnic areas, geode cutting, treasure panning, hiking trails, camping/ RV sites. Special “Concerts in the Cave” in the Queen’s Throne Room. GOLF

Buckhorn Golf Course 36 FM 473 (Comfort) • (830) 995.5351 100-foot elevation change, creeks, valleys; pro shop Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort 1 Resort Way • (855) 537-4197 stone cliffs, gorgeous vistas. FARMERS MARKETS Farmers Market at the Cibolo 33 Herff Rd (at Herff Farm) (830) 331-8713 46 Spring 2022 Relocation & Newcomers’ Guide

Farmer’s market at 1850’s pioneer Herff Farmstead. Every Sat. 9a-1p (Jan-Dec) MUSEUMS/HERITAGE AgriCultural Museum & Arts Center 102 City Park Rd 210.445.1080 Historical outdoor museum featuring exhibits of early farm life, blacksmith, and early heritage. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for special events. Kendall County Historic Jail Museum 208 E San Antonio Ave., 830-428-6191 Historical museum housed in original 1887 jail, restored with artifacts from the county. 4 operable jail cells, exhibits. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kuhlmann-King Historical House 402 E Blanco Rd • (210) 275.8301 German house dates to the 1880s. Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Call for hours. NATURE Cibolo Center for Conservation 140 City Park Rd (830) 249.4616 100 acres of Hill Country trails and wilderness for walking, hiking and exploration through 4 unique ecosystems.

website of the Boerne Visitors Center. Pick up brochures, maps, the Boerne Visitors Guide and more. Or download a copy from the website. The Boerne Visitors Center is located at 282 N. Main. (830) 249.7277.

THEME PARKS SeaWorld San Antonio 10500 Sea World Dr (San Antonio) 210.520.4732 Six Flags Fiesta Texas 17000 IH-10W (San Antonio) 210.697.5050 BOERNE VISITORS CENTER For more information about area events, shopping, dining, lodging and more, go to VISITBOERNE.ORG, the official The following events are held annually. Go to VISITBOERNE.ORG for updated schedules. January Kendall County Livestock Show

March Outdoor Family Fair April Texas Corvette Assn. Car Show May Hauptstrasse Quiltfest June Boerne Berges Fest and Parade July Independence Day Fireworks

REGULAR EVENTS Boerne Market Days (2nd Weekends)

October Key to the Hills Rod Run

Concerts in the Cave at Cave Without a Name (monthly)

November Holiday Market Days

Farmers Market at the Cibolo (Saturdays January - December)

Boerne Fall Antiques Show Dickens on Main Old West Christmas Light Fest at Enchanted Springs Ranch (Thanksgiving - Christmas) December Dickens on Main Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair Stocking Stroll Weihnachts Parade 2 Christmas Market Days

SEASONAL EVENTS Abendkonzerte by the Boerne Village Band June through August


February Boerne Chocolate Walk Boerne Spring Antiques Show

September Kendall County Fair (Labor Day Weekend)

Concerts in the Park, Boerne Concert Band NOTE: Due to the changing nature of COVID-19, all events are subject to change.

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Whatever you’re hungry for, you’ll find satisfaction here Kendall County is home to many popular restaurants that offer everything from casual, Southern fare to upscale, European-inspired dining.

Dining in the County

In addition to a wide array of sit-down dining, there are also many food trucks and fast-food options in the area with specialties that include grilled cheese sandwiches, tamales, tacos, BBQ, and much more. Several restaurants offer both indoor and outdoor dining, and a few are nestled cozily along the banks of the Cibolo Creek, Guadalupe River, and other scenic areas. Some offer a romantic, fine dining experience with an upscale atmosphere and extensive wine lists, while others feature family-friendly options that include play areas for the kids. Please check with each restaurant before you visit for their current operating schedules and COVID-19 policies. The following list represents some of the options available throughout the county: Barbeque Blackboard BBQ 1123 FM 1376 Sisterdale (830) 324-6858 Fritze’s BBQ 926 N Main St Boerne (830) 331-9903 Hillbillyz 1931 FM 473 Kendalia (830) 336-2101 Klein Smokehouse 342 N Main St Boerne (830) 249-8063 Smokey Mo’s 1685 River Rd Boerne (830) 331-2633 Blacksmith Grill 103 N Main St Boerne (830) 331-2227

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Pubs/Sports Bars/Wings Cibolo Creek Brewing Co 448 S Main St Boerne (830) 816-5275 Dodging Duck Brewhaus 402 River Rd Boerne (830) 248-3825 Horseshoe Pub & Pizza 429 Front St Comfort (830) 995-5150 SAUCED Wing Bar 215 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 331-4398 Casual/Family Dining Chili’s Grill & Bar 601 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 249-8558 Cypress Creek Inn Restaurant 408 State Hwy 27 Comfort (830) 995-3977 Denny’s 435 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 816-2300 Dog & Pony Grill 1481 S Main St Boerne (830) 816-7669 Hungry Horse Restaurant 109 S Saunders St Boerne (830) 816-8989 Longhorn Café 369 S Esser Rd Boerne (830) 331-4011 PoPo Family Restaurant 829 FM 289 Welfare (830) 537-4194 Chinese China Bowl 1361 S Main St Boerne (830) 331-8558 Lung Fung 1004 N Main St Boerne (830) 249-6185 Shang Hai 430 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 249-4982

Coffee Houses/Cafe Bear Moon Bakery 401 S Main St Boerne (830) 816-2327 Black Rifle Coffee Co. 101 S Main St Boerne (830) 428-6736 Comfort Coffee Company 523 Eighth St Comfort (210) 983-7005 Daily Grind 141 S Main St Boerne (830) 249-4677 High’s Café & Store 726 High Street Comfort (830) 995-4995 Lani’s Cheesecakes & Coffee House 510 State Hwy 27 Comfort (830) 995-5264 The Lobby Coffee Shop 523 7th St Comfort Starbucks Coffee 35065 IH-10W Boerne (830) 249-0728 The Wander’n Calf 817 Front St Comfort (830) 428-2710 Deli/Sandwich/Burgers Bumdoodler’s Lunch Co. 929 N Main St Boerne (830) 249-8826 Boerne Epicure Gourmet Market 210 S Main St Boerne (830) 331-9355 Nico’s Gourmet Burgers 109 Waterview Pkwy #104 Boerne (830) 431-6836 Donuts Dunkin Donuts 214 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 331-2251 M&M Donuts 1415 E Blanco Rd Boerne (830) 249-7929

Snowflake Donuts & Kolaches 1222 S Main St 1685 River Rd #100 Boerne (830) 249-8686 Fine Dining 259 Brantley’s Bistro & Bar 259 S Main St Boerne (830) 331-8889 The Bevy Provisions Co 101 Herff Rd Boerne (830) 816-5606 The Creek Restaurant 119 Staffel St Boerne (830) 816-2005 Cypress Grille 170 S Main St Boerne (830) 248-1353 La Cascada Table & Bar 1 Resort Way Boerne (830) 537-4612 O’Brien’s 848 Hwy 46 Bergheim (830) 229-5600 Peggy’s on the Green 128 W Blanco Rd Boerne (830) 572-5000 Richter Tavern 153 S Main Boerne (830) 331-2675

Salty & Sweet 123 N Main St Boerne (830) 331-1330 The Stand 470 S Main St Boerne

Comfort Pizza 802 High St Comfort (830) 995-5959 La Calabria Pizzeria 390 Hermann Sons Rd East Comfort (830) 254-4235 Latin Marco’s Pizza Botero Tapas + Wine Bar 1560 River Rd 161 S Main St Boerne Boerne (830) 226-1010 (830) 446-3035 Inferno’s Wood Fired Casa Amaya Oven & Spirits 103 Waterview Pkwy 1540 River Rd Boerne Boerne (830) 331-4190 (830) 331-2023 Pastries/Pies Bumdoodler’s Lunch Co. Valeria Ristorante Mexican Italiano 929 N Main St Boerne Taco House 109 Waterview Pkwy Boerne 470 S Main St #200 Boerne (830) 249-8826 Boerne (830) 331-1393 The Dienger Trading Co Centinela Z’s Wood Fired Pizza 210 N Main St 215 W Bandera Rd German 118 Old San Antonio Boerne Boerne Dodging Duck Rd (830) 331-2225 (830) 249-2023 Brewhaus Boerne Richter Bakhaus Compadres Hill Country 402 River Rd (830) 331-1212 153 S Main St Cocina Boerne Boerne 209 Lohmann St (830) 248-3825 Thai (830) 331-2675 Boerne Little Gretel Love Thai Tootie Pie Co (830) 331-2198 Boerne 109 Waterview Pkwy 1445 S Main St El Rio 518 River Rd Boerne Boerne 1361 S Main (830) 331-1368 (830) 249-1070 (210) 331-7439 Boerne N’s Thai Ice Cream/Yogurt/Snow (830) 249-9555 115 Adler Rd Guadalajara Mexican Grill Pizza/Italian Cones Boerne Bella Sera 1234 S Main St Baskin-Robbins (830) 331-2004 812 N Main St Boerne 214 W Bandera Rd Boerne (830) 249-1467 Boerne (830) 816-5577 Las Guitarras Cocina (830) 331-2251 Broken Stone Pizza Mexicana Kelani Yogurt 1022 N Main St 911 S Main St 463 S Main St Boerne Boerne Boerne (830) 331-9020 (830) 331-8787 (830) 331-9636 Los Jarros 1005 US Hwy 87 Comfort (830) 995-4112 Mague’s Café 934 N Main St Boerne (830) 249-9168 Mary’s Tacos 518 E Blanco Rd Boerne (830) 249-7474 Taqueria Reyna Tapatia 1000 N Main St Boerne (830) 331-1076

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Explore ‘Down Under’

While it is true that Kendall County boasts some of the most beautiful scenery above ground, there are also two spectacular places to explore underground, as the area is home to two nationally recognized caves -- Cascade Caverns, and Cave Without a Name. CASCADE CAVERNS, known as Texas’ Original Living Cavern, is Boerne’s oldest tourist attraction. Opened in 1932, this Texas Historical Site has 5 major rooms including the show-stopping Cathedral Room. Snap a selfie with “Rex, the T-Rex,” a remaining Disney prop from the 1993 movie “Father Hood,” which used the site for several weeks of filming. The caverns are also famous for the Cascade Salamander, Cave Shrimp, Cliff and Leopard Frogs, and Tri-Color Bats that share their home with the natural, living formations. Hour-long daily tours; gift shop; pavilion and picnic area;

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RV/camping facilities.; 226 Cascade Caverns Rd; 830-755-8080. CAVE WITHOUT A NAME, designated a National Natural Landmark, was originally formed by an ancient underground river system that carved out the caverns. This living cave features stunning stalactites, stalagmites, drapery, columns, thrones, delicate soda straws, cave bacon, magnificent flowstones and rim stone dams. It is the least commercialized cave open to the public in Texas and is a well-preserved, natural area that draws serious cavers, geologists, paleontologists, as well as casual cave visitors. The Cave got its unique name in a 1940 local newspaper contest to name the cave. A young boy said, “the cave is too pretty to have a name,” and he won. Occasional cave concerts; Daily tours; RV/picnic area; gift shop; camping; geode cutting and treasure panning; hiking trails. CaveWithoutAName. com; 325 Kreutzberg Rd; 830-537-4212. Due to current COVID restrictions, please visit the website or call each cave prior to visiting for daily schedules, mask requirements, and reservation policies.

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