THE HILL COUNTRY MILE: Since we are downtown, let’s take time to explore the Hill Country Mile. This stretch of Main Street spans from the Patrick Heath Public Library to Oak Park Drive. It is full of locally owned shops that range from clothing boutiques to home decor, to antiques. The best part, it comes with an extra dose of southern hospitality. When done shopping, explore the banks of the Cibolo Creek, which meander through the downtown area where you’ll find pocket parks and historic properties or relax on a bench or fishing pier. You’ll definitely feel like you have gotten away from all the hustle and bustle in this tranquil spot.
Shopping in Boerne. Photo courtesy of Snap Chic
Konzert in Boerne Photo courtesy of Snap Chic
South of the Cibolo is where you will find some of the most historic properties in Boerne. St. Peter the Apostle Church was built in 1923 and modeled after the San Antonio Missions. The church towers rise 65 feet and overlook downtown. Next door is Phillip Manor, a property that is over 150 years old and is now a boutique hotel and pub. Grab a drink and soak in the history. Across the street is the Victorian style Carstanjen House, or Mansion House, where you can shop for upscale home furnishings and clothing. Veteran’s Park is also nearby along with the famous Kronkosky Tower offering the best view in Boerne. When done touring historic properties, check out the public art. The Hill Country Mile is home to amazing works of public art as well as Art al Fresco, a public sculpture competition consisting of nine chosen works that incorporate a variety of materials. Think of it like an outdoor art museum. If you are here for Father’s Day weekend, make sure to checkout Boerne Berges Fest. This family-friendly festival centers around the Boerne’s German heritage and
hosts a parade on Main Street. The festival is from June 14 - 16 at the Kendall County Fairgrounds with free admission. CONCERTS IN THE PARK: To finish your day in Boerne, catch an outdoor concert in the Main Plaza. The Boerne Village Band is the longest continuously playing German Band in the world outside of Germany Regulars come early to grab their favorite spot at the Plaza, to hear the oompah-pah of their favorite tunes, and watch the kids do the chicken dance! Concertgoers bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. The Abendkonzert with the Boerne Village Band was founded in 1860 by German immigrant Karl Dienger, In 1991 the concerts. June concerts are at 7:30 PM on June 4 and 18. Hope you enjoyed your weekend at Boerne.
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