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TX Hill Country Boerne • Comfort • Fredericksburg • Marble Falls


Discover the BEST of the BEST! Food. Wine. Sights. Events. B&Bs. Realtors. Art Galleries. Antiques.


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Population: 14,339 Attractions: Hill Country Mile, Cibolo Nature Center, Cave Without a Name, Cascade Caverns, River Road Park, Art Al Fresco Festivals/Events: Boerne Berges Fest, Boerne 24-Hour Play Festival, Boerne BierFest, Boerne Paddle Battle, Chocolate Festival of Texas, Blackbeard’s Motorcycle Ride, Dickens on Main, Soda Pops Hot Rod Nights


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Population: 3,189 Attractions: Joshua Springs Park and Preserve, James Kiehl River Bend Park, Treue Der Union Monument, Comfort Historic District Festivals/Events: Scarecrow Invasion, Christmas in Comfort, Fourth of July Celebration, Last Chance Forever Harvest Moon Celebration, Cactus Pear Music Festival MARBLE FALLS: PAGES 15-21

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Population: 7,154 Attractions: Longhorn Caverns, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Hidden Falls Adventure Park, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, The Falls on the Colorado Museum, Turkey Bend Recreation Area, Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, Gloster Bend Recreation Area, Camp Creek Recreation Area Festivals/Events: Marble Falls Walkway of Lights, Christmas Light-up Parade, Flat Creek Estate Vino Palooza Wine Fest, Barbecue Cook-Off & Howdy-Roo, Lonestar Adult Soap Box Derby, Rodeo, Drag Boat Races FREDERICKSBURG: PAGES 22 - 36

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Population: 10,530 Attractions: National Museum of the Pacific War, LBJ Ranch, Sauer-Beckman Farm, Pioneer Museum, Marktplatz, Enchanted Rock, Wildseed Farms, Main Street, Old Tunnel State Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Willow City Loop, Ft. Martin Scott, Texas Rangers Heritage Center, Helicopter Tours, Rockbox Theater, Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating, Horse Racing Festivals/Events: Oktoberfest, Gillespie Co Parade and Fair, Crawfish Festival, HCFilm Festival, TX Mesquite Art Festival, Food & Wine Fest, Sommerzeit, Night in Old Fredericksburg, Christmas Parade and Pyramid Lighting

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Gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Boerne, gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Surrounded by natural beauty, and embraced by a community dedicated to preserving its Hill Country charm, you will find something for everyone. Experience the many recreational activities, historical “must sees�, a thriving art culture and the variety of unique events for you to enjoy. The Downtown Boerne District also hosts one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants , each one giving you a taste of the local fare and flair! Whether you are simply enjoying a leisurely visit or looking to relocate, let us help you make your journey unforgettable! Please stop by the Chamber or Visitors Center where we are happy to accommodate your needs. Welcome to Boerne!

Relax, shop, dine, sip & savor historic downtown Boerne’s modern hospitality The hub of the Texas Hill Country, just 20 minutes from San Antonio


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Q. What was your vision for Blackboard Bar B Q, and why did you choose your location? A. Our vision is to make the best Bar B Q we can in a family friendly, fun environment. Jake likes to pick n’ sing out in Luckenbach, so live music will always be a huge part of our scene. The location chose us!

“We Love our customers and in turn they Love our food!”

Jake and Jo cook for the love of the food! She is a classically trained Le Cordon Bleu grad and has been a private chef for Dallas Cowboy players and Austin socialites. He is a career chef who was a top finalist on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef and has competed on Beat Bobby Flay. Jake loves competitive cooking and Grand Championed his very first Bar B Q cook off and The Great Bacon Take Down in Denver. Jo handles all of the baking duties at Black Board and Jake is the Pitmaster. Together they make a well balanced team and it really shines through in the food.

“Cook from the heart and sprinkle in a lil’ magic chef’s dust!” Q. What do you love most about calling the Texas Hill Country home? A. The people! Folks round these parts are genuine and that really speaks to the fabric they are cut from. And the is so beautiful! We think those two things really embody the spirit and the true romance of the West.

“Do a few things and do them well!”

Q. How did you and Jake decide to work together to co-create one of the best Bar B Q venues in our TX Hill Country? A. We had a lot of help and a lot of support from our friends and the community. We definitely had to Q. We know why WE think you’re the best, break a few eggs to make maybe tell us why you think YOU are. What this omelet! makes you different? A. We feel like we are prolly the second best... because there will always be someone better! We make everything in house from scratch daily and show the ingredients the respect and love they deserve! We pay homage to traditional low n’ slow Bar B Q and serve upscale southern sides with a twist. Folks really get to enjoy some epic Bar B Q and maybe get their eyes opened to some more creative spins on classic sides.

Q. What is your favorite dish? A. Luckenbach Lollipops, our buttermilk brined deep fried quail knots served with Sriracha Aioli. They exist in exactly one place in the universe... Sisterdale, TX.! Ribs are outta this world and we would challenge anyone to a duel who says otherwise!

1123 Sisterdale Road, Boerne, Texas • 830.324.6858 • @blackboardbarbq


...a place of historic Germanic origins dating back to the 1850s

Comfort, Texas is a charming blend of town and country, centrally located in the Texas Hill Country, a short drive from Boerne, Fredericksburg and Kerrville. Nestled among century old buildings are antique stores, art galleries, unique shops, eateries, tasting rooms for wine and spirits, lodgings and event centers. The surrounding area includes two wineries, camps for kids, a golf course, river access, biking and hiking trails, a bat tunnel and scenic hill country drives. For more information contact: Comfort Chamber of Commerce, 830-995-3131, 630 Front Street (P. O. Box 777) 78013,,

Comfort COMFORT FOOD FOR YOU BREAKFAST 8 -11 LUNCH 11 - 4 7 DAYS 726 High Street Comfort, Texas 78013 830-995-4995 blog:

Comfort Pizza • hand tossed pain au levain  wood fired pizzas • fresh made salads • local wines • imported beer • blue bell ice cream • gelato

802 High Street • Comfort, Texas • 830.995.5959 • Call to reserve your dough



HIGH Event & Wedding Venue

This beautifully restored historic building has an unforgettable atmosphere of industrial chic mingled with timeless elegance-a truly distinct venue. Available for weddings, parties, corporate events and more. 731 High Street, Comfort, TX | 512.842.7623


The Elephant Story The Elephant Story (TES) was formed by Ed and Joey Story to support elephant conservation in Asian elephant countries, most notably Thailand, where they have had a relationship for fifty years. In July 2012, TES, located at 723 High Street in Comfort, Texas was opened under the management of their longtime friend, Bobby Dent. Comfort was chosen as Ed purchased the first portion of their nearby ranch property while living in Southeast Asia. The objective of TES is to create an awareness of the need for elephant conservation and to improve the lifestyle of the owners of domesticated elephants, thereby enhancing the sustainability of their elephants.

Whereas elephant conservationists do what they can to support elephant life in the wild, sadly, there is little remaining wild in Southeast Asia. Accordingly, TES, together with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, founded a native speaking English language program in the small, remote village of Baan Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand. It is home to some 300 elephants representing the largest accumulation of domesticated elephants anywhere. Over the past four years, there has been a remarkable improvement in the level of English spoken by the students so they have optionality to pursue higher education, as well as to provide a base of spoken English in the small community to support tourism. Moreover, TES efforts also underwrite a portion of the costs of a veterinary clinic for the elephants. Over the past four years, TES has sponsored an elephant polo tournament in the village whereby the expenses of the tournament remain to improve their meager agrarian economy. Further, TES has assisted in the construction of a pavilion at the village secondary school, bathroom facilities for the school, and the purchase of a school bus to safely transport students to the school.


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Lastly, the majority of the store’s products are sourced from indigenous groups in Asian elephant countries to support local artisans and crafts people. Therefore, visitors to the store and website are exposed to a wide variety of products, with the proceeds from their purchase funding a wonderful cause of which the owners are passionate.

Conch Shell Jewelry

Hill Tribe Fabric Bags

The Elephant Story supports indigenous craft and textile groups in Asian elephant countries by providing a market for their goods. Elephant Themed Baby Clothes

Hand Beaded Bags

Thai Silver Coin Jewelry

Antique Baskets

723 & 725 High Street P.O. Box 539 Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995.3133 STORE HOURS - Monday: CLOSED • Tues - Sun: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Vintage Hill Tribe Articles

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Area Map & Events DISTANCES

Marble Falls

Hwy 281

Fredericksburg Hwy 290

Dripping Springs

Hwy 16


Austin Hwy 290

12 150 1376

Hwy 87



Sisterdale I-10



San Antonio Locations are Approximate

Austin - Fredericksburg 78.2 mi Austin - Marble Falls 48.5 mi Austin - Comfort 91.0 mi Austin - Boerne 98.6 mi Austin - Driftwood 24.3 mi Austin - Dripping Springs 25.6 mi Austin - Sisterdale 72.9 mi Austin - Kerrville 101.1 mi San Antonio - Marble Falls 86.4 mi San Antonio - Fredericksburg 69.8 mi San Antonio - Boerne 31.1 mi San Antonio - Driftwood 73.2 mi San Antonio - Comfort 47.9 mi San Antonio - Dripping Springs 73.9 mi San Antonio - Sisterdale 47.4 mi San Antonio - Kerrville 65.8 mi Fredericksburg - Marble Falls 53.1 mi Fredericksburg - Comfort 22.6 mi Fredericksburg - Boerne 38.8 mi Fredericksburg - Driftwood 62.5 mi Fredericksburg - Dripping Springs 55.2 mi Fredericksburg - Sisterdale 26 mi Fredericksburg - Kerrville 24.4 mi




11/11/17..Pioneer Days Festival 11/24/17..Dickens on Main 12/2/17.....Weihnachts Parade 12/16/17..Concert in the Cave-Winter Solstice 2/10/18....Boerne Chocolate Walk 6/18...........Boerne Burges Fest 6/18...........Cactus Pear Music Festival

10/1/17.....Scarecrow Invasion 11/25/17..Christmas in Comfort 12/1 /17....Christmas Town-Wide Lighting Contest & Viewing 4/18 ..........SASS TX State Championship Comancheria Day 6/18...........Comfort 4th of July Celebration

FREDERICKSBURG 10/28/17..Fbg Food & Wine Fest 11/24/17..Eisbahn Ice Skating 12/1/17....Light the Night Christmas Parade 4/18......... Pioneer Museum Lenz Fest Hill Country Film Festival 5/18..........Fredericksburg CrawďŹ sh Festival 6/18..........Night in Old Fredericksburg 8/18..........Gillespie County Fair

MARBLE FALLS 10/12/17...Hill Country Holiday 10/20/17...Fiesta Jam 11/17/17...Walkway Light-Up Parade; Walkway of Lights 5/18...........Marble Falls Mayfest 6/18...........Marble Falls Soapbox Classic

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Marble Falls

Outdoor Adventure and Urban Elegance

The fusion of outdoor adventure and urban elegance, set in the charming town of Marble Falls, just 45 mi. west of Austin awaits! Here you can escape the rush of big city life and explore our beautiful historic Texas town. Perched on the banks of the Colorado River and nestled in rolling hills, the Marble Falls area is blessed with an abundance of beautiful Oak and Pecan trees gracing scenic Lake Marble Falls. In Springtime you’ll be treated to a beautiful blanket of vibrant and seasonal wildflowers. There is something for everyone in our picturesque downtown area. Come and savor delicious first class dining, world class wineries and craft breweries. Shop! Sip! Hike! Swim! Play! Discover the beauty of Marble Falls, TX today!


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Hwy 281 & 29 • 101 S Water Burnet, TX • 512-756-8748

Marble Falls

Quaint event venue in the heart of historic downtown Main Street Marble Falls. Available for intimate weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, birthdays, and corporate events. 210.748.7565 | | 112 Main St. |

Indulge yourself in the true Texan Spirit... of family, friendship, great food and drink, and most importantly fun!

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Hours: Monday–Thursday 10am–6pm and Friday–Saturday 10am–5pm 830.265.5446 | 1103 FM 1431 | Marble Falls, TX |

CASA volunteers help thousands of neglected or abused children in Texas get out of foster care into happy homes.

HIGHLAND LAKES • 1719 Ridgeview Dr., Kingsland, TX 78639 (325) 388-3440 • KERRVILLE • 305 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, Texas 78028 830-896-2272 • TEXAS CASA • 1501 W Anderson Ln Ste B-2, Austin, TX 78757 (512) 473-2627 •

DONATE. VOLUNTEER. Casa provides court appointed Special Advocates (CASA) as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children, in order for the court to safeguard the childrens’ best interests and ensure that they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.


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Ed and Susan Auler founded Fall Creek Vineyards in 1975, after an extensive trip to the wine regions of France, working ardently the past 40+ years to build a viable Texas wine industry and have been called “The First Family of Texas Wine”. FALL CREEK was named TOP 101 wineries in the U.S. for the past two years! FALL CREEK Vineyards has two locations, open daily: FALL CREEK’s Stately Texas Chateau & vineyards on beautiful Lake Buchanan, Tow, Texas and FALL CREEK’s Hill Country Estate, boasting a welcoming, elegant design, rock patio with waterfall pool feature, and vineyards. Only 25 minutes from downtown Austin at Driftwood. - (325)379-5361 • (Tow) - (512) 858-4050 (DW)


Wine. Art. Shopping. History. Gourmet Cuisine.....

With 20+ wineries sprinkled around this area, visitors have their choice of Tuscan elegance, modern flair, or rustic relaxation. That’s just the beginning! Fredericksburg is a shopper’s delight with over 150 shops, boutiques and art galleries. Find everything from clothing and home décor to art of every kind. In fact, First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg is a great way to experience our blossoming art scene and our historic district at the same time. Check out the National Museum of the Pacific War. Tour LBJ’s Ranch. And that still leaves gourmet cuisine, hiking, biking, spas and golf. Start planning. You’ll be glad you did.

Fredericksburg Farmhouse furnishings & antler art Primitive, rustic, and country 830.307.9785 l 609 & 613 W. Main Monday, Wednesday–Saturday 10:00–5:00 Tuesday 10:00–3:00, Occasionally on Sunday


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Fredericksburg You’ve never had an EXPERIENCE like this.

Willow Room is a private, luxury spa on top of a bluff overlooking the Texas Hill Country minutes away from Fredericksburg. We cater to you and your guests. When you book Willow Room, you are the center of our attention. Romance Packages, Small Group Packages, and Gift Certificates are available. By Appointment Only: Call 432.638.3729 or Email at 700 Platfoot Snow Rd, Willow City, TX l 432.638.3729 l Instagram: @spa_willowroom l Facebook: Willow Room

714 South Washington Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 • 830-992-3217

Italian • Spanish • Mexican • American Cuisine • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner (soon to come) Chef Nury brings 30 years experience and her “Best” dishes under one roof. Staff is family and you’ll be treated as such in this Hill Country treasure.




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Tues - Sat 11:00-2:00 Sun Brunch 11:00 - 2:00 Dinner Tues - Thurs 5:00 - 9:00 Fri - Sat 5:00 - 10:00 Sun 5:00 - 9:00 • • 10661 N. HWY 87, FREDERICKSBURG, TX 78618 • 830.997.8922

Family friendly fun for everyone!


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Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am till 6:00 pm l 830.992.3377 l 401 E. Main l (Corner of Washington & Main, catty-corner from the National Museum of the Pacific War)


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O U R S E C R E T I S T H E L O C A L LY S O U R C E D I N G R E D I E N T S — S T A R T I N G W I T H O U R C H E F. A menu this mouthwatering can only come from a culinary

Stuffed Shrimp, and Chicken Fried Pecan Pie, but partners

passion as big as Texas. Chef Ross Burtwell, author of

with local growers to ensure the freshest taste possible.

Texas Hill Country Cuisine; Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant, not only cooks up exotic dishes like Bacon Wrapped Lockhart Quail, Green Chili & Crab

Top that off with pairings from the largest Texas wine list, knowledgable waitstaff, and a casually elegant atmosphere — and you’ve got yourself an experience that’s hard to keep to yourself.

Take the taste home with Chef Ross Burtwell’s new book Texas Hill Country Cuisine.

830 990 5734 | | Fredericksburg, Texas On Hwy 16, just 2.8 miles south of Main Street


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Best of Texas Hill Country Magazine, Ed 1  

Discover the BEST of the BEST of the Texas Hill Country! Food. Wine. Sights. Events. B&Bs. Art Galleries. Antiques. Boerne, Comfort, Frederi...

Best of Texas Hill Country Magazine, Ed 1  

Discover the BEST of the BEST of the Texas Hill Country! Food. Wine. Sights. Events. B&Bs. Art Galleries. Antiques. Boerne, Comfort, Frederi...