Kate's Guidebook

Kate

Kate's Guidebook

Food Scene
Tasting room in Comfort. Wonderful, award- winning local wines. Buy cheese, crackers, etc to build your own charcuterie board. Texas Tannat is an exceptional red wine, with grapes sourced just a couple miles from the Cottage. Their winery is between our place and Comfort, Tx.
Branch On High - Bending Branch Winery
704 High Street
Tasting room in Comfort. Wonderful, award- winning local wines. Buy cheese, crackers, etc to build your own charcuterie board. Texas Tannat is an exceptional red wine, with grapes sourced just a couple miles from the Cottage. Their winery is between our place and Comfort, Tx.
This place has a spectacular view across the valley, especially at sunset. They feature salads, dessert and delicious gourmet pizzas. Reservations are recommended. Only open Fri-Sat afternoon/evenings. Check if still BYOB, when you reserve your table!
La Calabria Pizzeria
390 Hermann Sons Road
This place has a spectacular view across the valley, especially at sunset. They feature salads, dessert and delicious gourmet pizzas. Reservations are recommended. Only open Fri-Sat afternoon/evenings. Check if still BYOB, when you reserve your table!
For great flavors and value, check out this family run Mexican restaurant in downtown Center Point. Note- they close at 2 pm Sundays and are not open Mondays.
Los Dos Amigos
322 Farm to Market Road 480
For great flavors and value, check out this family run Mexican restaurant in downtown Center Point. Note- they close at 2 pm Sundays and are not open Mondays.
A nice range of sandwiches are offered here along with their own craft beers. Try a flight of cold beers while enjoying the patio. The main restaurant is kind of an upscale warehouse look, but it adjoins a charming Victorian house with some sweet stting rooms, perfect for quiet conversations and delicious desserts. Also- dog friendly!
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Pint & Plow Brewing Company
332 Clay St
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A nice range of sandwiches are offered here along with their own craft beers. Try a flight of cold beers while enjoying the patio. The main restaurant is kind of an upscale warehouse look, but it adjoins a charming Victorian house with some sweet stting rooms, perfect for quiet conversations and delicious desserts. Also- dog friendly!
This is an intimate but unfussy restaurant. Great for lunch or date nights (reservations). In good weather try the patio. Favorite dishes are brussel sprouts, cabrito nachos, dessert and of course...wine.
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Grape Juice
623 Water Street
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This is an intimate but unfussy restaurant. Great for lunch or date nights (reservations). In good weather try the patio. Favorite dishes are brussel sprouts, cabrito nachos, dessert and of course...wine.
Enjoy their patio, sitting on a downtown corner overflowing with planters. Food is nice, it's a bit upscale without being stuffy.
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Francisco's Restaurant
201 Earl Garrett Street
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Enjoy their patio, sitting on a downtown corner overflowing with planters. Food is nice, it's a bit upscale without being stuffy.
This little spot is a great casual restaurant for fresh seafood. Cold beer, fresh oysters (in season) and great service! Open Wed thru Sat 11am to 9 pm.
Wahoo's Seafood Co.
905 Sidney Baker Street
This little spot is a great casual restaurant for fresh seafood. Cold beer, fresh oysters (in season) and great service! Open Wed thru Sat 11am to 9 pm.
Outdoor adventures
A system of trails is now about 6 mi long. As the name implies, it curls along the edge of the Guadalupe River. The trail winds past various businesses, homes, Louise Hays Park and even Shreiner University.
River Trail
A system of trails is now about 6 mi long. As the name implies, it curls along the edge of the Guadalupe River. The trail winds past various businesses, homes, Louise Hays Park and even Shreiner University.
This place is unique, as a massive granite dome, known for thousands of years. The scenic drive will take a little over an hour each way. This state park is a very popular destination, so plan on making reservations with a possible wait to gain access. Here's more....◀︎▶︎ Magical, Mystical, Enchanted: Climb the ancient dome for amazing Hill Country views. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too! Things to Do You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze.  (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.) Hiking Explore nearly 11 miles of hiking trails. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map. All trails close 30 minutes after sunset, except the Loop Trail. The Summit Trail may close in wet weather. Rock Climbing Rock climbers must check in at park headquarters and sign the climbing release form. You can pick up route maps there and read the climbing rules. Read through our Climbing Information before you come.
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Enchanted Rock
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This place is unique, as a massive granite dome, known for thousands of years. The scenic drive will take a little over an hour each way. This state park is a very popular destination, so plan on making reservations with a possible wait to gain access. Here's more....◀︎▶︎ Magical, Mystical, Enchanted: Climb the ancient dome for amazing Hill Country views. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too! Things to Do You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze.  (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.) Hiking Explore nearly 11 miles of hiking trails. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map. All trails close 30 minutes after sunset, except the Loop Trail. The Summit Trail may close in wet weather. Rock Climbing Rock climbers must check in at park headquarters and sign the climbing release form. You can pick up route maps there and read the climbing rules. Read through our Climbing Information before you come.
If you are a nature lover, this is a great site. One of 5 major bat roosts in Texas, this is a state park at an abandoned railroad tunnel. At dusk, watch 4 mil bats emerge for their nightly foraging. They migrate to the area, so you will only find them around late April to early October. For a few extra dollarget a seat just feet from the tunnel opening. Dinner at Clear Springs Café is a treat and just steps from the park. Let us know if you want info on more bat roosts, including the world's largest bat colony (seasonal, 1.5 hr drive each way). Your co-host, Fran, manages that 1500 ac site.
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Old Tunnel State Park
10619 Old San Antonio Road
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If you are a nature lover, this is a great site. One of 5 major bat roosts in Texas, this is a state park at an abandoned railroad tunnel. At dusk, watch 4 mil bats emerge for their nightly foraging. They migrate to the area, so you will only find them around late April to early October. For a few extra dollarget a seat just feet from the tunnel opening. Dinner at Clear Springs Café is a treat and just steps from the park. Let us know if you want info on more bat roosts, including the world's largest bat colony (seasonal, 1.5 hr drive each way). Your co-host, Fran, manages that 1500 ac site.
Hey, I have not yet visited this place, but friends and IG assure me it is a delight! This family farm has been around for years, growing some of the most fabulous flowers in Texas! They supply Central Market and H-E-B with gorgeous fresh blooms. It operates on the honor system for flowers,eggs & cheese. From the Cottage, it is a little over an hour to visit them in Blanco,Tx. Check them out and let me know what you think!
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Arnosky Family Farm & Market
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Hey, I have not yet visited this place, but friends and IG assure me it is a delight! This family farm has been around for years, growing some of the most fabulous flowers in Texas! They supply Central Market and H-E-B with gorgeous fresh blooms. It operates on the honor system for flowers,eggs & cheese. From the Cottage, it is a little over an hour to visit them in Blanco,Tx. Check them out and let me know what you think!
Junking/Antiquing
Thrift stores are all over Kerrville. Check out St Vinnys, Salvation Army, Goodwill and numerous other shops in town. Antiques are found at downtown antique malls, shops on the outskirts near Ingram and more.
My very fav is "Finds" at 515 Hays St, Kerrville, TX 78028. It's open Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm.Hit them up on Wednesdays, where nearly everything is 50 cents(+/_?). Antiques, tools, linens, kayaks. If you can only hit one shop, this is the one!
Finds
516B Quinlan St
My very fav is "Finds" at 515 Hays St, Kerrville, TX 78028. It's open Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm.Hit them up on Wednesdays, where nearly everything is 50 cents(+/_?). Antiques, tools, linens, kayaks. If you can only hit one shop, this is the one!
Salvation Army Thrift Store
500 Jefferson Street
There's an ever changing assortment of merchandise here, spread across a couple acres.. Some furniture, collectibles, old tools, books, junk. Find treasures from 25 cents and up. Open Sat-Sun on 1st and 3rd weekends of the month
Center Point Mercantile
111 Stoneleigh Road
There's an ever changing assortment of merchandise here, spread across a couple acres.. Some furniture, collectibles, old tools, books, junk. Find treasures from 25 cents and up. Open Sat-Sun on 1st and 3rd weekends of the month
St. Vincent de Paul Society
1145 Broadway
There's an ever changing assortment of merchandise here from multipke vendors. Some furniture, collectibles, old tools, books, junk. Find treasures at all pricepoints. Open most Sat-Sun from 9 to 5.
Center Point Flea Market
5884 Texas 27
There's an ever changing assortment of merchandise here from multipke vendors. Some furniture, collectibles, old tools, books, junk. Find treasures at all pricepoints. Open most Sat-Sun from 9 to 5.
Local events calendar
Find info on fairs, rodeos, parades and more, around the hill country: https://hillcountryportal.com/hillcountryfestivals.html
This quaint Farmers' Market is typically open each Friday, from 3 to 6 pm. Try local produce, cheese, baked goods, plus pizza and beer! Family friendly, on the grounds of an old mansion and free parking across the street make this a pleasant outing in downtown Kerrville.
Kerrville Farmers Market
529 Water Street
This quaint Farmers' Market is typically open each Friday, from 3 to 6 pm. Try local produce, cheese, baked goods, plus pizza and beer! Family friendly, on the grounds of an old mansion and free parking across the street make this a pleasant outing in downtown Kerrville.
For history buffs, this is a beautifully restored old home, turned repository of local history. A range of publications can be found including first hand sccounts of frinteir life, phone books, etc. ( In the 30's, it seems the ranch phone # was 322🙃). On Saturdays, various speakers offer informative presentations. Check Butt-Holdsworth Library calendar of events.
Kerr Regional History Center
425 Water Street
For history buffs, this is a beautifully restored old home, turned repository of local history. A range of publications can be found including first hand sccounts of frinteir life, phone books, etc. ( In the 30's, it seems the ranch phone # was 322🙃). On Saturdays, various speakers offer informative presentations. Check Butt-Holdsworth Library calendar of events.
Neighborhoods and Small towns
Our closest "towns"
Drive along Hwy 27, passing cattle, horses and lots of hay fields. When turning towards downtown CP, you will cross the Guadalupe River. Don't blink or you will miss the town! Just west of downtown is a city park with access to the river. Drive thru downtown and just about a mileswest is CP Cemetery. It is known for being the largest collection of TX RANGER graves- over 30 of them. The largest monuments there are for the Leigh family, founders of Stoneleigh Ranch.Further down the road is historic Camp Verde.
Center Point
Drive along Hwy 27, passing cattle, horses and lots of hay fields. When turning towards downtown CP, you will cross the Guadalupe River. Don't blink or you will miss the town! Just west of downtown is a city park with access to the river. Drive thru downtown and just about a mileswest is CP Cemetery. It is known for being the largest collection of TX RANGER graves- over 30 of them. The largest monuments there are for the Leigh family, founders of Stoneleigh Ranch.Further down the road is historic Camp Verde.
Comfort is a short drive from the Cottage. For my money, Comfort is a great alternative to Fredricksburg. (all the charming with none of the traffic!) Billed as an "antique town," there are plenty of antique shops near the main drag, on High St. Check out delicious fresh food at Highs Café, coffee and treats from the Wandering Calf or poke around local thrift shops and architectural salvage stores. During various holidays, the town puts on some fun and colorful parades!
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Comfort
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Comfort is a short drive from the Cottage. For my money, Comfort is a great alternative to Fredricksburg. (all the charming with none of the traffic!) Billed as an "antique town," there are plenty of antique shops near the main drag, on High St. Check out delicious fresh food at Highs Café, coffee and treats from the Wandering Calf or poke around local thrift shops and architectural salvage stores. During various holidays, the town puts on some fun and colorful parades!
Bandera is a fun drive down Hwy 16, taking you to the Cowboy Capitol. Treasures abound with local shops to poke around, BBQ & chicken fried steak plus local bars like Arkie Blues. If you are craving a real cowboy experience, the area offers many dude ranches for horseback riding and more.
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Bandera
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Bandera is a fun drive down Hwy 16, taking you to the Cowboy Capitol. Treasures abound with local shops to poke around, BBQ & chicken fried steak plus local bars like Arkie Blues. If you are craving a real cowboy experience, the area offers many dude ranches for horseback riding and more.
This is a charming little town, county seat and former site of Fort Mason in the 1800's. There are shops, restaurants and lovely architecture. It is about an hour and a half from the Cottage and a beautiful drive from Fredericksburg to Mason.
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Mason
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This is a charming little town, county seat and former site of Fort Mason in the 1800's. There are shops, restaurants and lovely architecture. It is about an hour and a half from the Cottage and a beautiful drive from Fredericksburg to Mason.

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Hill Country Event Calendar

This site gives you dates for Octoberfest cekebrations, rodeos, county fairs and more! You can also find links to special interests. https://hillcountryportal.com/hillcountryfestivals.html