Explore miles of unique shops, craft beers and great food in Boerne

When it comes to Borne (hint: it’s pronounced “Bur-nee”), you won’t just find an elevated Hill Country destination with beautiful scenery and outdoor experiences.

The city is also famous for its Hill Country Milea Texas-sized marathon of colorful shops, restaurants, galleries, breweries and more, all nestled in historic downtown and steeped in local charm.

With more than 80 places to visit on the Mile, you’ll quickly see why it’s been recognized as one of “25 Best Small Town Main Streets in America.”

Check out this short list of highlights:

Where to stay
Right in the heart of the Mile, you’ll feel immediately at home with two distinct, elevated hotel options, both beautifully renovated.

To The Williamwith luxury comes a whimsical edge, with each of the regal and contemporary rooms named after a place or native plant.

You also have access to amazing food just downstairs at cypress gridwhere they specialize in wood-fired steaks and house favorites like bison burgers, chili-spiced pork knuckle with black truffles and crispy eggplant with marinated Manchego cheese.

You will also fall in love with The Kendal, nestled along the Cibolo stream. The boutique property features an 1859 Greek Revival structure as well as 34 uniquely decorated and elegant rooms, cottages, cabins, and suites.

Be sure to dine at Peggy is on the greenwith its spicy, southern-inspired menu.

Where to eat
Besides Cypress and Peggy’s, the list of restaurants on the Mile is long and there is something for everyone.

For the best smashburgers, Philly cheesesteak and artisan milkshakes, blacksmith grill is your place. It’s housed in one of the oldest buildings in town and is fun for the whole family – the kids will love the arcade.

It’s always Taco Thursday at Boerne Taco Housewhich serves the best handhelds.

Discover Spain via Boerne at Botero Wine + Tapaswhere traditional tapas are served with a glass of sangria and live music accompaniment.

Where to shop
One of the many things to love about The Mile is that it’s home to independent local boutiques rather than big box retailers. So you’ll find things you won’t see anywhere else, coupled with great hometown hospitality at every turn.

Definitely go through The corner cartel; it’s one of the oldest businesses on the Mile and it’s 7,000 square feet of maker’s bounty selling clothing, jewelry, handmade bath and body products, home décor , candles, etc.

Then head to under the fig tree and Ella Blue for women’s fashion and Men’s Bechants for guys. And for food lovers, Texas Gourmet Pantry and Gourmet market Boerne Epicure are full of spices, snacks, mixes and gifts.

what to drink
The Mile is home to three breweries, all within walking distance of each other and all of the major players in the craft beer scene.

Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. is a laid back, cool place with great beer and a creative, locally sourced pub menu.

Tusculum Brewery also has a way with its homemade beer and food, with pub pairings like Pilsner and pulled pork sandwiches.

Free Roam Brewing Co.The mission of is to strengthen the community through the love of craft beer – and, with a sip, you’ll easily see how they do just that.

Between the three breweries, you’re likely to find live entertainment, music, and fun special events at all times, making for a full weekend of brewing time well spent.

For a cocktail atmosphere, the industrial theme of the 1920s Richter Tavern handmade concoctions that are created and served behind Texas’ second oldest bar; it was saved from a fire at the turn of the century and has been used in Boerne for more than a century.

What to do
Learn to shake your own drinks at Cocktail Assembling Workshopwhere they’ll teach you things like brunch essentials, tequila drinks, and Tiki Texas bevvies.

Or let your creativity run wild on Creators Squarewhere you can take a painting and tasting class, light up painted pottery, or get creative on your own pre-sketched canvas.

And just steps from the Mile, you can hop on the meticulously maintained Cibolo Creek Trail to walk, jog, bike or fish while enjoying the serene views and historic properties and pocket parks along the way.

Run to the Hill Country Mile and learn more about Visit Boerne.

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