Boerne, Texas


We left Austin around 9am and rolled into Boerne (pronounced BERNIE) in time for a pick-me-up at the Bear Moon Bakery & Cafearound 11:00AM. Parking can be a bit difficult, but we found a spot just off Main Street, around the corner from the bakery.

My nose told me I'd be having something to go with my coffee even before we stepped through the door. Two display cases were filled with fresh-baked pastries, cookies and cakes. I had the cherry strudel, light and flaky, with my cup of coffee.

We took our java and mosied down to Mockingbird Books, which is at the north end of the main strip. Along the way we passed shops selling rusted treasures, antiques, vintage lighting, gardening accessories and weathered furniture.

We knew we had reached Mockingbird when the full-size longhorn blocked us from cutting across the lawn. We scooted around him --well, my daughter made friends-- and went inside. Posted around the store are helpful signs from the owners, as much fun to read as the books.

Ye Kendall Inn sits at the back end of the town square. It's a beautiful historic site and a great place to stay because it sits back from Main Street, yet close to all of the strolling and shopping opportunities.

The patio dining area overlooks Cibolo Creek; whether water will be flowing is hard to tell. The food was lackluster. I recommend trying one of the other restaurants in town. There is a large variety -- modest to upscale.

Let me know what you discover.

Boerne Lodging

Ye Kendall Inn sits at the back end of town square. It's a beautiful historic site and a great place to stay because it sits back from Main Street noise, yet close to all of the strolling and shopping opportunities.

It was established in 1859 and has 34 guest rooms.

Boerne is a mid-sized Hill Country town. Parking can be a little difficult and the traffic on Main Street is fairly constant which detracts from the "strolling" experience.

Boerne has a lot of charm and I recommend this town for strolling, shopping and eating in the Hill Country. You could easily occupy yourself here for 1/2 day or more if you like to stroll the shops and stay for lunch or dinner.