Gruene, TX is in Comal County within the city limits of New Braunfels. Gruene’s history begins in 1872 by a German farmer named Ernst Gruene. He married and had two sons. His second son named Henry D. Gruene planted cotton around his home that he built which is now the Gruene Mansion Inn. Cotton was the number one cash crop and it brought up to thirty families to the town.
Soon the town started to grow with homes and stores that are still around today. The first store that was built is The Gruene General Store which is a great place to buy nostalgic gifts, homemade fudge, and have some Blue Bell ice cream. If you want to find somebody a gift from Texas you can get it here. A Cotton Gin powered by the Guadalupe River was then built in 1878 and is now The Gristmill River Restaurant. It is located beneath the Gruene water tower and overlooks the Guadalupe River. Seating inside and out for an incredible dining experience. Soon after came the dance hall and saloon called the Gruene Hall. Listen to live music where George Strait and Lyle Lovett got started. Many other favorites perform there such as Willie Nelson, Pat Green, and Two Tons of Steel. The movie Michael starring John Travolta was also filmed there. You can see pictures of the filming when you enter thru the front door.
Today Gruene is a community that draws a lot of visitors and even locals from the surrounding areas such as San Marcos, New Braunfels, Seguin, and San Antonio. It is a great place to shop; every third weekend hosts Old Gruene Market Days. Over a hundred booths with craft items, art, and food to enjoy. Any day is a great day to go to Gruene. Walk the streets where everyone is friendly and enjoy the Texas air. Many shops which include Gruene River Antiques (next to the Condos), Gruene Antique Company, Cotton Eyed Joes, Lone Star, Gruene Outfitters, and The Cottage to name a few. While doing this stop at The Grapevine and taste some Texas wines. Have lunch or dinner at the Gristmill, Gruene River Grill (also next to the condos) or Adobe Verde. You can even walk down to the Guadalupe River and put your feet in. Some people even take their tubes and enter there right off of Gruene Road. There are also charters like the Rockin’ ‘R’ and Gruene River Co. that you can rent tubes and rafts for your river trip. Floating down the Guadalupe River is fun for the whole family at little or no cost.
Gruene is about 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio. Just take IH 35 north and exit 191 then 1 ½ miles to Hunter Rd, turn left and go ½ mile. Also just minutes away from the outlet mall in San Marcos (Prime Outlets & Tanger Outlets).
You will not be disappointed when you leave here that is if you ever want to leave.
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