Austin July 27, 2017
The Tiny Town Near Austin That’s Perfect for a Weekend Getaway
Aching to get away from it all? Gruene, Texas is a tiny town that seems frozen in time. Settled by German immigrants Ernst and Antoinette Gruene in the 1840s, this charming town hasn’t changed much throughout the years. You’ll love strolling through the town square and perusing the local crafts. Gruene boasts of antiquated architecture, quaint boutiques, and boot-stompin’ music. Book your trip to Gruene, Texas. This tiny town near Austin is perfect for a weekend getaway.
The architecture in Gruene hasn't hasn't changed much throughout the years.
In 1974, architect Chip Kaufman discovered these antiquated buildings while kayaking down the Guadalupe River. He was immediately drawn to them. The area, originally slated to become a housing development, is full of buildings dating to the late 1800s.
Kaufman fought to retain the historical significance of these buildings, and eventually got Gruene a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, these old buildings are home to dozens of restaurants, shops and wineries.
The original cotton gin is long gone, but now The Gristmill Restaurant takes its place. You must stop in for a juicy steak or the catch of the day. Dine along the gorgeous Guadalupe River at The Gristmill, located at 1287 Gruene Rd.
The local crafts will blow you away.
Visit Buck Pottery at 1296 Gruene Rd for some truly unique handcrafted creations.
If antiques make your heart flutter, you'll love shopping in Gruene.
Black Swan Antiques, tucked away on 1640 Hunter Rd, sells some of Europe's most valuable porcelain, stoneware, and copper antiques. Looking for the perfect accent piece? You're sure to find some eye-catching furniture.
Create a new wardrobe from the many stylish boutique stores.
Gruene With Envy Boutique offers a wide selection of truly original apparel. You could spend all day in their dressing room. Visit them at 1706 Hunter Rd.
Relax and unwind at Gruene Day Spa.
Prepare to be pampered at Gruene Day Spa located at 1633 New Braunfels St. Treat yourself to a facial, massage, or manicure (or all three!) at this luxurious haven.
Sip back and relax at one of Gruene's picturesque wineries.
The Grapevine in Gruene's Historic District is simply stunning. Sip on a bottle of chardonnay or enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. The Grapevine also has craft beer on tap.
Scuff up your boots at Texas' oldest dance hall.
Gruene Hall has been treating Texans to honkey tonk and country music since the 19th century. You'll feel like you're back in the days of June Carter and Johnny Cash at this expansive dance hall. With live music every night of the week, there's no reason to miss a show at the historic Gruene Hall.
End your evening at the Gruene Mansion Inn.
After all that shopping and two-stepping, you'll want a luxurious place to lay your head. This historic building was once home to Ernst Gruene's son Henry, but has transformed into a lovely bed and breakfast.
Each room has its own unique decor, and you're sure to feel at home here. The Gruene Mansion Inn sits in the heart of the downtown historic district at 1275 Gruene Rd.
Gruene is located about an hour away from Austin in New Braunfels, Texas. For more information on lodging and attractions, visit
www.gruenetexas.com. What’s your favorite thing to do in Gruene?