As the local saying goes, “Kerrville is the new Kerrville”—there isn’t another place like it. For over 165 years, the town one hour northwest of San Antonio has established itself as a true relaxation destination. Whether you’re looking to stick to tradition or try something new, Kerrville is the ideal locale to explore the Texas Hill Country.
As you walk the historic streets, you’ll notice a common name on many of the buildings: Schreiner. Charles Armand Schreiner was a Texas Ranger-turned-banker/rancher/shopkeeper who brought affluence to Kerrville. Even today, the Schreiner Goods store is so well appointed that it would fit on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. History buffs can tour the castle-like Schreiner Mansion next door. And anyone who needs some extra pep in their step should grab an espresso from the artsy and delicious PAX Coffee and Goods across the street.
Pint & Plow Brewing Co.
At this beer garden, you can grab a pint of incredible craft beer and indulge in a plate of locally sourced food. Try the La Madrugada brown porter, named after the darkest part of the night, and a Hen House pizza with white sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and roasted chicken. As soon as you take a seat, the sounds of a local troubadour playing on the outdoor stage fill the air.
James Avery Headquarters
Now a national jewelry brand, James Avery started in a small garage workshop just outside of town. Visitors to the sprawling campus can shop the flagship retail store and walk through an exhibit dedicated to the legacy of Avery. The displays follow his life from his days as a World War II pilot to the first pieces of jewelry he sold to campers from nearby Camp Mystic.
This popular Texas river flows right through the heart of Kerrville. You’ll find plenty of places to swim and fish at Louise Hays Park, but if it’s too cold for a dip, just bring your hiking shoes or bike and follow 6 miles of paved paths on the River Trail. Don’t miss the Riverside Nature Center’s hands-on displays about the plants and animals that call the river corridor home.
While this restaurant’s name seems like it’s dedicated to kids’ tastes, it actually refers to its specialty—wines. The extensive wine list is upstaged only by the excellent menu that puts new spins on classic dishes. Try a chicken sandwich topped with honey and jalapeño bacon, or mac and cheese mixed with antelope chili and Fritos. Whatever you order, save room for something off the rotating dessert menu.
So whether you follow my footsteps or forge your own path, I hope to see you on the road.
Chet Garner is the host of The Daytripper® travel show on PBS. To view the Kerrville episode visit thedaytripper.com.
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