When we arrived in Gruene, we had to eat. I wanted to eat by the river at an awesome place called Gristmill, but we ended up eating at another fabulous place called Cantina del Rio. This was our second time to eat here and it was just as fabulous as the first time. We sat on the deck with a nice breeze blowing. The adults ate amazing fish tacos and the girls ate the best fries and nachos.
After lunch it was time to explore the town. For a Wednesday the town was bustling, but not too much to make it uncomfortable. Gruene has so many awesome buildings that have been converted into Bed & Breakfasts. I've never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast but would consider it so that I could enjoy the Gruene nightlife.
As we stroll through Gruene there are so many cute shops that sell a variety of merchandise. Each shop is unique and each shop owner is personable and ready to chat.
If you need a sit down, something cool to eat, if you want to chat with friends or if you just want to grab some fun items then head on over to the General Store. This is a cute store that has tons of candy, honey, hot sauce, cool and unique items, tons of ice cream and fudge. Oh yes, fudge!
For those that want to enjoy a cold beer, some live music and dancing, you need to stop by Gruene Hall; Texas' Oldest Dance Hall. Gruene Hall not only plays live music at night but also during the day. It is a great place to relax and listen to some awesome music. Gruene Hall has had artists from Willie Nelson to the Bacon Brothers.
I have only highlighted a little bit of Gruene. There is so much more that this little town offers. If you are visiting Austin, San Antonio or the surrounding areas you should take a day and visit Gruene. Like I said, not only is it beautiful but it has greats shopping, yummy eats, and super nice people.