Bandera

In a rugged county filled with hills, rivers, and a sprawling lake, the small town of Bandera holds a really big place in the hearts of Texans. Located in the beloved Texas Hill Country less than an hour from San Antonio, Bandera reminds us of a different, more authentic, era, when a handshake was all the contract you needed, self-reliance was the norm, and chivalry was a given. There is a spirit of independence and individualism here that speaks of the cowboy tradition of hard work and hard play.

Bandera embodies the cowboy in its strong rodeo tradition. Even today you’ll often see horses tied to downtown hitching posts. Bandera County dude ranches offer a taste of the cowboy lifestyle with horseback riding, trail rides, and chuckwagon meals. Secluded cabins tucked away in the hills throughout the county are perfect for watching wildlife, listening to the birds, and gazing at the stars. At local honky-tonks, the music is lively, the dance floor is full, and the beverages are cold.

Comfort

Comfort is centrally located between Fredericksburg, Boerne, and Kerrville, yet only minutes from San Antonio. It is the ideal place to spend time taking in all that the beautiful Texas Hill Country has to offer. You are invited to stroll among the historic buildings of Comfort, which now house some of the finest accommodations, shops and eateries in the Hill Country.

Comfort is known for its antique shopping, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, as well as three local wineries to welcome you with a wine tasting. Comfort is home to Flat Rock Ranch for mountain biking and the Buckhorn Golf Course.

Comfort, Texas was established by German settlers 1854. Wearied by their journey from New Braunfels, Texas, the small group was so pleased by this picturesque site and pure water that they named it Camp Comfort. With its abundance of vintage structures, much of the midtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, Comfort, Texas is a popular tourist area with numerous camps along the Guadalupe River operated by various civic organizations. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and camping during summer months. Hunting is popular during the fall and winter. Visitors find Comfort Shopping interesting year round.

The Comfort area is home to one of the 22 Texas Hill Country wineries.

Comfort, Texas is a beautiful 17 mile drive to Kerrville, Texas, a popular tourist area. Bandera, Texas, the Cowboy Capital of the World, is a short scenic drive from Comfort. Boerne, Texas, a great place to visit, is also nearby. Comfort, Texas is a short drive to Fredericksburg, Texas, known for its many festivals and unique shops.

An historical marker recognizes the 1930 art deco Comfort Theater, scene of live theater.

B&B/Guest Houses are offered in many of the historic buildings.

Hunt

Hunt, Texas located at the junction of the north and south forks of the Guadalupe River, was named for the friend of the founder, Alvie Joy in 1912. Alvie Joy built the first post office for Hunt, Texas residents, who were mostly farmers and shingle makers. Dating from the 1920′s private camps were built along the banks of the river and still thrive every season.

Hunt is an unincorporated town in western Kerr County, Texas. It is located in the heart of the Texas hill country (the rugged limestone hills that separate the coastal plain from the Edwards Plateau). The settlement was originally named Japonica; it was later changed to Hunt when Alva Joy purchased land in the area from Bob Hunt and established a US Post Office on the site. Hunt sits at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Guadalupe River. The area around Hunt is home to many fine summer camps each with its own rich history. These camps include Camp Waldemar for girls, Camp Stewart for boys, Camp La Junta for boys, Camp Rio Vista for boys, Camp Honey Creek for girls, Camp Sierra Vista for girls, Camp Mystic for girls, Camp Heart of the Hills for girls, and Camp Flaming Arrow for both boys and girls. Two of the most popular attractions in the Hunt area, besides swimming in the Guadalupe, are Crider’s Rodeo on the South Fork west of Hunt (Saturday nights in the summer) and the recreation of Stonehenge replica that was built on the North Fork north of Hunt. In the Summer of 2010, Stonehenge was being moved to the front yard of the Point Theater in nearby Ingram, as the land it resided on is for sale.

Many families who like to vacation in the hill country can find several hotels, bed and breakfasts, as well as houses to rent on the river. Some include, The River Inn (about 1.5 miles past Camp Mystic for Girls), The Sundown Carriage House (Bed & Breakfast, about .5 miles past Camp Mystic), and other residential houses available to rent out.

Restaurants are the Hunt Store (burgers), Elaine’s Table (fine dining), and the Rio Rancho Cafe (Tacos, Burgers,Sandwiches,Salads,Patio Dining). Hunt also has a few residential areas where the homes are on 5 to 50-acre (200,000 m2) plots. Canyon Springs and River Bend Ranch are two of these.

Hunt is located just west of neighbors Kerrville, Texas, and Ingram, Texas, on Texas 39. Hunt, Texas is a short drive to Fredericksburg, Texas, known for its many festivals and unique shops.

Ingram

Ingram, Texas is on the north bank of Guadalupe River. Ingram, Texas was founded 1883 by J.C.W. Ingram who built a store and conducted church services. A new section was started in 1936 following a disastrous flood.

Ingram, Texas is a trade center for surrounding camps, vacation and retirement homes.

If you are interested in relocation information, there are many excellent Ingram, Texas real estate firms to assist you. You’ll want to read the Hill Country Real Estate blog for up-to-date information.

Hill Country Arts Foundation: This visual and performing arts facility, founded in 1958, provides a cultural atmosphere for neighbors Kerrville, Texas, and Hunt, Texas, as well as the entire Texas Hill Country. The campus is nestled on the banks of the Guadalupe River and includes an art gallery, four studios, a gift shop, and indoor and outdoor theaters. An array of art and theater workshops is offered for students of all ages and abilities.

Famous artists conduct classes. The theater directed by top professionals. Gallery exhibitions, theater productions and educational classes are conducted year round. It is just west of Ingram on Texas 39.

Old Ingram Business buildings of the old section of Ingram now house art studios and galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. It is on loop off Texas 39 and Texas 27.

Stonehenge in the Hills Far from the Salisbury Plain in England, this replica of the famous megaliths rises in a rural setting two miles west of Hunt, Texas, on F.M. 1340. Stonehenge II, as it’s called, is 60 percent as tall as the original, and 90 percent as large in circumference. Along with the replica of Stonehenge are Easter Island-type statues. Take Texas 39 to Hunt, Texas.

Ingram, Texas is a short drive to Fredericksburg, Texas, known for its many festivals and unique shops

Kerrville

Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas. The population was 20,425 at the 2000 census. Kerrville is located in central Texas, 104 miles west of Austin. Kerrville is 65 miles from San Antonio, 306 miles from Dallas, and 248 miles from Houston. It is in the heart of the Hill country with streams and rugged terrain and the rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley.

The weather in Kerrville is pleasant – year-round! Mid-summer highs go up to 95 while winter lows go only as low as 35. Spring and Fall both have more rain than summer and winter. In the spring, hail and thunderstorms are common. The summers are warm, but the night cool down. Fall comes with mild days and cool nights giving way to winter usually the middle of December. Cold spells come along, but rarely last more than a few days at a time. Early morning clouds are frequent, but burn off to sunshine by mid-day. Not much rain falls during the winter.

Being nestled in the hills of Texas Hill Country, Kerrville is best known for its beautiful parks that line the Guadalupe River – which runs directly through the city, its nearby youth summer camps, hunting ranches, and RV parks. It’s also the home of Texas’ Official State Arts & Crafts Fair, the Kerrville Folk Festival, H-E-B Grocery Stores, Mooney Airplane Company, James Avery Jewelry, Kerrville Bus Company, and Schreiner University. The Museum of Western Art (founded 1983) features the work of living artists specializing in the themes of the American West.

Kerrville is home to the annual Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair which features artisans and entertainers from around the state. Kerrville also plays host to the Kerrville Folk Festival, an annual summer festival which features folk musicians from around the country. The Texas Lions Camp and Echo Hill Ranch Summer Camp are also located in Kerrville.

Kerrville is served by the Kerrville Independent School District, which maintains four elementary schools (Tally, Nimitz, Starkey, and Daniels), two middle schools (BT Wilson 6th Grade & Peterson), and three high schools (Hill Country High School, Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School and Tivy High School – the home of the “Fighting Antlers”). Many alumni of Tivy regularly enjoy reunions.

Kerrville is home to Schreiner University, a private 4-year college university which was established in 1923 by an ex-Texas Ranger, Captain Charles Schreiner. The school is consistently listed as one of the top regional liberal arts colleges in the Western U.S. by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide. Schreiner University is also home to Greystone Preparatory School, one of the five federal service academies that offers up to 36 college credits.