Gruene, a historic town within the city limits of New Braunfels, is famous throughout Texas for Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in the state. It also has charming inns, cafés, and boutique shops, and often hosts weekend festivals such as the Gruene Music & Wine Festival (October) as well as Old Gruene Market Days, held the third weekend of every month.
Gristmill River Restaurant
The Gristmill used to be a cotton gin. Today, the restaurant serves Lone Star State-inspired creations include burgers smothered in queso and jalapeño coleslaw.
Gruene (pronounced green) is famous throughout Texas thanks to this 1878 saloon, the oldest in the state. The tap doesn’t run dry at the Gruene’s no-frills bar, under a collection of signed photographs of country singers. Check the calendar for concerts by the likes of Lyle Lovett and Pat Green.
Smiling Eyes Photo Gallery
Dress up in bonnets, bandanas, and chaps at Smiling Eyes Photo Gallery and pose for Old West sepia snapshots.
Mozie’s Bar and Grill
Stop in this favorite local lounge during happy hour (3-7 p.m. Monday to Friday) for $5 frozen margaritas and $1 off beers and cocktails such as mojitos and key lime pie martinis.
Gruene Mansion Inn
There are 30 individually decorated rooms at this downtown inn, a Victorian-style mansion next to Gruene Hall, each with its own private backroom and porch. Opt for one overlooking the Guadalupe River.