Man oh man, the longer weekends just really seem to fly by even quicker than the two day weekends! Chris and I took off on Friday so that we could have one last extra long weekend in Blanco visiting his parents. This was weekend was also special because it was the last “trip” that we were going to take before the babies get here. So let’s get into an extra long weekending with the always amazing Biana!
We arrived at Chris’s parents house in Blanco late on Thursday night, so we were able to sleep in a little bit Friday morning before we woke up to start the day. And we woke up to some of the best news on Friday, our friends had their little girl! She’s so precious, and I can’t wait to meet her when they’re in town in December for a visit! Chris had a few calls to make in the morning, and before lunch time got here we were ready to get out and explore a little part of the Texas Hill Country that I had yet to visit: Gruene, Texas.
Gruene (pronounced like the color green) is a small Texas town that is known for it’s German heritage but also as a hub for Texas country music. Despite many economic hardships that hit the town Gruene Hall never closed, and to this day continues to be a place that launches Texas country music stars.
When we arrived in Gruene, we immediately went to one of the most well known places in Gruene besides Gruene Hall, The Gristmill! Located right beneath the Gruene Water Tower, The Gristmill offers open air dining and amazing views of the Guadalupe River. We arrived a little bit after lunch time, and because we were visiting on a Friday afternoon and arrived not during normal hours we were able to get a table without any problems, but I have heard to be prepared to wait in some pretty long lines if you want to eat there on a Friday or Saturday night. But don’t worry the food is well worth it! I personally got the Chicken Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, and oh my goodness was it delicious!
After lunch, we spent the rest of the day exploring the Historic District of Gruene. There were antique shops and other little knick knacky shops galore, and it was a lot of fun to just walk through them all. We did find the cutest little children’s boutique while we were in town, but unfortunately it was a little (A LOT) out of our price range. I guess that I’ll be sticking to some of the twin purge pages I’ve found on Facebook instead! We managed to not spend a ton of money while we were in Gruene, and then headed home to a nice and quiet evening at the house. It was the perfect end to a perfect day!
I feel like the past few weekends if we have a day where nothing is really planned Chris and I manage to sleep in until 10:00 or 10:30. I guess that we just get so worn out during the week that we just have to sleep in (although I think that it’s mostly me that’s worn out). Anyways, I figure that we might as well do it while we can because I know that we won’t be able to once the babies get here!
Once we were up, we only had a short time before the Aggie game started. To be honest I didn’t have very high expectations for the game, but thankfully we were able to pull out another win over Arkansas in overtime. It would have been a lot less stressful of a game if the refs hadn’t taken one of our TD’s away in the second quarter, but it doesn’t matter because we won in the end!
After the game was over, we headed out for another short little trip in the Texas Hill Country, this time to Luckenbach. What was established as a local Trading Post, the town of Luckenbach never really grew much bigger than that, and in fact eventually went up for sale 1970. The town was actually bought, and not long afterwards, Jerry Jeff Walker recorded an album in Luckenbach which pretty much launched the small town into Texas Country fame! Luckenbach really hasn’t grown too much, but it’s still known for being a great place to listen to live Texas Country and even go dancing as well.
We arrived around mid Saturday afternoon, and enjoyed just walking around and seeing the sights and listening to the live music as well! The only thing that would have made it better would have been an ice cold beer, but I guess that I’ll have to enjoy that next time we visit. The town of Luckenbach is right near the town of Fredericksburg, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make a pit stop there next year when we visit.
After spending a couple of hours in Luckenbach we drove back to Blanco and spent the rest of the evening relaxing. Chris’s dad grilled some fabulous ribs and deer sausage, and then we made a quick trip to town for some dessert of DQ Blizzards! I can’t tell you the last time that I had a Blizzard, but it was so good! Both babies were very happy too!
We didn’t get to sleep in that late on Sunday because we needed to make it back to Houston for a funeral for one of my friend’s brothers. It was a very sudden death, and my heart just breaks for my friend and her family. The rest of Sunday was spent getting a few things organized around the house, like finally bringing baby stuff upstairs so that it can be organized in the nursery soon, and just relaxing before the week started.
We had such a blast this weekend in Blanco, and we definitely enjoyed our last weekend trip without babies! Although, I have to admit that it’ll be a ton of fun to go back and visit with the babies in tow because that means that momma will be able to enjoy a beer, and I know that they’ll enjoy the time traveling as well!
Have you explored small towns near your hometown? Do you enjoy visiting small towns in your home state?