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All Summer long, we’ve been taking you to some of our favorite Texas towns! This week we’re headed to Gruene, Texas.
Just an hour outside of Austin, the city of Gruene looks like a film set rather than a real town. Located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, Gruene is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the restored turn-of-the-century buildings, where Gruene has been gently resisting change since 1872. Be sure to snap a pic in from of the infamous Gruene Hall where legends like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett have all played. It was also a filming location for the film Michael starring John Travolta.
Austin.com is and always has been a site that celebrates and promotes the unique people and places of Austin, TX and surrounding cities. Though many businesses, locations, and events are closed at this time, we continue to highlight those things so that you can plan to experience them in the future.
Here are five places we recommend for your getaway to Gruene!
Gruene Coffee Haus
1720 Hunter Road
Gruene Coffee Haus is a family owned and operated hole-in-the-wall in Historic Gruene. They provide a full espresso menu, gourmet drip coffee selections, 24 hour cold brews, many frappe flavors, smoothies, Italian sodas, pastries made from scratch by Hope Haus Bakery in New Braunfels. They also offer locally brewed beer and wine from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards as well! Beer and wine can be taken to go while you walk around Gruene. They’ve got you covered from morning to evening.
1714 Hunter Road
Since 2009 Got Toys has strived to find unique toys and gifts that put a smile on everyone’s face! They carry a large line of books and retro toys, such as wind-up tin robots and retro games, Spirographs, Lite Brights, and even Strawberry Shortcake and Monchichi! It’s the perfect place to rediscover your childhood or to find a gift for the children in your life!
The Barn Pottery
1296 Gruene Road
The business was established in 1982 by Dee and Terry Buck of Buck Pottery. They spent 33 years growing up with Gruene and in April 2015 sold the business to their niece, Angie White and her husband Kyle. They will continue on the tradition of making work on site as well as sell the work of several other local potters including the work of the Bucks. Stop by and visit the gallery and view the work in progress.
Gruene Hat Company
1601 Hunter Road
Located in the Mercantile Building in the heart of Gruene Historic District, across from Gruene Hall. Gruene Hat Company boasts a wide array of felt, straw, hemp and palm leaf hats along with other fun western items such as wild rags, leather gloves and cowhide products. Occupying less than 250 square feet, Gruene Hat Co. has a 4:1 Hat to square foot ratio making it “The Best Little Hat House in Texas.”
Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar
1287 Gruene Road
Located beneath Gruene’s landmark water tower, in the ruins of an 1878 cotton gin, overlooking the Guadalupe River, the Historic Gristmill has been considered one of the most unique dining spots in Texas for nearly half a century. A rare combination of history, location and turn-of-the-century architecture create the Gristmill’s legendary Texas experience.
Gruene Hall might be temporary closed due to COVID-19 but you can still grab pictures of the iconic dance hall from the outside. It’s considered “Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall”. This famous dance hall has seen its fair share of musicians over the years and, as previously mentioned, it was the locale for the dance scene in the 1996 movie Michael starring John Travolta.
For more of our favorite Texas town squares, check out our full list here.
Please remember that guidelines for COVID-19 are constantly changing. Travel responsibly and take precautions for both yourself and your fellow Texans.
Featured photo courtesy of @GrueneTX