Visit Boerne for an Unforgettable Texas Hill Country Experience

by Amelia Yin on August 7, 2023 in Travels,

Just 30 minutes away from San Antonio lies Boerne, a small town in Texas where locals and travelers can enjoy delicious food and drinks, exciting outdoor adventures and more. 


Where to stay in Boerne

With a California King bed and walk-in double shower, the Willis Bird Grand Suite is perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic night with luxurious amenities. Photo courtesy The Kendall

The Kendall – Formerly known as Ye Kendall Inn, The Kendall is a historic hotel that offers a one-of-a-kind, luxury lodging experience in the heart of downtown Boerne. Whether you’re looking for a unique place to accommodate a staycation, wedding or celebrate an anniversary, The Kendall has everything you need to make your stay special. Guests can choose from over 30 beautiful rooms, suites and cottages that are outfitted with plush furniture and vintage-style decorations. And while most rooms will include a walk-in shower and separate sitting area, other rooms may include a clawfoot tub or private patio/balcony. Along with very accommodating staff, The Kendall also offers a 24-hour front desk service, so if you have any special requests or concerns, don’t be afraid to ask.

In addition to elegant furniture and decor, the Cibolo House 2 also features a front porch where guests can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Photo courtesy The Kendall

Peggy’s on the Green – The Kendall also hosts an onsite restaurant where guests can enjoy an elevated Southern dining experience with exquisite cuisine, a charming ambiance and attentive staff. Peggy’s on the Green serves Southern-inspired dishes made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients as well as a diverse selection of alcoholic beverages to pair with any meal. Although this restaurant offers an amazing brunch, you’ll definitely want to stop by during lunch or dinner if you’re a first time customer. 

From mouth watering appetizers to entrees, Peggy’s on the Green serves the most delicious Southern cuisine you can find in Boerne. Photo courtesy Peggy’s on the Green

Start by ordering their pimento cheese appetizer plate, a well-loved dish among guests, which is served with a mouthwatering combo of roasted jalapenos, bacon, bread and butter pickles, celery and crackers. For those who love hearty seafood dishes, be sure to order their Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes or Shrimp and Grits as your main dish  – you won’t regret it. And for those who enjoy a high-quality steak, Peggy’s serves juicy filets, ribeyes and New York strips that are grilled to perfection. Then, end your meal on a sweet note with one of their decadent desserts – we highly recommend the Tiramisu Cheesecake. 

Guests are welcome to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of wine at Peggy’s on the Green’s cozy bar. Photo courtesy Peggy’s on the Green

Design your own custom Western-style hat at J.Forks Design

Jenny Forks (left) and her sidekick daughter, Hallie Forks (right). Photo courtesy J.Forks Design

J.Forks Design is a boutique and family owned business that offers a wide collection of women’s and men’s clothing, handmade jewelry, cute accessories and more. This boutique was founded by Jenny Forks, who is a loving mother, talented entrepreneur, author, public speaker and designer. Not only does J.Forks Design have fashionable clothing and accessories, customers can also design their own custom made hat. During this special experience, you’ll be able to choose any Western-style felt or straw hat and outfit it with a wide assortment of small accessories. Many people enjoy adding a combination of ribbons, feathers and dried flowers to their hats. You can even brand it with letters or symbols if you’re feeling a little creative. If you’re not so sure on how you’d like to design your own hat, don’t worry – there are plenty of hats on display for inspiration. Plus, throughout the experience, there will be someone to assist you every step of the way. To learn more about Jenny Forks’ inspiring story, you can read her book that discusses how she became a thriving business woman, despite rigorous life trials and hardships.

At J.Forks Design, you can create your own Western-style hat with any accessory you like. Pictured is Amelia’s custom hat she designed. Photo courtesy Amelia Yin

Where to eat in Boerne

The Dienger Trading Co. – Just a 3-minute walk from The Kendall, The Dienger Trading Co. is a favorite among locals and travelers to get brunch or pick up some freshly baked pastries and coffee. After you’re done eating, be sure to stop by their boutique where you can explore and shop beautifully curated items, including women’s clothing and accessories, home goods and decor, cosmetics and more.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast or brunch with your favorite espresso drink at this welcoming bakery-cafe. Photo courtesy Dienger Trading Co.

Free Roam Brewing Company – Boerne is home to some of the best breweries in Texas. Free Roam Brewing Company is a great place to swing by after a day of adventure and indulge in premium quality lagers and ales made on-site. Although this brewpub doesn’t offer any food, there are food trucks located at their outdoor patio where customers can enjoy live music while eating. Tip: Check out Free Roam’s social media platforms to find out which food trucks and performing artists will be present on the day you visit. 

After a long day, Free Roam Brewing Company is the perfect place to stop by and enjoy a glass of cold beer at their outdoor patio. Photo courtesy Free Roam Brewing Company

Boerne Taco House – If you’re craving for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, Boerne Taco House is a must-visit spot that’s popular among locals. From delicious street tacos to hearty enchiladas and other classic Tex-Mex plates, this laid-back restaurant has everything to satisfy a hungry customer’s needs. 

Bear Moon Bakery Cafe – This bakery-cafe is a great place to stop by and enjoy your favorite coffee drink and delicious pastries made from scratch. Bear Moon Bakery Cafe serves a wide variety of scrumptious pastries, including pies, cookies, muffins, scones and other traditional desserts. 

Fun facts about Boerne 

> Boerne is pronounced bur-nee

> Boerne’s downtown district is known as “The Hill Country Mile”

> The Kendall has served many famous individuals including former President Dwight D. Eisenhower

> Peggy’s on the Green is owned by Chef Mark Bohanan, who’s also the owner of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood located in downtown San Antonio

> J.Forks Design’s hat bar was originally inspired by Jenny Forks’ daughter, Hallie Forks

J.Forks Design: 470 S Main St Suite 101, Boerne, TX 78006


Cover photo courtesy City of Boerne

Amelia Yin is a Content Writer who was formerly an Editorial Intern at Texas Lifestyle Magazine during her college years. During her free time, Amelia enjoys staying up-to-date with the latest TV shows on Netflix, traveling to new places and spending quality time with family and friends.