Day Trip #3: Gruene, Tx

“Gently resisting change since 1872.”

First the stats…

Drive time: 20 minutes

Population: Just depends on who is playing at Gruene Hall

Famous Residents: See above

Hollywood Connection: Michael (1996) starring john Travolta.  Numerous music videos (George Strait)

Cool Trivia:  Gruene was founded by German immigrants in the 1840’s and prospered until the cotton crop failed and the Great Depression arrived in the 1930’s.

Directions: Turn Left on FM 2673 and go 8 miles toward Sattler. Turn Right on River Road at the traffic light and go 13 miles.  Turn left on TX46/Loop337.  Exit on Rock Street.  Turn Left onto Gruene Rd.  Cross the Rail Road tracks and cross the Guadalupe River.

On to dining…

RIVER HOUSE TEA ROOM | (830) 608-0690 – Casual dining experience inside or umbrella dining outside. Choose from a selection of lovely salads, homemade soups, marble bread sandwiches or grilled specialties.

MOZIE’S | (830) 515-1281 – Original food. Cool bar. Premium well liquors, select wines and specialty beers. All day menu of favorite American classics. Sports TVs and air conditioning!

GRISTMILL RIVER RESTAURANT AND BAR (830) 625-0684 – Since 1977. Unique Texas style dining in an 1870s cotton gin beneath the water tower on the Guadalupe River.

The Gruene Door Restaurant  (830) 629-2600 Located in beautiful Gruene Lake Village in New Braunfels, Texas.  Gruene’s only casual, fine dining restaurant combining the best in food, service, and atmosphere.  Every menu item is prepared 100% in house by the chefs.

Things to do…

GRUENE HALL | (830) 606-1281 – Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall.

ROCKIN ‘R’ RIVER RIDES | (830) 629-9999 – Rockin ‘R’ River Rides has been a year-round, family-owned business since 1979. Rockin’ R services both the Guadalupe & Comal rivers with rafts, toobs, 1&2-man inflatable canoes and sit-on-top kayaks.

BUCK POTTERY | (830) 629-7975 – Buck Pottery was established in 1982 by Terry and Dee Buck, on the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River.

THE GRAPEVINE TEXAS WINE BAR | (830) 606-0093 – The Grapevine offers over 20 wines for complimentary tastings every day.

Enjoy Travolta at Gruene Hall in this short clip from the movie Michael.

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