GUIDE TO GRUENE HISTORIC DISTRICT

The Gruene Historic District sits in the heart of New Braunfels and offers a host of shopping, dining, river activities, monthly events and live music to enjoy. The best part is all of this is within walking distance from Gruene River Hotel and Retreat. Plan your next trip to Gruene, Texas with this excellent guide of things to do.

BRIEF GRUENE HISTORY

BRIEF GRUENE HISTORY

Gruene is not an official town but rather a historical district in New Braunfels. German farmers settled along the Guadalupe River in the 1840s and soon established Gruene with the help of Henry Gruene. The town continued to prosper thanks to nearby cotton farmers until the 1920s when an infestation of Boll Weevils and the Great Depression led to it becoming a ghost town. In 1975, Chip Kaufman successfully got Gruene on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the local shops and buildings have a Texas medallion from the Texas Historical Commission and are big parts of the local history.

GRUENE HALL

GRUENE HALL

Address: 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX

Distance from us: Four-minute walk

Gruene Hall is the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas. The structure was built in 1878 and hosted a variety of events from high school graduations to badger fights. Now, Gruene Hall offers many social and entertainment activities. Many musicians have performed at Gruene Hall including George Strait, Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks, many of whom were still trying to make it big. To this day, Gruene Hall offers a plethora of nightly events, many of which are free.

GRUENE ANTIQUE COMPANY

GRUENE ANTIQUE COMPANY

Distance from us: Five-minute walk

Gruene Antique Company offers 6,500 square feet of antiques, collectibles, gifts and decor. The shop, which opened in 1986, is in a building built in 1903 where tenant farmers could shop and do business. The structure later became a Texas Landmark Building and allows visitors to Gruene to enjoy some great shopping and history.

GRUENE GENERAL STORE

GRUENE GENERAL STORE

Address: 1610 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Hours: Opens at 9 a.m. and closing depends on season.

Distance from us: Five-minute walk

Gruene General Store has been around since the early days of the town but lay dormant since 1925. Prior to its initial closure, it served the needs of sharecroppers in the area. In 1989, Gruene General Store reopened and offers a host of Texas-made products, souvenirs and gifts. The store is famous for its five cent coffee and homemade fudge.

GRUENE OUTFITTERS

GRUENE OUTFITTERS

Address: 1629 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX
Hours:
Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Distance from us: Six-minute walk
Like many of the surrounding shops, Gruene Outfitters is rooted in history. The building it is in used to be Gruene Brothers' Garage, serving as a workshop. Gruene Outfitters came into its current use as a fly fishing gear shop in 1989. While much of the apparel is for men, Gruene Outfitters expanded to offer women and children's clothing in its new shop The Pomegranate, situated right next door. They're a great place to get connected to fly fishing tours while here! 

WINERY ON THE GRUENE

WINERY ON THE GRUENE

Address: 1308 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX
Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Distance from us: Six-minute walk
Winery on the Gruene is one of the top wineries in New Braunfels, offering wine from all over the world. It blends, ferments, ages and bottles over 30 different wines in house. While visitors can enjoy a glass of wine, there is also a wine tasting experience that offers four different options. The winery offers indoor and outdoor seating. If you're wanting some food to go with your wine, be sure to stop by Gruene Barbecue Company food truck in the parking lot.