State Parks in the Texas Hill Country

Medina River

If you love beautiful scenery, it’s hard to beat the state parks located near our Bandera resort. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Lost Maples State Natural Area: It’s known for its fall color, but Lost Maples is spectacular year-round. With abundant wildflowers, the scenic Sabinal River and dramatic canyons, there’s lots to do for the entire family.
  • Garner State Park: Another beautiful area offering hiking, boating, fishing and much more! The park has also hosted summer dancing since the 1940s.
  • Guadalupe River State Park: Featuring the dramatic Guadalupe River, this park offers a beautiful place to swim, fish and canoe, as well as activities further from the river.
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: The massive pink granite dome rising above central Texas gives this park its magical mystique. This is a wonderful area to hike and rock climb.

Of course, the scenery right at the resort is spectacular, too!

 

Spring in Bandera: Start Planning!

Spring is one of the most wonderful times to explore the Texas Hill Country. Here are a few of our favorite adventures:

  • San Antonio Zoo: Open year-round, the San Antonio Zoo has 750 species of animals on 56 acres!
  • Brackenridge Park Conservancy: Also located in San Antonio, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy offers historical sites, biking, hiking, bird watching and eateries, as well as the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden and Botanical Gardens.
  • The Saga at the San Fernando Cathedral Church: This video art installation takes place on the facade of the oldest operating sanctuary in North America, in the heart of historic San Antonio. The 7,000 square foot projection, with custom choreographed music in surround sound, narrates the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio.
  • Fredericksburg Pie Company: Come early for the freshly made pies (once they sell out, they close for the day!), then explore handmade quilts, vintage books and other treasures.
  • Old German Bakery and Restaurant: Also located in Fredericksburg, this family-owned and operated bakery serves breakfast, lunch and fresh bread!
  • Wildseed Farms: This is the nation’s largest working wildflower farm, with over 200 acres in Fredericksburg alone. There is no charge for admission or for use of the beautiful walking trails. They also offer vineyards and a tasting room.

What are your favorite places to explore in the Texas Hill Country?

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo!

Starting making your plans for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! This huge event was established in 1949 and typically draws over 2 million visitors each year. Between February 11th and 28th, you can enjoy rodeos, horse and livestock shows, live music, a carnival, a petting zoo, a craft beer tap room and many other events.

Find all the information and buy your tickets here!

Major Upgrades to the Bandera WiFi!

Our Resort in Bandera

Our beautiful resort in the Texas Hill Country offers an escape from the world and a chance to slow down. Unfortunately, that also meant slower WiFi speeds, which were dependent upon satellite dishes. Despite our best efforts, this only allowed internet speeds of 4 to 5 Mbps, and even less during times of heavy occupancy.

No longer! Your Bandera resort’s WiFi is now provided through a Fiber Optic cable. This required an extensive process of running the cable underground from Highway 16, which is two miles from the resort. The result? WiFi speeds have gone from an average of 4 to 5 Mbps to between 40 to 50 Mbps! And it’s only going to get better, as we update our UniFi Access Points to better utilize the new Fiber Optic.

So if you happen to see smoke coming from your laptop… it isn’t your computer, but the smokin’ fast new WiFi!

Giddy-up, and happy travels!