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Gruene

Gruene has been recognized by the Texas travel industry as a must see attraction for visitors.

Gruene

History:

Once a very significant cotton producing community, Gruene (pronounced “green”) is now listed among the Historic Places in the National Register. Now supported largely by tourism, it lies entirely within the city of New Braunfels along the Guadalupe River.

The history of this town goes back to the year 1872. A German American farmer of the first generation, Heinrich D. Gruene, bought six thousand acres of farmland along the Guadalupe River 3 miles north of New Braunfels. He planted cotton and built his house there. This small settlement was quickly followed by the establishment of a town called Goodwin, which lead to a flourishing community that was bustling with farming and commercial activity.

By the 1900, this town had become a thriving banking, shipping and ginning center for cotton farming. However, in the 1920s, there was a boll weevil blight outbreak which decimated the town. Then came the the great depression. By 1930, the total population was only 75. It was even bypassed by the post World War II highway construction, making it a virtual ghost town.

In the early 70s, there was an effort to restore the area’s structures. These include the old mercantile store and the Gruene Hall. This restoration effort continued on through the 1980s and still goes on today, making Gruene a thriving tourism center. Many structures from the past still exist, and these form the core attractions.

Tradition:

The Gruene Market Days are another popular attraction. All the products that are sold in the market are made by the vendors themselves. This gives it that exclusive appeal. The market days are held every 3rd full weekend of February through November. One is also held on the first week of December.

Recreation and Relaxation:

This town is famous for its richness in tourist activities. Wine tasting, gives tourists a chance to experience and sample different wines. There is also the renovated historic water tower that is now surrounded by shops, restaurants, and a wine tasting room.

There are plenty of places to stay, ranging from quaint bed and breakfast inns, to nearby hotels. Among the most popular places is the Victorian-style Gruene Family Home of 1872. It operates as the Gruene Mansion Inn (https://www.gruenemansioninn.com/).

Nature:

In the Guadalupe River, tourists enjoy a variety of water recreation activities including tubing, canoe trips, and rafting. There are also plenty of unique and interesting shops for those enjoying the river.
Technically located within New Braunfels, Gruene is also just a few minutes drive down River Road to Canyon Lake. What a great spot for a vacation.

Fun Stuff

There are plenty of opportunities for day trips from the Gruene area.
Enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular Texas Hill Country on wide-open roads lined with breathtaking flowers and trees. Relish views only available in the Hill Country. You’ll feel like you’re light years away from a crowded freeway…because you are.And, you won’t have to pick up and move. No packing and unpacking. You can make yourself at home and still experience a multitude of adventures that are fun for the whole family.Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Gruene > Canyon Lake

21 miles | 31 min

Gruene > Canyon Lake

21 miles | 31 min

Gruene > New Braunfels

3 miles | 9 min

Gruene > New Braunfels

3 miles | 9 min

Gruene > Guadalupe River State Park

32 miles | 43 min

Gruene > Guadalupe River State Park

32 miles | 43 min

Gruene > Boerne

43 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Boerne

43 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Canyon Lake

21 miles | 31 min

Gruene > Canyon Lake

21 miles | 31 min

Gruene > New Braunfels

3 miles | 9 min

Gruene > New Braunfels

3 miles | 9 min

Gruene > Guadalupe River State Park

32 miles | 43 min

Gruene > Guadalupe River State Park

32 miles | 43 min

Gruene > Boerne

43 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Boerne

43 miles | 56 min

Gruene > San Marcos

16 miles | 25 min

Gruene > San Marcos

16 miles | 25 min

Gruene > Wimberley

22 miles | 29 min

Gruene > Wimberley

22 miles | 29 min

Gruene > Blanco

38 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Blanco

38 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Johnson City

51 miles | 1 h

Gruene > Johnson City

51 miles | 1 h

Gruene > San Marcos

16 miles | 25 min

Gruene > San Marcos

16 miles | 25 min

Gruene > Wimberley

22 miles | 29 min

Gruene > Wimberley

22 miles | 29 min

Gruene > Blanco

38 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Blanco

38 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Johnson City

51 miles | 1 h

Gruene > Johnson City

51 miles | 1 h

Gruene > The Alamo (San Antonio)

37 miles | 41 min

Gruene > The Alamo (San Antonio)

37 miles | 41 min

Gruene > Sea World (San Antonio)

49 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Sea World (San Antonio)

49 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

41 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

41 miles | 45 min

Gruene > River Walk (San Antonio)

38 miles | 43 min

Gruene > River Walk (San Antonio)

38 miles | 43 min

Gruene > The Alamo (San Antonio)

37 miles | 41 min

Gruene > The Alamo (San Antonio)

37 miles | 41 min

Gruene > Sea World (San Antonio)

49 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Sea World (San Antonio)

49 miles | 56 min

Gruene > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

41 miles | 45 min

Gruene > Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

41 miles | 45 min

Gruene > River Walk (San Antonio)

38 miles | 43 min

Gruene > River Walk (San Antonio)

38 miles | 43 min

Gruene > San Marcos Premium Outlets

12 miles | 17 min

Gruene > San Marcos Premium Outlets

12 miles | 17 min

Gruene > Tanger Outlets San Marcos

11 miles | 16 min

Gruene > Tanger Outlets San Marcos

11 miles | 16 min

Gruene > Texas State Capitol, Austin

47 miles | 48 min

Gruene > Texas State Capitol, Austin

47 miles | 48 min

Gruene > San Marcos Premium Outlets

12 miles | 17 min

Gruene > San Marcos Premium Outlets

12 miles | 17 min

Gruene > Tanger Outlets San Marcos

11 miles | 16 min

Gruene > Tanger Outlets San Marcos

11 miles | 16 min

Gruene > Texas State Capitol, Austin

47 miles | 48 min

Gruene > Texas State Capitol, Austin

47 miles | 48 min
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