Did you know that just a short half-hour drive from San Antonio is one of the U.S.'s most visited towns? Yup, that's right. Boerne, Texas, is a destination to thousands of travelers year-round, and for very good reasons--kayaking, hiking, golfing, wine tasting, shopping and dining are just a few of the many things to do here in this historic town. And now that the magazine is finally distributed, the staff at San Antonio Weddings made our way to experience this beautiful place firsthand while visiting some of our friends who help make this magazine great.
Our first stop was to see Larry and Wendy at the Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau. They have a ton of brochures on places to visit and things to do in the area. And if you're having a wedding out here, they'll even put together a package for your out-of-town guests. Throw it in with your wedding timeline, bottles of water and a few local goodies and you have yourself a welcome bag.
Next, we visited with Gayle out at the Boerne Convention & Community Center. The hall is a blank canvas--perfect for the bride who wants to truly personalize the space for her wedding. The stage area was really large an ideal place for the head table or a band to play. One of my favorite features was the lighting. A wraparound fixture with dozens of lights made the room glow. It was really nice, and this space holds 500 guests.
After meeting with Gayle, we stopped by one of Boerne's newest hotspots, Kuhl Yogurt, to meet with photographer, West Vita. It was a pleasent surprise to see his work displayed in the shop. That image on the left is one of my favorites. :)
All that running around made us pretty hungry, so we decided to head back to San Antonio and stop by another vendor of ours, Scenic Loop Cafe, for some lunch. While it would've been nice to sit out on the patio and enjoy our meal, it was extremely hot and humid. The thermometer read 103 degrees so we thought it was best we stay indoors. We still did a tour of the grounds afterward and enjoyed a nice breeze despite the heat. Scenic Loop manages to keep everythig so pretty and green too. We'll have to head back out sometime for dinner and live music soon.
So what did we have? Well, LM and I had the grilled fish tacos. It was very good. The cabbage was crunchy, the fish was grilled just right, the avocado was creamy and the sauce, which had some hint of horseraddish, was super yummy. Definitely ordering that again sometime soon.
AG had a classic cheeseburger with sweet potato french fries. They were certainly generous with their portions too. She was stuffed.
While Scenic Loop Cafe is a great place to hang out and enjoy a relaxing meal, they are a great place for rehearsal dinners and intimate weddings. Here are some photos of it set up.
Now that we weren't distracted by our stomachs growling, we could get back to work. But before we did, we stopped by to see Kimbree at The Invitation Chicks. Super cute space, right? Photographer Amy DeYoung took some amazing photos displayed. And look, Lisa and Stephen's story (a couple whose wedding we covered in last year's edition) signed their article and Kimbree had it displayed.
Because we couldn't do all that we needed to in a few short hours, we had to split our Boerne trip into two days. AG and I visited Kendall Plantation to check up on the progress of the construction, and I have to say, I think it's going very well. They plan to have all the walls and porch surroundings done in a few days. The breeze was really nice and the view--beautiful. Check back next week for my progress blog and more info on this venue.
We met up with CJ and LM for lunch at Spinelli's Vistro and Country Inn to catch up with our good friend Dennis. If you want to know more about this place, check out this post here and here. Having eaten there twice before already, I knew exactly what I wanted, in fact, it was so good we got three orders of it, not just for me of course. I personally loved that it wasn't heavy, had just the right amount of seasoning and was the perfect spicy for me (which you can ask for more or less or none on your order. :) CJ got a salad with chicken, doesn't that look fabulous?
After lunch we headed to Comfort, yes, Comfort. None of us have ever been to Comfort Cloisters now under the new name of Hill Country Cathedral, before and with Dennis taking over the historic venue, we thought it was a good time to finally see it in person. We were not disappointed. It is a beautiful and romantic place for weddings or other special occasions.
These next photos are from a professional-obviously.
The entire facility is beautiful and has a timeless feel. What's great too about this place is that it has a two-bedroom cottage next door perfect for the bride to get ready, complete with large mirrors and awesome lighting. Go check it out for sure. These photos are great, but to see it in person is really the only way to do it justice. Make a day of it and explore the area.
There's so much more to do in Boerne than just visit wedding venues of course. Be sure to check out our article on page 96 of our latest edition here.