About this time of year, we start to daydream about escaping the hustle and bustle, daily routine of our sometimes hectic lives. After months of being cooped up inside, we begin to feel an itch, somewhere down deep in our souls, that reminds us of the lazy, warm summer days of our childhood and beckons us to venture outside. Spring break allows us to scratch that itch, offers us just the needed break, and allows us to welcome and celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Whether you’re looking for a week-long adventure or just a quick escape, Kerrville, and the hill country, offer the perfect location for a small, springtime vacation where your only responsibility is to relax, enjoy, and make memories. Whether you are searching for a family outing, a couples retreat, or a girls’ getaway….we have something for everyone. Kerrville offers the perfect, central hill country experience and location, as well as reasonably priced lodging opportunities. Staying with us allows you to enjoy Kerrville’s sights and sounds, as well as those of our neighboring communities, and still return with enough time to relax and enjoy our stunning sunsets.
Guadalupe River, Kerrville TX
You don’t know where to start? Let us help you! We have put together several ideas that can help you plan your spring break or summer stay with us, and allow you to fine tune your experience, and/or your family’s experience, so that you end up making the best possible memories.
Riverside Nature Center
Located in the heart of Kerrville, on a former small farm situated on the beautiful Guadalupe River, you can discover the native beauty of the Texas Hill Country and learn about hundreds of unique hill country plants, birds and other wildlife while exploring “God’s country” in a vibrant part of the Texas landscape. There is a unique arboretum with over 140 different types of trees, as well as cacti, glorious wildflowers, shrubs, native grasses, birds, insects and other animals. There are walking trails that will allow you to take your time and lead you through the Nature Center and down to the banks of the beautiful river bank.
This amazing piece of art is a must see on any visit to our area. Built as an amusing art project by the late Al Shepperd and his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill, it is not quite as big as the original (located in England), but allows visitors a chance to experience this world wonder without having to travel overseas. The property, which is self-tourable, is open to the public and can be visited 365 days a year.
Scenic Driving Trails
March kicks off the prime wildflower blooming months in Texas, and spring break is the perfect time of year to enjoy driving through Central Texas, home to one of the richest areas in the state to view wildflowers. The scenic hill country’s limestone cliffs, granite outcroppings and hidden springs create the perfect habitats for the vibrant wildflowers to bloom, and the back roads surrounding Kerrville provide the perfect opportunity to experience the wonder of the season.
There are several routes that you can take that will allow you to make your way down winding hill country roads, taking you past some of the most beautiful landscape that our country has to offer, through historic towns and hamlets and allow you to experience the breathtaking views that our region is famous for. Whichever route(s) you choose, you won’t be disappointed. We offer maps and materials at our office that can help you plan your ride to insure the best possible experience and memories.
Civil War Trails
While no formal military engagements were noted, the Kerr County area was awash in the blood and terror of the local conflict between Confederates and Unionists during the Civil War era. Hangings, shootings, house burnings, and despoliation of farms were the reality for the families and neighbors of Kerr County and the surrounding area. History buffs have a wonderful opportunity to experience a self-guided driving tour that visits many of the sites where Civil War came to the hill country. This scenic 75-mile back road loop begins and ends in Camp Verde and promises to delight all of its travelers.
Other suggestions to help you plan your Kerrville experience:
Museum of Western Art
Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area (viewing Mexican Free-tailed bats)
Riverside Nature Center
James Avery Jewelry tours
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center