If your heart is set on vacationing in the Hill Country you probably have a few things on your list to see and do around the area. The problem is a lot of these sightseeing opportunities are also bound to be full of tourists! If you really want the local experience, here’s a quick local Kerrville residents enjoy doing. Make a day of it – winter, spring, summer or fall there’s never a bad time to spend a day in the heart of Texas.
No matter which vacation rental you stay at, the drive into Kerrville is beautiful! There’s plenty of hillside, river, and trees to drive by as you make your journey into town.
The first stop for the perfect Kerrville day starts with tacos. More specifically, Rita’s Famous Tacos. Rita’s has amazing and locally adored breakfast tacos on homemade tortillas -- by far the best in town. They have a few different options and none of them are wrong! There’s a few Rita’s around the Hill Country, including one in Ingram but the one in Kerrville is located at 209 Earl Garrett St.
Once you’ve had a bite to eat, or… 3 breakfast tacos you might need a good walk in! Head across the Sidney Baker bridge and park at Louise Hays Park. It’s a riverside park with a path going all the way down to the Riverhill Nature Center. The walk is just under a mile and is perfect for a scenic, easy walk.
There’s no shortage of good places to eat in Kerrville and now that lunch is upon you, it’s time to become a food critic. For years, locals debate on what the best hamburger in town actually is. Classics Burger's and Moore is recognized statewide as the #40 burger in Texas, but many prefer Brown’s burgers (myself included). They are both located less than a mile away, farther down Sidney Baker if you drive towards Bandera Highway (away from downtown). Try one, try them both and decide for yourself which is better!
If you go back into town, it’s a good time to enjoy some of the local antique shops, cultural center and unique bookstore in the area. Here's the details:
- Kerrville Arts & Culture Center(KACC) is located at 228 Earl Garrett Street and is usually free to the public, save special occasions. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. If you’re planning on coming during February they are having a special Chocolate Fantasy event on the 12th from 1-3 pm. The event is $20 for adults and $10 for kids (buy ahead, it’s more expensive at the door!)
- Sunrise Antique Mall at 820 Water St is a huge 2-story antique store filled with old soda memorabilia and tons of unique collectibles. Trust me, it will take a good amount of time to fully explore everything they have to offer, but it’s a divine place to explore oddities and neat collectible items.
- Wolfmueller’s Books at 229 Earl Garrett. Wolfmueller’s has a selection of more than 30,000 used and rare books. If you’re a reader or just looking to see something a little different, definitely stop by and check out their selection!
One of the most popular dessert places around town is the Sweeter Side of Rails, offering candy, cupcakes, and gelato. While delicious, the place closes early (at 5 pm) So for your perfect Kerrville day, we recommend eating dessert first!
Now it’s time for the most important meal of the day, wine! And maybe some dinner. There’s a few favorites close by. Many locals enjoy Grape Juice, which exhibits a warm dining atmosphere and a huge selection of wine and beers on tap. They’re located at 623 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028.
If you’re looking for something different, Kerrville recently opened their first brewery featuring Kerrville-made beer! It's called Pint & Plow and is located a couple blocks away at 332 Clay St.
Congratulations, now you're an official Hill Country local! All that's left to end the day is a glass of wine at your riverside rental. Are you ready to book your adventure?