If you’re planning a trip to New Braunfels, book your stay with Big Chief Vacation Properties and make sure to add the charming Gruene Historic District to your itinerary. This historic district is a must-visit destination for history buffs, music lovers, and anyone looking for a taste of small-town Texas charm.

Gruene (pronounced “Green”) was founded in the mid-1800s by German immigrants, and it retains much of its old-world charm to this day. The district is home to several historic buildings, including the Gruene Hall, which is the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas. If you’re lucky, you might catch a live performance by some of Texas’ best country and western musicians.

In addition to the live music, Gruene is also home to several quaint shops and restaurants. Stop by the Gruene General Store, which has been in operation since 1878, to pick up some souvenirs or try some old-fashioned candies. For lunch or dinner, head to the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, which overlooks the Guadalupe River and serves up classic Texas dishes like chicken fried steak and brisket.

If you’re interested in history, take a stroll down Gruene’s Main Street to see the historic buildings, many of which have been preserved and repurposed as shops and restaurants. One of the most iconic buildings is the Gruene Mansion Inn, a Victorian-style mansion that was built in the 1870s and now serves as a bed and breakfast.

Gruene is also home to several annual events that are worth planning your trip around. The Gruene Music and Wine Festival, which takes place in October, features live music, wine tastings, and a craft fair. The Gruene Market Days, which take place on the third weekend of each month from February to November, are a great place to shop for local crafts and artisanal goods. These are great events to book a vacation property rental with Big Chief!