Our weekend girls trip to New Braunfels, Texas was just the right amount of perfect!! We staying in a little town called Gruene, which is about an hour and half south of Austin. Gruene is an old town known for several old time country superstars who played in Gruene Hall, a dance hall that has become internationally recognized as a destination tourist attraction and major music venue for up-and-coming as well as established artists.

This town has old school charm and modern day fun! One of the best things about our trip was that we were lucky enough to find and book an Airbnb right in town and right off the Guadalupe River. I mean walk out your door and down the street to and be right in the middle of it all in town. <SOMETHING FUNNY>. Gruene has managed to keep up the integrity and authenticity of its buildings that date back to 1872 and then added all the things that get the crowds flocking in! We are talking outdoor seating, live music on every corner, bistro lighting in all the right places and bars lined down the street.

By the time we got into town on Friday afternoon, we all looked like we needed a nap! We decided to take it easy on the first night, cook a nice dinner and save our energy for the next day in town! On the way in, we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some ingredients for dinner and I made a tomato and kale chicken

One of our first stops into town was the Gruene Mansion Inn.

Gruene hall has hosted such acts as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, and Gregg Allman. It has even been used in films including being used as a set for the movie Michael, starring John Travolta - who has an infamous dance scene in Gruene Hall. The dance hall is 6,000-square feet and has a high-pitched tin roof and still has the original layout with the option of open-air dancing. There is a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back. I was surprised to find a huge outdoor garden <in the back?> and that the advertisement signs from the 1930s and 1940s are still hung up on the hall walls and around the stage.

April 14, 2021

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