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Guidebook for Medina and surrounding area

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Guidebook for Medina and surrounding area

Parks & Nature
If the outdoors is your thing, the Hill Country is your place.
I love to hike here. There's a nominal fee to enter the park. Check in at the station on the way in. It's a breathtaking scenic drive up Ranch Road 337 to get there from our place. There are various hiking trails of various difficulties and lengths so the casual stroller and serious hiker will both find something wonderful about this place. It's is a sacred and treasured local resource. Go see for yourself!
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遗失枫树州立自然保护区
37221 FM 187
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I love to hike here. There's a nominal fee to enter the park. Check in at the station on the way in. It's a breathtaking scenic drive up Ranch Road 337 to get there from our place. There are various hiking trails of various difficulties and lengths so the casual stroller and serious hiker will both find something wonderful about this place. It's is a sacred and treasured local resource. Go see for yourself!
Garner State Park is a solid hour drive from us, up scenic Ranch Road 337 to Leakey. It is a nice drive. It is more of a Spring Break type vibe there, where the Medina River closer to us is more of a lowkey hidden gem. The Frio River at Garner doesn't dry up in drought conditions like the Medina does, so if our river is too low, it is worth the gorgeous drive.
Garner State Park Office
Garner State Park is a solid hour drive from us, up scenic Ranch Road 337 to Leakey. It is a nice drive. It is more of a Spring Break type vibe there, where the Medina River closer to us is more of a lowkey hidden gem. The Frio River at Garner doesn't dry up in drought conditions like the Medina does, so if our river is too low, it is worth the gorgeous drive.
One of our many beautiful area parks, this is off what we call the Schreiner Loop.
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Kerrville-Schreiner Park
2385 Bandera Highway
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One of our many beautiful area parks, this is off what we call the Schreiner Loop.
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Louise Hays Park
202 Thompson Drive
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Bandera City Park
1102 Maple Street
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Nature walking, mulituse trails - hike, mountain bike, or horseback is all allowed here.
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Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Road
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Nature walking, mulituse trails - hike, mountain bike, or horseback is all allowed here.
Entertainment & Activities
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Bandera
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This is the site of many local events including rodeo, bike rallies, and more. Just about a 15 minutes drive from our place, and you don't have to go through the tourist mob on Main Street Bandera to get there.
Mansfield Park
355 West A Mansfield Road
This is the site of many local events including rodeo, bike rallies, and more. Just about a 15 minutes drive from our place, and you don't have to go through the tourist mob on Main Street Bandera to get there.
Drinks & Nightlife
It's near our home. We haven't been there personally because we prefer to enjoy our drinks on the porch. But if you're looking for a watering hole, this one is not too far. Always designate a sober driver!
Red Horse Saloon
This is a biker-welcome establishment. They have a web site of their own and it says you can bring your own steaks and grill them there. Sounds neat. Never been there personally because we prefer enjoying quiet evenings at home, but it seems to be popular and welcoming.
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11th Street Cowboy Bar
307 11th Street
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This is a biker-welcome establishment. They have a web site of their own and it says you can bring your own steaks and grill them there. Sounds neat. Never been there personally because we prefer enjoying quiet evenings at home, but it seems to be popular and welcoming.
Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar turned 50 in 2018. You have to just go see the place to appreciate it. A true western saloon.
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Silver Dollar
308 Main St
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Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar turned 50 in 2018. You have to just go see the place to appreciate it. A true western saloon.
Essentials
Shopping nearby for essentials such as groceries and beverages.
Kerrville is about a half hour drive and has all your cityfolk essentials.
Kerrville, TX
Kerrville is about a half hour drive and has all your cityfolk essentials.
H-E-B
300 Main Street
The nearest store to us, it has most of your household, health, and beauty needs covered. You will find small selection of packaged, refrigerated, and frozen foods here. Also has all your basic over the counter medications, etc.
Family Dollar
13765 TX-16
The nearest store to us, it has most of your household, health, and beauty needs covered. You will find small selection of packaged, refrigerated, and frozen foods here. Also has all your basic over the counter medications, etc.
This is the nearest grocery store to us. The prices are higher than in Kerrville or Boerne, but it is convenient and everyone is friendly. There is a Subway restaurant inside the market and a bakery.
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Lowe's Market
907 Main St
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This is the nearest grocery store to us. The prices are higher than in Kerrville or Boerne, but it is convenient and everyone is friendly. There is a Subway restaurant inside the market and a bakery.
Nearest pharmacy to our home.
CVS
1202 Main Street
Nearest pharmacy to our home.
Arts & Culture
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Museum of Western Art
1550 Bandera Highway
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Kerrville Folk Festival Inc
3876 Medina Hwy
Has a really cool collection of unique bikes. They get lots of tags on the big photo sharing social media platform. It is along the Three Sisters route, so it is a really cool place to pit stop.
Lone Star Motorcycle Museum
36517 Ranch Road 187
Has a really cool collection of unique bikes. They get lots of tags on the big photo sharing social media platform. It is along the Three Sisters route, so it is a really cool place to pit stop.
History buffs, go here.
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Frontier Times Museum
510 13th Street
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History buffs, go here.
Food Scene
Highly recommend their snapper and margaritas.
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Mamacita's Restaurant
215 Junction Highway
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Highly recommend their snapper and margaritas.
My stepbrother works here. They have menu specials every day and an extensive gift shop. The dining hall is beautiful with large windows so you can see the gorgeous Hill Country scenery outside. They are open limited hours so check their site or call ahead http://campverdegeneralstore.net/
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Camp Verde General Store
285 E Verde Cr Rd
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My stepbrother works here. They have menu specials every day and an extensive gift shop. The dining hall is beautiful with large windows so you can see the gorgeous Hill Country scenery outside. They are open limited hours so check their site or call ahead http://campverdegeneralstore.net/
Basic grub. I am not a huge fan, but the vibe is cool and if you like basic American fare at a good price with friendly service, check it out.
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O.S.T. Restaurant
307 Main Street
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Basic grub. I am not a huge fan, but the vibe is cool and if you like basic American fare at a good price with friendly service, check it out.
Mac and Ernie's is the finest dining in the county. It was featured on the premier episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but it has grown since then and actually has a sit-down dining area indoors now. However, there is ample al fresco seating and it's a very family friendly environment. It's about a half hour drive from our place to there, it's well worth it because you will go past all kinds of exotic game ranches and might think you are in the Serengeti in some spots! Go slow because deer are abundant and there are lots of dips and twists. If you're on two wheels, this is a great route. I like to drive from our place to Tarpley, then head on to Utopia, Vanderpool, and back down 337 from the top side. Check out the map to see what I mean if you aren't familiar with the area, it's a nice mini-tour! As for the food, they are famous for the cabrito burgers. They also serve red stag, quail, lamb, and beef. Personally, I like the fried Gulf shrimp with a baked potato and fresh salad.
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Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery
11804 FM 470
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Mac and Ernie's is the finest dining in the county. It was featured on the premier episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but it has grown since then and actually has a sit-down dining area indoors now. However, there is ample al fresco seating and it's a very family friendly environment. It's about a half hour drive from our place to there, it's well worth it because you will go past all kinds of exotic game ranches and might think you are in the Serengeti in some spots! Go slow because deer are abundant and there are lots of dips and twists. If you're on two wheels, this is a great route. I like to drive from our place to Tarpley, then head on to Utopia, Vanderpool, and back down 337 from the top side. Check out the map to see what I mean if you aren't familiar with the area, it's a nice mini-tour! As for the food, they are famous for the cabrito burgers. They also serve red stag, quail, lamb, and beef. Personally, I like the fried Gulf shrimp with a baked potato and fresh salad.
If you are riding The Three Sisters, be sure to pull over at Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop and get your grub on at their Bent Rim Grill. They have indoor seating but I prefer to sit out back on their open air patio. It's more of a back yard than a patio. Their food is good, and I'm a food snob. They have food for vegetarians, too. I like the black bean burger. Their sweet potato fries are highly recommended.
Bent Rim Grill
657 Ranch Rd 337 W
If you are riding The Three Sisters, be sure to pull over at Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop and get your grub on at their Bent Rim Grill. They have indoor seating but I prefer to sit out back on their open air patio. It's more of a back yard than a patio. Their food is good, and I'm a food snob. They have food for vegetarians, too. I like the black bean burger. Their sweet potato fries are highly recommended.
This is their Helotes location, but they now have a Cracked Mug in Bandera, on 13th Street, 1 block from the Church's Chicken / Hardware Store / Liquor Store shopping center intersection on Main St. They have FREE WIFI, excellent coffee and great breakfast all day, a lunch menu, and lunch specials. Family/Veteran owned and operated and they offer a military/LEO/1st responder discount. Check them out on social media, Cracked Mug Gandera.
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The Cracked Mug Coffee House
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This is their Helotes location, but they now have a Cracked Mug in Bandera, on 13th Street, 1 block from the Church's Chicken / Hardware Store / Liquor Store shopping center intersection on Main St. They have FREE WIFI, excellent coffee and great breakfast all day, a lunch menu, and lunch specials. Family/Veteran owned and operated and they offer a military/LEO/1st responder discount. Check them out on social media, Cracked Mug Gandera.
Getting Around
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圣安东尼奥国际机场
9800 Airport Boulevard
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