Way back in March of this year, back when it was not yet Summer and definitely not Fall, we headed to the tiny little town of Gruene, Texas. I have been so busy with kids and the running of a household and my little shop, that I am so terribly late on telling y’all all about our 2nd stop on our Hill Country Craft Show tour. Nearly 7 months and two seasons late! I think my favorite phrase of 2017 is “better late than never.”
Gruene, Texas! Such a little gem of Texas German Immigrant history. Gruene was a thriving cotton farming town back in 1845. Check out more history facts on their website: http://www.gruenetexas.com/. The town is listed on the National Register of the Historic Places. If you get the chance to visit, you’ll see why. After hitting up the craft show, we stayed to walk around and check out so many great little shops that have taken the place of once a cotton gin or the first mercantile. And you can’t miss the great music coming from Gruene Hall. A historical marker outside reads that it may have been one of the very first saloons! The town is so small, you can easily park and just walk. It’s located on the Guadalupe River, which is always refreshing.
So the craft show! Tons of creative Texans packed into one little spot. It was also packed with shoppers. Each booth had something so unique and different and it always amazes me how many artists call Texas their home! And it is always awesome to see something for all ages. We tasted samples of Texas grown honey and spices. I snapped a few pics for the blog of shops that really impressed me with their uniqueness and artistry. Check out the one with my little man, Mason. This shop owner makes guitars out of cigar boxes and adds some Texas flair! And I loved the shop that makes the coolest custom hats. She had one for every occasion. (Just a little FYI, many booths had signs requesting no pics to be taken. Which is kind of a bummer because I can’t showcase them, but I completely understand)
Next stop, Bandera, Texas! Feel free to leave me a comment if you love Texas!