On Sunday evenings, most people are relaxing and getting ready for the week ahead. What were we doing at 7:00 on Sunday evening? We were loading the family into the car, so that we could drive 45 minutes to get ice cream.
No, we didn’t need to drive that far in order to eat ice cream. There’s a Cold Stone just down the street. But that’s not nearly as fun as driving to Gruene, Texas to eat ice cream in an old-fashioned general store. Why did we go on Sunday night? Well, that’s my doing. Once I decide I want to go, we go.
The small town of Gruene, located north of San Antonio near the town of New Braunfels, is charming even at night. I can’t wait to go back and explore this town during the day. We drove past several B&B’s on our way into town, and spotted the famous Gruene Hall.
Our first stop was the Gruene General Store for ice cream and hot chocolate. I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t a real soda fountain. My request for a vanilla coke was met with a confused, although not unpleasant, look. I ended up with the hot chocolate, while my husband and E. enjoyed some ice cream.
The general store definitely had character, and I loved that the old wooden floor vibrated everytime someone walked by. The floor boards included old license plates that looked like they had seen their share of wear.
We were about to head back to the car and call it a night, when we spotted The Grapevine. Here we bought a bottle of wine to enjoy once we got home. (Sunday night is usually Netflix night, so we sipped our Merlot while watching 3:10 to Yuma.)
I’m looking forward to exploring Gruene during the day when I can take some pictures and visit a few of the shops. We also spotted a few restaurants that look interesting, so we’ll definitely be back soon. For now, I’ll cross another Texas town off my list…