Since 1971, Guadalupe Canoe Livery has equipped powerful paddlers to explore the scenic upper Guadalupe River with kayaks, canoes, rafts, and inner tubes. Don a life jacket and climb into an Old Town canoe with a pal for a tour of the shoreline that should last 2–3 hours. Fun for navigation novices and seasoned stream skimmers alike, the tour departs from Nichols Landing on Spring Branch Road, a location reachable by a fee-free shuttle.
A Funky Boutique curates a constantly growing gallery of colorful clothing, handmade jewelry, and fashionable accessories in an eccentric, pleasant location. Charge up a dim wardrobe by trying on playful apparel, decorating collarbones with one-of-a-kind charms, or sewing 12-volt batteries into the hem of your pant leg. Though the stock is always changing, customers may slip into a summery garment such as a sweet eyelet dress ($15) or a strapless sundress ($23) patterned with leaves and violet accents. A teal-and-pink necklace ($25) threads polished rocks to form an unbroken chain sporting a smooth stone flower designed to catch wandering gazes and ward off animal familiars sent by jealous medusas.
Uncommon Home restores and deals home furnishings, jewelry, and collectibles in the distinctive style of the Texas Hill Country. Browsing the eclectic boutique, which is stocked with rustic rarities, guests can populate bare expanses of tabletop with crafty glasses ($6) or a five-piece place-setting quintet ($90). Clothe scandalously naked walls with a Kenneth Wyatt painting (giclée: $145–$950, other prints: $15–$290) or use a Hooker buffet and hutch ($785) to showcase a collection of vice-presidential bobbleheads.
Fisherman's Corner outfits groups of anglers with the necessary accouterments before sending them out to two expansive on-site fishing ponds. The bait shop hawks an extensive line of lures, hand-tied flies, and waterproof neon signs proclaiming, "Catfish Eat for Free Today." Four sizes of minnows, seasonal crawfish, crickets, hybrid perch, and other varieties of live bait help tempt the most finicky of catfish palates ($2.50–$7). Lines cast out into two roughly 100'x250' ponds stocked with 5,000 pounds of farm-raised catfish, allowing groups to gather round and socialize or engage in a cross-pond staring contest.
From its pristine campground on the banks of the Upper Guadalupe, Guadalupe Canoe and Camping equips trippers for a tranquil 4.5-mile downstream paddle through the river’s slow-flowing curves. Shaded by a canopy of trees and the occasional flying-monkey's umbrella, duos can relieve stress as they complete the gentle journey to Spechts Crossing in two one-person kayaks ($55) or a tandem canoe ($40). Even inexperienced boaters easily navigate the relatively uncrowded section of river, which is conveniently located nearby the Hill Country’s shopping and wineries, just a 20-minute drive from San Antonio.
At Silver Fox Farms, owner and trainer Colleen Brombach guides students and steeds through premiere hunter and jumper learning programs. Colleen’s training arenas sit in the hill country of Wimberley on a pasture that reaches far out to a wooded border. The carefully designed new facilities allow hoofed residents to exercise no matter the weather and without students having to dress them in trench coats and ride them through the mall. Among the programming offered at Silver Fox Farms are training sessions designed to help students to progress toward competition in the show ring. Summer day-camp programs encourage children to learn early with educational demonstrations on horse care and fun activities.