Located about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, Kendall County is tucked into the lush Texas Hill Country and comes tinged with eclectic German heritage. After signing a treaty with local Native American tribes, German immigrants settled in the area during the 1840s and founded the town of Boerne in 1852, which thrives today as a quaint village with an artistic bent. Central European influences linger at local eateries, which dish up traditional cuisine.Hill Country's sprawling prairies and rolling hills are rife with opportunities for outdoor recreation, including boating, fishing, and horseback riding. Nearby, Guadalupe River State Park is bisected by the eponymous river, whose banks are lined with giant bald cypress trees. Adventurers can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the scenic waterway, or hire a local teenager to mold fake Bigfoot prints on the nature trails that wend past limestone cliffs.Urban adventures abound in nearby San Antonio, which brims with shopping and dining along its famed River Walk. Self-guided audio tours expound on the history of the King William Historic District, a collection of 19th-century mansions built by German merchants.
Laser Legend's black-lit arena surrounds players in a scene that seems straight out of a science-fiction movie. Glowing planets and stars backdrop the 5,000-square-foot space, where fog creeps out from behind neon-blue walls and 14 robots guard bases. Up to eight teams fire lasers across two levels, competing during match types such as capture the flag or tickle the flag until it says uncle. The phosphorescent ambience also extends to the Glo Golf course, where alien forests and caves surround golfers as they line up putts. The course employs a multi-hole system that allows Laser Legend’s intergalactic greenskeepers to change the cup locations each week. Elsewhere, more than 40 games, such as Sno Cross, Dirty Driving, Doodle Jump, and Juke-n-Box, create a symphony of electronic beeps in the arcade.
The aromas of fresh-baked breadsticks lure visitors into the onsite restaurant, Noble Roman's Pizza, where chefs fry chicken wings, assemble italian-beef subs, and slide pepperoni pizzas into the oven. This casual Italian cuisine also fuels stomachs within Laser Legend's party rooms, where guests can watch satellite TV and birthday kids eat a breadstick for every year they've had teeth.
All three stores serve platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to see how the furniture might look at home or inside a private jet. For under $200, the three-piece table sets include clean lines and the classic dark wood of the Ripley collection or the softer curve of the Aspen collection. Three-piece bedroom sets keep sleeping a realistic goal and include a headboard, dresser, and mirror. Living rooms can be accessorized with bookcases ($199), recliners ($299), and more than 40 sofas ($399) plus a host of colorful, decorative pillows that are not filled with batteries.
Though boarding a pet can be an unnerving experience for both human and animal, the credentials of the pros at Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit should put everyone at ease—the team includes certified vet technicians and staff from the San Antonio Zoo. In addition to the peace of mind provided by handlers’ collective curricula vitae, webcams mounted throughout Bluebonnet’s facilities as well as inside individual suites to give pet parents a glimpse of their furry companion’s stay. Clients might find their dogs romping around during open play (where they’re matched up by size and temperament), napping in their 4’x6’ bunks, or eating their own food brought from home. For cats, Raintree cat condos with vertically and horizontally connecting chambers give felines plenty of room to climb and explore. They’re housed separately from dogs, ensuring the cats can relax during their stay and don’t come home meowing with a canine accent.
At Bluebonnet’s sister business, Cathy's Critter Care, team members can also come to clients’ homes for walks, daily medicine administration, or even overnight stays. The insured-and-bonded staffers have gone through full criminal background checks, and bring programmable lockboxes for clients’ keys instead of making copies of their own.
Olympia Hills Golf Course takes duffers through 6,923 yards of exceedingly well-maintained fairways sculpted into picturesque, naturally undulating terrain. Begin an afternoon of friendly competition or rapidly escalating one-upmanship with a stint at the complex's full-length driving range (range balls only included with weekday option), where sculpted target greens soak up a steady rain of well-struck orbs. Masterful command of each club will be needed to bisect the Bermuda-grass fairways of Olympia Hills Course, which hosts a relatively challenging gauntlet of manmade mounds, scrupulously placed bunkers, and towering oak trees. Although the course is demanding, its inclusion of four tee layouts makes the round traversable for players of all abilities. Naturalists will enjoy the course's ubiquitous outgrowths of South Texas vegetation and wildlife, with seven holes featuring breathtaking elevation changes of 50 feet or more to challenge golfers' ability to properly select clubs based on both distance and altitude, adjust their stance for awkward slopes, and coax cowardly carts down steep precipices.