Hotel at a Glance: Microtel Inn & Suites New Braunfels
Just a few minutes from this family-friendly hotel, you can zoom down twisting water slides at Schlitterbahn Water Park or go whitewater rafting on the Guadalupe River. When you come back to the hotel, you’ll find it a peaceful place to recharge—enjoy free breakfast in the morning and an outdoor pool.
- Recent recognition: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014
- Rise and shine: The hotel serves up a free continental breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, and piping hot coffee every morning.
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak up rays on the sundeck.
- Restaurants within walking distance include Montana Mike’s Steakhouse and Oma’s Haus Restaurant, which serves up traditional German cuisine.
Texas Hill Country: Pastoral Landscape of Ranches, Rivers, and German-American Towns
A picturesque region of rolling hills and valleys covered in bluebonnets, the area of central Texas known as Texas Hill Country has been compared to the landscape of Tuscany by the New York Times. Texas Hill Country is a backyard playground for nearby cities, as it lies just west of Austin and northwest of San Antonio. Urbanites often escape here for the weekend to enjoy the slower pace and beat the heat—the region’s slightly higher elevation means it’s often less humid. With many state parks and spring-fed rivers, the Hill Country is also a haven for outdoorsy types; activities range from fishing and tubing to rock climbing. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is popular thanks to its main attraction: a gigantic pink-granite dome in the middle of the park.
Among the Hill Country’s major towns, Bandera best captures its cowboy spirit. It’s not uncommon to catch an open rodeo in the summer or to see a ranch hand riding to the store on horseback. The town is also surrounded by dude ranches where you can get a taste of the local lifestyle. Just north of Bandera, the town of Fredericksburg is also worth exploring. Along with New Braunfels, it was one of the main settlements of local German immigrants in the 1840s—a heritage that visitors can still see today in the “Willkommen” signs hung on shop doors.