Buying and building in Boot Ranch is a no-brainer if you’re looking for luxury Hill Country living with resort-like amenities and an award-winning Hal Sutton-designed golf course.
Boot Ranch provides fabulous service amid the rustic beauty of ranch life and there’s something for everyone, from the 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex and 4.5-acre pool and sports campus, to a 34-acre golf practice park for pre-course warmup.
They recently hosted the CandysDirt.com staff for a three-day retreat and part of the appeal of this incredible destination is its Hill Country location. Boot Ranch is close to so many recreation options, from fine dining and wineries, to state parks and historic sites and museums. Here’s a roundup of some nearby options for Boot Ranch residents looking to take a drive and have some fun.
Founded in 1846 by German settlers, the Hill Country city of Fredericksburg is located about six miles south of Boot Ranch. This fun destination could keep a person endlessly entertained. With over 150 shops, the options are huge: home decor, women fashion, jewelry, antiques, and gift shops, to name a few.
The city shows off its German heritage at the Pioneer Museum on Main Street, featuring settlers’ homesteads and artifacts. Nearby, the impressive and large National Museum of the Pacific War houses the Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk, and the Pacific Combat Zone.
Named one of the “Top Five Western Art Towns” by Southwest Art magazine, Fredericksburg also has a long history of inspiring creativity. Check out some of the galleries along Main Street and nearby.
Hill Country Wineries
Wine production in the Hill Country dates back to original settlers, who started stomping on the native mustang grape to create wines long ago. Today, you’ll find more than 45 wineries in the Texas Hill Country, with more than two dozen wineries and tasting rooms located in Gillespie County. Almost all the rest are located within an hour or two drive of Fredericksburg.
Make a fun day of it by walking the Urban Wineries Trail along the streets of Fredericksburg. These are:
- Narrow Path Winery
- Armadillo’s Leap Winery on Main
- Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten
- Andreucci Wines
- Fat Ass Ranch & Winery on Main
- Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
- Lost Draw Cellars
- Fredericksburg Winery
- Fiesta Winery Fredericksburg
You can check out all the food and wine events coming up over the next few months — there are a lot!
About 12 miles north of Boot Ranch, an enormous pink granite dome rises from the earth, 425 feet above the surrounding land. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers gorgeous scenery, rock formations, and lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Some of the possibilities include:
- Hiking nearly 11 miles of trails (take a virtual tour with their Interactive Trails Map)
- Rock climbing (read through the climbing information before you come.)
Food and Dining
We have to brag on the new chef at Boot Ranch, Casey McQueen, who fed us like royalty while we were there. As Bethanye wrote:
McQueen started his career apprenticing under James Beard award-winning chef Ann Cashion, using fresh, seasonal ingredients every day. With stints at Jax Kitchen in Tucson and The Stone Canyon Club, McQueen made his way to the Boot Ranch Clubhouse, where he found himself working with fellow Stone Canyon alums Todd Huizinga (club operations director) and Tara Osborne (food and beverage director).
It is there that he creates what McQueen terms an “approachable” gourmet menu that changes often. He and Black, who went from prep cook to executive chef at Nordstrom Cafe Bistro in San Antonio in two years — also plan themed dinners, cooking classes, wine-paired dinners, and various events and weddings as well.
“For me, food is about the experience, and I’m part of the experience,” McQueen said.
Another place that offered an exquisite dining experience in the Hill Country was Hye Market Restaurant and Tasting Room. This unusual spot is housed in a 1904 building that was home to the town’s general store and post office, still open six days a week for two hours each day.
Jason Cook and William Chris co-owner Chris Brundrett created this restaurant and brought on chef Matt Church, who crafts delicious gourmet sandwiches every day (don’t miss the “whatever sandwich,” filled with soppresata, Dutchman’s local ham, mortadella, asiago cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, local Vogel’s peach butter chipotle sauce, and house-made sun dried tomato aioli on Italian herb focaccia bread). This is a place you don’t want to miss.
Got a favorite spot near Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country? Leave us a comment below!