I spent this past long weekend at Bandera, TX – The Cowboy Capital of the World! Yes, the world! It was such a beautiful small town. I booked a cabin through Airbnb for a weekend getaway to celebrate Flavio’s and I wedding anniversary.
You know that image of what everyone who hasn’t been to Texas thinks Texas looks like? Well, that’s Bandera, TX. It is SUCH a small town perfect to relax and get away from the city and crowd. Here is what to do in Bandera, TX.
Go tubing down the Medina River! We went to The Medina River Company, who rents kayaks and tubes. We decided to do the tubes, which was $20 each and included a shuttle service to be dropped off at the river. Once dropped off, we floated very nicely and smoothly down the river. It took us an hour and a half to reach the 1st pick up point. You can actually go further for about 5 hours. The current was nice and slow, but we were told in the months of June/July the one and half hour float ride, can be as short as 20 minutes! The great thing about this river, is that it is in such a small town that there isn’t a big crowd floating down the river which makes it very cozy and perfect for a romantic getaway or families with small children. It’s a MUST do! If you don’t want to float down the river and just hangout, you can access the river through the Bandera City Park for a $5 fee.
Attend the rodeo! As someone living in Houston, I am spoiled by the huge Houston Rodeo that we have every year. However, this small town rodeo is so worth it too! It feels personal and you get to see the bull riding much more closer for a much lower cost than the bigger rodeos such as in Houston.
Drink wine at Mulberry’s Wine and Cheese Bar! The service here is A+++. The vibe at the restaurant is cozy and friendly. Many locals were there and the waitresses knew them by name. They have a wide variety of wine selection at reasonable prices. My favorite thing on the menu has to be their Pesto Pizza. THE CRUST IS AMAZING! We were told it was made right there at the restaurant by them. The picture above shows their cheese platter, I didn’t try the meats (my husband ate those, as I do not eat meat) But the cheeses were so nicely paired with our wine. Definitely a place to go to again!!
Stay at a cozy place with a nice backyard view! We took our little dog, Mindy. So in the mornings I would wake up to let her out to do her business and stayed outside just relaxing in nature. No noise from people nor traffic. Just a big truck every once in a while or even some deer! What a beautiful spot to sit and reflect. I suggest taking lots of photos, but stay away from social media and do not even think about taking your laptop! Be present in the moment and your surroundings <3
Have you been to Bandera, TX? What are some good spots you found? What other country getaway destinations have you been to?