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The History of the Hills

In 1963, entrepreneur Gene Lehmann began construction of a lodge just west of town. The locals smiled about his project, predicting little chance of success. Undeterred by the chitchat, Lehmann moved ahead, obtaining a first-rate architectural firm to design his vision for a resort hotel. From wrought-iron handrails to solid timbers imported from Canada, he spared no expense. A cozy restaurant called “The Heart” served delicious food, and two meeting rooms soon catered to social events, a novel addition to the community at the time. Within a year of opening, the Inn of the Hills emerged as the Texas Hill Country’s most prestigious and buzzing resort hotel. 

In 1969, Annemarie and Hans Schlunegger leased the Inn’s food operation and brought new life to the scene. In 1973, Lehmann sold the Lodge and it changed hands several times. Then, in 1993, a familiar name, Annemarie and Hans (“they’re coming back home,” as old-time clients would say) purchased the Inn of the Hills and began an to refurbish it immediately, adding a new commercial kitchen, colorful Southwestern-style bar, beautifully renovated guest rooms, and a spacious conference center. By the time the family sold the lodge in 2006 to 1859 Historic Hotels, Ltd., the Inn of the Hills had regained its prestige and had once again taken the lead among Hill Country resort hotels.

Riverside Nature Center

Riverside Nature Center

Located on the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, the Riverside Nature Center is a non-profit arboretum with urban wildlife, cacti garden and a native plant sanctuary. The gardens are open daily without charge and make for the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll through nature and enjoy an al fresco lunch.

Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater

Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater

Hailed as “an unprecedented alliance between the public and private sectors” and “a magnificent addition to downtown,” the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater concluded a four-year project to turn its 1950’s-era Municipal Auditorium into the first-class performing arts center that stands today.

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

The KACC is located inside the iconic Post Office Building in historic Downtown Kerrville, just steps away from City Hall and the Schreiner Mansion. Dedicated to promoting the local art community through openings and educational programs, their exhibits rotate once a month and admission is always free!

Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville Folk Festival

Held annually at the Quiet Valley Ranch, the Kerrville Folk Festival kicks off each Memorial weekend and continues on for 18 days full of musical performances by more than 100 singer/songwriters and their respective bands.

Museum of Western Art

Museum of Western Art

Cowboys, Native Americans, settlers and mountain men share their adventure through rotating exhibits at the Museum of Western Art, where the legend of the American West lives on. The MoWA is dedicated to the appreciation, presentation and promotion of Western American heritage, and showcases Western art and artists, past and present, providing art history education for guests of all ages.

Stonehenge II

Stonehenge II

Stonehenge II was created by the late Al Shepperd and his neighbor Doug Hill as a 9-month art project to replicate the original Stonehenge in England. Giving free range to his creative streak, Shepperd added two 13-foot Easter Island head replicas to the display for good measure. Located on the Hill Country Arts Foundation campus, Stonehenge II is free and open to the public daily from sunrise to sundown.

Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year to enjoy Garner's matchless vacation facilities. They swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, shoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent paddle boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks (and the young at heart) meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season.

Kerrville-Schreiner Park

Kerrville-Schreiner Park

The Kerrville-Schreiner Park is a beautiful 517-acre recreational area and campground with an abundance of wildlife, set along the Guadalupe River. Ideal for boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hiking, bird watching, walking and cycling, this family-friendly park truly has something for everyone.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, bird watching, fishing, and swimming at Lost Maples State Natural Area - a pristine range of hills and canyons on the upper Sabinal River in the Edwards Plateau of Texas.

Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course

Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course

The Scott Schreiner Golf Course is a public course set in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, and is one of the best kept golf secrets in the Southwest! Set against the rolling hills of Tivy Mountain, this 18-hole course provides challenging greens for golf pros and amateurs alike.  

YO Ranch

YO Ranch

A true Texas working ranch since 1880, the legendary YO is home to North America's largest collection of over 50 different species of exotic wild animals. Famous for deer hunting, they also offer guided horseback riding and photo safaris.

Sass & Class Boutique

Sass & Class Boutique

Located at the Inn of the Hills, Sass & Class is an eclectic women's boutique with stylish clothing and a wide range of fashion accessories and accent pieces.

The Hill Country Arts Foundation

The Hill Country Arts Foundation

The Hill Country Arts Foundation boasts a 722-seat outdoor amphitheater with the Guadalupe River as its backdrop. Actors, singers, and musicians perform at the Smith-Ritch Point Theatre, using the moon and stars as ambient house lighting. When the climate turns cooler, the productions move indoors to the intimate Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre, which seats about 100 people.

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is a massive pink granite dome that rises 425 feet above the ground and covers 640 acres of land. Situated in the State Park Natural area just north of Fredericksburg, visitors can enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, bird watching and stargazing here.

Kerrville's Historic Downtown

Kerrville's Historic Downtown

Find art galleries, antique shops, retail stores and restaurants just minutes away from the Inn at Kerrville’s Historic Downtown area.

James Avery Craftsman Store

James Avery Craftsman Store

Located just 3.5 miles from the Inn on Harper Road, the james Avery Craftsman Store boasts beautifully crafted gold and silver jewelry for the entire family.

The Store @ MoWA

The Store @ MoWA

The Store at the Museum of Western Art promotes original work by artists of Texas Hill Country, and sells prints, giclée and books on wildlife and Western art.

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