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  • Texas Topaz: A Real Treasure

    Texas Topaz: A Real Treasure

    This year, give your loved ones a different kind of family vacation: a treasure hunt in Texas’ Hill Country....

    This year, give your loved ones a different kind of family vacation: a treasure hunt in Texas’ Hill Country. No matter the season, the treasure is topaz. Found in Texas only in the Hill Country’s Mason County area, approximately an hour’s drive from Fredericksburg, topaz is a favorite for jewelry. The best stones are usually found close to the surface near the area’s Precambrian granite outcroppings in ditches and creek beds. Although blue topaz is the state gemstone of Texas, naturally occurring blue topaz is rare. Most of the topaz found here is clear, pale yellow, or gray.

    A favorite of ancient Greeks and Romans, topaz was once believed to cure lunacy. Today, the gemstone is considered a symbol of love and affection, and is said to promote a sweet disposition. Although topaz can be difficult to find, many folk’s searches in the area are rewarded regularly with some good-sized stones. You’ll need screens, a rake, a shovel, and some gloves for a day’s hunt. If you fail to find any topaz on your own, some Mason county jewelers/gemologists have a variety of stones available for purchase.

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  • The Schreiner Mansion: Part of Kerrville’s Proud Heritage

    The Schreiner Mansion: Part of Kerrville’s Proud Heritage

    Located in the heart of downtown, the Schreiner Mansion stands as a tribute to Kerrville’s proud heritage and rich culture....

    Located in the heart of downtown, the Schreiner Mansion stands as a tribute to Kerrville’s proud heritage and rich culture. Built in 1878 by Charles Schreiner as a family home, it now serves exclusively as an historic community event center. Long admired for its singular architectural detailing, lovely antique furnishings, artifacts, and memorabilia, the mansion has become a preferred venue for weddings and other gala events. Schreiner was a Confederate Army veteran and a former Texas Ranger before becoming an entrepreneur with a budding mercantile business. Wildly successful, he soon found himself one of the most prosperous businessmen in the Southwest.

    As his wealth grew, Schreiner became a philanthropist, building structures and institutions to benefit Kerrville and the surrounding areas, and founding Schreiner University. The mansion is now operated by the Cailloux Foundation for all special event rentals, and up to two hours of complimentary photography is included with each event. For more information, call (830) 895-5222, or click here.

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  • The Legacy of the Cowboy Continues at the Museum of Western Art

    The Legacy of the Cowboy Continues at the Museum of Western Art

    The lone cowboy who sat tall in the saddle as he roamed the countryside became a folk hero throughout the entire country, but originated in Texas....

    The lone cowboy who sat tall in the saddle as he roamed the countryside became a folk hero throughout the entire country, but originated in Texas. Herds of cattle with almost no natural enemies thrived in the state, and their numbers exceeded five million by the end of the Civil War. For 20 years, from 1866 – 1886, cowboys were hired for the great cattle drives that took place on the open range. They were the heroes of their time, and have been lionized in hundreds of beloved western books and classic movies. 

    The Museum of Western Art has always maintained a special bond with these quintessential icons of the Old West, through the museum’s exhibits of paintings and sculpture by living western artists, their art library, and their teaching facilities. Along with cowboys, the museum also features work depicting women, mountain men, Native Americans, the Texas Rangers, settlers, and other icons of the west. To learn more about the Museum of Western Art, click here.

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  • Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

    Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

    The effects of Hurricane Harvey have been devastating for folks in Texas and Louisiana, and many organizations and municipalities have received an overwhelming number of inquiries from companies and individuals who are eager to help out....

    The effects of Hurricane Harvey have been devastating for folks in Texas and Louisiana, and many organizations and municipalities have received an overwhelming number of inquiries from companies and individuals who are eager to help out. If you’re looking to donate or volunteer, here are some options: First, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is accepting donations. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett established this fund to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by flooding. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. To donate, or for more information, click here.

    Also, the Houston Humane Society has not forgotten our animal friends – some are strays, others are pets who have been displaced, and many are still at risk. The Society needs monetary donations, and are currently accepting donations online. You can also make a donation as a gift, which would be a fabulous way to give compassionate gifts for friends and family, in addition to making short work of your holiday shopping list. To donate, or for more information, click here.

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  • Drawn to War: Propaganda Art in WWII

    Drawn to War: Propaganda Art in WWII

    The National Museum of the Pacific War will host Drawn to War: Propaganda Art in WWII through Monday, August 14th....

    The National Museum of the Pacific War will host Drawn to War: Propaganda Art in WWII through Monday, August 14th. A strong influence on both troops and civilians, propaganda was widely used by both the Allies and the Axis for a variety of purposes. Posters, comics, cartoons, and newspaper articles were some of the media used to elicit the desired responses, and many examples of these are shown in this exhibit, courtesy of the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive.  Many of the Philipson family members were lost in the Holocaust, and this collection represents their desire to honor those who died, and to share this historic collection with the public.

    The exhibit includes two original Walt Disney Comics, along with other Disney items displayed. Political cartoons by the beloved children’s author Dr. Suess, who was also an illustrator for the U.S. War Department, is included, along with work by anti-Nazi and anti-Axis cartoonist Arthur Szyk. The exhibit is now on display in the Temporary Gallery, and is free to the public. For details, call (830) 997-8600, or click here

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  • July 4th - Texas Style

    July 4th - Texas Style

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday....

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. Guests of the Inn of the Hills are invited to come early and stay for the holiday to join in the fun and family-friendly events and activities listed below.

    On July 1st, the 19th Annual July Open Car Show will be held at the Kerr County Courthouse Grounds on Main Street. From 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., a variety of vintage trucks, cars, and motorcycles will be displayed. Food trucks will provide eats, and the Time Bandits will be performing. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Nutrition Services at the Dietert Center and the Educational Programs of Kerrville Morning Rotary Club. On July 4th, the City of Kerrville will host it’s 4th of July on the River in downtown Kerrville. This day-long celebration will feature Robert Earl Keen and Special Guests, along with “the largest fireworks display in the Hill Country,” beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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  • A Father's Day Fishing Getaway

    A Father's Day Fishing Getaway

    This year, forget the ties and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he really wants – a Texas Hill Country fishing getaway....

    This year, forget the ties and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he really wants – a Texas Hill Country fishing getaway. We offer some of the best fishing in the state, along with some pretty spectacular scenery. Both the Guadalupe and the Llano Rivers are nearby, and offers kayaking and tubing for the rest of the family. The Guadalupe is stocked year-round by Texas Parks and Wildlife with freshwater trout, and every fall and winter with rainbow and brown trout below Canyon Lake Dam. Rio Grande Perch and Guadalupe Bass also make their home here, and the river is safe for wading.

    Just below the dam, Guadalupe Park offers free public fishing. Both the North and South Llano Rivers yield some good catches, particularly at the South Llano River State Park. Dad can wade out and fly fish, or fish from the bank or a kayak. The Llano River is home to Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and Perch. No matter the river, Dad is sure to find the fishing here both challenging and rewarding. To book your Hill Country getaway, email: reservations@innofthehills.com, or visit: http://www.innofthehills.com/, or call (800) 292-5690.

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  • Stonehenge, Texas Style

    Stonehenge, Texas Style

    Set in the Texas Hill country near a bend in the Guadalupe River is one of the most unlikely sights you’ll ever come across: an almost exact replica of Stonehenge known as Stonehenge II....

    Set in the Texas Hill country near a bend in the Guadalupe River is one of the most unlikely sights you’ll ever come across: an almost exact replica of Stonehenge known as Stonehenge II. Set between two replicas of the heads of Easter Island, Stonehenge II is only 90 percent of the height, and 60 percent of the width of the original, and is constructed from steel and concrete. Built as an art project more than 20 years ago, Stonehenge II was constructed by Doug Hill and the late Al Shepperd. Shepperd was a Hill Country Arts Foundation patron, and added the Easter Island replicas after the nine months it took to build Stonehenge II. After Shepperd’s death, the monument was relocated to its current location on land owned by the Hill Country Arts Foundation. Stonehenge II has been visited by thousands of tourists, both in its original and current location, and is free and open to the public from dawn until nightfall. For details, large group permissions, or more information, call (830) 367-5121.

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  • The Fires of Easter: A Hill Country Tradition

    The Fires of Easter: A Hill Country Tradition

    It was March of 1847, and the German Settlers of Gillespie County had just signed a peace treaty with the Comanche Indian tribe....

    It was March of 1847, and the German Settlers of Gillespie County had just signed a peace treaty with the Comanche Indian tribe. The Comanches celebrated by setting large signal fires all around the surrounding hills of Fredericksburg, inadvertently scaring some of the townsfolk’s little ones. One creative mother soothed their fears by telling them the smoke was from the dye-pots of the Easter Bunny, who was busily dying eggs for the children to find in the morning. This young mother’s tale quickly spread among other children and adults, and eventually became legend. Settlers continued to light the fires to mark the anniversary of the peace treaty, which carries the distinction of being the only treaty in the U.S. to be honored without violation by either party. The tradition continues to this day, when the town of Fredericksburg honors both their German ancestors and their cultural traditions by lighting the Easter fires on Easter Eve of each year. To see the Easter Fires and experience more April events in Texas’ Hill country, book your reservation now. Call us at (830) 217-3397, toll free at (800) 292-5690, or visit: reservations@innofthehills.com.

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  • Spring Getaway Packages

    Spring Getaway Packages

    This March, you won’t need a pot of gold to celebrate with the special rates and packages at Inn of the Hills....

    This March, you won’t need a pot of gold to celebrate with the special rates and packages at Inn of the Hills. With so much to see and do in Kerrville and the surrounding areas, why not treat the family to a spring break getaway?

     

    Family Getaway Package

    Treat the family to a fun and relaxing one-night-only staycation. Check in and get a guest room with two queen beds and a full breakfast buffet for two adults and two children.

     

    Advance Booking Discounts

    You’ll save even more when you book early. Reservations made 14 days in advance save 15% off our Standard Daily Rate, and those made 30 days ahead save 20%!

     

    Two and Three-Night Discounts

    If you book a two-night stay, you’ll save up to 20% on your entire reservation. Book a three-night stay and save up to 30%.

     

    Free parking and free WiFi are always available for your convenience. For details and reservations, call (830) 217-3397 or (800) 292-5690, or email: reservations@innofthehills.com.

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  • Celebrate Valentine's Day Texas-Style

    Celebrate Valentine's Day Texas-Style

    On Saturday, February 11, get ready to wrap your arms around your sweetie, and lots of other folks as well, when you kick up your heels at the 42nd Annual Hug-In and Valentine’s Ball....

    On Saturday, February 11, get ready to wrap your arms around your sweetie, and lots of other folks as well, when you kick up your heels at the 42nd Annual Hug-In and Valentine’s Ball. Held at the world-famous Luckenbach Dance Hall, the ball will feature Texas music legend Gary P. Nunn, along with The Powell Brothers.

    A native of Oklahoma, Nunn adopted Texas as his home state not long after his family moved to Brownfield. Soon afterward, he started his first band, and honed his skills until he moved to Austin in 1967. He became a force of the progressive country music movement, and played bass for such country icons as Willie Nelson, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

    Nunn soon established his own record label and music publishing company, and is still most widely known as the writer and singer of “London Homesick Blues,” also known as the theme song for PBS’ “Austin City Limits.”

    The Valentine’s Ball will be held from 9:00-11:45 p.m., and the doors will open at 8:00 p.m.

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  • Sip, Sip, Hooray!

    Sip, Sip, Hooray!

    Perched high atop the Guadalupe River Valley, Kerrville Hills Winery has been producing award-winning wines since 2008....

    Perched high atop the Guadalupe River Valley, Kerrville Hills Winery has been producing award-winning wines since 2008. Built on a Kerrville homestead that burned in 2004, the tasting room contains many reclaimed materials from the original home, including a rustic and imposing double-sided brick fireplace.

    An impressive assortment of wines are available for tasting - Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons (including a special selection for making spiced wine and Sangria), Petite Sirahs, Dessert Wine, Sauvignon Blancs, Muscats, and Pooch Montepulciano. They can be purchased by the glass, bottle, or the case, and windows in the tasting room provide views of the tank room and winery activities while you sip.

    In addition to tastings, they also offer tours, a gift shop, and events such as Yoga in the Winery. The tasting room is open Thursday-Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and outdoor seating is also available. To request a tour or for more information, call (830) 895-4233, or visit http://www.kerrvillehillswinery.com/

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  • Western Art Exhibit

    Western Art Exhibit

    Memorable icons of the American West come to life at the Museum of Western Art, in the form of Cowboys, Native American Indians, Mountain Men and more. Nestled in the...

    Memorable icons of the American West come to life at the Museum of Western Art, in the form of Cowboys, Native American Indians, Mountain Men and more. Nestled in the midst of the Hill Country, the museum is one of Kerrville’s most famous attractions, and is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the heritage of the Old West through art.

    Included in the museum’s exhibits and permanent collection are paintings and sculptures from such notable artists as Roy Andersen, Oreland Joe, Fritz White, and Wayne Baize. The museum also houses authentic western artifacts and the ‘Journey West Children’s Gallery’: a hands-on display of prairie life on a wagon train, complete with a teepee, a covered wagon and period costumes.

    Along with special exhibits, an ‘Artist of the Month’ program, and a 4,000-volume research library, the museum frequently hosts lectures, workshops and other arts-educational events for adults and children alike. Check out information about exhibits and other events at: facebook.com/pages/Museum-of- Western-Art/155512183192?ref=ts. For more details, visit: www.museumofwesternart.com/default.htm, or call (830) 896-2553.

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