Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Ways to Celebrate America in Gruene!!

July is upon us, which means Independence Day is just around the corner! And there is no better place to celebrate our great country than in Gruene Historic District. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate July 4th in and around Gruene this week.

1. Float the River!
We caught up with some Instagrammers who recently showed their American spirit as they floated down the Guadalupe. Like @travnasty20 says, "Livin the American Dream!!" Hey, even the fish get the patriotic picture!

2. Two-step in Texas' Oldest Dance Hall
After you've had all the fun in the sun you can handle, throw on your cowboy boots (or keep your flip flops, those are OK too!) and head up to Gruene Hall, Texas' Oldest Dance Hall. Built in 1878, the whole building will make you reminiscent of good ol' days in the USA. Stop in for free live music all day starting with South Austin Moonlighters from 12-4pm followed by Cody Jinks at 8pm.

3. Shoppin'... American Style
From Antiques that resonate the American spirit to home decor perfect for celebratin' Independence Day, there's something for everyone in Gruene. Stop by Lone Star Texas Eclectic to stock up July 4th goodies, then head over to Gruene Antique Company for some older treasures!

4. Good Ol' American Eats!
All that dancing and shopping making your stomach rumble? Head towards the Gruene Water Tower and you'll find the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Situated on the bluff of the Guadalupe River, sit back, relax, and enjoy some American classics as you take it all in! A juicy burger and some strawberry shortcake...doesn't get much better!

5. Stay a day longer and see the Texas Tornados at Gruene Hall on Saturday!
The Texas Tornados, with their infectious, party-ready sound, blending early rock & roll, R&B, blues and whatever other roots music crosses their paths, are back! This is one party not to be missed!