Situated two hours southwest of Austin, Kerrville, TX was placed toward the bottom of our day trip list because of its distance away. But after visiting Wimberley, Gruene, multiple state parks and so many Hill Country gems closer to us, we still kept hearing good things about Kerrville.
We woke up on a recent Saturday morning and spontaneously decided that our Kerrville day had arrived! I’ll jump to the end of the story and tell you that we had an amazing day and can’t wait to visit again. In hopes that you can have as stellar of a day trip as we did, here is my guide to having a perfect day in Kerrville, TX.
10:00 AM: Depart Austin. Do your best to choose a sunny day for your day trip to Kerrville.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Enjoy the gorgeous road trip through Texas Hill Country – put your windows down! The trip will take you through Dripping Springs, Johnson City, and you’ll skirt the south end of Fredericksburg.
12:00 PM: Arrive in Kerrville. State Highway 16 will take the name Sidney Baker Street. Sidney Baker will take you right through the city center, which is where you’ll spend the bulk of your day.
12:00-1:00 PM: You’ve arrived just in time for lunch! Locals debate about the best hamburger in town, but Classics Burgers and Moore has earned statewide acclaim by being recognized in Texas Monthly as the #40 burger in Texas. On our trip, Eric tried the JB’s Classic combo. It had more bacon on it than any bacon cheeseburger I’d ever seen. Definitely a two-hander.
Classics’ decor is comfy, and the employees are all notably friendly. But you’ll notice soon enough that everyone’s friendly in Kerrville. The address of Classics Burgers and Moore is 448 Sidney Baker South.
1:00-4:00 PM: Take Sidney Baker back toward the city center and explore Kerrville’s unique shops. Park for free on Earl Garrett St. and enjoy some casual strolling time. Even if you’re just window shopping, there’s plenty to see.
You definitely want to visit Sunrise Antique Mall at 820 Water St. Proprietors Robert and Vickie Love will welcome you with smiles and suggestions, and you may decide to spend your whole afternoon peering into every nook and cranny of their two-story antique palace. While you’re wandering around, there’s no doubt you’ll admire Robert’s soda memorabilia collection. Whether you’re a fan of Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, 7-Up or other classic flavors, you’ll find a taste of history to appreciate.
The prices at Sunrise Antique Mall are surprisingly reasonable compared to other antique malls I’ve visited, and I want to see pictures of the treasures you decide to take home.
While you’re in the area, you must stop by Wolfmueller’s Books at 229 Earl Garrett. Wolfmueller’s boasts a selection of more than 30,000 used and rare books. However, the longtime owners are retiring soon, so check out their vast collection while you can!
If you love books, you will be in heaven. And if you’re a history and government buff like me, Wolfmueller’s has a special slice of heaven reserved for you. While sitting cross-legged on the floor, poring over Theodore Roosevelt biographies, I found a particularly old-looking title. Upon closer examination, it was a 1902 print of Roosevelt’s American Ideals, complete with the portrait of George Washington at the beginning, covered by a silk protective page.
Suffice it to say that I made an impulse buy at Wolfmueller’s Books…maybe more. It helps to label these sorts of things as early birthday presents.
Other finds at Wolfmueller’s on the day of our visit were Darrell Royal biographies, signed by the legend himself. And then Kinky Friedman walked into the store.
We’ve only mentioned two of the special shops in Kerrville, but there are many. You’ll find gift shops, home decor, jewelry, art galleries, and boutiques. The free Kerr Arts and Cultural Center is another option for you.
4:00-5:00 PM: Assuming this is a bona fide day trip and you don’t want to get back to Austin too late, consider stopping in a local downtown brewery for a pre-dinner drink. Popular watering holes with a variety of beer selections include Pine & Plow Brewing Co. and Basement Brewers of Texas.
5:00-6:00 PM: You’ve done a lot of walking this afternoon, so are you ready for an early dinner? You’ve really got to try Buzzie’s BBQ before you leave town. I had a brisket plate with a mixture of lean and moist brisket, with a baked potato on the side. I’m salivating just thinking about it – everything was excellent. Texans know that the BBQ sauce can make or break the meal, and Buzzie’s sauce made it happen in style.
6:00-8:00 PM: You’re homeward bound! Drive safely back to Austin, with a day full of Kerrville memories to relive, and a return trip to plan!
Leaving Kerrville, we couldn’t believe how much we had found to do. And that there was a lot more that we couldn’t fit in! This itinerary is definitely just a starting point. I didn’t even mention Kerr County Market Days and the Hill Country Swap Meet, which display unique crafts and decor. Then there’s other local eateries that get rave reviews, like Grape Juice (a restaurant and bar), The Boat (oyster bar and grill), and Brown’s Drive-In (the local rival of Classics Burgers and Moore).
Enjoy your perfect day in Kerrville, TX!
Tell us about your time in Kerrville! What else would you recommend?
Earl Garrett St. photo via Flickr CC, courtesy of Dave Hensley. Sunrise Antique Mall photo via Sunrise Antique Mall on Facebook.