After six months of packing and prepping—and the actual move itself—we were exhausted and in need of a getaway. The drive to Boerne, Texas, was fairly quick and I was intrigued by its cultural background, as it was settled by German immigrants, plus its historic charm and easy access to outdoor fun, so we decided to make a weekend of it and see what the Texas Hill Country had to offer.
Getting away from it all
The move had required us to spend a lot of nights in hotels, so now I preferred something more romantic for our getaway. My husband, being the wonderful genius that he is, did some research and booked the James Street Livery Guesthouse in Boerne.
This home-away-from-home was the definition of charming. It’s a new building created with cozy, old-world style, filled with historic accents and décor. The combination created the perfect environment for us to relax and enjoy some downtime. I would have been content spending the weekend lounging around the guesthouse, drinking tea and people-watching on the front porch from the comfort of a rocking chair. But we aren’t exactly “lounge around all day” kind of people, so we set out for an afternoon kayak.
In the Hill Country, it’s easy to find ways to spend quality time with nature. We headed to Guadalupe River State Park, where people go to kayak, swim, tube, canoe and fish. As we paddled slowly down the river, the scenery was like a painting with massive bald cypress trees framing the water. Serene and relaxing, we soaked in our surroundings, enjoying the sounds of birds chirping and the occasional dragonfly landing on our legs or paddles.
After a few hours clearing our minds on the river, we headed back to the guesthouse to clean up for dinner. Sean took me to The Creek, a restaurant that radiated romance, from the classic décor—which, along with our guesthouse, gave me lots of ideas for sprucing up my own home—to the gorgeous tree-filled views and delicious food. Light poured in through the large windows, and gorgeous wood floors and crisp white tablecloths set the scene. It had “date night” written all over it.
We shared crab cakes as an appetizer, a long-time favorite of ours. “Cheers to new beginnings,” Sean smiled, as he clinked my wine glass. We reminisced about our 15 years together, and talked about our goals and dreams for the next 15. He scarfed down his scallop entrée, while I leisurely enjoyed every bite of my filet mignon. Typical us, I thought, and smiled at how even when life is unpredictable, some things never change.
With full bellies, we spent the remainder of our evening relaxing in the rocking chairs on the front porch of the guesthouse. “We really needed this,” I sighed, as I looked over at Sean. “We do too much running around and not enough enjoying the scenery.” He agreed, and we talked about how we could remedy that when we returned home.