What?! No travel this weekend?!

So this weekend we were not able to travel. We had a super important event that took place; our daughter, Grace, graduated from high school.

Grace has attended The Christian School at Castle Hills for her high school years. She graduated with an honors diploma and summa cum laude. So we had to take a break from travel this weekend, but we will be back at it next weekend.

Also, a big shout out to Country Sweets Bakery in Bandera for making an amazing cake. It was a hit among our guests at the grad party. A while back I shared a post about this awesome bakery. They did not disappoint with the cake. BTW: we enjoyed some delicious pastries while we waited for the cake to be finished. I highly recommend the apple fritter!

Look for the new post next week!

Bandera: Cowboy Capital of the World

Saturday the family took a drive out to Bandera, TX. The drive out is a relaxing drive, one that we just move off to the side to let cars pass by. Not being in a hurry to get someplace is a new concept to me, and I am finding that I quite enjoy it.

We had gone to Bandera over spring break and found that it wasn’t very busy on a Tuesday. We could mosey through shops and along the sidewalk and not be in anyone’s way. This weekend it wasn’t so quiet. After we got into town we saw gobs of Harleys.

Even though it was pretty loud and crowded, it was still an enjoyable visit. As soon as we got out of the car, Matthew immediately noticed that there was a big ol’ longhorn on the sidewalk. So of course the first thing we did was check it out. The longhorn was open for kids to sit on for donations. Matthew was climbing up that thing quickly.

Grace didn’t really want to sit on it, but after some coaxing, we got her up. I about died laughing as the longhorn peed as she tried to climb down. She practically jumped off this big guy.

From there we took a walk to the Frontier Times Museum. On the way we passed by the courthouse. This courthouse was built in 1890. Love the look of the historic buildings.

When we reached the museum, we could tell right away that even though it was one of the places advertised as something to do in Bandera, it was not for us. Chuck went inside to make sure it would be worth spending money to go in. But for us, we found it was a “no.” Now if you are a history buff, this would be your place. Lots of displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the walk to the museum, we headed to Country Sweets Bakery for some pastries (I have a separate post on that visit). So glad we stopped there. they have delicious pastries, cookies, and cakes!

 

After spending time chatting with the owners we just walked through town checking out the shops. There are several shops with cute signs and knick-knacks. When we visited last time, we spent time in The Cowboy Store where Chuck and the kids got hats. The owners had a lot of patience with everyone trying on different hats.

Of course, when you do anything with kids, you eventually hear “I’m hungry. Can we eat?” So we went to O.S.T (Old Spanish Trail). We ate there last time we went to Bandera and enjoyed it, so we had to go back. Prices there are reasonable and portion sizes are great!

After eating, we did a little more window shopping as we headed back to the car. On the way we stopped at the Western Trail Heritage Park. The name is a bit misleading as it is not a park that one would expect. It is actually a tribute to the beginnings and the cowboys of the Great Western Trail cattle drives. There’s a cool horse statue, some historical markers, restrooms, and benches to sit on. 

After spending a few minutes at the park, we drove around random places. In our random driving we came across Bandera City Park. This park was pretty cool. It is located along the Medina River. Swimming, BBQ, equestrian trails, playground, and a skate park are all located there. According to the city of Bandera’s website the fees are as follows:

Weekends and Holidays
April through September, the entry fees are $5 per person ages 4-64. Ages 3 and under are free. Seniors (65+), active duty or retired military, police, fire and emergency response personnel are charged a discounted rate of $3 per person, with proof of ID.

Weekdays
Monday through Friday are free unless there is a holiday.

While there we did some video and some photos for Chuck’s music.




This cool park will definitely be getting another visit from our family when the weather warms up.

If you are looking to get a leisurely drive in, some window shopping, and a quick bite to eat, head on out to Bandera.

Country Sweets Bakery: A hidden gem in Bandera

Eclairs, croissants, long johns, oh my! Trying to choose the pastry I wanted was a difficult decision. Fortunately, with four of us buying, we all picked out something different and I could try a bite of everyone’s!

Pastries made fresh in-house.
Great selection of cookies!
For the gluten free customers, they have peanut butter cookies available every day that are gluten free.

As we wandered through Bandera, TX, we came across an amazing little bakery. This veteran owned bakery had so many choices of freshly baked Artisan pastries and cookies. And the prices were super reasonable (for our 1 long john, 1 éclair, 1 apple pie-pocket, 1 blackberry fan and 2 extra large cranberry/white chocolate chip cookies, we spent right around $14.00). Baked goods are not the only things served though. Salads, wraps, and sandwiches are a part of the daily lunch menu. In addition, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunch specials of comfort foods, such as meatloaf sandwiches, are available. In the winter, soup is available Monday-Friday.

Since it was close to closing time, we had an opportunity to chat with the owners, Rhonda and April. These sisters opened the bakery about 4 years ago. Country Sweets Bakery is the only bakery in Bandera, and only one of 3 located on Highway 16 between Bandera and Kerrville. They are open Monday-Friday from 7am-3pm and on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. Occasionally, they are closed on Saturdays for weddings.

April and Rhonda, owners of Country Sweets Bakery.
Their mission: “Two sisters who want to bring a little sweetness to your life.”

Speaking of weddings, the cakes they make for weddings look AMAZING and based on the pastries we had, have to taste awesome! Wedding cakes range from $175-$525 (that was for an all gluten free cake).

This particular wedding cake was $385. We actually ordered Grace’s graduation cake from here that was based on this cake.

This family owned shop (they have one employee) does many special orders. Of course wedding cakes keep them busy. In addition to wedding cakes, you can special order cookies and other cakes. For specialty order iced cookies, you can expect to pay $2.50 a cookie (great price for special orders!). Gluten free cakes are available for special order as well. While we were there, we ordered Grace’s graduation cake. The drive to Bandera is worth it for this cake.

Rhonda and April are dedicated to the local community. In fact, they consider the community a part of their family. The sisters enjoy chatting with their customers and getting to know them. In addition, they help with many events in the area by donating cookies, pastries, and cakes. One of the organizations they support is Wounded Warriors. They donate baked goods and other items to them.

Bandera is a neat little town that I enjoy spending time walking through (the post on the whole trip will be coming soon). Finding Country Sweets Bakery is just icing on the cake (pun intended) and we will definitely visit this bakery again!