Monday, June 7, 2010

Friday in Gruene pronounced green

When we left the house on Friday morning we only had a couple little items we wanted to pick up in San Antonio, and no plan at all on where we would go for lunch.  Several times we have mentioned, or I should say I have, going to The Gristmill in Gruene.  Ron told me we could go if I found good directions to get there because neither of us had ever been to Gruene.  Several of my friends gave me the directions a couple weeks ago, but it was kind of out of the way from where we were on Friday, so I didn't even suggest it.  So when Ron said how 'bout going to The Gristmill, I totally agreed that it would be a good day to find the restaurant.
I had heard alot about the Gristmill, and our outing to Gruene was every bit of what they had made it out to be.  The Gristmill itself is really quite a unique restaurant with all the surroundings, including the Gruene dance hall.  We didn't go in there, but it was right next door to the restaurant.  The sign that we used for navigation before we actually found Gruene said to turn left at the light and it would be right beneath the water tower.  It was a very accurate description... the water tower was directly over the gift shop just to the right of the entrance to the restaurant.
They asked at the entrance whether we wanted to be seated inside or out.  Not being sure of the wind and how hot it might get, we said inside.  Well we walked through the door into this very large covered porch kind of room with windows that were probably 12 feet high that opened to make it like a completely open porch.  We were seated at a corner table that hung over the river.  It was almost like we were in a garden.  It was really a great atmosphere in there, complete with a longhorn over the fireplace.

Gruene is a quaint little town with  several antique shops, a general store, an outfitter and a couple boutiques. Totally enjoyable day. Almost definitely a place that I would take any visitors we might have come from out of state... that would be after they have been to the RiverWalk and Alamo.

It's another busy week ahead.  Hope you have a great one.

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