This is an easy day trip from San Antonio, a journey through three small towns that share a strong German heritage. During the 1880s, Boerne became known as a health spot, and vacationers came by railroad to soak in mineral water spas and enjoy the clean country air. Although no mineral spas remain today, Boerne still offers a quiet country atmosphere and dozens of antique shops in which to browse. Boerne is also home to the Boerne Village Band.
For nearly 140 years this German band (the oldest continuously active German band in the country and the oldest in the world outside of Munich) has entertained residents and visitors with their Old World sound. Weekends are the busiest time to visit, but even then the atmosphere is relaxing, unhurried, and, well, comfortable. From Comfort, head out to nearby Sisterdale, best known as the home of a small winery. The burg, like nearby Boerne, was settled by a group of intellectuals. Today the population has dwindled to a handful of residents, and you have to look carefully to keep from passing right through town.
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