New Braunfels has a plethora of gorgeous and tall crepe myrtle and magnolia trees. It is amazing to me, after living in Ingleside, Corpus Christi, and Bishop, to see these magnificent specimens thriving in Texas. The crepe myrtles appear to be replacing the oleander bushes that produce pretty blooms but deadly leaves or perhaps the latter are just more prevalent south of San Antonio.
I feel so blessed, as I drive along the streets of the city proper. Although the drought has kept the magnolias from blooming, they are still tall and full of shiny leaves.
While I am out and about on my daily errands, I am reminded over and over again what a special place New Braunfels is with its two rivers – the Guadalupe and the Comal – the Schlitterbahn, the Circle Arts Theater, the Brauntex Theatre, the New Braunfels Art League Art Gallery, the Wurstfest, four museums, several antique stores, Saturday’s Farmer’s Market, a terrific public library, historic Gruene, many yummy eateries, and lush Landa Park with its Olympic size pool, as well as its spring-fed pool.
The historic arts-and-crafts homes, bungalows, and Victorian homes are also pleasing to the eye.
Within the historical area, encompassing several blocks in any direction from the circle, many homes have been converted into businesses, such as real estate and insurance offices, hair and nail salons, and boutiques of one kind or another. Some of the oldest homes, as well as the first library, in New Braunfels were constructed of local limestone and are not very large, which is the German influence.
Suffice it to say, I really like living here at the edge of the hill country. Best place in Texas!