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Local experts reveal their best tips for a girlfriend getaway in New Braunfels

Guest Post: photo credit: New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau

Three cultured, well-traveled women give their picks for a weekend of adventure and fun with your BFFs

The holidays are over and the warm days of summer are months away. It’s the perfect time to escape the winter doldrums with a girls’ weekend in New Braunfels.

This town in Central Texas is a one-of-a-kind combination of laid-back and sophisticated, rustic and luxe, Texas Hill Country and European culture. It’s the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable weekend of fun, pampering and exploration.

To make your adventure even easier, we’ve asked local experts for their best tips for a weekend of fun in New Braunfels. Read on for itinerary tips and must-do’s from three notable New Braunfels women.

Kat Balmos’ long weekend in New Braunfels

Kat Balmos is the owner of three boutiques in New Braunfels: The LocalLot 59, and Heritage Supply Co. Each offers an eclectic mix of artisan-made goods, apparel, accessories, books, art and gifts (be sure to add all three to your shopping itinerary).

Friday evening, enjoy dinner at the Huisache Grill, a quaint, cozy bistro with a regionally inspired menu. Then make a trip to Sidecar (reservations required), a dimly-lit underground speakeasy-style jazz club at the Prince Solms Inn for live music and cocktails.

Start the next day at the New Braunfels Farmers Market, where more than 60 vendors will tempt you with locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods, fresh cheeses, wines, eggs and more. It’s open year-round every Saturday morning, rain or shine.

Right next door is Krause’s Café, a German-themed taproom and restaurant with a Texas flair. Stop by for a mimosa before beginning a shopping odyssey downtown. Be sure to check out Max’s Haus MercantileAdele Kerr & Co., the Downtown Antique Mall and the Dancing Pony Boutique. In the afternoon, head to historic Gruene Hall to take in some live music as you soak up the ambiance of Texas’ oldest dance hall, which dates back to 1878. Be sure to check the calendar to see the lineup of shows – there’s live music daily here, from local heroes to national headliners.

When hunger strikes, head across the street to Mozie’s for drinks and dinner (specialties include sliders, dogs and whisky) in a casually elegant setting.

Sunday, it’s brunch with a Cajun twist at McAdoo’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, located in the beautifully restored historic Post Office building downtown. From there, head to beautiful Landa Park and indulge your inner child with a ride on the miniature train under the giant oak trees of the 51-acre grounds. If relaxing by the river is more your style, rent a riverside cabana at the Float In on the Comal, where you can enjoy food, drinks and watching the world go by.

When evening rolls around, it’s dinner, bowling and games at Downtown Social, where a full menu is served with a side of pool, ping pong, arcade games and more to make a few more memories before heading home on Monday.

It’s easy being Gruene for Crystal Kinman

Crystal Kinman is an events and promotions manager for the Gruene historic district in New Braunfels. She shares her recommendations with a warning: “One weekend may not be enough!”

Her ideal girls’ weekend would start in historic Gruene, Texas (naturally). This 15-acre settlement on the banks of the Guadalupe River is a National Historic District, with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues located within the walls of the original township buildings. For more than 30 years, Gruene Market Days has captivated shoppers one weekend a month with roughly 100 artisans displaying uniquely crafted items, along with live entertainment.

After working up a thirst, Gruene offers plenty of options to refresh yourself as you enjoy live music. Relax with a glass of wine under the oak trees at The Grapevine, with wines from more than 25 Texas wineries, other New World wines and curated craft beer. Or whet your whistle at the Gristmill Restaurant & Bar for jalapeno margaritas in a historic building overlooking the

Guadalupe River. Stay at the Gristmill for a true Texas experience at dinner, with an extensive menu, roaring fireplaces and turn-of-the-century architecture.

The next day, rejuvenate your body and mind with a class at Laurel Grace Yoga, a downtown studio. Then stroll to 2Tarts Bakery for fresh coffee, pastries or breakfast items.

Spend an afternoon exploring downtown’s many independently-owned shops and boutiques, then wander over to the historic Black Whale Pub for a signature Bloody Mary, craft beer and munchies or a meal from their full kitchen. Or maybe try dinner at Muck & Fuss, a lively spot serving chef-inspired burgers and nearly 40 beers on tap (and, because this is New Braunfels, live music too).

Add some adventure to your weekend with a nighttime kayak float on the Comal River with PaddleTx. This outfitter offers evening floats in glass-bottomed boats lit by LED lights to experience the river in a whole new way.

Jennifer Singleterry’s picks for a memorable weekend

Jennifer Singleterry knows a few things about New Braunfels. As the executive director of the Sophienburg Museum & Archives, Singleterry helps share the city’s history since its founding in 1845, when German immigrants settled along the banks of the Comal River. Here are her additions to a weekend with BFFs:

Start with breakfast or lunch at Buttermilk Café for comfort food with an upscale twist. You’ll be properly fueled up for a scenic hike at Panther Canyon. Landa Park is home to the trailhead for this 1.6-mile hike that takes you over more than 49 acres of natural terrain. Later, plan on a drive on River Road, an inspiring, scenic 11-mile drive that follows the Guadalupe River between New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Dam.

Lodging options that blend history, charm and luxury

For lodging, our experts recommend a couple of options particularly well-suited to an adventure with girlfriends. Sophie’s Gasthaus is an impeccably decorated 8-room luxury boutique hotel in

downtown New Braunfels, just off Main Plaza (the hot tub is a great place to unwind after your fun-filled days). Gruene Mansion Inn is located on the Guadalupe River, a short walk to everything historic Gruene has to offer. Lodging options here include century-old barns and homes restored to Victorian rustic elegance (several rooms have their own fireplaces).

When you’re ready to plan your own adventure #InNewBraunfels, head to https://www.playinnewbraunfels.com/ for everything you need to create the ultimate girlfriend getaway!

Sophie’s Gasthaus | A hidden gem in the heart of downtown New Braunfels

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Unveil the charm of Sophie’s Gasthaus, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of downtown New Braunfels!

Originally built in 1906, our newly renovated hotel seamlessly blends classic German architecture with modern design. With eight uniquely appointed rooms and suites, Sophie’s Gasthaus epitomizes Texas hospitality intertwined with luxurious details—ideal for your spring break getaway.

Indulge in the refined, art-filled interiors or explore our lush courtyard, inviting outdoor pool, and expansive lawn. If you’re seeking a New Braunfels hotel with soul, look no further than Sophie’s Gasthaus—a stunning oasis in the center of a charming, historic downtown district.

Begin your day with a leisurely stroll to Krause’s Cafe for brunch followed by browsing downtown boutiques. Head over to Gruene for wine tasting experience at The Grapevine before dinner at The Gristmill, then finish the day with live music at Gruene Hall – a perfect day capturing the essence of New Braunfels.
 

 
In addition to Gruene Hall, you can experience live music all over New Braunfels every night of the week. Here’s a Live Music Best Of List and Live Music Calendar to help plan your itinerary. Below are a few venues to give you just a taste of what’s in store and on stage in New Braunfels.

WHITEWATER AMPHITHEATER

Situated right on the beautiful Guadalupe River, this outdoor concert venue provides an amazing setting for unforgettable shows. Current lineup includes:
4/6  Dwight Yoakam
5/10-11 Willie Nelson & Family
5/17 Travis Tritt
5/24-26 Miranda Lambert
6/28-29 Reckless Kelly

For up-to-date concert information and tickets, visit whitewaterrocks.com

GRUENE HALL

The oldest dancehall in Texas boasts a legendary stage that has been the birthplace of numerous music careers. Upcoming shows include:
2/29 & 3/1 Eli Young Band
3/2 Ray Wylie Hubbard 
3/8-9 Roger Creager
4/5 Sunny Sweeney
4/6 The Marshall Tucker Band
5/24 Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Gruene Hall is constantly adding new shows. See those and purchase tickets at gruenehall.com.

BRAUNTEX THEATRE

As an anchor in downtown New Braunfels since 1942, the Brauntex Theatre has been resurrected as a performing arts venue and holds a spot in the National Register of Historic Places. Upcoming events include:
2/24 The Fabulous Thunderbirds
3/8 Michael Martin Murphey
3/14-17 Legally Blonde The Musical

For complete info and tickets, click on brauntex.org.

There’s so much to do in New Braunfels; you’ll need a luxurious, comfortable, place to unwind after the best day ever. Luckily, Sophie’s Gasthaus is located right in the heart of downtown New Braunfels with a private pool and hot tub, and within easy walking distance to plenty to do. And if you’re looking for the perfect place to host your wedding, reception, cocktail party, or family gathering—look no further than Sophie’s Gasthaus.

Book your room online or give us a call. We can’t wait to have you.

Historic Luxury: Sophie’s Gasthaus in New Braunfels

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Looking for a luxurious, modern oasis in historic New Braunfels? Sophie’s Gasthaus is the perfect mix of classic German architecture with a modern twist on a historic 1906 estate. This stunning oasis in the heart of the historic downtown district is within walking distance of boutiques, nightlife, live music, and fine dining. They offer luxury overnight accommodations as well as sprawling lawns and amenities that include a pool and a fire pit as well as an onsite chef’s kitchen. If you’re looking for a unique venue to host an intimate wedding of 100 guests or less, read on to learn why Sophie’s Gasthaus is the perfect choice!

Luxury Overnight Accommodations

Sophie’s Gasthaus offers luxury overnight accommodations for friends and family attending your event and has included them in their wedding packages. They also provide an option to rent out all of their rooms and the property for an entire weekend, for a destination or entire weekend wedding. Each of their eight unique bedrooms provides a novel experience that makes each stay seem like a new adventure.

Each room features rich colors and comfortable furniture, making the space feel warm and moody but still fresh and glowy with plenty of natural light from large windows throughout.

Sprawling Lawns and Amenities

In addition to the luxurious overnight accommodations, there are also sprawling, well manicured lawns with century-old Magnolia trees, plus a courtyard for lounging, a pool, and a fire pit for late night conversations. They also offer an onsite chef’s kitchen for catering or preparing for the reception and dining rooms and exterior patios for dinner and cocktail hour. The property features curated artwork and decor, making each room unique and specific yet cohesive.

Iconic Location in Historic Downtown

Conveniently located only two blocks from New Braunfels’ iconic main plaza, Sophie’s Gasthaus is surrounded by sweet cafes, fine dining, and vibrant entertainment venues. With rooms overlooking some of New Braunfels’ most iconic businesses, you will never miss a beat!

Within walking distance there are plenty of ways to explore during the day or have fun in the evening. Walk to dinner, browse boutiques, and end the night with a cocktail at one of downtown’s popular nightlife spots. Enjoy a coffee or pastry from the oldest continuously operated bakery in Texas and experience a local band at a live music venue.

Whether it is your first time in New Braunfels or you have lived there your whole life, Sophie’s Gasthaus is the perfect venue for all your needs. With their luxury accommodations, art gallery inspired interiors, and sprawling lawns, all located within walkable distance to historic downtown, they have everything you need for your special day. View all of their offerings on their Wed Society profile!

Your Guide to a Romantic Holiday Weekend Trip in New Braunfels, TX

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A winter evening strolling hand in hand with your significant other under the twinkling lights around the historic district of New Braunfels, TX is a magical start to the perfect weekend getaway in Texas. My husband and I just took a trip to this little Texas town and loved every minute of it! The festive atmosphere combined with the quaint allure of antique shops, boutique treasures, and exquisitely decorated corners made for a fabulous trip.
During the Christmas season, you’ll find that every street corner is the perfect backdrop for your romantic holiday adventure. So let’s get planning! This is your guide to the perfect holiday getaway with your boo complete with all of the festive things to do, places to eat and drink, and where to stay in New Braunfels, TX.

Must-Do Holiday Activities in New Braunfels
When my husband and I decided to book a weekend in New Braunfels, I’d read about the boutiques and antiques, but I was blown away by how many things there are to do there! During the holiday season every store, restaurant, and sidewalk corner is decorated in garlands, bows, and glistening lights. Below are a few activities that my husband and I enjoyed on our recent trip that I think you’ll love.

See a Holiday Show at Brauntex Theatre
The Brauntex Theatre has been a centerpiece of downtown New Braunfels since it opened in January 1942 as a movie theater. The gem of downtown New Braunfels offers an array of shows including music, comedy, and musicals. During the holiday season, they have a variety of Christmas-themed performances, so check the event schedule to get tickets when you visit New Braunfels!
Plus, the theatre has a full bar with cocktails, wines, and beers. For the holidays, you can try one of the seasonal cocktails like Winter Sangria, a rum cocktail called Santa’s Hat, or Cranberry Mimosas! Shop Brauntex tickets here.
Shop Local Boutiques, Antiques, and More!
Shopping is always a good idea, but it’s truly an essential activity during the holidays. My husband and I shopped all over the New Braunfels historic district and Gruene. We loved popping into the various local stores to get our Christmas shopping done.
Stroll through town and discover a variety of treasures. We couldn’t believe how many offer a range of Christmas ornaments, gift ideas for food and drink connoisseurs, and quality clothes.
We bought a couple of ornaments at Heritage Supply and The Local. I also got the cutest Christmas sweatshirt at Local. (I’ll be wearing it for the rest of the season, sorry!) The Local and Lot 59 had so many Christmas pillows I wanted to take home for myself, but I couldn’t buy it all. Heritage Supply had beautiful candles, leather goods, and stunning glassware and more. Dan got himself a great button down that he wore to brunch the next day. Also, they offer customers walking around the store a glass of bubbly on the weekends! Henne Hardware, the oldest running hardware store in Texas had amazing items from teak wood furniture to well crafted candles.
Here are a few other stores in New Braunfels that we loved: Got Toys, River Rose, Downtown Antique Mall, Staunch Traditional Outfitters, and Dancing Pony Staunch.

Drive to Historic Gruene, TX
Gruene, TX is a 10-minute drive from Sophie’s Gasthaus where you will enjoy shopping, dining and music for the evening. We easily found free parking right across from Gruene Hall, and there’s plenty of street parking. Once parked, everything is walkable, and you’ll fall in love. The National Historic District of Gruene has been resisting change since 1872. It’s incredible to walk through the general stores and enjoy drinks and dancing in the iconic Gruene Dance Hall.

While we were in Gruene, we walked around and finished shopping for everyone on our Christmas gift list. Gruene has 30 one-of-kind shops! They have a store for everything from holiday decorations and knick knacks to high end art shops and boutiques.
When you’re done shopping, discover more holiday magic in Gruene by getting a photo with Cowboy Kringle, catch a holiday-themed show at Gruene Hall, find the largest selection of Texas wine at The Grapevine, or cozy up to one of the fireplaces in the historic Gristmill for a savory meal and marvel at the gorgeous upside down Christmas tree in the original dining area!

Where to Eat & Drink in New Braunfels
In my opinion, indulging in food and drinks is the best part of a weekend getaway, and it’s even better when you can share the experience with someone you love. During our weekend in New Braunfels, we enjoyed a variety of delicious meals and tantalizing cocktails. Below are our favorites!
Alpine Haus
Before we moved to Texas, I had no idea how influential German culture was in Texas. Many of the first settlers in Texas were German, so you’ll find strong German influences in several Texas Towns. New Braunfels is no exception, so we had to try dinner at the Alpine Haus. It reminded my husband and I so much of our travels in France along the German and Swiss borders, like Colmar and Annecy. The food at Alpine Haus specializes in Bavarian-style cooking with influences from Germany,   Austria and Switzerland. We enjoyed German beer, black forest ham and brie, and a delicious schnitzel while listening to a dynamic accordion player!

Downtown Social
If you’re looking for a Sunday Funday brunch, Downtown Social is the place to go. It’s a unique dining establishment complete with bowling alleys, shuffleboard, an arcade room, and more. We had so much fun playing games, sipping mimosas, and enjoying the fried pickles. (Make sure you try their jalapeno ranch. It’s like crack dip. So good!)
In the evenings, Downtown Social turns into an even livelier party! Check out their schedule for upcoming events and DJs. It’s perfect spot to have a drink, watch sunday football, and play games.

McAdoo’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
Located in the historic post office in Downtown New Braunfels, McAdoo’s Seafood Company offers a beautiful backdrop for dinner or brunch. The tall ceilings, stunning bar, and botanical garden on the outdoor patio were breathtaking. The details pay homage to the historical elements of the post office.
The menu is full of Texas Creole favorites, authentic Cajun specialties and fresh seafood. My husband and I went for brunch, have been telling everyone we meet how delicious it was! We enjoyed fresh oysters from Prince Edward Island, a bottle of French champagne, seafood fondue, salmon, and crab cake benedict. Yes, we went all out, but everything we tried was phenomenal. When you visit, the seafood fondue is a must-order dish. It’s a blend of seafood, white wine, and cheese served on fresh garlic bread. I wasn’t convinced until the first bite, but I think it changed my life.
Also, the bloody mary bar at McAdoo’s brunch has everything a bloody mary fan would want–8 kinds of tomato juices, a tree of garnishes, and pickles, mixings, and more.

Sidecar
Located in the heart of New Braunfels (next door to Muck & Fuss), this  dimly-lit, underground sanctuary is a place where the casual and the  professional cocktail connoisseur come to unwind. When you walk down the steps and walk into Sidecar, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Pictures of old hollywood celebrities adorn the walls while jazz musicians fill the room with sultry music. In the back room pipes and cigars are displayed along the walls, and even the bathroom has bits of history.
On top of the intimate ambiance, the libations are remarkable. Every drink is mixed with fresh seasonal ingredients and classic spirits. My husband and I enjoyed multiple cocktails while we listened to the musicians mixing Christmas songs and other classic tunes. I’d recommend booking a reservation – the weekends get busy! Book reservations here.

Where to Stay in New Braunfels
When it comes to a romantic getaway, where you stay sets the tone for the trip. We stayed at the enchanting Sophie’s Gasthaus, a luxury boutique hotel that’s walking distance to all of the activities we enjoyed in New Braunfels and just a short drive to Gruene and the Comal & Guadalupe rivers.
The property is newly renovated with moody, art gallery inspired designs. The hotel has several rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated. We stayed in the Seele Suite which has two queen beds and a twin size trundle. View the individual rooms and suites at Sophie’s Gasthaus here.
Not only is the decor of this hotel fabulous, we loved all the touching little details. Sophie’s Gasthaus really thought of everything! In our bathroom, they had every toiletry you would want or need: face masks, under eye masks, makeup remover, razors, toothbrushes with toothpaste, and more. The room had wine glasses and a corkscrew if you want to enjoy a night in the room. And the coffee nook had several flavored syrups; oat, almond, and regular milks, biscotti, snack bars, and more. I was so impressed!
We wished we knew about this gorgeous hotel when we were planning our Hill Country wedding. The photo ops would be fabulous! If you’re interested in booking the entire property for an event or wedding, you can! Just ask them.

Romantic Holiday Weekend Itinerary: New Braunfels, TX
Friday
Check in to your Airbnb, hotel, or cabin.
After you check in, enjoy a delicious Bavarian-style dinner at Alpine Haus. It’s just a short walk from Sophie’s Gasthouse
Enjoy after dinner libations at a dimly-lit speakeasy and enjoy a night of sultry jazz music and specialty cocktails at Sidecar. The speakeasy is right next to Muck & Fuss. As you walk from dinner, enjoy the glistening lights in the town square and take a photo in the bandstand. All of the Christmas lights are magical!

Saturday
Start the day with a fun brunch at @downtownsocial – they have arcade games, shuffleboard, bowling and more! 
Shop fabulous antiques, boutiques, and decor. (We found so many great Christmas gifts and ornaments)
Catch a show at the historic @brauntex theatre 

Sunday
Brunch at @mcadoos. It is magical. The restaurant is in the former post office and elevates the history through the decor. Plus they have a Bloody Mary bar with everything you could think to add to a Bloody Mary, delicious fresh oysters, champagne, and don’t skip the seafood fondue. 
Drive 10 minutes away to the historic @gruenedistrict for Christmas shopping at the 30+ shops or 60+ artisan markets on Greene market days. While you’re there, enjoy live music at the iconic @gruenehall ❤️ 

Fall into Luxury: Your Ultimate Autumn Getaway

As cooler weather rapidly approaches (we hope!), planning the autumn getaway you’ve dreamed of becomes a breeze. When you stay in New Braunfels, you’ll be embraced by the charm of a small town and genuine German hospitality. At Sophie’s Gasthaus, you’re in the prime location, surrounded by restaurants, festivals, and shops, allowing you to fully experience everything that New Braunfels offers.

EVENTS
Sundrop Springs Fall Festival Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays September 23rd – October 29th
The Pumpkin Patch at Rockin’ R September 30th – November 18th
Pumpkin Patch at Float In Thursdays – Sundays September 30th – October 29th
Dia De Los Muertos October 28th | Downtown New Braunfels (SOLD OUT)
Texas Clay Festival October 10-12 (SOLD OUT)
Wurstfest November 3-12 (SOLD OUT)
Downtown Lighting & Santa’s Arrival November 17 | Downtown New Braunfels 
Gruene Town Lighting & Cowboy Kringle December 2nd | Gruene Historic District
Wassailfest December 7th | Downtown New Braunfels
Check out a complete list of events around New Braunfels at playinnewbraunfels.com/events.

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LIVE MUSIC
If you love live music, New Braunfels has what you’re looking for. Check out these local venues for an authentic Texas music experience. 

Gruene Hall
The oldest dancehall in Texas has been the birthplace of dozens of music careers. Every artist wants to play on this legendary stage, and every visitor to New Braunfels wants to watch. Check out this season’s current lineup.
Treaty Oak Revival | Oct 28
Sean McConnell | Nov 10 & 11
Midnight River Choir | Nov 18
Casey Donahew | Nov 25
Kolby Cooper | Dec 8 & 9
Gruene Hall is constantly adding new shows. See those and purchase tickets at gruenehall.com.

Brauntex Theatre
The Brauntex has been an anchor in downtown New Braunfels since opening as a movie theatre in 1942. It was resurrected as a performing arts venue in the year 2000 and has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places and the title of “The Jewel of Historic Downtown New Braunfels.”
Tracy Byrd | Oct 26
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show | Nov 18
Tuna Christmas | Dec 1 & 2
The Nutcracker | Dec 15-17
For complete info and tickets, click on brauntex.org.
 
Billy’s Ice
A staple in New Braunfels, Billy’s Ice was once an old convenience store converted into a prime location to hear the best in local music.
Ryan Snipes Tom Petty Tribute | October 21st
Staudt Brothers | October 28th
Visit billysice.com to get a current list of all shows.

Pour Haus
Voted the best bar in New Braunfels, Pour Haus features a  laid-back courtyard perfect for enjoying the sounds of Texas.
Dirty White Horse | Oct 21
Ryan Ross Band | Oct 28
The Pour Haus updates their show schedule regularly at pourhausnb.com.

Sophie’s is tucked away in Downtown New Braunfels, putting you within walking distance to boutiques, restaurants, and historic murals – but our grounds and accommodations provide a tranquil escape, making you feel distant from the lively city. Each room is meticulously designed to offer you a comfortable and rejuvenating stay, with luxury bedding and all the expected amenities of a five-star hotel.
Make your way to Sophie’s Gasthaus and experience genuine Southern hospitality. We’re eagerly looking forward to your visit!

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Sophie Says | Meetings & Special Events at Sophie’s downtown New Braunfels


In search of an exceptional venue for your upcoming corporate meeting, executive training, women’s retreat, holiday party, or intimate wedding? Look no further – Downtown New Braunfels has a hidden gem that rises above the ordinary.

In the heart of the city, Sophie’s Gasthaus stands as an oasis of distinction, transcending the norm and delivering an unparalleled event experience. Unlike the standard meeting spots scattered across the city, Sophie’s Gasthaus embodies history, elegance, and charm. Originally built in 1906 as a distinguished residence, this property has gracefully transformed over time – from a family home to a charming bed and breakfast and finally into a luxury boutique hotel. Today, it stands as a unique venue primed to host unforgettable milestone events, including weddings, baby showers and anniversary parties along with corporate events such as Christmas parties and executive meetings.

Step into a world where sophistication intertwines with comfort, where the echoes of the past seamlessly blend with modern opulence. Our venue isn’t just another run-of-the-mill event space – it’s a sanctuary with expansive interiors, lush grounds, and exquisitely appointed guest accommodations. Sophie’s Gasthaus provides a space where your guests can truly escape the mundane and immerse themselves in an environment designed to nurture creativity, forge connections, and celebrate life’s moments.

The era of settling for uninspiring highway hotels is behind us. At Sophie’s, every guest is welcomed to their own private suite, complemented by exquisite community spaces, a serene pool, sprawling porches, and an enchanting backyard. Should the urge for exploration strike, Downtown New Braunfels beckons just steps away, offering dining, shopping, live entertainment, and more. Your event attendees won’t need to battle city traffic – they’ll find themselves in the heart of the action in mere moments. Take the team out for an afternoon of Texas-sized fun at Gruene Hall, where you can two-step your way to tighter teamwork. Set off on a thrilling river rafting adventure that’ll get the adrenaline pumping while encouraging trust and collaboration within the group. Or spend an evening singing along to your favorite band under the stars at Whitewater Amphitheater.

Sophies Gasthaus unique Wedding Venue Downtown New Braunfels

When it’s time to host an event or private party, bypass the ordinary and opt for Sophie’s Gasthaus, where cherished memories are framed against a backdrop of magnolia trees and historic allure. Declare your vows in our meticulously manicured backyard, exchange ideas and insights in the refined spaces adorned with fine art, and then unwind poolside to the rhythms of live music. This is an experience that transcends the confines of standard boardrooms and dull hotel meeting rooms.

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Whether you’re organizing a top-tier executive meeting, a transformative women’s retreat, a festive holiday party, or a magical wedding – we’re here to transform your vision into a reality. Embark on your journey with Sophie’s Gasthaus today and craft an event that stands as a testament to true distinction. Start planning your perfect event now.

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Sophie Says | Spectacular Summer Selections!

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You may have heard New Braunfels calls itself The Official Home of Summer.

With two crystal-clear rivers for floating and frolicking, the World’s Best Waterpark, and weather perfect for an outdoor concert, swimming all day, and having a drink and dinner on a patio, it’s hard to dispute that claim.

There’s so much to do in New Braunfels; I’d suggest making a vacation of your visit to this area. And I’m sure you don’t mind me mentioning the perfect place to stay – Sophie’s Gasthaus.

This summer in New Braunfels, you and your family, friends, or yourself have a million options.

EVENTS

New Braunfels doesn’t need much of an excuse to get together. That’s evidenced by the number of events on the calendar. Here are just a few of them:
Farmer’s Market | Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Krause’s Cafe
Gruene Market Days | Every 3rd full weekend, Gruene Historic District
First Friday | Every first Friday, Downtown New Braunfels
Play at the Platz | June 11, July 9, August 13, 4-8pm, Downtown New Braunfels
Heads & Tails Crawfish Boil hosted by Stalekracker | June 3, Texas Ski Ranch
Patriotic Parade and Program | July 4, Downtown New Braunfels
Fireworks Spectacular | July 4, Landa Park
North American Jewelry & Gift Show | July 21-23, New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
NB Home and Garden Show | August 5-6, New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
Find a complete schedule of this community’s live music, golf, tastings, happy hours, and plenty of other events at playinnewbraunfels.com/events.

How about making your own event – like a Girl’s Weekend or Couple’s Weekend.

 

LIVE MUSIC

Seriously, there’s live music in any number of places in New Braunfels every night of the week. Here’s a Live Music Best Of List and Live Music Calendarto help you build out your itinerary. Below are a few venues to give you just a taste of what’s in store and on stage in New Braunfels.

Whitewater Amphitheater
This outdoor concert venue is situated right on the beautiful Guadalupe River, making it an amazing setting for a more amazing show. This summer, Whitewater Amphitheater is currently featuring:
Billy Currington | June 17
Randy Rogers Band | July 2
Kolby Cooper | July 8
Josh Abbott Band | July 15
Read Southall Band, Tanner Usrey | July 22
Ryan Bingham with the Texas Gentlemen | July 28 & 29
Shane Smith & the Saints | August 5
Charley Crockett | August 25
For up-to-date concert information and tickets, visit whitewaterrocks.com

Gruene Hall
The oldest dancehall in Texas has been the birthplace of dozens of music careers. Every artist wants to play on this legendary stage, and every visitor to New Braunfels wants to watch. Check out this summer’s current lineup.
Randall King | May 28
Red Shahan | June 3
Rodney Crowell | June 17
Gary P. Nunn | July 8
Cooder Graw | July 22
Bob Schneider | August 5
Gruene Hall is constantly adding new shows. See those and purchase tickets at gruenehall.com.

Brauntex Theatre
The Brauntex has been an anchor in downtown New Braunfels since opening as a movie theatre in 1942. It was resurrected as a performing arts venue in the year 2000 and has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places and the title of “The Jewel of Historic Downtown New Braunfels.”
Jimmy Vaughn & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band | June 9
Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ Americana Show | July 2
Q, The Music of Queen | August 4
Already Gone: A Tribute to THE EAGLES | August 26
John Tesh | September 7
The Brauntex also offers a Summer Cinema Series featuring movies most of us grew up with. For complete info and tickets, click on brauntex.org.

There’s so much to do in New Braunfels; you’ll need a beautiful, luxurious, comfortable, well-stocked place to unwind after the best day ever. After all, you’ll want to be rested up for another best day ever. Luckily that exact place is located right in the heart of downtown New Braunfels and within easy walking distance to plenty to do. Yep, you guessed it, that place is Sophie’s Gasthaus. Book your room online or give us a call. We can’t wait to host you.

New Braunfels Historic Estate Turns Boutique Hotel & Venue

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New Braunfels Historic Estate Turns Boutique Hotel | Sophies Gasthaus

Sophie’s Gasthaus, New Braunfels premier boutique luxury hotel, didn’t start its life as a hotel. It was constructed in 1906 as the home of a prominent New Braunfels family.

Myra Lee Adams Goff for an article from the Sophienburg Musuem and Acrchives writes: “The house is referred to by old-time New Braunfelsers as the Karbach House. But it didn’t start out as the Karbach House. The house was built for George and Hulda Eiband in 1906.

Family tradition says that the house had an interesting background. Hulda was the sister of Emmie Seele Faust, both of whom were daughters of Hermann Seele. The sisters supposedly had a friendly competition going between them. Townspeople in those days were aware of this competition because talk flies in a small town.

Emmie Seele married John Faust in 1905 and they built the Victorian home in the 300 block of W. San Antonio St, complete with wooden columns and wooden wraparound porch. It was a showplace. When Hulda Seele married George Eiband, she wanted a bigger house but definitely not a Victorian. Hulda’s house would be bigger and would be built in the new style of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with high ceilings, brick columns, terrazzo porch, straight lines, lots of glass windows and 12 ft. ceilings. One thing is certain – both houses are substantial enough to remain standing.”   read the entire article here:https://sophienburg.com/karbach-house-reopening-soon

Over the years, the home transitioned from a residence to offices to a bed and breakfast. Finally, the property was purchased by a visionary who remodeled it into a one-of-a-kind hotel masterpiece perfect for hosting a destination wedding, corporate retreat, girl’s weekend or romantic getaway.

 

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Sophie’s Gasthaus luxury boutique hotel downtown New Braunfels exterior

 

Sophies meeting space
Sophies Gasthaus board room

 

Wassailfest 2022 and NBTX Downtown Lighting

Join us in New Braunfels & Gruene TX for holiday festivities this season!

 

 

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You don’t want to miss the merriest smalltown festivals and events around this season. Santa Comes to town, Wassailfest, Christmas markets, Cowboy Cringle & more! Sophie’s boutique bed and breakfast is the perfect place for your family to stay the night and enjoy the holidays.