On the banks of the Guadalupe, this historic town is a fly-fisherman’s paradise by day and a two-stepper’s dream by night.
Gruene Hall
Photograph by Adam Voorhes

1. Alibi Boutique

Gruene’s unofficial motto may be “Gently Resisting Change Since 1872,” but a new(ish) retail spot southwest of the town’s historic heart has shoppers altering their usual itinerary. This fashionable women’s shop could double as the personal closet of an eco-minded, paparazzi-aware young actress. Decked out in an organic Threads 4 Thought V-neck tee, David Kahn skinny capri jeans, a vegan Urban Expressions purse, and a turquoise pendant necklace from La Grange designer Laura Sgovio, you’ll be picture-ready for your next coffee run. 2363 Gruene Lake Dr., 830-

2. The Gruene Door

Word is out about this sophisticated alternative to Gruene’s laid-back dinner scene. Though not snobbily upscale, it’s more of a first-date destination (lights low, wine list extensive) than a post-tubing hangout. Of course, your love interest may have to fight for your attention when your bacon-wrapped pork loin filet is served and you get lost in the whipped sweet potatoes. Then again, she may be all too happy polishing off her smoky-paprika-and-brown-sugar-glazed salmon and polenta cake to flirt with you anyway. 2360 Gruene Lake Dr., 830-629-2600,

3. Lone Star Music

First came the website, in 1999, a pre-iTunes trove of albums from more than 1,300 Texas-approved musicians (think Willie, Waylon, and their rowdy friends). It was followed by this bricks-and-mortar store, which opened in 2003 and is presided over by a life-size wooden statue of western swing king Bob Wills. Stumbling upon vinyl, CDs, and concert tees from emerging indie-country stars you don’t know but should, like the Turnpike Troubadours and Javi

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