| Kerrville, Texas (population
20,425) is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and is one of state's
most popular health and recreation centers. Many say Kerrville has the
most ideal climate in the nation. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are
all excellent times to explore the Hill Country on two wheels. Each
season offers something special to the motorcycle enthusiast. The area
also has many special events throughout the year to entertain the
visitor when you are not riding on two wheels.
The Kerrville and surrounding area is very scenic with rugged cedar and
live oak-covered hills, picturesque green valleys and beautiful streams
edged by cypress trees. The Guadalupe River runs through Kerrville at
the South end of town. At certain times during the year, wildflowers
can often be seen right at the
roads edge. If you enjoy wildflowers,
plan a ride when they are in bloom to see the great color show they put
on. When Spring begins in the Texas Hill Country, the Texas bluebonnets
put on a show and are often be seen while traveling around the area.
Kerrville, Texas outdoor activities include numerous
city and state parks, a municipal tennis center, public and private
golf courses, horseback riding, camping, bicycling, fishing, shopping
and of course, scenic motorcycle riding!
There are many major annual events in Kerrville, Texas
including the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, the Kerrville
Folk Festival both held on Memorial Day weekend, and the Kerrville
Music Festival on Labor Day weekend. A major revitalization a few years
back restored the Kerrville, Texas downtown area to its original quaint
charm. Kerrville, Texas visitors will find antique shops, restaurants,
as well as contemporary galleries, studios and boutiques.
Kerrville has many fine hotels, motels and restaurants.
Some just seem to stand out better than others. The Inn of The Hills
Resort and Conference Center is very motorcycle friendly and includes
casual or fine dining. Live country music can be found five nights a
week at the Inn Pub, an authentic and unique Texas ranch-style bar and
a favorite night spot for Hill Country residents and visitors. Another
hotel worth mention is the Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference
Center on Sidney Baker (Route 16). The hotel is named after the
historic Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home, Texas, which once encompassed
over 600,000 acres of the Texas Hill Country. As you enter the hotel
lobby you will feel as if you have stepped back in time to an era of
cowboys and the old West.
There are two other fine dining establishments worth
mentioning and they are the Cowboy Steak House (one of my favorites)
and Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant. Both are located in the vicinity of
The Inn of The Hills Resort on Junction Highway.
If you happen to need emergency service work on your
motorcycle while in Kerrville there are only three shop in the area
that I know of. Jack's Cycle Service in Ingram, Destination Cycle and
Wild Things Motorcycle Accessories which both are in Kerrville.