NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As snow flies and temperatures dip elsewhere, a winter vacation in New Braunfels, Texas, provides great outdoor adventures and mild weather. From traditional German Christmas celebrations to fly-fishing, birding, caving, wine tasting and live music, a winter vacation in New Braunfels is a warm memory-making getaway. German Christmas traditions are ubiquitous throughout the U.S., but New Braunfels with its German emigrant traditions takes German Christmas celebrations to heart.
And beyond the holidays, those same German ancestors were also outdoorsmen and loved music, beer and wine. Here are five great reasons to check out a winter vacation in New Braunfels:
The Guadalupe River in New Braunfels is the southernmost rainbow trout fishery in the United States, one of the top 100 rated trout streams in the country. Fly fishing for trout on the Guadalupe River is available year-round because Canyon Lake is very deep and its trace waters are cold enough allow rainbow and brown trout to survive there through the summer. Stocking done annually from December through February and special regulations on portions of the Guadalupe River that limit harvesting trout to 18-inch minimums provide great opportunities to catch some beauties fishing in New Braunfels.
There are 615 species of birds documented in Texas and 54 percent of them are migratory. New Braunfels is in the Central Flyway with 98.5 percent of the 338 migrants in North America having been recorded in Texas. New Braunfels and Comal County have seven birding trails and observations for these migratory species peak from October through December. So, adding to your bird life list, or yearly, state, or trip lists, or crossing species off your wish list is pretty likely in New Braunfels and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
For millions of years water seeped through limestone bedrock to carve thousands of Hill Country caverns. The most spectacular and largest of these, Natural Bridge Caverns in New Braunfels, features massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. A half-mile tour takes you 180 feet below the ground to see awe-inspiring, ancient formations centuries in the making and still growing today – amazing stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws. Lantern tours and Adventure tours allow you to experience it all just like the cavers who found it.
On select nights throughout the Christmas season, the entire park is illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights and there are two underground Christmas cave shows, along with several above-ground Christmas attractions.
Five million visitors tour the Texas Hill Country Wineries annually. With 46 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels, it's one of the fastest growing viticulture areas in the U.S. In New Braunfels, The Grapevine wine tasting room located in the Gruene Historic District features New World wines and one of the largest selections of Texas wines available with complimentary tastings daily and craft beers on tap. Dry Comal Creek Winery produces wines including a unique pioneering Black Spanish (Lenoir) suite of award-wining wines. Their Winery U offers a series of decidedly non-pretentious classes designed to "wring the snobbishness out of wine." Make New Braunfels your headquarters for exploring Texas Hill Country Wineries and more.
From intimate venues like Texas' Oldest Dance Hall, Gruene Hall, to the Whitewater Amphitheater, a "Texas Sized" concert venue on the banks of the Guadalupe, live music is part of the culture of the Texas Hill Country. In New Braunfels you'll find the traditional dance halls and honky-tonks plus wine bars, craft beer breweries and entertainment venues like the Brauntex Theater offering great live music throughout the week. With artists like Willie Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Trombone Shorty, Don McLean, Gary Puckett, and many others there are always great tunes to catch from your favorites.
In addition to lots to do in a place that has entertained people for decades and has the infrastructure of accommodations, restaurants and entertainment venues to provide a good time throughout the year, a winter vacation in New Braunfels is a great value. The small town ambiance means no parking fees, a wide variety of accommodations developed to provide a family-friendly welcome, lots of restaurants, wine bars and taverns with those new Texas wines and great craft beer, and those great intimate entertainment venues. All at family-friendly Texas prices!
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SOURCE Greater New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau