Aug 15

Texas’ Best Suburbs

Recently, Thrillest Media Group did a great article on the “Best Suburbs in America.” This month, I thought I would share with you Thrillest’s top Texas picks for best suburbs. It is no secret that as Americans flock to Texas, our cities will get crowded. We have already seen a trend in city dwellers moving out to the suburbs or even all the way out to the country. Known as experts in food, drink, travel, and even fashion – Thrillest based their search for best suburbs on 3 main things:

  1. a decent food and drink scene
  2. a reasonable commute
  3. a local uniqueness or history

First up, just outside of Austin with a population of just over 100,000 is Round Rock, Texas. Not only can you buy more home for less outside of the city, but you get some seriously delicious eats too! According to Thrillest the must try spots are Hopdaddy, Greenhouse Craft Food, Round Rock Donuts, and Flix Brewhouse – a movie theater + microbrewery! Cheers!

Next up, just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth with a population of just over 160,000 is McKinney, Texas. Talk about local flare, McKinney boasts a scenic downtown and good eats at Square Burger, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Harvest, and don’t forget to try the Zin Zen Wine Bar!

Next up, just outside of Houston with a population just over 100,000 is Pearland, Texas. With the recent addition of Killen’s Barbecue and Killen’s Steakhouse, Pearland is quickly becoming a foodie’s dream!

Finally, our personal favorite Texas suburb, just outside of San Antonio with a population of just over 66,000 is New Braunfels. Are you looking for outdoor recreation? They have two rivers and the nation’s largest waterpark. Is it culture you’re looking for? Their German heritage is celebrated every year at Wurstfest and boast Texas’ oldest dance hall (Gruene Hall). Is the way to your heart through delicious food? You must try the Gristmill. New Braunfels has it all!

Are you looking to buy or sell commercial property near one of these hot markets? I am happy to invest in you and your real estate dreams. Email me today at bkastle@kastleman.com!

Jun 18

Calling All Summer Sellers!

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Did you know that New Braunfels was just named the second fastest growing city in the country? That means even more real estate opportunities will soon be available in the Hill Country. But what good are investment opportunities without trust? Being in the real estate industry for over 35 years, I am well versed in the challenges and happy to help! Kastleman & Associates is currently seeking properties in all cities throughout Texas. If you have an apartment complex, mobile home or RV park that you’re looking to sell, here are the guidelines…

  • Average Deal Size: $2-15 Million.
  • Property Age: any.
  • Number of Units: Ideally, 90 plus units. Note: we are open to purchasing two or more properties owned by the same seller or smaller properties in markets that we are already in.
  • Financing: Unless it is a special situation or a really good deal, the existing debt of the property being sold will need to be paid off.
  • Average Property Type: multi-family properties, mobile home and RV parks, vacation rentas.
  • Metering: Individual or Master.
  • Fees: we generally wish to avoid fees, but we are open to negotiating.

Kastleman & Associates is highly motivated and isn’t afraid of a little hard work. Take a look at some testimonials:

  • “Bryan Kastleman is one of the most creative, hardest working, and honorable people I have ever met in business.”
  • “I successfully closed 2 multi-family transactions with Kastleman & Associates; they not only performed within the guidelines of the contract, but were very easy to deal with.”
  • “We have worked with Bryan Kastleman and Kastleman & Associates, Inc. on a number of projects. Bryan is extremely diligent and delivers as promised. We would not hesitate to buy, sell, or otherwise participate with him on future projects”

Don’t let the Summer sun go down on your real estate sale, contact me today atbkastle@kastleman.com to discuss!

Apr 15

Coming Soon: CrawfestNB!

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Two weeks away from today, the wait will be over. The 3rd Annual Crawfish Festival of New Braunfels is back in town! This year, CrawfestNB starts a day earlier – on Friday April 29th the gates will be open at 6pm for “College Night.” Vendors will be open and activities will be happening until 10pm. At 8pm  New Braunfels’ own Midnight River Choir will be performing followed by William Clark Green at 10 pm. Join William Clark Green for his official CD Release Party for his live album recorded in the Gruene Hall.

The big schedule for Saturday April 30th starts with:

 

  • 5K Crawdaddy Dash. Run for a good cause. Participants will want to be at the Comal County Fairgrounds promptly at 8am. Early registration is currently priced at $30 until 4/29. Packet pick up will be at Buffalo Wings & Rings. Race Day registration will cost participants $35.
  • Live Music All Day & Night. CrawfestNB features the main Bud Light stage, a Zydeco stage, and the ValMark Hall. There will be performances from various artists all leading up to country star, Pat Green at 10pm. Other artists include Kurt Reece, Wade Bowen, Kaylee Rutland, Jason Allen, and more!
  • Activities. Competing in the Washer Tournament? Arrive precisely at 1pm and you can have the chance to receive $500 cash prize. See who can shell and eat the fastest with the return of the Crawfish Eating Contest at 3pm. Running all day will be the Kid Zone, Splash Dogs, Crawfish Races, and the Gumbo Competition.

Get your tickets now at the CrawfestNB.com. Shirts, koozies, and other Crawfest swag are also available on their website. Do you want updates on concerts and other happenings during CrawfestNB? The CrawfestNB app is available for free on both Google and Apple app stores. Also, follow CrawfestNB on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Feb 18

Spring Break in New Braunfels

Spring is just around the corner, and some of the great New Braunfels attractions are coming to life once again! Here in New Braunfels, we’re known for our tubing sites, such as the lavish Guadalupe and Comal rivers. Whether it’s simply enjoying a staycation or going out on the town, we want you to spend your Spring Break close to all of the action!

The great thing about New Braunfels is that there’s always something fun happening around town. Take a stroll through the beautiful Landa Park or even paddleboat on “Landa Lake.” You can also take advantage of the Spring Break opening of Schlitterbahn, March 12-20th! The rivers won’t be super packed yet so enjoy a float, a fish, or simply enjoy the view!

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, stay with us at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort this Spring Break! We have tons of fun opportunities for a family staycation. Wiith daily activities planned for our guests including movie nights, live music, and – of course – our popular happy hour(s) for the parents to enjoy. Give us a call at 830-625-1919 to make a reservation, or visit us online at http://www.hillcountryrvresortnb.com/.

RV Resort Expansion

Kastleman & Associates, Inc. is looking to expand, specifically into more RV resorts. While we of course prefer the beautiful Texas Hill Country, as long as you’re in the United States we’re very interested in looking into newer locations. Do you own an RV resort or know of one that’s up for sale? Email me at bkastle@kastleman.com!

Feb 12

Willie and Merle Take New Braunfels

Whitewater Amphitheater is gearing up for an incredible spring lineup, and you don’t want to miss these thrilling performances. Head out to New Braunfels to enjoy live music and exciting attractions. Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort for close access to it all.

willieTwo legends are coming to Whitewater Amphitheater in April, and they are performing on the same night! The concert of the season takes place April 15 – 17, when Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard join together to put on the show of a lifetime under the brilliant Texas stars. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country as you listen to these country icons.

Willie Nelson has transcended genres of art by becoming a singer, songwriter, poet, actor and activist. Musically, he was first known for the success of his album “Shotgun Willie,” and subsequent sales of “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.”

Merle Haggard is an American country and Western songwriter who is known for his talent with vocals, guitar, fiddle and various instruments. Along with his band, he expanded genre lines and established the Bakersfield sound.

Tickets for this concert are just $64.67, which you can purchase online. If you’ve been a lifelong fan of these country superstars, you simply can’t miss this show. Order your tickets soon, before it sells out! Check out the full calendar at the Whitewater Amphitheater website.

Stay With Us This Spring

Thaw out this April and spring into the new season at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Feb 05

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Delicious Wine and Breathtaking Art

Wine, dine, and explore the art of the Texas Hill Country this month in New Braunfels. Give your sweetie the gift of vacation! Stay at Hill Country Cottage RV Resort and take the break you deserve.

wine“Hope at the Heart” takes place on February 13, 2016, at Blue Lotus Winery from 6 – 9 p.m. The event features art by Kolleen Kallus, and you can browse through her collection and find a unique treasure to purchase. Her work aims to spread hope through art and offer viewers compassion and inspiration. She works with professional acrylics and various brushes to produce breathtaking textures and depth.

Enjoy dinner paired with excellent wine. You’ll enjoy treats like cold-smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers to start off the dinner. Prime rib is the main course, with creamy scalloped potatoes and green beans. Don’t forget dessert! A creamy peanut butter cup parfait and chocolate-covered strawberries will end the night on a sweet note. The meal includes three glasses of wine selected by an expert.

The event is just $48.50 per person, and you can purchase tickets at Blue Lotus Winery’s website. Come home to Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and enjoy the tranquility of our park!

Have a Sweet February With Us

Cherish your loved ones with a vacation at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Feb 01

Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Braunfels

Mardi Gras is one of the most festive times of the year, but you don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate the holiday. Head out to New Braunfels for live music and great food, and kick up your feet at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort.

Alex Alex Meixner will be playing at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. Alex Meixner and his band showcase a mix of jazz, rock, country, zydeco and more. You’ve truly never heard a performance like this! Make sure to get your tickets in advance by calling 830-627-0808 or visit the website.

The Brauntex Theatre is also featuring David Church on February 26 with guest Terri Lisa. Church is well-known for his impact on country music by kicking things back to retro. He’s pulled inspiration from Hank Williams, and he’s reached an audience of young adults to grandparents. His wife, Terri, will accompany him, and it’s going to be a sensational performance.

While you’re in Downtown New Braunfels, shop to your heart’s content at local stores like Ludwig and Marglin Leather, River Rose Boutique, Uptown Chic Boutique and more. If you work up an appetite, there’s something for every palate at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, McAdoo’s Seafood Co., Blue Moose Italian Pizza Kitchen and more.

Call us today to book your February getaway!

Celebrate With Us

With nearby attractions, live music, restaurants and boutiques, Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort has a lot to offer. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Jan 25

Fall in Love with Live Music This February

February is right around the corner, so why not celebrate with live music? Bring your sweetie on a romantic vacation or just explore the sights and sounds of New Braunfels with friends and family. Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is the perfect place to stay, so you can spend more on making memories.

Gruene Hall has an excellent live music lineup for February. Here are some of the highlights!

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Texas-native Charlie Robinson brings his country charm to the stage on February 5 at 8 p.m. His Texas/Americana sound was first heard on his debut album “Bandera.” He even recorded “Unleashed Live” right at Gruene Hall for Lucky Dog Label. Help Gruene Hall welcome him back!

Joe Ely Band

Need a great date night idea? Come out to see Joe Ely perform live on February 13 at 9 p.m. His Texas rock music crosses over genre lines to bring in a wide audience, and his shows are usually sold out. Rock out with his soulful songs, and raise your glass to live music!

Sweetheart’s Gospel Brunch

Bret Graham is leading this gospel brunch on February 14 at 10:30 a.m., and his cowboy Gospel tunes will lift your spirits. The only thing better than this spectacular performance is the New Orleans-style brunch buffet catered by Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar.

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Catch a great show on February 19 at 8 p.m. Jason Boland puts a spin on his music with a modern and rebellious flair. Though you might hear country tones and twangs, it’s hard to really pinpoint Boland’s genre. He’s accompanied by the Stragglers, whose beats have garnered the team a large fan base.

Check out more great February performances onGruene Hall’s website. Make sure to grab tickets early, and call us to book your stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort!

Rock Out With Us

Spend the sweet month of February at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Our affordable daily, weekly and monthly rates make it easy to stay as long as you’d like. We offer beautiful cottages and RV sites — a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Enjoy close access to New Braunfels’ entertainment, live music and excellent restaurants. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Jan 19

A Winter Texan’s Guide to New Braunfels

For some people, Winter up north can be tough to handle. For a warmer Winter season there really is no better place than the Lone Star state. Thousands of Winter Texans find their “home away from home” here in New Braunfels. What is it about New Braunfels that makes it so appealing?

ART

  • The Art scene in New Braunfels is a hidden treasure that you do not want to miss during your time in the area. The Art League located on San Antonio Street in our downtown area displays many unique paintings done by the locals. Through the rest of January, the Art League is doing a special exhibit called “Artist of The Year” – lasting through the 30th.
  • The Brauntex Theatre has a very special performing arts event from the 15th to the 17th, a live performance of “Into The Woods.” For ticket information, visit http://nbperformingarts.com/ .

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MUSIC

  • There are plenty of places around New Braunfels where you can check out the local music scene, which is a major piece of the charm of this city. The Phoenix Saloon located downtown hosts local artists performing almost nightly. For many locals, this is the gathering spot for good music as well as good food. Insider’s suggestion: Try the chili, burgers and sweet potato fries!

COMMUNITY

  • For an all-inclusive stay, Hill Country Cottage & RV Resort has everything you need! Offering RV accommodations as well as cottage rentals, there are daily activities for the whole family to get involved in right at the resort event center, including live music on the weekends and weekly movie nights. Check out http://www.hillcountryrvresortnb.com/ for more info!
  • The New Braunfels Chamber welcomes winter visitors with open arms! They are holding a special event for Winter Texans on February 10th from 3-5pm. It is our town’s way of saying “thank you” to our loyal visitors for contributing to the New Braunfels community. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/734507776650132/ for more info!
Dec 30

Enjoy a Masquerade on New Year’s Eve!

Got plans with your sweetie on New Year’s Eve? If not, why not come out to New Braunfels and turn the holiday into a vacation? Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort, and enjoy everything the Texas Hill Country has to offer.

2016Celebrate New Year’s Eve with A Night in Old Vienna at Seekatz Opera House on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. This stunning event will transport you back to historic Old Vienna, Austria. The Texas Hill Country Opera and Arts will produce a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, and you don’t want to miss this soiree!

Start the evening with a cocktail hour hosted by Rebecca Creek Distillery. Then, dig into the four-course Viennese dinner, prepared by chef Marcien Rusuriye. (You might know him as the Neighborhood Gourmet.) Pair wines with exquisite entrées; pair New Year’s Eve merriment with an event to remember! Make sure to purchase tickets online in advance.

Then, come home and relax at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Call us today to book your end-of-year stay!

Toast To a New Year at Hill Country

Celebrate a new year of wonderful memories at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. We offer beautiful cottages and RV sites – a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Enjoy close access to New Braunfels’ entertainment, live music and excellent restaurants. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.