Jul 21

Report from the Front Lines: The Housing Boom

Downtown Austin

Central Texas’s booming housing market shows no signs of slowing.  2015, itself a record-breaking year for Austin market sales, will soon be outstripped by this year’s rapid activity, according to the Midyear Central Texas Housing Market Report facilitated by the Austin Board of Realtors.  Both sales and listings are increasing by the month, with a 6.1% increase in home sales and a whopping 20.1% growth in active listings!  Even though this listing increase brings the housing market closer to a balanced supply, ABoR President Aaron Farmer still says, “The demand far outweighs the supply right now.”  As such, with the Austin housing demand showing no signs of slowing, the fiery market is beginning to spread to the surrounding towns, like Round Rock and New Braunfels.

 

Reports from earlier this year already indicated that New Braunfels is the second most rapidly growing city in the country.  While this means that demand – and prices – will continue to rise, it also bodes well for the economic future of Central Texas.  Ray Perryman, a Texan economist, notes that the Austin-Round Rock area is, “widely recognized as one of the strongest economies in the nation.”  Perryman forecasts that the average amount of employment opportunities, as well as the average salary, will steadily increase over the next set of years.  New Braunfels in particular has over 50 primary, product-oriented employers – but the average home prices in the region are still significantly lower than those of other metropolitan areas.  As such, there never has been a better time to buy a home in New Braunfels or Austin.
To jump in the market while it’s hot, contact me today at bkastle@kastleman.com!

Dec 14

A Christmas Carol – Texas Style!

Need a bit more cheer this holiday season? December is the prime time to see family-friendly shows and entertainment in New Braunfels. Get into the Christmas spirit and stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort!

lonestarcarolA Lone Star Christmas Carol will be playing on December 18 from 8 – 10:15 p.m. at the Brauntex Theatre. Enjoy this entertaining twist on the classic story, “A Christmas Carol” written by Charles Dickens. The story often follows Scrooge, a grumpy, stingy man who doesn’t understand the spirit of Christmas. After ghosts show him Christmas past, present and future, he just might have a change of heart.

This annual production is a bit different every time, and this year it has a Texas twang! A Texas band and singers from Dallas and Austin will accompany a storyteller throughout this heartfelt Christmas tale. Tap your boots along, and feel the joy!

Then come home to Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and enjoy the holiday season. Call us today to book your stay! 

Two-Step Over to New Braunfels

Celebrate the holidays 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.

Dec 11

Hill Country for the Holidays!

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Earlier this year, Bryan Kastleman of Kastleman & Associates released two press releases explaining the benefits of staying at a rental accommodation like Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort instead of just a regular hotel off the IH 35 corridor. Some of Bryan Kastleman’s favorite things about the New Braunfels area are the numerous events and the community life the city has to offer throughout the year. The Christmas and New Year’s season is filled with wonder around New Braunfels with plenty of entertainment in historic Gruene and downtown. From wassailing around town to lighting ceremonies and meeting Santa Claus out and about – there are plenty of reasons to want to be in New Braunfels this holiday season!

Bryan Kastleman and Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort are expanding to make way for all the travelers wanting to be more than just “tourists” in New Braunfels, but rather looking to stay a while and take part in all the charming features of this intriguing city tucked between San Antonio and Austin. They are now offering more than 100 cottage rentals, including both park model RV’s and locally manufactured homes. The cottages range in style and can accommodate between two and eight people. And, because they want you to feel at home during your visit and stay as long as you can, the cottages are all fully furnished for your maximum comfort.

Bryan Kastleman and his team greatly appreciate the community life here in New Braunfels and believe that is what makes this place so special. So in designing a community life at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort, he wanted to inspire that same “family atmosphere” you find around town. Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort provides recreational facilities for the entire family to enjoy and plenty of space to roam and relax. If it weren’t for the vibrant opportunities around town, you might not even want to leave the grounds! For more information check out http://www.hillcountryrvresortnb.com/. We hope that you have a very special Christmas season while visiting and if you can’t make it to see us this year, we hope to see you in 2016!

For further readings:

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Nov 23

Trot Over to Gruene for Turkey Day

If you’ve been working hard on your healthy lifestyle resolution all year, the holidays can seem daunting. Go ahead and grab a plate of turkey and pie. We’ve got just what you need to balance all the tasty bites in New Braunfels! Kick up your feet at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort for the holiday season.

thanksgivingCome out to the Gruene Historic District on Thanksgiving Day at 8:30 a.m. for the annual Turkey Trot 5K and ¼-mile races. Tie up your laces, whether you’re a mall-walker or a triathlete. All fitness levels are welcome to walk or run the courses. The 5K is a great race for adults. The kids will enjoy the ¼ mile Turkey Chase, as they follow a turkey mascot through Gruene and try to get him!

Proceeds benefit the Comal Cops for Kids Foundation, including their Green Santa and Blue Santa programs. Both support children in the community! You can register for the races online to grab early bird pricing, or show up on Thanksgiving at 6:30 a.m. to sign up. You can pick up race packets before the event at U-Run in New Braunfels.

So don’t let the tryptophan keep you from reaching your goals! Head out to the Turkey Trot and strut your stuff as you sweep an award in your category, or just have a great, active time with friends and family. Then come home to Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and kick back!

Stay With Us

Happy Thanksgiving from 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.

Nov 16

A Guide To Holidays In The Hill Country

Save the date for these awesome holiday events! And remember, Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort can make for a unique holiday experience. Book with us, even if you’re just visiting. We have plenty of fun-filled activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Happy Holidays!

New Braunfels’ Downtown Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holidays in New Braunfels this Friday November 20th at the Annual Downtown Holiday Lighting of the tree! The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting this event that officially kicks off the holiday season in New Braunfels. Millions of twinkling lights aren’t the only things coming to town, this night is also marked by a visit from Santa! Rally your friends and family for a great view and get your photos with the jolly man himself – remember to bring some cash!

Christmas in The Caverns

Did you know that Natural Bridge Caverns has their very own Christmas season? Their season includes fifteen nights of holiday fun you can only enjoy in this historic park, illuminated throughout with beautiful lights. The events are only taking place on the weekends, so come out and have a truly unique holiday experience.  

Events are from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm and  include:

  • Caroling in the Caverns
  • Hidden Passages Tour
  • Christmas Village
  • and MORE!

New Braunfels’ Wassailfest

Say cheers to the Holidays! Grab your cups of sweet wassail on December 3rd as the downtown streets will be closed for this year’s annual Wassailfest! It’s the community’s way of saying thank you for the continual support and choosing to shop downtown. It will be an evening of music, enchanting Holiday lights and plenty of stops to sample the local varieties of wassail! There will also be areas in the Main Plaza serving concessions as a fundraiser. Save the date for a festive Holiday experience, all captured in a warm cup of wassail!

Austin’s Trail of Lights

Have you ever imagined an entire trail of amazing lights? Every year, the Austin community can celebrate with this amazing trail as produced by the nonprofit Trail of Lights Foundation. Prepare yourself for a beautifully surreal holiday walk on the trail from December 8-22! Nightly, the trail will be open from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Zilker Park. What night will you be going? Check out http://austintrailoflights.org/ for more information!

 

Nov 09

Gear Up for Winter with Spectacular Live Music

Fall is winding down, but the November lineup at Gruene Hall is hot enough to make you think it’s summer again. Spend the weekend or the month at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and take a break before the busy holiday season.

grueneGrab your tickets for Cory Morrow at Gruene Hall on Saturday, November 14. Doors open at 8 p.m. Born in Houston, Cory Morrow eventually became a Texas Country legend in Austin. His songs portray a poetic flair based on his renewed outlook on life. He tours with a new band and has released nine albums, selling more than 200,000 records.

Wade Bowen will play on Wednesday, November 25, and doors open at 7 p.m. Bowen has released five albums and has toured for more than ten years. His major hits have garnered him several regional awards and a passionate fan base, and he has paved a career in the Red Dirt circuit. Don’t miss this concert!

Here are a few more Gruene Hall highlights this month:

11/19 @ 8 p.m. – JD McPherson

11/20 @ 8 p.m. – Whitey Morgan

11/21 @ 9 p.m. – Dirty River Boys

11/27 @ 8 p.m. – Hayes Carll

11/28 @ 9 p.m. – William Clark Green

Call Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and make a musical weekend out of it. Stay for the season and enjoy mild temperatures and great nearby events and attractions. We’ll see you soon!

Stay With Us this Season

Wind down at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and enjoy the live music scene in New Braunfels. 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.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President

 

Nov 02

The Wurst Part of Waiting is Over!

Happy Halloween from Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort! There’s still time to come out to New Braunfels for this spooky weekend, but just in case you can’t make it, we have another event in mind for your perfect family-friendly vacation.

wurstfestIt’s the best time of the year in the Texas Hill Country. Wurstfest is back in New Braunfels November 6 – 15. This event is a ten-day salute to sausage, and you SO don’t want to miss it! Immerse yourself in German culture with the finest, most delicious food in town. Wash it down with German, Texan and craft beers. Raise a stein to a good time!

Musical performances range from orchestra to Czech bands and folk ensembles. Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park will be covered with a wide variety of music, entertainment, food and fun! So come out and have a great time. Admission includes access to all entertainment, and children under 12 are admitted free. You can purchase advance discount tickets at the Wurstfest website.

Save on lodging by staying at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort, and you’ll be around to catch all the fun Wurstfest has to offer. Call us today to book your stay!

Stay With Us

Don’t forget to schedule time for fun next month. Take a break before the holidays at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort in New Braunfels. 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.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President

Oct 16

The Addams Family Visits New Braunfels

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to solidify your plans. Come out to New Braunfels and experience the sights and sounds of the Texas Hill Country in the fall. Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort this month!

addamsYour favorite odd family is returning to the stage. The Addams Family musical is playing at the Brauntex Theater October 23 – 25. This musical comedy brings back your favorite classic characters like Wednesday, Morticia and Gomez.

The performance includes music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and the script is based on a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The story follows a grown-up Wednesday Addams who has fallen in love with a man her parents haven’t met. She confides in Gomez Addams, who must keep the relationship secret from Morticia. Watch the conflict come to life with comedy as the Addams family hosts dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend.

For show times and tickets, visit the New Braunfels Performing Arts website. Kick up your feet at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and unwind on vacation.

Stay With Us

Spend Halloween at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort in New Braunfels. 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.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President

 

Oct 15

Winter Texans in New Braunfels!

Winter Texans

It is that time of year again when our Northern neighbors must weather the cold that draws so many of them down to Texas for the season. While the weather is just a general cooling off for us locals, it is certainly a welcomed move for over 3000 Winter Texans that call New Braunfels home from November through March. Even during Fall and Winter, New Braunfels is still booming – and for good reason! If you’ve had the privelege of being in New Braunfels during this season, it should come as no surprise as to why this town has peaked the interest of many Midwestern guests.

Wurstfest is our Ten Day Salute To Sausage! From November 6-15 New Braunfels comes together to celebrate our German culture. What’s not to like about amazing food, live music, and of course the beer. Get your tickets NOW at:http://wurstfest.com/buy-tickets/. And just when the holidays start to come around, New Braunfels has the perfect way for you to get in the spirit. Wassailfest began as a way for downtown merchants to thank their customers. On December 3rd, stroll the streets of downtown New Braunfels and have a toast to the town! RSVP Via Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421011768222624/.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort offers a unique lodging experience for all our Winter Texan guests. We’re both fun-filled and affordable! From live music to fun activities – and even movie nights. Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort will treat you like family and make you feel right at home. We would like to take this time to welcome all those looking to escape the midwest to the Lone Star State! Get your front row seats to all the amazing events in New Braunfels this Winter and make your reservation at: https://secure.bookyoursite.com/hillcountry/reservation

Sep 25

Say Cheers to Fall at Oktoberfest!

October is the perfect month to grab a cold brew and toast to cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage. Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort for Oktoberfest!

OktoberFestCome out to the Alamo Beer Company October 9 – 11 for your Oktoberfest fix. Celebrate German culture with bier steins, lenderhosen, polka and German food. Venture over to the bier garden and bier hall for beer brewed using genuine German methods. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled the world!

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without entertainment. The Tubameisters and Bohemian Dutchmen will both perform throughout the weekend. If you want to show off your dance moves, take a polka lesson on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Food trucks will provide delicious treats, and restaurants will also sell German delights. The event is free and family-friendly; you can even bring your pet! For more information, stop by the Facebook page.

Toast to a Relaxing Fall 

Melt away stress 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.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President