If it seems like we write about the Texas Hill Country a lot, you’re right. That’s not to say that we don’t go other places – we do, and we’ll write about them too. But as Houstonians, going to the Hill Country is a nice change of scenery yet accessible on one tank of gas. If you’re coming from another part of the country, fly into San Antonio and you’ll find Comfort just under an hour’s drive west of town on I-10.
About Comfort – Comfort was a town founded by German Freethinkers. They stood against slavery and stood for equal rights, women’s suffrage, free speech, and secular education. Today, a monument honors them downtown. While the town was settled in the 1850’s, no church was built in the town until 1900.
The downtown area has been well-preserved over the years, and many of the original buildings have been restored. That’s not to say that downtown is big – it’s only a few blocks of High Street, really. You’ll find a lot of antique stores and shops with candles and home decor, a distillery, a wine tasting room or two, a wood fired pizza shop, and a great bar.
Why We Like It – Even if you don’t get into antiquing, a weekend in Comfort makes you slow down and stop checking your phone all the time. The folks are friendly, and there’s good food and wine nearby. In the fall, you’re close to Lost Maples State Park to see foliage, and you’re close to the Old Tunnel State Park to see a bat colony come out at night. Fredericksburg and the 290 Wine Trail is 35 minutes away. For cyclists, there’s plenty of challenging hills, and High’s Cafe will be open when you finish for your celebratory beer and meal.
Eat – Comfort Pizza (802 High Street) is something you don’t expect to find in a town like this. In an old filling station, you’ll find a wood fired oven, fresh dough, and high end ingredients. Seating is outside under large umbrellas, and bikes are for rent out front. They’re open from 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM Wednesday – Sunday, but like a barbecue joint, when they sell out of dough, they’re out for the day. Call ahead to reserve your dough if you want to be sure to get a pie.
814, A Texas Bistro (713 High Street) brings fine dining to this small town. It’s a quaint little spot serving up high quality food, but you really need to make reservations before you go. While they usually will have an open table, the kitchen can get thrown off its game by walk-ins. Open for dinner Thursday – Sunday and brunch Saturday – Sunday.
Drink – The Comfort Meet Market (714 High Street) sits in the town’s former butcher shop (The Comfort Meat Market… clever). Owned by a couple of friendly retirees named Mark and Diane, the Meet Market is the social hub of the town where you won’t be a stranger 5 minutes after you walk in. Mark is an avid collector of Beatles and Volkswagen Beetle memorabilia, and since Diane didn’t want that stuff in the house, it’s on display for all to see at the bar. Grab a beer out of the cooler or enjoy a glass of wine and stay awhile. You’ll sometimes find singer-songwriters playing guitar, or else there will be classic rock on the Hi-Fi.
Stay – The Meyer Bed and Breakfast (845 High Street) sits on 30+ acres above Cypress Creek. With 35 rooms across the property, there’s plenty of space to spread out – you never feel like you’re on top of another family’s vacation. Hammocks and swings are everywhere, and they have a deer feeder set up on the other side of the creek to attract deer during breakfast time. The historic buildings have been nicely restored with modern amenities, and unlike many B&Bs, there’s daily maid service. Also unique to the Meyer is a good sized pool that’s open to guests. If the only thing on your agenda is to sit by the pool and read, this is your kind of place. The Meyer is on High Street, so it’s a quick walk to lunch and dinner.
Camp Comfort (601 Water Street) has transformed an 1860’s bowling alley into a modern, stylish B&B with thoughtful touches like jacuzzi tubs, high end linens and decor, and white noise machines to ensure a good night’s sleep. While this is an unhosted B&B, the organic breakfast they set out in the morning is quite good, and there’s S’mores kits always available for use in the fire pit out front. Besides the rooms built in the former bowling alley, there are a couple of cabins on the property and an Airstream trailer for glamping.