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Comanche Pow Wow: The Best Small Town Event in Texas!

Comanche Pow Wow: The Best Small Town Event in Texas!

Every 4th weekend in September, Comanche, Texas hosts the Pow Wow. It is a weekend of true Texan fun! Here is what you can expect to experience while at the festival!

Cookoff

The Pow Wow’s 38th Annual Barnie McBee BarBeque, is a Lone Star Bar-B Que Society sanctioned Cook Off. Over 40 Teams fire up their grills and compete for over $1500.00 in prize money and awards to see who has the best brisket, ribs, chicken, beans and Dutch oven desserts!  The Cookers will cook all night and into the next morning waiting on the judging to begin at 11:00 am with beans and continuing until 4:00 pm with the finale being the brisket.  The awards ceremony takes place after the last brisket has been judged.

Local Food Vendors

Hungry from smelling the BBQ cooking? No worries! You can hit up one of the many food vendors with interesting fare to snack on.

Artisan Vendors

Not only can you eat local, but you can shop from local artisans as well. Take a stroll through booths of unique crafts and goods. A perfect place to get a jump on your Christmas shopping list or to just treat yourself!

Fun For All Ages

Pow Wow is more than shopping and food! There is fun to be had for any age. Kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games, and more! Check out the schedule of children’s activities.

Antique Car Show

For all of you motor heads, one of the largest antique car shows in Texas is held at City park. Come check out these classic beauties!

Snake Farm… No… Gator Country!

A new addition to the Pow Wow this year is a gator show. Gator Country is an alligator and reptile rescue. You can hold, touch, and learn about a variety of reptiles.

And, of Course… Live Music!

Like any good Texas event, there will be live music throughout the day. So kick back, enjoy the smell of good bbq, snack on some local fare, and enjoy the sounds of a variety of music from Red Dirt Texas to music from Centro de Adoracion y Alabanza.

5 Reasons Your Next Vacation Should be in Comanche, Texas

5 Reasons Your Next Vacation Should be in Comanche, Texas

I’ve spent almost all of my life living in a big city. I’ve learned to traverse the horrible rush hour traffic, I’ve adjusted to the rising Austin housing prices, and I continue to shell out more and more cash for the growing price tags on attractions around the area. The daily grind can be headache inducing. Don’t get me wrong, though! There is something to be said about a weekend getaway in a place like Austin or Dallas, but I’ve learned that the most cherished vacations I have had were in small towns. Getting out of the chaos of city life can help you reset and refresh. That is why I highly recommend you head off the beaten path and visit a small town like Comanche, Texas, for your next vacation.

You’re not going to spend a small fortune.

Like I mentioned before, the cost of living in cities is getting out of control and so are the costs of fun things to do. In Comanche, you are not going to have to pay a $20 cover everywhere you go. Plus, the price of a nice meal is a fraction of what your food and drink would cost at a subpar restaurant in a city like Houston.

You’re supporting local businesses.

You are going to know exactly where your dollars are going. In a town the size of Comanche, there is a good chance you will have the opportunity to meet the owners of businesses, local musicians, and artisans and learn more about the local community than you ever would have imagined. After just a few hours exploring the town, you get that “where everybody knows your name” feel.

Fewer crowds means no lines.

My absolute favorite part of a small town vacation is the absence of crowds and long lines. There is nothing worse than spending the day adventuring a new place and working up an appetite to find out that the restaurant you wanted to try is either reservation only or has a two hour wait. No worries here. You won’t be fighting large crowds anywhere you want to go!

Charming local traditions.

Not every town is like Stars Hollow, but many have quirky local events and charming traditions. Whether that be a festival based off local history or an event revolving completely around bacon, you are sure to find something you haven’t seen in Dallas.

You’ll have an experience unique to you.

Who doesn’t love to gloat a bit about their amazing vacations? Be sure to clear out some memory on your phone because you will want to document every moment of your new adventure. One that I’m sure your aunt, neighbor, that random guy you friended on Facebook because you vaguely recognized him, or coworker have never had. Brag away!

Pour yourself a glass of local wine, watch the country sunset, and enjoy the peace and quiet of one of Texas’ charming small towns.

How to Spend a Day in Comanche, Texas

How to Spend a Day in Comanche, Texas

If you find yourself in Comanche for the day, you will not want to miss out on some of the history, food, and fun the town has to offer!

Learn a bit.

Start your day in town by heading to the courthouse. We know… it may not seem like the best or most interesting way to start your day, but trust us… you won’t be disappointed! Downtown Comanche boasts a historical Texan gem! On the courthouse lawn, you will find “Old Cora.” This 1856 construction is considered the only remaining log courthouse in the state and has been moved multiple times! Talk about a good foundation!

Get some shopping done.

After the tour of “Old Cora,” you will conveniently be within walking distance to a number of shops, and one of these shops just happens to be Comanche’s very own Mercantile. The Mercantile is a replica of an 1850’s general store and is home to local artisan products. Once you step in the doorway, you’ll soon find yourself filling up on old fashioned candy, artisan crafts, and our monthly favorite, Veldhuizen Cheese! One bite, and you’re hooked!

Take a lunch break.

Everyone knows a day trip in Texas wouldn’t be complete without a plate of BBQ! And we know just the place! If you drive around Comanche, you’ll find yourself gazing at the blue dog in town, also known as the big blue food truck by Swig’s BBQ and Catering. This food truck offers a lengthy menu of tasty meals. Our favorite? The stuffed brisket potato or the classic chopped BBQ sandwich. Yum!

Mid afternoon snacking.

Right next door to the Comanche Mercantile, you can find The Soda Shop. Whether you are in the mood for a shake, coke float, banana split, or a variety of other ice cream treats, The Soda Shop has you covered! It’s the cutest little ice-cream joint around.

Have a drink… or two.

As your afternoon begins to wind down, make your way over to Stone Eagle Beer Garden. Grab a glass of Texas wine or beer from their extensive drink menu, a bite to eat, and sit back and enjoy some local music.

Take a load off.

After a busy day, book yourself a stay at the Rest-A-Spell Hospitality House. They pride themselves on a “home away from home” feel and a relaxing atmosphere. The hospitality house was built in 1900 and features private bedrooms, a wrap around porch, fully-equipped kitchen, and plenty of room to sit with your travel companions.

Visit Historical Downtown Comanche!

Visit Historical Downtown Comanche!

If small towns had a front yard, the downtown square would be it. The square is one of the first things visitors notice when driving through rural Texas towns. We are fortunate to have a great “front yard” that tells a story and leaves envy deep inside those passing through wishing they had something quite as nice. It is a place where people gather, pass by everyday, and around which the town revolves. Downtown is the hub for a small town. Luckily, Comanche, Texas, has a phenomenal atmosphere on the square by hosting a variety of small businesses and events!

One of the main features of Comanche’s “front yard” is all of the places to shop and browse! From antiques to a bridal store, and everything in between, you will not go home empty handed. Walking around the square from store to store and searching for the best bargains will surely work up an appetite. Good thing you do not have to go far. There are restaurants and dining options on each side of the square. Here is a more in depth breakdown:

Shop

 

Country Chic Bridal

A bridal boutique with small town charm and big city style. Country Chic bridal has a beautiful gown for every bride and every budget.

Rustic Grace

A newly reopened boutique where you can find the perfect outfit for a casual Saturday or a special occasion. Styles are current, service is personalized, and if you aren’t local, you can also check them out online!

Courthouse Square Antique Mall

Antique mall housing dozens of booths. This is the perfect place to spend a few hours out of the heat, reminiscing about the good ol’ days and uncovering hidden treasures.

Tomorrow’s Keepsakes

This combination coffee shop, cafe, and antique store is one of the unique, must-see places on the Comanche Square. Gourmet coffee, Italian cream soda, homemade pastries, and delicious sandwiches are on the menu. Browse collectibles and antique furniture while your order is being prepared. We recommend the BLTA!

Comanche Mercantile

Residents of the surrounding areas put their art, knives, crafts, and handcrafted snacks on display (and up for sale) in the late 1800s-style mercantile filled with the talents of local makers.

Woven Roots

One of the newest additions to the Comanche Square, featuring women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing sections, shoes, and a beautiful home decor collection. Woven Roots is a great place to find a gift or a treat for yourself!

Unique Antiques and Collectibles

Curated antique collection featuring many collector’s pieces! From gas pumps and porcelain signs to one of a kind jewelry, you’ll make more than a quick stop in this store.

Dine

 

Harvest

Fine dining meets Comanche, Texas at Harvest. A seasonal menu of steak, seafood, wild game, and family favorites are expertly prepared by executive chef and owner, Todd Sanders. Perfect for date night, special occasions, or a consistently delicious meal.

Starbeau’s

A casual eatery with a menu ranging from sandwiches and pastas to burgers and chicken-fried steak. Located in one of the historic buildings on the Square, and as the most tenured restaurant on the block, Starbeau’s is a longstanding Comanche staple.

Soda Shop

The sweet treat counterpart to the Comanche Mercantile, the Soda Shop is a step back in time to the days of drug stores, soda fountains, and jukeboxes. The 1950s replica soda shop features malts, shakes, splits, and scoops.

Matt Daddy’s

A casual atmosphere accompanied by great burgers, daily specials, and a good selection of fried appetizers. A great place to bring your family, out of town guests, or stop in for a quick meal.

Stay

 

The Jean Marie Suites

A Victorian-styled bed and breakfast overlooking the historic Comanche Square.

Beautiful, restful, and well appointed are terms guests have used to describe their stay. The Suites are conveniently located and would place you within a few minutes’ walk or drive of anything inside Comanche’s city limits.

See & Do

 

Kirkland’s Barber Shop

Specializing in men’s cuts and old fashioned hot shaves!

Stone Eagle Beer Garden

Cold brews and live music!

Old Cora

Comanche County’s original courthouse, and the only log courthouse left in the state, is situated on the southwest corner of the Square. Historical markers and information on the area’s history see dozens of guests each month. Stop in and be sure to sign the guest book!

Boasting the perfect combination of heritage and modern amenities, Comanche invites you to our “front yard.” Spend the day enjoying a slower, friendlier pace of life, and walk away with an experience not to be forgotten!

It’s Spring Time In Comanche!

It’s Spring Time In Comanche!

This is my favorite time of year in Central Texas. The four short weeks in May offer some of the last cool temperatures before the heat (and humidity) of the summer arrives. It’s a great time to be outdoors, and Comanche County features some of the very best reasons to get out of the house! With lazy lake days (or days busy catching fish), wildflowers, local shopping, and a great place to unwind at the end of the day, Comanche County is the best place to be this time of year. We’ve had quite a bit of rain in the last few weeks, but with a sunny day in the forecast, we’re headed out to explore!

Brookshire’s is the best place in the area to stock up for a day at the lake, picnics, or a road trip. Carrying only the best varieties in snacks, sunscreen, sports drinks, and all of the ingredients to make sandwiches from their in-store deli, a quick stop at Brookshire’s is a must.

As you make  your way through town, stop to smell the roses, literally. Hop out of the car at Sorrells Farms, and stroll through the store and garden center. May is a month full of celebrations, and Sorrells Farms has all of your gift needs covered. They have a huge selection of home and garden items – perfect for moms, grads, newlyweds, newborns, and everyone in between. The garden center is filled with plants to create the perfect flower bed, summer vegetable garden, or potted plant to accent your front porch. Many of the items in the store are grown or made locally! Think about picking up a sweet treat from their fudge counter (all made in house!) or a thick Bluebonnet Beef ribeye to grill by the lake!

Make a pit stop at The Liquor Store before you head out of town, and be sure you tell owner Charles Mazurek we sent you! The store has a wide variety of spirits, beer, and wine. The Liquor Store, and liquor sales in general, is a fairly new addition to Comanche. The store opened its doors in late 2017. After news broke earlier that year that liquor could soon be sold in the Comanche city limits, Charles and crew started obtaining all the licensing needed to carry and sell liquor. The Liquor Store is conveniently located in town; stop by and choose from their wide selection!

This time of year, the wild flowers are the focal point on every county road in the area. As you head out to the lake, or just meander down a back road, enjoy the vibrant colors that paint the peripherals! Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, and Pink Evening Primrose, among others, are scattered across the fields. We found some of the prettiest near Gustine. While there are great wildflowers to be seen on the county roads leaving Gustine, there are also some great flowers to be seen along more traveled roads! Take a drive along Texas Highway 36 or FM 1476 near Gustine and you’ll find plenty of wild flowers roadside!

Stop in at Country Pickins Cafe, on Highway 2861 near Proctor Lake, for an early lunch. This is one of Comanche County’s hidden gems. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At Country Pickins, you can count on delicious food, running into friendly locals, and the best beans you’ve ever had. Word around here is that these are THE BEST BEANS IN TEXAS! Country Pickins’ famous beans are served as an appetizer from a coffee mug. While the beans are the star of the show, don’t miss out on their great burgers and fries! The cafe’s atmosphere is welcoming, and you’re sure to make a friend or two while you have lunch!

With all the rain we have been getting, the water is high on Proctor Lake. Good news is that the fish are biting! Proctor Lake has three recreation areas that offer great opportunities to  fish, hike, skip rocks, and enjoy the view. There are lots of picnic and camping areas within the parks, and some offer playgrounds, boat docks, and more! Proctor Lake is a great place to spend the day exploring, fishing, or enjoying a casual weekend campout.

After a day full of outdoor exploration, the best place to wrap up is Stone Eagle Beer Garden. The beer garden offers a wide variety of domestic, import and craft beers, and wine. With live music most weekend evenings, it’s one of the most happening places around! Situated in a historic building on the Comanche square, the beer garden is reminiscent of pubs of old. Decorated with traditional steins and flags, the atmosphere attracts locals and visitors alike.

Head outside on a sunny day in the next few weeks and enjoy what Comanche County has to offer. Give yourself a couple hours or a weekend to enjoy the slower, friendlier pace.

Hey, Comanche County – where are your favorite places to enjoy the outdoors? Share some of your hidden gems with us! Where do you Explore Comanche?