A little piece of France in Texas. Castroville offers more than a scenic skydive. This seemingly sleepy town in Texas hill country is full of experiences and adventures, waiting to be discovered. While our domain is the sky, we love the town that hosts us and everything it offers. Tasty treats, beautiful hills, and rushing rivers along with all the other good things in life can be found within Castroville’s borders.
Restaurants in Castroville
You’re bound to work up an appetite after soaring through the sky, and Castroville does not disappoint. Plenty of restaurants full of local flair and flavorful bites await you once your skydiving adventure is complete. Upscale bistros and historic cafes seemingly line up for as far as the eye can see. It can be overwhelming if you only have time to indulge in a few. A popular spot to get a taste of history while you fill your stomach is the Castroville Cafe.
The Castroville Cafe is open for lunch 6 days a week, closed Saturdays. Their menu is ever-rotating to assure the freshest cuisine, with nothing fried found in this charming home-turned-restaurant. Open for nearly 20 years, food in Castroville Cafe is homemade every day and brought to your table with a smile. Salads piled high with strawberries, fresh soups of the day, warm cobblers with ice cream … Castroville Cafe will please any palate looking for southern comfort. Take note of their sandwich names and ask questions, as you may learn some unexpected Castroville history.
Looking to follow up a full day with a late evening meal? Julianna’s is the spot for you. Reimagined American classics have been lovingly crafted by executive chef James Herrera. From sliced brisket sandwiches — a Texas classic — to artisan hand-made pizza, the flavors are elevated with the use of the finest and freshest ingredients. If you aren’t in the mood to chow down, Julianna’s also offers an upscaled cocktail experience to wind down.
If you are not in the mood for a full meal, visit the Magnolia Filling Station. This old full-service gas station located on Fiorella Street is a perfect selfie backdrop. The original gas pumps are even left in for that real retro feel. If you need a caffeine fix or a quick sweet treat, Magnolia Filling Station can’t be beaten.
(More) Fun Things to Do in Castroville
Get ready to stretch your legs on a historic walking tour. The Steinbach House is a must-see for the Francophiles and historians among the group. The house was built in the 17th century in Alsace, France, before being transferred to its current home in the United States. The Steinbach House currently functions as a visitors center and museum, its lawn often dotted with the poppies that call Castroville home. Another must-see landmark is St. Louis Catholic Cathedral. The original cathedral was built alongside the settlement of the town and is important to the history of Castroville. The walking tours will allow you to see these and the dozens of late 1800s homes that decorate the landscape. Grab yourself a map full of facts about these historic buildings.
Another highlight found only in this town is Castroville Pottery Gallery and Studio. Also located on Fiorella Street and easy to find with its adobe-style building, this gallery features handmade rustic pottery, jewelry, and gifts. The gallery works with many different Texas artists and the pottery is more than reasonably priced for its quality. Castroville Pottery Gallery and Studio is a popular spot to pick up a little piece of Texas to take home with you. Grab a chili bowl or a or handmade tortilla warmer and be reminded of your adventure every year when the air turns chill.
If you’re itching for more sky, check out The Shooting Star Museum. This small local attraction is open every Sunday 1p-5p but can be opened by appointment as well. The Shooting Star is dedicated to the preservation of classic automobiles and early 20th-century farming equipment along with early aircraft. All exhibits are fully operational to allow visitors a complete educational experience, including an operational landing strip. Along with the mechanical marvels, you can visit the indoor exhibit featuring a library and an exhibit full of military uniforms that have been graciously donated to the museum. Another benefit? All of this is free to view, but donations are always welcomed to allow the museum to continue to expand its collection.
There is more leisure to be found in the Texas hills. Down Count Road 2615 is Paradise Canyon. While it’s a great place for a picnic or a stroll while sipping a hot coffee from the Magnolia Filling Station, it is the clear green-blue of the Medina river that really draws a crowd. The sparkling waters beckon you to jump right in for a post-skydive swim. Paradise Canyon is also a great option for making a weekend out of your skydiving adventure, offering cabin rentals along with ample camping space. If you are going to camp, please respect canyon rules in reference to glass bottles and music. You wouldn’t want to sour another visitor’s night under the stars or your own chances at spotting a native mountain lion or any of the birds that call Paradise Canyon home.
Castroville offers adventure and comfort in the Texas Hill Country. This town full of French architecture and southern charms proves irresistible as you explore its streets. With our proximity to San Antonio, there truly is nothing you’re missing out on when you visit. Break away from the city for the day and enjoy the water. Or a European pastry with your afternoon coffee. Or a stroll through the poppies. Spending the day in Castroville is the perfect way to celebrate a perfect day.
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