Castroville is an adorable town. It’s located southwest of San Antonio, just a short drive out of town. While much of the area was settled by Germans, like Fredericksburg and New Braunfels, Castroville was settled by residents of the Alsace region of France. Because of this, the town has a completely different look and feel than many other small towns in the area.
Steinbach House and Poppies
The best time of year to visit, in my opinion anyways, is March and April. The poppies are in full bloom and well worth seeing. They can be found all over town. When you drive in to town from San Antonio, you’ll pass the Steinbach House on the left. During the spring, the entire yard around the house is full of poppies. The house itself is an original Alsatian house built sometime between 1618 and 1648. It was relocated to Castroville in 1998. It is furnished with donated items that show how it would have looked in the past.
If you are in town for the poppies, stop by the Poppy House on Florence Street. This is private property and someone’s yard, but for a donation, they will let you wander around and take all the pictures you want. The couple who own the house are super nice, but be respectful that it is their property. There are a few other houses on the street that have poppies out front as well.
Parks and Hiking
The Castroville Regional Park, located on the Medina River, has a number of hiking trails. One trail, the Cross Hill trail, will take you up to the cross on the hill. It’s not a long trail (less than a mile roundtrip), some of the others are much longer, but it provides good views of the town.
There are a few boutiques and specialty shops in town. Haby’s Bakery is a must stop for treats. I can’t recommend any restaurants, as I’ve never eaten at any, but there are a few non-chain sit down places. If you like the architecture, drive around and look at the buildings. The historical ones are noted with plaques, silhouettes of a house with the name and date of construction. All those marked are on the walking tour, which features over 50 houses and commercial structures, and were all built in the mid to late 1800’s.
If you are a fan of cute, small towns, I recommend you stop if you are in the area.