Thank you for visiting my website and arriving at this particular exposition on Helotes and Grey Forest. Although they are different neighborhoods, my family happens to live in Helotes Park Estates, a hilly, winding assortment of neighborhood roads around Cash Mountain fixing the northside of Helotes to the south-eastern border Grey Forrest.
Both small towns are unique.
Helotes is part of Bexar county but exists as its own municipality just outside the 1604 loop. Bisected by Bandera Rd., key shopping opportunities and restaurant locations suit the hungry foodie. Downtown Helotes is a quant makeup of boutiques such as a local Helotes Creek Winery and Wine-101, a trendy wine and tapas bar without a hip interior and marvelous outdoor accommodations for perfect weather.
My husband and I felt we moved up in the world when we finally got our cubby at Wine-101. For membership, each month we get 101’s choice of three red wines – and they add up quick. Wine-101 is our date night location. Chris (my husband) wants an Aston-Martin now, but you’ll understand that when you see the poster in the men’s room. ~ Carmen
Downtown “old” Helotes is growing some, with new arrivals such as Busted Sandal Brewery and two small coffee joints; we’d love a Black Rifle Coffee, an up-and-coming Veteran-run coffee powerhouse, location in our area, as they expand in San Antonio. Still, for now, we’ll settle for those reselling their roasts.
Helotes’ John T Floore Country Store is noted as the best live music venue in the Texas Hill Country, with room for everyone, delicious food like powerful Texas-sized hamburgers, and top-bar BBQ.
Returning, thankfully, the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Helotes hosts an Old Town Market Day for folks selling, Jewelry, hand-crafted items, and fresh produce, like honey or vegetables, can be found for your Helotes and Grey Forest home or kitchen.
Leaving town towards Bandera, the commanding hillside to the left is San Antonio Ranch, boasting hilltop living with older remodeled homes.
San Antonio Ranch essentially overlooks Wildhorse Way neighborhood, which is one of Helotes’ several higher-end neighborhoods. Surrounding each, one can find luxury homes on large land plots in smaller, subdivided communities or as standalone in the Helotes and Grey Forest area.
City of Grey Forest
Grey Forest describes itself as a “small – one and a half-mile long and three-fourths of a mile wide – community” is accurate, but many of the tributary roads off of Scenic Loop stretch for over a mile, such as Blue Hill Pass, which feeds well into the Hills and some very high-end homes.
Home prices in Grey Forest are considerably high, by comparison, due to the community and its stringent growth and commercial policies, which protect Grey Forest from encroachment by noise and unsightly growth impactful of the environment and the abundant wildlife.
To that point, my husband and I “GORUCK” which is to carry weighted backpacks at a rapid pace over significant distances (essentially hiking) to keep in shape. During winter, when the sun is down early, we go with headlamps, and the eyes staring at us from the dark (always deer) underscores the natural element that is Grey Forest.
While far enough from the city, Grey is close enough for access to Helote’s amenities and is a gateway route to Boerne not far away — it is quiet, picturesque with oaks, creeks, and stone “summer house” cottages dating back to the late 1800s.
Its citizens take preservation sincerely, as mentioned, and have funded and developed its 42-acre park, named Madla Park, designed to remain natural, serve as a conservation area, and home to native plants, birds, and other wildlife.
Although one may say Grey Forest is ‘far removed,’ the quality of fine dining at the Grey Moss Inn contravenes that position – the food is incredible, diverse, and worth the cost. Their wine selection matches their exquisite selection of food, and since spending a New Years’ Eve there, I cannot recommend it more than I am here.
If you want to more about the little area of Helotes and Grey Forest that we love, Just Call Carmen.
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