The Dude’s Guide to Wurstfest

Tips for Planning Your New Braunfels Vacation 

Sprechen sie fun? To live the Design Dude’s Life, you need to remember to kick back and have a good time. And, that is what Wurstfest is all about! I am giving you the dude’s guide to Wurstfest with all the tips for planning your New Braunfels vacation. Trust me—you probably haven’t experienced this side of Texas before! 

What is Wurstfest?

Wurstfest is known as the best ten days in sausage history. It turns out that Texas has way more than just barbecue and tacos to offer! The Texas Hill Country region, nestled between San Antonio and Austin, is home to a bustling Bavarian culture, which Wurstfest has celebrated for 60 years. This non-profit organization works to preserve the community’s rich German heritage, and the annual festival showcases the culture through food, music, dancing, and plenty of beer.  

When is Wurstfest?

Wurstfest starts the first Friday in November and runs for ten full days. For 2021, all the festivities are going down between November 5th and 14th. Before you go, know that weekend nights are primetime and can get crowded. Try going on a weeknight or during the day if you want a more relaxed experience.  

What to Expect at Wurstfest 

You can expect to have a whole lot of fun at Wurstfest! This event was founded on sausage making, which is still the backbone of the celebration. You can sample several varieties of sausage as well as other Bavarian treats like sauerkraut, strudel, and Reuben sandwiches. On the fairgrounds, you can dance to over 40 bands on four stages, play carnival games, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel. The beautiful location on Comal River also allows you to take a break from the bustle and relax on the banks with a brew. Of course, the beer flows freely at Wurstfest! If you are planning on drinking, it is a good idea to make your Wurstfest visit an overnight trip—which is easy because there are over 2,000 rooms in New Braunfels for guests looking to get the most of their Wurstfest experience. 

Make Your Mark on Wurstfest This Year

Just four days following the close of the 2019 festival, a massive fire destroyed the Wurstfest Marktplatz and heavily damaged the 100-year-old Wursthalle. This City-owned property has been home to Wurstfest for over fifty years. This year, a newly constructed Wursthalle is set to open, and you can leave your mark on it! Personalized 4×8 or 8×8 bricks are available for sale. Purchase one for the 60th anniversary and become a part of Wurstfest for the next 60 years and beyond! 

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Where to Stay in New Braunfels 

Don’t limit your Wurstfest experience to just one day! The Texas Hill Country has beautiful scenery, fun shops, and delicious restaurants to explore. I recommend staying at the Gruene Mansion Inn. This bed and breakfast is located in the Heart of Gruene, just ten minutes away from the Wurstfest fairgrounds. Since 1872, this inn has provided a quaint retreat footsteps away from Gruene’s best restaurants and shops.  

Where to Eat in New Braunfels 

At Wurstfest 

Of course, Wurstfest is a fantastic place to get a taste of the best German food in Texas! You can explore dozens of vendors offering specialty sausages, snacks, and strudels. If you choose to extend your New Braunfels vacation, make sure to check out some of these fun spots. 

Breakfast 

Buttermilk Cafe is the perfect place to start your day and grab some breakfast before Wurstfest. They have all your country classics and a few fun surprises.  

Coffee Break 

If you need to recharge, Gruene Coffee Haus offers a selection of cold brews and espresso beverages as well as tasty snacks. 

Dinner 

Gruene River Grill and Gristmill River Restaurant both offer classic Hill Country fare along the banks of the Guadalupe River. Bonus—they are both walking distance from the Gruene Mansion Inn. 

Wine Wind Down 

If beer is not your thing, don’t worry. The Grapevine is the perfect spot to wind down after the thrills of Wurstfest. This spot offers a selection of Hill Country wines, peaceful outdoor seating, and local music performances.  

Plan Early for Wurstfest

Wurstfest is one of the Texas Hill Country’s most popular experiences. People come from all over the Lone Star State and the country, so it is best to plan ahead. Make sure to book your accommodations, plan your itinerary, and buy your festival tickets ahead of time. Prost, y’all!

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I hope this guide helps you dudes have the best vacation ever! If you have additional questions about Wurstfest and New Braunfels fun, email me at heydesigndudes@gmail.com

This is a sponsored blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Freshen Up Your Home This Spring

The Top Home Trend in 2021 is Comfort – Here’s How You Can Make Your Home Office More Comfortable with Purple 

Purple sponsored this blog post, and all opinions are my own.

One Day, I Decided to Make My Home Office Even Cozier 

Did you dudes know one of the leading home design trends in 2021 is comfort? It seems like it should be a given, right? After spending so much time at home, dudes realize just how important comfort really is. Like me! I work from home and decided it was time to add some extra cozy vibes to my home office space. When I learned Purple makes a full line of seat cushions, my curiosity was sparked.  

Receiving My Purple Shipment

First, I Researched the Purple Office Chair Seat Cushion  

The Purple Double Seat Cushion is designed to turn your desk time into “me time.” It’s made for eight hours of sitting and comes with the official Purple Grid and seat cover. The Purple Grid features a hyper-elastic gel grid that immediately flexes to support your position and springs back into place as you readjust for an immediate pressure-reducing response. I had to test this bad boy out for myself.  

Next, I Tested Out Purple Mattresses and Seat Cushions in Store 

Purple makes it easy to find a Purple retailer near you, and you can even book personal appointments to get that VIP level service. I tested out some mattresses and seat cushion options and was amazed! Each product really did live up to the hype I’ve heard so much about. I could feel the pressure melt away. I decided to get a Purple Double Seat Cushion and the Purple Harmony Pillow

Testing Out Purple In-store

Then, I Freshened Up My Office Space with the Purple Seat Cushion

I was so excited to get my Purple Double Seat Cushion in the mail! Freshening up my office space was so easy. I just followed a few simple steps, and BOOM…my office was the pinnacle of comfort. The Purple Grid really does make a difference at my desk. I can sit uninterrupted for much longer, the anti-slip cover stays in place, and I can move it around with the convenient handles. If you dudes want to jump on this whole comfort trend, Purple’s got your back! (Plus, they make it easy to upgrade with awesome sales.) 

Setting Up My Purple Seat Cushion

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The Purple Seat Cushion in Action

Other Ways to Freshen Your Home and Office This Spring 

1. Clean up your act! Give your space a good deep clean to feel refreshed and recharged. 

2. Add in new decor. Nothing transforms a room like art, color, and accessories. 

I hope you dudes enjoyed it! If you have additional questions on blending styles, email me at heydesigndudes@gmail.com. Need help pulling together your own blended space? Check out my design services.

2020 Goal: Make Cleaning Fun

Ok, dudes. It’s a new decade, but we all know you have some dirt and clutter from the 2010s lingering in your apartment. I’m talking about that drawer of take-out menus, that stack of holiday cards you are too sentimental to part with, and of course the dreaded plastic bag filled with plastic bags! What other things are we parting with as we move out of the 10s and into the roaring 20s: keto diet books, solar eclipse glasses, Pokemon Go app downloads? 

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I’m here to tell you that we have to let that go! Time to start fresh. You may remember my 2019 post about how to jump start your cleaning chores. Well, this year I am making it a goal to grab the mop by the bucket (that’s clever word play, right?) and try cleaning more often. I think the best way to do this is to make cleaning fun. So, here are my tips to turn a boring chore into what you look forward to next week. 

 

Pump Up the Jamz (or the Podcast)

When I first started going to the gym, I thought it was boring and couldn’t wait to complete the final set and leave. So to make it more fun, I started making playlists to get me in a better mood when I was there. Soon, I found myself getting excited to go to the gym so I could take an hour to tune out and tune into my favorite songs. I propose we make cleaning a dance party in 2020. Who’s with me? 

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Let the Games Begin 

Are you ready for it? If you find yourself with a competitive edge, try making cleaning a game. This may sound dumb, but it is a sure fire way to liven up the mood especially if you get other players (I mean cleaners) involved! Go make those free throws into the trash can, race to the end of the counter with your spray cleaner and rag, and ultimately try to beat the clock you set for yourself. 

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Are You Getting the Point? 

Prizes make everything more fun right? Here’s the plan: make a list of all the cleaning chores you need to do for the week and every time you mark one off give yourself a point. Set a point goal for the end of the week, and if you make it go treat yo self! I think it’s worth taking out the trash on Monday if it means we’re treating ourselves to brunch Sunday!

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Let the Robots Take Over 

Ok, so maybe *you* don’t have to do all the cleaning after all. If you have the budget, go make the investment in a robot floor cleaner. All you have to do is kick your feet up and enjoy. 

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Dump Your Cleaner and Upgrade 

If you are cleaning with lackluster cleaners, then you may not be getting that sense of satisfaction when you’re done with the job. Personally, I want my apartment to smell fresh and inviting, not like heavy chemicals. That’s why I use Art of Green® cleaning products.

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Art of Green offers two scents: 

  • Lavender Eucalyptus, which is very light and almost spa-like, and Citrus & White Flowers, which is very fresh and clean.

And three products: 

  • Spray cleaner, ready-wipes, and a concentrated cleaner for mopping floors. 

The biodegradable formula is 98% naturally derived, is nontoxic, and is free of harsh chemicals as well as parabens, phthalates, glycol solvents, artificial color, or phosphates that you may find in other cleaners. Art of Green has also been dermatologically tested and is safe for sensitive skin, which means no need for cleaning gloves! For me, that instantly makes the chore of cleaning easier. It is also safe to use around pets, so your furry friends will be having more fun too. 

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Hope you dudes have more fun cleaning with these tips! Leave me a comment if you have any questions or ask your dude at heydesigndudes@gmail.com

 

Learn more at artofgreen.com. Art of Green is available at H-E-B stores.

This post has been sponsored by Art of Green. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Cleaning Spooky Messes

Hey, dudes! We are in October, which means it is officially spooky season. You know what else is spooky? Having to clean your apartment after your Halloween party.

But, don’t worry. I got you covered when it comes to polishing your pumpkins, cleaning up melted candy corn conundrums, and brushing away those spiderwebs only to add fake ones back in for decoration.

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Now, you may remember my blog post where I discovered my favorite cleaning product, Art of Green®. They make eco-friendly cleaning products including a spray cleaner, wipes, and a concentrated cleaner. These Green products also come in way cheaper than some alternatives at under $3, so you won’t be screaming when you go to pay.

Plus, they make cleaning a breeze. Use the wipes when you have small treat spills on counters, tables, or floors. The spray cleaner is perfect for bigger messes, like when your cauldron boils over on the stove. The concentrated cleaner comes through when you need to mop the floors after a rowdy monster mash.

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My favorite part is that there are no scary ingredients either. The biodegradable formula is 98% naturally derived, is nontoxic, and is free of harsh chemicals as well as parabens, phthalates, glycol solvents, artificial color, or phosphates that you may find in other cleaners. Art of Green has also been dermatologically tested and is safe for sensitive skin, which means no need for cleaning gloves!

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If your haunted mansion is feeling musty, the bright scents of Art of Green will brighten it right up. Scents include Lavender Eucalyptus, which is very light and almost spa-like, and Citrus & White Flowers, which is very fresh and clean. (Lavender is my jam.)

Now, let’s tackle those scary messes head on!

Learn more at artofgreen.com. Art of Green is available at H-E-B stores.

This post has been sponsored by Art of Green. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

San Antonio Staycation

Are you dudes looking to plan the ultimate San Antonio staycation (or vacation for you out of town dudes)? Well the Design Dudes have got you covered, because we staycationed and can now tell you how to do it in style. Now, pack those bags, and let’s go!

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The first step to a great staycation is to remember the motto “treat yo self.” This is your opportunity to explore the city in a way you never have before, so why settle? For the ultimate luxury stay, this dude recommends the Mokara Hotel and Spa. This luxury hotel is right on the San Antonio River Walk, so you will be in the middle of the action. Take the opportunity to stroll the banks of the river and explore shops, restaurants, and treat yourself to a margarita or two.

However, when you step inside the doors of the lobby of the Mokara, you will be transported to another world. The hustle and bustle of downtown will fade away as you are greeted by smiling attentive staff and luxury details and finishings of the historic space. This is San Antonio’s ONLY four-star hotel, and you will instantly feel like a celebrity when you check in.

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When you arrive to your room, you will be greeted with plush, crisp bedding. Be careful, once you hit this bed you are guaranteed to immediately start the best sleep of your life. Seriously, never have had a more comfortable hotel bed.

Other amazing room perks include valet parking, the fanciest of little soaps and shampoos, a bath butler that will draw your bath, amazing complimentary snacks upon checkin, and complimentary coffee and newspaper service in the morning. (Can we just move in?) And, don’t even get me started on those amazing River Walk views!

As we continued to explore the hotel, we came across a four-star spa (would you expect anything less?) The best part is that hotel guests get complimentary spa access to the sauna and hot tub. So, get ready to unwind in style. We also discovered a rooftop pool and patio, which may or may not be the best place to take in the city skyline with a cocktail in hand.

Now, all of this luxe relaxation can work up an appetite. So, where do we venture for dinner? Look no further than one floor below the hotel lobby. The Mokara is also home to their own AAA Four Diamond seafood restaurant, Ostra.

Now, you know this dude is originally from New Orleans. So, I love my seafood. And dude, this place was amazing! They offer a sustainably sourced seafood selection, with daring new ideas and also classic dishes. They also have an acclaimed oyster bar, with some of the freshest shellfish in town.

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Now, this dude was lucky enough to attend their Moet and Chandon Champagne dinner. This dinner showcased Moet champagnes, and Chef Camron Woods perfectly paired 4 amazing courses to each one. Champagne expert Gina Livingston was there to guide you every step of the way and gave amazing insight to those sparkly bubbles we love.

These amazing courses included a Canadian oyster, a seared diver scallop with a truffle broth that everyone wanted a straw for, a seared Alaskan halibut and handmade pasta with caviar creme, and a light passionfruit panna cotta. Are you drooling yet?

Bottom line, next time they offer a pairing dinner you better book your seat fast!

If you aren’t into bubbles, Ostra also has an award winning wine bar (we heard talk of some rare specialty bottles locked away in the back, so make sure to ask about those) and the largest selection of tequila in downtown San Antonio with over 70 labels.

This dude would definitely recommend grabbing a cocktail here and taking advantage of a riverside table on the patio. (Also, a prime location for people watching.)

So, now you have your hotel, spa, rooftop pool, cocktail bar, and first night dining experience covered. What’s next on your staycation? You decide! (If you need some more help, make sure to invite your favorite dude or just email me.)

Catch ya later!

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are this dude’s.