Hill Country
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 2,960
Medina, Texas
Medina Texas History:
By 1865, several homesteads were located near a sawmill. The Medina post office was established in 1880. By 1890, Medina had a gin, a corn mill, a hotel, a private bank, two churches, three general stores, and a population of approximately 150. Livestock was the primary industry. The population dropped during the Great Depression, but by the 1940s the town had 475 residents. Most of the area land was devoted to livestock and to recreational hunting leases until 1980 when Baxter Adams, Jr. established an experimental orchard of dwarf apple trees. By 1984, he was growing regular size apples that were 40 percent sweeter than large-tree varieties. The dwarf trees allowed for more trees per acre. In 1989, the Texas Department of Agriculture declared Medina the Apple Capital of Texas. In 1990, Medina’s 300,000 trees produced 100 tons of fruit. Singer and Songwriter Robert Earl Keen owns a ranch in Medina. Medina is located near the headwaters of the Medina River at the intersection of SH 16 (Broadway Street) and RM 337, 36.6 miles southeast of Hunt via Kerrville, 24 miles southwest of Kerrville, 13 miles northwest of Bandera, 33 miles northwest of Lake Medina and Lakehills via Pipe Creek, 43 miles northwest of Hondo, 54 miles northeast of Concan, 31 miles northeast of Utopia, 37 miles northeast of Leakey, and 21 miles northeast of Lost Maples State Natural Area and Vanderpool, Texas.
Annual Medina VFD Hunter’s Game Dinner & Dance, 1st Saturday in November:
Activities at this popular event include a washer tournament beginning at 2pm and a 5pm barbeque dinner followed by a gun raffle, and an 8pm dance and concert. Menu items include sausage, barbeque and sides. Fees apply. This event is held at the Hill Country RV Resort on SH 16, four miles north of Medina. (830) 589-7225.
Imagine Lavender Farm, Vanderpool:
The farm offers three varieties of “pick your own lavender” during the season (April-June) and sells lavender products. They also sell their lavender products online, at the Pearl Farmers’ Market in San Antonio, at The Vintage 205 in Johnson City, at the Bean and Biscuit in Blanco, and at the Pearl Brewery’s Saturday Farmer’s Market in San Antonio at 200 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX 78215. (830) 966-5105. The farm is located at 17582 FM 337 East, Vanderpool, Texas 78885.  Email 
Love Creek Orchards, PatioCafé & Fall Pumpkin Patch:
They grow 11 varieties of apples and sell over 50 apple products online and at their Cider Mill and Country Store on SH 16 in downtown Medina. The orchard offers pick your own apple sales. Amenities include picnic tables, a pond, bridge and a gazebo. They also sell dwarf apple trees and Big Tooth Maple trees to nurseries and individuals. The Patio Café (a must do on a trip) offers great hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, and other sandwiches; all sandwiches are served with chips, apples, and a dill pickle. Desserts include apple pie, apple cake, cookies, apple strudel, turnovers, muffins, and apple ice cream. During October the Great Pumpkin Patch offers an apple orchard tour, farm animals, hay rides, a hay maze, a sing-a-long, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, story-telling, games, instrument playing, horse/pony rides, and treats such as hamburgers, hot dogs, caramel apples, apple cider, and other apple goodies. The pumpkin patch is open weekends and some weekdays. Guided tours are available April through October. Orchard hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-3:30pm during the picking season. Patio Café open daily, 11am-3pm. The downtown shop is open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. Sales: (800) 449-0882. (830) 589-2202. The orchard is located at 14024 SH 16 North.  Email  Reviews  
The Laurel Tree, Utopia, Texas:
This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on Saturdays. The gourmet menu changes weekly; only the freshest ingredients are used. Lunch is priced at $18. The 5 course dinner costs $35; choose between two main courses. Amenities include fresh flowers, candlelight, and garden or fireside seating. Bring your own wine. Call for reservations. (830) 966-5444. 18956 North FM 187. The restaurant is located 2.5 miles south of Utopia, and 18 miles north of Sabinal, Texas.  Reviews
Lost Maples Café, Utopia, Texas:
The movie “Seven Days in Utopia” was shot at the café. They serve wonderful homemade pies and other menu items. (830) 966-2221. 384 FM 187 (Main Street), Utopia.  Reviews
Chuck Wagon Cafe, Medina:
They serve great hamburgers. (830) 589-3255. They are on SH 16.  Reviews  
Camp Verde General Store, Camp Verde, TX:
The store was established in 1857 to provided goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Camp Verde. The original building was washed away in a flood; the current stone building was built around 1900. The building houses the local P.O. post office boxes. They sell unusual and specialty products from around the world. The restaurant serves very good sandwiches, salads, burgers, coffee and soft drinks, homemade cookies and other desserts. The store is open daily, 9am-5pm; closed major holidays. The restaurant is open daily, 11am-3pm. (830) 634-7722. 285 Camp Verde Road East, Camp Verde, Texas 78010. Camp Verde is located at the intersection of SH 173 and FM 480, 10 miles south of Kerrville, 13 miles north of Bandera, and 10 miles southwest of Comfort. From Kerrville take SH 173 south approximately 13 miles to Camp Verde. The store is located near the intersection of SH 173 and FM 480.  Email