New Braunfels Walkable Lifestyle

It’s all about Lifestyle

New Braunfels is a delightfully walkable!  When you come to Downtown New Braunfels, plan on walking just about anywhere you want to visit.  Downtown offers activities from coffee and pastries on the square, to Farmer’s Market on the weekends.  You can find local artists work on display, and see the wonderful variety of new fashion shops and then go into Henne Hardware to see a thriving business that’s been around since the mid 1800’s and is one of the oldest continually operating businesses in the country!  History of Henne Hardware


New Braunfels Parks

Landa Park is probably the best and most widely known park in New Braunfels.  It’s land area is 51 acres, and encompasses the head waters of the Comal River.  Folks come to fish in the river, picnic in the park, there is a great playground for kids, a walking trail and a miniature train.  Mini golf is available as well as paddle boats.


Cypress Bend

New Braunfels Walkable

Walk Cypress Bend Park

Cypress Bend Park is less well known, but offers riverside walking trail with plenty of things to see.  It is situated next to the old Comal Cemetary, so full of history!  Walking tours are available, and every year the Parks and Recreation Department puts on a Soul Searching Tour.  The tour takes visitors to different grave sites where local actors give a glimpse of the history of what  the person’s life was like, how they lived and died and how they added to the community.


Fischer Park

Fischer Park is the newest park in New Braunfels.  Encompassing 10 acres, this hill side beauty offers views of Downtown New Braunfels, There is plenty of parking except on any night there might be fireworks to be seen in the Downtown area.  July Fourth, count on seeing a large crowd because the view is so spectacular! You will find 2 fishing ponds, Butterfly Garden and nature education enter, 2 miles of walking/biking trails and a playground complete with a splash pad. Outdoor entertainment is also available at Fischer Park Amphitheater.


Splash Pad and Spraygound

Panther Canyon

Close to the head waters of the Comal River, take a small hike up Panther Canyon.  The terrain is fairly easy to navigate if you are an experienced hiker, you can make the trip in about 20 minutes.  Stay on the trails and don’t wander too far.  Probably not the best place to take a stroller, but I have seen some folks do it!  When you get to the top of the canyon you will be on Ohio Street and pretty close to New Braunfels High School.  New Braunfels walkable lifestyle means you can live so close to schools, recreation, nature and a thriving downtown.  Lifestyle is what it’s all about!


New Braunfels is the place to be Summer or Winter!

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 12:13 am
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What could be better than WURST?

November in New Braunfels

New Braunfel’s German heritage shows up in lots of ways.  German names, architecture, language and of course German food.  Wurstfest  is a 2 week long celebration every fall of Wurst, oompah music and you guessed it– Beer!  What could be better than Wurst in New Braunfels?

Let’s get this party started

In 1961 the first WurstFest was held in New Braunfels.  It started out as just a party and quickly grew into a  yearly event.   History lovers see this link.  Over the years the name has changed, food items have developed, land use has been donated, parking needs have grown.  The one constant throughout the long history is the sausage.  One of the meat markets came up with a pig in a blanket, which could be held in one hand while holding a beer in the other.  Then came sausage on a stick, and lots of other mouth watering Wurst favorites! What could be better than Wurst in New Braunfels?

About the music

As the celebration evolved, larger and larger crowds came to town.  With it’s “fair like” atmosphere, booths sponsored by local non profit groups were encouraged so the entire community could benefit from the tourism coming to New Braunfels each year.  Nationally known stars came to entertain.  I’ve read that Myron Floren of the Lawrence Welk show was one of the first.  If you are too young to remember the show, Mr. Floren played the accordion and oompah music galore!  Pintrest Myron Floren and daughter.  There is even an album inspired by the annual Wursfest in New Braunfels….(you can find it on Amazon!) 

Shake those tail feathers!

The chicken dance!  Where else but New Braunfels and Wurstfest?  How to fit in at Wurstfest  The most fun is the dancing. Polka is what oompah music is all about!  Put your dancing shoes on and shake a leg, grab a brew and don’t forget the sausage!

Wurstfest Fashions

Traditional German costumes such as lederhosen and dirndls will be seen aplenty!  But you can wear your regular clothes of course.  If you are interested in finding out more about where to purchase traditional costumes, My Sister’s Closet in New Braunfels sells vintage German wear.  Here’s a video about Das lederhosen and dirndls.


What could be better than Wurst? Is 2 weeks enough?

From Fun Runs to Artoberfest to “The Beverly Wurstbillies” and the Wurst Open Golf Tournament there is so much more than just beer and sausage happening!  Tours of Conservation Plaza, and a must see, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, you and your family will have something new on your agenda the entire visit!  Local Events Wurstfest Time New Braunfels


For more information about Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Pamela Powell can be reached at 830-302-2199.  Or see my Facebook pageLinkedIn page, or Twitter feed.  See all my blog posts at



Posted on October 24, 2017 at 11:15 pm
Pam Powell | Posted in Uncategorized |

Luxury Real Estate

Internationally recognized designation for performance in luxury real estate

Luxury Real Estate Expertise Knowledge

Recent designation CLHMS

Luxury Real Estate Expertise Knowledge 

Pamela Powell with Phyllis Browning Company in New Braunfels recently earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation.   CLHMS designees gain recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties. Powell joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed The Institute’s training.  Luxury real estate expertise and knowledge are proven through sales history to receive the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialists designation.  All CLHMS designees have a proven performance record in the upper-tier market.

Looking for expertise

“Agents who have earned the CLHMS designation are performing at the highest level in their community,” said Diane Hartley, president of The Institute. “The CLHMS seal is a symbol of distinction. Affluent buyers and sellers from around the world look for this symbol of luxury home knowledge.  Buyers and sellers of luxury homes want expertise when putting their trust in a real estate professional.”  The Institute provides specialized training.  Ongoing membership with The Institute will continue to bring Powell the knowledge and tools to better serve clients. The CLHMS designation provides evidence of the successful commitment to service at the highest level.

The Very Best

“Here at Phyllis Browning Company our motto is “The Very Best”.  The Very Best customer service and satisfaction are my goals. My commitment to my clients has always been and will continue to include this philosophy,” said Powell.

Pamela Powell has been in real estate since 2002 and specializes in the New Braunfels market. Her involvement in the community has included the Walk for Alzheimer’s events, the Rotary Clubs of America, the Chamber of Commerce of New Braunfels and other civic organizations.

For more information about the luxury market in New Braunfels, contact Pamela Powell with Phyllis Browning Company.  You can reach her at 830-302-2199 or  Find Pamela on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.


Posted on October 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm
Pam Powell | Posted in Uncategorized |

Moving to New Braunfels? Here’s what you need to know


Are you planning on moving to New Braunfels?

If you’re hoping for a smooth transition, it helps to know the lay of the water.  From fun, fascinating facts to practical insider tips, we’ve got you covered.  Here are a few tidbits you should know about where to play in New Braunfels!


On the square in New Braunfels

Downtown New Braunfels is thriving!  From the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre to Wurstfest to the New Braunfels Art League, you’ll find it all downtown.  There are plenty of great restaurants, coffee shops and the oldest bakery in Texas, Naegelin’s Bakery.  Like to golf?   Landa Park Golf Course is public and here for you.  You’ll also find the newest Phyllis Browning Company office at 285 N. Castell Avenue.  Our office is in a vintage home  built in 1908 and still has many of the original features from back in the day!  Come by and take a look!

New Braunfels is home to Schlitterbahn Water Park

Started in New Braunfels back in 1979 with a 60 foot structure modeled on one of the towers of the Solms Castle in Braunfels, Germany, Schlitterbahn has grown.  Now with two water parks and a resort where you and your family can stay.  So family friendly you can park for free and even bring your picnic lunch to eat in a shaded park!  See more about Schlitterbahn here

Two Rivers

The Comal River feeds Schlitterbahn water park, and the Guadalupe River winds it’s way through town offering “tubers” plenty of water time.  Spring fed Comal River starts and ends in New Braunfels, the shortest river in Texas is right here in New Braunfels!  It starts from natural springs in Landa Park, so the temperature of the water stays at 72 degrees all year round.  The Guadalupe River starts near Kerrville, TX  and flows to Canyon Lake Dam and is then released to create a wonderful experience for tubers and fishermen alike. Click here for more about Water Fun in New Braunfels

Kick up your heels in Gruene

Scoot a Boot??  Home of the Oldest Dance Hall in Texas…Gruene Hall featuring internationally known artists such as Willie Nelson, The Charlie Daniels Band and more!  Fun is always happening in Gruene with plenty of festivals, shopping, wine tasting and dancing.  Visit the Gristmill and see the historic sites too many to mention! Here’s a link Tour Gruene Historic District.

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is a man made lake formed by the Guadalupe River.  The Army Corps. of Engineers oversees the dam and the release of water to the continuing river.  Canyon Lake’s area is 12.86 miles so you can guess there is plenty of room for boats large and small.  Water Sports are King in Canyon Lake

Kick’n it into gear

Are you ready to hunt for your first home in New Braunfels?  (Or your second or third?)  Take a look at my listings and the listings available for sale from my office to Kick Start Your Search.  When you move to New Braunfels, look forward to delicious food, great historical sights and abundant nature.  Gear up for good times!


Posted on October 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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