No more than a half hour west of San Antonio, just outside Boerne, sits Herff Ranch… its entrance marked by a non-descript stone post that at 70mph would go unnoticed. But a closer look shows that it was established in 1852, and for the past 150-plus years has been operated by the same family; that little milestone got it into the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage program last year, which is a good thing, what with that devastating sprawl butting up against the fence line.
We lucked out – friends of the family – and designated as such spent part of the Memorial Day weekend in the hills poolside. Then skeet shooting until sundown, at which point it was time for sundowners: first gin of the season (a Southside Fizz… more on that later). I woke up early the next morning just before the house stirred and grabbed a coffee and a shot of the oak trees stretched out.