Gordon and Jennifer built Al's Hideaway with the help of her mother "Me Maw." To achieve a dream of sharing a unique and comfortable place for family and friends to visit. When guest arrive, they leave as friends and return as family. The location was chosen because of its proximity to Helotes, Bandera, San Antonio, and Boerne.
Al's Hideaway is named after Jennifer's Grandfather "Albert Banis"; he was a POW in WWII and taking her to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to observe nature and the wildlife was his way of finding peace from his PTSD.
After completing construction and opening Al's Hideaway Gordon and Jennifer felt the need not only to share this beautiful space with guests, but they also decided to help children in foster care and began fostering teenage boys (see article), since their three children were grown and lived a distance away from Al's Hideaway. Our first young man was adopted by a wonderful family in San Antonio, who thankfully allows him to come for visits and works at Al's in the summer. Their second young man whom they call their baby graduated in the top 20% of his class in 2021 and is now in the U.S. Army.
Gordon and Jennifer's eldest daughter has moved her family to Al's Hideaway to keep this a completely family-built, owned, and operated business that will be passed down for generations.