Thirsty Mule Winery

thirsty mule winery101 County Road 257, Liberty Hill
512-778-5990

thirstymule.com

Thirsty Mule features their exclusive wines made and produced from Texas and California grapes at the right stage of ripeness, aged to perfection and bottled in limited lots. They carry a range of wines from light to intense, soft to powerful, whites, sweets and reds, all fascinating, noteworthy and award winning. Wines are made in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Circuit of the Americas

circuit of the americas9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin
512-301-6600
circuitoftheamericas.com

“Circuit of The Americas is the premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States. Set on 1,500 acres in the rolling hills just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas has hosted the biggest names in racing, action sports and music since 2012. At its heart is a 3.41-mile racetrack that was designed to challenge the world’s most exacting competitors while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences.” Please go to their website for a list of upcoming events and more information.

South Main Arts Festival

georgetown arts festivalA juried and curated artistic event in celebration of the Month of the Arts…

Celebrate Georgetown’s inaugural South Main Arts Festival dedicated to the fine arts and located in the new South Main Arts District – a project that received Cultural District grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Shop the juried artist booths for a variety of artistic media while viewing the yarn bomb installation that was designed and created by Preservation Georgetown, the Knitting Cup, and passionate fiber artists and volunteers from the community! Enjoy food trucks, live music and ribbon dancers throughout the day, kids arts activities and pottery by Cordovan Art School…and an outdoor theatrical performance, too. The evening’s live music headliner is Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster Artist, Sue Foley, so be sure to join us for her performance at 5pm!

The City of Georgetown’s Water Conservation Team is looking to bring awareness to sustainable watering resources with the vibrant addition of art to rain barrels. The first annual Painted Rain Barrel Project will coincide with the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program’s Autumn Art Stroll, South Main Arts Festival, and the Water Conservation Team’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” events in October 2022.

The barrels will be displayed around City facilities and local businesses downtown, before and during the South Main Arts Festival. All painted barrels will be available to purchase via a silent auction that will run through the course of the Autumn Art Stroll and South Main Arts Festival.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING (This is an outdoor event):

Ribbon dancers performing throughout the day

    • 11 a.m. – Theatrical performance by the cast of Champs’ Choice (preview for the interactive musical comedy exclusively playing at Barrels & Amps in Georgetown)
    • 12 p.m. – Soulful blues by folk duo Winkler Mill
    • 1 p.m. – Cosmic folk rock by Vaydra
    • 2 p.m. – Soul pop by Stacie Agnew
    • 3 p.m. – Indie pop/alt country by Matt Cassidy
    • 5-6:30 p.m. – Live musical performance by headliner and TCA Touring Roster Artist Sue Foley!

For more information, please go to: arts.georgetown.org/southmainartfest

Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll

On October 20, start your Stroll at the Shotgun House Museum at 801 West St. to celebrate the winners of the Georgetown Sculpture Tour and for guided tours of the Shotgun House. Then continue your Stroll across the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District to visit the participating arts and culture venues and view Georgetown’s popular collection of public art murals and sculptures.

Be sure to plan your Stroll around the scheduled programming, too!

  • 4 p.m. at the Shotgun House Museum – Georgetown Sculpture Tour award ceremony
  • 5:30 p.m. in the South Main Arts District (817 S. Main Street) – South Main Arts District Ribbon Cutting (This project received a Cultural District Grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts)
  • 6 p.m. at Grace Chapel (817 S. Main Street) – Full Circle Artist Talk

Program guides with event maps will be provided at the Shotgun House, the information table at Grace Plaza, and each venue. Or click here for the online map: Online Map

Participating Venues & Programming

African American Shotgun House Museum(801 West St) Starting at 4 p.m., celebrate the 2022-2023 Georgetown Sculpture Tour as the winners are announced at the beginning of the Autumn Art Stroll! Enjoy docent guided tours of the historic Shotgun House structure while sampling bites from Hello Sweetie and listening to live music by local band Mega Tune. And don’t forget to view the landmark Preserving History mural by local artists Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark.

Georgetown Public Library(402 W 8th St) Join the Library Teen Advisory Board and chalk up the street while sampling tasty treats from Scoops Ice Cream! The chalk art project will be located at Forest St. near 9th St. directly adjacent to the library. Venture inside the library and view the artwork selected in the 2022 Georgetown Art Hop.

Georgetown Palace Theatre‘s “Palace Playhouse” – (216 W 8th St) View the THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR themed Art exhibit by Williamson County Art Guild while enjoying free Stroll-themed cocktails and light bites.

Artisan’s Connect Gallery (800 S Austin Ave #105) Mix and mingle with the artists featured in the gallery and participate in a “What’s Your Style” quiz for prizes.

Williamson Museum  – (716 S Austin Ave) Two exciting exhibits will be featured at the Museum during the Art Stroll: “Barbette – The Toast of Paris, The Pride of Round Rock” and artist Marla Ripperda’s artwork. The Museum will also install a special yarn bomb inside the Museum to coincide with the yarn bombing public art project in the South Main Arts District.

Prima Dora(114 W 8th St) View live artist demonstrations and mix and mingle with the artists featured in the gallery.

Georgetown Art Center(816 S Main St) View the annual Art Hop XV – a statewide, juried art competition held annually at the Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Public Library, while enjoying live music by the Sister Golden Hair trio.

South Main Arts District & Sweet Lemon Kitchen – Celebrate the South Main Arts District with the ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. Also enjoy a discounted Art Stroll themed cocktail from Sweet Lemon Kitchen while viewing Jessi Rose’s costume walk and a Plein Air Paint Out by Plein Air Austin and Plein Air Round Rock.

Grace Heritage Center & Kork Wine Bar – Join audiences at 6pm inside the historic Grace Chapel for a featured artist talk by costume designer Jessi Rose. Be sure to stop off at Kork Wine Bar to grab your discounted Art Stroll wine cocktail before the artist talk.

For more information, please go to arts.georgetown.org/georgetown-art-strolls/

 

Trick or Treat Trail & Movie

trick or treatOn October 27, the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the inaugural Trick or Treat Trail in San Gabriel Park. This FREE and fun-filled family event will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, so get dressed up and come on out for candy, games and fun! Stay after dark for a movie at the Legacy pavilion.

Schedule:

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Trick or Treat Trail
7:30 p.m. – Movie at the Legacy Pavilion

For more information, please go to parks.georgetown.org/trick-or-treat-trail

Walk to the Georgetown Square

new Georgetown rental B&BCheck availability and book your stay!

Experience all that Georgetown has to offer at this charming vacation rental. With easy access to restaurants, shops, and tons of local hot spots within walking distance, this 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom abode is the perfect home base to return to at the end of each day. Start your mornings with a walk around Blue Hole Park, then take a 6-mile drive to spend the afternoon on the water at Georgetown Lake. Each evening, enjoy an al fresco dinner on the patio while you watch the sunset behind the trees.

Crockett Gardens Falls

crockett gardens and fallsGeorgetown is home to one of the prettiest waterfall hikes in Texas! You can find this natural waterfall known as Crockett Gardens and Waterfall by hiking 2.5 miles from the trailhead that begins in Cedar Breaks Park. In order to enter Cedar Breaks Park, you must obtain a day use pass reservation by calling 877-444-6777 or online at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232544. Park your vehicle at Cedar Breaks Park parking area, and then hike to the falls. Be prepared for a rough terrain. The easiest way to access the falls is to contact Ducks on the Pond Kayak Rentals or San Gabriel Paddlesports and make kayak reservations. They will set you up with a kayak!

Read more about Crockett Gardens Falls>

El Nuevo Mexico Restaurant

el nuevo mexican1013 West University Avenue
elnuevorestaurant.com

El Nuevo offers an array of food, from unique Huevos Rancheros and fulfilling Enchilada Breakfast, to tasty Migas, to steamy sizzling fajitas and chunky fresh chicken platters, to Tilapia and grilled Camarones Chipotle. Also, consumer’s favorites: enchiladas! If that is not enough, the tortillas are handmade and prepared daily.

Ghosts of the Georgetown Square Tours

ghost tour georgetownJoin Williamson Museum docents as they tell the stories of the ghosts who have haunted local places for more than a hundred years. Ghosts of the Georgetown Square tours are held every First Friday at 8pm, February-November. Tickets may be purchased via phone 512-943-1670 or at the museum including night of the tour.

For more information, please visit: williamsonmuseum.org/ghost-tours

Little Lemon at the Library

little lemon at the library402 W. Eighth St.
512-270-0812
sweetlemonkitchen.com

Little Lemon is located in the Georgetown Public Library and features a variety of menu items including Sweet Lemon Kitchen’s famous cinnamon rolls, fresh kolaches, lattes, cappuccinos, and more!

Blair Coffee Co.

Blair Coffee Georgetown4159 Williams Drive
512-639-4903
blaircoffeeco.com

“We are a coffee shop operating out of a 1963 airstream trailer parked in front of the catfish parlour on Williams Drive! We sell a variety of specialty coffee drinks (our coffee is supplied by the incredible Silver Grizzly Espresso out of Longview) and will also sell a small variety of pastries from local Georgetown businesses.

My husband and I grew up in Georgetown and are so excited to serve our community with delicious coffee that is sure to brighten their day!”

Only In Your State includes Inner Space Cavern in Caves and Waterfalls Road Trip

Georgetown’s Inner Space Cavern is featured in this neat Texas Cave and Waterfall Road Trip guide by Only In Your State! Give it a read and make plans to visit Inner Space Cavern and Georgetown: Take This Unforgettable Road Trip To Experience Some Of Texas’ Most Impressive Caves And Waterfalls.

 

Rentsch Brewery Outpost

rentsch outpost

814 S. Main Street
512-688-5046
rentschbrewery.com

Rentsch Brewery Outpost is located nextdoor to ThunderCloud Subs, in Downtown Georgetown. Rentsch Brewery is a craft brewery focusing on German style beers: Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Blonde, IPA and Special Releases.

AAA Magazine: The Hottest Places To Eat In Georgetown, TX

district 6Cynthia J. Drake writes, “With its straight-out-of-a-Hallmark-movie town square, Georgetown has no shortage of charm. A walk downtown during one of the Market Days yields small-town community vibes in spades: an honest-to-goodness toy shop, neighbors enjoying glasses of wine on the square, and local artisans selling their wares.” Read her entire article about The hottest places to eat in Georgetown, Texas>> 

Photos by Dennis Burnett

Walking in Memphis in High Heels: 15 Reasons to Visit The Most Beautiful Town Square

walking in memphis bloggerStyle and Lifestyle Blogger Laura Rieckhoff, of Walking in Memphis in High Heels, visited Georgetown and wrote an amazing blog! Read 15 Reasons to Visit the Most Beautiful Town Square in Georgetown, Texas>

Bear’s Compounding Pharmacy

Bear's compounding pharmacy109 W. 7th Street, Suite 115
info@bearscompoundingpharmacy.com
facebook.com/BEARSPHARMACY

Bear’s Compounding Pharmacy is now open on the Georgetown Square for your prescriptions, compounding, supplements, hormone testing, medical grade skincare, CBD, jewelry, luxury candy, and gifts. They even have their very own Bear-Man video game (their version of Pac-Man)!

 

Traditional with a Twist: Georgetown’s Holiday Guide

As the sun wanes, the lights twinkle to life on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Located a short drive from Austin, the City of Georgetown is the big city’s delightfully hip neighbor. Home to Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas and nationally recognized as a Main Street City, the community blends small town charm with eclectic vibes for an experience that is perfectly weekend ready. So, as you head into the holiday season, we invite you to shop, dine and unwind with us.

A Few of Our Favorite Holiday Things
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and whether you’re ready to rock around the Christmas tree or not, we want to help you get into the spirit. If you need a day to shop for gifts or an overnight getaway, we’ve pulled together some ideas to help you and yours enjoy a few festive favorites on the Square and off.

eorgetown holiday lights

Holiday Shopping
No need to check your list twice—we bet everyone on your list has been nice! With a bevy of shopping options, including antiques, apparel, jewelry, toys, home décor and more, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect gift for even the hardest to shop for friend. Each boutique downtown has carefully curated a winter shopping experience that is merry and bright.

georgetown holiday shopping

Seasonal Dining
Looking to grab-and-stroll with a hot cocoa or prefer to savor some farm-to-fork fare? Georgetown has a plethora of dining options to choose from. You can settle into pet-friendly patios with Fido, dig into pie (of the pizza or pumpkin variety) and even celebrate the merry hours with a pint or a flute all season long. Enjoy some time to break bread with your nearest and dearest or catch up with old friends before the holiday frenzy begins!

georgetown holiday smores

Something for Everyone
The holiday season in Georgetown has something to offer for the young, and the young at heart. Whether you prefer, “tradition” or a “twist,” you’ll find them both in eclectic Georgetown where there’s something for everyone.

The annual “Lighting of the Square” in November, kicks off the 2021 Holiday season which will be sure to delight children of all ages. This year will be extra special as we celebrate our “40th Annual Christmas Stroll” happening the first weekend in December.  Bring the family for pictures with Santa, “Groovin with the Grinch” fantastic vendors and more!

All that shopping and you still haven’t found gifts for everyone? How about tickets to a play?  It’s a wonderful gift that also supports your local theater company, and you can bring the whole family too.  For those that prefer their Christmas with a twist be sure to catch a live performance of “Elf the Musical” playing at the fabulous Palace Theater.  For those who cling to tradition, tickets to see a Dickens Christmas Carol at the Palace Playhouse are sure to please.

georgetwon holiday play

Festive Staying
Put a twist on tradition this year in eclectic Georgetown and gift your family a holiday staycation. Enjoy a well-appointed room and gather around the fire to toast s’mores at the beautiful Sheraton Austin Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference CenterLocal B&B’s or historic guest houses offer options for those who prefer to stay rooted in the holiday traditions of yesteryear. Don’t worry Santa will find you either way!

Whether you’re creating new traditions or keeping the old, Georgetown Texas beckons to all who desire the warm and fuzzy feelings brought on by sharing holidays with the ones we love.  With something for everyone, the city with the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas will dazzle and delight friends and family alike.

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The Diner House

Check availability and book your stay!

The Diner House is named loving for its 1950’s checkered kitchen floors. While the house has immense character and charm, just like it’s idyllic neighborhood and quiet street, it also has all the modern amenities you could need from your home away from home.

It is available for 2 week stays or longer, in hopes that it will be a wonderful place for families moving to town to get a feel for what it’s like to be part of the Georgetown community. Or maybe your local home is being remodeled and you want to stay close to your neighborhood, or maybe you have family coming to visit and want them nearby, but not on top of you in your own home. Maybe you are a traveling nurse and want to be close to 5 major hospitals within a seven mile radius?

The Space & Amenities

The Diner House is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom cottage. There is a queen Floyd bed in the master bedroom and two twin beds in the secondary bedroom. All mattresses are memory foam with Egyptian cotton sheets. There is also a full sized air mattress, a bed that folds into a bed if needed, and a pack n’ play for those traveling with babies and toddlers, as well as a high chair. There are a washer and dryer in the garage and iron and ironing board. The kitchen is stocked with pots and pans for all your cooking needs. A complete Keurig coffee bar will keep you caffeinated, as well as a French press and tea station.

Beyond the essentials, there is wifi and a Roku tv system with premier cable, Netflix, Prime Video, HBO & Disney+ (all using one remote so it’s very simple to navigate!). The bathroom is stocked with supplies you may have left at home, and we are available to make your stay as calm and relaxing as possible.

Southern Living: The South’s Best College Towns The South’s Best College Towns

Southern Living says, “You don’t have to be a backpack-slinging coed to love these collegiate classics. While these college towns top our preseason poll for reasons beyond the gridiron, we won’t judge you for making an end zone rush to visit.” Read Southern Livings’ Best College Town Criteria and their review of Georgetown, as well as the entire list>

 

7 Reasons to Cool Off in Georgetown this Summer

Longer days and abundant sunshine are all hallmarks of summers here in the Lone Star State, making it the perfect season to travel. If you’re looking for your next getaway to the Texas Hill Country, find your way to Georgetown. Located just north of Austin, this lively town offers a multitude of unique ways to savor the season with your friends or family. Take it easy at a swimming hole, explore a breathtaking cavern, sip locally made craft beers, and indulge in delicious ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes. No matter what your perfect summer vacation looks like, Georgetown has it all. Read on to see how, then plan your visit here.

Swim in Pristine Waters

Crystal-clear waters shadowed by towering limestone bluffs, all surrounded by stately oaks. Here in the Texas Hill Country, it doesn’t get any more inviting than this, especially in the summer. When the weather heats up, find your way to Blue Hole Park. Set around a scenic lagoon, the park is just the place to soak up the sun as you swim in the San Gabriel River or enjoy a picnic on the riverbank. As welcoming as the oasis is, you might think you’d have to travel far to get here. Yet the park is just a few minutes from Downtown Georgetown, so visiting couldn’t be any easier. Just make sure to get here early, as Blue Hole Park is one of the Hill Country’s top swimming holes.

Fish, Kayak, and Hike at Lake Georgetown

Bathed in the bright Texas summer sun, Lake Georgetown is an easy-to-reach getaway for when you want a day out on the water. Set just a short drive from the downtown area, the 1,200-acre lake offers a multitude of ways to savor the outdoors. If you have a boat in tow, take advantage of Cedar Breaks Park and Jim Hogg Park’s boat ramps to access the water. You can also rent a kayak from San Gabriel Paddlesports or Ducks on the Pond Kayak Rental to embark on your own paddling adventure.

For you anglers out there, Lake Georgetown is a fantastic place to hook bass and catfish. While there’s plenty of fun on the water to be had, the lake is also surrounded by 16 miles of hiking trails that serve up an abundance of spectacular views. As with everything else here in Texas in the summer, you’ll want to get an early start to get the most out of your time at Lake Georgetown.

lake georgetown kayaking

Savor Local Craft Brews

Is there anything better than a bright and citrusy IPA or a refreshing pilsner on a hot summer day? Only if the beer you’re drinking is locally made, of course. Georgetown has two craft breweries that produce some of the highest quality ales and lagers around. Choose from a full-bodied weizenbock or a rich and malty IPA and find a spot under the shade of a massive oak tree at Rentsch Brewery. The kind of spot you could hang out at all day, the brewery has a full complement of brews light and dark, including year-round brews and a rotating array of seasonal beers. When your appetite hits, get something delicious from one of the local food trucks that are on site.

Meanwhile, Barking Armadillo Brewing pours a delicious array of pilsners, IPAs, and even a Belgian strong dark ale, as well as a house-made blackberry mead and a selection of guest beers and wines, and non-alcoholic drinks. Hanging out on the back patio is a great way to pass the time, and if you stay for long enough you’ll catch one of the live music performances that the brewery frequently hosts. You won’t need to go far for dinner, either, as Barking Armadillo Brewing also hosts a variety of food trucks.

Sometimes, a pint of your favorite kind of brew is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy some of the best the Hill Country has to offer right here in Georgetown.

flight of craft beer

Beat the Heat Underground

When the swelter of a Texas summer sets in, descend into the otherworldly subterranean wonderland of Inner Space Cavern. Explore palatial rooms adorned with stunning formations, all while savoring the ambient 72-degree temperature that provides a nice break from the daytime heat. Discovered in the early 1960’s, the cavern has been a popular attraction for more than 50 years.

Today, you can experience this underground oasis on one of three guided tours. For a quick exploration along a well-lit trail through the cavern, the Adventure Tour is an accessible way to see some of the top sights. Looking for the kind of thrilling experience you won’t have every day? Choose either the Hidden Passages Tour or the Wild Cave Tour. The former takes you off the beaten path to a newly opened section of the cave, while the latter is a nearly four-hour excursion through a complex network of passages and chambers.

Inner Space Cavern is one of Texas’ most beautiful show caves, and you don’t need to go that far to get here. The cavern is less than three miles from Downtown Georgetown, making it as easy as can be to visit while you’re here.

inner space cavern with daytripper

Dig Into Delicious Local Fare

Whether you’re swimming in Blue Hole Park or exploring Inner Space Cavern’s awe-inspiring depths, your appetite is bound to catch up to you at some point. Fortunately, Georgetown has a seemingly endless array of restaurants you can choose from. Savor an authentic taste of Texas at 2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar, where the menu is full of dishes made with ingredients from local farmer’s markets and Gulf Coast fishing boats. Dig into a soup, salad, sandwich, or a delightful entrée like Texas ribeye or coastal seafood enchiladas that are delicious when paired with something from the wide-ranging wine list.

Meanwhile, District Six combines the inviting appeal of your neighborhood sports-friendly spot with an upscale vibe and dishes like Nashville hot quail legs and a Texas wagyu smashburger. Play some arcade games, hang out on the spacious patio, watch a game on the 21 TVs, and tip back a craft cocktail or your choice of 40 beers and wines on draft. If you’re craving the meat sweats, Tejas Meat Company can’t be beaten. Both a butcher shop and restaurant, Tejas serves up sandwiches like a club with herb and tahini roasted turkey and the Georgetown Melt, a delicious combination of house-smoked brisket, bacon, mild cheddar, smoked gouda, pepper jack, gruyere, and provolone. Get your fill, then choose from a multitude of cuts of beef and pork or wild game, including axis, elk, and red stag to cook later at home.

These restaurants have plenty to offer, but we’re just scratching the surface of your dining options in Georgetown. See all the destination’s other eateries here.

2020 scratch market kitchen plate

 

Shop The Daytripper Headquarters

If you’ve ever traveled in Texas, you may have heard about (or even been inspired) by The Daytripper. This popular Emmy-award-winning TV show showcases some of Texas’ coolest places, and you can experience the Lone Star State when you stop by The Daytripper Headquarters. Browse a collection of goodies made right here in Texas, along with exclusive The Daytripper merchandise and other souvenirs, at this shop right on Georgetown’s downtown square. All the while, sip on a free beer from the in-store taps. Whether you’re a fan of the show or you want to find amazing souvenirs to take home with you, a stop by The Daytripper Headquarters is a must.

georgetown daytripper headquarters

 

Indulge in Sugary Sweets

There’s nothing sweeter than an ice-cold milkshake on a hot summer day, and Georgetown has plenty of places to treat yourself. Colorful, creative, and flowing out of the top of a mason jar, the eye-catching confections at The Yard Milkshake Bar are second to none. Imagine scoops of ice cream topped with a slice of lemon ice box pie, an entire chocolate chip cookie, a brownie, and a Texas-sized serving of whipped cream. There are many shakes to choose from, including the Greetings From Georgetown with cookies and cream ice cream with red marshmallow and chocolate drizzle all rolled in crushed Oreos and topped with a candy red poppy.

When you want to satisfy any kind of sugar craving, Scoops is the place to be. Not only does this shop have Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, but it also offers uniquely Georgetown sundaes and more than 400 kinds of candy. Of course, we can’t talk about desserts without mentioning The Baked Bear. In three steps, you can make your very own decadent ice cream sandwich with your choice of more than 10 cookies, ice cream flavors like espresso bean and old-fashioned vanilla, and toppings like hot caramel, Nutella, and brownie bits. You can even get your sandwich warmed up so everything is that perfect amount of gooey.

A spectacular swimming hole? Check. Kayaking and swimming in a picturesque lake? You bet. Delicious local cuisine and one-of-a-kind sugary sweets? It’s all here in Georgetown, the perfect summer getaway in the Texas Hill Country.

georgetown summer ice cream with daytripper

 

20 Of The Best Small Towns In Texas That Are Absolutely Worth Visiting

Buzzfeed features Georgetown in the top 7 best small towns! “With its plentiful farm-to-table dining options and charming historic architecture, Georgetown is one of Texas’s cutest towns.” See what they have to say about Georgetown as well as their complete list of best small towns>

Traveling Texas Tribe Recommends Georgetown

The love of exploring The Lone Star State and sharing their travels runs deep in this family and they recently paid Georgetown a visit! Carrie writes, “If you’re trying to plan one last trip before the fall, let me tell you why you should consider Georgetown.” Read the Traveling Texas Tribe blog and see her recommendations for family fun>

Tony Kawashima Photography

Tony Kawashima213 Spanish Star St.
715-745-4400
tonykphoto.com

Tony has been providing photographic services for over three decades in the highly competitive Orange County California area and is now located in Georgetown, Texas. He is a corporate photographer, which includes conventions, trade shows, company meetings (from 50-5,000+ people) newsletters, annual reports, corporate brochures, websites, press releases, public relations, marketing, award presentations, commencement and convocations, official portraits, group photo and special events.

 

Media Assistance

Digital Images

The Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide high-definition digital images for editorial use by print and online media outlets, when used in promotion of Georgetown tourism. Please send an email with your contact information, a description of your publication, and any other information along with your photo request to cvb@georgetown.org.

Area Destination Collateral

The Georgetown Visitors Center provides an assortment of free area rack cards, directories, maps, and more. To request materials, please send us your name, mailing address, group information, which information interests you may have, along with your request to cvb@georgetown.org.

San Gabriel River RV Park

40005 Heritage Hollow
512-868-1401
sgrvpark@icloud.com
properties.camping.com/san-gabriel-river-rv-park/

San Gabriel River RV Park sits on 33 acres nestled among the pecan trees along the lazy San Gabriel River. The park consists of 100 level RV sites. Each site has 20/30/50 amp service with full hookups.

Coveniently located 3 miles east of Old Town Georgetown off of FM 971 at the San Gabriel River. 2 miles away is historic San Gabriel Park, which offers hike & bike trails and fitness facilities with new swimming pools. Other great activities such as boating and fishing on Lake Georgetown and 6 area golf courses are within minutes of the park.

Stone Oak Ranch RV Resort

25101 Ronald W Reagan Blvd
(512) 887-6741
stoneoakranchrv.com

You can expect a modern RV experience, complete with personalized service delivered by a team who truly cares. Full hookup RV sites, wifi, dog parks, swimming pool, fitness center, playscape, pickleball courts, shuffleboard tables, billiards, nature trails, business center, laundry facilities.

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021: Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau Celebrates the ‘Power of Travel’

Celebrated annually the first full week in May, National Travel and Tourism Week(NTTW) was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the U.S. The 38th annual NTTW (May 2-8) arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to
the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.

“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as the travel industry looks to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “The past year was incredibly challenging, but we saw the full power of the travel industry on display in the way we united and supported one another through this crisis.”

“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S.—evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in America’s
broader economic recovery,” said Dow.

Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau is saluting the power of travel by showcasing a few of the many FACES OF GEORGETOWN TOURISM. Follow us on Visit Georgetown, Texas Facebook as we feature our tourism partners throughout NTTW.

Please visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.

What’s New

Georgetown City Facts

• The city of Georgetown was founded in 1848 and named after George Washington Glasscock who, with his partner, Thomas B. Huling, donated land for the site.

• Georgetown is the county seat of Williamson County and is designated as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas>> More about red poppies and the Red Poppy Festival

• More than 40 retail shops, more than 45 restaurants, a toy store, art galleries, restaurants and three wine tasting rooms, are located in Downtown Georgetown, around the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.

• In 1997, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to be named a Great American Main Street City,the highest honor given by the National Trust>> https://mainstreet.georgetown.org/main-street-program

• Designated the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Georgetown has a wide ranging array of arts and culture opportunities>> arts.georgetown.org/cultural-district/

• Home to one of the best-preserved Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts, with the historic Williamson County Courthouse (from 1911) as its centerpiece.

• The Grace Heritage Center, located in the historic Grace Episcopal Church, dates to 1881. Old Williamson County Jail (312 Main Street) dates to 1888.

• Four National Register Districts and 52 properties on the National Register of Historic places>> historic.georgetown.org/national-register-historic-districts

• Georgetown is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. for cities with a population above 50,000, according to data released in 2022 by the U.S. Census Bureau>> Georgetown is fastest-growing city in U.S.

• Home of Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas, established in 1840>> southwestern.edu

• Nearly nine miles of Hike and Bike Trails along the San Gabriel River>> parks.georgetown.org/hike-bike-trails

• Nearly seven miles of Hiking and Equestrian Trails span Garey Park>> parks.georgetown.org/hike-bike-trails

• Another 28 miles of rugged trail around Lake Georgetown>> Good Water Loop Trail Map

• Several movies have filmed in Georgetown, including: The HBO series, Love and Death, Friday Night Lights, Bernie, Dazed and Confused, Varsity Blues, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen

sanctuary holitic kitchen in georgetown103 North Austin Avenue #310
941-284-4266
sanctuaryholistickitchen.com

Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen crafts natural remedies, skin care and natural foods. They offer classes in healthy living practices such as cooking, skin care and medicine making for children to adults. In their retail space you can find grab and go lunches, kombucha on tap, all of their prepared meals and more.

 

Hard Count Kitchen & Cocktails

georgetown hard count kitchen & cocktails1500 Rivery Blvd Suite 2105
512-688-3530
hardcountgtown.com

A high end sports lounge with a menu full of delicious, gourmet food including scored wings, drumsticks that look like lolly pops, corn nuts made and seasoned from scratch, cuban sandwiches, prime rib French dip, and more.

District Six Georgetown

105 West 9th Street
hello@districtsixgeorgetown.com
districtsixgeorgetown.com

District Six is a neighborhood sports centric restaurant serving elevated bar food, drinks and good times! Located behind the Georgetown Art Center on the historic square, D6 is a family friendly space with arcade games, a spacious patio, 21 televisions dedicated to any and all sports, 40 beers and wines on draft and craft cocktails, both shaken, mixed and frozen. For hours, and menu, please go to the website above.

Hot in Houston Now: Valentine’s Getaway to Georgetown has Much to Offer

El Monumento Bar and RestaurantHot in Houston highlighted Georgetown for a Valentine’s Getaway! They wrote, “A romantic weekend or overnight trip to historic Georgetown, just a three hour drive from Houston, is the perfect solution. The ‘Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas’ has plenty of romantic, fun and low-key options for couples.” Get your itinerary started with their suggestions: hotinhoustonnow.com/2021/01/valentines-getaway-to-georgetown-has-much-to-offer/. See all Georgetown lodging here: visit.georgetown.org/lodging/

Teravista Golf Club

terra vista golf course4333 Teravista Club Drive, Round Rock
512-651-9850
teravistagolf.com

Teravista is a Championship 18-hole golf club that captures the beauty of the Texas Hill Country with views that span for over 50 miles. The rolling terrain provides a challenging 7,200-yard layout and offers 5 different sets of tees that will challenge golfers of all ages and abilities.

Mikey V’s Foods

Mikey V Hot Sauce Shop Georgetown112 W 8th Street
512-688-5071
mikeyvsfoods.com

Mikey V’s Foods is an imaginative local food company aimed at offering high quality, moderately priced salsa and sauces, using only the freshest all-natural ingredients with no preservatives. Mikey V specializes in the manufacturing of award-winning hot sauces, jerky, hot pickles, and salsa.

The Bear Den With A View

cozy bear rental homeCheck Availability & Book Your Stay!

When you close the door behind you, the peace of the backyard bordering a wide open field will embrace you. You’ll love being 7 minutes from the Georgetown Square’s dining, shopping and winery options. Local parks, such as Berry Springs Park, are a short 10 minute drive. The spacious 1300 sq ft available space and garage parking for 1 car [driveway for 4] gives you room to stretch. You’ll feel at home with a loaded kitchen with new appliances, washer/dryer, wifi, TVs downstairs and up. Arrangements to ensure your every need and concern is promptly addressed by Safe Life Clean or by the owner. The neighbors will welcome a “howdy” when shared. The area is surrounded by parks, several with child play areas. Lots of safe, great walking spaces/sidewalks.

Georgetown Listed in Austin Culture Map Top 5 Things To Do

Georgetown’s downtown holiday lights made the list for the top five things to do in Austin over the holiday weekend! You can see the Most Beautiful Town Square’s holiday lights through January 2. Check out the complete list: austin.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/12-24-20-top-best-things-to-do-in-austin-christmas-weekend

Eating Your Way Around Town by My Traveling Roads

my traveling roads My Traveling Roads is a family travel blog that offers the best road trips through Texas & beyond. Kim Croissant is the writer and she recently visited Georgetown along with her grandson. Read all about her dining and other recommendations: mytravelingroads.com/georgetown-texas-eating-your-way-around-town.

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AROUND GEORGETOWN

georgetown fall photo

Fall Events Calendar

Autumn is finally here! Are you looking for a fun fall event? We have you covered with our online events calendar! From fall festivals to pumpkin patches to live music to farmers markets, look no further than Georgetown!  See the complete online events calendar and start planning>>

georgetown arts festival

Month Of The Arts Celebrations

Celebrate Georgetown’s inaugural South Main Arts Festival! Shop the juried artist booths while viewing the yarn bomb installation, enjoy food trucks, live music and ribbon dancers throughout the day, kids arts activities and pottery by Cordovan Art School…and an outdoor theatrical performance, too! Read more about the South Main Arts Festival and other Month of the Arts events>>

fall pumpkin patch

Sweet Eats Fall Festival

Get ready for a giant 2 acre Texas sized pumpkin patch, 4.5 acres of safari themed corn maze, fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, pony rides, wagon rides, apple cannons, food trucks, live music and over 30 different activities! See the full fall schedule and get your tickets now>>

Yummy Chef US

yummy chef catering608 N Church Street
512-883-8414
yummychefus.com

Savory Baked and Fried Goods + Vegan delicacies. On a single website, you can order and have their products shipped to your door. Just heat them up and appreciate our global flavors at anytime. They will take you on a gastronomic journey! Serving all Texas!

Foundry 42 Coffee and Gifts

foundry 42712 S Austin Ave
512-828-9001
foundry42-texas.business.site

Foundry42 lets you experience the workshop and home furnishings retail space with many items being produced by the Foundry42 team. It boasts a coffee bar as well as a limited assortment of feel good baked goodies.

Little Yellow House on Main

Little Yellow House on MainCheck Availability & Book Your Stay!

The little Yellow cottage on Main is located a short 3 blocks from the prettiest square in Texas with all its myriad shops and restaurants. It sits nestled under the canopy of an ancient pecan tree. Totally remodeled in 2020 this 1930’s gem has a modern farmhouse/ urban eclectic decor. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and the entire house will be yours to enjoy. Parking for 2 cars off road and plenty of free street parking. It’s a quiet safe neighborhood and has a great coffee shop almost next door. For more information and reservations, please go to the website.

Austin Culture Map: 6 Magical Hill Country Towns with Hallmark-worthy Holiday Light Displays

“Lights around the historic downtown square (“the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas”) and county courthouse have been turned into a veritable winter wonderland during Merry Moments in Georgetown.” Read the complete article here: austin.culturemap.com/news/travel/12-01-20-6-magical-hill-country-towns-holiday-road-trip-fredericksburg-san-antonio-marble-falls/#slide=0

Tejas Meat Supply

tejas meat supply georgetown101 East 7th Street
512-763-1000
tejasmeatsupply.com

Tejas Meat Supply is a full-service butcher shop and restaurant featuring fresh cut meats from sustainable Texas ranches. They offer a wide selection of house made sausages, jerky and charcuterie. They also serve fine artisan foods, beer and wine.

Austin.com: You’ll Feel Like You’re In A Hallmark Movie…

“While Texas may not have the snow and cold weather that brings in the holiday spirit for most of the US, there are plenty of Texas Christmas towns nearby that even the biggest Scrooge would love.” Read the article and see more great photos: austin.com/youll-feel-like-youre-in-a-hallmark-movie-in-these-texas-christmas-towns

Texas Monthly’s List: Where to See Holiday Lights

georgetown tx holiday lightsWhat an honor to be included in Texas Monthly’s list of “Where to See Holiday Lights and Meet Santa (Safely) This Year.” Now is The Most Wonderful Time to see our Beautiful Town Square! Read their complete list and be sure to visit Georgetown: texasmonthly.com/travel/texas-holiday-lights-2020/

How To Spend A Day In Georgetown, Texas, by Hey Ciara

el monumento georgetown“Drive thirty minutes away from Austin and you’ll transition from skyscrapers to a town square that feels like you’ve truly taken a step back in time. With a population just shy of 60,000, Georgetown is a much-needed change of pace in today’s busy and noisy world.” Ciara is a source of inspiration and information for millenials. See the photos and read her great blog on Georgetown: heyciara.com/blog/georgetowntexasdaytripguide

Jesse Coulter’s Top 5 Outdoor Activities In Georgetown

jesse coulter georgetown activitiesJesse Coulter is a travel writer who enjoys exploring with her three young children. Read what her Top 5 Outdoor Activities are, complete with links and the cutest photos: jessecoulter.net/2020/11/top-5-outdoor-activities-in-georgetown 

For a list of all Georgetown Kid-Friendly Attractions, go to: visit.georgetown.org/kid-friendly/

Tanna Wasilchak’s Ultimate One Day Guide to Georgetown

tanna at sheraton

“Georgetown, TX is a little gem right outside of Austin. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing getaway, then look no further. Georgetown has amazing food, experiences, shopping, and much much more!” Read Tanna’s entire guide, and plan your itinerary for a great visit to Georgetown:tannawasilchak.com/travelguides/2020/10/27/the-ultimate-one-day-guide-to-georgetown

The Best Kept Secret of Texas Hill Country, by Wandering Wild

Georgetown Wandering Wild visit“Georgetown Tx has somehow managed to fly under the radar for far too long! This quaint little town has so much to offer it’s visitors that you’re sure to fall in love with it!” Read the complete Wandering Wild’s Family Travel Article which includes her suggested places to visit, dine and stay while in Georgetown.

Yaghi’s Pizzeria

Yaghis Pizzeria logo4500 Williams Drive
(512) 868-9991
yaghispizzeria.com

Stone baked, authentic New York Style Pizza starts with lots of love. Yaghi’s prepares their dough fresh every day and use only top quality tomatoes and spices for their secret sauce, nothing but 100% all natural mozzarella cheese. They make their own sausage, meatballs, hamburger, chicken and steak meat in-house from scratch with 100% all natural meat and no added preservatives or artificial flavors.

San Gabriel River Trail (Goodwater Loop)

san gabriel river trailhttps://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/texas/good-water-loop

San Gabriel River Trail, also known as Goodwater Loop, is a 26.9 mile trail along the San Gabriel River and Lake Georgetown. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. See Army Corps of Engineers Hiking Trail Map>

D-Bat Georgetown

101 Patriot Way
512-886-3228
dbatgeorgetown.com

Premier indoor baseball/softball training facility, private lessons, cage rentals, state of the art pitching machines, fully stocked pro shop, personal weight training, and much more. Located across the street from East View High School. Kids birthday parties, personal training, boot camps for kids and adults available.

6th Annual Field of Honor

flags field of honorIn San Gabriel Park on November 6-12, the 6th Annual Field of Honor® will once again offer the grand OPENING CEREMONIES: A CELEBRATION OF HEROES, complete with displays of MILITARY TANKS/VEHICLES, FIRE ENGINES, SWAT VEHICLE, K-9 DEMONSTRATIONS, MUSIC, A DEVIL DOG FLYOVER, and MUCH MORE!! The Quilt of Valor ceremonies, the “Dear Hero Station,” tributes, displays, and other exciting events will take place throughout the week, and will culminate with a PATRIOTS CELEBRATION BBQ where the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Patriot Award will be presented. Visit the Events page (see below) often to see updated information between now and November.

Hosted by THE ROTARY CLUB OF GEORGETOWN, TX, the Field of Honor® is a dramatic, emotion-filled display of about 1,600+ full-size, 3′ x 5′ US flags, that honors military (past and present) and first responders. The Rotary Club of Georgetown’s signature event will take your breath away. Each flag is available for purchase and dedication in honor of veterans, active or reserve duty military, first responders, K9 Units, and Equestrian heroes! This dramatic tribute exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” on the part of our heroes. Flags are $45 each. Pick up your flag(s) on November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or they can be shipped for a nominal fee.

For the full schedule of events and information on how to purchase a flag, please go to: https://georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org/

The field is open 24/7 from November 6-12.

The Annual Lighting of the Square

lighting of the squareOn November 25, come experience the magic as we kick-off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving!

Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will help Santa flip the switch and the Uptown Carolers will then sing Christmas Carols. After the lighting, Santa Claus will be available for photos inside the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy, wrapping paper or monetary donation, benefiting the Brown Santa program.

The downtown holiday lights will remain lit every evening through January 1.  This is a free event.

The event location is 103 W. 7th Street. Click here to get directions to the event.

Free parking lots are located at:
5th and Austin Avenue
6th and Main Streets
7th and Rock Streets
10th and Main Streets
Martin Luther King, Jr. and 7th Streets
Martin Luther King, Jr. and 8th Streets
Parking garage located at 4th and Rock Streets

For more information about this event, email cvb@georgetown.org or call 512-930-3545.

41st Annual Christmas Stroll

Come to the 41st Annual Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 2 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the Downtown Square!

Friday, December 2, 5-9 p.m.
• Stores stay open late
• Bethlehem Village
• Food and Product Vendors
• Premier Dining at Local Restaurants
• 2 Stages with Live Entertainment
• 5pm: Dessert with the Grinch
• 6pm: Groovin’ with Grinch
• Free Kettle Corn for Kids

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
• Christmas Stroll Parade at 10 a.m.
• Santa Photos
• Train Rides
• Bethlehem Village
• Food and Product Vendors
• Premier Dining at Local Restaurants
• 2 Stages with Live Entertainment

For more information, please go to thegeorgetownsquare.com/Christmas-Stroll—Guests.html.

Sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association.

 

 

Texas Capitol Tours

texas capitol

1100 Congress Avenue, Austin
512-463-0063
Capitol Visitors Center

The Texas Capitol offers free thirty minute tours which are a great way to learn about the history of the building, walk the historic halls and take pictures. If you prefer to tour at your own pace, you can pick up a free self-guided tour pamphlet from the Capitol Information and Guide Service room or the Capitol Visitors Center.

13th Annual Georgetown Swirl

the georgetown swirlThe Georgetown Main Street Program invites you to be part of the 13th Annual Georgetown Swirl, a Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Award-winning Texas wine, local food and downtown shopping celebration, on the Georgetown Square.

Gather your friends for a fun evening in Georgetown! The Georgetown Swirl will include tastings from Texas wineries as well as amazing food from local restaurants located inside the fabulous downtown retailer stops.

For more information and tickets, please go to swirl.georgetown.org

The 2023 Swirl Date is TBA.

All proceeds benefit the Georgetown Main Street Facade & Sign Grant Program which has awarded over $500,000 in matching grant funds back to over 80 downtown property and business owners.

The Annual Blazin’ Beer Crawl

georgetown beer crawl cheersThe Blazin’ Beer Crawl is a self-paced walking event featuring craft beer tastings inside of our Downtown retail stores and restaurants. Ticket holders will receive a map of all of the participating locations and can choose which order to sample and visit merchants. Hot and spicy snacks will be available at various participating merchant locations. Restaurants will have event day specials. Food trucks will be set up for additional food options during the event.

The 2023 Beer Crawl date is TBA.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgetown Main Street Façade & Sign Grant Program which has awarded over $530,000 in grant funds to downtown business and property owners. We ask that you kindly consider supporting this event to help ensure the beauty and architectural integrity of the historic Georgetown Square.

Labor Day Weekend Shop Georgetown

Summer-Shop-Small-imageLabor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale & Dine Downtown, Sept. 2-5

Say farewell to summer while enjoying specials and great deals with the downtown businesses. This event will take place over the Labor Day holiday weekend and is a great opportunity to snag some deals from merchants who are clearing out their stores to make way for the upcoming holiday season. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!

Specials will be posted on the Downtown Georgetown Facebook page throughout the month of August and over the holiday weekend.

 

The Annual Red Poppy Festival

georgetown red poppy festival concertThe Annual Red Poppy Festival is held on the last full weekend of April on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! The 2023 festival will be held on April 28-30.

The Red Poppy Festival has hosted a who’s who of artists and bands throughout the last few decades and this year promises to be better than ever. With live performances, all three stages will be heating up and turning out the good time vibes. The fun starts blooming on Friday evening when artisans set up their wares, fresh smells waft from food vendors and live music starting at 7 p.m.

The festival really blossoms on Saturday when it kicks off with the Poppy Parade and Car Show.  Once the engines turn off, the day is yours to make.  Kids can get crafts at the Fun Zone and everyone can feast their senses on fine arts, tasty treats and live music all day, wrapping up with a Saturday night concert!

There’s nothing better than a Sunday Funday, except for one spent at the Red Poppy Festival.  Wind down the weekend with one last wander through the artisan market and raise a toast of local fare to the smooth sounds of a well-played weekend.

Go to RedPoppyFestival.com for the complete schedule and all the info!

 

Fiesta Georgetown

georgetown fiesta logoThe 2022 Fiesta Georgetown was On Saturday, October 1 from noon till 4 p.m. Check back soon for the 2023 Fiesta Georgetown date.

“Fiesta Georgetown’s purpose is to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Hispanic/ Latinx community,” the organizers said. “We invite everyone to come and share in this festive celebration of music, food, art, and dance. ”

 

 

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