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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

Blue Hole Downtown GeorgetownLonger 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Elm Street Cottage

Check Availability & Book Your Stay!

This house is ideally situated on a quiet neighborhood street just a short walk to the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” There you will find dining, nightlife, music, art, shopping, festivals, Victorian architecture, and even ghost tours!

The home was built in the 1920s and has been restored over the years to include modern conveniences, while preserving the antiquity and character of the house. If you like rustic charm, a small town vibe, and a great location, this home is for you!
The space
The house is an air-conditioned vacation home consisting of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a seating area. There’s also a dining area and a kitchen complete with a microwave, a fridge, a coffeemaker, and a cook top.

Things to know about the property:

The door lock is operated by an electronic keypad.

Wifi is available.

The internet-enabled TV will work with any streaming services to which you subscribe.

The bed is a queen Sleep Number bed with dual chambers. This means each half of the bed is adjustable using the remote control. The extra bed in the living room is an ottoman that converts to a small bed that will work well for children or small adults.

Williamson Museum Ghost Tours in October

Here’s the scoop from The Williamson Museum on their special dates added for October:

Join us as we tell the stories of the ghosts who have haunted local places for more than a hundred years. The costumed docent-led hour tour leave the museum at 7:30. Ghost Hunting  tours with heightened stories, imagery, and interactive Ghost Hunting leave at 8:00pm & 9:00 pm for about an hour and a half experience. Tickets are $20 per person; $15 for members and students. Buy your ticket early, as space is limited. To purchase tickets, call 512-943-1670, stop by the Museum or purchase online at http://williamsonmuseum.org/museum-events/.

Dates: Friday October 8, Saturday October 9, Friday October 15,  Saturday October 16th, Friday October 22, Saturday October 23rd

The tours will run rain or shine. Tours are subject to cancellation from severe weather.

*Registration limit subject to change with current health advisories.

Friday October 29:

Spirits with Spirits Happy Haunting Hour 7pm-9:30pm

Join The Williamson Museum for a special 21+ Halloween event! On Friday Oct 29th from 7pm-9:30pm, skeptics and believers are invited to join us for our spirits with Spirits happy haunting hour. We’ll provide the drinks and equipment–you investigate the museum for paranormal activity, energy signatures, and hauntings! Tickets include drinks, light bites, and an interactive ghost tour around the square. Cost is $35 for non-museum members and $30 for members. Tickets are limited, so get yours today by calling 512-943-1670, stopping by the museum, or online at http://williamsonmuseum.org/museum-events/.

 

The Blazin’ Beer Crawl

The Georgetown Main Street Program presents the Blazin’ Beer Crawl, Georgetown’s original craft beer crawl event. You are invited to be a part of another much-loved community event held in downtown Georgetown.
The 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.
($25) General Admission Ticket includes a keepsake tasting glass and a map of all of the participating merchants (Ticket sales are limited to ages 21 and over; identification will be verified at pickup).
($55) VIP Admission Ticket includes a keepsake tasting glass, event hat, swag bag, and a map of all of the participating merchants (Ticket sales are limited to ages 21 and over; identification will be verified at pickup).
The Crawl will be held from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, in downtown Georgetown. A total of 150 VIP and 350 general admission tickets will be available for this event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgetown Main Street Façade & Sign Grant Program which has awarded over $525,000 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.

To purchase tickets, go to mainstreet.georgetown.org/beercrawl.

40th Annual Christmas Stroll

Downtown Square
thegeorgetownsquare.com/Christmas-Stroll—Guests.html

Come to the 40th Annual Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 3 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. More information coming soon! Sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association.

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.

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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

• 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

• Home to one of the best-preserved Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts, with the 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

• Ranked fifth in fastest growing U. S. cities according to the 2016 United States Census Bureau report.Georgetown grew at a rate of 5.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. invest.georgetown.org

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

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

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

• More than 40 retail shops, including a day spa, toy store, art galleries, restaurants and three wine tasting rooms, are located around the city square.

• Several movies have filmed in Georgetown, including: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Varsity Blues, Dazed and Confused, Michael, Bernie and the television series Friday Night Lights.

Thank you for your interest in Visit Georgetown, Texas. This page has been created for journalists and members of the print and electronic media. The Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide press visit itineraries, media resources, high resolution images, and more.

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Press Tours/FAM Trips to Georgetown

The Georgetown Convention and Visitor Bureau hosts bloggers and social influencers in cooperation with Breakaway Public Relations. If you are a qualified travel writer and would like to learn more, please click here to submit a press visit inquiry.

Filming in Georgetown

Georgetown is becoming a popular location for film productions due to its historic downtown buildings and proximity to the film industry in Austin. For information about possible filming locations in and around Georgetown, contact Kim McAuliffe, Downtown Development Manager at 512-930-2027.To request filming in Georgetown, please click here and fill out the online form.

Contact Us

The Georgetown Convention & Visitor Bureau offices are located in the Georgetown Visitors Center, located at 103 W. 7th Street on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Please click here to see a staff directory and get directions.

 

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.

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.

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

4333 Teravista Club Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
512-651-9850
adam.owen@magnoliagolfmanagement.com
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.

Upscale Home 5 Blocks To Georgetown Square!

5 blocks from Georgetown Square B&B

Check Availability & Book Your Stay!

Sleek mid-century style and a fantastic location right off of the historic square make this Georgetown home the perfect getaway spot! Along with a backyard and deck, this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath vacation rental boasts an upscale full kitchen for dinner at home and a short walk to delicious dining in town. Travel under a half-mile to Blue Hole Park to go swimming and fishing, or bike on the San Gabriel River Trail set just behind the property. With so much to see and do, you’ll have a memorable stay!

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.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWN SQUARE IN TEXAS

GEORGETOWN, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWN SQUARE IN TEXAS

With summer upon us, now is the perfect time for a getaway to The Daytripper’s favorite destination and the place he calls home. Georgetown, with its farm-fresh dining and historic architecture has grown into a community rich in hot flavors and cool spaces. Start planning to treat your family to a memorable summer on the Square, today!

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AROUND GEORGETOWN

Sheraton photo credit SA Foodie

Getaway in Georgetown

Looking for a cool place to stay where you can take a break from it all? From the Sheraton with great views, a pool, bar and dining, to the comfort of private B&B’s, Georgetown has your weekend stay covered! Check out all Georgetown hotels, guest homes and camping>

Traveling Texas Tribe Visits

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>

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Play at Beautiful Garey Park

Have you visited Garey Park? The 525 acre park includes a playground with zip lines, a dog park, fishing ponds, splash pad and more than seven miles of hiking and equestrian trails (bring your own horses). Garey Park is also home to the Garey House, a beautiful wedding and events venue.  Read more about Garey Park and all Georgetown parks and trails>

Huddle House

huddle house georgetown4610 N IH 35
512-399-3968
huddlehouse.com

For anyone who doesn’t need that next trendy thing, but instead wants a home-cooked meal. The kind with savory slices of bacon or sausage, or subtly sweet signature waffles freshly pressed in a waffle iron, or juicy 100% beef burgers stacked with melty cheese, crisp vegetables or sautéed onions and a toasted bun.

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

Nightingale Texas Bistro

SA Foodie photo of Nightingale Bistro in Georgetown205 W 6th St, Suite 101a
nightingalebistro.com

Nightingale Texas Bistro is opening soon! Whether it’s breakfast on the go, afternoon wine on the patio, or dinner under the stars, Nightingale is Georgetown’s newest hangout. Texas beer, classic cocktails, and an unpretentious wine list paired with French inspired snacks and plates- including their mind blowing burger- all served on our shady patio and garden. Bon appétit, y’all!

Opening Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m.- 10p.m.

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.

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 safely shop, dine and unwind with us.

A Few of Our Favorite Holiday Things
In a year where nothing has gone as planned and moments of celebration have been fleeting, we want to help you get into the spirit. Whether 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. Plus, with safety measures in place, you can feel comfortable breaking bread with your nearest and dearest.

georgetown holiday dining

Happy Playing
Though Santa may not be making as many appearances this year and Zoom-ing into a holiday party lacks some sparkle, there are still some opportunities to celebrate and socially distance in Georgetown.

The curtain will be calling for A Tuna Christmas at the Palace Courtyard, the Palace Theater’s outdoor stage from November 27 – December 20. Tickets are on sale now for this enchanting Christmastime extravaganza.

In addition to theater al fresco, you can really kick off the shopping season at Georgetown’s annual Jingle and Mingle event on November 19. The indoor/outdoor, mask-wearing outing is bringing late-night shopping, sweet treats and big prizes to the Square.

Oh, and don’t forget the Square will twinkle to life the week of November 23. Visit Georgetown throughout the season, there will be more than enough glittery good nights for strolling.

georgetwon holiday play

Festive Staying
The same four walls have lost their luster, haven’t they? Gift your family a staycation or even a drivable vacation in Georgetown where the walls and the view are wonderfully different. Cozy up to the fire and toast up some s’mores at the beautifully appointed Sheraton Austin Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center or re-create a Victorian holiday with a historic stay at an Airbnb just off the Square.

Holiday traditions are a little less traditional this year, but the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas has just what you need to dance with the sugar plums and enjoy some well-needed whimsy.

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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.

12th Annual Swirl

the georgetown swirlThe Georgetown Main Street Program invites you to be part of the 12th Annual Georgetown Swirl, a Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Award-winning Texas wine, local food and downtown shopping celebration, on the Georgetown Square. This year’s event will be on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 6-9 p.m. and will feature a fun and festive theme (dress accordingly!)

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. Each attendee will receive a commemorative tasting glass and will have their choice of 10 wine samples and a tasting at each of the participating restaurants. The retail locations will have Swirl shopping specials for guests, so treat yourself to a few things while you’re out swirling around downtown! Live jazz music by La Grosse Tete will set a fun and festive mood. A complimentary photo opp will also be setup and photos are included! Don’t miss out on the fun!

A total of 400 general admission tickets are sold for $50 each to keep the event an intimate gathering. 150 VIP tickets are available for $125 each for early access to the VIP Reception from 5-7 p.m. VIP guests will enjoy a special custom menu paired with Texas wines. It is an experience you do not want to miss!

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.

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>

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>

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.

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