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>

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.

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/

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.

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.

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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.

georgetown holiday smores

 

 

 

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

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“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.

Georgetown’s Most Instagrammable Murals

Banner image promoting Best Date Nights in Georgetown blog postBlogger Jessi Coulter recently visited Georgetown and shares her favorite Instagrammable murals. “If you live in Georgetown or are visiting for the weekend, you’ll find lots of great murals to pose next to!” Some might be a little harder to find than others so take a look at Jessi’s post for location details of the most popular Georgetown murals: Georgetown’s Most Instagrammable Murals.

Ready Set Jet Set: Things To Do In Georgetown, Texas

Girl strolling on Square“Georgetown, Texas is a fun day trip from Austin or a weekend getaway if you have more time to explore! The city of Georgetown has a population of nearly 50k and sits north of Austin and Round Rock off of highway I-35 (which also makes it a great stop on the way up between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth).” Take a look at Ready Set Jet Set‘s complete guide to Georgetown: Things To Do In Georgetown, Texas.

7 Reasons to Visit Beautiful Georgetown this Fall

Miles of viridescent trails that wind between meadows of dewy grasses and thickets of impressive oaks. A glistening lake glowing in the faded light of an autumn sun. Eye-catching architectural marvels that tell the story of a bygone era. All this sets the stage for the perfect fall road trip to Georgetown, a Texas Hill Country charmer that is home to The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Lose yourself in stunning parks, spend some time by a magnificent river, savor delicious food on an outdoor patio, and turn in for the night in a historic bed and breakfast or an upscale hotel. Set just north of Austin, Georgetown is just the place for an autumn getaway. Read on to start planning your trip here.

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Georgetown’s Parks are Just the Place to Enjoy Nature

With average daytime highs in the 70’s and 80’s throughout the season, autumn is a great time to get outdoors in Georgetown. Tie on your hiking shoes and traverse the seven miles of scenic trails at the 525-acre Garey Park, a lush escape to nature set just a few miles west of the downtown area. Travel through meadows and thickets of oaks before taking the River Trail to the bank of the San Gabriel River. After your hike, stop by the upper and lower pond to try your luck at hooking a fish or bring your horse to explore the trails. To get in some first-class birdwatching, follow the 1.5-mile nature trail that runs along the river, a heavily wooded area that is very active during migration season.

There are even more trails to explore at the Berry Springs Park and Preserve. Step along the 2.5 miles of hiking and biking paths and take in a view of two historic springs before settling in for the night in the 300-acre park’s campgrounds. If you’re looking for an easy-to-reach oasis, savor a picnic among the 200-year-old oak trees in San Gabriel Park. Take in a view of the pristine river from your own shady spot before dropping a canoe or kayak into the water for an afternoon paddling adventure.

Whether you’re searching for your next great hiking excursion or you want to breathe in fall’s fresh air, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Georgetown.

Family Biking

Riverside Trails Offer Gorgeous Scenery

When you’re in the mood to work up a sweat, there’s no better place in Georgetown than the San Gabriel River Trail. Following the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River for nearly nine miles, this National Recreation Trail is much more than an exercise spot; it’s one of the best ways to get around town. Pick up the trail in San Gabriel Park, where it starts with a 1.6-mile loop before separating on either side of the river. Proceed along the south fork and you’ll find yourself at Blue Hole Park, one of the Texas Hill Country’s top swimming holes. Continue onto Pickett Trail, a half-mile natural trail that meanders through rock formations and outcroppings that eventually takes you to Chautauqua Park.

For a longer jaunt, opt for the trail on the river’s north fork, which passes through Rivery Park before ultimately culminating at Lake Georgetown. With so much space to explore, the San Gabriel River Trail is just as ideal for casual hikers and bikers as it is for long-distance runners. No matter where you start, you’ll enjoy an abundance of spectacular river views along with the idyllic autumn weather.

Kids inside caverns

Inner Space Cavern is a Must See

Although fall is not the time of year you need to beat the heat, you should still descend into the magnificent subterranean wonderland of Inner Space Cavern. Hidden for more than 10,000 years, this natural wonder remains at a constant 72 degrees throughout the year. Beyond the temperature, which might be just the thing the doctor ordered on a chilly autumn day, the cavern is one of the best preserved of its kind in the Lone Star State. Each large room is adorned with beautiful formations that are showcased with prehistoric animal bones, leaving you to marvel at the forces that helped shape the cavern over millions of years.

To see it for yourself, choose from one of Inner Space Cavern’s three excursions. The Adventure Tour is an hour-long jaunt along lit paths to the cavern’s largest and most decorated rooms, while the Hidden Passages Tour introduces you to an undeveloped portion of the cave that is lit only by your flashlight. If you’re truly adventurous, sign up for the Wild Cave Tour. Hike, crawl, and climb through a complex maze of passages and chambers on this challenging four-hour descent underground. A true physical test, this tour is not for the faint of heart. Yet if you make it through to the end, you’ll have a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell.

Family Kayaking

It’s Easy to Savor a Day on the Water

The shimmering blue waters of a sprawling lake and just enough sunshine to bask in. If this sounds like the perfect fall day to you, get yourself to Lake Georgetown. Covering nearly 1,300 acres, the lake is a mecca for paddlers and anyone who wants to enjoy a day on the water. Don’t have your own kayak? Rent a single or a tandem from Ducks on the Pond Kayaks, who will deliver your watercraft of choice right to the lake. San Gabriel Paddlesports has kayaks you can borrow as well, along with boats you can propel with your feet that are ideal for fishing and photography.

Lake Georgetown provides a world of adventure, yet the best part about it might be its location. Set just six miles from the downtown area, the lake couldn’t be easier to reach.

People eating on a patio

You Can Savor Outdoor Dining at Its Finest

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a delicious meal enjoyed outdoors, particularly on a refreshingly cool fall evening. Whether you’re searching for your next date night locale or a place to satisfy your appetite, you’ll find plenty of one-of-a-kind restaurants with outdoor patios in Georgetown. Start at none other than El Monumento, where mouthwatering street tacos and sizzling fajitas pair perfectly with frozen margaritas crafted with 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila, all-natural triple sec, fresh lime juice and a Japanese shaved-ice machine.

When nothing sounds better than a piping-hot pizza, claim a spot on 600 Degrees Pizzeria’s patio. Make your own pizza or order one of the specialty pies along with one of the 30 craft beers on tap. The pizzeria even offers vegan options for its cheese, sausage, chicken, ground beef, and chorizo, so there’s something on the menu for everyone. Meanwhile, Wildfire serves USDA dry-aged prime beef seared over oak logs along with sophisticated comfort food favorites, mouthwatering seafood entrees, and wines from Texas and beyond. Speaking of wine, if you enjoy a red or white then you should head to Kork Wine Bar. Choose from more than 25 wines by the glass (or more than 100 from around the world by the bottle) and savor a Neapolitan-style pizza, charcuterie board, or other small-plate dishes.

These are just four of Georgetown’s many restaurants where you can relish great food and fall’s friendly temperatures. Find more dining options here.

Boy and girl eating ice cream

Delicious Desserts are Everywhere

Is there anything better than a sugary treat on a crisp autumn afternoon? Of course not! From fresh-baked cookies to creative milkshakes, you’ll come across a multitude of ways to satisfy your cravings here. Sink your sweet tooth into a made-your-way ice cream sandwich at The Baked Bear, where you can choose from more than a dozen cookies, ice cream flavors, and toppings like vegan chocolate chip and red velvet. You ice cream lovers will also want to check out Scoops Ice Cream, where you can choose from 42 varieties (including French toast and smores) along with an array of unique sundaes.

To truly treat yourself, look no further than The Yard Milkshake Bar. Look at the menu here and you’ll see that The Yard’s milkshakes are undoubtedly over the top. Each option comes with a delicious ice cream base and such toppings as dark chocolate shavings, whipped cream, and even an entire cupcake brownie. While all choices are great, you should consider the local’s choice: Greetings From Georgetown. Only found here in town, this milkshake comes with coconut chocolate almond and butter pecan ice cream with crushed Oreos, chocolate and red marshmallow drizzle, whipped cream, and a candy red poppy.

Hungry for more? There are more sugary sweets to be found here.

San Gabriel House B&B

There are First-Rate Places to Stay

Dip your toes into a heated outdoor pool at a state-of-the-art hotel or unwind in your corner of a historic mansion. No matter the season, where you stay is just as important as what you do during your next getaway. Here in Georgetown, you’re spoiled for choice. Combining small-town Texas hospitality with world-class service, the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center is a destination unto itself. Beyond its temperature-controlled pool, on-site dining, and state-of-the-art fitness center, the hotel’s posh guest rooms and spacious suites provide just the place to kick back after a day spent exploring Georgetown.

Book a few nights at the San Gabriel House Bed & Breakfast and you’ll feel right at home. This Arts-and-Crafts-style mansion built in the early 20th century is full of vintage charm, from its wrap-around veranda to its elegant parlors and original mahogany woodwork. The home houses five guest rooms with private bathrooms and high-end linens, with each unit connecting to a common area on the second floor. For more privacy, consider the studio apartment on the upper level of the Carriage House. Regardless of where you stay, you’ll enjoy a hearty two-course breakfast in the main dining room, which is just the thing you need to start your day in Georgetown.

Ready to hit the road? Plan your next autumn adventure to Georgetown, where you’ll find an abundance of things to see and do along with a Texas-sized serving of Hill Country charm. Discover Georgetown’s attractions, shops, restaurants, and lodging options here.

 

Visit Austin: 15 Hill Country Towns Worth a Day Trip

boating on lake georgetown“Talk a walk through downtown Courthouse Square, where beautifully preserved Victorian-era buildings house shops and restaurants. Spend a day on the water at Lake Georgetown, a 1200-acre lake offering boating, skiing, fishing, hiking and a wildlife preserve. Explore caves dotted with stalactites and awe-inspiring rock formations at Inner Space Cavern.” See their complete list here: austintexas.org/austin-insider-blog/post/hill-country-towns-worth-a-visit

5 Ways to Enjoy Hill Country Beauty in Georgetown

Take in a long breath of clean air, enjoy the feeling of peace you can only get when you can’t hear any sounds of traffic, and lose yourself on a scenic trail. We all need a little bit of the outdoors in our lives, and Georgetown is just the place to escape to nature. Located a short drive north of Austin, Georgetown is surrounded by the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, right down to its sloping hills, groves of oak and pecan trees, and immaculate river. Not sure where to get started? Check out these amazing experiences, then plan your next road trip to Georgetown.

garey-park-georgetown-texasGet Away from it All in Garey Park

Whether you’re looking to get lost for the day or for a scenic place to delight in a picnic, you’ll find plenty to like about Garey Park. Start by traversing the park’s seven miles of hiking trails that take you through grassy fields past prickly pear cactuses and wildflowers to the bank of the South San Gabriel River. One such pathway follows the river through a heavily wooded area that attracts an array of birds during the spring and fall migration seasons. Make sure to stop by the wildlife viewing blind, a refuge that affords a great opportunity to see some of animals that call the park home.

When you reach the river, dip your toes into the water to cool off or spend the afternoon fishing for bass and sunfish. There are two stocked ponds in the park that you can cast your line into as well. If you’re here with your best furry friend, let them run freely at the park’s 4.5-acre off-leash dog ranch. Covering 525 acres (making it larger than Austin’s Zilker Park), Garey Park is just the place to go when you want to feel like you’re miles away from it all. Yet the park is less than 10 miles away from Downtown Georgetown, making spending a day here as easy as can be.

picnic-san-gabriel-park-georgetown-texasRelax by the San Gabriel River

Roll out a blanket under the shade of a 200-year-old oak tree and dine al fresco as you watch the pristine water of the San Gabriel River trickle on by. Not only is this one of the best ways to relish an afternoon in San Gabriel Park, it’s a must while you’re in Georgetown. The park, placed where the north and south forks of the river converge, showcases some of the town’s finest scenery. Although you could spend the entire day lounging by the river, there’s more to do here.

Try your luck at hooking a fish from the riverbank or explore the 1.6-mile San Gabriel Park Loop, which connects to other pathways like the 5.5-mile Randy Morrow Trail that serve as a easily accessible route to Georgetown’s other top spots. Back in the San Gabriel Park, take on the nine-hole disc golf course set among inviting oaks before returning to your spot next to the river. After all that fun you’ve had in San Gabriel Park, you deserve a bit more rest and relaxation. Where better than in one of Texas’ most beautiful parks?

dog and wine glass in georgetownEnjoy a Day in Downtown Georgetown

Downtown areas aren’t typically known for their natural appeal, and for good reason. Yet Downtown Georgetown isn’t like other downtown areas, as it’s home to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Full of breathtaking architecture, including the magnificent Williamson County Courthouse, the square is a bustling hub full of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. Get a glass of wine from one of the square’s three wineries and find a spot on the lawn to take it all in. If your appetite has kicked in, get takeout from local eateries like Burger University or Roots and have a picnic, or simply stroll around the square with your wine in hand. With places like The Escape Fine Crafts & Gifts, the Georgetown Antique Mall, and Mikey V’s Hot Sauce Shop, you’ll also find some truly first-class window shopping as well.

camping at tejas park at lake georgetownSleep Under the Stars

Looking to get away from it all? Pitch a tent at Tejas Park, a secluded space settled near the bank of the North San Gabriel River. The park is home to only 12 primitive campsites, meaning you’ll feel as if you’ve put down roots for the night in the wilderness of the Texas Hill Country. Once the sun rises, stroll down the hiking trail that takes you to the river, where you can go for a splash or try your luck at hooking a fish. For a more intense adventure, pick up the trail that takes you to Lake Georgetown, a roughly three-mile journey through dense thickets of juniper trees. End the day back at your campsite, where you’ll feel like you’re all on your own.

berry springs park in georgetownDiscover One of Georgetown’s Hidden Gems

Groves of pecan trees. Fields of wildflowers. The crystal-clear waters of spring-fed pools. Located within five miles of Downtown Georgetown, it’s no wonder Berry Springs Park and Preserve is considered a hidden gem. This 300-acre getaway to nature is a fantastic destination for bird and wildlife watchers. Head to the bird viewing area to watch these friendly flyers flitting from one branch to another, then continue on the 2.5 miles of hiking and biking trails to see even more of the park’s colorful residents. The park is based around two springs that you can see on the Spring Deck, and you can even cast a line from the fishing platform. As you meander between oak and pecan trees and through grassy fields, stop by the historic compound to greet the park’s donkeys.

Want to stay longer? Reserve one of the sites in the primitive or improved camping areas. Wake up the next morning for another full day of adventure.

We could all use some time outdoors. Get away to the beauty of the Texas Hill Country on your next road trip to Georgetown. Plan your visit here.

Red Tricycle: What To Do With Kids in Georgetown

what to do with kids in Georgetown TX by Gabby Cullen
Photo by Gabby Cullen

Anyone looking for kid-friendly summer fun ideas? Check out this great article by Gabby Cullen with Red Tricycle featuring “What to do with kids in Georgetown!” It’s a great list to share with friends looking to visit with little ones. Just in time for the weekend, too! Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, The Williamson Museum, Sip ‘n’ Stain Georgetown, TX, 18 Carrot Bakery, All Things Kids In Georgetown, Texas, Lark and Owl Booksellers, Inner Space Cavern, 600 Degrees Pizzeria & Drafthouse, Wildfire Restaurant, The Monument Cafe and The Georgetown Palace Theatre are all on her list. Read it all here: redtri.com/what-to-do-with-kids-in-georgetown-texas/slide/6. 

7 Reasons Why Georgetown Should Be Your Next Getaway

photo credit 20 Something SA

It’s always great to receive accolades from writers visiting from other great Texas cities. Alyssa from Twenty Something SA wrote: “Recently I traveled two hours to Georgetown, about 30 miles north of Austin. Once I was outside ATX city limits, the highway to became less crowded and I felt my mind and body relax. It felt nice to pass the hustle + bustle and continue onto more serene lands.” To read her great article and see some photos, including some yummy food photos, go to twentysomethingsa.com/7-reasons-why-georgetown-should-be-your-next-getaway.

PaperCity Magazine: The Most Beautiful Small Town in Texas is a Quick Escape From Austin

PaperCity Magazine Author Megan Forney writes, “A few weeks back, I drove a little more than 20 miles from Austin to Georgetown, perhaps best known for having the most beautiful town square in Texas. It’s a small, historic town that not only boasts a welcoming spirit…” Read on about the raves: papercitymag.com/culture/travel/georgetown-texas-austin-escape-town-square-friday-night-lights/

Georgetown’s Creative Playscape Featured

The very popular “Only In Your State” website featured Georgetown’s very own unique playscape. Only In Your State features attractions across the nation! Read what they have say in this article titled, “The Unique Playground Hiding Near Austin That Your Whole Family Will Love.” You can also find more information on the Playscape and other great Georgetown Parks at Georgetown Parks and Recreation.

Texas Monthly: It’s “Hip to Be Square in Georgetown”

Mesquite Creek Outfitters photo by Wynn Myers

Georgetown is in the spotlight again! Read why It’s “Hip to Be Square in Georgetown” according to Texas Monthly. Thank you, Texas Monthly, for the great compliment! Read more about the hip hangouts and the fun they found in this well-written article that sums up downtown life in Georgetown: texasmonthly.com/travel/hip-square-georgetown.

The Culture Collective: Travel to Georgetown and Sustainable Energy

Georgetown TX Sustainable Energy and Travel
Photo Credit The Culture Collective

Georgetown and Our Most Beautiful Town Square is making travel adventure headlines again! Take two minutes and read what Kelley with The Culture Collective has to share from her adventure and her quotes from our Mayor Dale Ross! “Tucked away just about 25 miles north of Austin, Texas is the nation’s fifth fastest growing city: Georgetown. The community’s southern hospitality, diverse outdoor offerings and burgeoning food scene are just the icing on the cake for Georgetown’s real draw – a thriving economy…” Read the entire article:the-culture.co/the-business-of-sustainability-how-one-city-in-texas-boosts-their-economy-through-renewable-energy/

Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives Stella Award

The City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau recently placed second for the best destination marketing organization/convention and visitors bureau for the Southwest region for the 2017 Stella Awards. This was the award’s inaugural year.

The Stella Awards are presented by The Northstar Meeting Group and recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, destination marketing organizations/CVBs, and destination management companies that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

“We are very honored to be recognized alongside cities that have been doing meeting and event planning for many years,” Georgetown Tourism and CVB Manager Cari Miller said. “This award has given us the opportunity to showcase our City to meeting managers from throughout the U.S. We couldn’t have won this award without our incredible CVB team and all the wonderful work they do.”

Finalists for the awards were selected by voting industry professionals, and winners were selected by a panel of judges based on professionalism, consistency in delivering quality service, innovation of ideas, and support to meeting professionals.

Visit Phoenix and the Irving CVB placed first in the category, and Visit Denver came in third.

The Southwest region includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

 

Austin’s EASTside Magazine Article: A Weekend in Georgetown

After Erin McWilliams, Writer from Austin’s EASTside Magazine spent a weekend in Georgetown, she wrote, “Georgetown is one of the Hill Country’s hidden gems, boasting the beautiful Blue Hole along the San Gabriel River, one of the best preserved caves in the state, and a dreamy town square.” Read the entire article and see more photos at: eastsideatx.com/a-weekend-in-georgetown.

DoughMessTic Travel Blogger Raves About Georgetown

Susan Moss of DoughMessTic recently visited Georgetown and blogged, “Caves, boating, markets, great dining? The #1 fastest growing city in America in its population range? And the Most Beautiful Town Square in the state? This I had to see….We arrived in Georgetown late on a Friday afternoon, and swung by the Visitor’s Center. Talk about a welcome. This little town has a stunning historical façade, and they weren’t kidding about that town square. It REALLY is beautiful. It’s a reminder of all things that used to be easy, and good. Where soda shops were a real thing, and not just in the movies. Where neighbors were actually neighborly. It oozes nostalgia.” Susan is from a small town and this now an avid world traveler. So, when she gives us this sort of review, we take it as a HIGH compliment! Read the entire article: doughmesstic.com/2017/10/12/family-travel-georgetown-texas/

Travel Blogger Tam Warner Minton Visits Georgetown

Tam Warner Milton Photo Experience Amazing and Beautiful Georgetown, TexasTravels with Tam Travel Blogger, Tam Warner Minton author of Travels with Tam, says , “You should experience amazing and beautiful Georgetown, Texas!…I have to say that Georgetown has the prettiest town square I have seen so far in the Hill Country!…What a great place for a Texas trip! The courthouse is in the center, surrounded by historic buildings, cute shop fronts, and a grassy lawn. Georgetown is in Williamson County, Texas, and has a rich history.” Tam has been published in Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel Post Monthly, and many more publications. Read the complete article, full of great details and photos: http://travelswithtam.com/beautiful-georgetown-texas/

CultureMap Cave Tour Roundup featuring Inner Space Cavern

inner space cavern with visitorsThanks to CultureMap Austin for this incredible Austin area cave tour roundup, which includes our very own Inner Space Cavern. “Austin and its surrounding areas are known for beautiful Hill Country landscapes and plenty of outdoor recreation options — but don’t forget to explore the awesome sights underground, too. You can up the adventure by making a day trip to one of these showstopping caves near the city.” Read the entire article here: 5 incredible caves to explore just outside of Austin

Having Fun in the Texas Sun – Texas Family Travel Visits

Looking for a fun road trip? Read this great article by Having Fun in the Texas Sun – Texas Family Travel about visiting Inner Space Cavern, Georgetown Parks and Recreation Hike and Bike Trails and Playscape, The Monument Cafe and camping at Berry Springs Park And Preserve! What a great way to spend time in Georgetown! Give it a read and make your plans: havingfuninthetexassun.com/2016/06/12/berry-springs-park-and-preserve-georgetown/

 

Georgetown TX Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Photo by Rudy Ximenez

Georgetown, Texas was chosen as one of Southern Living’s 15 Affordable Towns We Love.   What a great article by Author Perri O. Blumberg: “Georgetown is gearing up to be running on 100% wind and solar power by 2018 —a huge draw for affordable and eco-friendly living. Don’t miss the annual Red Poppy Festival, a free celebration with live music, a parade, a kid zone, a car show, arts and crafts, and more. Hailed as “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” downtown Georgetown allows free parking after 5 p.m. year-round so you can dine, try a wine-tasting or two, and take in a theatrical performance without feeding any meters. No trip to Georgetown is complete without a visit to the Blue Hole, a lagoon along the San Gabriel River, and a tour of the Georgetown Art Center, where admission is free.”  You can read the entire article here: southernliving.com/travel…