“Though chance encounters with childhood sweethearts rarely happen between sips of hot cocoa, feeding one’s most jolly Hallmark fantasies is perfectly fine. And let’s face it, those warm fuzzies aren’t always easy to find amongst Austin’s seasonal glitz. That kind of holiday feeling is a decidedly small-town affair.” Read Austin Culture Map’s complete article>>
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.
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.
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!
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“ on November 24, kicks off the 2023 Holiday season which will be sure to delight children of all ages. We will celebrate our “Annual Christmas Stroll” happening on December 1 & 2. Bring the family for pictures with Santa, “Whoo hair,” 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 merry music with a Christmas message, be sure to catch a live performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the fabulous Palace Theater. For those who love to laugh, tickets to see the holiday comedy, “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” at the Palace Playhouse are sure to please.
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 Center. Local 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.
Sarah J. Blankenship, a dedicated muralist, has been passionately contributing to Georgetown’s artistic landscape since 2018. Prior to her full-time muralist career, she worked in various roles, including the Arts & Culture Coordinator for the City of Georgetown, faux finisher and muralist at In Your Space Collaborative Arts, and Project Design Assistant at the Texas Historical Commission for 13 years.
Sarah’s commitment to Georgetown goes beyond her artistic endeavors. She has volunteered on Georgetown’s Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC) and Main Street Program. Alongside her husband, Anthony Blankenship, who volunteers on the GISD school board, they’ve been proud residents of Georgetown since 2003, raising two kids, Adrian and Cassidy, aged 15 & 13.
Her latest achievement is the completion of the ‘Welcome to Georgetown’ mural at the Visitor’s Center, fulfilling her goal of painting on every side of the square. Notable businesses around the square that bear her artistic touch include Tejas, Divine Treasures, Roots, Kilwins, Barrels & Amps, Omnia Outdoors, and the Visitor’s Center. Beyond the square, Blankenship has left her mark on numerous establishments, including the Palace Theatre, Razmataz Salon, Kork Wine Bar, 600 Degrees, Grace Heritage Church, and the Little Lemon in the library.
One of her most well-known Georgetown murals is the ‘Greetings from Georgetown Texas/Red Poppy Capital’ mural at Gus’s drug, a project that involved the collaborative efforts of 151 local residents. For a comprehensive list of mural locations, visit her website at Sarah J. Blankenship’s Mural Locations. Her website’s main page showcases a stunning visual portfolio of her work: Sarah J. Blankenship’s Portfolio.
Stop in the Georgetown Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh Street to pick up a printed Directory of Public Art or check out Georgetown’s Online Public Art Tour.
“From a spring poppy festival to a prehistoric cavern, this historic small town is full of surprises.” Read Southern Living’s recommendations and the full article>>
Michelle Joy recently visited Georgetown from the Houston area, and put together a list of the 15 Best Things to To Do in Georgetown on a Girls Trip! As Michelle says, “Read on for some of the best trails, tastes, tours and more in Georgetown Texas.”>>
“Have you done a beer day in Georgetown yet? A quick drive up 35 from downtown Austin (estimated time between 40 minutes and 8 hours, depending on traffic) puts you in the county seat of Williamson County. The historic downtown square houses several beer-centric businesses that are worth checking out, and a few miles outside of downtown you’ll find two(ish) breweries…” Read on and make note of the best places to find craft beer in Georgetown>>
CultureMap Austin does a great job of covering all great events in the Central Texas area, and Georgetown was sure to be featured with our annual Red Poppy Festival! “Besides the self-guided flower tour, the flowers are mostly a springboard into Central Texans’ favorite things and outdoor festival staples.” Read the complete article covering Georgetown’s signature spring event>>
Texas Travel blogger, Kim Croisant has a lot to say about her spring visit to Georgetown! She writes in her Texas Travel Talk blog, “The city of Georgetown is located in Central Texas, north of Round Rock and a short drive from Austin, making this small town full of lovely architecture and natural beauty that everyone wants to see. You won’t want to miss out on the fun top attractions in Georgetown, TX!” Read Kim’s recommendations on Georgetown attractions, dining and lodging>>
“South by Southwest (SXSW) is here, and maybe you’re not too thrilled about it. You’ve bid your friends good luck going downtown for the next week, and you’ve resigned yourself to stay inside until it’s safe to return to the inner city. What do you do now?… Catch a play at the Georgetown Palace Theatre” Read the entire article here>>
Jessica Bell of Miles From Missouri made a trip with her family to Georgetown and recently shared her blog about their stay! She writes about the Georgetown food scene and where to play in Georgetown, and made sure to share some great photos that just might make you want to get over here for your next meal! Read Jessica’s blog and get started on your own list of places to visit in Georgetown, Texas>>
Only In Your State writes, “One of the best Christmas towns in Texas, Georgetown truly looks like a scene from a painting during the holiday season. Between the quaint shops and restaurants in the town square all decked out with lights and decorations to the numerous festivities, Christmas cheer is in no short supply here.” Read the whole jolly article here>>
Houstonia Magazine writes, “Winter vacation is one of the best times to travel in Texas. Cool enough for sweaters and hot cocoa but still warm enough to get outside and go on an adventure… Located 25 miles north of Austin, Georgetown combines just the right amount of small-town charm with outdoor recreation, making it a great getaway destination this winter. Read the complete article>>
“Georgetown has a little bit of an Austin vibe…some of the quirky weirdness has migrated north and joined with the historic buildings, tranquil parks, and small-town charm to form something entirely new. You’ll know you’re in Texas because people will smile at you on the street and stop and chat with you.” See her recommendations for places to eat, shop and things to do while in Georgetown>>
Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat. Check out Jane’s blog on 21 Top Things To Do In Georgetown>>
My San Antonio featured Georgetown’s Inner Space Cavern in their end of summer article exploring the Texas Hill Country’s beautiful caves! Check out the 5 caverns in Texas to explore before summer’s over>>
Texas Wanderers is a non-native Texan who has fallen in love with Texas! The Texas Wanderers family travels the state and blogs about their favorite towns and locations. Read Texas Wanderers’ Georgetown blog: 8 Fabulous Things To Do In Georgetown, complete with great photos>>
Southern Living had wonderful things to say about the fun things to do when you live or visit Downtown Georgetown! Read Southern Living’s recent article: “15 Affordable Small Towns We Love.”
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.
Cynthia 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
Style 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>
Texas Monthly recently featured Georgetown’s Goodwater Loop Trail around Lake Georgetown! Read what Jacqueline Knox of Texas Monthly had to say about this Georgetown hike>
Kris Grant visited Texas and chose Georgetown to be featured in Eight of the Best Small Town Squares in America! See the featured article in the online edition of Coronado Magazine (hint: go to page 48)>
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>
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>
A super exciting zip ride, The Saber Tooth, is now open! Come experience Inner Space Cavern’s newest attraction! The ride lifts you to 130′ into the air, going backwards, then comes back at 33 mph! Read more about The Saber Tooth and Inner Space Cavern>
Georgetown’s very own Fuego Latino Gastropub made Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas list! So, if you weren’t already, be sure to add them to your weekend plans. See Fuego’s menu, hours, and specialties>
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.
A big thanks to Bob Bales (aka The Traveling Fool) for his recent visit to Georgetown and for including us in this neat list of 15 Texas Towns you need to visit! You can read the full article here: thetravellingfool.com/15-small-towns-in-texas-you-need-to-visit/
Hot 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 is honored to be listed at the top of Austin.com‘s list of The Most Beautiful Texas Town Squares near Austin! See the entire list and read about the towns listed: austin.com/take-a-trip-to-the-most-beautiful-texas-town-squares/
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
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.
“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
What 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/
“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 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/
“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
“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.
Blogger 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.
Looking for a great date night restaurant in Georgetown? Blogger Jessie Coulter shares her favorite night out eateries! Check out Jessie’s recommendations: 5 Best Date Night Restaurants in Georgetown, TX.
“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.
“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
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.
Get 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.
Relax 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?
Enjoy 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.
Sleep 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.
Discover 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.
“Take in the sight of a sea of scarlet red or golden yellow at these events around the state…” This article, written by Shari Biediger, features three Texas towns and their poppies. It’s no surprise that Georgetown made the list! Read the entire article here: 3 Best Places to See Poppies in Texas.
FinanceBuzz just released their list of Fun and Frugal Weekend Getaways in All 50 States and Visit Georgetown rules in Texas! See the entire list: Fun and Frugal Weekend Getaways.
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.
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 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/
Who made the Fodor Travel’s List of America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns? Georgetown, Texas did! 🎉💫 Click the website link to read what they say about Georgetown and see the full list including other cute Main Street Towns across the nation: fodors.com/news/photos/americas-25-cutest-main-streets-in-smaller-towns.
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.
Georgetown made Austin American Statesman’s Summer of 2018 list of day trips! Included are some of our beloved attractions – Blue Hole, Inner Space Cavern and El Monumento.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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/
Travels 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/
Thanks 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
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, 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…