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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. If a shot of adrenaline is what you’re after, GTX Jet Skis has you covered. Rent your own supercharged Yamaha WaveRunner and explore the lake’s isolated coves and coastlines.
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.
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, George’s on the Town serves wood-grilled salmon and New York strip steaks along with hamburgers, tacos, and an extensive list of lagers, IPAs, stouts, and porters. If a flavorful red or white wine is more to your liking, 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.
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.
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.
“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. Check out the article and complete list here: mystatesman.com/travel/cool-day-trips-that-will-delight-the-family
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…” Read the entire article:the-culture.co/the-business-of-sustainability-how-one-city-in-texas-boosts-their-economy-through-renewable-energy/
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…