If you’ve been around a while, you know my love for Georgetown runs DEEP! So much so that we moved here two years ago because we just couldn’t stay away! Just a short drive North of Austin, Georgetown is the perfect blend of history, family, and fun.
Did you know?
- Georgetown’s historic town square was named “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas”! (and they aren’t wrong)
- On April 25, 1990, Georgetown was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” Story has it that seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I by a soldier to his mother. She planted them at her home (which is now 507 East 7th Street). From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) down the river and over much of Old Town. According to http://www.georgetown.org, “Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year”.
- The San Gabriel River passes through the city and provides over 30 miles of waterside parks, bike and hiking trails as well as a popular community park.
- Georgetown is home to Texas’ oldest university, Southwestern University, founded in 1840! The campus is absolutely beautiful and right near the downtown square.
While we LOVE living in Georgetown because of all there is to do with the kids, we recently had a little “parents only” staycation and played tourist– and we had a blast! If you’re ever lucky enough to stop in Georgetown, here are our favorite spots:
- The Nightingale Bistro – unique craft cocktails, wines, and a rustic-French inspired menu make this adorable spot perfect for hosting guests or date night. You will feel transported straight into a French bistro… one that has THE best short rib dinner and pot de creme!
- Brix & Ale – located inside the Sheraton Austin Georgetown, Brix & Ale is perfect for breakfast lunch or dinner. We got lunch one day (don’t skip the chips & dips or the fried pickles) and the chicken tenders and waffles tower is a Sunday brunch MUST have!
- El Monumento – if you’re craving authentic Mexican food with some flair, El Monumento will not disappoint. Order a jalapeno margarita, the queso flameado, and the San Gabriel Especial and thank me later.
- 600 Degrees Pizza – mark my words, this is my absolute favorite pizza (there- I said it!). Order by the pie or a single slice as big as your head! Plus, you’ll be right on the square which is perfect for walking around exploring and shopping.
- The Golden Rule – what better for a date night than an intimate, speak-easy style restaurant with thoughtful craft cocktails and a menu that makes it hard to choose a dish? The double-elk smash burger rivals the candied pecan fried chicken as two of the tastiest things my mouth has ever tasted. For drinks, the Love is Blind is my go-to, hubs leans towards the Pissed Off Machete. Make sure to put this one on your list!
- Lark and Owl Booksellers – this women-founded, independent book store is EVERYTHING if you’re a book-lover. Grab a coffee or order off of the Nightingale’s menu (they share walls and a kitchen), pick out a book, and enjoy! Side note: if you are visiting with kids, there is an ADORABLE kid section, complete with a book nook for reading, a chalkboard for drawing, and lots of open-ended toddler toys.
- Inner Space Cavern – hidden for over 10,000 years right below 1-35 and just East of the square, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in all of Texas! Discovered by the Texas Highway Department, you can take three different tours, with the Adventure Tour being most popular. Though we went in with a group, it was easy to keep your distance and still feel safe. We loved seeing the butterfly bats (the second smallest in Texas) and learning about the history of the area.
- Walk the square – lined with historic buildings, cute shops, and restaurants, a walk on the Square will transport you straight into a Hallmark movie. In the center of the Square sits the historic City Hall and lawn, which is perfect for setting out a picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of wine from one of the wineries or a cold beer (did I mention you are allowed to have open containers!?).
- Blue Hole Park – what a hidden gem! This scenic lagoon is technically part of the South Fork of the San Gabriel River and is just five blocks north of the downtown Square. Perfect for wading, picnicking, and hiking. No entry fee and free street parking make it the perfect spot to pop in and out without too much planning. Bonus: it’s located right behind El Monumento, so put your name in for a table and head down to the river while you wait!
- Cen-tex Mini Golf – the cutest date night idea: pizza and putt putt! Featuring 18 holes, a Pro Shop, and an arcade, Cen-tex feels more like a golf course than a putt putt course. Lined with old oak trees and adorned with bistro lights, hit this spot in the evening and enjoy. Check out their calendar for adult only nights and when they are hosting different local food trucks.
- The Sheraton Georgetown – located near downtown Georgetown in the beautiful Rivery Park, everything about the Sheraton makes you feel right at home. The heated pool, the restaurant and bar (Brix & Ale and Jack’s Lounge), and the complimentary bike rentals had me sold. We ate breakfast at Brix & Ale, checked out bikes, cruised through the trails along the San Gabriel river, and stopped at the coffee shop right near the hotel (Rivery Coffeehouse) before coming back to hit the pool. It was the perfect way to start the day!
- Airbnb/VBRO – there are tons of airbnbs and VRBOs in Georgetown, many within walking distance to the square. This is a great option for even more privacy!
Is there anything I missed on my list? Where are your favorite spots in Georgetown?