Put a spring in your step and take advantage of the longer days ahead with a visit to Georgetown, or the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” as it is fondly known. Whether you decide to come for the first budding blossom or the 17th annual Red Poppy Festival, you’ll find a bouquet of outdoor and indoor experiences to enjoy.
Just 30 miles from Downtown Austin, this Hill Country community is bustling with hip farm-to-table fare and just-what-you-were-looking-for boutiques. It’s not hard to see why many people who come for a weekend stay for a lifetime. There are a myriad of destinations on and off the Square that are more than worthy of exploration.
Whether this is your first visit or your 400th, Georgetown’s Square is a sight to savor. The historic Victorian Architecture, so beautifully preserved, has received a variety of accolades including the prestigious Great American Main Street Award, the National Trust Award and the approval as a cultural district from the Texas Commission on the Arts. But don’t let the history fool you there are plenty of new places to discover. In fact, the newly established Georgetown Art Center has welcomed a who’s who list of renowned artists and exhibits since opening its doors and local three-year old restaurant, 600 Degrees Pizzeria & Drafthouse was recently named the Best Downtown Business in the state by the Texas Downtown Association.
And that’s just what’s happening on the Square.
Take a stroll, or better yet, put the pedal to the metal with one of the free bike-share bikes available at the Visitors Center and discover some of the city’s hidden gems off the Square. Stop and smell the studies at Southwestern University. Texas’ first institution for higher learning has been dropping knowledge on young minds for 175 years and has been named as the state’s leading liberal arts college by some of the most notable publications including Forbes and the Princeton Review.
Not feeling overly bookish, no problem. Spin your wheels along miles of hike and bike trails that weave through the city. Along the way, you’ll discover some of our favorite watering holes – Lake Georgetown and Blue Hole. Both bodies of water are great for recreation, while Lake Georgetown also serves as a fun and functional retreat for fishing, playing, boating and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir for flood control.
As the sun starts waning on your day of adventure, head back to the Square to dine al fresco at some of our tastiest spots. Feeling more parched than puckish? Slide into a spot at one of our local breweries or wineries and say cheers to the weekend. Had your fill of good eats and drinks? Settle in for a play at the Palace Theatre or toe-tapping tunes at one of our local live music venues. Before you put a nightcap on your day, indulge in a sweet treat along the Square or a tasty bite to-go to savor at your hotel.
From play day to date night, the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas is the perfect destination to welcome the season that is so fresh and so spring.