An Expert’s Guide to a Cozy Weekend in Georgetown

Hiking, wine tasting, and Inner Space Caverns are just a few things to do in this charming town.

By Geneva Diaz Published in the Winter 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Enjoy a latté out on the patio of Sweet Lemon Kitchen.

Image: Rudy Ximenez

WINTER VACATION IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES TO TRAVEL IN TEXAS. It's cool enough for sweaters and hot cocoa, but still warm enough to get outside and go on an adventure. Texas has many charming towns to be discovered, and Georgetown is one of those places. 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. Fill your itinerary with a stroll through the city’s historic town square, visit fascinating art galleries and boutique shops, listen to live music, and relax away from the city noise on Lake Georgetown.

From what to do and where to eat, to the best places to stay, here’s all you need to know for a winter weekend getaway in Georgetown:

What to Do in Georgetown, Texas

Georgetown Square has the ultimate holiday shopping experience. Whether you are on an antiquing mission to uncover a long-forgotten piece of art at Rough and Ready Antiques, or you’re in search of the perfect gift, you’ll find just what you’ve been looking for in one of the many stores, both on and off the square. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine to-go (yes, you can drink while you stroll on the square!) while you window-shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Grape Creek Vineyards’ tasting room even has a walk-up window where you can order a cup of vino without having to walk inside the shop. Bibliophiles and light readers alike should stop by Lark & Owl Booksellers, an independent women-owned bookstore, bistro, and retail experience, to grab a bite and stroll through their expansive book collection.

With more than nine miles of hiking and biking trails, Garey Park and San Gabriel Park are great spots to take a walk and enjoy colorful landscapes with unbeatable views. For something truly unique, head to the Inner Space Cavern and explore more than 80,000 years of underground rock formations (possibly a few bats as well).

See the underground rock formations at Inner Space Cavern.

In Georgetown, history buffs can visit more than 52 properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Marvel at the preserved Victorian and Pre-WWI buildings found in the downtown historic district; visit the Grace Heritage Center that dates back to 1881; or check out the Old Williamson County Jail, built in 1888. Georgetown is also home to Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas. If you’re going in December, you’ll get the chance to experience the famous Georgetown Christmas Stroll and witness the city transform into a magical wonderland with twinkling lights and festive decorations.

Where to Eat in Georgetown, Texas

A hard day of play or a romantic night on the town calls for delicious food. From farm-to-table fare to grab-and-go grub, the restaurants both on and off the square are indulge-worthy. Have breakfast at Monument Cafe, a 1940s-style diner specializing in home-style cooking. Every meal is served with fresh vegetables, and the homemade desserts are a must. Enjoy a latté out on the patio of Sweet Lemon Kitchen, and snack on a made-from-scratch cinnamon roll or a delicious kolache. Literally, anything you get from here is delicious.

Grab a glass of wine from Barons Creek Vineyards / Tasting Room & Wine Lounge.

Visit Barons Creek Vineyards wine lounge, which has outdoor seating for you to drink a glass while you people watch along the square. Or check out Rentsch Brewery for a tasty craft beer before dinner. For dinner, make a reservation at The Golden Rule, a speakeasy-style restaurant that offers a diverse menu including Texas fried shrimp, pecan-fried chicken, and sweet glazed Brussels sprouts. It also hosts a full bar with signature cocktails and an extensive whiskey collection.  

Where to Stay in Georgetown, Texas

San Gabriel House Bed & Breakfast in the historic Hyer-Sells mansion, is an elegant estate right across from Southwestern University, that offers six luxurious guest rooms: five upstairs in the main house and one studio apartment with a kitchenette upstairs in the carriage house. Don’t ask the innkeeper which one is their favorite because all rooms have their own unique feel. Savor a freshly prepared two-course breakfast while relaxing in the dining area, or take your meal on the spacious balcony with heart-pine floors, and a wrap-around veranda. The back screened porch offers rocking chairs to enjoy the view. And the backyard is perfect for lounging, complete with shady pecan trees, a gazebo, and a crackling fire pit. 

Set among the greenery of Rivery Park, Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel is Georgetown's only full-service hotel, effortlessly blending small-town Texas hospitality with amazing service and amenities. The hotel is conveniently located just five minutes from the main square, across IH-35, making it easy to explore Southwestern University or taking a drive straight south to downtown Austin. The hotel has a beautiful restaurant and brewery called Brix and Ale, which serves classic Texan-American comfort food and tasty local brews on tap, including a mouth-watering Texas Tini. Swim in the outdoor heated pool, hop on one of their complimentary bicycles, go for a jog on the adjacent trails, or break a sweat in their 24-hour fitness center. Their sophisticated rooms and suites offer complimentary Wi-Fi and the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience, which is just a fancy way of saying that you’ll get a good night’s rest on a damn cozy bed.

In December, you’ll get the chance to experience the famous Georgetown Christmas Stroll and witness the city transform into a magical wonderland with twinkling lights and festive decorations.

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