Small towns have a style all their own. Some are quirky, some laid back and for many people living in large cities a weekend getaway to a small town is one way to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of the fast moving life. Whether you want to visit wineries, go shopping or just take time to relax on a sun soaked beach, every state has a few small towns that make for wonderful weekend trips and Texas is no different. From beach towns to the central Texas hill country we have listed a few of the small towns that make Texas unique and worthy of a weekend visit.
Located just 40 miles south of Austin the small town of Gruene, pronounced “Green”, has been designated as a historical town by the State of Texas. The Gruene Mansion Inn, formerly the home of the town’s founder, sits prominently in the middle of the historic district. The historic district is full of old buildings turned into various shops and historical markers dot the town. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas and has hosted the likes of Willie Nelson and George Strait. The town of New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are just a few minutes away where tubing on the Guadalupe River is a popular weekend activity. On the third weekend of every month from February to November the town hosts Gruene Market Days where vendors sell homemade crafts and antiques. Several B&B’s and Inns are in the area as well as other accommodations and nearby attractions include Natural Bridge Caverns, San Marcos Outlet Malls and various wineries.
Round Top is a small town half way between Houston and Austin. With a population of around 80, this little Texas town transforms into a weekend shoppers mecca three times a year. For close to 50 years the Round Top Antiques Fair is one of the most popular places in the US to pick up European and American antiques. Dealers flock to this small town from around the world to buy and sell their wares in several locations around town. From the 30,000 sq. ft. Big Red Barn to the 43 acre Marburger Farm featuring over 350 dealers, the town is an antique hunter’s dream. Other activities include a summer music festival in June and July, a lavender farm and various museums depicting early Texas life. Three wineries are within a short drive and there are also six art galleries in town.
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