We recently decided to take a very short drive for an almost “staycation” in Salado, Texas. We live a mere 15 minutes north of this historic village and decided it was a perfect place to get away for a day. If you live in the central Texas area, Salado really is a great place to visit. Salado dates to the 1800’s so there is plenty of history, quaint shops, unique boutiques, interesting eateries and a great little brewery. Here are some of my recommendations for a short but sweet trip to a marvelous little town in Central Texas.
Where to stay.....................
There are plenty of choices for places to lay your head in Salado. Airbnb, bed and breakfasts and hotels. We opted for the newly renovated Stagecoach Inn. I recommend this place because of it’s location- everything is within walking distance. I also recommend it because we received great service and I loved the way the rooms were updated. There is a fabulous heated pool area with bar service outside in the summer. Relax with a few drinks in the afternoon, take a nap and then you are only a stroll away from great places to eat in the evening.
Out and About in Town............
All along Main Street and the side streets close by you will find interesting antique shops, unique boutiques and so much more. If you want to be adventurous try glass blowing at Salado Glass-works. This is a fabulous place to experience glass blowing and put your creative juices to work with a little help from the excellent staff. If you are not feeling creative, you can wander the sculpture gardens or stroll the art galleries and enjoy the creativity of others. Of course, there is always Salado Creek that is a great place to cool off in the heat of the summer or the. If local history is something you enjoy stop by the local museum and learn all about the local legends. After a full day of either relaxing at the pool or exploring all that Salado has to offer , my favorite thing to do it start the evening off with a stroll to the local brewery.
The Barrow Brewing Company has been around for a few years and is a big hit with the locals. The beer is very good, and I highly recommend Ski Boat which is my favorite. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is often live music on the weekends. The Tap Room is open Thursday through Sunday and I recommend you make this a stop on your Salado stroll.
If you are in Salado head to The Shed for a different tavern experience. The atmosphere is always buzzing, the service is good and I recommend trying the Shed Pie – it’s a delicious frito pie served up in a huge helping in a tin pie pan. It’s a steal at $8.
Throughout the year Salado has a packed events calendar to include Art festivals, Wine Weekends, Scottish Festival and Salado Legends to name just a few. We happened to be here the last weekend of the Salado Legends an outdoor musical that has been a tradition in Salado for years. Check out the events calendar to see what’s on offer all year.
The Stagecoach Inn for brunch is a great choice. This restaurant holds so much history, it was recently renovated but in such a way as to maintain the beautiful integrity of this historic building. I loved that they have kept some of the classic recipes. Brunch was delicious and the coffee perfectly brewed- service was impeccable. If you are in town certainly stop by and enjoy delicious food in a beautiful setting.
On a final note be sure to read about the legend of Salado and her very own mermaid, Sirena; then head to the creek to see the statue and explore the beautiful creek that runs through the village.
Exploring our world one trip at a time......................................