EXPLORE GEORGETOWN, TEXAS!
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HISTORY Sandwiched between the North and South San Gabriel River, the City of Georget own, Texas, was once nothing more than a plot of land in the middle of a river. So how is it that this “fork in the road” came to be the Hill Cou ntry’s favorite neighbor? According to the histo ry books, a wealthy landowner, George Washington Glasscock, offered to donate 172 acres of his land to Williamson County. In exchange for his generos ity, Glasscock asked that the new county seat bear his name. Probably a good thing they wen t with his first name. Since its establishment more than 160 years ago, Georgetown has developed into a community rich in history, culture and character. With an emphasis on architectural preservation, accl aimed annual events and economic growth, the city has proven that hard work and dedication mak es for the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. It’s no wonder that Georgetown has earned quite the reputation as an award-winni ng community. In 1997, the town became the first Texas city to earn the Great American Main Street Award, a National Trust Award and has continued to gain accolades, including approval as a cultural dist rict from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Ready to find yourself at the proverbial fork in the road? Stop by the Visitor Center located at 103 West 7th Street and discover that when you visit Georgetown, there is no wrong choice.
t’s true. Our curtain called and he wants your number. Interested, but want more than a date with the Palace Theater on your visit? Why not lace up your sneakers and hit the trails around San Gabriel Park or roll your sleeves and dig up an archeological experience at Inner Space Cavern. Whether you want a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway for two, our attractions know how to make your vacation anything but square.
Visit the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas and fill your day with Victorian architecture, unique shops, wineries and delicious dining. Enjoy Georgetown to its fullest by exploring downtown. Make learning fun with an impromptu history lesson on the Downtown Square where you’ll find more than 20 historical markers in the Williamson County Courthouse Historic District. Tour four residential Historic Districts near the Square, including the Olive Street National District where you’ll discover dozens of Victorian homes and Arts and Crafts-style bungalows.
While you enjoy your day in the great blue yonder, be sure to marvel at the limestone bluffs that border the lagoon along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The Park is located five blocks north of the Downtown Square along N. Austin Avenue. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second Street and Rock Street.
INNER SPACE CAVERN
Ever wondered what is below the earth’s surface? Well the Inner Space Cavern can answer that and so much more. Hidden for 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the most well preserved caves in Texas. Over the years, archeologists have unearthed remains of prehistoric animals and found some of nature’s finest works of art. To learn more about the cave or schedule a tour, visit the Inner Space Cavern website. 4200 S. IH-35 | 512-931-CAVE, Toll Free: 877-931-2283
IN GEORGETOWN GEORGETOWN SCULPTURE TOUR
The Georgetown Sculpture Tour includes pieces in San Gabriel Park (near the intersection of Morrow St. and Stadium Drive), downtown along Main Street between 7th and 8th Streets, and at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. The Georgetown Tour is part of the Central Texas Sculpture Tour, which includes the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Sculpture on Main in Marble Falls and the Sculptors Dominion in San Antonio. For more information, visit the website.
THE PALACE THEATER
Plan a night out on the town and be sure to catch the curtain call at The Palace Theater in the historic Downtown District. In 2001, this former movie house was reopened as a performing arts hall. The venue now showcases a year-round season of live theater productions including musicals, comedies and dramas. 810 S. Austin Avenue 512-869-7469
Come on out and give disc golf a throw. The family-friendly sport is free to play and open to the public at one of Georgetown’s three disc golf courses. Spend an afternoon at Rivery Park’s 18-hole course or go for nine at San Gabriel Park or Pinnacle Park.
SAN GABRIEL PARK
San Gabriel Park with its 200-year-old Oak trees and river access makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your kids for a day of imagination and fun on the newly renovated Playscape or pack a lunch and cast a line for a relaxing day of fishing. If hiking or biking suits your fancy, the San Gabriel River Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior is a great 9-mile tour. For information on Georgetown’s many parks, visit the website. 445 E. Morrow Street
Exercise your mind with a stroll through the halls of Southwestern University. As the oldest chartered university in Texas and home to one of the most beautiful structures in the state, you’ll get more than just a history lesson. The architecture is something to behold with much of its Gothic-style buildings dating back to the 1800s, while the labs and athletic arenas are pure twenty-first century. 1001 E. University Avenue 512-863-1487
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Located at 710 Main Street and visible for miles around, the imposing neoclassical structure is the focal point of the central business district and the fifth structure to serve as the county courthouse. For free tours of the Williamson County Courthouse, available Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30PM, contact the Williamson Museum.
HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS
Enjoy all nature has to offer by hiking or biking the nine miles of trails along the San Gabriel River. No bike, no problem. Our free bike share program offers daily bike rentals. From natural springs and star gazing to bird watching and wildflowers, the trails offer more than enough reasons to take in the great outdoors. Entry points are available at San Gabriel Park, McMaster Athletic Complex, Blue Hole Park, Rivery Park, Chandler Park, Chautauqua Park and Booty’s Road Park. Need a break or want to linger longer? Benches, drinking fountains and restrooms are conveniently located along the way.
There is so much to learn about the unique culture and rich heritage of Williamson County and there is no better place to take it all in than at the museum dedicated to making education fun. Take a peek at the museum’s website to see the upcoming exhibits and stop by to enjoy some free, hands-on educational programs, innovative tours and extensive outreach services.
For the more serious angler or water enthusiast, this 1,200-acre lake offers boating, skiing, fishing, four separate camping areas, a wildlife preserve and 16 miles of hiking trails. Several camping areas are available ranging from primitive to modern. Cedar Breaks Park and Jim Hogg Park have boat ramps and camping facilities with RV hook-ups and restrooms with showers. Russell Park offers a camping and swimming area, a boat ramp and restrooms with showers, while Tejas Park offers primitive camping and picnic areas. Off Williams Drive 512-930-5253
Located in the Historic Firehouse No. 1 (circa 1892), the new Georgetown Art Center, managed by the local, nonprofit organization Georgetown Art Works, offers the community a place to appreciate art at every level. The Art Center hosts the works of a nationally renowned artist each month and features the arts and crafts of local artisans in the gift shop. 816 S. Main Street 512-930-2583
716 S. Austin Avenue 512-943-1670
o need to count sheep. When you hit the hay in Georgetown, you’re guaranteed a good night’s rest. Whatever your sleep style, we’ve got your eight hours covered. In search of a familiar place to stay? Give one of our conveniently located hotels or motels a try. Looking for something a little outside the box? Our campgrounds are perfect for rolling in or popping up, while our bed and breakfasts serve up some serious charm.
SAN GABRIEL HOUSE
Located across the street from Southwestern University and walking distance to Georgetown’s Downtown Square, this 1908 mansion is the quintessential bed & breakfast. Relax in one of the six handsomely appointed guest rooms, curl up with a book in the cozy library or enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through the flourishing gardens. Once you stay at the San Gabriel House we’re sure you will want to linger longer. 1008 E. University Avenue | 512-930-0070
SWEET LEMON INN
Relax and refresh at the Sweet Lemon Inn! Located just off the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, this newly renovated inn features 2 beautifully-appointed suites, with 3 guest rooms, a living area and kitchenette. Watch the sun set from Sweet Lemon’s balcony after enjoying another wonderful day in Georgetown. 812 S. Church Street | 512-270-0812
It’s not a visit to Texas without a stay at a Texas-style rock house. The Ranch House submits beautifully to its heritage with a metal roof, rolling hills and 100-year-old oak trees offering a quiet shade. The four bedrooms invite you to kick off your boots and stay a while. With fresh flowers and homemade cookies awaiting your arrival, you may choose to come home to the Ranch more often. Close to Sun City and The Vineyard at Florence. 95 Redbird Trail | 512-863-2331
IN GEORGETOWN HOTELS/MOTELS BEST WESTERN PLUS
600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-868-8555
1908 S. Austin Avenue | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-869-0709
451 N. IH 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 | 512-591-7888
11 Waters Edge Circle | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-863-7544
1005 Leander Road | Georgetown, TX 78628 | 512-863-7504
209 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 | 512-863-5572
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
160 River Oaks Cove | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-688-5300
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES
431 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 | 512-591-7890
LA QUINTA INN
333 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 | 512-869-2541
SHERATON (Debuting Summer 2016) 1502 Rivery Blvd | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-538-2400 x26303
140-C Market Street | 512-864-2724 | berryspringsrv.com
EAST VIEW RV RANCH
552 East View Drive | 512-931-2251 | EastViewRVRanch.com
512-930-5253 | swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown
NEW LIFE RV PARK 1200 County Road 152 | 512-931-2073 |
SHADY RIVER RESORT
7450 E. Highway 29 | 512-930-1140 | shadyriverrvresort.com
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hen you’re spending time in Georgetown, you’ll discover that our happiest hours last all day. And while that might have something to do with the hand manning the tap, we’ve also found that visitors are prone to falling in love at first bite. Not hard to do, considering there are more than 100 restaurants and bars to choose from. Need more information about where to go or what to try? Download the Explore Georgetown Texas app or stop by the Visitor Center at 103 West 7th Street.
BEST OF GEORGETOWN • 2015
Winners for Best Overall Restaurant
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The family owned and operated Tex Mex restaurant offers Texas-size plates with all of the fixings. From burritos and tamales to Mexican style barbeque, the Plata family ensures that you’ll leave full and happy. True to their Tex Mex roots, Dos Salsas serves up the perfect margarita; add chips and salsa and you might just be in heaven. 1104 S. Main Street | 512-930-2343
600 DEGREES PIZZERIA & DRAFTOUSE SILVE R !
Looking for the perfect place to grab a cold brew and a hot slice? Stroll on in to Georgetown’s silver award winner, 600 Degrees Pizzeria & Drafthouse. Whatever combination you’re craving, from traditional cheese to the City Pie this hot spot has a pie that you’ll love from first bite to last. 124 E. 8th St. | 512-943-9272
B R O NZ E !
The place to ignite your palate and warm your senses. Both the restaurant’s name and unique flavors are derived from the large oak log burning grill and smoking applications with apple, hickory and mesquite wood. Their full service bar offers the most extensive Texas wine list in the world. If you are looking for a big city meal with small town style, Wildfire is the place to savor. 812 S. Austin Avenue | 512-869-3473
e’ve been told that our windows encourage shopping, and, what can we say, we have a thing for retail therapy. In need of the perfect present for that not-so-easy-to-shop-for friend or planning to give yourself a pat on the back in the form of something trendy and new? You’ll find just what you were looking for — and maybe a few things that you weren’t — at one of the many locally owned boutiques, shops and galleries around town.
BEST OF GEORGETOWN • 2015
Winners for Best Specialty Store
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When you walk into the shop, you are met with a warm embrace of color and variety. Owned by Len and Judy Lester, the couple has searched far and wide to find handmade gifts and home furnishings. The Escape welcomes new products and pieces from craftsman and artists each month. Be sure to take an Escape because you never know what you might find. 713 S. Main Street | 512-930-0052, 888-492-7777
ALL THINGS KIDS
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The toy store is a unique nook where your child’s imagination takes center stage. The toys, treats and books sold are not the typical battery-operated gadgets you find elsewhere, instead they are knowledgebuilding, mind-puzzling, generationlasting, creators of fun. Friendly owners and staff make this a perfect place for children and adults to enjoy. 703 S. Main Street | 512-868-2659
ONE LOVE TATTOOS
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Art comes to life at One Love Tattoos, Georgetown’s bronze winner for best of specialty stores. The custom tattoo and body piercing studio explores the beauty of art both on the body as well as on the walls. This unique space acts as a living, breathing canvas for Central Texas artists. Come explore this gallery today and discover the beauty of tattoos. 903 N. Austin Ave | 512-868-1588
IN GEORGETOWN MONTHLY FIRST FRIDAY
First Friday of every month (February – December) Georgetown’s First Friday events are a wonderful time to explore the city under a blanket of stars. Relax into your weekend by strolling the historic streets, visiting galleries, meeting local artists, viewing new works and exhibits and tapping your toes to live music. If you still haven’t had your fill, take a seat at one of the great restaurants around town and savor a sumptuous meal.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY GEM & MINERAL SHOW February 20 - 21, 2016
The Williamson County Gem and Mineral Show is perfect for the mineralogist or gem enthusiast. With exhibits, demonstrations, games, educational displays, fluorescent minerals, custom and designer jewelry and door prizes, your family will enjoy a hands-on learning experience. You won’t even need to pack a lunch because food and refreshments can be found throughout the show. So bring your friends and family out to meet featured artisans, discover unique minerals and support the College of Earth Sciences.
THE GEORGETOWN SWIRL March 5, 2016
Sip, Savor, Shop… and Swirl around the Square, a downtown award-winning event, sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program, offers an evening full of indulgence. Sample some of the finest Texas-grown wine while you shop for the perfect gift or savor a taste of Texas at one of the prime restaurants on the square.
RED POPPY FESTIVAL April 22-24, 2016
The Red Poppy Festival marks the coming of spring and the arrival of Georgetown’s colorful springtime visitor, the Red Poppy Flower. These beautiful flowers have been a part of Georgetown’s heritage and landscape for more than seventy years, a fact certified by the Texas legislature in naming Georgetown as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. Plan to spend a weekend exploring the 125 unique handcraft vendors, fabulous free children’s area, car show, bike ride, parade, outstanding live music and a complimentary Saturday night concert and a street dance.
Second Saturday of every month (March – November)
Join us as Downtown comes alive with booths featuring handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, unique clothing, woodcrafts, ironworks, festive foods, antiques & collectables, stained glass, music and entertaining fun for all ages. Top off a great day of family time with a visit or two to the shops and restaurants around the Square.
MUSIC ON THE SQUARE
GEORGETOWN QUILT & STITCHERY SHOW April 1-2, 2016
Find a quilt to match every room in your house. The Georgetown Quilt and Stitchery Show show features a silent auction, quilt raffles, a tearoom and so much more. Come spend the day learning about quilting from our local experts.
Summer Concert Series
Every Friday evening (June – August) This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse. All concerts are free and are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays in June, July and August. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner to go from any of the downtown restaurants and enjoy an evening of great live music.
GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS June 1-5, 2016
Georgetown’s Festival of the Arts offers visitors and residents alike a taste of art and culture. The festival offers a weekend filled with nationally recognized musicians and scholars, concerts and presentations and a brilliant fireworks display to ignite all the senses.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF POSSE RODEO June 24-25, 2016
Come out and enjoy a fun, family-friendly weekend at the annual Williamson County Sheriff Posse Rodeo. Enjoy mutton bustin, calf scramble, rodeo clowns, kids corral area, vendors and the HEB Steer Saddling Challenge. So whether you’re a full-fledged cowboy or city slicker, there’s something for you!
MOVIES IN THE PARK
Visit site for movie dates & times. Pop some popcorn, grab your family and meet your friends for a movie in San Gabriel Park. All shows begin at dusk.
IN GEORGETOWN GHOSTS ON THE SQUARE
October 21 — 22 & 28 — 29, 2016
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION July 4, 2016
Celebrate the Fourth of July with more than 50,000 of your fellow patriots in beautiful San Gabriel Park. From morning till night, you can shop in one of the 80+ vendor booths, feed baby livestock at the petting zoo, watch and wave as the street parade goes by, listen to the beats of live entertainment, tour the area on a train ride and watch as the fireworks display ignites the sky with a splendor of color and sound.
Listen to tales of ghostly adventures around the Square during these docent-led tours of downtown Georgetown. Tours leave from The Williamson Museum every half-hour each night. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended since tours fill up quickly. Tour times and tickets are available online.
LIGHTING OF THE SQUARE November 25, 2016
Come experience the magic as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at dusk on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes and warm your tummy with cookies and hot chocolate.
September 30 – October 29, 2016 Enjoy a month of arts and artistry during Georgetown’s annual Art Hop. The event, now in its eighth year, includes artists from 57 cities across Texas who work in all media from 2D abstract to photography. In honoring the talents of Texas natives, the Art Hop helps make art part of the everyday lives of residents and shows the greater Georgetown community how art adds to quality of life.
SUN CITY KIWANIS CLUB HOLIDAY HOME TOUR December 2 – 4, 2016
CHRISTMAS STROLL December 2 – 3, 2016
Block by block the Stroll unfolds. Wander downtown and witness how the Square sparkles with vitality and Christmas charm. Offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts, and of course, Santa!
GEORGETOWN HERITAGE SOCIETY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR December 10 – 11, 2016
Join the Heritage Society for its annual Holiday Home Tour. Tour-goers enjoy charming, restored, historic homes decorated in holiday finery that celebrate the past and present of old Georgetown neighborhoods. Docents give tours as well as offer information about the history of each residence with interesting facts and tidbits.
The annual Sun City Holiday Home Tour includes six professionally decorated homes. These homes feature interiors styled with the assistance of a designer, as well as the homeowner’s own furniture and collectables from around the world. From modern to traditional, we are sure that you will leave with a little inspiration for your own home.
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