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Dear Friends, When was the last time you lingered over dinner with your specia l someone or spent the day taking in the great outdoors with your kids? Our guess is that it’s been a while. Well, we’d like to suggest that you revive your daytrips, your weekends and your vacations with a little dose of small town Texas charm. Don’t get us wrong, we love the lights of the big cities, but nothin g can compare to our starry nights. A visit to Georgetown isn’t just a vacati on from your daily routine, it’s a chance to enjoy life at a slower pace. As the Red Poppy Capital of Texas and home to one of the finest collect ions of Victorian commercial architecture found in the state of Texas, we encourage you to meander through history and explore a community where friends become family. If you aren’t already picturing yourself strolling through the “Most Beautiful Town Square” in Texas or biking the San Gabriel Trail, you definitely will be by the time you’ve flipped through the rest of this guide. Every page is meant to help you plan your trip so feel free to dog-e ar, highlight or write in the margins. We can’t wait to welcome you to our town.
Georgetown Convention and Visitors Burea u
History The City of Georgetown, TX, nestled at the fork of the North and South San Gabriel River, was established in 1848 as a trading center for the surrounding agricultural areas. As the story goes, wealthy landowner, George Washington Glasscock, donated 172 acres of his land to Williamson County. In exchange for his generosity, Glasscock asked that the new county seat bear his name. More than 160 years have passed since Georgetown was established, yet the town has managed to preserve not just the history of its namesake but also the traditions of days gone by. Annual cattle drives, community-wide festivals and extensive preservation efforts have enabled the City of Georgetown to hold fast to its historic charm. In 1997, the City of Georgetown became the first Texas City to be designated a National Main Street City. Georgetown also boasts four historic residential districts near the Square: Williamson County Courthouse District, Belford National District, The University Avenue/Elm Street District and Olive Street National District. Recently the city was designated as an Arts Cultural District by the state of Texas. Amble around the downtown square and you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. Should you wish to immerse yourself further into the history of Georgetown, pick up a walking or driving tour brochure at the Visitor Center located at 103 W. 7th Street.
ATTRACTIONS IN GEORGETOWN
o matter if the sun is shining or the raindrops are falling, Georgetown has more than enough places to go and things to do. From the depths of the Inner Space Cavern to the halls of Southwestern University, we’re certain your whole family will have a lot to write home about. Whether you have a weekend or a week, take some time to explore a few of our wonderful attractions.
Visit the “Most Beautiful Town Square” 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.
Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon floating gently in the scenic Blue Hole lagoon. 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
ATTRACTIONS 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 Theatre 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
SAN GABRIEL PARK Meandering right through the very heart of Georgetown is the San Gabriel River. What better place to find one of the most beautiful parks in the state of Texas. San Gabriel Park is graced with 200-year-old oak trees that offer the shade of their branches to family picnics, games of touch football or Frisbee, concerts, festivals, canoeing, swimming and, well, a lazy day of fishing. If biking or hiking 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.
LAKE GEORGETOWN Have fish, will travel. 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
Immerse yourself in art. 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
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 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.
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.
WILLIAMSON MUSEUM 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. 716 S. Austin Avenue 512-943-1670
HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS
Enjoy all nature has to offer by hiking or biking the nine miles of trails along the San Gabriel River. 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 and Booty’s Road Park. Need a break or want to linger longer? Benches, drinking fountains and restrooms are conveniently located along the way.
445 E. Morrow Street
LODGING IN GEORGETOWN
hen it comes to traveling, nothing beats a good night’s rest. In Georgetown, we want you to get as much beauty sleep as you need to be bright-eyed for a weekend of exploring. From hotels and motels to bed & breakfasts and campgrounds, we have a room for you. Whether you are looking to set up a tent or have breakfast in bed, our lodging chart can help you find the perfect place to lay your head. Step back in time and enjoy a unique experience in these historic B&Bs.
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
RANCH HOUSE 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
SWEET LEMON INN Opening Spring 2014
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
LODGING IN GEORGETOWN
HOTELS/MOTELS CANDLEWOOD SUITES 451 N. IH 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-591-7888
COMFORT SUITES 11 Waters Edge Circle | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-863-7544
BEST WESTERN PLUS 600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-868-8555
GEORGETOWN INN 209 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-863-5572
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
QUALITY INN 1005 Leander Road | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-863-7504
BUDGET INN 1908 S. Austin Avenue | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-869-0709
CAMPING BERRY SPRINGS RV PARK 140-C Market Street | 512-864-2724
EAST VIEW RV RANCH 552 East View Drive | 512-931-2251
LAKE GEORGETOWN 512-930-5253
www.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
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212 regular 39 tent-only 90
DINING IN GEORGETOWN
e’ve heard that the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach and if that’s the case, you certainly will be sending us plenty of love letters after you have indulged in some of Georgetown’s fabulous fare. Our city is bulging with eateries, from quick on-the-go bites to romantic four-course meals. With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, we’re positive you won’t have any problems satisfying your taste buds. For a complete list of Georgetown eateries, stop by the Visitor Center at 103 W. 7th Street or online at visitgeorgetown.com.
2013 BEST OF GEORGETOWN DOS SALSAS
Best Overall Restaurants
Dos Salsas earned the gold award for Best Restaurant in this year’s Best of Georgetown competition. The family owned and operated Tex Mex restaurant offers Texas-size plates with all the fixings. From burritos and tamales to Mexican style barbeque, the Plata family ensures that you leave full and happy. Oh did we mention the Ritas? 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
Monument Café earned the silver award for Best Restaurant in this year’s Best of Georgetown Restaurant category and it certainly is no surprise why the locals love the place. Every meal is made to perfection using only farm-fresh and organic products. Morning through night the café serves up a variety of oneof-a-kind recipes, made-from-scratch desserts and fresh squeezed juices. If your mouth isn’t already watering, check out the website for daily specials and might we suggest trying dessert first.
Wildfire earned the bronze award for Best Restaurant in this year’s Best of Georgetown competition. It is a 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.
500 S. Austin Avenue 512-930-9586
812 S. Austin Avenue 512-869-3473
SHOPPING IN GEORGETOWN
vacation is never complete without a little bit of retail therapy and in Georgetown you’ll find the perfect memory to take home with you, in a shopping bag or two. It’s hard to know what you are looking for until you find it, but we have a feeling that you’ll find it here. Grab your purse, call a friend and shop till your heart’s content at one of the many locally-owned boutiques, shops and galleries around town. Of course, national chain stores can be found at Wolf Ranch and the nearby outlet mall.
2013 BEST OF GEORGETOWN THE ESCAPE FINE CRAFTS AND GIFTS
Best Specialty Stores
The Escape was voted this year’s gold award winner for the Best of Georgetown Specialty Stores and it’s no wonder. When you walk into the shop, you are met with a warm embrace of color and variety. Solely 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
All Things Kids proudly takes home the silver award for Best of Georgetown Shops. 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 knowledge-building, mind-puzzling, generation-lasting, 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
The bronze award for Best of Georgetown Shops has our sweet tooth asking for more. Sweet Serendipity lives up to its name with a delicious array of cakes, candies and seasonal gifts and baskets to entice the dessert lover in all of us. Stop by the family-owned and operated shop for a piece of rich, chocolatey goodness and friendly hometown service. 710 S. Austin Avenue (512) 864-1511 1(866) 710-1511
EVENTS IN GEORGETOWN
MONTHLY FIRST FRIDAY
First Friday of every month (February – December)
Second Saturday of every month (March-November)
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.
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.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY GEM & MINERAL SHOW
THE GEORGETOWN SWIRL March 1, 2014
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.
MOVIES IN THE PARK
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 featuring the Bellamy Brothers!
Visit website 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.
April 26 & 27, 2014
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
February 15 & 16, 2014
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.
RED POPPY FESTIVAL
May 3, 2014
GEORGETOWN QUILT & STITCHERY SHOW March 21 & 22, 2014
Find a quilt to match every room in your house at the Georgetown Quilt and Stitchery Show. The show features a silent auction, quilt raffles, a tearoom and so much more. Come spend the day learning about quilting from our local experts.
GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS May 29 – June 1, 2014
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.
It’s a Party! El Monumento is holding its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Bring the whole family to enjoy fun events including piñatas, dance performances, garden tours, and festive crafts. Experience interior Mexican specialties, and collect some cinco salsa recipes. Don’t miss the salsa-making contest for the coveted first place surprise. Festivities continue into the evening with live music and dancing. Come enjoy this fabulous springtime fiesta!
MUSIC ON THE SQUARE
Summer Concert Series
WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF POSSE RODEO June 27 & 28, 2014
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.
Come out and enjoy a 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!
EVENTS IN GEORGETOWN
CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS
Don your cowboy hats and boots and head on over to San Gabriel Park to experience an authentic Longhorn cattle drive. Learn about life in the past through hands-on activities and western living history camps. You’ll have a chance to enjoy a cowboy breakfast cooked over an open fire, listen to western music and play at the Children’s Corral. The event wraps up with the Cattleman’s Ball later that night at the Community Center.
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!
October 18, 2014
December 5 & 6, 2014
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION July 4, 2014
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.
GHOSTS ON THE SQUARE April 11 & 12 | October 24 & 25, 2014
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 28, 2014
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.
SUN CITY KIWANIS CLUB HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
October 11, 2014
Tour galleries, discover fine arts and crafts, taste local fare and enjoy live entertainment during Gallery Georgetown. The city-wide art gallery tour is a collaborative effort between the local art community and local art businesses to expand support and awareness of fine art in Georgetown.
December 5, 6 & 7, 2014
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.
GEORGETOWN HERITAGE SOCIETY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR December 13 & 14, 2014
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.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE PALACE December 31, 2014
The Georgetown Palace Theatre will once again offer its community favorite New Year’s Eve dinner theatre celebration. Enjoy a delicious dinner while being entertained by Palace Favorites. After dinner, guests will move into the main house of the Palace for a live stage show featuring wonderful music and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight.
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P.O. Box 409 Georgetown, TX 78627
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