Small town Texas is more than just Dairy Queens adn Pizza Huts. Much more. In fact some of the best restaurants are in the most unexpected towns in Texas. From steakhouses to pizza joints, here are the best restaurants in small town Texas.
San Marcos is filled with unique places to explore both on and off the water. Here are the top 10 can’t-miss outdoor experiences you should have on your radar next time you visit this charming part of the Texas Hill Country.
Texans have been making the day trips to the barbecue mecca of Lockhart for eons. The small town with its triple treat of barbecue joints is the official Barbecue Capital of Texas. While Lockhart has traditionally been known as a day trip destination, it has more than enough to offer for a relaxing weekend getaway. Put your bags down, stop for awhile, and enjoy the small town life with your barbecue.
San Marcos, the charming little college-town halfway between Austin and San Antonio is known for many things, its historic square, its river, its outlet mall, but what most outsiders don't know, however, is that the town is obsession with mermaids. How did a mythical sea creature become the mascot for a landlocked Texas town? Here is how.
As Texas’ oldest city, San Antonio has long been thought of as the boring, old lady city of the state, not as cultured as Houston or as flashy as Dallas or as hip as Austin. But those who think San Antonio is little more than kitschy souvenir shops, a margarita-puke-stained Riverwalk, or quick tour of the Alamo would be surprised by the bold new restaurants, art installments and thriving arts and entertainment district the city now has to offer.
Texas has no shortage of odd liquor laws. Texans have long had to deal with regulations that prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday, spawn hour-long beer runs in the middle of large dry counties and create a jigsaw puzzle of small “wet” and “dry” municipalities overlaying large urban areas. Growing up in Dallas, we learned at an early age what side of the street you can buy beer on and what side you cannot, or which suburbs were allowed to sell alcohol and which ones were not.
On a 60-acre farm west of Austin, Texas, where the metropolis gives way to the rolling Texas Hill Country, a black-and-white miniature Australian shepherd named Eleanor greets visitors to Jester King Brewery.
Not far behind her is Averie Swanson, who despite leaving the brewery the night before at 1:30 am, only to return less than six hours later, still has a full day ahead of her.
Surrounded by miles of rivers, streams and lakes, the area around San Marcos is a water-lover’s paradise. Kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and tubers from around the world gravitate to this college-town of 62,000 residents in Central Texas. The town was put on the kayaking map in 1963 by the annual Texas Water Safari, a 260-mile canoe race that begins in San Marcos each June and takes participants all the way to the Gulf of Mexico over the course of four days.