When was the last time you lingered over dinner with your special 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 day trips, 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 nothing can compare to our starry nights. A visit to Georgetown isn’t just a vacation 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 collections 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.
The City of Georgetown, Texas, 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 Glassock, donated 172 acres of his land to Williamson County. In exchange for his generosity, Glassock 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.
No 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.
When 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.
We’ve heard that the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach and if that’s the case, you certainly will be sending 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.
A 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.