There’s something special about this North Texas town. Maybe it’s the history and iconic town square. Maybe it’s the lake right in the middle of town. Or maybe it’s the friendly folks on every corner. Either way, there’s tons of trippin’ to be had in Granbury. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.
The spirit of Granbury revolves around its historic square where you’ll find lots of restaurants, shops, and bars awaiting eager trippers. Make sure you peak into the Hood County Courthouse which has been beautifully restored and still has a hand-wound clock from the 1800’s sitting in its tower. They call Granbury the “Town Where History Lives” but it might be more appropriate to call it the “Town Where History Dies” because some its most colorful characters have passed on; some leaving their bodies behind. This includes John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, who supposedly fled to Granbury and lived under the alias John St. Helen. The Nutshell Bakery is the best place start investigating this unsolved mystery. Another mystery surrounds the grave of Jesse James in the Granbury Cemetery where it’s rumored the infamous outlaw is buried after faking his death and moving to Granbury to skirt the law. Finally, one character who’s definitely buried in town is Elizabeth Crockett, the wife of Alamo hero Davy Crockett. You can visit her grave and see a sculpture of her standing on top looking West to await her love coming home from San Antonio. She is so revered that at one point her grave was the smallest state park in Texas.
When you get hungry, you can find lots of good eats on the square. For tasty treats head to the Nutshell Eatery and Bakery. But if you’re looking for a different sort of dining experience, head to Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Bier Garten. Here you’ll find a quaint restaurant and outdoor patio that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the motherland. There are some amazing German beers and one of the best, most-authentic schnitzels in Texas. Prost! If you’re away from the square, or enjoying the lake, then stopping by Stumpy’s is mandatory. This marina serves up some of the best burgers and tacos in town. You can fill up the boat, rent a jet ski, or just sit around in the Texas sun sipping a cold one and feeding the fish. Your choice. If you’re a lover of hand crafted food and you love cheese, then head west of town to Lipan, TX to visit Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese. This small trappist-style operation makes some of the most amazing cheese in Texas. They offer tours and tastings and have many different kinds of cheese, but it’s all gouda! (haha, see what I did there…).
Granbury is amazing in that the entire city revolves around the beautiful Lake Granbury. If you aren’t renting a water craft or bringing your own, then you need to head to City Beach. This white-sand beach is blocks from the square and will likely be full of folks doing everything from playing frisbee to grilling fajitas. There’s also a kayak and SUP board outfitter on site to rent self-powered watercraft.