chet in smithville

Smithville, TX

Lots of things float in Smithville.  Hope, Smoke, and YOU on a road bike when you visit Smithville.

Smithville is a picturesque and quintessential small town which is why it’s been the setting for tons of motion pictures.  However, none made Smithville more famous than 1998′s Hope Floats starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr.  Sights from Hope Floats, Tree of Life, and many others lie all around town.  The Smithville Chamber of Commerce can point you in the right direction for a self-guided tour.  And Pocket’s Grille has tons of local movie memorabilia.  In town, you’ll also want to see “Smitty” who was once the largest gingerbread man in the world.  He sits at the end of Main St. and is often dressed for the seasonal holiday and weather.

Outside of town in the nearby community of Winchester is a delicious steakhouse and post office called Murphy’s Steakhouse.  It isn’t to be missed and often has more customers than the entire community of Winchester has residents.  Folks come for miles to eat at Murphy’s and you should too.  After dinner, wash it down with a scoop of Blue Bell from the Winchester Depot and a ride on an old carousel ride just outside the door. Sadly, Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que where we ate in the episode is shut down.

Also not to be missed is the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in the town of Rosanky.  This unexpected car museum has over 100 antique and collectible automobiles.  It’s incredible.

And finally, if you want to spend some time outdoors, head to Buescher State Park.  You can also bike to Buescher via Bastrop State Park.