Many folks fly down I-35 to get to the hipsters and music of Austin, but what they don't realize is that this town is filled with adventure all its own. To those that choose to explore it, they find that this laid-back town is just as epic as its more famous neighbor.
The Georgetown Square
If a place is known for having the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” it’s probably a good idea to start your day trip on the square. Check out the old-fashioned and American-made toys at All Things Kids. Work on your guitar licks at Ken’z Guitars. The possibilities are endless.
Learn about the history of Georgetown and Williamson County at the Williamson Museum which is right on the Square. While you’re you can also ask the folks at the museum for a tour of the Williamson County Courthouse, where Dan Moody famously tried members of the KKK for hate crimes and won in the 1920s.
This roadside diner just serves up delicious country cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all of the ingredients are fresh and local. Though it may be hard, be sure you save room for a slice of homemade pie!
Head to El Monumento for delectable interior Mexican cuisine. You can polish off your meal with an amazing view of Blue Hole on the patio or you can saddle up to the bar and enjoy their refreshing signature shaved ice Margarita.
Grab a pick-me-up at this far-out bakery on the Square. They’ve got everything you need for a sugary afternoon snack from cookies and cupcakes to Cuvee coffee! While you can’t go wrong with any cupcake, I highly suggest the Ooh La La cupcake which is a moist chocolate cupcake, filled with dulce de leche and topped with icing, chocolate drizzles and candy. It’s messy and amazing!
Shop your way through the hot sauce shop in the front, on your way to the taco joint in the back. Stop in and try Mikey V’s award-winning salsas and hot sauces and grab authentic, handmade Texas street tacos, filled with fresh ingredients from the counter in the back. I recommend the “Flaming Cheto” I designed that comes topped with Flaming-Hot Cheetos. Mmmm.
Sadly, this restaurant has closed since we filmed our episode.
600 Degrees Pizzeria is a regular winner in the “Best of Georgetown” contest and rightfully so! From their North Beach pies made with fresh ingredients, to their ever popular pork shanks, everything is delicious. To Go orders can be picked up at the 600 Degrees Marketplace, one block north of the restaurant on E 7th Street.
The “front porch” of Georgetown, Mesquite Creek Outfitters is the place to see and be seen. They have 16 beers on tap and over 20 wines, plus a light menu of food items. A great place to meet up with friends, chat or maybe play some games. Live music available most weekends.
The Golden Rule is a speak-easy style restaurant with a menu that has featured a variety of seasonal cuisine, including Texas fried shrimp, pecan fried chicken, and sweet glazed Brussels sprouts. The menu is subject to change, though. It also hosts a full bar with craft cocktails and an extensive whiskey collection. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with table & lounge seating inside, and covered patio seating outside.
A great little place a few blocks off the square to sit, visit and enjoy a great cup of coffee, tea, beer or wine. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Right outside of downtown Georgetown is the legendary Blue Hole swimming hole where you can take a dip in the San Gabriel River or just relax and take in some sun. If you get hungry after your swim, just walk back up the hill to find all sorts of eateries.
Head down under to explore what Georgetown offers below the surface. Explore this beautiful cave on foot or take a tour where you crawl through undeveleoped sections of the cave like a true adventurer!