This might just be the “Best Little Day Trip in Texas.” I’m sure Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton would agree, as it was the events of La Grange’s famous “Chicken Ranch” that inspired the classic musical “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” While the brothel is no longer around (it was moved to Dallas and then burned down), there’s still plenty to do in this town.
For starters, “Czech” out the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center. This museum gives visitors a feel for the culture and early days of Fayette County when thousands of Czech immigrants populated the area. The museum has clothes, relocated homes and lots of musical instruments. Crank up the polka, baby!
To drink like an early Czech, head to Texas’s oldest functioning meadery, the Rohan Meadery, which has been making authentic old world meads right here in La Grange for many generations. You can learn all about how this honey wine is made and taste many different kinds. You may even run into Beowulf or a few dragons along the way…
To experience the natural side of La Grange, set up a paddling trip down the Colorado River with the folks from Camp Lone Star. This short trip is perfect for large groups and anyone hesitant to get in the river, and you’ll soon be at ease as you wind around the city in this slow flowing water.
One other must-see stop is the Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. This park holds two incredible historic sites and a ton of beautiful nature. One site is Monument Hill honoring the Texan heroes who lost their lives in the Dawson Massacre and Mier Expedition, where Texans had to draw beans for their lives. The other stop is the stone ruins of the Kreische Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in Texas started in the 1860s, and the house of the Kreische family, which you can tour.
We are saddened to write that after over 100 years of service and 4 generations of BBQ-lovin’ Texans, this business has closed since we filmed our episode.
For some reason, the best Czech food is in gas stations. To taste delicious Czech culture and a true Texas road trip tradition, head to Hruska’s in Ellinger, TX for a kolache or klobasniky(the meat kolaches). They’ve got dozens of sweet kolache treats and meaty Czech eats, and if you’re looking for more than a snack, they also make a mean burger. You can also find tasty kolaches at Weikel’s Bakery in La Grange
La Grange, TX