When it’s time to get away from it all, one of the most peaceful options around is available just west of Austin, in the beautiful town of San Saba. This small-town community showcases stunning original buildings and southern hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere.

You won’t find major hotel chains here, so choose a boutique option like the Dofflemyer Hotel. But with only six rooms, make your reservation early. Those who do will enjoy the craftsmanship of the original building with modern accents to make guests feel like they’re in a one-of-a-kind downtown loft. The hotel is settled on the second floor above Oliver & Co., a delicious little eatery.

In fact, there is no shortage of delicious southern food options in San Saba. The owner of Oliver & Co. makes just about everything on a single hot plate. It’s a great stop for breakfast. Bar D Brewhouse is your go-to for lunch. Grab a burger and some delicious sides and ask about trying out their beer selection – all brewed by the owner. On Fridays, they offer all-you-can-eat catfish.

For dinner, try Digg’s Restaurant & Club with options ranging from quail to chicken-fried steak. It’s all served in hearty portions prepared by Tiny, the head chef.

For those hoping to do some shopping, Harry’s Boots is the place to go for western wear. It has long been an important part of San Saba. An original wall near the back had been used as far back as 1939 to record odd weather in the area – from unusual rain levels to snowfall.

Risien Park is a beautifully maintained stretch of land along the banks of the San Saba River. It was donated by Edmond E. Risien, an amateur horticulturist, who settled in San Saba back in 1875. The sounds of the river can be heard just about anywhere along the surrounding trails.

Head over to Mill Pond to enjoy a swim in the natural water. Mill Pond is home to a spring-fed lake with a waterfall that cascades over rocks covered with ferns, moss, canna and caladium. Or grab a kayak from Up A Creek Adventure Sports Rentals. As you paddle around the lake you’re likely to come across ducks and spot a turtle or two.

Before you leave town, stop in at Alamo Pecan & Coffee to take home a variety of personalized Texas pecan gifts, holiday gift baskets and some of the best fudge you’ll find in Texas. San Saba is the pecan capital of the world, after all.

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