A Texas road trip to Georgetown should start with a visit to the town square – it’s recognized as the most beautiful in the state. Georgetown is also the first Texas city converting entirely to renewable energy. But the eco-friendly city, just north of Austin and Round Rock, offers a plethora of features beyond the scenic square.
The Williamson Museum offer a hands-on experience of the area’s history – including an old chuck wagon kitchen and rotating art, photos and historical exhibits.
Georgetown is also home to the largest collection of intact Victorian buildings – now serving as shops and restaurants. Apparently several of the buildings are home to friendly ghosts. Each October, Ghost Tours on the Square celebrates these spooky residents.
Georgetown is also a great place to get a bite to eat. El Monumento is delicious Tex-Mex choice and sits on the San Gabriel riverbank, just a few blocks off the town square. If the weather’s nice, sit outside and enjoy the patio.
Roots Bistro is a renovated general and feed store from 1890. It’s a welcoming venue for lunch and dinner. The menu offers an extensive selection of craft beers, salads, sandwiches, pizza and desserts.
Paisano’s Trattoria and Pizzeria specializes in southern Italian cuisine; all from recipes that were created in their kitchen. The combination of vibrant flavors, fresh produce, an extensive list of Italian wines and the decadent desserts make for a palatable experience.
After a meal, consider a stop by the Palace Theater. It opened its doors in 1925 as a silent movie venue and continued operations until the large multiplex theaters in the late 80s became popular. A group of Georgetown citizens led a campaign to restore the theater to its original majestic glory. It now shows about five live productions each season, each with a run time of five weeks and a summer children’s production. Meanwhile, the Palace Playhouse, located across the street, focuses on cabaret style shows in an intimate setting.
Other activities to enjoy in Georgetown:
San Gabriel Park & Hike and Bike Trails
Free tours of the Williamson County Courthouse
Blue Hole swimming hole
Georgetown Art Center & sculpture tour