Shopping and Sleeping in Salado
Salado is a quaint little artsy village that is fun to spend a couple days exploring, so here is a plan for you to shop and sleep in Salado.
Check into the Bed and Breakfast of your dreams. Salado boasts some of the most beautiful and well-appointed lodging properties in Central Texas. Each has its own charm and special touches. If you want your front door to open onto Main Street, the historic The Inn at Salado is your choice, a block or two off Main you’ll find Stonecreek Settlement with its unique collection of early Texas and German Sunday Haus style cottages and Inn on the Creek with an onsite restaurant, fitness center and a wonderful view of the creek. To enjoy the quiet of the country, head five minutes east and be pampered at Yellow House Bed and Breakfast with full hot breakfasts, colorful guest houses, private cottages and individual rooms accommodating for groups of almost any size.
Have dinner at The Range at the Barton House - an elegant eatery offering some fresh and adventurous fare in the historic Barton House (254 947-3828)
Here are some options for Saturday:
shoppers - get your money and credit cards and start walking the streets of Salado in search of the perfect antiques, clothiers, art, or other crafts in the multitude of shops that line Main Street - a shoppers paradise
while the shoppers are shopping, the golfers can be golfing and enjoying 27 holes of some very good golf at Mill Creek Golf Course
if you are not a shopper or a golfer, then why not:
- try your luck at fishing on one of three nearby lakes - Stillhouse Hollow, Belton, or Georgetown - Holding The Line Guide Service will help you land a big one and they will even pick you up at your B&B or wherever you are staying, how's that for service?
- or rent a pontoon boat, ski deck boat, or jon boat at C&D Watercraft rentals on Stillhouse Hollow Lake (254 223-1056) and cruise around the lake, swim, or fish. If you are certified, then contact Scuba Divers Paradise about diving the clear waters of Stillhouse Hollow Lake or you can rent a pedal boat, canoe, or kayak from them.
take a break from shopping and golfing to admire your purchases or reminisce on how you could have scored better and stop in at The Shed for Frito Pie, Pulled Pork Nachos and your other favorite comfort foods.
check the watch and your energy level after lunch, do you still have time in the afternoon for more shopping or another nine holes of golf? If not, then chill out and get ready for dinner and a fun evening
take a trip in the Way Way Way Back Machine – Contact the Williamson Museum for a guided tour of the Gault Site. Gault what?... Clovis culture archeological site from about 13,000 years ago – don’t miss this, you will dig it
if you are not tired of shopping, fishing, or golfing and looking for some other fun activities than try any of the activities mentioned for Sunday
Saturday night you should have dinner at Alexanders Distillery Great food served in a wonderful historic house. Arrive early to have drinks on the porch as you relax the tranquil sounds of Salado Creek. (254 947-5554). You have lots of other choices if you prefer something different. If you are having too much fun relaxing at your Bed and Breakfast and don’t want to get out of your rocking chair, order some pizza from The Pizza Place – they deliver.
After dinner you attend Johnny’s Outback for some live music or Tablerock Amphitheater for a play or other special events. Check their websites, find an event that sounds interesting, and plan that weekend for your escape to Salado.
Get up - it's Sunday and time for some more fun and exercise. You could redo any of the above and go shopping, golfing, or fishing again or you can try some new activities like:
pick up a sandwich or some Bush’s fried chicken or have pack you a lunch and then drive out to Stillhouse Hollow Lake (10 minutes west of Salado) and have a picnic by the dam. Before or after lunch hike the 5 miles of trails at Chalk Ridge Falls Park which is on the south end of the Stillhouse Hollow Lake dam. The Park has some excellent trails along creeks with lush foliage, waterfalls, foot bridges, and even a suspension bridge.
rent a pontoon boat, kayak, jon boat, or ski deck boat or scuba dive in the clear deep waters of Stillhouse Hollow Lake - find some rentals here
if you want some much longer and tougher hikes drive a little over 20 minutes west to Dana Peak Park on the north west side of Stillhouse Hollow Lake - they have mountain bike, equestrian, and hiking trails with awesome views, fossils, and more. Click here to learn more and see some pictures and trail maps
ride the road bikes around the Salado area - see a trail map
- after all that biking and hiking, treat your self to a massage at
- check out the Salado or Wildfire Ranch websites for any special events