When the opportunity arises, I love being able to get away with a gal pal to refresh and recharge without the responsibilities motherhood demands. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids tremendously, and enjoy exploring alongside them… but every now and then, it’s wonderful to spend some time focusing on the things I enjoy as an individual and being able to communicate with friends without frequent interruptions.
Let’s get started with Round Top, Texas, a wonderful town to visit if you love antiquing, good food and fun photo-ops.
It’s also home to the historical, and oh-so-cute, World’s Smallest Catholic Church, St. Martins, located on Route 237. This 192-square-foot church holds mass once a month, accomodating 20 people in it’s 6 rows of pews. You can also stop in and write down prayer requests and leave donations during open hours when mass is not being held.
One of my favorite stops was at Market Hill, offering 119,000 sq ft of buildings with amazing varieties of one-of-a-kind finds. If you happen to be in the area on a Sunday around 10-2, be sure to take a break from shopping and enjoy the brunch buffet at Duo Modern, it is so so so so good!
Not too far down the road from Round Top is Smithville. If you love the movie Hope Floats, it’s a fun stop to see where Sandra Bullock played the character that was “cream of corn” hahaha. It’s a teeny town, but there are some beautiful homes to drive around and gaze at, and there’s a quaint area with shops and cafes. We opted to drive through on our way to Round Top, but had to make a pit-stop to see the Hope Floats house, naturally.
What’s a weekend getaway in Texas without a stop at the well-known Magnolia Market in Waco? The kids think it’s cool, but it’s just not as easy to stop in and really browse while the kids just want cupcakes!
While hanging in Waco with the gals, it’s fun to check out other shopping venues such as Spice Village, featuring over 60 clothing + decor boutiques under 1 roof.
There are many great places to stop along the Brazos River to enjoy the beautiful scenery and for some fun photo-ops as well.
If you’re looking for a place to lounge, grab a drink and some great appetizers, head to Z’s at the Curry.
Next up is Crystal Beach. If you want a place to lounge by the sea while avoiding Spring Breakers and the party crowd, this is the beach town for you. Rent an Airbnb that’s within steps of the beach and enjoy the salty air in your hair as you wake with the sunrise, end with the sunset, and enjoy the calm of a refreshing weekend. You can also go explore nearby Galveston by hopping on the local ferry that runs free all day.
If you’re craving some delicious seafood, head over to Stingaree Restaurant and Marina for a delicious dinner with a view.
If you have a love for historical sites, beautiful architecture, and delicious German food, Fredericksburg is the place to be.
Grab breakfast or brunch at the Sunset Grill. Not quite in the downtown area, but worth the quick drive up the road for some delicious eats. The brie, and fried zucchini were excellent appetizers. I opted for the sourdough french toast with caramelized bananas for my main.
The Old German Bakery & Restaurant was a yummy choice for authentic German plates. The bakery there also has an assortment of breads, as well as savory and sweet baked goods to enjoy for dessert or take to go.
After more walking about and shopping downtown, for a fun place to dine, head over to The Rathskeller, which is in the basement of an old hospital. Yes, you read that right.
Check out the National Museum Of The Pacific War for a more in depth historical learning experience and be sure to walk the Japanese Garden of Peace.
Take a Haunted Tour and hear some great spooky stories along with a lot of historical background of the area… it will definitely give you a different perspective when you’re walking around the downtown area.
There are so many fun places to and explore for a weekend with friends or a spouse. I hope these help you with planning your getaway itinerary or give you some insight on new places to visit.