Updated January 2020

Texas is such a big state that sometimes it feels daunting to explore - like how we still have yet to get in our car and drive the 7 hours to Marfa. But this past year, we had the chance to expand our Texas travel, spending a few nights at the Texas landmark, Stagecoach Inn in Salado, right off of 35! While we were there we also discovered a few hidden gems that we thought we would share with you guys, just in case you find yourself traveling through Salado, Texas!


 

STAGECOACH INN

STAGECOACH INN

The Stagecoach Inn was first opened in 1852 as a stagecoach stop along the Chisholm Trail back in the pioneer days. The town of Salado itself was one of the earliest settlements in Texas. The Inn features 48 beautifully restored rooms with each room carefully designed to keep the authentic feel of the hotel. The hotel was recently renovated so it is an excellent place to stay for a getaway or stop on the way to Austin! In fact, it was redone by the same hospitality group that redid The Stoneleigh in Dallas and built the East Austin Hotel. If don’t want to stay, you can just drop by for a meal or drink at the bar and restaurant.

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BARROW BREWERY

BARROW BREWERY

If you need a place to drink while you are in Salado, or if you just need to quench your thirst before you hit Austin, then Barrow Brewery is the place to go! This huge brewery in a barn stands just walking distance from the main road and has a great family friendly vibe with handcrafted brews, board games, a stage, food trucks and more. It is also very dog friendly, so just in case you are traveling with your fury best friend, you can bring them too. And if you find yourself traveling through during the summer time, then drop by for visit in June for the Salado Springs Beer Fest!

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SALADO WINERY

SALADO WINERY

And just in case you have a wino with you or you get tired of beer, no worries, Salado Winery has you covered! Another beautiful barn on the list, Salado Winery house wines from the Salado Winery vineyards and 35 other local Texas vineyards! It’s the perfect cozy pit stop!

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CHALK RIDGE FALLS PARK

CHALK RIDGE FALLS PARK

If the weather is beautiful and you want to get some fresh air, then Chalk Ridge Falls Park is the place to go! They offer some great outdoor activities that includes a hike with gorgeous scenery. The park opens from 8 am to sundown, and it’s great for family, friends, fur friend and anybody you want to bring! But again, make sure the weather is gorgeous, that way you can enjoy the greenery and the water falls.

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ANTIQUE SHOPPING

ANTIQUE SHOPPING

The great thing about small town pit stops, is taking a break from those corporate chains and experiencing what smaller local shops have to offer! In Salado, there is a lot of antique shopping to be done, and who doesn’t love a good vintage piece in their home?! right! Here are the places you can stop by


 

EXPERIENCE THE FINE ARTS

EXPERIENCE THE FINE ARTS

Besides having great outdoor activities, and a laid back atmosphere, Salado is also known for it’s fine arts. It is home to some of the most beautiful artists and fine art galleries. Here are a few of our recommendations!


 

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