Along with all of these experiences, Salado has memorable places to dine, like a barbecue joint that hosts some of country music’s biggest names and one-of-a-kind shops that sell everything from handcrafted jewelry to home accessories.
At the end of the day, hang your hat at one of the many bed and breakfasts and brand-name hotels that provide memorable stays. Nestled among the rolling hills of gorgeous Central Texas about an hour north of Austin, Salado is a great choice for romantic weekend getaways and family vacations.
The arts and education have always been a cornerstone of life in Salado. It was the establishment of Salado College, one of the first coeducational institutions of higher education in Texas, in 1860 that led to the town’s foundation and growth. Although a series of fires destroyed the college, the ruins still remain and can be explored. Yet the ruins are one of the many places to experience the history of this part of Central Texas. Visit the Central Texas Area Museum to learn about the region’s past, then pick up Salado Historical Society’s Driving Tour CD, available at various locations throughout town.
While Salado’s history is compelling, that’s not all it has to offer. Take the self-guided walking tour of the Salado Gardens where you’ll see works by local artists in the Sculpture Garden, native Texas plants in the demonstration gardens, and more. Tablerock in Salado hosts musical and religious dramas, concerts, and events throughout the year underneath big skies in its outdoor amphitheater. Be sure to check their schedule when planning your trip to Salado. If you’re here in July or August, don’t miss Salado Legends, a musical that tells the story of American life at the end of the 19th century.
Needless to say, when you visit Salado you’ll find an abundance of art and culture to enjoy. This community of free-spirited creatives shares their love and knowledge of art every chance they get. Whether it’s at the many art galleries in Salado, special events like Wildflower Weekend (salado.com) or art demonstrations like the glass blowing classes at Salado Glassworks, you’ll discover art at every turn.
Speaking of discovery, you cannot travel to this part of Texas without visiting the Gault Archaeological Site, one of the largest and most important Clovis sites in North America. Though this site is on private property, you can arrange a tour with the Bell County Museum or the Williamson County Museum.
Meanwhile, the Historic Stagecoach Inn Restaurant will be open again in the spring of 2017. Check it out for everything that is “new” in this iconic establishment.
Experience all the vibrant colors, beautiful vistas, and delectable flavors of Central Texas when you visit the inviting village of Salado.
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