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Happy Hunting in San Saba

We are kicking off the thick of Texas’ hunting season, and San Saba is known for its well-populated acreage. Several of Central Texas’ premier hunting ranches boast duck, quail, deer, geese, and javelina, making hunting in San Saba a favorite. With seasons heating up, hunters are rolling into town — just this past weekend we had our annual Hunters Welcome Weekend.

Photo: Barnes-Keith Ranch Photo Gallery

As the hunters flock to the woods, we wanted to take a minute to share everything going on off-ranch for hunters. Better yet, let your wives tag along – after all happy wife, happy life. They’ll be able to while away the day in charming downtown with their girlfriends or a good book. Here’s what we’ve got to offer off the ranch.

Girls Day Out

Wives don’t need to go far to laze away the afternoon chatting. San Saba has plenty of wine to entertain even the chattiest of Cathys. Indulge in lunch at our new bakery Bread to Dough then head over to Wedding Oak Wine for their excellent, densely-textured Tioja red with notes of sweet tobacco, blackberry, plum, and spice.

Take a shopping break to work off the wine (if you want to, of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with skipping cardio for the day.) Stop by Harry’s Boots to shop their winter collection and maybe even get the kids (or grandkids) their first pair of genuine cowboy boots. Madeleine & Me and J.C. Campbell Mercantile & Co. both offer trinkets, clothes and even furniture. When you’ve dented the wallet well enough, arrange for a charcuterie platter from Oliver & Co. and head to Old Man Scary Cellars for more wine before meeting up with the hunters for dinner!

Escaping the Ranch

Hit the wineries for a glass or two before heading to Bar D’s stone haven of craft brew just off the main road. Try out a few brews, chat with visiting hunters, join the local card game. Fuel up for an early start with mesquite-fired steaks and killer chicken fried steaks at Digg’s Steakhouse. If it isn’t too late, get a round of pool in next door after dinner. Or, if you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex, head to Pepperbelly’s on the square. Looking for a new pair of boots? Swing by Harry’s Boots to pick up a new pair of leather boots or a custom hat while you’re in town.

Photo: Texas Highways Magazine/ Will van Overbeek

If you want to grab some food to take with you, Young’s Burritos & BBQ is snagging attention for their juicy barbecue and filling burritos. Or grab a few jalapeño sourdough cheeseburgers at Dairy Mart, a local favorite. Also, make sure to leave time over the weekend to experience Bobby Galindo’s coal-fired pork steaks, deemed “stellar” by Texas Monthly’s barbecue snob Daniel Vaughn, at Double G Pit Stop.


Young’s Burritos & BBQ

So grab your camo and we’ll meet you up at the top of the hill country. Happy hunting!