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Instagram Worthy Spots Around San Saba

We always love when we find photos of San Saba out there in the digital world. We’re – somewhat obviously – biased, but we think our little town is Instagram worthy. Come explore the snap ready charm as you #visitsansaba.

Here are the top Instagram-able spots in San Saba

Outdoors

Risien Park | The park is a gift E. Guy Risien that has been outfitted into an expansive 80-acre park space. Instagram-able spots include an old railroad trestle, a magnificent pecan grove bordered on one side by the San Saba River and lush trees, and an old stone amphitheater. The IG-worthy flora and fauna include an impressive number of bird species for enthusiasts.

Mill Pond Park | From ducks happily floating about to waterfalls to historic relics to manicured flower gardens, Mill Pond is IG gold. Lovers of old-school can snap Mill Pond House and water wheel, erected in 1875 by John H. (Shorty) Brown. The wheel powered a grist mill that provided San Saba with corn and wheat. The park is also home to the Harmony Ridge Bridge made of rugged steel and moved to the park as a tangible reminder of San Saba’s roots and past.

The Regency Bridge | Bring the GoPro and snap a selfie on last working vehicular suspension bridge in Texas. Commonly known as the “Swinging Bridge,” the Regency Bridge spans the Colorado River between San Saba and Mills counties, the bridge was built in 1939 after the original collapsed in 1924. The one-lane wooden deck was built 90 percent by hand labor. Afterwards, townspeople gathered around the bridge site often meeting in the evenings for song and dance (a tradition that still exists).

Wedding Oak Tree | Though damaged by a lightning strike in 2017, couples still like to snap a smooching selfie under the historic tree just outside of town. According to the legend, this ancient oak was a huge focus site of Indian marriage ceremonies. Early settlers adopted the tradition, and it is still a popular wedding venue today.

Sunset | San Saba has some gorgeous sunsets from anywhere in town, though we like the view of the courthouse with the sun sinking behind. Speaking of the courthouse…

Courthouse | The Classical Revival-style (also known as Texas Renaissance) courthouse stands proudly over downtown San Saba. The 104-year-old courthouse features classical elements like a domed clock tower, ionic capitals, two-story columns, and dentated cornices. The clock on the cupola of the San Saba County Courthouse downtown has been keeping time for the citizens since it opened in 1911 (and you can take a tour for that perfect snap). (Note: The courthouse is currently undergoing major renovation and is closed for tours until completion.)

Pecan Groves | Family and wedding photographers love to stage shoots in our numerous pecan groves. Bonus, after your photo session, you can stock up on pecan treats!

Fashionista

Harry’s Boots | Harry’s Boots is a mecca for IGers. Have a fashion shoot in the dark, rich rooms filled with premium leather, or just snap some scenery of all that luscious leather. The “weather wall,” where important local weather events of the early to mid-twentieth century were recorded by hand is still displayed inside of Harry’s. Another cool shot is in the hat room, especially if the hatmaker is in custom-shaping hats.

J.C. Campbell Mercantile & Co. | Over 20 vendors selling everything from furniture to vintage glassware to clothing to local honey. Browse the two-story treasureland for IG shots sure to make antique lovers jealous.  

Foodie Fun

Young’s BBQ | Austin Woman Magazine got some great shots of Young’s delicious pulled pork burritos. It’s also earned recognition from Texas Monthly’s BBQ Snob, Daniel Vaughn, who particularly liked the homemade Iranian ice cream.

Young’s Burritos & BBQ | Photo: Austin Woman Magazine/Carrin Welch

Dofflemyer Hotel | The hotel offers stunning design and stone restoration. Downstairs you can find Instagram-able dishes from Oliver & Co. (or grab a charcuterie platter to take over to Wedding Oak Winery and Old Man Scary Cellars for some additional drool-inducing foodie shots).

Bread to Dough | The new bakery in town that boasts lovely cakes and pastries that are made for Instagram.

Only in San Saba

Jordan Cattle Auction | Call us country, because we are. But how many times are you going to see a real-life cattle auction? It’s definitely something to see.

San Saba First Methodist Church | The is Texas’ only all marble church. A great place for a Parisian-floors esque shot.

San Saba County Jail | The San Saba County Jail, built in 1884 of local marble and blue limestones, is the oldest continuously operating jail in the United States. It’s also the country’s oldest existing public building. Spice up your snap with some handcuffs (hopefully staged) and a black-and-white- striped shirt.

 

 

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