Mill Pond Park
Over six million gallons of artisanal spring water flows over the falls in Mill Pond Park daily. The three-acre park features waterfalls, a sandy beach, swimming hole, pavilion, athletic courts, picnic areas, two miles of walking trails, and the San Saba County Historical Museum and the San Saba Civic Center. Mill Pond is the center of community events like farmer’s markets, kayaking, July 4th fireworks, Splash Day on Memorial Day weekend, and the San Saba Christmas Extravaganza which boasts over one million dancing lights.
San Saba is excited to have our new Visitor’s Center open for business! Finished in 2019, the San Saba Visitor’s Center is a great starting point to explore town. Drop by to chat with our friendly San Saba guides and get the insider scoop on where to eat, stay and shop! Don’t forget to pick up a guide walking tour map while you’re in! Hours are M-F 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Commonly known as the “Swinging Bridge,” the Regency Bridge is the last working vehicular suspension bridge in Texas. Spanning 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. Afterward, townspeople gathered around the bridge site often meeting in the evenings for song and dance. It’s a great photo op and downright cool!
San Saba River Nature Park
The San Saba River Nature Park is adjacent to Risien Park, adding an additional 38 acres of San Saba River greenbelt. Enjoy two miles of walkways, bridges, bird blinds and fishing stations.
Risien Park is a gift from E. Guy Risien, the town’s founder. Working with the LCRA, the 80-acre park has been outfitted into a beautiful public use space. Bordered by the San Saba River, the park offers walking trails through, magnificent pecan groves, lush trees, picnic sites, grills, pavilion, volleyball courts, and a stone amphitheater. Risien Park hosts the annual Catkins Ball fundraiser, in addition to weddings and other events.
Wedding Oak Tree
Wedding Oak Tree sits just outside of town. Legend has it that this ancient oak was a revered location for Indian marriage ceremonies. The tree has endured just like eternal love. Soon, early settlers adopted the tradition. In fact, it is still a popular wedding venue today! Listed among the historic trees of Texas, it’s a great bike ride away from town, a place for a photo op or a romantic serenade for your sweetheart!
One of the few Texas courthouses with a statement carved over its entrance, the beautiful courthouse promises “From the people to the people” and is seen by locals as the heart of the county. The Classical Revival-style architecture, known as Texas Renaissance, courthouse stands proudly over downtown San Saba. Constructed of brick and sandstone, the 109-year-old courthouse features classical elements like a domed clock tower, ionic capitals, two-story columns, and dentate cornices.
San Saba River Golf Course
San Saba’s 18-hole municipal golf course is widely revered for its challenging play and spectacular beauty. The San Saba River Golf Course has been voted one of the best places to play six years running by Golf Digest (and earned a 3.5-star rating). The course plays through a forest of 2,600 pecan trees, making the fairways tight and there are several ponds without bunkers making the course challenging.
Food & Drink
Oliver & Co.
Oliver & Co. is a cafe meets confectionery in downtown San Saba. The bright cafe on the corner serves scratch breakfast and baked goods in addition to soups, salads and sandwiches during lunch hours. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available for order to enjoy in our neighboring wineries. Weekday hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Wedding Oak Winery
The award-winning Wedding Oak Winery is housed in a beautifully restored 1926 tasting room and a 10,000 case winery. Owner Mike McHenry is known for celebrating the unique growing conditions for Texas sourced-grapes which are grown in their estate vineyard. Wedding Oak Winery has won dozens of recognitions, most recently being attributed with one of the best white wines in Texas by Texas Monthly. Hours: Sunday thru Wed. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bar D Brew House
Bar D Brew House is our local craft brewery. Lined by rock walls adorned with bandana-dressed animal busts, Bar D offers 10 brews crafted by owner Larry Davis and his wife Jerilyn McKinney, local wine and an expansive menu. Ranging from burgers and sandwiches, catfish and comfort food, steaks and gluten-free fare, the menu can accommodate most anyone. Bar D offers happy hour specials on food and beverages, daily lunch specials and is open late. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; and, closed Monday.
Pepperbelly’s Mexican Restaurant serves Tex-Mex and a range of daily specials like spaghetti and meatballs and pot roast in a friendly, spacious spot just off the square. You’ll rub elbows with plenty of locals here! Hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Wednesday; Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harry’s Boots is our favorite place to slip into leather and lace. Harry’s has been providing high-quality western wear, hats and boots to the Texas Hill Country and beyond since 1939. Founded by Ike Shapiro who was joined by son, Harry, they built an authentic Texas landmark in San Saba. The storefront spans 12,000-square feet in five historic buildings downtown. In addition to their vast selection and dedicated custom hat shop and a historic “weather wall,” where important local weather events of the early to mid-twentieth century were recorded by hand. Daily store hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Sunday).
J. C. Campbell & Co. Mercantile
J.C. Campbell & Company Mercantile brings together over 20 vendors selling everything from furniture to vintage glassware to clothing to local honey. Find unique gifts perfectly suited to add to your collection or give as a present. The J.C. Campbell & Co. Mercantile ladies sell everything from antique furniture to vintage glassware to clothing to local honey and their treasures are always changing. The mercantile is actually made up of 13 different vendors who scout a huge variation of inventory. There is literally something for everyone in this two-story treasure land.
San Saba Olive Oil
San Saba Olive Oil Company offers food lovers high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a variety of flavors. Sample oils, vinegar and test olive oil-based beauty products at the San Saba storefront, located just off the downtown square in the historic McConnell building (open hours are Tuesday thru Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). You can also order products, including beauty products, online at www.sansabaoliveoilcompany.com.
San Saba Soap Company
We’ve been lucky to lather up with San Saba Soap Company’s luscious soaps for a few years now. Good news-thanks to their new storefront, you can too! The soapmaker, Marcus Hollley, combines locally-sourced plants, oils and goat’s milk with Brazilian essential oils to create pure magic! Their soaps are all-natural and come in a variety of luscious scents like lemongrass lavender, pink clay and tobacco bloom, activated charcoal with holy basil, brown sugar texas fig, and more! Their Field and Flower collection is a line of six intoxicating salt soaks with dried flowers, herbs, teas and blended with essential oils. And, they also carry essential oil blends, facial teas, body polish, and face-beard oil. Stop in, breathe deeply and soap up!
Alamo Pecan Co.
The cute storefront doubles as a coffee shop and pecan heaven! You’ll find all manner of sweet and savory pecans, pecan pies, pecan butters, and fudge. Sample to find your faves and stock up on all the goodies!
Millican Pecan is a family-run operation just outside of downtown. The Milicans are actually descendants of E.E. Risien who nurtured our first pecan harvests. In fact, the Mother Tree still stands in their orchard. You can swing by the storefront for pecans, pies and even just chat about the pecan industry! They also offer pecan making classes for kids!
Another family-run op that has pecans in all kinds! Pecan honey butter, pecan brittle, pecan coffee, pecan oil, orchard-fresh pecans, flavored pecans…you name it, they have it! Bonus, they also have free fudge samples!
San Saba River Pecan
Just outside of town, on the green banks of the San Saba River, you’ll find the beautiful San Saba River Pecan Co. pecan orchard. Stop by and sample pecans, take a tour of the grounds and – during harvest months – you can shake your own pecans!
Aunt M's Illustrated Inn
Aunt M’s Illustrated Inn – Aunt M’s is a cozy bed and breakfast located just off the main downtown square. Relaxed and comfortable, each hand-painted mural room comes with daily breakfast.
Originally built in 1913 by W.C. Dofflemyer, the historic Dofflemyer Hotel was renovated and opened in 2015. The boutique inn boasts six luxurious rooms blending rustic charm and simplicity with sophisticated elegance in a perfect paradox of past meets present. Located in downtown San Saba, the hotel offers keyless entry, plush beds and pillows, soft linens and craft products.
A Night Under the Stars
Our favorite springtime event is San Saba’s annual Night at the Museum. The theme changes annually, but you can always expect a fun-filled, family-centric event that blends San Saba traditions new and old with activities that are as educational as they are fascinating! We gather ‘round a campfire for dinner, tell stories and explore our history and the lives of 1800s pioneers, celebrate our county museum, and shoot fireworks!
Small town Christmases are the best and we are proud of our Texas-sized yuletide cheer. The Extravaganza is held annually in December and brings the community together for a night of holiday programming. Bring the whole family to revel in Christmas carols sung by our choir, our lighted Christmas parade, and marvel at more than one million dancing lights in Mill Pond Park. We also have visitors from the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop, and goodies and activities for the kiddos!
Sip n' Stroll
Our Sip n’ Stroll is our favorite event of the year! Held in December, this annual gathering celebrates our favorite things: wine, community, cheer and shopping locally! Each year, local businesses host visiting wineries, offer snacks and specials on Christmas shopping. It’s a great night for all!