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, 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.
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!
Risien Park is a gift from E. Guy Risien, the son of E.E. Risien, who cultivated all the pecans that San Saba and much of the rest of the United States uses. 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, and a stone amphitheater. Risien Park hosts the annual Catkins Ball fundraiser, in addition to weddings and other events.
San Saba is excited to have our new Visitor Center open for business! Finished in 2019, the San Saba Visitors’ 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 guided walking tour map while you’re in!
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.
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 after arrival, 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!
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 with tight fairways and several ponds making the course challenging.
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 courthouse, characterized by its Classical Revival–style architecture, 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.
Nestled on the northern edge of the beautiful Texas Hill County, San Saba County offers spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, more miles of running streams than any other Texas County, historical treasures and friendly people. Curious about the history of the Pecan Capital of the World? Our all-volunteer, donation supported County Museum offers guided tours and other historical information for groups of all sizes!
Food & Drink
Fresh, quality Mexican fare prepared daily is the hallmark of this restaurant located at 1203 Wallace Street in town. Stick to the basics like nachos, tortas and tacos or go for a larger meal through one of their many combo plate offerings. Either way, be sure to end your visit with their delicious tres leches or flan!
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. From burgers to steaks, catfish to comfort food, as well as 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.
Larry's Corner Cafe
Family owned and located at 902 W. Wallace Street, Larry’s Corner Cafe is a favorite local stop for everything from breakfast tacos to fried chicken and pot roast. Stop in and check the chalkboard for daily specials and sides!
Napoli's Italian Grill
Napoli’s Italian Grill is an Italian American Grill in San Saba located at 210 E. Commerce Street. Their menu consists of pizzas, pastas, salads, burgers, wings, steaks and seafood. They are open daily for lunch and dinner.
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 the neighboring, Wedding Oak Winery.
Born of a desire for warmth, hospitality and community, Pecan House Grill is San Saba’s first upscale steakhouse. Despite the beauty and quality of dining, it’s still a place where families will enjoy visiting. The menu and kitchen are run by the expert skill of Chef Mike Felts. (And, we’re told that the state-of-the-art kitchen – which occupies an entire downtown building – is truly a site to behold.) Expect elevated ranch classics and exceptional Texas beef, wild game, and seafood selections complemented by fresh salads and veggie-forward sides.
Pepperbelly’s Mexican Restaurant serves Tex-Mex favorites like queso, fajitas and steak ranchero from this spot directly across from the County Courthouse. You’ll rub elbows with plenty of locals here!
Tacos Mi Casa
The fresh made tortillas make all the difference at Tacos Mi Casa. Stop by 1104 W. Wallace Street and give them a try for one of their many combinations of affordably priced breakfast tacos or plates. Be sure to stop in on the weekends for menudo as well!
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 awards, most recently being recognized for having one of the best white wines in Texas by Texas Monthly.
Bard & Hallow
Bard & Hallow is a fine antique & architectural salvage store based in beautiful downtown San Saba. It was founded by Logan & Uriah J. Hart, one an original Austinite and the other a born Alaskan who each carry a love for all things nostalgic.
Harry’s Boots 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 institution in San Saba. The storefront spans 12,000-square feet in five historic buildings downtown. In addition to their vast selection of boots, Harry’s also boasts a dedicated custom hat shop and the historic “Weather Wall” where important local weather events of the early to mid–twentieth century were recorded by hand.
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 Open Door
Find beautiful rustic style pottery and home decor at The Open Door. Find a variety of styles from Mexican pottery, to traditional round pots, as well as Talavera pottery.
San Saba Olive Oil Company
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. You can also order products, including beauty products, online.
Switch Boutique offers a variety of modern styles for any and all occasions, featuring dresses, shoes, hats, jewelry, and much more. Stop in for great gift ideas, or to see what is trending for the season.
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 Millicans are descendantsof E.E. Risien, the father of the San Saba pecan industry who developed many famous pecan cultivars. 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 pie making classes for kids!
Another family–run operation that has pecan products of 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!
The Great San Saba River Pecan Company
Just outside of town on the green banks of the San Saba River, you’ll find the beautiful Great San Saba River Pecan Company pecan orchard. Stop by and sample pecans, take a tour of the grounds and – during harvest months – you can shake your own pecans!
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.
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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, 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
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!
Pecan Capital Trade Days
This San Saba tradition takes place on the court house square and finds local merchants selling everything from fresh produce to homemade soap. Stay tuned to the Calendar of Events for upcoming dates!