Visiting San Saba for the first time? On the way in you’ll pass a park or two, some cute shops, a few restaurants, and our historic courthouse; but you may wonder where to begin. Well, you can skip the time-consuming Google search and put these 10 activities on your travel itinerary! By the end of the trip, you’ll have seen some of the best San Saba has to offer and really gotten to know our town!
1. Take a hike in the San Saba River Nature Park
“San Saba River Nature Park is one of the most thoughtful approaches to discovering what the natural surroundings give a community and then using it properly. It’s a combination of history lessons, bird watching, walking by the river, cool shade, and deer sightings. We walked over 2 miles of paths yet even in the heat of the summer, we felt relaxed and happy that we had pulled over to see it.” – Google Review
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
2. Treat yourself to a new pair of boots from Harry’s
There is no better wardrobe staple than a pair of good ‘ol cowboy boots! And we just so happen to have one of the finest boot stores in all of Texas, right here in downtown San Saba! You worked hard in 2022, you’ve earned a new pair. Why not mix it up with an adventurous color or a new leather? There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your time browsing hundreds of hats, boots, and western wear all at Harry’s Boots!
3. Have a date night at Wedding Oak Winery
Whether you’re ten years into a romance or on a first date, you can never go wrong with an evening of fine wine from Wedding Oak Winery. Start the night off with a glass to relax before heading out to dinner. Or stay longer and indulge in a flight of your favorite reds, whites, and rosés. You can even stop in at the end of the date for an elegant nightcap. Whatever you choose, Wedding Oak is excited to pour you a vast selection of award-winning wine, grown locally right here in Texas.
4. Learn a new recipe using gourmet olive oil
Want to take your cooking to a whole new level? San Saba Olive Oil Company has your missing ingredient! Not only do they have dozens and dozens of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars to sample, they also have an incredibly knowledgeable staff who can help decipher your favorite flavor profiles, suggest food pairings, and provide delicious recipes. It’s amazing how delicious dinners can be with a simple upgrade to a flavored olive oil!
5. Add a statement piece to your home’s decor
Enhance your home this year by introducing a statement piece to your decor. Incorporating antiques into a modern interior will add character, depth, and a cultural element to the space. Lucky for us, Bard & Hallow has curated quite a collection of rare antiques since coming to town in 2021. Or if you’re looking for something a little more colorful, unconventional, or even quirky, The Open Door is the place for you!
6. Swap the movie night popcorn for sweet treats from Alamo Pecan
Pecans are the new popcorn! Elevate any movie night with gourmet treats from Alamo Pecan & Coffee. Salty or sweet, Alamo has dozens of flavors and snacks to satisfy any craving! Make sure to stock up before the anticipated releases of movies this year including Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumnania, The Little Mermaid (live-action), Barbie, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
7. Try a new restaurant
For those of you who always stay in your comfort zone with what you eat, it’s time to try something new! From Mexican to Italian, San Saba has a nice variety of cuisines to make a weekend of dining out, truly an adventure! Maybe even challenge yourself to try all of San Saba’s unique restaurants:
- Agave Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
- Bar D Brewhouse
- Larry’s Corner Cafe
- Mama J’s Cafe
- Napoli’s Italian Grill
- Oliver & Co. Bistro
- Pecan House Grill
- Pepperbelly’s Mexican Restaurant
- Tacos Mi Casa
- The Filling Station
- TX BBQ
8. Have a photoshoot in a new outfit
It’s 2023, the year of YOU! Why not show off your beauty and confidence, inside and out? Studies have proven that photoshoots can actually boost your self-esteem, mental health, and even help your business. The best part is that you get to pamper yourself with a shopping spree at one of San Saba’s very trendy boutiques – Switch, Sings My Soule, J. C. Campbell & Co. Mercantile, and 11th Street Outfitters!
9. Enrich your mind at the museum
There’s more than meets the eye at the San Saba County Historical Museum. Inside are multiple interactive exhibits ranging from the American Frontier to World War II to the Progressive Era, and more. With a variety of displays designed for all ages, everyone can learn about San Saba’s history in a fun and engaging environment. As an unexpected bonus, the lively ladies who volunteer at the museum are sure to make your tour memorable with sweet, funny, and knowledgeable fun facts.
10. Invite an out-of-town friend to stay in San Saba
Either you live in San Saba, you’ve visited us before, or we’re on the top of your travel bucket list; regardless, you no doubt want to share your experiences here in the Pecan Capital of the World! Why not invite a friend to join your next road trip? San Saba is full of lovely lodging options, all with something special to offer:
- Aunt M’s Illustrated Inn – San Saba
- The Bogard
- Burnham’s Lodging
- Dofflemyer Hotel
- The Ragsdale “204”
- Harwood House
BONUS: Attend a town event
San Saba knows how to throw a party! Plan your visits around our town events to really experience the fun in the Texas Hill Country!
Cow Camp Cook-Off
Exactly what it sounds like! After years of competition, San Saba’s home chefs have really mastered a barbecue pit. Come for your choice of BBQ chicken, pork spare ribs, beef brisket, pinto beans, dutch oven desserts, and more!
85th Annual San Saba Rodeo
Are you even in Texas if there’s not a rodeo in town? Luckily you won’t have to find out! This is two days of calf scrambles, mutton bustin’, rodeo classics, live performances, and a whole ‘lotta cowboy spirit!
Pecan Capital Trade Days
The fall is the perfect time for an outdoor market! Shop, visit, and enjoy San Saba’s small-town charm at its best as you browse handcrafted bowls, beautiful crafts, baked goods, jellies, and so much more.
Sip N’ Stroll
It’s definitely a very merry Christmas when gift shopping is paired with fine wine! Texas Hill Country wineries and breweries gather every year to offer tastings and sales as guests stroll through our beautifully decorated businesses.