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After my trip to France, Germany, and Italy over the Christmas break I took my own advice on how to beat the post-vacation-blue, planned my next trip, and went on a little girlfriend getaway to…. San Angelo, TX. We chose it because we could both easily reach it and both hadn’t spent much time there. And I have to say: San Angelo surprised me! We had a lot of fun exploring the city, enjoying food and nightlife, and being charmed by the quirkiness of this little town in the middle of nowhere. So, what are some things you can do in San Angelo, Texas? Check out how we spent our weekend there.

The first thing we did after arriving? Dinner and live music at Sealy Flats, a very cool diner/bar in downtown San Angelo. They have a great area where you can sit outside with lots of heat lamps in case the Texas nights get a little chilly. We finished the night at the House of FiFi DuBois, during the day a store that sells furniture and accessories from the 50s, 60s, and 70s and  and at night a different kind of place to have a cold beer. Totally unexpected find in San Angelo due to our good friends there!

We stayed in the Fairfield Inn & Suites San Angelo on Knickerbocker and while it wasn’t really that close to downtown, it was pretty easy to reach everything we wanted to visit from there. And they had a great breakfast buffet with lots of options and waffles shaped like Texas 🙂 It’s also located close to the university and some great dining options.

Our first sightseeing stop was the Chicken Farm Art Center. It’s a neat place with little shops where different kinds of artists work and display their art. It was a little deserted when we were there and I am not sure if that was because it was January or just another Saturday. I heard that they host a big event the 1st Saturday each month and can imagine that it’s lots of fun to be there for that.

Before lunch we explored some of the antique shops on East Concho Avenue. I use the word “antique” somewhat loosely here… most of the stuff they are selling reminds me of my grandparents stuff who are 70-ish. So, the antiques are somewhat old, but not ancient 😉 Either way, it was fun! We regained some strength during lunch in an old bordello, Miss Hattie’s. The staff there was really nice and the food was pretty good. Nice atmosphere too. After lunch we wanted to see Miss Hattie’s museum, but they are only open for special tours at specific times. So, we continued on in some of the little shops and finished our tour at Eggemeyer’s.

Before dinner we went for a drink at D’Vine Wine. Most of their wines were infused with fruit flavor, like a red wine with blackberry for example. Not bad, but not really my thing. After some tastings, we went to the next wine bar in town, In Vino Veritas. It turned out to be a great little place with tons of choices! After a few drinks, the waitress suggested a restaurant for dinner that turned out equally great, Cork & Pig Tavern. They have the best pizza I’ve had in Texas so far and I will totally eat there again should I ever return to San Angelo.

Overall, San Angelo was a lot of fun… much more than we expected to be honest. It’s really a charming little town that you should visit if you’re in the area.

Here are some pics from our day in San Angelo. You can find a ton more on my Facebook page.

Sealy Flats in San Angelo Texas

the House of FiFi DuBois in San Angelo Texas

the House of FiFi DuBois in San Angelo Texas

Fence at the Chicken Farm in San Angelo, Texas

antique shopping in San Angelo, Texas

lunch at Miss Hattie's in San Angelo, Texas

cute shop in San Angelo, Texas

In Vino Veritas - a wine bar in San Angelo Texas

delicious pizza at Cork and Pig Tavern in San Angelo Texas

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8 Comments

  • Laurel says:

    I love it when you find a place that exceeds your expectations. I haven’t heard of San Angelo, but I’ve only been to Houston and Galveston (which didn’t meet my expectations)in Texas.
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    • Sabrina says:

      I know, right?! But I also have to admit that it was probably fairly easy for San Angelo to exceed my expectations since I barely had any 😉 Still, it’s a very charming town where you can find lots of stuff to do on a weekend getaway.

      Houston isn’t one of my favorite cities either. The humidity during the summer there is insane which probably makes me dislike it more. A friend of mine just moved there and says it’s actually really nice, so maybe I just haven’t spend time in the right areas there… I was ok with Galveston, but I was so, so disappointed with the sea there. I expected nice, refreshing ocean and got hot Gulf of Mexico water. Not a good surprise for a beach nut like me 🙂

  • Suzy says:

    That pizza looks amazing! It sounds like a great place for a girlfriend getaway.
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    • Sabrina says:

      It really is a great girlfriend getwaway place. Lucky I am havinf lunch right now: Whenever I look at that pizza, I wanna go back there 😉

      • jill Maria Rios says:

        Hi Sabrina I am looking at my options as I am considering a transfer with my company to San Angelo. Did the town people seem small town friendly and how small is the town it seems almost rural to me.

        • Sabrina says:

          Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Rural? Well, it has almost 100,000 inhabitants, a relatively big university, and is 3-4 hours from both San Antonio and Austin. If you’re from a huge town that might seem rural, but it really isn’t bad. The people I met there (and from there since I live close) are really nice, but I am sure there are weirdos there too (as everywhere). Overall, I really like the feel of San Angelo.

  • planning two days in San Angelo end of August. meeting
    a lady friend I have not seen since 1982.
    We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
    thanks for the info
    on some interesting places you went to within the city.
    hope you are keeping kool. thx. Sharon G in Las Cruces NM

    • Sabrina says:

      We’ve enjoyed the last few cooler days thanks to some rain and thunderstorms 🙂 It’s getting higher again though already. Glad I was able to give you some ideas for an Angelo. My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves. The nightlife had so many options. Fifi DuBois was just total and unexpected fun! I hope that still exists! If you like wine, try one of the two places I mentioned. The first (D’Vine Wine) had more fruit-infused wined and the second (In Vino Veritas) many, many choices from Texas and beyond. and we’ve seen gone back and had more pizza at the Cork and Pig Tavern. Just as good as I remembered it! I hope you guys have a great time!

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