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.
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