Some of the coolest small towns in Texas offer big-time shopping and dining in a town square setting.
Recently, there has been an expansion of amenities in small towns, drawing people from large metropolitan areas back out to the country. Things do come full circle.
What drew so many to the big city -- things like shopping -- is now drawing them back to stylish boutiques, amazing food and an atmosphere that just can't be beat. So whether you're swinging through or stopping for a few nights, be sure to check out the shopping at some of these small Texas towns.
Mason (Population: 2,186)
Fredericksburg before it was Fredericksburg! How can you go wrong with boutique names like “Southern Britches” and “The Thing Is”? This small town may have big dreams, but its heritage is based in agriculture. That simply means you're sure to hear a “thank you” and “yes ma’am” as you walk through the town's doors. Oh, and it’s is almost guaranteed that someone will hold those doors open for you!
Hallettsville (Population: 2,593)
Jump a little farther south into Texas and you'll find Hallettsville, which prides itself on its German and Czech heritage. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, you'll experience the down-home hospitality and small-town charm that will make you feel right at home. Small town boutiques and gift shops like Bella's & Lil Miss Pizzaz "Bowtique" and the Herb Cottage aren’t the only things that this community has perfected. Try a little sausage from the local meat market. Your stomach will thank you later!
Llano (Population: 3,285)
What's taking you so long to discover Llano? It has a beautiful downtown area, lovely shops and barbecue dining that will knock your socks off. Don’t let the serenity of this town fool you. It has a collection of boutiques for clothing, accessories, gifts and antiques.
Bandera (Population: 859)
This river town has all you'll ever need. From Western wear to Southwestern furniture, from antiques to boutiques, Bandera won't let you down. It's known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”. Step out in style from one of the small-town shops.
Castroville (Population: 2,883)
Whether you're here for a day trip or an extended stay, there's plenty to do in and around Castroville. Check out the great outdoors, discover quaint shops, visit a museum, enjoy the historic walking tour or just relax by the beautiful Medina River. The town is actually referred to as “The Little Alsace of Texas”. Take a gander at its bed and breakfasts, boutiques and a killer meat market – Dziuk’s Meat Market, and you'll see why.
Shiner (Population: 2,107)
You know Shiner - The thing you buy on every grocery run? You've tried its beer, now try their jewelry, clothing and gift shops. You can always take a tour and taste the beer, but next time you find yourself venturing between Houston and San Antonio, make a stop by this small town. With stores such as Licorice and Lemon Drops, Raintree Floral & Gift Shop and Wendels Jewelry, Inc., you'll be happy you took the time out of your busy lifestyle to take a stroll in this small town.
Smithville (Population: 3,927)
Centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station, this small town has great shopping, lodging, dining, art and pure fun. You might have to venture off the beaten path, but head out to enjoy Smithville and the community as this is one of the friendliest towns across which you can come. Venture out for a day of fun!
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