Discover Texas’ newest indie music capital.
Anchored by the University of North Texas and now a breeding ground for indie music, Denton is giving Austin, known as the Live Music Capital of the World, a little competition. There are concert halls around the city, though everything from restaurants and lounges to coffee shops and wine bars have regular live music acts. This bike-friendly small town also has a hopping downtown historic district, as well as popular for outdoor activities such as kayaking on North Lakes Park or horseback riding on nearby Black Mustang Ranch. —Stirling Kelso
7 Mile Café
Get your day started at this early bird restaurant—they only serve breakfast and lunch—close to Denton’s historic town square. Made from scratch dishes include red velvet or peanut butter and chocolate pancakes, as well as ten kinds of eggs Benedict. Pair your meal with a French press or cold brew coffee.
Oak Street Draft-House
There are 72 beers on draft—and about 35 of them are Texas microbrews—at this quirky lounge housed in a white-paneled house with a wrap-around porch. All of the furnishings are vintage or antique finds from around Denton; the property is also bike friendly thanks to tire pumps and locks.
Satiate your sweet tooth at this ice cream parlor with checkered floors and a long marble counter. Scoops of black cherry and dulce de leche ice cream are served in made-to-order waffle cones.
This laid-back live music venue is on its way to becoming an icon thanks to its great stage and acoustics, not to mention acts ranging from country and rock and roll to jazz and blues. While it attracts plenty of college kids you’ll also find an older crowd—few people, after all, can pass up cheap, cold beer.
This 14-room property, housed in a white mansion with English garden-style landscaping is a departure from the area’s chain hotels. Rooms are individually decorated—some are French-inspired, others Italian rococo—and some have in-room fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.