Explore this historic town for a “taste” of the Lone Star state.
After a drive around Calvert, Texas historic downtown, it’s clear to see that this now unassuming town has had many lives. Thanks to a massive cotton gin and the train (which still whips through town), residents here were once wealthy enough to build an opera house as well as dozens of Victorian homes. That was the late 1800s: Now it’s a budding artists community, anchored by a curious chocolate shop that has put Calvert back on the map.
Much of Main Street was on the verge of collapse when this first-class chocolate boutique and restaurant opened several years ago. Chocolatier Ken Wilkinson, who comes to Calvert from the UK by way of Houston, uses “only the best” ingredients in his artful truffles, made with saffron, chestnuts and candied orange, among other choice ingredients. Make reservations for dinner Friday and Saturday nights.
Zamykal Gourmet Kolache
Pop into this bakery for coffee and sweet Czech pastries—based on an old family recipe—with inventive fillings like pumpkin pecan and coconut cream.
Track 5 Gallery
If you’re looking for a trip memento, consider an original work by painter Jeff Munson. He exhibits his works—ranging from the pastoral to the abstract—along with pieces by other Lone Star State arts at this gallery and studio. Call ahead to book an appointment.
At this unusual gift shop, artist Shelley Harris-Janac makes intricately detailed gourd sculptures, incorporating other natural elements like pine needles and snakeskin.
Pin Oak Bed & Breakfast
There are five rooms, some of which have private balconies overlooking the property’s graceful live oaks, at this B&B housed in a 1909 mansion. Proprietors Jenny and Walter Qualls serve a hot breakfast (and leave coffee outside of our door first thing in the morning) and hand out “The Tour Guide for Historic Calvert, Texas,” a great booklet for exploring the town’s 37 historic blocks.