Enjoy lazy days in this charming creek-side town.
Riverside Escape in Salado, Texas
Credit: Courtesy of The Village of Salado Tourism

Salado Creek cuts through this restful stop off of Highway 35. Along with a relaxing overnight at a historic inn or bed and breakfast, travelers can browse antique shops and boutiques, take walks in shady parks by the water, and have lazy lunches at outdoor tables for two.

Stagecoach Inn

Travelers can stay in one of 82 poolside rooms or spa suites at this historic property, originally founded in 1861, though some people just stop in for a romantic dinner. The restaurant serves up dishes made from generations-old recipes—chicken fried steak; housemade gravy—that have been passed down through Texas families. Rooms also have coffee makers and complimentary WiFi.

Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que

Stop in this rustic, stone-walled restaurant for Mesquite-grilled steaks.

Alexander’s Distillery

This restaurant is located on the Inn on the Creek grounds, anchored by an 1882 Victorian House. The cozy dining room has a global menu—you’ll find guacamole and blue kettle chips with truffle oil, grilled Veracruz-style red drum and honey Dijon chicken—and live jazz every Saturday night.

Classics on Main

You’ll find hand-blown gas works, wood furnishings, paintings and sculptures by Texas artists at this well-curated gallery.