The Ultimate Guide to San Saba, Texas
Known as the Pecan Capital of the World, San Saba is a quaint little Texas town that houses 8 different pecan companies and is full of specialty shops selling pecans in every single version you could possibly imagine. This town isn’t famous because it grows or ships more pecan than any other town. No, this town received it’s claim to fame as the pecan capital because it was where the paper shell pecan was invented. Named by the San Saba River that runs through it, this town is a haven to the outdoor explorer. From fishing, RV’ing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and golfing there is a little something for everyone. There’s a southern charm that exudes from this town and makes me want to live on a ranch, grow grapes, and live that small town life. San Saba is definitely a hidden gem of Texas and I want to put it on the map for you!
Explore Colorado Bend State State Park
Known for it’s 70 foot waterfall, Colorado Bend State Park brings in hundreds of visitors each year. Colorado Bend was opened to the public in 1987 and has all sorts of hidden gems to explore. From waterfalls, to swimming holes, and even caves there’s no shortage of things to explore here. lace up your hiking boots and get ready to hit the trail!
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Check into the Dofflemyer Hotel
The Dofflemyer Hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Saba and has a unique history. Built in 1913, the Dofflemyer was originally done in artificial stone which was something very new at the time. The second floor which is now home to the six rooms, was once a gentlemen’s social club complete with a reading room, pool, parlor, and billiard tables. The hotel is a beautiful mix of past and present and modern and contemporary. The rooms overlook the small town coming and goings of locals and the first floor is shared with a family owned diner that serves it’s community with
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Grab a breakfast bite at Oliver & Co
Oliver and Co is located on the first floor of the Dofflemyer Hotel and is a great place to grab a bite before you head out and explore. They also have a wide variety of different pecan flavored spreads and local trinkets that make perfect gifts. We enjoyed their cinnamon rolls, waffles, smoothies, fresh orange juice, and egg tacos for breakfast. They also had coffee and tea!
Indulge in a Wine Tasting at Wedding Oak Winery
Would you believe this was my first time at a wine tasting?! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on these wineries! Wedding Oak Winery offers three different wine tasting depending on what you’re in the mood for. They have a red wine, white wine, and a sweet wine tasting. It consists of 5 1oz glasses of wine totaling one glass of wine. All of their wines are 100% grown and made right here in Texas. After the wine tasting go on a tour of where the wine is stored and learn all about their process of making it.
Grab Lunch at Pepperbelly’s
Perpperbelly’s is a delicious little spot located in the heart of downtown that’s a quick easy walk from the hotel. We grabbed lunch here and were blown away at just how good all the food was. We’re pretty snobby when it comes to Mexican food and Perpperbelly’s passed the test. We tried out a few of their dishes and some of our favorites were the Morning Star burger, the Tejano fries, and the Steak Ranchero.
Wedding Oak Historical Tree
This is known as the Wedding Oak Tree which has been turned into a historical marker. Legend has it that before settlers arrived here, the Indians would stand under this massive tree and get married here. Once the settler arrived they adopted the same tradition under the tree. A few years ago lightening struck the tree and split a large piece of it off. Even so, the tree is still absolutely massive and beautiful. I imagine if this tree could talk, it sure would have some stories to tell.
Dine at the New Pecan House Grill
If you’re looking for a food experience look no further than Pecan House Grill. I truly can’t say enough about our experience dining here. Firstly, the ambiance of the restaurant really set the mood. There are beautiful hanging lights through out the center of the main dining area and the service we received was off the charts. The food. Where do I start on the food!? Truly some of the best we’ve had in all our Texas travels. Steak and veggies, brisket queso, and the pork belly burnt ends were all phenomenal. Get dressed up and go enjoy some fine dining and a night out on the town.
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Sip Pecan Flavored Coffee at Alamo Coffee
This little coffee shop has ever flavor of pecan you can imagine. Choose from toffee chocolate covered pecans, to pecan spreads, pecan cluster and pecan flavored coffee. This town take it’s title as the Pecan Capital of the World seriously and I’m here for it. We went home with so many delicious treats and actually stocked up on these sweets to use a Christmas gifts. The pecan flavored coffee was actually quite delicious and I ended up drinking it for the rest of our trip. The owners here are the sweetest and really bring home that small town feel where everyone knows everyone.
Shop at Harry’s Boots
Remember when I said San Saba made me want to turn into a cowboy and buy land? This right here is why! Harry’s feels like stepping back into the wild west a little bit. They have a full room of boots in each section in the store so you’re sure to find a style you like. Don’t miss out on their upstairs hat section that tucked away in the back corner of the men’s boot room. It’s decorated in an authentic old saloon style and they have every single type of hat you could imagine. This was one of my absolute favorite stops on the trip! Don’t skip out on Harry’s!
Shop the Mercantile
This is another example of old buildings being restored by the locals because they love their town so much that they willingly invest to make it better. San Saba truly is a diamond in the rough. The J.C. Campbell and Co Mercantile is a fun place to shop for shirts, jewelry, trinkets, and so on. Don’t miss a stop at this living piece of history.
Walk Around Mill Pond Park
Mill Pond Park is a beautiful park with a rushing waterfall that is a beautiful place to relax or have an outdoor picnic. There is also a pong, water wheel, beachy area, and walking trails.
Frolic in the Bluebonnets
If you’re visiting in the Spring, you don’t want to miss a roadside stop to frolic in the bluebonnets. You can find bluebonnets all along the highways just on the outskirts of the city.
Visit San Saba Olive Oil
Taste test your way through every flavor olive oil and balsamic vinegars your heart could desire. San Saba Olive Oil sources the highest quality extra virgin olive oil in the world. This is a great stop for foodies and cooks. We ended up leaving with a few oils ourselves and can’t wait to cook with them!
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