Retail Roundup: Georgetown Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Georgetown citizens enjoy their community’s storied past as well as its modern conveniences. Downtown Georgetown is filled with both, with over 50 one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and collectibles shops in romantic Victorian era buildings, accented by brick sidewalks, antique streetlights, and other nostalgic, classic flourishes. Georgetown also has more than 180 National Registered Historic homes and buildings, which showcase the town’s beautiful and charming past.

All along the historic main street are vendors selling unique handcrafts, art, and creative glasswork. The town also has plenty of well-stocked antique shops behind warm and welcoming storefronts. The older established businesses have newer neighbors such as Roots Bistro, located on the south end of the historic Georgetown Square.

Roots is a popular hangout featuring sandwiches, pizzas, and an assortment of wine and microbrews on tap, while nearby Wildfire offers seafood and steaks cooked with care and presented with élan. The Hollow American Brasserie offers classical European techniques applied to new American Cuisine — dishes that are at once familiar yet inventively conceived, intricately prepared, and artful. The Georgetown Winery offers flights and tastings, as well as a gift shop well stocked with gifts to please almost any wine aficionado.

Local dining options also include such well-established favorites as the Monument Café serving mouth-watering Texas comfort food staples from breakfast through dinner; Dos Salsas with quality Tex-Mex, and the Walburg Restaurant, which serves authentic German cuisine in an early 1900s country market. More recent additions include the new flavors presented at Milano Trattoria, Wasabi, and the Plaka Greek Café. For a break from shopping there are several coffeehouses and tearooms.

Wolf Ranch Town Center, the largest of over 15 different retail centers in the vicinity, provides convenient access to popular retailers such as Kohl’s, SuperTarget, TJ Maxx, and over 75 other retailers and restaurants. Several movie theaters are convenient for matinees or a date night.

Enjoy Live Music, Explore Underground Caverns and a Ride a Hill Country Steam Locomotive

Nightlife choices continue to grow with several restaurants providing outdoor seating and sophisticated interiors as well as live music several times a week. Two of the most popular venues for live music are The Uptown Social and The Office Lounge. For live plays and musicals, the Palace Theater has been reborn as one of the city’s major entertainment stages. The 1920s Palace is the only Art Deco building façade in the city and provides a quaint and nostalgic setting for a variety of plays and live performances.

For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as well as folks simply looking for respite from a warm summer day, the Inner Space Caverns offer natural marvels and a constant 70-degree temperature. Locals also enjoy taking a trip into the past on the Texas Flyer, a 1916 steam-driven locomotive, with early 20th century passenger coaches make regular trips through the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Whatever one’s interest, there’s always something fun to do in the Georgetown area, either as a lone adventurer or with a group of friends. This city continues to be a great place to both explore and call home.