Shopping is a Pleasure in One-of-a-Kind Boutiques and the Georgetown Farmers’ Market

Georgetown, though rich with amenities, maintains a charming, small-town atmosphere. Shoppers enjoy the historic town square’s one-of-a-kind boutiques filled with unique and handcrafted gifts as well as tasty food prepared in warm and inviting, locally owned restaurants. A favorite for people watchers and sidewalk strollers, visitors enjoy live music, tours and demonstrations as well as the meticulously restored vintage architecture.

Folks who live in the Woods of Fountainwood also take full advantage of the nearby Georgetown Farmers’ Market just a few minutes up the road. Open year-round on Thursday afternoons, residents can purchase fresh produce, free-range eggs, pasture-raised beef, cheese, nuts and artisan breads from more than 50 local growers and vendors.

Shopping Mall Convenience and Deep Discounts at the Premium Outlets

Wolf Ranch Town Center is a convenient open-air community center about 10 minutes away from the neighborhood. It’s home to more than 80 retail stores and restaurants including Bath & Body Works, Kohl’s, Michael’s, Best Buy, Dressbarn, DSW, Lane Bryant, Loft, Old Navy, Office Depot, Pier 1, PetSmart, Rack Room Shoes, Sally Beauty Supply, Target, TJ Maxx, and Yankee Candle Company, to name a few. Some of the more popular restaurants include Firehouse Subs, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mama Fu’s Asian House, McAlister’s Deli, Milano Trattoria Pizza & Pasta, Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q, Souper Salad, Starbucks and Panda Express.

And the popular Round Rock Premium Outlet shopping center is just over 15 minutes away. Shoppers can find steep discounts and solid bargains on more than 125 popular brands including Adidas, J Crew, Brooks Brothers, Perry Ellis, and Ralph Lauren. Across the street from the mall is the only IKEA in the Austin metro area.

Sour Cream Chicken Quiche for a Town of Wonderful People

Dining in Georgetown offers a variety of restaurants including a fair number of barbecue joints, small cafes and locally owned diners and restaurants. For those who love genuine made-from-scratch food, Laurie’s Too Tearoom is just off the square. With a different quiche every day, Laurie’s Too is almost always buzzing at lunchtime. Thursday’s Sour Cream Chicken Quiche is a popular favorite with repeat diners. It’s a blend of chicken, sour cream, onion, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses wrapped in the kind of flaky crust that comes straight out of Grandma’s kitchen.

“Georgetown has a quaint feel that we just love,” says Cherry Vest, co-owner of Laurie’s Too Tearoom and Café. “This is a town of wonderful people.”

Pickled Green Beans, Tomato Salt and Citrus-Glazed Salmon

The Hollow, an American Brasserie, offers classical European techniques applied to new American cuisine and the result is flavorful food, at once familiar yet inventively conceived, intricately prepared and artful. Sophisticated starters such as carpaccio of tuna and snapper, pickled green beans, potato crisps, heirloom tomatoes, and roasted olives, and cured egg mimosa, dressed in tarragon dijon vinaigrette and finished with tomato salt are both exciting and extraordinarily delicious.

Residents also love to visit The Monument Café, a local restaurant reminiscent of Texas roadside cafés in the 1920s to 1940s. American fare with only the freshest produce and natural meats and poultry make this a local foodie favorite. The menu varies weekly with the only regular item being the wildly popular Friday night seafood platter with fried catfish, citrus-glazed fresh salmon, fried shrimp, hush puppies, and sides. Next door, The Garden at the Monument is an authentic Texas Biergarten serving beer, wine, burgers and fries where locals might hear jazz or western swing while they enjoy their meal.