We find the sweetest surprises by accident. Exploring an area can be intentional, especially when doing a Google search on ‘what to do when in _____.’ It may be a museum, an aquarium, botanical gardens, state park, or some historical site unique to the area. Planning the visit and executing the follow through is fun, but the more unique gems happen by a pure stroke of luck.
Our campground is between Bastrop and Austin, Texas. We hadn’t gone into Bastrop proper since we had arrived from Houston. There had been wildfires two years previously that destroyed a big part of Bastrop County, and we weren’t sure if the area had fully recovered from the damage.
On a drive to take care of some personal business, we ran across the historical section of Bastrop. We hadn’t ventured too far off the highway up to that point, so the quaint little town was a pleasant surprise. Main Street was filled with small locally owned businesses.
We spotted a place to park directly in front of the Main Street Cafe, located in the heart of historic downtown. The cozy hardwood floors and bistro-style seating were welcoming, and the food was absolutely delicious. The breakfast casserole was hearty and comforting–especially since we were still recovering from the flu. The coffee bar was convenient, and we had our second cup of coffee while discussing our future travels in the relaxing atmosphere. Daily specials are on their Facebook page.
Just next door was Simply Sweet. It was my birthday, and the irresistible cupcakes were calling my name. We had the opportunity to talk to Steven and Sheila, the owners, and learned so much about Bastrop and places to check out while there. The cupcakes were so beautifully decorated and displayed, it was an arduous task to choose the flavor of cupcakes to take home. When we took our first bite, we were hooked. What a decadent treat. The peanut butter cupcake was an explosion of yumminess (so was the cookies and cream, the chocolate, the strawberry–well, you get the picture), and I’ll definitely stop back in before we leave. Thank you to these talented bakers for the conversation and the birthday treat.
We ran into another jewel called the Roadhouse (do not confuse this with the mediocre Texas Roadhouse chain) on the outskirts of Bastrop. We stopped on a whim and empty stomachs. Mike got the jalapeno burger while I had the avacado burger, and we didn’t regret it. Seriously, the very best burger ever.
I fell in love with this small Texas town and will miss it when we go on to our next adventure. There are so many unique things to do and see, but the people are what make it such an attractive place to visit. Stop and say hello to these warm and friendly folks who make visitors feel right at home.
Thank you for the welcome, Bastrop. We will be back.
P.S. I’ll leave you with words of wisdom displayed at the Main Street Cafe:
Sounds wonderful! I love the quote and may have to use that as an excuse next time I have a chance for dessert!
ANY excuse for dessert is a good one! 🙂
I enjoyed reading your post. We are visiting Texas for the first time in June for a family reunion, though not in this part of the state (Texas is really big!). Loved your write up of the town and restaurants. It reminded me of a new book we love call Road Food. The writer was interviewed on the Family Travel Atlas podcast last week and we couldn’t wait to get a copy. Thanks!
I’ll have to check out that book. Always looking for the local flavor. Thank you for stopping by! Safe travels, Dawn