You know the feeling of being in an unfamiliar town and everything seems so different than what you are used to?  Sometimes it only takes a short drive to feel that for us. Last weekend we decided to go to Georgetown, an hour away from south Austin where we live.

We checked into the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Friday night. The lobby is wide and spacious with large glass windows letting the natural light in and allowing us to notice the great view outside. In the lobby, there are plenty of comfy seating areas and Jack’s Lounge with live music Thursdays and Saturdays and local drinks.

When we arrived we were welcomed with a beautiful fruit and cheese plate with a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room. You can call to arrange this ahead of your stay, a gesture your honey is sure to appriciate.

We stayed in one of their 2 room suites with a killer view.

The bathrooms were perfect with plenty of room.  Honestly, I’ve stayed in hotel rooms in Europe that were smaller than the bathroom alone.   

It was nice to have a separate area to watch tv and settle in for the night. Is anyone else tempted to binge watch tv when they stay in a hotel room for a lazy weekend?

With temperatures outside reaching 100°F, we headed to the pool to cool down a bit before making our way to dinner.

We stayed in the hotel and ate at Brix and Ale, where we were served by our very friendly and welcoming server, Mauricio.  The food was familiar American comfort food classics with most dishes featuring a modern twist.

Since we already had cheese and fruit in our rooms, we went straight into our entrees ordering the skirt steak parrilladas, aka fajitas, and a filet served with a warm potato salad and sauteed spinach.

For dessert, we went with the gluten free flourless chocolate cake and a fruit cobbler. Overall we really enjoyed having such a comforting meal located downstairs from our room.

You would think we were starved.  After a great nights sleep, we ordered room service for breakfast because, why not!

French toast and a frittata with roasted tomatoes and an arugula salad were calling our names.

Blue Hole

After a lazy evening and morning, it was time to get out and have some fun. A benefit of staying at the Georgetown Sheraton is the bikes available to reserve to explore the trails nearby.  About a 15-minute bike ride or 5 minute drive from the hotel is the Blue Hole. Online reviews told me it would be super crowded on a Saturday, but when we arrived there were only a few other families. It is a very laid back watering hole with most people floating around. On the north side, there are small cliffs making for fun jumps.

Georgetown Square

 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

Once we had enjoyed our time in the water, we made our way to the downtown Georgetown square. The streets full of antique stores, restaurants, and plenty of shopping surround the courthouse.  While it was pretty quiet when we visited, the square is the center of several events throughout the year like the Georgetown Wine and Music Festival, Boo Bash and Georgetown Market Days.

Wineries in Georgetown

Another fun thing to do near Georgetown is to visit a few Vineyards.  Georgetown is central to several vineyard and breweries including some in Salado, Round Rock, and Liberty Hill.  If you enjoy wine, make sure you get out to a vineyard or two for a tasting.

We really enjoyed our laid back weekend in Georgetown.  The hotel was incredibly hospitable and after only spending one night there, it felt like a small hotel with several employees recognized us and said hello.  If you live in Austin and need a weekend to unwind, a trip to Georgetown should do the trick.