Celebrating the Holidays with Small Town Texas Style in Granbury

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Sponsored post: I was fortunate to be a guest of the City of Granbury this summer and was delighted to discover this small town Texas gem.

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are packed away, my mind wanders to fitting in some of my favorite Christmas holiday traditions. High on that list is a visit to a small Texas town or two to enjoy the holiday decorations and festivities in a more quiet, quaint environment. I often trek to Johnson City or Blanco to see the decorated courthouse grounds and am happy to add Granbury to the list of places with must see decorations.

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Photo courtesy of the City of Granbury

Despite being a lifelong Texan, I had never been to Granbury before this summer. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received the generous invitation from the City to spend the weekend and what I found was a laid back North Texas town with plenty to keep an avid foodie entertained.

Like many small Texas towns, the square surrounds a historic courthouse and houses a variety of stores, hotels, restaurants and a theater. It would be easy to spend the day popping between shops or wandering down to the lake just a short walk away, but there are some pretty tasty incentives for leaving the square.

EighteenNinety Marketplace on the Granbury square

EighteenNinety Marketplace on the Granbury square

We took a short drive out to Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese to visit Dave Eagle and taste some of his award-winning cheeses.

Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese

Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese

The area is home to several wineries as well, and far be it from us to pass up a winery sign. At Dave’s recommendation we ventured over to Barking Rocks Winery and sampled several of their wines. The 2008 Tannat struck my fancy enough that I bought a bottle to bring home.

Barking Rocks Winery

Barking Rocks Winery

Our final stop on our culinary tour was Revolver Brewing, one of my favorite Texas breweries. Revolver hosts an event every Saturday from noon to 3 pm with tastings, tours and live music. What a fun way to spend an afternoon! Thankfully, they also have vendors selling food and we had some tasty Del Norte tacos to munch on with our Blood & Honey beers. (P.S. You get to keep the glass)

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Band at Revolver Brewing

Band at Revolver Brewing

We wrapped up our day with a fantastic dinner at EighteenNinety Grille & Lounge. Downstairs is a marketplace packed with gourmet goodies to create your own meal (picnic supplies!) and upstairs is a lovely steakhouse dripping with Texas style.

Gourmet goodies at EighteenNinety Marketplace

Gourmet goodies at EighteenNinety Marketplace

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A perfect steak with the Montes Alpha Malbec at EighteenNinety Grille

Back at the adorable Heaven Hill Guest House located just off the square, we took advantage of the record player and stash of old LPs and danced the night away to Frank Sinatra and the Bee Gees. There may have been wine and giggling – a lot of giggling.

Heaven Hill Guest House

Heaven Hill Guest House

Patio at Heaven Hil

Patio at Heaven Hil

If you are looking for a great Texas getaway, head to Granbury. It’s cute, fun and everyone was delightful. There are traditional hotels, but check out the B&B’s and guest houses for a more intimate experience. And, if you need incentive to get that trip planned, the city is hosting their holiday Candlelight Tour this weekend (December 4th and 5th).

If you can’t make it this weekend, the square will be decorated through the holidays, the Granbury Theater Company is performing Mary Poppins through December 23rd and Lake Granbury Living magazine is hosting a Mary Poppins Tea on December 19th.

I left Granbury wondering why it took me so long to visit. Don’t make my mistake – plan your trip!

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