If you visited us over the past couple of months, you know that we’ve had a ton of summer fun out here on the edges of the Hill Country. Sad as we are to say goodbye to summer’s ample adventures, fall brings the promise of cooler temps and breezy Texas fall getaways. Labor Day marked the count down to one of Brownwood’s favorite annual events – Corks & Caps!
The 5th annual Corks & Caps, this year held on October 5, celebrates amazing Texas wineries and craft breweries. Spend the evening sampling wines from award-winning operations like Spirit of Texas Winery and Brennan Vineyards in addition to Blue Duck Winery, Rancho Loma Vineyards and Lucky Vines. Teddy’s Brewhaus, Brownwood’s first microbrewery, will be sampling out their craft beer alongside Pioneer Tap House’s stellar local offerings!
Want to join us in raising a glass? We’d love to have you! Here’s our guide to making a weekend of it!
Where to Sleep
One of the great things about Brownwood is that it’s a friendly small town that is also big enough to offer ample lodging options. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got a bed that promises a comfy night’s sleep.
Best for Romantic Getaways
Romance and restfulness are the main offerings of Brownwood’s incredible Star of Texas bed and breakfast. Three unique cottages, nestled on a secluded oasis just 15 minutes from downtown, blend intimacy with nature. When you aren’t exploring Brownwood, Star of Texas indices you to slow down and savor the moments. Spend your mornings feasting on home-cooked gourmet brunch, afternoons with a book and evenings soaking in a hot tub with a bottle of wine under the canopy of Texas stars.
Best for Families
With all modern conveniences and comfortable room and suite options, Brownwood’s Hampton Inn & Suites is the perfect family lodging. Located in the center of town, you’re only a stone’s throw from all that Brownwood has to offer. Continental breakfast is also available each day!
Best for Families, Friends + Couples
The Hideout Resort, located just outside of town, perfectly combines relaxation with activity. Spend mornings playing a round of 18 on the lush, verdant greens slowly or explore hiking trails in nearby Lake Brownwood State Park. Unplug for a few hours as you take in the view from your cabin’s porch. Cap your evening off with sunset cocktails and a scrumptious meal from the Hideout Grill.
What to Eat
Food lovers are often surprised by Brownwood’s great food selection. No matter your fancy, we promise you won’t go hungry here! Go to Underwood’s for your ‘cue fix and stay for the addictive hot, buttery rolls. Trust us, they are famous with food reason. No trip to town is complete without stick-to-your-ribs southern and American fare at local favorites Studebaker’s and Runaway Train Cafe. Steve’s Market & Deli has the best salads in town, alongside an eclectic and delicious lineup of sandwiches (make sure to bring cash, plastic isn’t accepted).
If you’re looking for a date night spot, explore the excellent wine list as you indulge in Mary Stanley’s delicious scratch cooking at the Turtle Restaurant. Don’t miss street tacos or Mexican sweet treats at Tr3s Leches Bakery. For coffee and breakfast burritos, we love Common Grounds Coffeehouse.
What to Do
From shopping to museums and parks, to family-friendly breweries and vineyards – Brownwood offers something for everyone! If you’re joining us for Corks and Caps, your Saturday evening will be spoken for, but here’s how we like to spend our fall weekends in town.
Shop ‘til you drop
Shop local in boutiques like Hamilton’s, The Hen House, Nathana’s, Rebellious Rose, That Crane Store, and The Glamour Shop along the downtown corridor. Stock up on artisan soap and lotions, made from the farm’s resident goats, at the quaint Arrow and Oaks Homestead. At the Brownwood Store, you can find unique souvenirs and your bearings with a selection of free maps and guides. Or channel your inner diva over at Dazzling Divas. On Saturday mornings, stroll through Brownwood’s Artisan market with vendors selling all manner of hand-crafted treasures, home-baked goods and locally grown produce from 9-12.
Explore and adventure
If your littles are in tow, bring them to the Lehnis Railroad Museum for all things train! On Saturdays, from 10 am – 3 pm, they can even take a whirl on the mini train! Splash around in a city pool, go fishing on Lake Brownwood, or stroll our beautiful (and ample) parks and walking trails. We’ve also have a great frisbee golf park for some friendly competition. Make sure to check and see if The Lyric, our beautiful historic theatre, is running any shows during your visit!
Corks and Caps
Join us for our favorite fall soiree, Corks & Caps. We’ll have fantastic beers and wines from across Texas, as well as food trucks if your feeling peckish. Wineries will have wine tastings and signature bottles for sale, brewers will have samples, flights and pints for purchase. CJ’s Cigar Lounge is hosting a cigar lounge of the event and we’ll be kicking our feet to live music all night! Zak Webbs take the stage before The Sum Brothers close out the night with their country croonin’.
Advance tickets (available here) are $25 and include 10 tasting tickets. Entrance only tickets (i.e. no tasting tickets) are $15; tickets purchased day of are $35. The first 300 tasters who arrive will get their choice of a Corks and Caps commemorative wine glass or a beer pilsner glass. Attendees must be 21 or older.