If you’ve never heard of Salado that’s because it is a tiny little town on the ouskirts of Belton, consisting of approximately 2,100 people. What could a small, country town possibly have to offer? This little village actually has quite a bit to do.
Since Salado is self-proclaimed ‘ The Best Art Town in Texas’, Tony and I spent our Saturday afternoon checking out the Sculpture Garden. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was free so we headed off on our adventure. What we found was actually really nice; we enjoyed checking out the sculptures, reading the descriptions and taking pictures.
Suddenly we noticed several big, white tents and a lot of people milling about, across the street from us. We drove around the block to see what was going on and as soon as we turned left we were startled by the amount of cars lined down the street.
Every parking lot of the Salado Plaza was full. Apparently the Texas Wine and Rogue Art festival was being hosted by the Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller. Admission was free, unless you were going to drink and different sampling packages were being advertised for as little as $10 to sample 6 wines. There were unique art displays and live music.
While we didn’t go into the festival, it was cool to see how many people were attracted to this event. There were also smaller jewelry, clothes and crafts booths that set up along the streets beside the festival, drawing the crowds from the wine festival.
We didn’t have to look far for lunch. Across the street was a small restuarant called “Old Fashioned Burgers and Icecream.” We enjoyed our meal for under $12 and had the best burgers we’ve had in a while.
The Salado Plaza is lined with unique boutiques, art galleries and restuarants that we will definitely be back to explore. We recommend Salado for an intimate date and the city website or The Visitor Center can provide more information on what the town has offer.
Here are a few attractions that caught our (or mostly my) interest:
- CiG Glass Studio & Gallery or Salado Glassworks Gallery- blow your own glass
- Mud Pies Pottery – shop pottery and fudge
- Tablerock Festival of Salado - music shows, plays, etc.
- Stamp Salado - card making, scrapbooking, book binding or watercolo
- Lake sites and hiking
Here is a list of upcoming events in Salado:
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