"SALADO-Small Town Flavor with Heaps of Appeal!" Salado by VeronicaG

Salado Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 66 photos

Historic buildings,Unique Shopping,Friendly Folks

Update: January, 2010 Taking advantage of the long New Year's weekend, we drove 2 1/2 hours to revisit Salado's tourist friendly street, poke through its shops and enjoy two of its recommended restaurants. New tips on the way!

Two hours south of Fort Worth, Salado, Texas beckons with its unique little shops and preserved stretch of historic buildings, offering a pleasant afternoon of browsing and chilling one's heels.

It sits in Bell County midway between Waco and Austin, Texas, just off 35W, a highway whose way is strewn with wildflowers, expansive fields and cattle pastures.

"You haven't been to Salado yet?" a friend exclaimed over lunch. After hearing her descriptions of this touristy site my husband and I grabbed the GPS the next Saturday and headed out to see just what we'd missed.

Unfortunately, a severe storm had toustled the town a few days before and there was evidence of its destruction all over the place. It seemed to be mostly large sections of trees and branches that were downed, but we heard a couple roofs were lifted, as well.

Several of the shopkeepers had stories to tell of its fury, but the town must have made a heroic effort in removing most of the storm's effects because the streets were clear when we arrived. Spring in Texas brings tornado watches, warnings and the real thing sometimes!

If you are living in or visiting the Fort Worth/Dallas area and are perhaps making Austin your destination, plan to stop in Salado. You'll discover the appeal of its shops and the friendly atmosphere of this small town.

  • Last visit to Salado: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 5, 2010
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Nice Page!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Nice updates! Texas sure has more than its fair share of interesting small towns, and quaint restaurants and shops!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    good that the billy goat let you pass on the bridge :) A simply charming place to visit & I did like the Scottish connection!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    Sounds like you may need to go back just to try the Range at the Barton House :-)

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Your tips even inspire me to take a day for some retail therapy! I love the stagecoach inn for lunch, and sometimes will stop there on my way home from Austin!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Salado seems to have it all; it certainly is my kind of town to visit. You do 5-star tips, in my estimation. Thanks for your informative, helpful, and, best of all, interesting tips.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2008 at 1:49 AM

    That lenticular truss bridge must have been built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut, since they held the patent. Their website says "even today Berlin bridges survive as far away as Texas." http://www.past-inc.org/bibco/

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2008 at 6:58 AM

    Salado sounds like another great little Texas town. Thanks for the excellent virtual tour that discribed, history,shopping, accommodations, and food.


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