Wanna get away? More specifically, wanna get away and shop?
As the summer barrels on, the idea of throwing caution to the wind, gassing up the car and hitting the road sounds more and more appealing. The great thing is, Houston is within driving distance of numerous charming small towns, many of which have great shopping perfect for a fashionable day trip.
As for your itinerary, I'm thinking a quick stop at your favorite coffee place before heading out, then a full morning of shopping first thing when you arrive, lunch at a local hot spot, more shopping, then a quick snack before heading back. If you can squeeze in a little sight seeing, then great, but let's not get too off track.
So call the girls, rent an SUV (you'll need the cargo space) and make your way to one of these neighboring towns brimming with great buys.
Sometimes known as the city you drive through to get to the Texas/Louisiana border, Beaumont boasts some serious shopping, especially for those looking for a little antiquing. Check out the Calder Avenue corridor for stores like French flea market inspired Urban Habitat, a dose of artistic flair at The Tattered Suitcase, or antique emporium Finder's Fayre in the historic Mildred Building downtown. Not in mood for antiquing, visit Ella + Scott for contemporary fashion.
You may be saying, George who?! The small town just North of Austin is a mere two hours and 30 minutes from Houston and has a thriving downtown shopping scene. For work from local artists visit Pink Poppy ARTisans Boutique and The Co-op 78626 on West 8th. Stop by Georgetown Winery to buy (drink) some good ole' Texas wine.
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Most people only know Tyler for the Texas Rose Festival, but it has a pretty great shopping scene too. In addition to the ample antique stores, cute boutiques, and gift shops, Tyler is home to Bargain Box, a outlet store selling closeout merchandise from Neiman Marcus and benefits Junior League. Yes please.
A little known neighbor to the west with one of the most charming Main Streets in Texas. More than 60 shops and galleries line the picturesque row, along with artisans like Mud Pies Pottery and Salado Glassworks. Start your day at the The Shoppes on Main in Salado then make your way through numerous art galleries to find your perfect piece.
Boerne is a Hill Country town with a historic district you must see to believe. Stroll down the Haupstrasse (Main Street in German) for a day full of shopping and eating. If you are a pet person, stop by Fetch and Friskers Barkery and Bow-tique for fresh baked treats or visit Alley On Main for eclectic home decor.
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