When you need to relax and refocus a cabin getaway is the perfect destination! Texas is full of amazing towns, including La Grange. This quaint Texas destination is perfect for food, shopping, and relaxing.
Birthday trips are quickly becoming my favorite gift, both to give and receive. My husband and I have birthdays that are exactly a month apart. This year we decided to take a weekend getaway to a cabin. We discovered a new to us destination, La Grange, Texas. Situated in the middle of Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, it’s an convenient weekend getaway. It was a couple days just to relax, enjoy a small town, and eat plenty of good food.
If you haven’t heard of La Grange, it’s a historic town with charming small town squares, a rural landscape, and strong European roots.
What to do in La Grange
I’ve always loved historic courthouses, though I think that obsession hit a new level with my tour of the Decatur courthouse. Like most Texas towns, the La Grange courthouse is in the center of the town square.
Texas Quilt Musuem
Surrounding the courthouse are a variety of shops, restaurants, and museums, including the Texas Quilt Museum. The museum showcases both antique and contemporary quilt art on its walls. While it’s located in Texas, it also displays quilts from all over the world.
Outside the Quilt Museum is a beautiful butterfly garden and these gorgeous painted quilt murals.
Depot Museum and M-K-T Railroad Depot
My husband, and our kids, all love trains. We spotted this railroad museum in downtown La Grange and knew we had to visit. I knew we were in for a treat when the gentleman volunteering at the museum asked if we wanted to take a peek in the back. We even got a ‘gold’ railroad spike souvenir!
Small town hospitality at it’s finest during our visit. He walked us through the two room museum, gave personal background, and answered all of my husband’s questions. There is quite a lot of history surrounding local railroads and their importance to the area. Plus he gave us recommendations for other attractions and where we should go to eat. He is exactly the reason you visit small Texas towns!
The big antique shops aren’t in downtown, but there are plenty of boutiques around the square that had the sweetest displays during our visit.
Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center
I have a some Czech ancestry, and a love for kolaches, so one stop I really wanted to make during out visit to La Grange was at the Czech Heritage and Cultural Center. The center preserves and promotes the history, language, culture, and heritage of Czech Texans who trace their ancestry to the present-day Czech Republic or the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Throughout the center you can discover the story of early Czech-Texans through many artifacts and memorabilia on display. I was wowed by the beautiful chandelier hanging in the center. The one-of-a-kind chandelier was made in the Czech Republic and is typical of chandeliers that adorn Prague castles.
We received another round of incredible hospitality at the center as we were walked around, shown a video, and even hugged goodbye.
Where to Eat in La Grange
When staying in a town with Czech roots you know you’re going to find some good kolaches.
Based on recommendations we headed to Weikel’s Store and Bakery. Weikel’s serves authentic Czech kolaches, klobasniky (pigs-in-the-blanket), and other homemade pastries. We ate lunch and got several kolaches to go so we could eat them for dessert as well as breakfast the next morning back at our cabin.
Where to stay in La Grange
The Blessed Cloud Cabin
During our stay in La Grange we were able to relax at the Blessed Cloud Cabin. This quiet log cabin sits on a small, personal lake, about 15 minutes outside La Grange.
Slightly secluded it’s the perfect location for a weekend getaway or a relaxing girls trip. The sign says it all, what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin.
The two bedroom cabin has a full kitchen, including refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. You might bring in all the food you needed and never leave! I loved just sitting at the table with a drink and staring out of the windows.
Plenty of extra touches including fresh flowers, oranges, and snacks were provided.
One bedroom features a queen sized bed while the other bedroom has two twin sized beds. The cabin sleeps a total of 6 guests and there are two bathrooms.
Evenings were meant for fireplaces and looking at the stars.
There was even a telescope in the cabin for star gazing!
My favorite might have been enjoying breakfast on the patio in the mornings with the birds.
The porch featured plenty of seating a view of the lake. It happened to be a drizzly weekend during our visit, but you can fish, they even provide fishing rods. You do need to bring your own lures and hooks.
The open air back patio is the perfect place to curl up and relax with the cozy scenery.
The cabin is dedicated vacation rental located within a private community. Mention ‘Julie Measures’ when you book and get 10% off your entire stay!
The only problem is you might be wondering when you can head back to the cabin as soon as you get home.
Plus, I’m still dreaming of some kolaches. Good thing I’m learning how to make my own! (Recipe coming soon)