Most smaller Texas towns would love to have a city center of boutiques and bistros, beds and breakfasts. Most don’t. Granbury does.
Just about an hour west of Midlothian following a picturesque drive along open air and farmlands, you enter Granbury with a downtown county square where one strolls instead of rambles.
You appreciate going into a shop where clothing and home décor, jewelry and artwork is unique rather than the usual. You may see an artist painting in the middle of a gallery, a quilter sharing tips as she’s weaving a spread, a bootmaker hand crafting, a jeweler fashioning a necklace, a craftsman restoring antiques or a coffee connoisseur grinding beans. You don’t just shop in Granbury, you taste, smell, feel and behold.
You will hear music wafting from bistros or a lone guitarist sitting in the courthouse gazebo. You’ll scent BBQ spices in one block and sizzling burgers in the next. There are wine and olive oil shops where the aroma and tastes are divine, all amidst a classic touch of history. Granbury is grand.
Downtown Granbury is laid back and friendly. Sitting on a bench and people watching, you see locals chatting with visitors making them feel at home. One may just sit beside you and welcome you to their city. At a recent community event there was separate stage performances which included a banjo picker, a senior clogging trio and a C&W band in just an hour’s span. The music and entertainment lasted into the night.
Two venues for live entertainment are the Granbury Opera House and The New Granbury Live, both on the downtown square. The Opera House features plays and concerts. In the coming months you can enjoy performances ranging from Grease to a children’s presentation of Winnie-the-Pooh. Some of the shows are matinees which is ideal for a day trip. Granbury Live offers concerts as diverse as big band sound orchestras to a tribute to Jimmy Buffet. Although most of the concerts at Granbury Live begin at 7:30 pm, there are some with afternoon showings.
If you want to visit other parts of Granbury there is a fabulous farmers market, several wineries, museums, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and a beautiful lake to enjoy all types of water and recreational activities.
This is just an overview. I ask our readers to give suggestions on where to go and what to see in the Granbury area. Send in your comments, photos and videos so all of us can learn from your time in such a wonderful community.