Small Town Perks

For some, coffee is a total spiritual experience. For others, a bracing necessity. No matter how you enjoy your cuppa, there is no better place to enjoy it than a local coffee shop with a good friend.

We may not have a NYC skyline with unlimited options, but we do have a very lovely and eclectic selection of local coffee shops that will soothe the soul and awaken the senses. Here is a small sample list to get you started.

In Round Rock we have Lamppost Coffee, a recently opened coffee spot that encourages a community atmosphere with game nights and a vibrant, urban interior. They have a great menu, and the friendly staff round out a genuinely welcoming experience.

 

 

   

 

A legend in downtown Round Rock, don’t miss the chance to spend some time lingering over your java at Star Coffee. It’s a lovely coffee shop in a breathtaking location. Getting a table inside or out, you are guaranteed a refreshing respite. People watch, work on your computer, or play one of a very interesting selection of board games. It’s absolutely a place to slow down and enjoy yourself.

 

In Georgetown, right on the square, we have Cianfrani. This is a real deal small town coffee shop with big heart. Always bustling day or night, they offer some of the tastiest coffee selections (and the incredibly strong “Cardiac Arrest” that will redefine “caffeine buzz” for you). In the cool evenings it is incredible to grab a little table outside and enjoy the view of the gorgeous courthouse and drink in a little big city at night vibe. Also they make incredible blueberry scones.

 

309 Coffee is a slightly off the beaten path charmer that is already a Georgetown favorite. It’s very farmhouse chic, with a touch of urban vibe, covered in the incredible scent of fresh brewed coffee and fresh baked muffins. Ample indoor and shaded outdoor seating creates this very cool boho feel that will keep you coming back just to feel refreshed. For the brave, ask for an extra shot in your dark roast. There’s no end to what you’ll get done that day.

 

 

And brand new to Wolf Ranch, there’s Just Love Coffee. They make a mean oat milk latte, and they are the nicest people! Plus, shopping and coffee really do mix well. And having a great option like Just Love in a great shopping area is pretty close to perfection!

We may be small town, but we drink our coffee like the big boys! And each local shop has it’s own unique feel. So really, who needs New York City when we’ve got everything we need right in one steaming cuppa.

Cave-ing In

It may be hot outside, but is there anything cooler than exploring a cave?!

Recently I went to Inner Space Cavern to check out The Adventure Tour, and what was so special about a dark hole in the ground. And honestly, I was floored! I mean floor to ceiling, there is no shortage of incredible things to see!

 

Why do I feel like the theme to Jurassic Park should be playing here?
This is how horror movies start, isn’t it? A little spooky with a lot of laughter? Yep…there’s probably cave dinosaurs in here.

 

 

 

This is goes from floor to ceiling. And you’re not allowed to touch ANYTHING in the cave of wonders. Ok, one thing. You can touch one thing. But that isn’t it.
Looks like a prehistoric underground village and I like it!

 

This formation is called The Ice Cream Parlor…guess why?
So many cool formations to see. Many of which have names, often related to food. I think the people naming them may have been hungry.

 

This spot is actually beneath I-35! You can hear the faint rumbling of the cars overhead if you listen closely. And that hole in the ceiling isn’t just there for decoration!

 

The history of this cavern alone is spectacular for even the seasoned spelunker. And the tour guides are anything but dry…unlike these caves. Dad jokes, and bad jokes abound, but still funny…and mixed in with some extremely informative facts and acts. No, really. At one point you get to experience complete darkness. It’s pretty incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

Sumo wrestler eating an ice cream cone, or just really cool rock? What’s with these names and ice cream? But I do see it!

 

And it’s quite safe. Specialists, we were told, inspect the integrity of the “rooms” on frequent basis, there are safety rails and traction rugs on the trickier paths. But be sure it is a safe tour for all ages and skills. There were several children in our group who handled the up and downhill spots even easier than us grown ups.

There is even time for a fairy tale. Yep….a fairly odd fairy tale, but a good one nonetheless.

 

What….they are cave drawings! Just not quite the same age as the rest of the cave.

 

All in all a really fun time! So if you are looking for a rock solid way to round out the summer and keep your cool, head up 35 (or down, depending on where you are) to get yourself a ticket and explore a real underground cave!

 

And for the especially brave, try the Hidden Passages tour. This tour explores a newly opened area and is only lit by flashlight. I think I’ll wait a while for this one. I saw “The Descent”. I know how that ends.

Inner Space Cavern is located at 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd. Georgetown, TX.

As always,

 

On Top of the World

We may not live in a huge metropolitan city, but we know how to live like we do! Downtown Round Rock has a rooftop lounge with views of the Texas sky that go on forever.

 

And if you stay for the sunset, you are in for a stunning treat.  

The Rooftop at Urban offers craft beer, varieties of wine, and a selection of specialty drinks with some very entertaining names.  

You can also order simple Southwestern munchies like chips and salsa/queso/guac, and street tacos. Several nights a week you can enjoy live music on the roof. And with the cool fall breezes coming our way soon, this is definitely the place to be. It’s relaxing, breathtaking, and absolutely a place you will want to return.

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The Rooftop at Urban is located at 411 W. Main Street Round Rock, Texas 78664

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The Sweetest Thing

Everything about The Sweet Lemon Kitchen exudes perfect Southern charm.

Immaculate  rustic decor, the nicest staff, bistro quality food, and steps from Georgetown square. Sweet Lemon Kitchen is perfect for brunching with friends.

 

It’s so light and airy, you can’t help but feel right at home.

The ambiance is perfect for catching up over farm fresh food. And the menu, with beautiful daily specials, is exquisite. Delightful sandwiches, hearty soups, generous salads, and the best grapefruit mimosas in the world!

And a sampling of souvenirs in case you want to take a little of the experience home.

 

Sweet Lemon Kitchen is a sweet little cafe not to be missed!  It is located at
812 S Church St, Georgetown, TX.