Hit the Hills for Holiday Shopping
Wrap up your holiday shopping in Burnet County this season. Nestled among the glorious lakes and hills of Burnet County are the cities of Burnet, Marble Falls, and Bertram, all teeming with great boutiques, gifts shops, and more.
These three small towns each have downtown areas reminiscent of days past and bedecked with hometown Christmas charm. Holiday lights displays dot the main thoroughfares, and sidewalks brim with Christmas cheer. Holiday shopping in a small town has its perks: less traffic, better parking, and friendly local shop owners.
Here are a few suggestions to help you check off items from your Christmas wishlist.
Shopping in Burnet is, for the most part, centrally located around its historic courthouse square, which is dazzling at Christmastime. While Burnet has wild roots as a fort in frontier days, shoppers will find it rather tame and inviting. On the square are boutique shops such as Two Black Cadillacs and the Burnet Antique Mall. Don’t miss Wedding Oak Winery — wine is one size fits all (21 and over) and serves well as a gift for a generous holiday host.
A bit off the square is Salem’s Jewelry with a selection of fine jewelry guaranteed to put a sparkle in any eye. A bit down the road is Cold Copper Commodities, where you will find an unexpected selection of wonderful gifts just across the store from saddle wax and goat feed.
To the east of Burnet lies Bertram, a railroad town founded in 1882. The old depot still stands. Gift givers will want to stop and shop along Vaughan Street, where you will find the likes of Mosaic Garden Treasures, which contains items to delight any gardener or cooking aficionado.
Find something a bit older and unique at The Red Rooster on Texas 29. The place is loaded with antiques and is fun just to wander through. For the hard-to-buy-for adults, head over to Decadent Saint distillery and pick up a bottle or three of its own fruity, extra-hard mixers. Don’t miss Flanigan’s Texas Distillery & Winery, which touts a variety of Irish- and Texas-inspired products from sipping whiskey to grappa, poteen, and moonshines.
South of Burnet sits Marble Falls, a lovely, little town established in 1887 on the Colorado River. The city has grown and the section of the river is now Lake Marble Falls, but the small-town feel remains, particularly along Main Street, which is still considered the center of town.
Walkway of Lights, the ever-popular lakeside Christmas display, attracts visitors, and the downtown shops make them stay and explore. Shopping in downtown Marble Falls can be done on foot. Packed with locally owned stores and boutiques, it really is a goldmine. Some of the offerings in this area include Monroe’s on Main and Ms. Lollipop’s with something for all, including children’s items and toys. Eve Couture, ReDid, and Choccolatte’s offer even more variety. Just a short drive from downtown is Salem’s Jewelry & Fashions, Ford & Crew Home and Hardware, Blair’s Western Wear with hats, boots, and beautiful rustic fashion. A bit farther out you will find Green Acres in nearby Spicewood with a Christmas shopping barn, playground, and an area to sit and savor the season.
Leave the hustle and bustle and stress of the holidays in the big city. Burnet County is just a sleigh ride away!