Summer vacation is looking a lot different this year and you guys have been asking me for weekend getaways that are within driving distance from Austin/Central Texas. I just stayed at Stagecoach Inn in Salado Texas (416 S Main St) – a quick 45-minute drive from Central Austin, 45-minute from Waco, 23 minutes from Georgetown, and 25 minutes from Killeen. This landmark hotel was built in 1816 and is believed to the oldest remaining structure in Salado, also houses the oldest and most iconic restaurant in the Lone Star state. Both underwent an extensive, year-long renovation which began in 2017.
The Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Texas was once a stop on the Chisholm Trail, and Sam Houston, George Custer, and Jesse James were rumored to have visited the property. Since its reopening, the inn now features 48 re-imagined guest rooms, a heated swimming pool that offers weekend poolside bar service, and the Shady Villa Bar featuring beloved, classic recipes, alongside current interpretations of Texas favorites. While the hotel still maintains its glorious historic presence, modern design aesthetics have been thoughtfully adapted throughout the property, from the curated private patios with butterfly chairs, to the Sferra linens and 24-hour concierge service.
We stayed two nights at Stagecoach Inn and this was just the nature escape I needed from the city. If you like plants as I do, you’ll love the lush landscaping of palm trees, banana trees, and more!
The inn offers several amenities:
Stagecoach Inn Amenities
- Free parking
- Free high-speed internet (WiFi)
- Full bar/lounge
- Children activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
- Pets allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) – a non-refundable deposit of $50 per dog/per 3-day stay
- Banquet room
- Meeting rooms
Stagecoach Inn is enforcing COVID-19 regulations of requiring masks when you walk around the property and when you enter the restaurant. All housekeeping and restaurant staff were wearing masks. I opted for the contactless check-in process where they leave your key underneath the doormat.
Stagecoach Inn features 48 beautifully restored and renovated rooms and suites. Each space is thoughtfully appointed with simple furnishings and exclusive, deluxe amenities including:
- Sferra bed linens
- Turkish cotton bath towels
- Red Flower bath products
- Salado bar soap by Austin artisan Noah Marion
- 100% cotton robes and bedspreads designed exclusively for Stagecoach Inn
- Private patios with butterfly chairs and rustic tables
- Complimentary Richard’s Rainwater
- Smart TVs in every room
- Illy coffee makers in room
- 24-hour concierge service
We stayed in room 201 that had two full-sized beds. It is located by the pool – they did have some live music coming from the pool so we could hear it from our room.
The pool at Stagecoach Inn Salado is a heated pool with plenty of colorful lounge chairs and floaties. I popped by the pool a couple of times and it was always empty!
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Stagecoach Inn does have an outdoor bar for parties and weddings – it was not open during this time. You can call the restaurant to get cocktails delivered to the pool!
Stagecoach Inn Restaurant
The Stagecoach Inn’s restaurant is actually the oldest restaurant in Texas! It’s open daily for dine-in service for lunch, dinner, and all-day Sunday brunch. Seating is limited during this time. We opted for the upstairs Historic Stagecoach deck that overlooks the main street.
We ate the following during our stay:
- 1861 Hushpuppies with whipped honey butter**
- Banana fritters with powdered sugar**
- Shaved beef sandwich
- SCI burger
- Chicken fried steak**
- Southern deep-fried catfish**
- Grilled 12 oz. ribeye**
- Strawberry kiss dessert
- Hibiscus margarita – so good!**
** my favs
Things to do in Salado, Texas
Salado is a small town – it’s only 2.2 miles and has a population of 2,351! For its tiny size, there’s actually plenty of coffee shops, vintage stores, gift shops, and even a brewery.
Located right across from Stagecoach Inn
- Sugar Shack – candy shop with fill-you-own-bag
- Chupacabra Kitchen
- Ro Shaw Clay Studio and Gallery
- Barrow Brewing Company – Bell County’s first micro-brewery
- Salado Creek
10-minute driving distance
- Miller’s Smokehouse – located in Belton, this local barbecue spot is worth the drive. They are doing only curbside orders so you can order ahead and pick up. I loved the ribs and the smoked chicken!
- Village Mill Antiques – located just up the road from the inn
- Chalk Ridge Falls Park –
- Old Fashioned Burgers & Ice Cream
- Salado Winery
- Axis Winery
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