A Tourist in San Angelo, Texas

We’ve been in Texas less than a year and every day we love it more! There are so many wonderful places to explore that are within 2 to 2-1/2 hours of Brownwood. Dallas, Stephenville, Austin, Llano, Fredericksburg, Abilene, San Angelo and lots of places in between!

Spring in this area has been more beautiful than we could have imagined. Just when we think everything that could possibly have bloomed has bloomed, something else begins blooming. Several times during wildflower season, Vince said “How can one state have so many wild flowers?” The answer is easy . . This is Texas!

Recently Vince took off one day and we drove back over to San Angelo and spent the day. There’s so much to see and do there.

What all did we see on our one day trip to San Angelo?

The Visitor Center is not only beautiful but it’s full of information! It is one of most well stocked visitor centers I’ve ever visited. The folks working there were so nice and helpful.

The building is beautiful and the grounds are beautiful.

The Visitor Center sits on the Concho River, where they were doing some restoration work to the riverbank. It was a glorious spring day and many local folks were out picnicking along the banks of the river.

Notice the sheep on the lawn of the Visitor Center? They’re all over town. Here’s one that was at the YMCA.

The Sheep-Spectacular project is responsible for local artists painting sheep which are placed all around downtown. The above sheep is Lambscapes and is located at the YMCA. The sheep at the Visitor Center is “Welcoming Ewe”. Others can be seen here.

We also went to The Old Chicken Farm Art Center.

It truly was an old chicken farm that had closed. Now there are 15 arts and crafts studios, a bed and breakfast and a restaurant.

We also visited the Eggemeyer’s General Store on East Concho. There are things in this store to interest everyone! One side of the store is the cook’s delight! Bakeware, knives, tools of every kind, mixes, jams, jellies, gourmet coffee and tea, cookbooks! In the other side of the store, there are toys, candies, homemade fudge, and lots of seasonal items . . and much, much more!

Across the street from the General Store is Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum. Miss Hattie’s is said to be West Texas’ most notorious bordello from 1902 until it was closed down by the Texas Rangers in the 1940?s. They weren’t open the day we were there but we want to go back and take the tour. They are open Thursday – Saturday.

We asked the folks at The Old Chicken Farm Art Center where we should eat lunch and they recommended Armenta’s Cafe on Oakes.

All I can say is . . if you want to eat there, get there early! That place gets packed! The food and the service were great. We each had one of the lunch specials. Here’s mine and it was absolutely delicious. I think we’ll be visiting this restaurant again on our next trip to San Angelo.

It was enchiladas with a creamy avocado/poblano pepper sauce. From our table, we could see most of the plates being brought out to other folks. We must’ve stopped our server a dozen times and asked her “what was that?” Everything looked so good! When our server asked if we wanted desert and she mentioned they had Tres Leches Cake, I couldn’t pass it up. Vince and I shared this piece of cake and still brought more than half of it home. It was a huge piece of cake and it was the best Tres Leches Cake I’ve ever had. Full Disclosure: I’ve only had Tres Leches cake that I’ve made myself.

We could spend a week in San Angelo and never get bored. The places we had wanted to go and didn’t have time to visit:

If you’re passing through or near San Angelo, Texas and have a few hours or a few days to spend there, you should find many interesting things to do and places to visit.

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