Nestled among the rolling green hills of Central Texas, the Village of Salado has always been one-of-a-kind. Home to one of the first co-ed colleges in the United States and a stop on the historic Chisholm Trail, Salado has been inspiring people for generations. Today, it is a haven for world-class artists, full of historic bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and endless things to discover.
The Salado food scene is one you’ll be coming back for! Start your day with breakfast at Mel’s Gourmet Delights and Pastries, then enjoy lunch at Cathy’s Boardwalk Cafe, followed by an afternoon coffee Lively Coffee House & Bistro, and finish off with dinner at The Barton House. From burgers and pizza to crepes and wings, there are over 20 places to get your fill of some amazing food.
Visit one of Texas’ most unique shopping districts as you make your way down the “Miracle Mile” of Main Street. Be sure to check out the Royal Street Art District and the shops at Old Town, too. Salado is the perfect place to find your next mantelpiece display, fashionable attire, handcrafted art piece, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece, or whimsical decor.
Enjoy a walk through the Salado Sculpture Park situated in a lovely natural landscape connected by gentle walkways and seating all through the area making fine art accessible to everyone and where one can view the creativity of a diverse group of artists.
Experience the golf course at the iconic Mill Creek Country Club, designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones, Jr. With tree-lined fairways and Salado Creek jutting around the greens, golfers of all levels will have a great experience mastering all 27 holes of the course.
Be sure to visit the ruins and grounds of historic Salado College, which opened in 1860. The park features a walking path, garden, and informational plaques.
Salado was founded 1859, when Colonel Elijah S.C. Robertson donated 100 acres of land to build a college, with 90 aces designated lots to build the village. While Salado may be small town, it boasts a large number of historical sites that are deeply rooted in Texas history. There are over 40 historical sites including homes, cabins, churches, cemeteries, and a cattle dipping vat.
Arts & Entertainment
From regional treasures to internationally recognized artists, Salado is home to potters, painters, sculptors, glassblowers, writers, musicians, actors, and more. Many of Salado’s artists offer the chance to experience their craft and create your own art to take home. You are sure to find the work of art that fits your style and personality.
Live entertainment happens year-round at the local wineries, tap room, brewery or the famous Johnny’s Outback, Salado’s legendary live music venue, situated next to Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-B-Que. Salado has it all!