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Giddings, La Grange, Shiner, Flatonia, & Columbus, Texas

Yesterday was my first full day traveling on my Tiny Texas Adventure. I had a blast visiting these towns! Each one has so much character and their historic downtowns are just plain adorable. I have begun compiling a list of “criteria” for what it takes to be a Tiny Texas Town – and the list is pretty long! Even though the places I am visiting have a lot of similarities, they still have their own unique qualities.

I began my journey through Giddings, Texas, a great little town with some beautiful murals and an old peanut company and distributor.

I headed down 77 to La Grange and was overwhelmed by the cuteness of the historic square there. I was sad that I visited on a Monday because a lot of stores were closed, as was the Texas Quilt Museum. A few boutiques were open, however, and I enjoyed browsing their collections.

I found a bench in the shade (though it was still crazy hot!) and decided to get a little bit of sketching in.

smalltown texas sketch

I jumped in my car and headed toward Shiner, Texas hoping to arrive in time to hop on the last tour for the day of the Spoetzl Brewery. I drove through Flatonia on my way and made a mental note that I absolutely had to return! On I drove to Shiner and reached the brewery with time to spare. After the tour, the friendly staff offered complimentary beer tastings in the gift shop filled with Shiner Beer merchandise.

shiner texas

Flatonia texas

I returned to Flatonia and browsed around some antique and gift shops. The town, while not very lively, was a delight to stroll through. I particularly loved the theater there.

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