San Angelo, TX, in a Weekend

There are so many things to do in San Angelo, TX- here is a weekend agenda for visitors to San Angelo, TX.

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On Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 14:03

Named one of the state’s eight Texas Treasures, San Angelo earned the recent designation partly because of the frontier military outpost, Fort Concho, from which the city emerged. With the city still connected to its Old West heritage, visitors will find living history, an active arts community and an abundance of outdoor recreational pursuits in this city founded near the banks of the Concho River.

Day 1 – The waterfront

3 p.m.: Begin at the visitors' center
Get an overview of the city at the San Angelo Visitor Center. Constructed of Texas quarried limestone with floors crafted from native mesquite, the center boasts a large window wall with an open view of the riverfront park where Celebration Bridge provides access to the historic fort across Concho River. Rent a boat at Spring Creek Marina and spend an early evening relaxing on the park-encircled Lake Nasworthy, six miles west of downtown.

6 p.m.: Dine with a view
Steer your way over to Stillwater Bar & Grill to dock (or beach moor) for dinner and drinks with live music at the lake. Start with macaroni-and-cheese bites and wash them down with one of the restaurant's weekly frozen-drink specials. Order the fried alligator or steak. Both go well with ice-cold Lone Star brews. The Coppertop Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is close enough to check in for your weekend stay.

Day 2 – Downtown San Angelo

8 a.m.: Breakfast in bed, coffee downtown
Enjoy quiche, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee and juice in your room. Then walk the Coppertop’s lakefront labyrinth. Head back downtown to try the frozen hot chocolate at the Library Café. Housed in the city’s new award-winning Stephens Central Library, the restaurant opens at 9 a.m.

10 a.m.: Time to shop and tour
Tour the new library, then visit the family-owned M.L. Leddy’s to buy handmade cowboy boots and Eggemeyer’s General Store for everything else. Inside the green building with the Old West façade, you’ll find souvenirs, vintage signs, chocolate you can sample and a new wine bar.

1 p.m.: Lunch at Miss Hattie's
For lunch, consider the award-winning Brothel Burger at Miss Hattie’s Restaurant & Saloon. The historic bank-turned-restaurant was once home to a bordello (now a museum) where ranchers and farmers would hang out. A tunnel inside the restaurant led to the Victorian parlor operated by Miss Hattie next door.

3 p.m.: A cultural fix
Cross Celebration Bridge and spend the afternoon browsing ceramics, American folk art and Spanish Colonial treasures at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. At the head of the landscaped walkway known as El Paseo de Santa Angela, the museum also houses a ceramics studio, research library and rooftop sculpture terrace.

7 p.m.: Romance the night away
For fine dining, make reservations at River Terrace Restaurant west of the museum. It offers an extensive wine list (mostly Californian), creative appetizers (blue-cornmeal-fried oysters) and tasty sides (sautéed sugar-snap peas). For the main course, order the grilled salmon. The chile-lime glaze gives it just the right kick.

9 p.m.: Turn on the blues
For after-dinner cocktails and late-night entertainment, head over to Sealy Flats for live and local blues sounds.

Day 3 – Waterlilies and wine

8 a.m.: Explore the Coppertop's lighthouse on the lakefront and check out early to head over to Roxie’s Diner for a stack of thick, fluffy pancakes or a cooked-to-order omelet. Afterward, stroll through the International Waterlily Collection at Civic League Park, where eight reflection pools are home to unusual hybrids and night bloomers.

11 a.m.: Stop off at Christoval Vineyards for a vineyard tour, small-plate snacks and wine tastings inside the French chateau-style winery, and toast your lovely weekend goodbye.

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