Travel Back in Time With a Weekend Getaway in Salado

May 30, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

The Daytripper Explores Salado’s Historic Lodging and Handmade Goods

January 28, 2021 | By Chet Garner

If you’re just driving by on Interstate 35, you might blink and miss Salado. But this is not a town you want to skip past.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: No Stranger to Hard Times, Salado Pivots to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

August 10, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

Mr. Van Bibber made me do it. I had to order his Strawberry Kiss dessert, the Stagecoach Inn Restaurant’s piece de resistance that beckons travelers to Salado just to dip their spoon into this ice cream topped merengue confection slathered in strawberry sauce.

15 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 31, 2019 | By

There was a time when most Texans lived over yonder. But over the past century, the percentage of Texans living in rural areas versus urban areas flipped: Today, 85 percent of us live in cities, while only 15 percent live in the country, according to the Texas Demographic Center.

5 Hidden Gem Texas Lakes

July 1, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc, Jason Boyett, Clayton Maxwell, Dan Oko

Spend some time in and on the waters of these five lesser-known lakes, then visit the charming towns that surround them for a refreshing, slow-paced getaway.

A Weekend Getaway in Bell County

December 21, 2018 | By Paula Disbrowe

Located in the heart of Texas, just off I-35 between Waco and Austin, Bell County is far enough from hipster joints and the urban hustle to provide a dose of small-town Texas—but close enough for a weekend getaway. For barbecue enthusiasts, Belton’s stellar smoked meat purveyors provide reason enough to exit the interstate. But the area’s appeal goes well beyond brisket: There is camping, fishing, and boating on Lake Belton; hiking in state parks; craft beer, and a free-spirited creative community; and plenty of shopping in nearby Salado. It’s a diverse community where the camouflage population of Fort Hood intermingles with co-eds.
Early on, Belton’s location on Nolan Creek fueled its growth. In the 1870s, most businesses were devoted to cotton and the numerous cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail. After a fire destroyed Belton’s business district in 1879, locals rallied to build the town’s first cottonseed oil mill (and more gins to follow). The best way to appreciate the area’s charms and understand its rich history is to spend a weekend soaking it all up.

History, Hushpuppies, and Seared Salmon at Salado’s Stagecoach Inn

June 27, 2018 | By June Naylor


Salado’s Stagecoach Inn, founded in 1861, was one of the state’s oldest continually operating hotels until it closed for restoration in 2015, although it may be known best for the hushpuppies served at the inn’s restaurant.

A conversation with Salado artist Ronnie Wells

February 17, 2015 | By

Ronnie Wells’ reputation in the genre of wildlife sculpture and painting is unchallenged. He switched from a job as a medical illustrator to full-time independence as a working artist after Southwest Art magazine discovered him four decades ago.

Creative Country

February 17, 2015 | By John Lumpkin

Sitting in the light-washed front room of his Salado gallery, artist Ronnie Wells shapes a small clay sculpture of two men carving a duck decoy, a model for a future bronze.

Surprising Salado

November 20, 2009 | By Nola McKey

“Many of the artists who live here have statewide reputations; some are nationally known.”
Recently, I decided to explore the peaceful-looking village of Salado.

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