This post was part of a sponsored project in conjunction with members of the Texas Travel Industry Association to feature their members. The partnership included lodging, food & beverage, and compensation for the trip.
The opinions reflected are honest and based upon the individual blogger experience.
Explore the Museum District
Among the unique offerings is the Santa Claus Museum -the only in the state and one of two in the country. Created by a single collection -that of Columbus local, Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, the museum is wall-to-wall St. Nicholas aged from 1927 to the late ’90s and ranging from the common to the cute to the just plain odd. There’s one with a red eye and a green eye. There’s a fellow named Pete who brings coal rather than gifts. And there are many Fathers of Christmas of varying colors and cultures representing the jolly men from around the globe.
While after December, tours of the museum must be arranged by appointment in advance, in December it’s open to the public free of charge Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am-4 pm. In fact, they’re giving out a free museum souvenir to every visitor, while supplies last.
Word from the North Pole is that the real Santa Claus will try to be there, too, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December. “I’m so honored they’re opening the museum to the public for free,” said Mr. Claus. “Everyone knows it’s a busy month for me, but I’m going to try my best to be there at the museum to greet everyone.”
More information is available at the museum’s website SantaMuseum.org.
Center of the Square and Heart of Town
In the center of town is the historic courthouse. It’s emerald stained-glass dome is spectacular, worthy of Dorothy’s visit to the Wizard or any other technicolor dream in film. On the corner of the town square is a single tower. My children immediately began asking what this was and where was the rest of the castle. Indeed, it does look like a knight could appear out of it at any moment but it is the home to the war heroes of Colorado County. Once a water tower, it is now the War Memorial. Be sure to take the winding stairs up to see the many housewares and other collectibles of times gone by. As a homeschooling mom, this was of special value.
Family Style is Their Style
This post is part of the Summer Family Travel Planner created for members of the Texas Travel Industry Association. Read about the other destinations featured in the planner here.