These places to stay and eat in Bastrop, TX, will have you drooling!
Depending on where you’re coming from, you can easily explore Bastrop as a day trip. For example, hiking in Bastrop State Park, grabbing lunch, and doing a little shopping in town can all be done in a day. This might be your next place to explore as day-trippers coming from the San Antonio or Austin areas. But to read all the places to stay and eat in Bastrop, TX here. It’s worth the read.
However, you have some choices if you plan to stay a night or two (or more). In addition to the campsites (and Airstreams!) available at Lake Bastrop, there are some options if you want something a little more.
This post was part of a sponsored project. The partnership included lodging, food & beverage, and compensation for the trip. The opinions reflected are honest and based upon the individual blogger’s experience.
Editor’s Note: This post is a continuation of Jill’s post – Things To Do In Bastrop With Kids
Places To Stay And Eat In Bastrop, TX
I recommend staying at The Pecan Street Inn or the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. These places don’t have a lot in common, so your choice will depend on your family’s budget and what kind of trip experience you are seeking.
The Pecan Street Inn
The Pecan Street Inn is a family and pet-friendly bed and breakfast just a couple blocks away from Bastrop’s historic downtown area. The downtown shops, restaurants, and the Riverwalk are walkable from the Pecan Street Inn. Bastrop State Park is also just a short drive away.
I stayed here on my recent visit to Bastrop. I spent most of my time exploring the downtown area, eating, and hiking in Bastrop State Park. It was easy for me to leave my car parked at The Pecan Street Inn and walk downtown. Bastrop State Park was a short (like five-minutes short) drive away. If you like the charm of a Victorian House with turn-of-the-century antiques, The Pecan Street Inn might be for you.
Maria’s Suite At The Pecan Street Inn
I stayed in “Maria’s Suite” which sleeps three. It has a king-size bed that’s so high you need steps to get up onto it. It was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time. There’s an adjoining “sleeping porch” with a pull-out couch that sleeps one. We could have probably made this one work for our family of four, and let’s be honest – half the time, I wake up, and both kids are in my bed anyway.
Maria’s Suite is spacious and light with lots of windows. I didn’t love that you had to walk out into the hallway to access the bathroom. There was a privacy curtain between the door to our room and our bathroom door, and it ended up being a non-issue because there were no other guests staying upstairs, but I wouldn’t have liked it if there had been guests up there with me. That’s inherent to B&Bs, and many of the places we’ve stayed had shared bathrooms… it’s all about what you’re used to and what makes you comfortable.
The sleeping porch in Maria’s Suite has a cute sitting area with a pull-out sleeper. Photo credit: Jill RobbinsWhat I loved most about The Pecan Street Inn (besides the breakfast, I’m getting to that) were the porches. Even though the house sits on the corner of a busy intersection (well…busy for Bastrop), the grounds are so spacious and so secluded (they’re canopied with pecan trees) that you feel like you’re in a private garden. It’s been a long time since I did some front porch sitting during the golden hour, and it was exactly what I needed at that moment.
Prices for The Pecan Street Inn
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you hike at Bastrop State Park or explore downtown Bastrop, I recommend this one if you are comfortable with B&Bs. The lack of specific amenities, such as a pool, and the proximity to other guests might not be for every family. I think it depends on your comfort level and how well your kids travel.
The Pecan Street Inn offers a gourmet breakfast served in their dining room. You can also request a continental breakfast served in your room.
This breakfast, you all. I requested to eat at nine, and I came downstairs to a place set for me, a pot of coffee, and a newspaper. I had a pecan waffle, fruit, sausages, and orange juice. You have to try the pecan waffle. Trust me on this.
Absolutely and completely worth the splurge. These waffles were perfect and crisp and nutty with warm, flavored syrup. It was the best breakfast I’d had in a long time, and the owner/chef was a delight to chat with. When I asked him how long he’d been making waffles, his answer was, “Oh, I’ve been making them a while.” Yes, there’s a story behind those waffles, and no, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to go and try them for yourself.
Hyatt Lost Pines
If you want a different kind of experience, try Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa. I didn’t stay here, but I spent the morning here and came away kicking myself that I didn’t stay an extra night and have the Lost Pines experience a little more thoroughly. I was pleased with my stay at The Pecan Street Inn, but it is impossible to compare a family-owned B&B with a luxury property owned by Hyatt.
Hyatt Lost Pines resort and spa is nestled deep in the woods and feels very “away from it all” and secluded. The property has an almost rustic and unpretentious vibe while offering every luxury imaginable. There’s an onsite spa, a golf course, kid’s activities, walking trails, lawn games, two pools (one of them is adults only), and a great slide with a seriously legit lazy river. There are lots of little places to sit and relax on the property, as well as seven different restaurants to enjoy.
Hyatt Lost Pines Prices
The rooms are in the $285 and up the range, although in comparison to the rooms, the smaller suites are exceptionally reasonably priced, starting at about $400. There is a $35 per day resort fee that covers specific amenities, such as the use of the pools and lazy river and fitness center, and other things. Many other things are priced separately, including some kid’s activities. However, there is a healthy list of free kids activities that are included in the resort fee and other activities that are priced separately.
If you stay at The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, you’re probably not going to be very motivated to explore the rest of Bastrop. Everything you want is on site. The price is quite a jump up from The Pecan Street Inn, but it is hard to beat that resort vibe, especially the lazy river. I think it’s all in your budget and what you want out of your trip: do you want to move around a lot and see everything or lie in a beach chair and wave at your kids as they float by on the lazy river.
Places To Eat In Bastrop, Texas
This is important info. I think it is. For a small town, Bastrop has a large number of choices. Many restaurants are closed on Mondays.
Neighbors Kitchen and Yard
I usually let Trip Advisor pick my restaurants for me, but I ate lunch at Neighbors based on the recommendation of my new friends at The Pecan Street Inn. This one was way down the list on Trip Advisor, and I can’t figure out why.
I had a chicken salad sandwich on gluten-free bread that didn’t taste like cardboard and a moonshine margarita on a patio overlooking the Colorado River. It doesn’t get much better than that. They have a fun selection of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and inventive cocktails.
The Grace Miller (Gracie’s)
Gracie’s chicken fried steak is top-notch. The atmosphere is casual/cafe style, and they have an attached patio bar with live music on the weekends. The service was excellent – very fast and attentive.
Tough Cookie Bakery
Tough Cookie Bakery is a primarily vegan bakery that serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including vegan biscuits and gravy. I had a gluten-free snickerdoodle, which was pretty darn tasty. I had a bite, put it in my pocket, and finished it on a hike. Tough Cookie Bakery is a short walk from Neighbors, so I recommend you skip dessert and grab something here.
Piney Creek Chop House
This is upscale dining. The sommelier at Colorado River Winery recommends it, and I opted for something a little more casual, but if you’re a foodie, they’ve got a great menu.
Maxine’s Cafe and Bakery
I regret not trying Maxine’s. So much to eat – so little time. They’re open for breakfast and lunch, and if I’d have fully realized that when I chose to eat at Neighbor’s for lunch, I’d have probably chosen Maxine’s instead. Their breakfast menu is so mouthwatering that I’m planning on convincing my husband that, yes, we do need to drive an hour and a half to eat brunch there. And, they have fried green tomatoes that I didn’t get to try, and I pretty much consider myself a connoisseur of those.
Paw Paw’s Catfish House
If you’re a catfish person, this is a must-try. They have a few other menu items at Paw Paw’s, but it’s mostly a catfish and burger place. They have banana pudding on their dessert menu, making it a must-try in my book.
If all this goodness doesn’t convince you that you need to put Bastrop, TX, on your Texas Travel Bucket List, I’m unsure what would. Bastrop is my favorite small town in Texas, and I can’t wait to go back. It doesn’t have to cost much to eat in Bastrop, TX.