Bastrop is the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, and is located about thirty miles east of Austin at 30°6'43" North, 97°19'1" West (30.112057, -97.316838). Bastrop was first settled in 1804 and incorporated on December 18, 1837. As of 2004, the city had a population of 7,006.
Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, 927 Main Street, 303-0558. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3PM. Visit the Chamber and pick up a free visitor's guide. If the chamber is closed, guides may be found in the box by the front door.
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is 30 miles (km) west of the city center. The most practical means of travel from the airport is by rental car but taxis are available. A one way trip by taxi is about $40.00 (credit cards accepted).
Loop 150 off 71 takes you through the heart of historical downtown Bastrop. Once downtown, parking is plentiful and free. Bastrop is small enough that it is practical to park and walk to boutique shops, restaurants, the new river walk and the many historic houses located in the city.
Bastrop State Park Texas State Hwy. 21 about 1 mile east. (512) 321-2101. Su-Sa 8 am-5 pm (to 7 pm in summer) $4 per day, per person 13 and older. Located among the "Lost Pines of Texas," this 3,500-acre park has a swimming pool (summer only-fee), golf course (fee), a 10-acre lake, hiking trails, picnic tables, tent and RV campsites (fee), and 13 cabins (fee).
Fisherman's Park (City) and the Colorado River walk. Playground, Boat ramp
Lake Bastrop This 906-acre lake offers recreational facilities in two parks, one on the north shore and one on the south shore, for boating (fee), fishing, swimming, water-skiing, picnicking, and camping (fee).
Lost Pines Golf Course (inside Bastrop State Park) 303-1369
McKinney Roughs Nature Park On Texas State Highway 71, 8.4 miles west of Bastrop.(512) 303-5073. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on major holidays. $3 for adults, $1 seniors, no charge for children 13 and under. Great hiking.
The Sugar Shack 114 Loop 150 W. 321-3777. As the name implies, all kinds of sweet treats to be had.
Naturally Country Clothing 601 Chestnut St. (512) 321-7002
Berdoll Pecan Farm 2626 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek. Tasty treats and gifts.
K M Skin Care 601 Chestnut St. (512) 303-7302
Bealls Hwy 71 at Hasler. Department store with a focus on clothing.
Portia's Pet Emporium 926 Main St. Fun pet supply store where "animals are welcome to bring their owners".
HEB Grocery 487 Hwy 71 W. 321-1011. Su-Sa 6am-midnight. Best grocery store chain in Texas. Superstore has Bakery, Deli, Meat market, 1 hour photo lab
Home Depot 112 Hunters Crossing Blvd. 308-1022.
Walgreens Hwy 71 at Hasler. 835-7531.
Wal-Mart Supercenter 488 Hwy 71 W. 321-2288. Open 24 hrs. Groceries. 1 hour photo lab.
The Texas Boot Company, 733 Old Austin Highway, ☎ 512-332-0865. Authentic Western store with thousands of boots to choose from; also have Western Wear and Cowboy Hats; selection of boots from crocodile skin, stingray, hippo, to sea bass boots draws customers from Houston to Fort Worth to shop for boots.
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Cripple Creek & Company, 928 Main Street, ☎ 512-332-2477, . Wine Boutique, food and coffee, children's toys (Melissa & Doug, Klutz) Wine accessories.
Shady Oaks Restaurant, Hwy 71 W., 303-6447. This place is about 4 miles out of town between Bastrop and Austin, just west of where Hwy 21 merges with Hwy 71. The place looks suspect and the tables are a mish-mash of old dining sets and folding tables and chairs, but this place has great, down home, Southern style, stick to your ribs, kind of food. The Mexican plates are particularly good at a good price. $Mid-range.
Texas Grill, 101 Hwy. 71, (512) 321-5491. Open 24 hrs. Country café Chicken fried steak. Cafeteria style lunch. Breakfast anytime. Was smoky in the past but is now NON-SMOKING
Big Mouth Southwestern Grill, 912 Main Street, (512)332-0074. In the middle of Downtown Bastrop. Beautiful setting, great food, live entertainment, full bar.
Elm Street Inn (Historic Manlove Chambers House), 502 Elm Street, ☎ (512) 581 1341, . checkin: aft. 3pm; checkout: 11am. Built c. 1835. Tastefully decorated with period antiques. Three Bedrooms: one king size, one queen size, with en suite bathrooms plus a fully contained carriage house apt. adjacent. Built for Bartholomew Manlove, first mayor of Bastrop and later lived in by Margaret Wilbarger Chambers - legendary pioneer. Located in town, walking distance to shops, restaurants, activities.(30:07:14N,97:19:28W)
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, (512) 308-1234, . About 10 miles west of Bastrop. Resort and spa situated on 405 acres of Central Texas landscape, adjacent to the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park along the Colorado River. Equestrian center, golf course, swimming pool with water slide, and more!!!
Comfort Inn, 106 Hasler Blvd., (512) 321-3303. New two story motel. In walking distance to the Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Guadalajara, Schlotzsky's Deli, Cartwright's Famous Bar-B-Que.
Pecan Street Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1010 Pecan St., (512) 321-3315. Located in a historic landmark home.
Buttonwood Row B & B, 1402 Hill St., (512) 303-5664 Located in a historic landmark home.
Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast, 583 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek. Just east of Austin on Hwy 71 towards Austin.
Bastrop Inn, 102 Childers Dr., (512) 321-3949
Days Inn 4102 Hwy 71 E., (512) 321-1157. Fairly new two story motel. Next too a convenience store with gas but not much else but just a short drive to main part of town on Hwy 71.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 491 Agnes., (512) 321-1900. New three story motel. In walking distance to the Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Guadalajara, Schlotzsky's Deli, Cartwright's Famous Bar-B-Que.
Tropicana Motel 103 Hwy 71 W., (512) 321-2526. Looks like it was built in the 50s or 60s. Pool. In walking distance to Pizza Hut, Texas Grill and Sonic Drive-In.
Best Western Inn of the Pines, 3110 Hwy 71 E., (512) 321-6000, . New two story kind of by itself, but a just short drive to main part of town on Hwy 71.
Bastrop is only 30 minutes (off rush hour) from Austin. The drive in to Austin on Hwy 71 is lined with antiques, gift shops, a flea market, a fossil and bonsai store, and many more central Texas cultural venues. Or you can go to Smithville to shop antiques and country kitsch. Or go to San Marcos for the outlet malls.
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