By: Savannah Gaines Email
By: Savannah Gaines Email

Hey, it’s Savannah again!

Feeling a little spontaneous this weekend? I’ve got the solution. How about trying CW8’s first ever weekend trip on 100 dollars and a tank of gas!

I want to keep it fairly simply this week, so we are sharing the secrets of my hometown Huntsville, Texas. Huntsville is located 52.7 miles, about 1 hour from College Station. For all you who are directionally challenged or have never ventured down that way, I’ve provided you with a map:

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Upon arriving in Huntsville, the first place you’ll want to stop is the “Historic Downtown Square.” Personally, I love to eat at Farmhouse Sweets and Eats for lunch. Sweets and Eats is located at 112 11th Street on the Downtown Square and has a selection of salads, sandwiches, old fashioned sodas, sweets and more. If that doesn’t sound satisfying to you, there’s plenty of other places to try, like the Cafe Texan or the Stardust Room.

After you’re full of some of the best food Huntsville has to offer, take a stroll around the beautiful square. It's filled with antique shops, boutiques and Sam Houston history. Take notice of the beautiful First United Methodist Church, the Cabin on the Square and the murals of Sam Houston’s life done in “Trompe L’oeil” style by world-renowned artist Richard Haas.

Next, you’ll want to walk over a street and take a look at 815 12th Street, the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. Locals call it the “Walls Unit.” The Walls Unit is the location of the execution chamber, creepy huh? I've always heard that people show up there to protest big occasions, but after living in Huntsville for about 18 years, I've still never witnessed it. Who knows though- maybe you’ll get lucky!

Walls Unit

Now that you’re officially freaked out, let’s move on. Since your time is likely limited, visit one or two of the four museums Huntsville has to offer: the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, the Wynne Home Arts Center, The Texas Prison Museum, or the HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas. Personally, I suggest beginning at Sam Houston Memorial Museum and ending at the Texas Prison Museum.

At the Sam Houston Museum, you can see models of Sam Houston’s homes, then walk the trail to the duck pond. Bring crackers to feed them! It's still hot out, so head inside to cool off and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick out a souvenir. I suggest my brother’s favorite, your very own bag of rocks. They’re pretty I promise!

At the Prison Museum you can see everything from “Ole Sparky” to weapons that were confiscated by actual prisoners in Huntsville. I seriously have been there more times than I can remember, and it never gets old.

You should be getting a little hungry by now, so stop by McKenzie’s BBQ at 1548 11th Street for some of the best bar-b-que in town! Other dinner suggestions include Los Pericos for Tex-Mex or Zach’s Bar and Grill for burgers.

Finally, Huntsville is home to one of the coolest things ever: the largest statue of an American hero, Sam Houston. You can stop by and take pictures with Old Sam anytime you’d like! If the Bearkats are winning, Sam is lit up orange from head to toe.

Sam Houston in Bearkat Orange

I hope y’all get the chance to visit Huntsville this weekend! There’s still so, so much more to do and at some point, I plan on telling you more local Huntsville secrets. Next weekend, we'll head on the road again to get in once last summer vacation, full of new adventures!

Of course, visit us daily for more local blogs, mugshots, entertainment, and more!

As they say in the Huntsville-based film, Dazed and Confused... "Check ya later!"


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