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School’s out and temperatures are rising. Summer has arrived!

The rising temperatures also mean it’s time to start planning your summer getaways. Check out these fun places to eat, visit, and play across Central Texas, all owned or operated by Southwestern alumni.

The Most Important Meal of the Day—Breakfast

Grab breakfast or lunch at The Monument Cafe owned by Clark Lyda ’82. Located in the historic Georgetown square, the Monument Cafe serves American comfort food, made from scratch using local products. Make sure to arrive early, because this cafe is always full. Actor Matthew McConaughey suggests the pig n’ waffle or King Ranch chicken casserole.

A close up of syrup being poured onto a waffle with a slice of honeyglazed ham. This is from The ... Credit: Food Network

For the Artistic Traveler

Channel your inner artist and schedule a session at Paint With Me in Georgetown with owner Kimberly Keller ’85. Keller provides a wide variety of custom painting options including painting parties, private painting lessons, and painting camps.

Next, head down to Austin to the Stephen L. Clark Gallery, owned by Stephen Clark ’69. The Gallery is located in a unique 19th-century building in the heart of Austin and specializes in fine art photographs with an emphasis on contemporary work, with access to national and international vintage work as well.

Paint With Me

For the Family

Looking for a fun and educational opportunity for the family? Schedule a factory tour at Round Rock Honey owned by Konrad ’93 and Elizabeth Bouffard. The tour highlights the history of Round Rock Honey in addition to discussing their unique hives and harvesting methods. You’ll see their tanking process along with the new bottling and labeling line. Each tour concludes with a honey tasting, the opportunity for kids to take photos wearing beekeeper gear, and the chance to pick up their honey, lip balm, beeswax candles, and much more.

Round Rock Honey

For the Shopaholic

Just a short drive north of Georgetown is the community of Salado, a quaint town whose Main Street offers a variety of attractions that will interest visitors of any age. The street itself is only about one mile long, but browsing the shops and cafes can fill a whole day.

“Our Community welcomes visitors with true Texas hospitality. Once you are here, you will never feel like you left home. Come and experience the heart of Salado with every stop you make,” Salado Chamber of Commerce.

Make sure to browse Fletchers’ Books & Antiques. The shop is full of religious and architectural antiques, as well as furniture and stained glass. It also carries new, used, and out-of-print books, specializing in books on religion, Texana, Salado, and military subjects.

Fletchers’ Books and Antiques is owned by Tyler Fletcher 83 and his cat Eddy-puss. According to Fletcher, Eddy-puss (or Ed as he likes to be called) oversees the antique shop, book shop, and small Episcopal Chapel behind the store. Locals say he wears his clerical vestments at all times and likes to sit in the priest’s sedilia (chair) near the altar during services.

Home Slice Pizza Credit: Arnold Wells
Wrap Up Your Day with Local Grub

For a family-friendly dinner, stop by Home Slice Pizza owned by Joseph ’93 and Jen Strickland. In their words, “Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza—by the pie or by the slice—to nice people like you.” They offer homemade, hand tossed, bona fide pies for either dine-in or carryout.

“Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza—by the pie or by the slice—to nice people like you.”

Or check out one of Austin’s newest hot spots for hot tea, Brentwood Social House, co-owned by Suzanne Daniels 96 and Sarah Olano. This charming neighborhood cafe is a very family-friendly community space. Entering this cafe feels like you’re entering a friend’s home, where you can explore its many rooms, back patio, or front porch to find a cozy spot to settle into. There is also a room designed for families, equipped with a train table and a selection of books, toys, and board games.

More SU Stops Across Texas and the U.S.

If you can’t make it to Central Texas this summer, don’t worry. Southwestern alumni own or operate businesses all across the U.S. Check out this list to plan your own SU summer.

San Antonio Area

Houston Area


Alumni SU Summer Suggestions

Giant Leap Coffee, co-owned by Lauren Ferrante ’11, serves stellar premium locally-roasted coffee, cosmic baked goods as well as a succinct and diverse selection draft beer and wines in Houston’s vibrant East End. At Giant Leap, we understand that an awesome cup of coffee is one small step toward a better morning, a more productive meeting and a more relatable universe.”

—Hector Ruiz ’10

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