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Bryan, Texas, is located in the heart of the Texas Triangle—meaning we’re within three hours of Texas’s major metro areas—and just within 1.5 hours of both Houston and Austin. The Bryan area goes by many names, including the Brazos Valley, Aggieland, and Bryan-College Station, but one thing is certain—we are proud of our Texas roots and love to celebrate the diverse cultures that have converged to create the vibrant community we call home.

We’re extremely proud to be known as “the grownup side of Aggieland,” but there’s so much to experience beyond Aggie football here in Bryan this fall.

Peruse hip boutiques in Historic Downtown Bryan, make friends with a giraffe at Aggieland Safari, sip regional varietals at Messina Hof Winery & Resort, and enjoy live music at incredible venues all summer long. Don’t forget to experience the Bryan, Texas Taco Trail, featuring 44+ unique, local restaurants serving everything from traditional street tacos to innovative fusion options.

Speaking of tacos—Bryan, Texas, has officially made its claim as a foodie destination. Our culinary scene has found its way into the spotlight frequently over the past few years—from world-class barbecue at All The King’s Men or Fargo’s; to the best bagels and Jewish delicacies this side of the Mississippi at Zeitman’s Grocery Store; to Lamar & Niki’s Soul Food Cafe, named one of Yelp’s Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas in 2021. It’s all on the table in Bryan, Texas!

For a culinary experience worthy of any foodie’s bucket list this fall, make your reservation for one of Ronin Farm & Restaurant’s Full Moon Dinners. Enjoy a nine-course tasting menu in the forest, complete with intermezzo and dessert. Begin the evening with a tour of their family farm, and then dine in the forest. Showcasing produce from the farm, the meal is prepared in a professional kitchen converted from an old barn on the property. Round off the night with a walk down a candlelit path to their herb garden for dessert, set underneath the full moon and the bright Texas stars.

There’s always a festival or event to look forward to, and most locals will tell you First Friday has to be marked on your calendar every month. The streets of Historic Downtown Bryan are transformed into one big stage on the First Friday of each month, with performances, live music, activities, art demonstrations, vendors, and local artisans and producers around every corner.

The Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo is one of the highlights of the fall each October in Bryan, Texas. Showcasing agriculture, education, and youth to enhance our Texas culture, join the Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo in their 11th year of all things livestock showing, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, live music, carnival rides, high-action tractor pulling, and more! This year’s concert lineup is not to be missed, featuring Aaron Watson, Mark Chesnutt, and Los Viejones de Linares.

We’re also proud to be home to an unexpected arts and cultural scene here in Bryan. Museums like the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum are all worth a visit on their own. Combine those with public art, galleries, and year-round cultural events in Historic Downtown Bryan—a recognized Texas Cultural District—and you’ve got a full getaway just a short drive from just about anywhere in Texas.

Breakaway from the hustle of everyday life and make meaningful and lasting memories with friends and family in Bryan. Texas traditions, Southern hospitality, and modern amenities combine for something of a “New Age Texas” experience at The Stella Hotel. From luxuriously laidback escapes to fun-filled family vacations, there are always special moments to be shared in this legendary Texas town. We’ve got accommodations to fit every style and budget. Find yours at

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