Bite into a fresh jalapeno bacon cheeseburger served in a restored train car, sample award-winning Texas-made wines and beers from local brewers and winemakers, experience legendary barbecue 90 years in the making, shop over a dozen locally-owned boutiques, spend a weekend on a lakefront golf course resort, attend a live performance at a beautifully preserved 1920s theatre, or snap some selfies on the mural trail. It’s all happening in Brownwood.
All of this and more is why Brownwood feels like home. A Central Texas destination in the midst of fast-moving and extremely successful revitalization efforts, the community of Brownwood has become energized by the blending of classic small-town Texas charm with vibrant new activity. Local entrepreneurs have invested in Brownwood to restore and preserve the beautiful historic downtown buildings.
Whether you are a daytripper, foodie, RV enthusiast, antiquer, history buff, or just looking for a fun family road trip, Brownwood has something for everybody. Our community welcomes visitors from all over the world. We are situated in close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, not too far away from Austin and Abilene, so chances are you just might find yourself closer to Brownwood than you think.
Brownwood has some iconic local businesses including Underwood’s BBQ, a Texas legend for more than 90 years, as well as the Runaway Train Cafe, a 1950s style diner set in a train car, and we can’t forget the award-winning Turtle Restaurant, featuring some the best slow-food in all of Central Texas. Also, the Lyric Theatre, one of the oldest still-operating theaters in the West, provides high-quality entertainment and a glimpse into the past.
Alongside these amazing established business owners, new businesses have grown over the past few years and have helped Brownwood’s downtown blossom into a lively, fun experience for all ages. Most recently, Lucille + Mabel Kitchen and Libations has elevated Brownwood’s cuisine to a whole new level with gourmet comfort food and a very extensive drink list. You might notice the smell of freshly-baked pastries and homemade breads coming from Baked Artisan Goods. Teddy’s Brewhaus, Pioneer Tap House, and Primal Brewing provide delicious Texas beer options and great atmospheres. 10 Mile Productions offers regional wines as well as fun events. Stone’s Grove has some of the coolest decor in the city and the best cocktails. CJ’s Cigar Lounge is another great option for unique drinks and the finest cigars. If you’re here on a weekend, chances are a number of those businesses are also playing live music!
If nightlife isn’t your thing, Intermission Bookshop is a beautifully preserved building that once served as a theatre and has become a hub for those looking for a good book and great conversation. Brownwood has a variety of museums to explore including the Lehnis Railroad Museum & Visitor Center. The Axe House and Twisted Axes also recently opened to entertain you downtown.
When it comes to shopping, Brownwood has so much to offer. Shaw’s Marketplace, with its new luxury backyard, offers a curated vendor marketplace with everything from popcorn to boutique clothing and camping equipment. Matt’s Mantiques hits a home run with his concept that brings vintage signs, motorworks, and sports memorabilia under one roof. Clothing boutiques are in ample supply as well with Earth and Noble, Glamour Shop, Hamilton’s, and the Hen House providing a variety of styles and options. Shop Luna Maya for cute baby needs. Brownwood also has unique antique and curiosity shops including Saturday’s and Duke Street. You can easily spend a weekend shopping all around town with our local business owners who are the heart of our community.
Cooler weather and pumpkin flavors can only mean one thing—it’s time to celebrate the holidays with our annual city festivals. Corks and Caps kicks off in October with local beer and wine vendors from all over Texas. Don’t put your glasses away because Sipping Under the Stars continues in December with a unique merged shopping and wine-tasting experience. Finally, be merry in Brownwood for our Christmas Under the Stars holiday celebration. The Star of Texas, a classic bed and breakfast nestled cozily in the woods, and Harper House, a brand new boutique style AirBnB, are ideal places to stay while in town.
If you have never considered visiting Brownwood, now is the time! Browse visitbrownwood.com where you can plan your trip, find unique places to stay, discover our mural trail that highlights creativity and artists from the region, and find out why Brownwood feels like home.