Several cities have an “Old Town” where tourists and locals can go to enjoy art galleries, shopping, and dining while wandering through quaint streets based on some historic reference. Houston is no different. If you’re looking to get away from the craziness of this big city, or need a great place to take out of town visitors, a short car trip will transport you back in time to Old Town Spring. Old Town Spring is a historic railroad town that is one of Houston’s favorite spots to get out of town. Visitors can walk around this quaint Victorian village, stroll through the numerous shops and galleries, check out some Civil War and area history at the local museums, and eat some great down-home food. The town is also a popular setting for special events such as weddings.
The Spring area was originally settled in the early 1800’s and established itself as a trading post with the indigenous Orcoquisac Indians. As the railroads were constructed in Texas, “Camp Spring” was established as a homestead for the railroad workers. Now, it’s just a great way to “get away” for the day…especially with cooler weather in our near future (if I say it, it will come true).
With the holiday season just around the corner, we thought now would be a good time to introduce our readers to Old Town Spring. You can find something for everyone on your list while having a much more enjoyable shopping experience than what you could expect at the mall. Antiques, clothing, jewelry ,chachkis, and more can be found along with some great places to eat or enjoy a drink. They also have an awesome candy shop that features lots of old time favorites, homemade fudge, and everything else (think stocking stuffers!).
For you festival goers, be sure to mark your calendars for some of the great annual events hosted in Old Town Spring including the Springfest Art and Wine Festival (springtime), the Texas Crawfish Festival (May) and their Home for the Holidays Celebration which runs from November 12-Christmas featuring horse and carriage rides, strolling musicians, and of course…shopping!
Check out the Old Town Spring website for all of the details on driving directions, shops, restaurants, and event dates.