San Angelo- Downhome, Uptown, Good times!
This month we take you to the beautiful city of San Angelo. Nestled in West Texas and home to 100,000 friendly Texans- there is something for everyone! You will be surprised and delighted with the wide range of attractions and activities available in San Angelo. From the scenic River Walk, to the rugged San Angelo State Park, from grand historic structures like the Cactus Hotel and Fort Concho to the culturally sophisticated museums, and galleries. Discover a getaway that offers that perfect blend of West Texas charm, outdoor recreation, culture & arts, and just plain old fun.
San Angelo was founded in 1867, when the United States built Fort Concho, one of a series of new forts designed to protect the frontier. The fort was home to cavalry, infantry, and the famous Black Cavalry, also known as Buffalo Soldiers by Indigenous Americans. The fort’s cramped soldiers’ barracks and stately officers’ quarters paint a picture of life on the frontier. Mark your Calendars and book a room– Fort Concho Day is March 18th!
Arts & Entertainment
Today's San Angelo offers a delightful mixture of arts and culture of West Texas, from a sophisticated symphony that showcases artists such as the Vienna Choir Boys to Country Western. From a Civic Ballet whose students regularly earn spots at top national dance academies to the Folk Dances of Mexico. You can enjoy live theater at the state's longest running theatre, The Angelo Civic Theatre and on the Angelo State University campus. The Old Chicken Farm Art Center displays works by visual artists of all media. So many treasures are awaiting your arrival! Be sure to check out San Angelo’s artistic alleys, historic murals, and Concho Pearls. They are found in freshwater muscles native to the area.
Known as the “Wool and Mohair Capital of the World”, you will want to check out the sheep statues scattered all across the city. Don’t be baah-shful, get a picture with the “Gold Rush” sheep or the “Coat of Many Colors” sheep.
While hunting for sheep, take a stroll around the Historic Downtown District where you can find unique shops, eateries, and an authentic Texas Bordello! The dim lighting and original furniture will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time 100 years ago to the most famous bordello west of the Colorado River. Legend has it that a secret tunnel under Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge lead to the bordello during its early days. To learn more about the women of the Wild West, visit Miss Hattie’s Bordello Museum.
Miss Hattie’s isn’t the only museum in town. In fact, San Angelo has four distinctly different museums that you must see! The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, a world-class museum that received the prestigious National Museum Service Award, houses continually changing exhibits by artists from Texas and around the world. This museum overlooks the beautiful Concho River- another must see! The Railway Museum is fun for all ages and is celebrating over 125 years of history! Be sure to stop in and explore the rich history of San Angelo and West Texas!
In such a booming town, you’ll need an equally powerful meal to start your day. Donutopia is a sugary wonderland where you can eat dessert for breakfast. Their doughnut creations come doused in syrup, frosted with whipped cream and sprinkled with bacon. You can even get a bacon-cheeseburger doughnut or doughnut breakfast sandwich. Talk about the breakfast of champions.
For live music and craft beers, head to Concho Pearl Icehouse and dine on their “Texas eclectic” cuisine. Try the Cowboy “Sushi” which is brisket rolled in sliced tortillas and drizzled with barbecue sauce or the deep-fried avocados stuffed with pecan-smoked brisket. The best part is that they’ve got a playground for the kids while you kick back a cold one.
Meetings & Conventions
San Angelo is a West Texas city centrally located, right in the heart of the state. We offer a Downhome, small town feel with Uptown amenities of a metropolitan area, as well as Good times with West Texas Flair.
San Angelo is the ideal destination for meetings, conventions and conferences, offering a wide array of facilities and services to accommodate your meetings. Let the San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau help plan your meetings with a complete directory of services, facilities and accommodations.
San Angelo is located in West Central Texas between the Texas hill country to the southeast and the rolling plains to the northwest. You will find San Angelo positioned between U.S. Interstate Highways I-10 and I-20. San Angelo is about a 4 hour drive from Dallas/Fort Worth area. San Angelo also has a regional airport for those who want to get there faster.
Ready to plan your San Angelo trip? Check out http://www.visitsanangelo.org/ or call 325-653-1206 to partner with the city’s experts!