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San Saba: The Perfect Autumn Getaway

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All photos by Jamye Stewart

Everybody loves the Hill Country views and if you haven’t seen the view from San Saba, you should make your reservation now. Fall is in the air, and the Hill Country is the place to be.

When planning a Hill Country getaway, priority one is lodging. And lodging with a view is a tremendous bonus. Burnham’s Lodging has one of the best views in San Saba.

The hotel was completed in 1935 by J.D. Carter to replace the earlier structure that was destroyed by fire in 1931. For a while, the hotel had a café and dance floor on the roof of the building. On Saturday nights, the town square was filled with music.

San Saba: The Perfect Autumn Getaway

Burnham’s has an interesting storefront. It looks like a retail store, but step inside and you’ll find rooms with private baths that are comfy and clean. The hotel has two locations: 501 East Wallace and 507 East Wallace. Each location offers several rooms.

Get ready to sleep in because some of the rooms have no windows. So when the lights are out, it’s pitch black! Down the hall, just a few steps away from your room is a full kitchen and dining room. First one up makes the coffee (provided by the hotel)!

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Burnham’s is like a B & B but without the “we’re visiting Mom” kind of feeling. It’s a hotel. It’s decorated with antiques. The rooms are private and it’s very affordable. You’ll like it here, especially in the parlor where you can sit with your coffee and enjoy the view of the stone courthouse (its current iteration in use since 1911) with stately pecan trees surrounding it.

Stroll down the street and you’ll find cute shops, eateries, and wine tasting rooms. There’s Wedding Oak Winery named after the famous Wedding Oak tree (located 2.5 miles from the winery) and Old Man Scary Cellars (make sure you ask them about their story). Fiesta Winery (also with tasting rooms in Fredericksburg) located in nearby Bend is just a short, scenic drive from San Saba and well worth it.

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