Things To Do in Hico, TX: Glamping, Shopping & More in a Texas Small Town
September 12, 2020
If you are looking for a unique place to stay that's still semi close to the DFW area (a 2 hour drive), the small town of Hico is for you!
The town “Where Everybody is Somebody” has a population of around 1,400 people. Hico is perfect for a quick small town weekend escape. It’s full of cute shops and unique accommodations. One such place is Off the Vine RV Park’s adorable airstreams and trailers.
I stayed at Off the Vine RV Park, which offers furnished vintage RVs, trailers and airstream accomodations in addition to traditional RV hookups.
I stayed in the Maria and it’s beautifully decorated with colorful cushions, bright curtains and brightly tiled countertops. It had impressive attention to detail and was a lovely and peaceful place to sleep.
- A full bathroom (my 6’4” partner was too tall to stand up in the shower but I was fine at 5’5”!).
- Two beds created by flattening the couches. It can sleep four but there would not be very much space for your luggage. It’s perfect for one or two people!
- Chairs to sit outside and a grill to cook on.
- A fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, an electric hot place, dishes and coffee, basically everything you need!
- Comfy robes to chill out in.
Some of the other RVs are bigger with more permanent beds, but I loved the decor in Maria! The property also has games like cornhole and an office with goodies to take home. The land is super peaceful and a great place to relax and unwind.
Off the Vine RV Park has similar vibes to the popular El Cosmico in Marfa, TX, but is much closer to DFW! The fun RVs make for great photo ops and it’s a great place to relax and disconnect.
You’ll find a more secluded glamping experience at Cabin on the Creek. This cabin is located about a 10 minute drive north of Hico, meaning that it’s closer to Dinosaur Valley State Park. It is entirely solar powered but still offers AC, a fridge and outlets to use. It even comes with an array of games to play and a s’mores kit!
As the name suggests, it’s right on the Duffau Creek. Definitely check this place out if you are looking for a remote place to disconnect, but still want to be within driving distance of some small towns.
The Midland Hotel is located in the center of Hico within a historic building dating back to 1891. This hotel is full of western decor and features a saloon and a steakhouse. Take a look here if you are looking for the comforts of a nice hotel instead of the glamping experiences that Off the Vine RV Park and the Cabin on the Creek offer.
The 2nd Street Bakeshop is located inside a cute house and serves made-from-scratch bakery items and a wide selection of coffee. It has a comfortable porch with bench swings where you can sit outside and watch the cars drive through Hico.
Eis is a great little spot to have some delicious sandwiches and ice cream. Try the jalapeno bread on your sandwich or a scoop of ice cream in your coffee!
Koffee Kup has been family owned since 1968 and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are most known for their pies though, try a slice of the banana blueberry or the black forest for a decadent dessert.
Two Clay Birds is a farm to table restaurant and market serving deliciously fresh food and produce. They are known for their cinnamon rolls that are baked fresh daily. As a result of covid, at this writing they have baked goods and produce on their porch that you can purchase on an honor system.
Flacas Fitness & Brews is not only a restaurant and bar, but a yoga studio too! They offer local beer and wine, refreshing smoothies and healthy sandwiches and wraps.
Blue Star Trading has a large assortment of clothing, artwork, accessories and home decor. It is located in a beautifully restored building from the 1890s in the heart of downtown Hico.
Look for unique candles made from beer growlers, one-of-a-kind jewelry and a collection of artwork created in Texas. Also check out Hico Mercantile, a collection of vendors inside of a 1895 Opera House, offering home decor, clothing and more.
Check out Wiseman House Chocolates to grab a variety of gourmet truffles and fine chocolates to take home. Their chocolate originates in Belgium and Venezuela and is combined with fresh ingredients like cream, berries and coffee beans. They also offer classes where you can become a chocolatier yourself!
Take a stroll down Pecan St and find several more cute shops and the Billy the Kid Museum. Be sure to take a photo as the “i” in Hico!
Visit Pecan Street Drink Shoppe to buy some wine, beer or whiskey and have your tasting paired with local cheese and nuts. They also have fun gifts and constantly changing special alcohols to try.
Also pay a visit to the Silver Spur Winery nearby, where you can do a tasting or take some delicious wine home. This boutique winery is a great little gem in Hico.
Hico is only a 30 minute drive from Dinosaur Valley State Park, an amazing park with beautiful views and hikes.
Only a 20 minute drive from Hico is the town of Dublin, a great town to visit! You can tour an old Dr. Pepper bottling plant or a cheese farm there. Read my guide to visiting Dublin to learn more!
If you are looking for an action packed weekend close to DFW, I recommend combining visits to Hico, Dublin and Glen Rose. If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed escape, Hico is a wonderful small town to unwind in.
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