San Marcos, Texas

March 15, 2017 - by Steffanie

We have already blogged quite a bit about our time the Austin area. However, we haven’t mentioned too much about the town we stayed in, San Marcos, except for our RV park review of Pecan Park Riverside RV Park. We enjoyed the college town so much, that I thought it was worth a short post.

We didn’t know much about San Marcos when we booked our spot except for the fact that is was relatively close to both Austin and San Antonio. We were pleasantly surprised when we got settled in and had a chance to explore the town.


San Marcos is home to Texas State University, so although it has a small town feel, there is plenty to do. It has an active bar and restaurant scene. One of the first places we visited for dinner was The Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery. I honestly can’t remember what we had to eat for dinner, so it must not have been too memorable, but I remember that we were happy with our experience. It had a cool vibe and they brew their own beer there.


The owners of the Root Cellar also own an ice cream parlor right across the street called Rhea’s Ice Cream. They serve delicious homemade ice cream, that is a must-have while in San Marcos. (To be fair, we would probably say that about any ice cream shop. You can’t go wrong with ice cream!)


Another favorite of ours was Pie Society Pizza. They have a great hand-tossed pizza. We also tried the garlic knots which were awesome too. We went there twice and our friends, Rachel and Chris, ate there three times during their stay in San Marcos, so you know it was good!


For a quick lunch, there is a food truck park called “The Hitch,” where you can get anything from a hamburger, to BBQ, to Greek food. I got a gyro at St. Pita’s and Mike got a brisket sandwich from Smoked Out Barbeque. There is was also a desert truck with frozen yogurt and shaved ice, but unfortunately it wasn’t open when we were there.


The San Marcos River flows through the south side of the city and there is a nice park –  John J. Stokes San Marcos River City Park – where you can walk along the river. I went there one afternoon when Mike was out of town.


There are some fun things to do that are just outside town. One of them is Three Dudes Winery. It happened to be right next door to Pecan Park RV Park where we were staying so, we checked it out one afternoon with Chris and Rachel of It’s a Wanderful RV Life. We did a wine tasting then got a bottle and sat down by the river.


Another place was Middleton Brewing Company. It’s about 15 minutes outside of town. We met up with Rachel and Chris there one evening. It was a little chilly but we sat outside on the patio and had a couple of their home brewed beers. We also made some new friends who sat with us at the picnic table.

There other things to do in San Marcos besides eat and drink! And although we were there for a month, we simply ran out of time to do more things in San Marcos since we opted to explore Austin a little more instead. Taking a glass bottom ride in Aquarena Springs is one things we would have liked to do. Of course, there is the San Marcos River that offers lots of activities for warmer weather. There is also a large outlet mall just outside town, if shopping is your thing. 

We did so much in San Marcos, but there would be more to do if we were to ever to return. We loved the town and would recommend a stop there to anyone.

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