Just a short distance away from Sulphur Springs, lies the small community of Winnsboro, Texas. Right on Highway 11 heading East, you cannot help but to stop off for the afternoon for a little shopping and dining in the town of Winnsboro. Be sure to plan your visit. While some shops and restaurants are open early in the week many are not, so look up those hours of operation before you venture out, you don’t want to miss your new favorite East Texas spot.
Originally a crossroads between places, Winnsboro has not changed too much over time. As many small towns, it did move towards the railroad when it came through and changed the name in honor of some of the first settlers in the area.
Today Winnsboro boasts a farmers market, with covered spaces that people can browse goods from April until October. With online ordering during the winter months. Be sure to check out the webpage for more information on the farm to table offerings and how to purchase. The Farmers market is located directly behind the train depot, where you can also find the public restrooms, during the day.
The main street district or The Bowery is a great place to get started on your day trip adventure. Arts, shopping and dining can all be found downtown, with other great stops located just a bit away from the city center. A great feature located in The Bowery is the pedestrian only area. Benches and planters can be found all over in this car free area.
Even more shopping fun can be had from April to October along Highway 11 Historic Treasure Trials. On the second weekend of the month you can find vendors over an 80 mile stretch of road. One of our favorite stops is Danna’s and the Buffalo girls right outside of town. If you need a break from all that shopping and want to have a little bit of a spa day be sure to check out Copperleaf Day Spa, appointments are needed but could be well worth the planning in your schedule.
If a day of relaxation and shopping are not your cup of tea be sure to check out the Center for the Arts. They have many classes scheduled for the evening that could be a great date night option or girls night out adventure. Along with classes they offer performances and hosts a variety of events.
All that shopping, creating and walking around can make a person hungry. Be sure to stop in to one of the favorite dining spots in Winnsboro. Grab a bottle of wine and a selection from the deli at Sinclair Market, and sit out on their patio to enjoy your find. Or stop by Liefie Li Vine, for some South African food. The Barrel House is a great stop as well, for a one of the best hamburgers in the town. If you just want to explore some craft beer be sure to check out Cypress Creek Southern Ales to see what is on tap.
One of the highlights of visiting Winnsboro is Autumn Trails events during the month of October. A month long celebration with fun for everyone. Car shows, pageants, parades, trail rides and so much more. You could not ask for a better way to celebrate an East Texas event than during the month of October and the Autumn Trails. Pick your favorite weekend and head on over to see what might be happening.
Drop on over during your stay and explore a little bit of what East Texas has to offer in Winnsboro.
Contributed by Allison Libby-Thesing
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