HISTORIC CHARM ON MAIN STREET
I often stopped to admire the iconic Ellis County courthouse on my travels. The stone turrets are especially lovely when the sunset washes them to a glorious golden rose color. Turns out, it’s the most photographed courthouse in the state of Texas, and one of the most photographed (and photogenic) buildings in the state. The building watches over a newly-revitalized town square with great new restaurants, including the Southern-fancy, vegetarian-friendly Dove’s Nest and the surprisingly family-friendly British-themed College Street Pub. You can also enjoy the regional Farmers Market open from April through October.
CRAFT BEER SCENE
Railport Brewing Company is a startup brewery currently open on weekends. Take a tour and sample three generous 12-ounce pours while listening to live music and sampling the goods from local food trucks. The brewery is currently pouring Caboose Hop IPA, the extremely stout Bandit, the blonde Honey Hush, and Railyard Ghost, a Belgian-style witbier. Even better news: The Waxahachie Craft Beer and Music Festival takes over downtown in June.
I’ve already mentioned my permanent crush on Campuzano’s, which now has locations in Dallas, Cedar Hill and Midlothian. Their lunch specials—your choice of one, two or three menu items (including the best spinach enchiladas on the planet) are more than generous. Since I’ve been gone, two other great locally-owned Mexican restaurants have blossomed. El Mexicano Grill offers a must-try dish of what I call “dirty queso.” Think gooey cheese with taco meat, guacamole and pico de gallo. Additionally, the menu features tacos with more traditional fillings (lengua, nopales, and guisada) along with the usual beef and chicken. Two Amigos Taqueria on Monroe Street offers their foot-long burritos, if you’re up to the challenge.
EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Now in its fourth decade, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival has grown from a small group of Renaissance re-enactors and a few beer-and-turkey-leg shops into a massive event with 27 stages, 200 shops and even mermaids! If you go to the festival next spring (it’s open from early April through Memorial Day), make sure you see Queen Margaret of Scotland and the Isles, her brother King Henry VIII and the rest of the Court. Queen Margaret’s alter ego is my friend Janna Zepp, a journalist and public relations person extraordinaire who’s hoisted a lance as the forgotten sister of Bluff King Hal. In the fall (Fridays in October) the area transforms into Screams – the World’s Largest Halloween Theme Park. Talk about multi-use!
Courtesy: Scarborough Renaissance Fair
Featured Image Courtesy: Waxahachie CVB