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Georgetown, TX, USA

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Georgetown, home of the oldest scholars (and swingers) in town

Known as the Red Poppy, Georgetown is home to Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas. Get your Texan getaway off to a top start and book a centrally located Georgetown vacation rental. Visit the Georgetown Firefighters Museum, or paint the town red at the Red Poppy Festival in April. After dark, dine out in Downtown, or catch a show at the Palace Theater, a playhouse that opened in 1925. Feeling brave? Then grab your friends for a late-night screening of horror favorite "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," which was filmed here.

History, shopping, and beer? Let's get on down to Georgetown

Home of the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, Downtown Georgetown is a real treat to visit. Aside from its packed calendar of festivals and events, it's just as nice to potter around the independent shops, museums, and art galleries of historic Downtown. Sample some local cuisine, or the booze and brews from 1 of the microbreweries or wineries Georgetown is famous for. Fancy escaping the heat of the town? Then cool off in the Blue Hole, a vast, attractive lagoon on the South San Gabriel River.

Jailhouse Rock in Georgetown's Main Street

Compete with Georgetown's local scholars and mug up in the Williamson Museum on South Austin Avenue. Alongside the hundreds of fascinating historic exhibits, oil paintings, and artifacts, it hosts fun events and tours of the Historic Williamson County Courthouse. If you prefer art to artifacts, head to the Georgetown Art Center, which is housed in the 19th-century Firehouse No. 1. Don't forget to take a selfie in front of the Old Williamson County Jail, which was designed to look like the French Bastille.

By George, it's hot, hot, hot in Texas

Georgetown is a booming year-round destination. Like the rest of Central Texas, it benefits from a humid subtropical climate, with hot and sticky summers when the mercury booms at 90-100 degrees. Even during the short, mild winters, Georgetown can see temperatures reach a balmy 60 degrees. The summer is largely dry, but the rain tends to drench the city throughout fall, so pack an umbrella. As a university town, Georgetown vacation rentals get snapped up all through the year, but especially in spring and summer, so for the widest choice visit in fall and winter.

Wild thing, you make my heart sing (like a bird)

Located 30 miles north of Austin, Georgetown is a buzzing small city famous for its old university. To find the best hiking trails, escape the city and head 30 miles east to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Surrounded by the lush lands of Texas Hill Country, the Balcones Canyonlands stretch across 23,000 acres. It has 7 miles of marked hiking trails and sweeping views of lush wildflower-strewn Texas terrain. It's a magnet for birdwatchers, who come to spot some of Texas' rarest feathered residents. If you're lucky, you may spot the endangered golden-cheeked warbler or the black-capped vireo.