Posted on October 6, 2023

Staying in Bastrop County, Texas while attending nearby events can be a great way to experience the local culture and attractions, and have a relaxing, away-from-the-crowds stay – the best of both worlds! Plus, lodging costs tend to be less in our beautiful rural area, not to mention our proximity to regional event venues in Austin and Round Top. We’re next door to both the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Circuit of the Americas, where F1, other races and events are held regularly.

Bastrop County is known for its natural beauty, historic sites, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Here are the Top 10 tips for staying in the area, and getting the most out of your trip while enjoying nearby events:

1. Lodging

Bastrop offers a range of accommodation options, including hotels like the luxurious Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, themed stays, cabins and campgrounds. Depending on your preferences and budget, you can find a place that suits your needs.

2. Events Calendar

Check out the events calendar for Bastrop County and the surrounding areas. You can often find local festivals, live music performances, art exhibitions, seasonal fun and more.

3. Bastrop and Buescher State Parks

If you enjoy outdoor activities, consider staying at Bastrop State Park or Buescher State Park. They offer camping facilities and RV sites along with their historic cabins, hiking trails, and opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. It’s a great place to relax and connect with nature.

4. Water Sports

Both the slow moving, meandering Colorado River featuring two Texas Paddling Trails and 906-acre Lake Bastrop offer experiences on the water for the entire family, from self-guided to guided, outfitters will provide the kayaks and paddleboards, put you in the water and get you out.

5. Historic Downtowns of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville

Spend some time exploring the historic downtown area of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville. You’ll find charming shops, restaurant, and historic buildings, along with beautiful murals and friendly people. It’s lovely to take a leisurely stroll in any of these time capsule towns.

6. Local Dining

Bastrop County has a growing culinary scene. Try some of the local restaurants to savor Texan and Southern cuisine. Barbecue, sometimes written as BBQ, is a must-try in Texas, and you’ll find some excellent options, including the oldest barbecue joint in Texas – Southside Barbecue – located in Elgin with second location now in Bastrop.

7. Golfing

If you’re a golfer, Bastrop County has several challenging golf courses where you can enjoy a round of golf amidst scenic surroundings and signature holes.

8. Art Galleries

Explore the local up-and-coming art scene by visiting art galleries and studios where you’ll come across some unique pieces created by local artists.

9. Bastrop Opera House

Check if there are any performances or shows happening at the Bastrop Opera House during your visit. It’s a historic venue that hosts various theatrical productions.

10. Museums

With museums in every community, and some themed offerings, you’ll love the spaces holding interesting history.


Remember to plan your stay in advance, especially if you’re visiting during peak event seasons, and make reservations for accommodations and tickets as needed.

Enjoy your time in Bastrop County and the nearby events!