Travel down the road to Stephenville, Texas, uniquely located in rural Texas one hour southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth for easy access to metropolitan amenities and a major airport, yet isolated from big city stress. Stephenville is an inviting, gracious community with a rich western heritage in a beautiful country setting along the Bosque River. It is distinctively Texan and known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” Stephenville takes pride in having small town values, where a strong work ethic, family-values, and a giving heart still matter.
What to Do
HearSay Wine Bar // Relax and unwind in an inviting wine bar and lounge. Step into an atmosphere of sophistication and elegance. Wines are from around the world as well as your favorite locals. Ages 21 and up only, please.
Hico Mercantile // Just a short drive to Hico Mercantile is a collection of shops located in historic downtown Hico. It has more than 45 artisans, boutique owners, and designers offering their own unique variety of home décor, clothing, antiques, art, and more
Lucky Vines Vineyard // Lucky Vines is a family-owned vineyard, winery, and tasting room in Dublin, Texas. It all started with a little bit of land and a big, beautiful dream.
Pink Gloves Boxing // After being in the car stop into Pink Gloves Boutique to get your body moving! Pink Gloves offers drop in and can schedule group sessions for a fun girls night! Contact through its Facebook page for more information.
Pinspiration // Get your creative juices flowing with this DIY craft studio where people of all ages can come try their hand at making a project together! Make a reservation or walk in!
Slim Pickin’s Outfitters // This unexpected gem is definitely worth a visit to find in the heart of Stephenville. Come on in if you need anything for your next adventure, browse its website, or just chill on Vinyl Wednesdays.
Splashville // Kids and moms will love this splash pad! Located in sunny Stephenville, Splashville is a fun summer retreat close to home.
The Stephenville City Park // Need a place to stretch your legs and let the kids work off some energy? Visit this 112-acre park just off the downtown square.
Stephenville Historical House // This local history museum features multi-acre landscaped grounds with more than a dozen historical buildings. Nestled between Washington Street and the Bosque River Trail, the grounds feature native and heirloom plantings for butterfly and hummingbird habitats.
Where to Eat
Beans & Franks // Need a pick-me-up after a long drive? Beans and Franks is a local coffee shop/cafe with two locations in town specializing in gourmet hot dogs, fresh roasted coffee, and much more.
Caam’s Restaurant // This Neapolitan pizza place focuses on both its food and drinks with freshness, quality, and consistency using scratch-made ingredients.
Don Nico’s Mexican Restaurant // Whether guests are celebrating with family, meeting over lunch, or on a date, they have a welcoming atmosphere at Don Nico’s!
Hard Eight BBQ // Visit the original famous Hard Eight BBQ open since 2003. It is an authentic eating experience where you will be served “Texas Style” straight from the pit by the pit master who prepared your food.
Montana’s // Stop into Montana’s for some classic comfort food for you and the kids. It has great appetizers and a family friendly atmosphere!
Newton at The Cellar // Cowboy Chef Newton is the real deal, indeed. Texas born and raised, this cattle rancher, called “Newton,” was the cowboy chef on Master Chef season eight. He’s not your average cowboy. He has a passion for food and spends his days tending the ranch and coming up with new twists on typical Texas chow, elevating it to his own “Texas Cowboy Cuisine.”
Pastafina // Pastafina is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant where it serves authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine.
The Purple Goat // Have a large group? Check out The Purple Goat! This restaurant is an open-air dining experience. Try its famous mom’s mac ‘n cheese!
Ruby’s Texas Bistro // Ruby’s Texas Bistro is a full-service restaurant and bar serving lunch and dinner six days a week. The menu is centered around popular Texas cuisine, jazzed up Ruby’s style. The locals love the Buzzin’ the Tower Enchiladas.
The Shack // This BYOB Cajun restaurant is open and selling crawfish, shrimp, catfish, boudin balls, and corn dogs for the kiddos! Check them out in downtown Stephenville.
Where to Stay
The Patricia, Luxury Air BnB // This luxury AirBnB is located in the heart of downtown Stephenville and is even more charming in person, perfect for any occasion.
The Compass South – Stephenville’s Vintage Stay // This Air BnB is a remodeled 1940s house with lots of charm and modern comfort. The “Compass South,” which is one of two units in The Compass, is decorated with a travel theme using unique vintage travel memorabilia and souvenirs from our travels around the world.
The Gallery House Bed & Breakfast // The Gallery House is a remarkable 1895 home that is elegantly restored to embrace the community with hospitality, comfortable suites, and homemade breakfast.
Hampton Inn Suites & Stephenville // Guests can enjoy a host of facilities during their stay such as a fitness center, 24-hour front desk, and an indoor swimming pool. Its rooms have complimentary wired Internet access, work desks, refrigerators, and flat screen TV sets with cable connection. You can enjoy a delicious breakfast either in the hotel or can even opt for takeaway.
Rodeo Style Cabin // This is a fully furnished rodeo style cabin with two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower and tub. The property is conveniently located just 8.04 km (5 miles) from the town of Stephenville.
Stephenville Texas RV Park // This RV Park is family operated and has a cowboy presence and detailed with a French touch! This beautiful piece of property is now available to all those wanting to be inspired by Stephenville’s unique cowboy culture.
Hoof Prints Ranch // Stay at this family friendly ranch RV park and horse motel just a half mile from the famous Hard 8 BBQ. Hoof Prints Ranch has several cute cabins to rent. If you like clean, comfortable and economical you will want to stay here. Fishing and horseback riding on site.
The Getaway Campground & RV Park // Come park under the oaks in a very quiet and serene setting. The Getaway is conveniently located on 16 acres of wooded area in Stephenville, Texas.
Ti L Lodging // Need a pet friendly place to stay? Check out Ti L Lodging. The cabins are uniquely appointed each with a front porch, rocking chairs, pitched ceilings, luxurious linens, coffee bar, microwave, mini fridge, and Wifi.
Shafer’s County Rest // Located on a quiet rural road just seven miles north of Stephenville, this newly remodeled home is on a pond and has wooded acreage. The wide pond-side porch is scenic and great for both morning and evening use.
For more driving destination ideas, check out Fort Worth Moms “Guide to Road Trips from Fort Worth.”
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Kelly is the community group leader of Tarrant County South. She was born and raised in the Fort Worth area. In 2018, Kelly and her husband welcomed one adventurous and loving boy. Kelly is a certified child life specialist with Community Healthcare of Texas supporting patients and families through one of life’s most challenging moments. Kelly is often seeking new ways to find balance in managing all the responsibilities that come along with being a working mother. She and her family love to travel and explore new places, often finding refuge at their family cabin in Red River, New Mexico. She is a self proclaimed foodie, coffee lover, and Josh Weathers fan girl but most of all enjoys long walks down the aisles Target with her best friend of 24 years!