Bryan Texas, population of about 77,000,is the county seat of Brazos County and lies immediately adjacent to the larger College Station Texas (home of Texas A&M University). When we first moved to this part of Texas Bryan was a small town with a dying downtown district. Over the years the downtown area has undergone major revitalization and has finally turned the corner to become a really cool little town and a neat place for a stroll.
Our stay in Bryan and College Station has been a bit stormy as it seems to be raining every other day if not more. We have been dodging storms and rain since we arrived but have managed to sneak in a lot of visiting of friends as well as visits to places we enjoy including downtown Bryan Texas.
There are some interesting buildings located in the downtown area and most can be explored using the newly created Citi-Beat Walking Trail. It won’t take a long time to walk the 1.5 miles trail but after completing the trail walkers will have a good feel for downtown Bryan as well as surely being tempted by the excellent eateries and bars found there. As we walk the trail we are always amazed to see what has been accomplished in the revitalization of a once forlorn place.
There is also a huge festival that takes place in Bryan Texas each year called the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. It was originally held in the summer but with the growing crowds and as a response to visitors complaints about the brutal summer heat it is now a fall event with the next one scheduled for Sept. 26-27, 2015. It is a must do festival for anyone in the area at that time as there are always wonderful wines to sample as well as a great music lineup. It is simply a blast to attend!
Also in Bryan is the fully restored LaSalle Hotel which is a great place to pop in for a visit and a drink or light fare for happy hour at the restaurant/bar in the lobby. Not far from the LaSalle is the Queen Theatre which is being restored and is near completion. Bryan also is home to one of the oldest Carnegie public libraries in the nation. Nearby is a nice venue for outdoor concerts at the Palace Theater as it is shaded with seating for around 400 people. Around town visitors will come across small train sculptures that have been erected and artistically decorated to honor the impact that the railroads have had in the Bryan community.
Anyone hungry at the end their walk can be treated to some great spots to dine in downtown Bryan. Some of our favorites are Mr. G’s Pizzeria and Caffe Capri for Italian, Casa Rodriguez and Papa Perez for Tex-Mex, Margie’s Bar and Grill has a great burger, and for some real good chicken fried steak go to the Longhorn Tavern. For an adult beverage we love The Proudest Monkey and the LaSalle but the Downtown Uncorked is the place to be for a nice glass of wine.
So when we want a more laid back small town atmosphere Bryan Texas is where we go......