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Christmas & Castles in the Small Town of Bellville, Texas

Nov 17, 2016 07:20PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Newmans Castle

In central Texas northwest of Houston in the pristine countryside you’ll find the quaint little town of Bellville. It boasts historic buildings and homes and, during the Christmas season, a unique celebration of lights, festivities and a visit from Kris Kringle.

The first weekend in December in Bellville is always a call to a time gone by where people gather to celebrate the season, light the tree and illuminate the square with lights. There’s a Christmas parade, baking contest, live entertainment, a tour of homes and, of course, the arrival of Santa to ring in the Christmas season.

During the day you can visit several antique and craft shops downtown. But just outside town is another unique amenity that’s worth checking out when you visit. Believe it or not you can experience the Old World charm of a medieval castle right in the middle of the central Texas countryside. Newman’s Castle features a real moat, a massive working 3000-pound drawbridge with an accompanying portcullis, a chapel, five round corner turrets, a courtyard, and a central keep with a dramatic view of the surrounding lands. The castle, which has hosted weddings, wine tastings and private parties is available for tours by reservation only.

Back in town, the same family operates Newman’s Bakery. Here you’ll find a variety of delicious pastries that are baked fresh daily.  It’s great for breakfast or lunch and you’ll find everything from donuts, quiche and croissants to sandwiches, soups and burgers.

If you’re in the mood, try the Silver Saddle Smokehouse for some hearty and authentic Texas barbecue. This converted gas station with its brag-about-it smoker right out front makes for a rustic atmosphere. The family-run joint offers a large selection of meats and cold beers to wash it all down. Get there early because the smoked goods are prepared daily and only served until they run out.

If you want to spend more than a day in Bellville you should definitely look into a night at the cute Somewhere In Time bed and breakfast just a half-mile from the town’s square. The turn-of-the-century house with porch is warm and inviting, surrounded by large oaks and magnolias and, of course, features a white picket fence. The old carriage house has also been turned into a guest room and the entire place is furnished with antiques and those just-so-special touches. 

Bellville is another charming small town getaway that offers a chance for families and friends to enjoy a special holiday and Christmas season.

Visit for more information about this great Texas road trip.  

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