Georgetown was the only small city in Texas to make the list and was chosen for its beautiful Hill Country location, its proximity to Austin, and the fact that it is the first town in the southern United States (and only the second in the nation) to shift to 100 percent renewable energy as of 2018.
The article also highlights the city’s commitment to preserving its heritage, citing the Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts and the distinction of having “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” Plus, with amazing amenities available, from the Blue Hole (natural swimming hot spot), to a 9-mile hike and bike trail and Challenge Course, to award-winning golf courses, to Inner Space Caverns, to its Annual Red Poppy Festival, to live shows at the Historic Palace Theater, residents are never left looking for something fun to do. As the fastest growing city in the United States (with a population of 50,000+), Georgetown is quickly losing its status of best kept secrets. Which is why you better act fast before more people discover the incredible lifestyle this best small town in Texas affords.
“From lively foodie favorites to quieter gems with plenty of outdoor activities, these 17 Southern cities are the kinds of places you’ll want to put down roots, build that house with the white picket fence, and stay for a lifetime. Who’s ready to move?”
Georgetown also nabbed a high-ranking spot on another Southern Living list, coming in at No. 4 on the magazine’s 15 Affordable Small Towns We Love rankings.
“Georgetown is gearing up to be running on 100% wind and solar power—a huge draw for affordable and eco-friendly living. Don’t miss the annual Red Poppy Festival, a free celebration with live music, a parade, a kid zone, a car show, arts and crafts, and more,” Southern Living writes.
The magazine continues: “Hailed as ‘The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,’ downtown Georgetown allows free parking after 5 p.m. year-round so you can dine, try a wine-tasting or two, and take in a theatrical performance without feeding any meters. No trip to Georgetown is complete without a visit to the Blue Hole, a lagoon along the San Gabriel River, and a tour of the Georgetown Art Center, where admission is free.”
Georgetown also came in at No. 12 on Southern Living’s list of The South’s Prettiest Cities 2018.