As a small town with big attractions, Round Rock makes for a perfect weekend getaway.
Home to Texas State’s nursing campus, many students often drive back and forth between Round Rock and San Marcos regularly. Round Rock hosts both big establishments and small shops, including quaint eateries, rustic trails and furniture giant IKEA.
Round Rock Donuts, located on W. Liberty Ave., is home to world-famous pastries featuring their signature ingredient—yeast.
“We are definitely most famous for our glazed donuts,” said Operations Manager Paul Guderyahn. “The recipe was created in 1926.”
Guderyahn said the yeast in the recipe contributes to the donuts’ softness and orange appearance. The donuts recently attracted the attention of the Travel Channel, and the shop was featured on the popular show “Man vs. Food” with Adam Richman.
A line of patrons waiting to order donuts snakes through the shop and out the door throughout the day because of the bakery’s low prices.
Guderyahn said patrons often comment on the low cost of their items and tend to be surprised by how such a popular place stays grounded while continuing to cater to customers’ tight budgets.
IKEA is a few miles up the road, and it reigns supreme as the hotspot for all things furniture. The store’s pieces are inexpensive and trendy, making them perfect for college students filling their first apartments. Patrons can relax at one of two food courts found inside the building after a long day of shopping.
It is Round Rock’s mix of small town charm and big city attractions that keeps residents around and visitors coming back for more.
“This place just has so much charm and character. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Nancy Yawn, director of the Round Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Yawn said one thing many tourists are surprised by is the richness of the town’s historical center. There is a rich historical aspect many people may not focus on when they first think of the city, she said.
Round Rock is nicknamed the “Sports Capital of Texas” because of the city’s Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, The Round Rock Express.
The Express is nationally recognized and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Texas.
Shannon McIntire, Round Rock information specialist, said games are enjoyable even for those who are not sports fans.
“The atmosphere of the game is the best part,” McIntire said. “Everyone is excited and cheering. I love going.”
Yawn said her favorite thing about Round Rock is its mix of things both large and small.
“We have a little baseball team that’s constantly winning and being recognized,” Yawn said. “We have low crime rates and lots of friendly people. It’s a small town that is just big enough to attract the fun, corporate things. It’s my absolute favorite place and I want everyone to see it for themselves.”
Round Rock truly has something for everyone, be it the chain store experiences of IKEA and the outlet mall or the rustic charm of Chisholm Trail.