7 Ways To Enjoy The Arts In Bryan, Texas

Colorful, vibrant, historical, poetic and meaningful; all words to describe the diverse art scene in Bryan, Texas that has thrived in our community for decades. From 30-foot murals to statues honoring our rich history, and local art displayed in almost every business you walk in to, there is no question that Bryan embraces the art and artists that call this place home. There are so many opportunities to enjoy just about every art form in Bryan. We’ve listed just a few of them below.


Keep scrolling for 7 ways to enjoy the arts in Bryan, then follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the latest information. We’d love to see how you experience art in our community, so be sure to tag us in your photos!


Murals In Historic Downtown Bryan

Starting on the southern end with the West 31st Street Murals (pictured above) and all the way up to Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.‘s “I Love Beer So Much” wall, you can find more than a dozen murals on historic buildings throughout Downtown Bryan. All created by local artists, they are colorful, creative and down right fun. I mean who doesn’t love tacos and compliments? Check out the full list here, and plan to grab your besties for an Insta-worthy photo-op.

Sculptures & Statues in Historic Downtown Bryan

At least three sculptures and statues have called the sidewalks of Downtown Bryan their home for many years. With a nod to the history of the Carnegie Library, Andrew Carnegie can be seen reading to children on a bench on Main Street. On occasion you can catch him dressed up for the holidays or posing with new friends. Just across the street you’ll find a statue honoring the legacy of our local baseball team, the Brazos Valley Bombers. At the north end of Main Street, you’ll find the Arc De Luna anchoring the roundabout at 23rd Street.

The Village

210 West 26th Street

For over a decade, The Village has showcased a multitude of local and regional art on the walls of the beloved cafe. These rotating art exhibits are one of the many reasons locals rave about the welcoming atmosphere of The Village. Grab lunch & a latte while visiting The Village and channel your inner artist.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily | 7:30AM – 5:00PM

The Frame Gallery

108 North Bryan Avenue

Since opening its doors in 2001, The Frame Gallery has created a haven of local art. Many Brazos Valley artists have hung their creations inside The Frame Gallery at some point in their careers and owner, Missy Baron, does everything she can to help keep the arts alive in the community. You can purchase a piece of art and get a custom frame all in the same place!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday – Monday | Closed

DEGALLERY

930 North Rosemary Drive

DEGALLERY showcases rotating exhibits of art from around the world including landscape pieces, handmade jewelry, pottery and more. They also offer art classes for you to create your own masterpiece, no worries, they help you every step of the way. Whether you’ve never picked up a paint brush, or have a fully stocked art studio of your own, their classes offer an incredible experience for artists of every background and every age!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday | 2:00PM – 8:00PM
Tuesday – Friday | 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday | 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday | Closed

First Friday

Being an officially recognized Texas Cultural District, Downtown Bryan is a hub for local art and artists. First Friday is one of those places that you can see an array of local art every month. Live!art features an artisan area with over a dozen live art demonstrations. There are also rotating art shows and live music in various restaurants and shops, and live music along the sidewalks and at the Palace Theater during First Fridays.

Purple Turtle Art Studio

800 South Bryan Avenue

Purple Turtle Art Studio aims to equip kids with the tools of creativity so they can express themselves visually with confidence. They offer classes and camps, and they’re the perfect spot to host an “art party!” Their students’ works can often be found at restaurants and galleries throughout Historic Downtown Bryan. Learn more about their offerings here: https://purpleturtleartstudio.com/calendar/


Follow us on Instagram to keep up with art exhibitions, festivals, live music, and more art-related activities in Bryan!


Meet The Blogger

Abigail Noel

Abigail is the PR & Communications Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from Houston, Abigail has called the Brazos Valley home since 2008. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business school with a marketing degree and after graduating college in 2012, made Bryan her home. When she isn’t being interviewed by the media or sharing a behind the scenes story of a local business, she spends time on her ranch with her husband, daughter and their array of farm animals. 

What To Do & Where To Eat During Texas A&M Family Weekend 2021

April is always one of the most exciting months in our community, and being here for Texas A&M University’s Family Weekend (April 9 – 11, 2021) puts you right in the middle of all the action! The wildflowers are in full bloom, the restaurants have fresh spring menus, and there are festivals and events aplenty all across town. Keep scrolling for all the top things to do & best places to eat in our corner of Aggieland during Family Weekend 2021.

Festivals & Events

A couple of Bryan’s signature festivals will be underway just in time for Aggie Family Weekend this year, as well as several other events the whole family can enjoy throughout the weekend.

Wine & Roses Weekend 1

April 9 – April 11 at Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Messina Hof Winery & Resort is all about family! In fact, the owners are known across the state as the “First Family of Texas Wine!” To kick off the 37th Annual Wine & Roses celebration, they’ve planned a full weekend of activities for you and your loved ones.

Friday night will feature two opportunities for a wine & chocolate pairing, and Estate Tours will be offered throughout the day on Saturday for the first time since 2020. On Sunday, Messina Hof is celebrating the four-legged members of the family! Waggles & Wine will take place from 1:00PM-4:00PM, complete with chef-made dog treats! (We’re told there will be plenty of treats for humans as well ).

To learn more about these events, and find the full Wine & Roses celebration calendar, click here!

Lake Walk Live!

April 9 at 7:00PM at Lake Walk

Live music is back at Lake Walk! They’re kicking off a full slate of spring programming with a free outdoor concert on Friday, April 9 at 7:00PM! The concert features Rococo Disco, a Texas indie pop duo influenced by the likes of The Beatles, D’angelo, Tame Impala, and Stevie Wonder.

Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market

April 10 from 8:00AM – 12:00PM in Historic Downtown Bryan

The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is a year-round farmers’ market supporting our region’s farms by connecting consumers directly to local food producers. The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8:00AM-12:00PM at 500 North Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan. The market features more than 50 vendors, live music, treats for the whole family, and is your go-to spot for locally-grown foods!

You can learn more about the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market & their vendors here: www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com/

Downtown Bryan Street & Art Fair

April 10 from 10:00AM – 6:00PM in Historic Downtown Bryan

Located in Historic Downtown Bryan – an official Texas Cultural District – the Downtown Street & Art Fair features artists and artisans from across the region selling their handmade creations.

With live art demonstrations, live music throughout the day, activities for kids, and featured artists from across the state, the Downtown Street & Art Fair is sure to be a day of fun for the whole family! 

Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to spend the day and experience all that Historic Downtown Bryan has to offer.

For more details, and a complete schedule of the day’s events, click here!

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley’s GRAND OPENING

April 10 from 10:00AM – 6:00PM at Lake Walk

In what is sure to be a celebration the entire family will love, and perhaps a great opportunity for some sibling bonding time, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is opening their brand new location on Saturday, April 10! Head out to Lake Walk for a day full of fun, including STEAM activities, food trucks, and few surprises!

Visit cmbv.org for additional information.


Follow us on Instagram to keep up with events in Bryan all year long!


Where To Eat

Most of our office went to A&M, so we know how much students look forward to family coming to town (free food!). Historic Downtown Bryan is home to Mexican, German, Italian, and Czech restaurants, a sake bar and one of the top-rated BBQ joints in the state. Food really doesn’t get more fresh than what you’ll find on the north end of Downtown, where Ronin serves up delicious bites from their own farm! Looking for something a little fancier? Christopher’s World Grille and The Vintage House serve some of the finest dishes around. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

We’ve put together some recommendations for all tastes & styles below, so keep scrolling! You can click the link on each restaurant’s name for hours, reservations, etc.

Make Your Reservations Now:

Some of the nicest spots in Bryan-College Station are located north of University Drive, and you’ll want to make sure you have reservations for these spots during Family Weekend.

Christopher’s World Grille

Christopher’s World Grille presents classic steak & seafood dishes with delightfully unexpected twists. For more than 20 years, Christopher’s has garnered national recognition for exceptional quality and delightfully unexpected flavors.

The Vintage House

A recipient of the Sante Award and first to be named as an elite Chaine des Rotisseurs Restaurant, The Vintage House at Messina Hof Winery & Resort offers a fine dining experience unparalleled among Texas wineries. Using their trademarked Vineyard Cuisine, their chefs fuse Messina Hof wine with fresh herbs and vegetables harvested from the estate garden and blend those flavors into every dish. 

Ronin

Ronin features family farm cuisine with a constantly evolving menu. Set in the beautiful, newly-renovated historic Ice House on Main in Downtown Bryan, the restaurant shares an open-air kitchen with their dining room, floor to ceiling exposed brick, and hand-built, suspension tables made using wood salvaged during renovation from the original office flooring. Their menu is updated daily, based on the current growing season and what they’ve harvested from their garden during that given week. Ronin‘s farm is located just seven miles from our restaurant, ensuring that ingredients are always fresh and sustainable. We definitely recommend their Sunday brunch!

Amico Nave

At Amico Nave, you are guaranteed to enjoy a meal which will leave you wanting more. They are a family owned establishment that offers a mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes which are sure to please your palate. Dishes include, but are not limited to tasty appetizers, delicious homemade salads, chicken, veal, seafood entrees, and their famous pasta dishes.

Campfire

Campfires are gathering places, welcoming us to a circle of friends where food, warmth and storytelling combine to create memorable moments. At Campfire, the story is just the same. They are a gathering place; inviting, comfortable and familiar. Our fusion of local flavors, sprawling patio, and central Texan-inspired interiors layer together to build a place you’ll want to return to again and again.

More Casual Bites:

Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a more laid-back dinner, we’ve got plenty of options in Bryan! Here are just a few:

Proudest Monkey

The Proudest Monkey is a burgers, fries, and craft cocktail bar. Bordering The Queen Theater in Historic Downtown Bryan, “The Monkey” has been serving up unique tacos, tasty burgers, yuppy fries and specialty drinks to the Brazos Valley since 2012.

Cilantro

Cilantro has become a regular spot beloved by residents of Bryan! Serving tasty Tex-Mex dishes, you can’t go wrong with this local spot.

Casa Rodriguez

Casa Rodriguez is a Tex-Mex fixture in Historic Downtown Bryan, and has been an Aggie tradition for decades! They’ve got some of the best enchiladas and most mouthwatering quesadillas in town.

Tilted Pint

Tilted Pint has quickly become a destination for locals & visitors looking to gather with friends & neighbors, unwind with a craft beer or signature cocktail, and recharge with classic pub fare like fish & chips, or modern bites like roasted red pepper hummus.

Carney’s Pub & Grill

Affectionately called just “Carney’s,” this spot has been a Brazos Valley favorite for years. Carney’s is located in the heart of the up-and-coming Midtown area, and serves great drinks, delicious burgers, tasty tacos, and other lighter menu offerings. Carney’s is a must on any trip to Aggieland.

Chicken Oil Co.

Great food and a unique atmosphere are the reason the Chicken Oil Co. has been an Aggie tradition since 1977. With a menu offering a wide selection, including burgers, salads, chicken fried steaks and their famous Tijuana Fries, Chicken Oil is sure to have something for everyone.

Outdoor Dining:

Springtime is patio season in Aggieland! From Sunday morning brunch to late night drinks and everything in between, we’ve put together a list of some of the best patios in town for you. Click here for the full list!


These are just a few of the many restaurants we would recommend in Bryan! Follow us on Instagram for more.


More Things To Do

Explore Historic Downtown Bryan on Sunday

Several Downtown Bryan businesses who would normally be closed will be opening their doors this Sunday! Take the opportunity to wind down with a leisurely stroll to see all that Historic Downtown Bryan has to offer.

Some of the businesses who will be open on Sunday include:
Savage Diva: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
The Frame Gallery: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Rising Dawn Home Interiors: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Brazos Glassworks: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Corner of Time Antiques: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Ed’s Bookstore: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Ronin: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Marooned Tiki Bar: 2:00PM – 10:00PM
5 Knocks Speakeasy: 2:00PM -10:00PM
Velvet Leaf Cigar Lounge: 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Bird’s Nest Gifts & Antiques: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Old Bryan Marketplace: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: 11:00AM – 1:00PM (service at 11:30AM open to visitors)
The 101: 4:00PM – 1:00AM
The Village: 7:30AM – 5:00PM
Proudest Monkey: 11:00AM – 9:00PM
All The King’s Men: 11:00AM – 9:00PM
RX Pizza: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Blackwater Draw Brewing Co: 11:00AM – 4:00PM

There are plenty of things for the whole family to do in Bryan all year long! We’ve got a list of 21 Things You Need To Do This Year here: destinationbryan.com/21thingstodo


Follow along on Facebook & Instagram for information on events, things to do, and more inspiration to help you discover all the best that Bryan has to offer throughout the year!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

13 Restaurants, Bars, & Pubs With Outdoor Patios In Bryan, TX

With relatively warm weather year-round, and sunshine expected for about two-thirds of any given year, it’s always patio season in Bryan, Texas! From Sunday morning brunch to late night drinks and everything in between, we’ve put together a list of all the best patios in town for you.


Keep scrolling for the full list of bars, restaurants, and pubs with patios, then follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the best happy hours, events, and more things to do in Bryan!


Tilted Pint

4248 Boonville Road

A few years ago while enjoying some home brew, three friends decided to make a lifelong dream a reality. That dream was to create a neighborhood pub. Their dream came to life with the opening of Tilted Pint in early 2020. Their website states, “We wanted to cultivate an environment where people feel at home. Where everybody knows each other, and of course we know who you are and what you like to eat and drink.”

Tilted Pint has quickly become a destination for locals & visitors looking to gather with friends & neighbors, unwind with a craft beer or signature cocktail, and recharge with classic pub fare like fish & chips, or modern bites like roasted red pepper hummus.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 3:00PM – 10:00PM
Wednesday – Friday | 3:00PM – 12:00AM
Saturday | 12:00PM – 12:00AM
Sunday | 12:00PM – 10:00PM
HAPPY HOUR: 3:00PM – 7:00PM TUESDAY – SUNDAY

Public & Main

4401 South Texas Avenue

Public & Main aims to be the place to dine, drink and play in the Brazos Valley. The food menu is an approachable, affordable version of casual pub cuisine with some twists along the way. The cocktail menu lends itself to revelry amongst family and friends. Finally, Public & Main is a place to “play” with ping pong, skeeball, air hockey, 8 man foosball, hoops, a lounge, multiple flat screens, a great patio and much more. Public & Main is perfect for weeknights, date nights, or any night!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Thursday | 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Friday | 11:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday – Sunday | 10:00AM – 12:00AM

Ronin Farm & Restaurant

800 North Main Street

Ronin features family farm cuisine with a constantly evolving menu based on ingredients available from their farm and others in the area. Set in the beautiful, newly-renovated historic Ice House on Main in Historic Downtown Bryan, the restaurant shares an open-air kitchen with their dining room, floor to ceiling exposed brick, and hand-built, suspension tables made using wood salvaged during renovation from the original office flooring, and an incredible front porch with a great view of Downtown Bryan.

Ronin’s offerings include made-from-scratch brunch, fresh craft cocktails, and incredible dinners with a Texas farm-to-table twist. If you’re there for brunch on Sundays, we recommend the beignets (with their seasonal dipping sauce) and the house-made, fire-roasted Bloody Mary.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Dinner | Wednesday – Saturday | 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Brunch | Sunday | 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Carney’s Pub & Grill

3410 South College Avenue

Affectionately called just “Carney’s,” this spot has been a favorite among Bryan-College Station locals for years. Carney’s is located in the heart of the up-and-coming Midtown area, and serves great drinks, delicious burgers, tasty tacos, and other lighter menu offerings. Carney’s is a must on any trip to Aggieland.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday – Monday | 3:00PM – 12:00AM
Tuesday – Saturday | 3:00PM – 2:00AM
HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS VARY DAILY

RX Pizza & Bar

200 West 26th Street

With patio seating overlooking one of the most picturesque streets in Historic Downtown Bryan, RX Pizza strives to provide a unique environment for people to enjoy their leisure time. That’s why their serve their own favorites – hand-tossed brick oven pizza and amazing craft cocktails. In May 2016, RX Pizza opened their first location in Downtown Bryan’s Historic James Pharmacy. A date night at RX Pizza is just what the doctor ordered.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Wednesday | 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Thursday – Friday | 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Saturday – Sunday | 4:00PM – 10:00PM
HAPPY HOUR: 4:00PM – 6:30PM MONDAY – FRIDAY

Campfire

4100 Lake Atlas Drive

Where southern hospitality meets authentic Texas cuisine, Campfire serves brunch, dinner, and drinks on one of the most inviting patios in the Bryan-College Station area. You’ll be greeted by the mouthwatering aroma of smoke & seasonings no matter the time of day, and you won’t be disappointed by their delicious offerings made fresh with the best ingredients found in Central Texas.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Brunch | Daily | 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Dinner | Tuesday – Saturday | 5:00PM – 9:00PM

The Village

210 West 26th Street

Another Historic Downtown Bryan gem, The Village has been an Aggieland favorite for 12 years now. With delicious, locally-sourced bites and beverages, a cozy, hometown atmosphere, and a rotating gallery featuring local artists, The Village is too good to keep secret.

Grab a latte and a bite to eat (we recommend the turkey & egg sammie), kick back on the patio, and pull out your laptop for a quintessential college town experience.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily | 7:30AM – 5:00PM

Mr. G’s Pizzeria

201 West 26th Street

Also located in Historic Downtown Bryan, Mr. G’s has been the Brazos Valley’s go-to spot for a classic slice of pizza or a delicious calzone for the last 25 years. They’ve also got a great patio right in the heart of Downtown, making this the perfect spot to to enjoy a nice evening with the whole family.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Thursday | 11:00AM – 2:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday | 11:00AM – 2:00PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday | 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Sunday | Closed

Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.

701 North Main Street

Blackwater Draw is a craft brewery & taproom at the north end of Historic Downtown Bryan that also happens to be home to one of the best food trucks in Aggieland, Blackwater Bites. They serve classic gastropub favorites, with some of the best fries you’ll find in the Brazos Valley. They often have live music, too, which of course pairs great with their signature brews. Their most popular beer is a coffee porter, called the Contract Killer, but we also recommend the Shut Up Meg, a Mexican vanilla stout, if you’re lucky enough to catch it on tap!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Thursday | 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday | 5:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday | 3:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
HAPPY HOUR: $3 Drafts Wednesdays & Thursdays

Messina Hof Winery & Resort

4545 Old Reliance Road

An iconic destination in the Brazos Valley, Messina Hof Winery and Resort began operations in Bryan in 1977 with a single-acre experimental vineyard. Today, Messina Hof has grown to become the most-awarded winery in the state of Texas, and one of the largest producers of 100% Texas wines.

Visit the Tasting Room to find the perfect wine for any palate, and tasty bites from their recommended pairings. The Vintage House restaurant, just next door to the Tasting Room, is your go-to spot for a gourmet menu and vineyard views.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 12:00PM – 6:00PM (Tasting Room only)
Thursday – Saturday | 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Sunday | 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Shipwreck Grill

206 East Villa Maria Drive

Shipwreck Grill, located in Midtown, is known for their fresh oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, fish baskets, and during the season– crawfish! They’ve got great drinks, a large patio, and the kids will love it too thanks to the nautical theme.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Saturday | 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday | 11:00AM – 9:00PM

Christopher’s World Grille

5001 Boonville Road

Not only is Christopher’s renowned for some of the best fine dining in Bryan-College Station, they’re also home to one of the most beautiful patios in the area.

Award-winning Chef Christopher Lampo, CEC presents classic steak & seafood dishes with delightfully unexpected twists. For more than 20 years, Christopher’s has garnered national recognition for exceptional quality and delightfully unexpected flavors.

Christopher’s offers Prime beef, seafood, desserts and Mediterranean cuisine from Lampo’s European travels as a private yacht chef. Christopher’s World Grille often features local, regional, organic and/or sustainable ingredients, and has a Certified Sommelier and award winning wine list.

Make your reservations now here: https://www.christophersworldgrille.com/open-table/

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Saturday | 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Sunday | Closed
HAPPY HOUR: Half price select cocktails, beer & wines by the glass, Tuesday – Friday from 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Downtown Elixir & Spirits

120 South Main Street

A casual craft cocktail bar and restaurant with a French Quarter flair paying tribute to its owner’s roots, Downtown Elixir and Spirits is Downtown Bryan’s spot for Cajun fare. An evening spent on the expansive courtyard beneath the bistro lights listening to live music is an evening well spent. For a shareable bite, we recommend the corn & crab dip!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Thursday | 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Friday | 11:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday | 2:00PM – 2:00AM
Sunday | 10:00AM – 3:00PM


Bonus Spot: New Kid On The Block


The 101

101 South Texas Avenue

The 101 is a brand new ice-house style bar, located in a fully renovated former service station in Historic Downtown Bryan. They’ve got an extensive beer list, great mixed drinks, and offer paninis & sandwiches. It’s a great space in any weather, but it’s perfect on a nice evening when they roll the doors up for an open-air experience!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday – Sunday | 4:00PM – 1:00AM


Bonus Spot: Inside Scoop From A Local


Taqueria El Tio

911 North Bryan Avenue

One might say this taqueria is definitely more of the “hole-in-the-wall” variety, but trust us when we say you’ve got to make a stop here. Their tortas, tacos al pastor, and fajita tacos are some of the best & most authentic you’ll find in Bryan-College Station.

Know Before You Go: The restaurant is really just one big patio. You’ll walk through a gate, and order from a window on the side of the building. There’s no menu posted, so you just have to know what to get. That’s what we’re here for! Your options are tortas, tacos, or quesadillas. We recommend the tacos al pastor, beef or chicken fajita tacos, or the chicken quesadilla. You also absolutely cannot go wrong with a torta filled with whichever meat you prefer.

No need to be intimidated if you’re not fluent in Spanish – this writer isn’t, and I love this place! Just be polite, and if all else fails… order a quesadilla and a coke!

HOURS OF OPERATION
Daily | 11AM-2AM(ish)


Now head outside & soak up the sunshine with a tasty bite and a refreshing drink or two! For more inspiration & the inside scoop on all the best Bryan has to offer, follow us on Instagram!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

5 Cute, Local Coffee Shops You Have To Try In Bryan, TX

Looking to kick back and relax with a nice cup of your favorite brew? Or maybe you want to support a local business while grabbing an iced coffee on the go. We’ve put together this list of 5 of the cutest and coziest local coffee shops, just for you! Free wifi, great coffee, and tasty treats are a common thread, but each one has such a unique atmosphere, you’ll probably want to try them all.


Follow Destination Bryan on Facebook & Instagram for more information on events, things to do, and inspiration to help you discover all the best that Bryan has to offer.


Polite Coffee Co. at The Kyle House

800 S. Bryan Avenue

While today The Kyle House is home to one of the coziest coffee shops you’ll ever find, this 1800’s Victorian home was once the residence of Edwin Kyle, the namesake of Texas A&M’s legendary football stadium.

Stop in for great coffee, tasty bites, and incredible ambience. Polite Coffee Co. at The Kyle House is currently open 9AM-7PM, Monday-Saturday. Check them out on Instagram for more information.

Harvest Coffee Bar

101 N. Main Street

Serving specialty coffee and a gourmet menu in Historic Downtown Bryan, this local favorite features items handmade from scratch with fresh, natural ingredients. Exposed brick walls and warm lighting, combined with picturesque views of Main Street through the front window create a cozy atmosphere unlike any other in Bryan-College Station.

Harvest is open 7AM-8PM, 7 days a week. Visit their website at harvestbcs.com to learn more.

P.O.V.

4114 Lake Atlas Drive

Switch up your point-of-view at this super trendy spot, located at Lake Walk. With a dog-friendly patio, plenty of seating inside and out, and delicious coffee and teas, we can’t recommend P.O.V. enough.

Time for a study break? Get some fresh air on a walk around Lake Atlas, and take in some Brazos Valley sunshine!

POV is currently open 6AM-7PM Monday-Friday, and 6AM-5PM on Sundays. Visit their website here to learn more.

The Village

210 W. 26th Street

Another Historic Downtown Bryan gem, The Village has been an Aggieland favorite for 12 years now. With delicious, locally-sourced bites and beverages, a cozy, hometown atmosphere, and a rotating gallery featuring local artists, The Village is too good to keep secret.

Cozy up near a window, grab a latte and a bite to eat (we recommend the turkey & egg sammie), and pull out your laptop for a quintessential college town experience.

The Village is currently open 7:30AM-2:00PM, 7 days a week. Visit their website at thevillagedowntown.com to learn more.

Babe’s Doughnut & coffee shop

3409 Texas Avenue

Babe’s Doughnut & coffee shop is another super trendy spot to study or work remotely, and they serve some delicious gourmet donuts! Located in Midtown, right along Texas Avenue, Babe’s is right between Texas A&M University and Blinn College.

If you’re there on the weekend, we definitely recommend you try a honey butter chicken biscuit. During the week, you can’t go wrong with donuts and an iced latte!

Hours vary at Babe’s. Visit their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.


Follow Destination Bryan on Facebook & Instagram for information on events, things to do, and inspiration to help you discover all the best that Bryan has to offer.


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

Honoring African American Heroes & Celebrating Black Voices at the Brazos Valley African American Museum

Located in Bryan, TX, the Brazos Valley African American Museum is the official repository of artifacts, oral history, media reports, and other important historical source material for the African Americans who settled and lived in the Brazos Valley of Texas. It is a living museum that reflects the rich diversity of the historical and cultural legacy, present and promise of African Americans in Texas.


In honor of Black History Month, the Brazos Valley African American Museum will be open for free admission throughout the month of February, 2021.

Hours:
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Location:
500 E. Pruitt Street, Bryan, TX 77803


The Brazos Valley African American Museum is a wonderful asset in our community, highlighting the struggles & triumphs of Black & African American individuals. Those stories represented range from the enslaved people brought to our area in the 1800s and the tragedies they were dealt & overcame, to Civil Rights heroes past & present, as well as everyday citizens of the Brazos Valley who left their mark on our community.

These stories are told through permanent & rotating exhibitions featuring artifacts, first-hand accounts, and artwork from those various time periods, as well as contemporary Black artists.

Their newest exhibition, “Southern Champions of Civil Rights,” will be on display through February 28, 2021. Stop by to see & learn from this moving exhibition, along with emotional, touching, and informative permanent displays.


Learn more at bvaam.org.

The Brazos Valley African American Museum was featured on our list of 21 Things To Do In Bryan In 2021! Click here to view the full list.


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

Finding The Flavors Of New Orleans In Bryan

In August 2005, as the Gulf Coast braced for the impacts of oncoming Hurricane Katrina, Korey Thomas and his family fled New Orleans and headed west. They managed to find their way to Bryan-College Station a couple days later, receiving a warm welcome from one of the friendliest communities in America. They decided to stick around for awhile, and now 15 years later they’re still here sharing the flavors of their home city with residents and visitors in Aggieland.

The Remnant of Nawlins has been serving classic Cajun fare that will transport you right to the French Quarter since 2014. After being asked by locals for years to prepare Cajun dishes for holidays and special events, the Thomas family decided it was time to open their very own restaurant. Originally operating out of a convenience store in College Station, The Remnant of Nawlins now stands alone as a local hotspot on Groesbeck, just south of Historic Downtown Bryan.

“I want us to give people a chance to taste my culture, our culture, what we were raised up on.” – Korey Thomas, Owner

The Remnant of Nawlins is a must-try in Bryan, offering cajun favorites like poboys, crawfish, gumbo, and more. They even offer seasonal items throughout the year, like King Cake on select days during Mardi Gras.

Photos Courtesty of The Remnant of Nawlins

Owner Korey Thomas told The Eagle, “We’ve been fortunate. One thing we offer is that we give people the opportunity to taste New Orleans cuisine, to get New Orleans-type food without having to pay the gas to get there,” he said with a laugh. “I want us to give people a chance to taste my culture, our culture, what we were raised up on.”

Read more of the Thomas Family’s inspiring story in The Eagle here, and then make sure to experience The Remnant of Nawlins for yourself.


Do you have a favorite restaurant in Bryan with an inspiring story of its own? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know at marketing@destinationbryan.com.


Hotels Near The Remnant of Nawlins:

LaSalle Hotel
120 South Main Street, Bryan, TX 77803
Discover a historic getaway at LaSalle Hotel, where modern-day luxury meets old Texas charm. Book Now

The Stella Hotel
4100 Lake Atlas Drive, Bryan, TX 77807
An inspiring retreat in the heart of Texas, where stargazing, stellar service & storytelling abound.
Named the #3 Hotel in Texas by 2020 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
Book Now


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

21 Things To Do In Bryan In 2021

Take time to discover Bryan, Texas this year! We’re a vibrant, diverse community home to extraordinary people, great food, exciting events, and fun things to do all year long. Read on for a list of 21 Things To Do In Bryan In 2021.

Once you’re ready to plan your trip, click here to learn about our hotels.

Get Outside At Beautiful Lake Bryan

Find room to breathe & soak up the sunshine at Lake Bryan, an outdoor recreation oasis in the heart of the Brazos Valley. With more than 20 miles of hiking, biking, and running trails, swimming areas, campgrounds, and largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and redfish stocked by Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and escape the hustle & bustle of everyday life!

There are even opportunities to rent kayaks & paddleboards for your day at the lake! Reserve yours here.

Savor A Farm-Fresh Dinner Under The Full Moon

Enjoy a 9 course tasting menu at Ronin’s farm, complete with intermezzo and dessert made by their pastry chef. Begin the evening with a tour of the family farm, and then dine in the forest. Showcasing produce from the farm, the meal is prepared in a professional kitchen converted from an old barn on the property. Round off the night with a walk down a candle-lit path to their herb garden for dessert, set underneath the full moon and the stars.

With each full moon, Ronin presents a new menu, which is constantly evolving and is reflective of the best of each month’s harvest. Stop by their restaurant on your way to the farm to pick up recommended wine pairings or feel free to bring along that which suits your tastes.

To learn more about Ronin’s Full Moon Dinners, click here.

Experience First Friday In Historic Downtown Bryan

Enjoy live music, art and an array of shopping and dining options in Historic Downtown Bryan on the First Friday of each month. This is a free, family-friendly event that typically features live performances at The Palace Theater, as well as performances hosted by various Downtown businesses. You can expect to find members of the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market selling their goods on Main Street, as well as shops & restaurants open extra late into the evening.

Learn more about First Friday here: www.downtownbryan.com/first-friday-1

Treat Yourself To An Afternoon At The #1 Winery In Texas

Messina Hof Winery & Resort, located right here in Bryan, was recently named the Top Texas Winery at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s International Wine Competition! Founded on the cornerstones of family, tradition, and romance, Messina Hof Winery & Resort has held its place as a Brazos Valley staple since its start in 1977.

The Tasting Room is the original building on the estate and used to be the Ursuline Academy, an all-girls school. Many original elements from the academy were preserved when constructing the Tasting Room guests enjoy today. The Tasting Room showcases an immense wine selection suitable for any palate. Among these award-winning wines, there is a reserve selection of ultra-premium and library wines you cannot get anywhere else. Visitors can also shop for all their wine accessories, personalized labels, gifts and apparel.

Guests can also enjoy:
–Wine Flights & Weekly Specials at The Wine Bar
–Tours & Shopping in The Tasting Room
–Fine dining at The Vintage House Restaurant
–Weekend getaways at The Villa Bed & Breakfast
–Special events and festival all year long

Click here to learn more about Messina Hof Winery & Resort.

Find Unique, Locally-Crafted Goods At The Local

Held seasonally in the spring and fall, The Local is a weekly, outdoor market featuring artisans, farmers, producers, and crafters from across the Brazos Valley. From fresh foods including bread and honey, to homemade soaps and handcrafted jewelry, The Local features a variety of vendors week to week.

Stay tuned to thelocalbcs.com as their schedule is released for 2021, or follow them on Instagram (@thelocalbcs) for updates all year long!

Get Your Produce Straight From The Source At The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market

The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is a pet-friendly, year-round farmers’ market supporting our region’s farms by connecting consumers directly to local food producers. The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8AM-12PM at 500 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan. The market features more than 50 vendors, and is your go-to spot for locally-grown foods!

You can learn more about the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market & their vendors here: www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com/

Get Cozy At A Local Coffee Shop

Looking for a new study spot, or got the work-from-home blues? Check out our list of 5 cozy local coffee shops! Free wifi, great coffee, and tasty treats are a common thread, but each one has such a unique atmosphere, you’ll probably want to try them all. Click here to read the full list.

Indulge Your Brunch Cravings At One Of Our Local Favorites

Brunch is a big deal in a college town like Aggieland, and there’s definitely no shortage of options here in Bryan. From Tex-Mex favorites like La Carretta Mexican Grill, to honey butter chicken biscuits and kolaches at Babe’s Doughnut & Coffee Shop, to cafe classics at The Village or southern fare with a twist at Campfire, there’s a brunch spot for everyone here. Be sure you also check out Ronin’s farm-fresh Sunday brunch, 3rd On Main’s diner-style dishes, the southern soul food favorites at Shannon’s Cafe, and some of the best bites & brews in Aggieland at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.!

Take Your Tastebuds On A Journey Around The World

You can still have experience the flavors of a new culture, even if international travel is limited right now. Enjoy the cuisines from across the globe, right here in Bryan!
Some of our favorites include:
–Czech pastries at Kolache Capital Bakery
–Tex-Mex at Cilantro Mexican Grill
–Authentic taquerias: Taqueria El Tio, Raspas El Payasito, Taqueria Poblana
–Italian at Amico Nave or Caffé Capri
–Cajun at The Remnant of ‘Nawlins
–British pub fare at Tilted Pint
–Thai at Kluay-Kluay Thai or Pin-Toh Thai Cafe
–Chinese at T. Jin China Diner
–Soul food at Shannon’s Cafe or Lamar & Niki’s

Learn About A Crucial Part Of Our Local History At The Brazos Valley African American Museum

The history of African Americans in Texas represents a compelling story of struggle and triumph for fellow Texans. This story is told with particular vigor and enthusiasm at the Brazos Valley African American Museum, located in Bryan, where an impressive collection of archives and artifacts explore the African American experience. Conceived by Bryan school teacher Mell Pruitt, the museum has grown from Pruitt’s personal archive of African American history in the Brazos Valley to a detailed collection that encompasses both ancient and modern history, housed in a modern museum built on the site of one of the first all-Black schools in the region. Today, the museum’s collection includes interesting art and artifacts from Africa, exhibits on the Civil War and Civil Rights and a gallery of artworks by contemporary Black artists.

The Brazos Valley African American Museum is located at 500 E. Pruitt Street in Bryan, and will offer free admission during the month of February in honor of Black History Month. Learn more at www.bvaam.org.

Connect With The Past At The Brazos Valley Museum Of Natural History

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History features a rich variety of exhibits exploring the natural world and the history and culture of the Brazos Valley. Alongside these displays visitors can enjoy special exhibits, which include traveling exhibits or in-house exclusive exhibits on a diverse range of topics.

The permanent exhibits at The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History represent the natural history of the area dating back to the Ice Age, as well as Texas and local history, including Native American history and artifacts from the earliest days of Bryan.
Click here to learn more about this wonderful museum and its exhibits.

Look Forward To Even More Wonder & Excitement As The Children’s Museum Of The Brazos Valley Prepares To Re-Open In An All New Location

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is moving to Lake Walk! Their brand new location is scheduled to open in the first half of 2021, and will serve as a place for families from the Brazos Valley and beyond to experience wonder, amazement, and joy that knows no bounds.

Visit www.cmbv.org to keep up with the all the excitement as the museum prepares to reopen in their new home!

Taste One Of The Best Burgers In Texas At Top Of The Hill

Top Of The Hill specializes in old-fashion, greasy burgers with fresh cut vegetables & hand-pressed patties. Located on the outskirts of Bryan on West OSR, Top Of The Hill offers specialty. fries, cold beer and sodas & some of the tastiest burgers in the whole State of Texas. They’ve been featured in several statewide publications & TV shows, including The Texas Bucket List. Top Of The Hill is family-friendly and off-the-beaten-path. Come experience one of the best burgers in the Texas! Click here for more information.

Make Lasting Memories At Aggieland Safari

Go WILD at the Serengeti of the South! Created by Texans and Aggie operated, Aggieland Safari was born from a love of animal stewardship and dedication to conservation.

Giraffes, hippos, and monkeys, oh my! Children & adults of all ages will love the beautiful and spacious Adventure Zoo, Drive-Thru Safari, and Wildlife Recreation Center. Aggieland Safari offers the perfect outing for families, field trips, small groups, and large groups alike.

Visit aggielandsafari.com to learn more.

Experience Award-Winning Fine Dining At Christopher’s World Grille

Award-winning Chef Christopher Lampo, CEC presents classic steak & seafood dishes with delightfully unexpected twists. For more than 20 years, Christopher’s has garnered national recognition for exceptional quality and delightfully unexpected flavors.

Chef Lampo purchased the Andrews House (circ. 1913) and restored it to accommodate his world-class restaurant, which opened as Christopher’s World Grille in May of 1999. The house was left in its original condition wherever possible but made commercially viable by adding new square footage for a modern kitchen, restrooms (and an 1800 square foot banquet room, added in 2003). Like Chef Lampo’s eclectic menu, the Christopher’s World Grille facility itself is a potpourri of good taste. The spacious facility features an elegant blend of historic features like original fireplaces, leaded glass china cabinet, stained glass window, and oak floors.

Christopher’s offers Prime beef, seafood, desserts and Mediterranean cuisine from Lampo’s European travels as a private yacht chef. Christopher’s World Grille often features local, regional, organic and/or sustainable ingredients, and has a Certified Sommelier and award winning wine list.

Reserve your table now at www.christophersworldgrille.com.

Sample Local Brews At Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.

Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. is a small brewery nestled at the north end of Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan. Featuring rotating & seasonal craft beers on tap and delicious brewpub bites, Blackwater Draw has become a local staple in the Brazos Valley. Stop by for a flight or a pint, live music, and make sure to try the parmesan truffle fries!

Click here for more information.

Discover High-End Boutiques And Vintage Finds In Historic Downtown Bryan

From handcrafted gifts to high-end fashion, vintage finds and one-of-a-kind boutiques, if you’re looking for something unique and fun, you’ll find it in one of the many retail shops in Historic Downtown Bryan.

Visit today to find gifts and items you can’t get anywhere else. Click here to learn more.

Take A Stroll Along Lake Atlas at Lake Walk

Naturally spirited, Lake Walk will engage your senses and replenish your soul. Lake Walk is home to a coffee shop, restaurant, and one of the top rated hotels in Texas, all overlooking beautiful Lake Atlas. With an emphasis on wellness and an appreciation of your healthy lifestyle, Lake Walk is the perfect place to begin and end your day.

Find more information at lakewalktx.com.

Getaway In Style At A Local Hotel

Whether you’re a local planning a staycation, or a visitor looking for the perfect weekend getaway, there’s a place to stay for every style and budget in Bryan, Texas! We’re even home to Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel In Texas, The Stella!

Click here to find the perfect accommodations to fit your needs.

Enjoy True Texas Barbeque

The Bryan-College Station area has made quite a name for itself in the world of BBQ in recent years. Bryan alone is home to several of the best BBQ joints in Texas, with All The King’s Men & Fargo’s Pit BBQ receiving prestigious recognition from Texas Monthly in recent years. Don’t sleep on C&J’s, J. Cody’s, and Martin’s Place, though. You won’t find any of the big barbeque chains in Bryan, but ask any Texas BBQ fanatic and they’ll tell you, that’s exactly the way it should be.

Find Fields Of Beautiful Texas Wildflowers This Spring

Bluebonnet photos are a rite-of-passage here in Texas as the roadsides bloom each spring. Make the trip to Bryan this year to find fields of bluebonnets & other Texas wildflowers painting the landscape! Boonville Heritage Park is always a great spot to find them, but they’ll be just about everywhere at peak bloom (usually sometime in April– we’ll keep ya updated!)


Get started on your Bryan bucket list today, and make memories all year long. Ready to plan a trip? Book your stay now!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

Growing Up Texas’s Downtown Bryan 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, we want to remind everyone to support local businesses as you search for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! To provide a little inspiration, we’ve partnered with Growing Up Texas to create the Downtown Bryan Edition of Gifted Magazine.

The guide features several locally-owned small businesses located in Historic Downtown Bryan, and highlights specific items that would make great gifts for your loved ones! The Destination Bryan Gifted Magazine issue features a collection of local creators, designers, small shops, and women and family-owned businesses. Many of the businesses offer online shopping, too.

Click here to access the full guide, and then check out our 2020 Guide To Celebrating The Holidays In Bryan for even more festive inspiration!


Follow Destination Bryan on Instagram to keep up with all the best Bryan has to offer, all year long!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

15+ Bryan Businesses You Can Support Online

We all realize now more than ever just how important it is to shop small and support locally-owned businesses. Small businesses give back to our community, help drive the local economy, and offer unique goods with personalized customer service – just to name a few reasons you should support local.

It’s also never been easier to support Bryan businesses, as many of them have online stores. Several local restaurants even sell gift cards online, which make great gifts for Texas A&M students, office holiday parties, or the foodie in your life!

Keep reading for links to local businesses with online shops, then follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the latest in Bryan.

Retail:

Texas Rose Boutique

Birds Nest Gifts & Antiques

Catalena Hatters

Divaz Couture

Brazos Glassworks

Savage Diva

Ramblin Rose Mercantile

Messina Hof

Chocolate Gallery

Easy Phone Repairs and Sales

Restaurants With Online Gift Cards:

Caffe Capri

J. Cody’s

Shipwreck Grill

Amico Nave Ristorante

Ronin

The Village


Did we leave off your favorite Bryan business with an online store? Send us an email at marketing@destinationbryan.com and we’ll get them added!


Looking to give the gift of a trip to Bryan this year? Check out our 2020 Guide To Celebrating The Holiday Season in Bryan!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

Your Guide To Celebrating The Holiday Season In Bryan – 2020


There’s still plenty of holiday cheer in Bryan this year! With festive events, luxurious accommodations, delicious eats and drinks, and plenty of good tidings and joy to be found– we’re ready to welcome everyone to our cozy little community!

Enjoy free, family-friendly events in Bryan all season long.

Celebrate The Season At Free, Family-Friendly Events

The holiday season in Bryan is a time of music, laughter, and cheer for the whole family. Even 2020 can’t stop us from celebrating the magic of the season! Check out our list of 5 free, outdoor holiday events coming up in Bryan.


For even more events & activities throughout the season, visit bryantx.gov/holidaysinbryan for a community event calendar & details on all things festive in Bryan.


Snuggle up in style at one of our local hotels

Snuggle Up In Style At A Local Hotel

After a day filled with so much laughter and joy, you’ll need a comfy place to rest as visions of sugar plums dance in your head. Luckily, we’ve got accommodations for every budget and lifestyle! Click here to find the perfect hotel for you.


Did you know we have one of the Top 3 Hotels In Texas right here in Bryan? The Stella Hotel was recently named the #3 hotel in the entire state by Condé Nast Traveler.


The Bryan Holiday Lights Map allows businesses & residents to showcase their holiday displays

Make The Season Bright With A Holiday Lights Tour

Grab some hot cocoa, put on the holiday tunes, and bring the family along for a self-guided holiday lights tour around the city! The map will feature both businesses and residences decorated for the season all over Bryan.

Visit bryantx.gov/holidaysinbryan to access the map & start planning your route.

Local shops & boutiques are the perfect spot for holiday shopping

Deck The Halls With Holiday Decor From A Local Shop

Support locally-owned businesses & find festive decor at retail shops throughout Bryan! Merchants like Bird’s Nest Gifts & Antiques and Old Bryan Market (pictured above) are known throughout the Brazos Valley for their beautiful, handpicked items.

Visit downtownbryan.com to plan out your holiday shopping experience.

Campfire Restaurant is open & ready to serve you!

Gather Round The Table With Those You Love Most At A Local Restaurant

Restaurants throughout Bryan are open & ready to serve your family! Just like local retail establishments, it’s important to support our locally-owned restaurants this holiday season.

Sample the seasonal brews at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co., try one of Texas Monthly’s Best BBQ Bites at All The King’s Men, or grab a delicious brunch at 3rd on Main. Food really doesn’t get more fresh than what you’ll find on the north end of Downtown, where Ronin serves up delicious bites from their own farm! Looking for something a little more upscale? Christopher’s World Grille, Madden’s Casual Gourmet, and Campfire Restaurant (pictured above) serve some of the finest dishes around. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

Local businesses are following state & local safety guidelines, including mask requirements. Please stay safe & support local this holiday season!

Messina Hof Winery & Resort is one of the most-awarded wineries in the state

Unwind At One Of The Most-Awarded Wineries In Texas

Founded on the cornerstones of family, tradition, and romance, Messina Hof Winery & Resort has held its place as a Brazos Valley staple since its start in 1977. The Tasting Room at Messina Hof Winery showcases its immense wine selection suitable for any palate. Among these award-winning wines, there is a reserve selection of ultra-premium and library wines you cannot get anywhere else.

Guests can also enjoy:

  • Wine Flights & Weekly Specials at The Wine Bar
  • Tours & Shopping in The Tasting Room
  • Fine dining at The Vintage House Restaurant
  • Weekend getaways at The Villa Bed & Breakfast
  • Special events and festivals all year long

Learn more at messinahof.com

Give The Gift Of Fun At Aggieland Wild Animal Safari

Take advantage of the mild Brazos Valley winter & head out on an adventure you’ll never forget! Aggieland Wild Animal Safari is home to a 250-acre drive-thru safari, 20 acres of walkthrough zoo, and dozens of species of exotic animals.

Make friends with a giraffe or 2, feed a herd of zebras, and watch as otters splash and play on their slide. Don’t miss out on their Black Friday discounts! Click here for details.


Ready to plan your holiday getaway in Bryan? Book your stay here.


These are just a few of the many experiences you’ll find in Bryan. Follow along on Facebook & Instagram for information on events, things to do, and inspiration to help you discover all the best that Bryan has to offer this holiday season!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.