- July 15, 2020

Here’s Why You Should Visit Smithville Town Square, The Home of Hope Floats

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All Summer long, we’ve been taking you to some of our favorite Texas towns squares. We’re back this week to take you to Smithville, Texas, which you just might recognize from a little movie called Hope Floats!

Located just 45 minutes from Austin in a still-rural section of eastern Bastrop County, Smithville has its own municipal airport, some of the finest city parks, and, most importantly, the friendliest people, Located between Austin and Houston, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop!

Austin.com is and always has been a site that celebrates and promotes the unique people and places of Austin, TX and surrounding cities. Though many businesses, locations, and events are closed at this time, we continue to highlight those things so that you can plan to experience them in the future.

Here are five places we recommend for your getaway to Smithville!

Smithville General Store
108 Northeast 2nd Street
“Small Town, Big Heart” is the slogan for this adorable modern day general store. It has a little bit of everything and is a gathering place for the community. They have everything you need from gifts, candles, baked goods, and more. But first, coffee!

Fun fact: Smithville General Store was used as Polka Dot’s employment agency in the movie Hope Floats!

Comfort Cafe
111 Northwest 1st Street
Comfort Cafe offers “pay what you can” meals. A minimum of $10 per meal is suggested and appreciated. They are a division of Serenity Star, a program that offers a safe, sober, and spiritual environment for individuals and their families recovering from addition. 100% of the proceeds from Comfort Cafe go directory to the program. It’s a great way to enjoy a meal and offer a solution to others.

Photo courtesy of @theteenytexan

Bombshell Betty’s Shop
109 Northwest 2nd Street
Who wouldn’t want to shop where you can find vintage cowboy boots, cowboy hats, pearl snap shirts, candles, jewelry, greeting cards, and much more. Bombshell Betty’s Shop is committed to using previously loved, hand selected, recycled leather items to create a new narrative in her designs. 

Photo courtesy of @bombshellbettyshop22

Honey’s Pizza
109 Northeast 2nd Street
Honey’s Pizza is owned by Amy and Steve Simmons of Austin’s Amy’s Ice Cream. The couple fell in love with Smithville when they bought land in the area almost 10 years ago. Located in the heart of Smithville, Honey’s provides big city artistic design with the warmth and comfort of a small town. They specialize in traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, craft beers, and unique house cocktails.

Fun fact: Honey’s was previously called Honey’s Diner and featured prominently in Hope Floats.

Olde World Bakery
112 Main Street
Olde World Bakery is a family- owned and operated bakery and cafe. They’re the perfect one stop shop for all your baked goods and coffee needs. They strive for innovation but make things the way our grandmothers would and that’s definitely part of the charm of Olde World Bakery!

Photo courtesy of Olde World Bakery on Instagram.

Bonus Hope Floats Filming Location!

McCollum-Chapman-Trousdale House
231 Northeast 8th Street
Over the years Smithville has been used as a filming location for various movies. As previously mentioned, the most well known would have to be Hope Floats, starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Mae Whitman, and Gena Rowlands. The neoclassical structure home from the film is still standing and is a must see!

For more of our favorite Texas town squares, check out our full list here.

Please remember that guidelines for COVID-19 are constantly changing. Travel responsibly and take precautions for both yourself and your fellow Texans. Find out about Covid-19 updates and closures in Smithville here.