December 22, 2014

Holiday Advertising Special

365 Bastrop is your guide to fun "things to do" in Bastrop County - local events, news, live music, and where to eat, shop, and play. Articles are posted daily on the website and/or Facebook page, making 365 Bastrop popular with Bastrop County residents of all ages and the prime spot for local businesses to reach potential customers.

Plus, with a weekly reach of up to 90,000 Facebook users and 28,000 monthly hits on the website, advertising with 365 Bastrop will expose your business to a large pool of new potential customers!

If you've been thinking about advertising with 365 Things to Do in Bastrop, Texas, NOW is the time! We've got some amazing holiday specials going on now through Jan. 4th, 2015...

  1. Buy 1 newsletter ad, get one free!

  2. Half-price banner ads, any size (on 12 month contracts only) plus no design fee.

  3. Get 1 extra Facebook post when you purchase any Facebook package.

  4. The "Cluck Norris" Special, $200 (retail value = $300)
    • Small banner ad, 3 months
    • Newsletter ad/coupon, 3 months
    • 5 Facebook posts
    • 5 tweets on Twitter
    • FREE design services on up to two (2) ads

Click here for our full list of regular advertising rates and options.

Besides advertising, we also offer marketing and design services, including social media management and consulting. We specialize in Facebook management and also offer assistance with Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more. Let us help you create a solid social media strategy and pass on some helpful tips and tricks about creating engaging content that we've picked up along the way. We guarantee to increase your engagement and reach!

Now through Jan. 4th, 2014, get a customized 12-month Facebook plan for a one-time fee of only $29!

Or sign up for our full-service Facebook management program for only $39/month!!! (limit 3 months)

365 Things to Do in Bastrop, Texas won a Statesman Social Media Award (SSMA) in 2013, presented by the Austin American-Statesman. And in 2014, we were voted 1st place for "Best Promotional Marketing Services" in the Best of Bastrop County contest sponsored by the Bastrop Advertiser and the Smithville Times. We're not bragging, we just want you to know that we're the best at what we do!

To schedule your FREE consultation today, contact Joleen at (512) 619-8807 or email

December 19, 2014

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 19-21, 2014)

1. River of Lights - Dec. 19th-21st, 6-9pm in Bastrop's Fisherman's Park, on the banks of the Colorado River. Admission is FREE!

2. Candlelight Christmas Carol Stroll - Dec. 19th, 6:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Meet at the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk at the corner of Main & Spring Streets OR at Primera Baptist Church. After the stroll, refreshments will be served at Ascension Catholic Church. Admission is FREE!

3. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - Dec. 19th & 20th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Admission is $10/person.

4. Brunch with Santa - Dec. 20th, 10am-2pm at Giggle N Jump, located at 1102 College Street in Bastrop. Kid friendly breakfast, pictures with Santa, crafts, and more. Registration is required, and space is limited. Tickets are $10/child. Call (512) 321-5867 to purchase tickets.

5. Trout Fishing with a Ranger - Dec. 20th, 2-4pm at Buescher State Park. Buescher State Park Lake is stocked with rainbow trout! Fish with a park ranger, who will provide useful tips and tricks. Free after park admission fee.

6. Live Nativity - Dec. 20th, 5-8pm at Hills Prairie Baptist Church, located at 267 E Clearview Cemetery Rd in Bastrop. Admission is FREE!

7. Christmas Potluck - Dec. 20th, 7pm at EON Vintage, located at 705-C Pine Street in Bastrop. Bring a dish to share, and enjoy some holiday fun in the courtyard!

8. Lost Pines Bird Count - Dec. 21st, 7am-5pm at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Registration begins at 5:45am.

9. It's a CCC Christmas - Dec. 21st, 3-7pm at Bastrop State Park. Hear how the young men who built Bastrop and Buescher State Parks in the 1930s spent their Christmas far from home and family. See the tools they used, the uniforms they wore, visit the historic structures they built, and possibly tour a cabin. Free after park entrance fee.

10. A Classic Christmas - Dec. 21st, services at 5pm and 7pm at the Bastrop Convention Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Enjoy a classic Christmas service, cookies, hot cocoa, and pictures with Santa before each service. Admission is FREE!

*But that's not all! There's even more fun to be had this weekend in Bastrop County! For the full list of December events, click here.

December 18, 2014

Last Minute Gift Guide - 2014

Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also be stressful. If you're a last minute shopper like me, you still have a few gifts left to check off your list before Christmas. And in case you haven't noticed, Christmas is only ONE WEEK away!

In honor of all the last minute holiday shoppers out there, we put together a list of 16 terrific gifts (from local businesses!) to help make finding the perfect last minute gift a little less stressful.

1. Paw Paw's Catfish House Gift Certificate

You've heard it said, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Show that special someone that you care with a gift certificate to Paw Paw's Catfish House, one of the yummiest restaurants in Bastrop!

Paw Paw's Catfish House
1014 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-9800

2. Tasha Polizzi Jacket

This Tasha Polizzi jacket, sold at the Texas Boot Company, is one of their Fall favorites.  Its sold in very limited quantities, so you know that you'll stand out! What a great way to stay warm AND stylish this Winter! $149.99, more info here.

Texas Boot Company
733 Old Austin Highway
Bastrop, TX
(512) 332-0865

3. Wine Gift Baskets

Order your customized gift baskets at the Colorado River winery today. Pick your items and let their creative staff create a basket to your specifications!

Colorado River Winery
707 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX
(682) 227-0710

4. Mark Roberts Fairies and Elves

Mark Roberts presents the Ornament Fairy as part of his 2014 Christmas Collection. Dressed in red and green, this sweet figurine will bring holiday cheer wherever he's displayed. He measures 9" tall and has posable arms & legs. He also comes with his own collector’s box and Certificate of Authenticity and is part of a Numbered, Limited Edition Collection.

Liberty Glenn
1011 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 581-0501

5. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Comes in three flavors--Vanilla, Chocolate, or Red Velvet--with green cream cheese frosting and M&M ornaments. Buy them for a friend, neighbor, or Mr. Claus himself!

Simply Sweet
1010 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-0112

6. Horse Riding Lessons

While you might not be able to buy them a pony, you can buy the next best thing! Inspired Riding offers beginner through advanced riding lessons. Ride your horse or one of their amazing lesson horses! Ages 5 through adults. Weight limit is 225 lbs. Private lessons are discounted until the end of December:

Inspired Riding
Cottletown Rd and Park Rd 1C
Smithville, TX
(512) 297-8586

7. Fruit, Cheese & More Baskets

Besides gorgeous flower arrangements and unique gifts, Brenda Abbott Floral Design also delivers beautifully prepared fresh "fruit, cheese and more" baskets to the Bastrop area. Prices vary, $50-$250. 

Christmas special: FREE delivery on Saturday, Dec. 20th! Call (512) 985-5359 to order.

Brenda Abbott Floral Design
1914 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 985-5359

8. Moisturizing Brown Sugar Scrub

$6 for 8 oz. Comes in a variety of Holiday Scents including Peppermint, Spicy Apple, Sugar Cookie, Spiced Cranberry, and Pumpkin Spice Latte. Plus, it can be gift wrapped for free!

Karen's Bath and Body
P.O. Box 505
Bastrop, TX
(512) 587-7425

9. YMCA Gift Certificate

Give the gift of good health this season! YMCA gift certificates are redeemable for individual or family memberships, personal training, boot camps, children's classes, youth sports, and more. Memberships range in price from $35/month to $55/month. Click here for more info.

YMCA Bastrop
1112 Main Street
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-9622

10. Knife Blocks

$145. Our reclaimed wood knife block keeps your essential knives within reach. Made of repurposed 19th century European timber burnished to a smooth finish, this handcrafted holder is lined in galvanized steel and accented with weathered nail heads. Resembling a treasured Tuscan find, it is the star of any countertop.

Lost Pines Art Bazaar
603 Chestnut Street
Just off Main in Downtown Bastrop
(512) 985-6403

11. Heirloom Recipe Boxes

$135. Sold locally at the Lost Pines Art Bazaar, each Heirloom Recipe Box from the Rifle Paper Company is made of locally salvaged hardwood, selected to showcase its unique character and natural flaws. It takes over one month to source and mill the wood. The boxes are then produced over a two month period by the outstanding team at Hog Eat Hog, a local woodworking studio. Finally, each lid is screen printed by hand before being carefully inspected and packaged for delivery.

12. Kava Organic Chocolates

$3.99 each (plus tax). There are four flavors to choose from: Blueberry, Mint, Caramel Creme, or Coconut Vanilla. Perfect for anyone on your Christmas list!

Wild Thyme Herb Shop is the only herb shop in Bastrop and carries the finest organic teas, carrier oils, essential oils, dried herbs, locally crafted soaps, herbal lotions, salves, body care products, and more.

Wild Thyme Herb Shop
1022 Main Street in the R.A. Green Mercantile
Bastrop, TX
(512) 284-1152

13. Photography Gift Certificate

Precious Moments Photography gift cards make a perfect Christmas present for anyone on your list! Photographer Ashley McCullough has a passion for photography and loves capturing special moments you can cherish for a lifetime. From family and newborn sessions to weddings and engagement photos, Ashley specializes in all types of photography. Full sessions are $150.
(512) 865-1171

14. Gourmet Popcorn

$41.99 for 3.5 gallon tin. New Pop"O"locious gourmet popcorn at the Sugar Shack. Choose your favorite 3 flavors out of 20 equally delicious choices.

As an added bonus, you can bring the tin back for 1/2 price refills for one full year!
114 Loop 150 W
Bastrop, TX
(512) 321-3777

15. End-O-Day Donkeys

$25 each. End-O-Day Donkeys are handcrafted, painted and glazed by artist Lea Cundy, owner of Blue Donkey Studio. Each donkey is unique and comes in a variety of patterns and colors. To see which one you'd like to take home, click here.

Artmakers Collective
1022 Main Street in the R.A. Green Mercantile
Bastrop, TX
(512) 304-5332

16. Toby the Trilby Books

Local author, Angela Castillo, sparks the imagination with her book series, Toby the Trilby. There are currently 3 books in the series, which are written for children ages 8-12, but like the Harry Potter series, can be enjoyed by all ages.

Purchase your copies of "The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby," "The Further Adventures of Toby the Trilby," and "Toby the Trilby and the Forgotten City" locally at the Living Room Bookstore or online at Amazon.

GIVEAWAY!!! Here's your chance to win a $10 gift card to the Sugar Shack, perfect for all those last minute stocking stuffers! To enter, simply fill out the form below. By submitting the form, you are agreeing to the Sweepstakes Official Rules. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at 9pm CST, and contacted by email.

If you stop by any of these wonderful local stores, please let them know that 365 Things to Do in Bastrop, Texas sent you! Happy shopping!

December 17, 2014

Candlelight Christmas Carol Stroll - 2014

One thing I truly love about Bastrop is how it embraces its history and traditions of the past. A truly great tradition, which conjures images of men and women dressed in Victorian-era clothing begging for figgy pudding, is Christmas caroling. For a little history behind Christmas caroling and how it began, click here.

An annual tradition since the '90s, the Bastrop Ministerial Alliance will be hosting the Candlelight Christmas Carol Stroll through downtown Bastrop on Friday, Dec. 19th starting at 6:30pm.

The Northern Route will start at the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk at the corner of Main and Spring Streets, across from the Post Office. The Southern Route will start at Primera Baptist Church, located at 306 Paul C. Bell Street. After the stroll, refreshments will be served in the Parish Center of Ascension Catholic Church, located at 802 Pine Street in downtown Bastrop.

Now, who wants some figgy pudding? Victorian bonnets and top hats not required.

December 12, 2014

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 12-14, 2014)

1. Lost Pines Christmas - Dec. 12th-14th in downtown Bastrop. Ice skating, carriage rides, pictures with Santa, Christmas Street Market, lighted parade, and more!

2. Tacky Holiday Sweater Party - Dec. 12th, 6-8pm at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin. Prizes for ugliest holiday sweater, pictures with Santa, and more!

3. River of Lights - Dec. 12th-14th, 6-9pm in Bastrop's Fisherman's Park, on the banks of the Colorado River. Admission is FREE!

4. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - Dec. 12th & 13th, 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Admission is $10/person.

5. Stargazing at the Roughs - Dec. 12th, 8:00-9:30pm at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, located at 1884 Hwy 71 W in Cedar Creek. Admission is FREE!

6. Christmas Canned Food Show - Dec. 13th at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8, located at Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Bring in 2 cans of food to receive a FREE ticket to see "The Polar Express" at 9:30am. Plus, there will be a raffle and pictures with Santa from 11:30am-2:30pm.

7. Walk on the Wild Side - Dec. 13th, 10am-12pm at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, located at 1884 Hwy 71 W in Cedar Creek. Admission is $5/person age 13 and up, free for children age 8-12.

8. Holiday Homes Tour - Dec. 13th, 12-5pm in downtown Bastrop. Tickets cost $15 per adult, and children under age 12 are free.

9. "The Nutcracker" - Dec. 13th, 1pm at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center, located at in Bastrop. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here.

10. A Christmas Blend - Dec. 14th, 5:30pm at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibition Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in Bastrop. Performances by Sam Craig, Randy Bishop, Larry Wilson, Ben Zuniga, Covered, The Salvos, the Calvary Baptist Church Choir, and more. Admission is FREE!

*But that's not all! There's even more fun to be had this weekend in Bastrop County! For the full list of December events, click here.

December 10, 2014

Lost Pines Christmas - 2014

Christmas is a magical time with music, lights, and good will toward all. Christmas in Bastrop, Texas is no exception. Every year, Bastrop celebrates the holidays with the Lost Pines Christmas festival, a whole weekend full of fun and Christmasy things to do, including a holiday homes tour, an outdoor street market, and a lighted parade.

This year, the Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance has gone all-out, adding carriage rides, an ice skating rink, and even more live music to the already bustling schedule. Come join the fun in historically hip downtown Bastrop Dec. 11th-14th. Here's the scoop on the Lost Pines Christmas schedule of events:

Thursday, Dec. 11th

Friday, Dec. 12th

Saturday, Dec. 13th

Sunday, Dec. 14th

And if ALL of that isn't enough, there's also the Hunt for FestiviTREES, Bastrop's scavenger hunt for the best recycled Christmas trees AND Shop, Rock & Stroll, Bastrop's holiday shopping event, when most downtown businesses stay open late and the streets are filled with the sounds of live music!

For more information about the Lost Pines Christmas, click here or here (includes $1 off coupon for ice skating and 15% off coupon for select local businesses). And for even more events going on in Bastrop County during December, click here.

Holiday Homes Tour - 2014

Established circa 1832 by Stephen F. Austin and the Baron de Bastrop (born Philip Hendrik Nering Bogel), Bastrop, TX is considered the "Most Historic Small Town in Texas" with 131 locations listed with the National Register of Historic Places. As a history buff who adores beautiful old houses, I get excited every year when several of these historic landmarks open their doors during the Bastrop County Historical Society's Holiday Homes Tour.

H.P. Luckett House, photo by Dick Smith

For more than 40 years, the Holiday Homes Tour has allowed us to step across the threshold into some of Bastrop's most historic and remarkable structures, catching a glimpse at Bastrop's storied past. This year, the tour will include six historic sites:
  1. Crocheron-McDowall House, 1506 Wilson Street, circa 1857
  2. Jones-Powell House, 1406 Wilson Street, circa 1850
  3. Charlie Amos Guesthouse, 1206 Church Street, circa 1988
  4. George W. Davis House, 1010 Chestnut Street, circa 1907
  5. T.A. Hasler House, 1109 Pecan Street, circa 1910
  6. Ascension Catholic Church, 802 Pine Street, circa 1983

Crocheron-McDowall House

T.A. Hasler House

The tour will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13th from 12-5pm. Tickets cost $15 per adult, and children under age 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum & Visitor's Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society, located at 904 Main Street in downtown Bastrop, Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 1-4pm. On the day of the tour, tickets may also be purchased at each of the tour sites.

If you're a history buff like me or just enjoy peeking inside gorgeous old houses, come on out to "historically hip" Bastrop for the 2014 Holiday Homes Tour! For more information about the Tour, click here.