The Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall

For anyone whose dream vacation involves being far away from tourists and crowds, consider the more off-beat option of the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall. This quaint bed-and-breakfast is located 35 minutes outside of Austin in Coupland, and revolves around two things: good music and good food (Texas music and Southern homestyle cooking to be exact). Every weekend offers another chance to see some talented musicians at the dance hall. Among the big names who have made their way on its stage is Dale Watson, Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler, and Bob Schneider, just to name just a few. The restaurant is known for barbecue, but don’t overlook other comfort food classics like chicken fried steak and fried catfish. Aside from the eating and dancing, the fun of the Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall is getting to stay in a historic building built in 1904. Throughout the course of its 114-year history, the building has housed a drug company, tavern, newspaper, and grocery. And it just so happens that the seven unique rooms in the inn are styled like an 1800s Wild West brothel. If you love country music, country-style food, and old-timey Texas, then this is the place for you.