Historic Bastrop, Texas was founded in 1832 before Texas became a state. Founded on the banks of the Colorado River, Bastrop has remained a vibrant community throughout the years. When in the early days of Texas, Austin was designated the state capital, Bastrop’s proximity to Austin sealed its popularity as a favorite destination for city folks yearning for the flavor of small-town America. Only thirty minutes from burgeoning Austin and within two driving hours from Houston and San Antonio, Bastrop is still a favorite destination for those seeking the peace and pleasure of visiting a small historic town.
Access to Bastrop was made even more convenient when Austin’s Bergstrom Air Force base was converted to Austin’s International Airport. Bastrop is only a short 16 miles from the airport making it more accessible to Bastrop than to most of metropolitan Austin. Major hotel chain Hyatt located its central Texas country resort outside of Bastrop on the banks of the Colorado River because of easy airport access, but more importantly for Bastrop County’s beautiful countryside and the attraction of historic Bastrop, Texas. Many vacationing and conference attending guests of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort enjoy visiting unique Bastrop during their stay at the Hyatt.
The City of Bastrop has made the beauty of the Colorado River available to visitors by developing a beautiful riverside hike and bike trail. Canoes and Kayaks are available to rent as part of the river fun. Visitors find friendly residents, casual and fine restaurants, gift shops and galleries as they stroll down Bastrop’s historic Main Street. A growing art community attracts many visitors to Bastrop. An October 2015 ground-breaking marked the beginning of construction by the Lost Pines Art League of a beautiful 12,000 square feet art center on the site of an historic 1890s grain mill. The Center will include an impressive water feature mimicking the Colorado River, old original silos converted to studios and home for artists in residence, as well as space for important traveling exhibits and showing the talented local artists. The Lost Pines Art Center and Reflective Sculpture Garden will be an impressive regional art center that will solidify Bastrop’s reputation as an important art destination. Construction should be completed in early 2017.
Come to Bastrop. You will not be disappointed. Oh, yes, be sure to visit Studio 71 Art Gallery while you are here. David Baker’s active art studio and STUDIO 71 Art Gallery are located four miles east of the intersection of Loop 150 and highway 71.