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Peaches, Western history, and delicious eats collide in Weatherford

Chinese guardian lion statues flanking the pathway leading to a fountain in Chandor Gardens Visitors to Chandor Gardens can enjoy formal English gardens adorned with Chinese influences.

Founded in 1855, Weatherford is a historic small town with a big personality—and even bigger peaches. The Peach Capital of Texas, Weatherford hosts the annual Parker County Peach Festival each July. The event draws more than 50,000 people for a day of peach-centric treats and entertainment.

Surrounded by ranches, Weatherford is also known as the “Cutting Horse Capital of the World” and is full of Western heritage. And while you’ll see people walking about town in cowboy hats and boots, Weatherford also mixes in modernity in the form of fine dining, live theater, and specialty shopping.

Cardboard boxes with half bushles of Parker County peaches

Whether driving through the historic district and admiring beautiful Victorian and Queen Anne homes, shopping and dining downtown, or scoping out local history, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you busy in Weatherford. Here’s where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Weatherford.

Where to eat in Weatherford

Hutch’s Pie and Sandwich Shop

For breakfast, Hutch’s Pie and Sandwich Shop is a true Weatherford experience. Don’t miss Hutch’s fried breakfast pies, filled with sausage, egg, cheese, bacon, ham, sausage, and gravy. Before you leave, grab a couple of their famed fried fruit pies for a late-afternoon snack. 

Whistle Hill’s Downtown Café

The outside of Whistle Hill's Downtown Cafe

Another great breakfast stop is Whistle Hill’s Downtown Café, where mismatched coffee cups and friendly Southern greetings combine with fluffy quiches, massive pancakes, and generous breakfast plates. 

Yesterdays Sandwich Shop

The Brown Bag Special from Yesterdays Sandwich Shop: A sandwich, chips, and cinnamon roll

In downtown Weatherford, a stop into Yesterdays Sandwich Shop is a must. White, wheat, and jalapeño sourdough breads are made fresh daily and used for tasty sandwiches such as the turkey, ham, and bacon club and the chicken salad sandwich. Grab a Brown Bag Special (any sandwich with chips, a dessert, and a drink) for the full experience. 

Fire Oak Grill

Described as “rustic Texas cuisine,” Fire Oak Grill is one of the best spots in town for a delicious meal and a killer cocktail. Locally sourced ingredients are combined with chef Grant Lambdin’s skills, and dark wood floors, a punched tin ceiling, and low lighting create a romantic and refined ambience.

The chef-selected bruschetta of the day, the beef tenderloin tacos, and the stuffed jalapeños are all excellent starters. For winning entrées, try the Beeman Ranch rib eye with herb compound butter, the featured fish of the day, or the pork medallion with fried brussels sprouts and mushroom-pecorino grits.

Edgewise Eight Brewing

For an after-dinner drink, walk over to Edgewise Eight Brewing. The rotating beer menu includes lagers, IPAs, ales, and porters. (Be sure to designate a driver if you plan to drink alcohol.)

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What to do in Weatherford

Chandor Gardens

A brick archway in Chandor Gardens

Stroll through Chandor Gardens to see almost 4 acres of formal English gardens combined with Chinese architecture sprinkled throughout. Chandor Gardens is listed in the National Register of Historic places. It was the home of artist Douglas Chandor, whose paintings of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Herbert Hoover hang in the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery.

After Chandor’s death in 1953, his wife, Ina, kept the gardens open until she passed away in 1978. The property fell into disrepair until a local couple bought it in 1994 and began restoring its original grandeur, using old photos found in the attic for guidance. Self-guided and guided tours are available. 

Theatre Off the Square

Local theater is alive and well in Weatherford, thanks to Theatre Off the Square. The volunteer-based organization hosts evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees on Sundays. Productions have included fan favorites such as The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy, plus there’s a yearly children’s production. 

Doss Heritage and Culture Center

Horse saddle from Lonesome Dove on display at Doss Heritage and Culture Center

Learn about local history at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, where permanent exhibitions include the Mary Martin and Larry Hagman Gallery and the Heritage Gallery.

Mary Martin, a famous ’40s and ’50s actress known for her Tony Award–winning roles in Broadway’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, was from Weatherford. Her son, Larry Hagman, was also a popular actor, appearing in the TV shows I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas.

Doss Heritage Cultural Center wagon display

The Heritage Gallery educates on early pioneer and Native American life in Parker County and includes an exhibit on the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail, which has a Weatherford connection thanks to cattleman Oliver Loving.

Loving and his partner, Charles Goodnight, alongside sidekick Bose Ikard, were the inspiration for author Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove characters Gus McCrae, Woodrow F. Call, and Joshua Deets. McMurtry even borrowed Loving’s death for the novel. In real life, Goodnight brought Loving’s body back to Weatherford after his death, and in the novel, Call brings McCrae back to Texas for burial. 

Downtown Weatherford

The downtown square in Weatherford, Texas

For local shopping, head to the downtown square for antiques, vintage furniture, modern clothing, decor, and more. Most shops are on York Avenue and North Main Street.

Museum of the Americas

The Museum of the Americas is a 5-minute walk from downtown. It holds a large collection of memorabilia from Native peoples collected by owners Harold and Elizabeth Lawrence. The Lawrences have spent more than 50 years searching for treasures throughout North and South America. 

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Where to stay in Weatherford

Angel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast

The dining room at Angel's Nest Bed & Breakfast

Rest your head at Angel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast, an 1896 Victorian home turned B&B set on 3.5 acres. Rooms have private baths, king-size beds, and a breakfast table. Rates start at $99.

Amanda Ogle is a Texas-based writer who has been published in Travel and LeisureNational GeographicCondé Nast TravelerTexas HighwaysTexas Co-op PowerSFGate, and more.

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