Saint Jo, Texas Where the Chisholm Trail Cuts the California Road
What to Do
Downtown Historic Square and Saint Jo History - Visit the square. Buildings date back to 1873 and surround a plaza with a gazebo. The buildings are rich in history. There are two historical markers on the square, the First National Bank and the Stonewall Saloon. There is a historic marker at Boggess City Park and Head of Elm Cemetery out Highway 677. There are 3 historic cemeteries, Head of Elm, Pioneer and Mountain Park. Visit the Saint Jo Library on the square.
Scenic Drive - Take a drive north of downtown square along FM 677 and see hilltop views of Mountain Creek and Red River Valley. Devil's Backbone, which lies to the east of FM 677 has an elevation of more than 1,200 feet. The ridge was used by the Comanche and Kiowa tribes as a lookout point over one hundred years ago. Drive east of Saint Jo along FM 2382 and FM 433 for a view of The Breaks Ranch and the Red River Valley. The Running N Ranch, a private ranch one mile south of town on FM 677 has larger than life sculptures such as ladybugs made out of a Volkswagen Beetle cars, large daises and a sculpture that tells time.
The Stonewall Saloon Museum
Located on the downtown square. Built in 1873 and recently refurbished as a museum featuring numerous photos and exhibits depicting Saint Jo's history. 100 Main St., 940-995-7193. www.stonewallsaloonmuseum.com.
Gilbert's Fenton Art Glass and Collectibles Museum
Open Sat. 10am-6pm and Sun. 1pm-5pm, and daily by appointment. Features one man's collection of almost 30,000 pieces of Fenton glass and collectibles. Gift shop sells new Fenton glass and collectibles. Located at 812 W. Hwy. 82, Saint Jo, 940-995-2776.
Several vinifera wine grapes are grown here in this beautiful Red River Valley vineyard, 6 miles north of Saint Jo. Tour the vineyard and taste the wines. Check their website for days and hours of operation, or by appointment. 228 Wagner Rd, 214-536-6330, www.ArcheWines.com.
Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard
Located 8 miles north of Saint Jo, Texas in the Red River Valley. A commercial winery & vineyard located on a working Texas cattle ranch, Blue Ostrich creates award winning Texas wines and are open to the public at 12:00pm Thursday - Sunday, and by appointment, year round. 5611 FM 2382, 940-995-3100, www.blueostrich.net.
Art Galleries and Artists
Davis & Blevins The Main Street Gallery
Fine art and gifts, local and national artists and artisans including Donna Howell-Sickles. Open Thursday - Sunday. 108 S. Main St. on downtown square. 940-995-2786, www.sjmainstreetgallery.com
Howell - Sickles Studio
This is the studio of Cowgirl artist Donna Howell-Sickles. Fine-art galleries across Texas and throughout the West show and sell Donna's art work. Studio hours, Mon-Wed 9am-4:00pm or by appointment. 108 S. Main St. on downtown square. 940-995-2786, www.donnahowellsickles.com.
The Art Gallery
Owned by artist Larry Lemons. Featuring his work and the work of other local artists. Located on the downtown square.
C.T. Chappell Boot Shop and Seminars
Artisan boot maker, Carl Chappell has made it his business to pass on his knowledge to others interested in the trade through seminars, DVD's and personalized training. The waiting list for his boots is currently 24 months. You can visit his shop, watch boots being made and see custom designs by Carl. You can even attend his boot making school and learn how to make your own pair of boots. Located on the square at 105 S. Main St., 940-995-2600. www.chappellboots.com.
Trophy Ridge Whitetails
Hunt on a local ranch that raises big white tailed deer for improving the genetics on high fenced ranches around Texas. They release mature bucks to enhance the native deer herd on this 1100 acre ranch. The ranch hosts hunters in comfortable accommodations. 1193 Talley Rd. 940-995-2121, www.trophyridgewhitetails.com.
Wildpoint Ranch Whitetails
Offering professional hunts, lodging and shooting range on 800 acres in the Red River Breaks. 3985 N. FM677, 972-922-4225.
Red River Motorcycle Trails
Located in Bulcher, 15393 N. FM 373, 12 miles northeast of Saint Jo. Offers off-road trails for motorcycling and four wheeling. Rate is $10 per day. Also has fishing, swimming and camping at its 2,500 acre recreation park. 940-995-2903, www.redrivermotorcycletrails.com.
Where to Eat
The Lazy Heart Grill
Come enjoy great American cuisine in a renovated historic building on the downtown square. www.thelazyheartgrill.com
Serves small and large groups an outstanding array of Old World hearth baked Italian style cuisine in an outdoor naturalistic and scenic venue. You may bring your own alcoholic beverages or pick up a bottle at Arche' located nearby. Reservations must be made in advance. 857 Childress Rd., 940-366-4255, www.ancientovens.com.
Located on Hwy. 82 just 3 blocks from the downtown square. This is a local hang out for many residents. 940-995-2488.
Martus Bookstore & JahveHaus Coffee
A blend of contemporary comforts with vintage charm creating a unique coffee house experience. Bakery goodies from local culinary artisans top off our coffee/tea experience with items such as German sweet breads, Kolaches, fudge and more. Other treats include gifts, antiques, WIFI, reading nooks and an inviting old world courtyard escape. facebook.com/JahveHaus , 106 S. Broad St., (940) 783-5544.
Offers fresh made to order pizza and calzones. Daily move rentals are $3. Located on the downtown square, 203 E. Howell St., 940-995-2000.
Panther Pit Stop
Located on Hwy.82 just 3 blocks from the downtown square. Offers Hunts Brothers Pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches as well as a full convenience store. 501 S. Broad Street, 940-995-7240.
Where to Stay
Texas Kings Hotel
This hotel is in a renovated turn of the century building. Stay in one of five spacious rooms, all with their own bath with access to a large gathering room with big screen TV., pool table, leather chairs, bar and kitchen. Located on the square, 104 S. Broad. Rates range from $65 - $85, 940-995-2565. www.texaskingshotel.com
The Saint Jo House
Located at 301 S. Main Street. For information and reservations visit www.thesaintjohouse.com. 817-726-1147.
Area Golf Courses
Turtle Hill Golf Course, Hwy 373 N., Muenster, 940-759-4896
Nocona Hills Golf Course, 179 Club Dr., Nocona, 940-825-3444
Indian Oak Golf Course, 912 W. Hwy 82, Nocona, 940-825-4213
Gainesville Municipal Golf Course, Weber Dr. at W. Hwy 82, Gainesville, 940-668-4560
Lake Nocona, northwest of Saint Jo
Moss Lake, east of Saint Jo
Lake Ray Roberts, southeast of Saint Jo near Sanger
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