Downtown Gainesville: Perfect for a Night Out or Some Daytime Fun

Downtown Gainesville has historic charm with modern-day energy. Our prominent Historic Cooke County Courthouse anchors our square and is surrounded by unique shops, diverse restaurants, and a cozy bed and breakfast. 

Where To Stay

Are you looking to explore downtown Gainesville for the weekend? You can stay right in the heart of the city in lofts above Firehouse 1918 in the Calaboose Loft or the Bell Tower Loft. The Calaboose Loft was Gainesville's original 1918 jail, or Calaboose as it was called in the early 1900's, and includes the jail cell and the ladies lounge (ladies cell) with the original fireplace.The Bell Tower Loft where the original bell hung and the firemen went down the poles for a quick get away! Both lofts are located in downtown Gainesville, TX, walkable to shops, restaurants and activities.

The Shady Lady Bed and Breakfast.suites are themed to capture a snapshot of history with names like The Victorian Garden Room and The Madame's Room. On chilly nights, you can snuggle up and stay warm by a fireplace in most of the suites.

Loft ZaZa is an upscale Airbnb and event rental on the second floor of a beautifully renovated historical building located on the main square overlooking the courthouse. A plaza deck, chef’s kitchen, and many more amenities can be enjoyed by up to 10 guests.

The Lancaster Manor Bed and Breakfast is a magnificent 135-year-old Spanish Victorian Mansion with a wraparound porch and pool. With four themed bedrooms and made-to-order breakfasts, your perfect romantic getaway awaits.

Where To Shop

Be sure to check out the shops in Downtown Gainesville and the Gainesville Farmers Market. Get your clothing fashion fix at Bungalow 123, Infinity Raine, or Paige Davidson Gallery & Cahoots Handbags

Feeling crafty? Stay in touch with your creative side and browse works by local artists at Vantage Point Art Gallery or take one of their classes. Classes range from oil painting, acrylic painting, and more. You can also take a knitting or crocheting class at Cynthia’s Corner.

Please click here for a complete guide of shopping options provided by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Where To Eat

In Gainesville, great dining options delivering delicious food and refreshing beverages abound. Gainesville’s community spirit and Texas charm come alive through its restaurant scene.

Please click here for a complete guide of dining options.

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