Calvert, Texas may not be on your radar, but it should be.
Calvert is considered part of the Bryan-College Station (home to Texas A&M University) metropolitan area and is only 3.9 square miles in size, but travelers can tell by the town’s architecture that Calvert used to be something.
Late 1800 Victorian mansions, built by plantation owners, still stand, and an historical marker for a former opera house reminds visitors of Calvert’s culture. This once, small-Texas, boomtown was on the path of the railroad and even housed the largest cotton gin in the world.
Yes, it’s a tiny spot along highway 6 between Waco and Bryan, Texas, but its character exudes warmth and confidence, despite being damaged by floods in 1899 and then facing destruction of many businesses in a 1901 fire.
Today, four blocks of Main Street house a mix of shops and restaurants along its wide sidewalks adorned with United States flags and colorful signage. And today, Calvert is a different kind of something, and that’s a good thing.
A couple of places to keep on your to do list in Calvert should include shopping at Candy’s Candles & Southwest Creations and experiencing tasty morsels at Cocoamoda.
Candy’s has some of the best candles around. They are handmade with scents that harken all kinds of memories, like the Honeysuckle that smells like Grandma’s backyard and the owner/creator’s favorite, Egyptian Dragon, which she lovingly calls, “Tom Selleck in a jar.” Admittedly, if Tom Selleck, or maybe George Clooney, were standing within sniffing distance, they’d likely smell just that good! But, besides smelling fabulous, the candles are reasonable priced, last for well over 30 hours, while the scent remains strong and continues to permeate the room. Besides candles, Candy has unique handmade jewelry along with a mix of collectibles and other Southwest finds.
As for Cocoamoda, think truffles, and not just any truffle. These truffles have followers as far away as France and Hawaii, and can be shipped to those who have a hankering for them. Cocoamoda specializes in exquisite gourmet chocolates, but is also open for fine dining experiences each Friday and Saturday evening at 7 PM. Be sure to call for reservations, or call and arrange for your private party of up to 40. Mr. Wilkinson, owner and chocolatier, has a colorful personality and interesting past which started in his native England and continues today in Texas’ Calvert.
Spend a night or two unwinding in one of Calvert’s Victorian Bed and Breakfasts then spend your days slowly enjoying a restored sense of history combined with splashes of modern ambiance.
Calvert is an easy, 138 miles from Dallas and an easy stop if on your way to Aggieland. (Google Maps)