THINGS TO DO WHILE IN SAINT JO, TEXAS
SHOPPING IN SAINT JO
Fine art and gifts, local and national artists and artisans including Donna Howell-Sickles. Open Thursday-Sunday. 108 S Main St. on downtown square:
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-4pm or by appointment. 108 S. Main St. on downtown square
Boutique Store located on the square, gifts, décor, clothing and accessories, etc. Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. 100 E Boggess St.
Grand gifts and flamboyant finds. Come find the perfect gift or home decor piece in this restored historic building. Located on the square. Wed-Sat 10am-5pm,
THE GUN SHOP
A real gun shop with hundreds of firearms in stock, collectibles, sporting, personal defence, western, ammunition etc. 103 S. Main St. Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm,
Antiques, collectibles and gifts. Come find your treasure. Located on the square, 104 E. Howell, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12:30pm-5pm.
SAINT JO FARM AND RANCH
More than a feed store. Everything you need for your farm, ranch and home.
206 W Pecan St.
DINING IN SAINT JO
THE LAZY HEART GRILL
Come enjoy great American cuisine in a renovated historic building on the downtown square
Located on HWY 82 just 3 blocks from the downtown square. This is a local hang out for many residents.
Just an old fashioned Texas burger joint in a fun atmosphere. Located in a historic building on the downtown square. Nice outdoor seating. 201 E. Howell Street, behind the Saint Jo Library.
RED RIVER STATION BBQ
This is a North Texas premier spot for good ole Texas music and pit smoked BBQ! Located in the renovated old lumberyard on Howell Street just off the downtown square in Saint Jo.
WINERIES IN SAINT JO
ARCHE WINERY & VINEYARD
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. Located at 228 Wagner Rd.
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. Located at 5611 FM 2382.
Nestled amonnative bluestem grasses of the LBJ National Grasslands, the Marker cellars Family Winery is home to a rich heritage of protecting Texas natural resources and producing classic Texas wines. Located at 1484 Country Road 2585, Alvord, Texas.
LODGING IN SAINT JO
HIGH COTTON COTTAGE
High Cotton Cottage is a whimsical luxury B&B located right off the historic downtown square in Saint Jo. It features 3 bedrooms and a 900 sq. ft. entertainment area in the back yard. 106 West Boggess, Saint Jo
For additional information or to book, visit www.highcottoncottage.com.
BLUE OSTRICH GUESTHOUSE
The Blue Ostrich Guesthouse at Fredrick Farms is a charming cottage located on a working cattle ranch nestled in the Red River Valley, just 8 miles north of Saint Jo, Texas. Blue Ostrich Winery and Vineyard is located on the Fredrick Farms property and is walking distance from the Guesthouse
For additional information or to book, blueostrichwinery.wixsite.com/guesthouse
RIDGEVIEW SAINT JO
This just opened jewel will get you close to town and even closer to the wineries, with a spectacular view and everything you need to make your weekend perfect. For more information or to book your stay:
THE ROCK HOUSE
The Rock House is just off of Saint Jo’s Chisholm Trail Square. The house is fully furnished with two bedrooms (one with a king bed and the other with a queen bed), living room, dining room, full kitchen, bathroom, and washer and dryer. For more information or to book your stay contact Marion Chappell at
THE BUNKHOUSE AT FOUR WINDS RANCH
The Bunkhouse at Four Winds Ranch features two newly remodeled houses with all the amenities. Bunkhouse living on a working cattle and horse ranch without the chores. Enjoy all the livestock and ranch life, including some of the most incredible sunrises and sunsets you can imagine! A fenced in backyard with a grill, acres of beautiful, groomed trails to walk or ride (got a horse? stalls available!). Minutes from our wineries. For more information CLICK HERE
Sitting on one of the highest points in Montague County, the views 360º views around the house are breathtaking! Enjoy the views with the industrial grade outdoor kitchen and fire pit. The house is fully equipped with washer, dryer, full kitchen with all appliances and cooking and dining utensils. Stay in touch with cell phone boosters, WiFi, Netflix, DVD players and basic cable.
For more information www.summersplacestjo.com
THE PONDEROSA GUEST RANCH
In addition to their lively retreats and events calendar, The Ponderosa has four cabins available for rent year round. The décor could be described as “modern farmhouse”, which provides the perfect touch of rustic charm you’d hope to find on the ranch. Each cabin has a private en suite with a connecting OUTDOOR shower, super cozy beds, and thoughtful amenities. The Ponderosa is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, girls trips, quality family time, or a time-out just for you!
For more information texasponderosa.com
MOONLIGHT FALLS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND EVENT PLANNING
Starting from $99: Moonlight Falls represents multiple vacation rentals in the Saint Jo area ranging from 1 bedroom studios to 5 bedroom homes.
We know guests expect top-notch service — professional like a hotel, but personal like a B&B — so we make sure to be available to answer any question, create listings, and maintain the property so you can focus on your other responsibilities.
For more information moonlightfallsstjo.com
COZY 2 CABIN AT LAKE NOCONA
Make some memories at this unique and family-friendly staycation.
Lake Nocona had been rated as one of the best fishing lakes in Texas.
We have completely renovated this property to provide a unique experience while providing relaxation. This property features two homes for the price of one. You will enjoy outdoor deck, a great fishing lake and lots of fun.
The Mid-century Farmhouse has a wonderful living space, large kitchen, fireplace and master suite! Come enjoy the peacefulness of the North Texas Hill country along with dogs, kitties, horses and chickens! The farmhouse was built in the early 90s, it’s eclectic & a little quirky! Sunset oaks is only 8-13 miles to the wineries. Boho farmhouse is perfect for a girls get together, family vacation or couples weekend.
The Texas Cabin is an old rustic barn that has been converted into a wonderful living space. Come and enjoy the coziness of the country side along with horses, kitties and chickens! Sunset oaks is only 2hrs from the DFW area! Grab a bottle of wine at the local wineries and enjoy your social distancing and let the kids run free!! . The cabin is your typical farmhouse cabin it’s cozy and old fashioned! Come sit on the porches and sip on wine! Enjoy sunsets, night sky and seasonal wild flowers!
All Is Well Resort is an upscale property consisting of 3 yurt cabins and 3 bubble huts for ‘glamping’. Located 8 miles north of the Saint Jo square right off FM 677, All Is Well Resort is a place where serenity awaits. Wonderful hiking/biking trails overlook 40-foot drops to babbling creeks below. Dense forest covers the 65-acre property where each accommodation includes its own ‘park’ creating a private, serene stay.
ENTERTAINMENT IN SAINT JO
Come see the latest movies in the newly renovated old theater building located on the historic Chisholm Trail square. 106 E Howell Street, Saint Jo. Visit facebook.com/Texas-Theatersj or showtimes and additional information.
RED RIVER STATION BBQ
In addition to great BBQ, Red River Station offers weekend Texas music! Located in the renovated old lumberyard on Howell Street just off the downtown square in Saint Jo. 221 E Howell St., 940-995-2294, Go to Facebook.com/redriverstationbbq for a list of upcoming events.
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY OF SAINT JO
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 daisies and a sculpture that tells time.
Lake Nocona, northwest of Saint Jo
Moss Lake, east of Saint Jo
Lake Ray Roberts, southeast of Saint Jo near Sanger
MUSEUMS IN SAINT JO
INTERNATIONAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM AND STORE
The museum is the largest private artillery* collections in the United States .The current collection showcases artillery from the WW2 era through today. It includes some pieces from Korean War, Vietnam, The Cold War and many Middle Eastern Conflicts. Located in a 21,000 sq. foot building on the historic square in Saint Jo. Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm or by appt.., 201 S Main St, 940-995-2084,
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 | 940-872-0269 | www.stonewallsaloonmuseum.com
HUNTING IN SAINT JO
LONG STRAW RANCH
A licensed game preserve for upland bird hunting and fishing. 2197Netherly Lane, Forestburg. 214-914-4514; www.longstrawranch.com
MILLER DOUBLE A RANCH
Family owned and operated ranch that offers more than 1,700 acres of high-fenced land for Whitetail deer and exotic hunting. Lodging is also available. 1005 Union Cemetery Road, 214-908-9492;
WILDPOINT RANCH WHITETAILS
Offering professional hunts, lodging and shooting range on 800 acres in the Red River Breaks. 3985 N. FM 677, 972-922-4225; www.wildpointwhitetails.com.
RECREATION IN SAINT JO
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
REDNECKS WITH PAYCHECKS
Located at 3064 FM 3206 South of Saint Jo and offers off-road trails for four wheeling during annual events in the spring and fall. www.redneckswithpaychecks.com
AREA GOLF COURSES
Turtle Hill Golf Course, Hwy 373 N, Muenster,
Nocona Hills Golf Course, 179 Club Dr, Nocona,
Indian Oak Golf Course, 912 W Hwy 82, Nocona,
Gainesville Municipal Golf Course, Weber Dr. at W Hwy 82 Gainesville, 940-668-4560