Bastrop: Small-Town Texas Charm and Hotels Close to the Circuit of the Americas

Bastrop is home of the Lost Pines, has been named one of the most historic small towns in the USA, and is one of the few towns with lodging options less than 25 minutes from the Circuit of the Americas.

This lively town has some of the most well-preserved homes and buildings in Central Texas, and still retains a small-town charm while only 30 miles from downtown Austin. The surrounding areas of the Lost Pines were recently affected by wildfires which made worldwide news due to the ferocity of the flames. Don’t let that deter you from paying Bastrop a visit. The town itself was safe from the fires and shop owners would love for you to come visit – in fact, they need you to visit. The recovery process for their famous pine forest and for families’ 1500+ destroyed structures has begun, but it is expensive and will take many years to complete. Your visit helps stimulate the local economy, and a town so very close to the Circuit of the Americas with a strong economy will make things run smoother during COTA event weekends.

Traffic to and from the Circuit of the Americas and Hotels close to the track

Here’s an interactive map showing the proximity of Bastrop (A), the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) (B), and downtown Austin (C). As you can see, the majority of traffic will be between COTA and Austin. Bastrop is an alternate route away from the track, but is still within 30 miles of both the Circuit and Downtown. Bastrop is a great choice for other dining, entertainment, and sightseeing plus there are plenty of hotels close to the track.

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Bastrop Wildfire – Recovery and Relief

The Fire Relief Concert was a great success: A-list musicians came together, donated their time, and helped raise over $750,000 for recovery efforts.

Performers included Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, Eric Johnson, Steve Miller, Shawn Colvin, Joe Satriani and the Texas Tornadoes.
Kyle Chandler and Turk Pipkin hosted the event.

This is a beautiful video shot in Bastrop and shown at the Fire Relief Concert:

Come Visit Bastrop from 44 Productions on Vimeo.


November 2011 motorsport and race enthusiast events:

Warrior Dash
November 19 & 20

The Warrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 3.01 mile run.  Warriors conquer extreme obstacles and celebrate with music, beer, and warrior helmets.

6th Annual Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance Veterans’ Car and Motorcycle Show Weekend
November 11-13th
Veteran's Day Car Show - Bastrop Economic Development Corp.

Veteran's Day Car Show - Bastrop EDC

“Whether you want to enter your car or motorcycle in our show OR whether you want to simply look at all of the beautiful motorcycles and cars OR whether you want to shop, listen to great live music, dance to great music, enjoy great food and unique artisans, and visit the Most Historic Small Town in Texas, Bastrop is the place to be.”
Net proceeds from the Car Show will be donated to the Bastrop
County Volunteer Fire Departments

More links and information about Bastrop and surrounding areas:

Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance
Bastrop Economic Development Corp.’s Flickr photos page
CBS News story about the fire that damaged the area

Bastrop Fire behind Austin City Skyline

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