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3 Days in Lubbock

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

The Hub City is the place for you!

By: Hannah Hudgens

Longhorn steer sculptures in Gibson Park at the National Ranching Heritage Center

Are you coming to Lubbock for the 45th National Golden Spur Award Honors? Round up a great West Texas time with these tips to plan your trip.

Day 1: Start your three-day stay in the Hub City with a hearty country breakfast at Cast Iron Grill. Order anything from chicken fried steak and eggs to buttermilk pancakes, or the Cast Iron burrito. After getting your tummy full, head over to the National Ranching Heritage Center for a unique spur presentation by museum curator, Robert Tidwell at 10:30 a.m. While there, take a walk through the historical park while you’re at it! Since you’ve broken into the Western realm of things, pay a visit to Texas Tech Alum and custom hatter, Jared Coffelt at Flint Boot & Hat Shop. Or make your way west of town to Wood’s Boot City, family owned and operated since 1965. Feeling hungry again? Stop by Cactus Alley Courtyard for an afternoon pick-me-up before attending the National Golden Spur Award Honors. End the evening with a cocktail at Overton’s The Pecan Grill or Cotton Court’s Midnight Shift Restaurant & Bar. 

Day 2: Start day two slow, having brunch at Burklee Hill Vineyards with lemon ricotta waffles, avocado toast, or a cured salmon benedict.  After getting your fill, stop by RC Custom Boots for a glimpse into the epitome of Western artistry; see what goes into a pair of RC boots: heart. If you missed the spur programming yesterday, drop by the National Ranching Heritage Center to hear about the special collection. Hungry, now? Hit up Dirk’s Signature Chicken & Bar for bone-in fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, shrimp and grits and custom sides. After dining, rock ‘n roll with the Lubbock legend, Buddy Holly, and plan a tour at the Buddy Holly Museum. Or, wreck ‘em as a Red Raider, and take a drive or walk around Texas Tech University campus. Finish the night off with a nice dinner at West Table and a drink next door at The Brewery LBK.  

Day 3: Get your last grub in at the homey and hospitable Pancake House. And, if you’re feeling it, make sure to order the red velvet pancakes; you won’t regret it! Stroll around West End Center for mid-morning shopping before heading to Hill BBQ for prime brisket, pork spareribs, smoked turkey and a plethora of sides like cheesy papas and refreshing coleslaw. You’re ready to soar with a lunch like that, so land yourself at the Silent Wings Museum for World War II history, artifacts and stories. And, if you’re still in the Hub City, dine at the family owned and operated Italian Garden, which is BYOB with $3/per bottle fee. Oh, and the pink sauce is surely a chef’s kiss. 

Where to Hang Your Hat

The National Golden Spur Awards Honors is located at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences, near the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In partnership with the event, the Overton Hotel & Conference Center as well as the Cotton Court Hotel have designated room blocks. Click here to book your stay.  

For other lodging, dining and entertainment options, see Visit Lubbock. 


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