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Art, Nature and Cheesecake in East Texas

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

This colorful Marshalls sign is over La Vie, an independent store in Mount Pleasant, Texas..

Our recent art adventure took us through Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, Linden, Caddo Lake/Uncertain and Marshall. It was a big day with lots to see and experience! This East Texas road trip travel guide shares our favorite stops.

Art Adventures:

We were charmed by Mount Pleasant's fun downtown storefront and outdoor decor. From eye-catching signage to interactive art (hello, red piano!) its town square has plenty of creative things to see.

Red piano painted with trees and mountains
Painted red piano in downtown Mount Pleasant, Texas..
Christmas ornament and tinsel streamers in a downtown Mount Pleasant Texas Storefront.
Christmas decorations at Mill's Flowers and Gifts, Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Marshall also has a few interesting murals to see, including this one near Joe Pine coffee!

Colorful pine cone mural.
Pine Cone Mural at Joe Pine Coffee in Marshall, Texas..

Marshall's Michelson Museum of Art is closed through January 2021, but it has an interesting story and is worth going back to explore.

Snack Stops:

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Laura's Cheesecake, marble brownie swirl. Mount Pleasant, Texas.

We always try to patronize local businesses on our art adventures (with the exception of Dairy Queen - a road trip non negotiable!) That includes restaurants, even when it means cheesecake for breakfast. We began the day at Laura's Cheesecake in downtown Mount Pleasant.

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Pittsburgh Hot Links, Pittsburg, Texas.

We hit the famous Pittsburg Hot Links restaurant conveniently just before lunch time. If you're a meat-eater, it's pretty great and the hot link sandwiches, which we got, are easy to eat in the car or outdoors, although they do allow indoor dining.

Joe Pine, with its vibrant downtown location, colorful mural, and outdoor seating was a fun coffee stop to fuel us for the drive back to Dallas.

Independent Shopping:

We loved La Vie and its companion Christmas store in downtown Mount Pleasant. Marshall's downtown is home to The Weisman, and downtown Linden has plenty of antique stores to browse.

Other points of interest:

The two main focuses of this art adventure were Caddo Lake and photographing courthouses, a new project of ours since other types of art adventures are paused. But nature and architecture are art to us!

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Caddo Lake, Uncertain, Texas.
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The Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, Texas.
Cass County Courthouse Linden TX
The Cass County Courthouse, Linden, Texas.

Click here for our interactive East Texas road trip map!

We love to seek out and share art, in big cities and smaller towns off the beaten path! If you'd like to suggest our next destination or invite us to visit your town, please be in touch! Currently, we highlight outdoor and social distance-friendly travel experiences that many people can enjoy more safely and easily. Happy Art-Adventuring!

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