Where do you even start when considering a bed and breakfast in Texas? That’s like asking which hotel should I visit in Bolivia or Bangladesh. With a landmass and population more extensive than most nations, there is indeed an embarrassment of riches to select which B&B is best for your visit.
Covid-19 Update: We have made the following changes to ensure the safety of our guests: we are adhering to CDC recommended cleaning practices in all guest rooms and shared spaces, delivering both our breakfast and a gourmet dinner to your room (breakfast in bed or dinner for two by your private fireplace anyone?), offering touchless check-in and check out over the phone, and as always many of our rooms are in their own free-standing units and all of our rooms have separate outside entrances with no shared halls or lobbies. We are also offering a 25% discount for all reservations made on our website for travel before Sept 1st, 2020. Don't go stir crazy at home when you can come out and breath in the fresh air and soak up the sunshine. Sage Hill Inn sits on 88 acres above Onion Creek just South of Austin, in Kyle, TX. The property is surrounded by over 2,400 acres of protected lands and has sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country. We have private cottages where you can enjoy the safety and solitude with that special someone. Grab a book or Relax in a hammock or bench swing, in a rocker or get out and enjoy several miles of hiking trails. The sunsets are spectacular and the stars are bright. The property is rich with wildlife including: deer, black buck antelope, wild turkey, foxes, raccoons and abundant bird life. As featured in Forbes, Austin Monthly, Texas Home and Living, the Statesman and more. A three course dinner and daily breakfast are included in our nightly rate.
Under new ownership since December 2018, Creekhaven Inn & Spa has introduced new rooms, new amenities and a new spa! Creekhaven Inn is now a 16-room romantic Texas bed and breakfast with a petite spa that is perfect for relaxing couples massages or girlfriend getaway spa retreats! We are now one of the best rated bed and breakfast inns in Texas. Located on three acres on Cypress Creek, in the quaint Texas Hill Country town of Wimberley Texas, Creekhaven's location is one of the things that makes the property so special. Only 1/3 mile down historic Mill Race Lane, you'll feel a million miles from the stress of daily life but will be just a 10 minute walk to popular Wimberley Square. You'll also be within a short driving distance to Texas Wine Trail wineries, craft breweries, unique shopping, art galleries, and outdoor activities. Visit our activities page to learn why a stay in at Creekhaven Inn in Wimberley, Texas should be your next Texas vacation.
Perfect for Romantic Getaways in San Antonio We offer three stunning bed and breakfasts in San Antonio in the downtown King William Historic District near or on the famous Riverwalk. Stroll past the historic restored mansions on your way to many of the best San Antonio restaurants, shops or galleries. Guests can also enjoy a short walk to the Alamo and the Convention Center from our properties. At our San Antonio, TX bed and breakfasts, guests will enjoy elegance, luxury and unmatched Southern Texas hospitality. Each property has a unique charm and guests can escape and indulge in our private and serene rooms. Each room has been individually crafted with handpicked antique furnishings, original artwork and luxurious fabrics and wallpapers. Join us for the ultimate romantic getaways in San Antonio. Noble Inns of San Antonio Texas strives to provide an experience that is unique, special, finer … a feast for the senses. For that reason, joining us in our hotel near the Riverwalk in San Antonio guarantees that guests will go beyond the ordinary… to the extraordinary.
Romantic Texas bed and breakfast on a 500-acre ranch featuring 16 unique accommodations, horseback riding, ranch tours, and romance packages. The BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, located in Cat Springs, Texas, is a peaceful Texas bed and breakfast in a country setting with your choice of turn-of-the-century Texas Homes, completely furnished with antiques of their era…all on the Lehmann Legacy Ranch – over 650 acres of working ranch just an hour west of Houston. BlissWood provides an intimate setting for weddings also – perfect for the bride and groom who want a destination wedding to get away from the noise of the city and start a new life in quiet, peaceful surroundings in the country. Graceful centuries-old live oaks abound on this 650-acre ranch, along with several lakes and abundant wildlife. Get lost, and find yourself in the seven-circuit labyrinth in the Mystical Forest. Ponder at the pond while watching swans, ducks, and geese glide by. Rekindle a romance. Have an old-fashioned picnic at the gazebo overlooking the Enchanted Lake.
Why stay in a hotel or lodging when you can stay in a historic bed and breakfast. Walk in the door and then back in time at the Historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast. Our buildings include a historic one-room school, an original New Braunfels German rock home and a private cottage. Everyone can come, stay and relax. Guests say we have the "Best Breakfast in Texas!"
The Azalea Plantation B&B is a majestic historic 1940's home nestled in a shady, diverse neighborhood only 8 minute drive from downtown Fort Worth and 10 minutes to the Historic Stockyards District. Every room and suite features a KING BED & TEXAS SIZE WHIRLPOOL TUB , plus shower and flat screen cable TV and hi speed internet....full breakfast included daily! FREE rear parking for all guests.
An historic, Arts-and-Crafts-style mansion in Georgetown, Texas, San Gabriel House Bed & Breakfast offers elegant accommodations, attentive service, spacious grounds, and edge-of-the-Hill-Country convenience. Stay in one of our five luxurious second-floor bedrooms, all with pillow-top king beds and private baths. Or choose The Loft, our second-floor Carriage House suite with queen bed, kitchenette, and private entrance. All stays include a freshly prepared, two-course breakfast served on crystal and china in the handsome dining room. Relax in the landscaped gardens, enjoying the shade, breezes, and birdsong. Chat or play games in the upstairs common room or balcony, enjoying complimentary beverages. Walk across the street to Southwestern University, or head to downtown Georgetown, the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, filled with shops, restaurants, and activities. Let us help plan your unique event, or just book your relaxing stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next escape in Georgetown, Texas.
This Rusk, TX bed and breakfast offers a private getaway in the piney woods of East Texas on a working cattle ranch. Three miles from the Texas State Railroad tourist train. The cabin, Bluebonnet, is in the midst of a working Texas Longhorn ranch, giving visitors a rare opportunity to observe longhorns close-up. With a swimming pool, fishing lake, hiking, wildlife, and freedom from care, Bean's Creek Ranch and its Bluebonnet cabin provide families with the perfect getaway. Coming Soon: Our Second cabin, Wildflower, will make it's debut soon on the ranch.
Discover a peaceful, relaxing environment within walking distance of Houston’s finest restaurants and most lively entertainment venues. Our newly constructed three-story haven offers seven luxurious guest rooms, each with its own unique décor and amenities. Enjoy complete privacy in your choice of our twin, queen, and king guest rooms—or treat yourself to a full-size suite wrapped in a beautiful private veranda. Savor a hearty Southern or continental breakfast each morning in our cozy French kitchen. Make yourself at home in our sumptuous parlor, living room, and dining area. Whether you’re traveling on business or enjoying a getaway with friends and family, you’ll discover a wonderful treasure perfect for honeymoons too.
White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast is a turn of the century Greek Revival home conveniently located near downtown Jefferson, TX. Come and unwind on the wrap around porch and enjoy true Southern Hospitality. The guest rooms are beautifully appointed with a clean and comfortable environment. It’s an affordable inn with an ideal location that welcomes travelers with the warmth and charm they would usually only find at home. The guest rooms are a nice size, airy, bright and each with their own bathroom.
Stay in the midst of the only vineyard in the City: Barons CreekSide: 2 Minutes from Main Street Fredericksburg, Texas Featured in HILL COUNTRY MAGAZINE:”….stands out as “extra-special” The location of photo shoots for Cabela’s, Woolrich and reality TV shows Water and wildlife, comfort and romance… a unique log cabin village on 26 rolling acres in the midst of our vineyard, offers exquisite lodging with a taste of Switzerland in the Texas Hill Country. Barons CreekSide – SWISS owned and operated – is truly THE romantic getaway. Our accommodations, 12 hand-crafted Swiss log cabins and 4 unique family homes, surround a continuously-flowing creek. And all just two minutes from Main Street Fredericksburg and THE gateway to Wine Road 290! Our on-site Club, features a bistro, wine bar, and live music in an eclectic indoor/outdoor setting. Unwind along the gorgeous “mountain creek” on 26 tree-covered, Hill Country acres. Explore, watch for birds and butterflies, go fishing…or just relax in a rocker on your private porch. Ask about our exclusive in-cabin Couple’s Massage!
Welcome to the Rosevine Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in Tyler, Texas, where a world of comfort awaits you. With numerous shops and attractions nearby, there is something for everyone. We are the perfect weekend getaway, but can also accommodate traveling guests with our extended stay accommodations. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with cookies and assorted beverages. With five unique bed and breakfast plus seven more extended stay accommodations to choose from, each with a feeling of Southern comfort, you will feel relaxed and at home. When you wake, you’ll be greeted with a legendary Texas breakfast (for our bed and breakfast guests) to fill you up before you start off your day. Relax in our barn/lodge-style game room with pool table, or soak in our outdoor hot tub before you take a walk through our New Orleans-style courtyard complete with outdoor fireplace and fountain. We are located conveniently near the Tyler Rose Garden and Museum, University of Texas, and the East Texas Symphony.
Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful, spacious 10 room Bed and Breakfast located across the street from Texas Tech University. We have ten rooms, all with private bathrooms. There are two full suites and a actual Santa Fe Caboose you can stay in. The main house has 7 rooms for you to enjoy. A full breakfast is served every morning around the breakfast bar, in our exquisite dinning room or by the relaxing pool in the back yard. Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to virtually all Texas Tech University events and activities. When planning your next visit to Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas, or visiting the Buddy Holly Center, remember the Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast. We’d love to have you stay with us.
Blair House Inn is located in the beautiful village of Wimberley. Known for providing gracious hospitality and attentive service, Blair House Inn is the perfect location for a getaway in the beautiful region of Texas Wine Country! Our bed and breakfast creates an environment that replenishes the soul and recharges the spirit. Situated on 22 gorgeous acres, Blair House Inn offers a respite from today’s busy world. At our Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast in Wimberley, you can opt for idle leisure time or enjoy many of the things to do onsite or in the area. It’s all up to you! Each of our accommodations from guestrooms, suites, to cottages have been careful thought out and designed for an ideal getaway in the Texas Hill Country. All of our accommodations offer beautiful Hill Country views, complimentary breakfast, and access to our onsite spa and cooking school for the ultimate in relaxation.
THE GREENEST LITTLE HOTEL IN AUSTIN Experience Park Lane, an urban eco-oasis... Located in the heart of Austin, Texas's historic SoCo district, two blocks from South Congress Avenue, and walking distance to downtown, our unique Guest House offers 3 elegantly appointed private cottages. Relax beside our natural mosaic tiled pool in the shade of the live oak tree, and enjoy the Park Lane's organic vegetarian vegan breakfast in the comfort of your cottage or on your private deck.
Welcome to the Ant Street Inn, a small boutique hotel in downtown Brenham, TX, approximately halfway between Houston and Austin off Hwy 290!. We have 15 gorgeous rooms, each with its own unique style and feel, and all with private baths and a restaurant breakfast. Our guest comforts include luxury linens and robes, free wi-fi and Blue Bell Ice Cream, and cool breezes on the veranda! Enjoy downtown shops, restaurants, music venues and more all within walking distance from the inn. Or explore Washington County and the surrounding areas by visiting wineries, nature trails, antique shows, and much more. In addition to our guest rooms we have a beautiful ballroom and garden which are perfect for any celebration including weddings up to 250 guests! Meeting/gathering space for groups of all types is available. Contact us for details about planning your next gathering!
Come enjoy Irish charm amongst alpacas in the Old Irish Bed and Breakfast @ Patrick’s Pastures, a 6-acre ranch located 21 miles north of DFW airport and just 4 miles East of I-35 in Denton, Texas. The Old Irish Bed and Breakfast @ Patrick’s Pastures has a quaint and tranquil setting and nestled under 100 years old Pecan and Oak trees along the banks of Trinity River making it a perfect location for romantic getaways, reunions and adventures.
At our lakefront retreat, Inn on Lake Granbury, you’ll experience upscale accommodations, comfort, and personal service – all within short walking distance to shopping and fine dining on Granbury’s Historic Town Square. It is less than a 2-hour drive from Dallas and 45 minutes from Fort Worth. Enjoy a vacation filled with relaxation in one of the unique accommodations offered at the Inn on Lake Granbury. All rooms, suites and house rentals feature hardwood floors and European decor with Hill Country accents. You’ll enjoy the heated bathroom floors, steam showers, stone fireplaces, and outdoor porches and balconies. A getaway to our Texas Hill Country inn includes a five-course breakfast, as well as our complimentary afternoon wine and appetizer hour. Imagine a romantic walk down winding pathways to the edge of Lake Granbury or perhaps relaxing on the bluff beneath stunning live oak trees overlooking the lake. There is a plethora of activities and attractions within a short distance of the inn. Enjoy outdoor activities, live theater, fine dining options, and Texas Hill Country wine tours.
Experience Iconic Santa Fe style and comfort at our #1 ranked B&B! Located on an acre of lush terraced gardens, our Santa Fe bed and breakfast is minutes away from the historic Santa Fe plaza, and superb dining, shopping, art galleries, music, opera, hiking and skiing. Come explore, relax, and rejuvenate under towering pines with views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, at our rambling adobe estate, once home to Witter Bynner, American poet, writer and scholar. Our historic estate has 9 guest rooms offering cozy beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury robes and linens, private baths, DirecTV, and some feature kiva fireplaces, private balconies, and claw-foot tubs. Enjoy a full gourmet breakfast each morning, included in your stay, house baked treats & fresh fruit, afternoon tea, and a Twilight wine reception on Fridays and Saturdays. Our location, beautiful grounds, Iconic adobe estate, attention to detail, and friendly service sets us apart as one of the best ways to experience Iconic Santa Fe. Exceptional lodging and honeymoon experiences await.
The Historic Adobe & Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in Taos, New Mexico, is perfect for romantic couples and honeymoons, but also girlfriends getaways. Come and experience a romantic getaway in a luxurious and soothing setting, surrounded by historical sites. The 80 foot long Grand Portal stretches the expanse of the main entry and is an inviting place to sit and talk and enjoy the peaceful splendor of the Taos sunrise or sunset. The most evident of the historic 1830 'preserved architectural elements' is the low overhang entrance to the grand portal and the short door to the lobby. Choose our Most Romantic Taos Bed and Breakfast Inn to stargaze on a private deck or relax in an over-sized sumptuous bath with a second fireplace, soaking tub and private sauna. Each room is unique with its own special charm. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast overlooking a flower-filled courtyard.
Four Kachinas Inn is located in the charming, downtown historic area of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are near the capitol - secluded, yet easy to find, and within walking distance of numerous galleries, shops, restaurants, and historical sites. To fulfill our mission of providing our guests with an experience of relaxation and rejuvenation while allowing whatever level of interaction with the outside world you desire, we have created six unique guest rooms with private baths, king and queen beds, and full breakfasts.
Welcome to one of Oklahoma’s premier Bed & Breakfasts, Shiloh Morning Inn, a romantic, secluded getaway. Conveniently located in Ardmore, OK – halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City just minutes off I-35 – this country bed and breakfast is an oasis for just the two of you to leave cares behind as you enjoy the rural Oklahoma countryside; stroll on the 73 acres of peace and quiet and enjoy life as it was meant to be. The luxurious accommodations at Shiloh Morning Inn B&B are the perfect destination for a getaway to the area of Oklahoma where nature abounds and water beckons. Visit Oklahoma Turner Falls, a picturesque 77 foot waterfall with swimming and picnicking in the Arbuckle Mountains nearby. Stroll or bike the nature trails of Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Take in Lake Murray State Park for boating, skiing, and swimming. Golf at one of six area courses. After a day out, return to your suite or cottage for an evening of pampering–soaking in a scented hot tub, an in room movie, and that inviting pillow top bed for a dreamy night’s rest. We look forward to your visit!
Dramatically perched on a mesa top overlooking Abiquiú Lake, this brand new, elegant, high-end bed and breakfast offers a luxury experience in a location surrounded by beauty, quiet and stillness. This is not your typical B&B – it is an adults-only experience, a feast for the senses in a sublime location. Modern luxuries and sophisticated services blend with authentic architecture and inspired design. There are three luxurious guest rooms in the Inn, each with a king-sized bed, private entrance, ensuite bath with oversized showers, cable TV and WIFI, and private outdoor portals (patios) with lounge seating and chimineas. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning, along with speciality coffees, before you head out to discover Abiquiu. Allow us to show you the magic of northern New Mexico. It's right outside our door.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico is the historic inn Casa del Gavilan. A place of spirit--where hawk and eagle soar--this grand adobe villa was built 1910-1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns' elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan (House of the Hawk) is a showplace of early Pueblo-revival architecture featuring artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others. Surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. All guest rooms have private baths, and a full breakfast is served daily.
Escape to the Arsenic & Old Lace Bed & Breakfast, our Queen Anne Victorian mansion in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Located in the Historic District, our luxury inn offers peaceful views of the surrounding hills and our beautiful gardens from the wraparound veranda. If you wish to stay connected, each room is Wi-Fi capable! Our convenient location is 2 blocks from the Historic Loop shops, restaurants, and galleries. Private, off-street parking is provided for our guests. The decor is exquisite, with beautiful furnishings, stained glass windows, tin ceilings, original artwork, antiques, and crystal chandeliers. Our scrumptious breakfasts are served overlooking the gardens. A large common area provides our guests 24-hour complimentary refreshments, homemade cookies and snacks. We also offer a large video library for watching movies in your room. The perfect setting for your romantic getaway!
El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn, a Select Registry property, is located in the charming, downtown historic area of Santa Fe, NM. We are near the capital – secluded yet easy-to-find and within walking distance of numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and historical sites. One of Santa Fe’s finest bed and breakfast inns – El Farolito has eight romantic rooms tastefully decorated in true Santa Fe style. The bed and breakfast is located in the historic district and a short walk to downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Santa Fe offers everything from world-class restaurants, historical sites, art galleries, museums and outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, fishing and vast public lands to explore. Adding to your enjoyment is a mild climate and sunny skies atop a mountain backdrop of lushly forested lands. Santa Fe offers something for everyone! See adobe architecture, enjoy art on every corner with an abundance of museums, galleries and festivals, see music, theatre, dance and opera, see the rodeo, or enjoy an afternoon of eclectic shopping. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it in Santa Fe and we look forward to hosting you at El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn or our sister six room bed and breakfast inn, the Four Kachinas Inn.
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To help break down the overwhelming number of choices, it helps first to know where in Texas you want to visit. Looking for big-city experience will take you to the major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio. They each have their own culture and appeal.
Perhaps the most sought-after destination is the Texas Hill Country, generally located to the west of Austin, stretching southwest into south-central Texas. Favored for its scenic topography, rustic ranches, and Old West culture, a visit to one of the many types of B&B inns provides a deep sense of how unique Texas is and the pride that Texans have in their culture.
Heading south and west from Austin, a distinctive German influence is noticeable in towns such as Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, Boerne, and Kerrville. Even a small town like Wimberley, located at the beautiful confluence of the gently winding Blanco River and tree-shaded Cypress Creek, has exceptional lodging options for those who desire a small-town experience.
From rustic and full of character to sleek and ultra-modern, your choice of inn will have more to do with what part of the “Republic of Texas” you wish to explore. But rest assured, every comfort and convenience is available no matter where you choose to start your adventure.
Of course, the abundance of galleries and museums will only enhance your stay as you learn about local history and the lore of the Lone Star State.
Texas’ ability to captivate is not limited to the (mostly) agreeable year-round weather. It has a natural ecology that is unlike any other in North America. A coastal plain borders the Gulf of Mexico and snugs up to old-growth East Texas Piney Woods. Swamp and bayou populate the coastal region as it arches over toward Louisiana. Moving westward, the Hill Country rolls up to add depth to the terrain before giving way to the burning plains of West Texas.
North Texas is characterized by flat country and scrub oak forests that stretch to the Red River and the border with Oklahoma. The Texas Panhandle region is a world of its own as an elevated plateau and has more in common with New Mexico and its high desert scrub country. South of the Panhandle ushers in what was once a large inland sea known as the Permian Basin. It is this vast, desolate region of cactus, rattlesnakes, and jackrabbits that gives us the endless miles of pumpjacks and petroleum production.
South Texas is ancient, barren, and beautiful. It is home to Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande River border with Mexico. And there are actually some mountains down this way as well. Some of the oldest rock on the North American continent can be found here in arguably the harshest terrain across the whole southern US. Correspondingly, this unforgiving environment plays host to some of the wildest and most hostile plants, animals, and heat extremes in the state.
Interesting place, this Texas. There’s a simple beauty of austerity here that takes a while to appreciate. Visit and you may never leave.
The history of Texas is a long and complicated story. Spanish conquistadors landed in 1519, and five different nations have since ruled various parts of it between France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the United States. A sixth could be added if you count the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Early leaders of the “Republic” were war heroes from several different military conflicts, including the Mexican-American War, the Texas Revolution, and the American Civil War. Although born outside of Texas, flamboyant, defiant, proud, and relentless men such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and Davy Crockett heeded the call to defend or advance the nation-state, all of whom served with distinction.
As a result of their leadership during these campaigns, they were drafted into or volunteered for service to their beloved state and helped shape the future of not only Texas but the young United States as well.
Today’s world would be vastly different if it weren’t for the oil and gas production that comes from the oilfields of West Texas. Recently having become the world’s leader in oil production, the US would be much further down that list if not for the voluminous extraction of these valuable commodities.
There are two things Texas is known for. One is big, the other hot. Can’t do anything about the big, but when the temperatures get high in the double digits, you can be sure water is going to be involved.
Between the Gulf of Mexico, lakes, rivers, and countless swimming holes, there is plenty of water to cool off in during the hot summer months. Freshwater fishing in lakes and streams, as well as deep-sea fishing in the Gulf, offer the best of anglers the challenge they seek. Cycling, walking, and jogging are year-round sports for those who love the heat as well as the more comfortable temperatures during the spring and fall.
For many small towns, water activities are the central focus of the summer season. For example, Granbury is a small town southwest of Fort Worth where you can put in at the lake for boating, swimming, and fishing. Head just north to the town of Glen Rose and you may be able to spot dinosaur tracks in the streambed if water conditions are right.
Gruene (pronounced “green”), Texas is another small town that’s packed with big fun. Home to the country’s oldest continually operating dance hall, skip on over and “git yer two-step on.” Just a few miles south you can check out New Braunfels and drop a tube in the Comal River to cool your heels on a hot afternoon.
For the more adventurous, hunting big game on selective ranches, camping, and hiking offer a multitude of challenging terrains and environments. Sightseeing in the big cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio is always exciting for those who might be visiting the state for the first time. And there’s never a shortage of art galleries and museums celebrating Texas’ unique culture. Except for skiing, there just isn’t too much you can’t do in wild, open Texas.
It is challenging, to say the least, when trying to decide where to go first in this great state. Adventure-seekers have virtually an endless menu to choose from. History enthusiasts will revel in the rich fabric of the story that has unfolded on the battlefields, the oilfields, and in the big cities.
San Antonio is a thriving metropolis and home to the intriguing River Walk. Come and see one of Texas’ most celebrated shrines at The Alamo. In 1836 one hundred and fifty brave Texians held off Santa Ana’s Mexican army of 1500 for thirteen days before finally succumbing, illustrates the passion and courage of the American spirit.
Houston, the massive metropolis by the Gulf, counts NASA and the Space Center Houston as two of its most famous residents. Major medical corporations and their healthcare-related partners are always seeking the next cure for man’s ailments.
The Texas state capitol in Austin is home to the University of Texas, great music, and weirdness (‘Keep Austin Weird’ is a familiar bumper sticker around town). Nearby Lake Travis is the place to go to cool off. And speaking of weird, if your travels take you up Amarillo way, don’t miss the Cadillac Ranch. Several dozen cars are aligned in a pattern of sorts and buried standing on their grills. Completing the artistic banality is the spray painting that occurs continuously in every color imaginable. No known connection to Austin.
Boy-howdy. Forget forecasting; sometimes there’s just no explaining it. From Category 5 hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and monster twisters that spool up in Tornado Alley to ice-laden Blue Northers that rip down from Oklahoma and the searing heat of West Texas, you never know what to count on. Kinda makes it fun, but only if you’re visiting.
Those who live here take precautions, stock up on water, batteries, and dry food, and trust that Mother Nature’s next tantrum will happen somewhere else across this broad swath of our country. As good as weather forecasting has become, Texas weather still has a knack for fooling the best computer models.
With a predominantly dry atmosphere over much of the state, weather systems typically are generated by the contrast of the humid winds bringing Gulf moisture north as they collide with cooler air sweeping south from the Great Plains. Other systems that gallop down from the front range of the Rocky Mountains tango with warmer air of the Panhandle and West Texas creating monstrous thunderstorms and the occasional ice storm. Snow is an anomaly, and when it does fall, it’s gone in a matter of hours.
Yes, there is violent weather across the state. But more often than not, outside of the hot summer months of July and August, Texas offers beautiful weather for almost any outdoor activity most of the year.
Funny how things in Texas come in twos. Hot and dry. Texas Two-Step. Tex-Mex and brisket. There are probably more Tex-Mex places to eat than 7-11s, and that’s saying something where the corporate headquarters for the convenience store is located in Dallas.
The variety of Tex-Mex is limited only by your imagination. Conversely, Texas brisket is pretty consistent in the way it is prepared. There are variations of preferred spices depending on the recipe (or family secret), but the type of wood used for smoking it and how it’s prepared is somewhat consistent. Either way, you can’t go wrong. South of the Border with all its fixins, or a tangy Texas brisket chased with a cold beer or a tall sweet tea is tough to beat.
Oh, I almost forgot. Another popular two-fer, Longhorns and 32-ounce steaks. Right after the ubiquitous Tex-Mex served from street vendors and upscale restaurants, the Texas steakhouse is a landmark institution, and every town worth its steak sauce has one.
And remember Cadillac Ranch? On your way there, stop at the Big Texan in Amarillo right on I-40 and check out the 72-ounce steak challenge with all the trimmin’s, free. That’s right, free. But only if you eat it ALL. In one sitting. Otherwise, you pick up the tab. Sounds like a deal, right? Only if you haven’t eaten in a week!
There are many quality wineries across the state as well that deserve attention. There’s even a town named after the venerable vine just west of the DFW airport. Yup, Grapevine, Texas. You needn’t go any further to find something splendid.
Microbreweries do very well in Texas also. If you’ve never had Shiner Bock, try one on a hot summer day. Brewed in the south Texas town of Shiner (population 2069), it’s a dark, but light on the palette. Paired with a brisket sandwich and some slaw with a pickle on the side? The bomb.
An exciting aspect of staying at a Texas B&B is discovering the unexpected surprises. Innkeepers love to show off their amenities such as private baths and rain-style showers in a secluded veranda just outside the guestroom. Perhaps a private hot tub snugged up by the outdoor fireplace. A private entrance to a guest house or carriage house further enhances the sense of privacy and specialized treatment. Many of these types of extras may be listed on the inn website but ask for the ones not listed; you might be surprised what secrets the innkeeper has in store for you.
Offering a gourmet breakfast is, by definition, almost a necessity for a B&B. Often a source of innkeeper pride, specialty-trained chefs are highly sought after as a drawing card for guests with a distinguished palette. Other amenities such as free wifi, high-quality linens, towels, and bathrobes, as well as organic and hypo-allergenic bath supplies, are considered standard across the friendly state of Texas.
A vacation at a bed and breakfast in Texas is one of those bucket list items. Classic Texas scenery, Hill Country vistas, sunsets that stretch to the horizon, and salsa. And somebody close is smoking a brisket! Does it get any better?
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Fabulous retreats such as Blair House Inn in Wimberley or the secluded Blisswood Bed and Breakfast in Cat Springs, Texas, will leave you refreshed and restored. Noble Inns in San Antonio are closer to the action but refreshing just the same. And reasonably priced to boot.
Visitors and native Texans alike swear to the enduring grace and charm of the Hill Country bed and breakfast inns when they want to getaway. Granted, Texas is big, but with the Hill Country being somewhat centrally located, all of the major cities are just a few hours’ drive from the perfect stop in paradise.
Have a family reunion coming up? Perhaps a winery bed and breakfast will do the trick. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly bed and breakfast in north Texas or a romantic bed and breakfast in central Texas’ Hill Country, with all the options available it won’t take you long to book the perfect location for that memorable retreat.
And speaking of tricks, at no extra charge, you can spend a night in a haunted bed and breakfast in Texas. The world-famous Stockyards in Ft. Worth is said to be home to many a wandering late-night spirit. And not just the ones finding their way home from the bars!
Whether you’re looking for an adults-only retreat, one that caters to kids, or a sanctuary for the disabled, there is an endless number of choices sure to meet your need. There’s something for everyone down Texas way. Wrangle on over and live large, Partner.
Texas has some of the most ultra-modern services available anywhere in the arenas of commerce, medicine, and infrastructure. When it comes to hospitality, culture, and entertainment, there is a lot to like about the adherence to its heritage.
The charm of many of the state’s best bed and breakfast inns are prime examples. Texans are genial by nature; it’s kind of in their DNA. When people visit Texas, they count on host-friendliness to be a big part of their experience starting right at check-in. Innkeepers take great pride in ushering their guests into a world of comfort and delight.
Couples from all over the US come to Texas for the ultimate in romantic getaways where they enjoy enhancements such as extra-spacious (the old saw applies here too, ‘everything’s bigger in Texas!’) guestrooms and a Jacuzzi by a fireplace, perhaps even on a veranda. Boutique B&Bs that specialize in elopements make the extra effort to ensure their newlyweds are pampered to the max.
As big and wide as Texas is, the four major cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are relatively close to each other. Driving times can vary between them, of course, depending on traffic volume and the seemingly ever-present road construction. But you can count on pretty consistent drive time within the triad of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Located in North Texas, getting to Dallas can be a challenge on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, especially from Austin.
Not forgetting El Paso way to the west, you most certainly will want to fly there unless you’re up for an 8-10 hour haul across the vast regions of West Texas. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because there is some beauty out there. Just be prepared for a lot of sage and cactus!
Flight times between the cities is no more than an hour, and Dallas and Houston have two large commercial airports servicing their metro areas. These provide excellent carrier service and frequent flights at all hours of the day. Many of the carriers now offer reasonable one-way fares, too, further enhancing your travel options. Rental cars, Uber, Lyft, shuttles, and ride-shares are additional methods of getting around this great state effectively.