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Bed and Breakfast in Texas

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.

Bed and Breakfast in Texas

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This mid century contemporary home exhibit a flexible, balanced layout that includes a spacious master suite, large generous sized secondary bedrooms all with closets, "open-concept" combination living, dining and kitchen area. The private outdoor entertaining area will be the perfect setting for hosting. This home sits on thoughtful and lush landscaping that will allow you to relax and enjoy Austin with friends and family. Stunning, yet comfortable interior makes you feel right at home. The home’s design truly creates a marriage between the indoor and outdoor living areas. The heart of the home is a grand open space of the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The home is pre-set for 8 guests, but can hold up to 10 upon request and approval by owner. Upon owner approval, we will set the home for any number between 8 and 10 guests. A large group fee may apply. The sheer size of the estate can easily accommodate 12 people with twin-size, bed-height luxury Frontgate (FG) air mattresses, with foam toppers. 30+Days only. (Available upon request)

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You are greeted by a calm and peace when you step foot on this property. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will see that this home is filled with art and sculptures collected by the homeowners through the years. The dining and living rooms are elegant spaces in which to gather and connect with your group. The kitchen boasts a coffee and tea bar as well as all you need to create your family favorites. Feel free to take the gathering outside to swim in the pool that is finished with top of the line polished stone surface. Head up to the observation deck to see the expansive views of the neighboring nature preserve. There are many places to relax and reconnect with yourself or others at this home whether you enjoy the spa under the stars, relax on the swing or take in the hike, picnic spot or meditation circle in the canyon behind the house. Whatever escape is to you, this house has it. There is a media room upstairs where you can sit back and relax with a movie night. The homeowners have provided yoga mats that you might even take up to the observation deck for your practice. There are two offices in this home should you need to do a little work on your getaway. Both are equipped with docks and air printers. You are not far from Lake Austin, and we are happy to arrange a boat day or some jet skis for you. Life in Austin is not complete without some Tex Mex or BBQ- we are famous for it. We are happy to suggest local favorites, or we can deliver it directly to your kitchen. Living like a local has never been so easy. The home is pre-set for 10 guests, but can easily accommodate up to f15 guests upon request and approval by owner. With that approval, we will set the home for up to 15 guests using luxury Frontgate bed-height air mattress beds with foam toppers.

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This beautiful property is conveniently located to downtown Austin’s many attractions, making it a perfect space to gather with family and friends to explore the city! Only 2 miles to Zilker Park, home of the Austin City Limits Festival, 4 miles to downtown dining, and 5 miles to the UT Stadium, you will be only minutes to entertainment in the heart of Austin! There’s a private backyard where you can grill or challenge friends to a game of cornhole. The grassy area can host yoga and other outdoor fun. Or enjoy time in the media room on the 2nd floor that’s perfect for gathering to watch movies, sports or serve as an additional sleeping area. Whatever you choose to do, the urban modern design of this space will make the perfect starting point to creating lasting memories. This property is regularly set for 6 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 12 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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This very private property boasts a view of the valley and greenbelt beyond the backyard. This ranch-style estate is one level, making it perfect for every group. With several covered outdoor lounge areas to relax, ABOVE Serenity embraces the wide-open spaces and beauty of the Hill Country. Grill, play games in the yard or practice yoga in this peaceful setting. The kitchen is every cook’s dream and is the center of this open floor plan space. Play piano, watch TV, or gather by the fireplace. There is a separate media room for movies as well as an office should you need to step away for a little work. Decorated with a modern ranch design plan, you will enjoy the warm welcome of this home. This property is regularly set for 8 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 10 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee.

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The Austin Luxe Estate is the perfect escape while enjoying close proximity to all that downtown has to offer. This private luxury estate sits on two acres filled with Texas native Live Oak trees with a spacious backyard that is perfect for small events. The great room enjoys this same peaceful view of a beautiful pool with sunning ledge/beach, covered outdoor lounge area and strings of lights to provide that beautiful glow in the evenings. There are three main living areas in which to spread out and relax as well as a private office/flex room for a little work. This property is regularly set for 10 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 16 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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Welcome to the Oakwood House! Secluded in the heart of Westlake and only 3 miles to the heart of downtown Austin, TX, you will find this gorgeous, warm and wooded Westlake home! This custom home boasts style and comfort that is the perfect getaway and only minutes from downtown Austin. Great open floor plan with flowing and spacious rooms. A great home for entertaining with chef’s kitchen, updated media room, and game garage for the kids! Enjoy the private back patio with lounge and dining areas. Gather with friends and family or host a corporate dinner party! The Primary Bedroom is on the first floor and boats a shower as well soaking tub. The office is also on the first floor, and can double as a sleeping area. The other three Guest Bedrooms are on the second floor. This property is regularly set for 9 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 14 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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The Harmony on Lake Austin Estate offers a beautiful glimpse of Central Texas at its luxurious best. This is a one-of-a-kind property with clifftop views and lakefront access. One step into this “Alamo-esque” style home brings the expansive Texas sky and Lake Austin directly into your vacation along with luxury modern decor. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the entertaining areas downstairs invite you to relax before a panoramic view of Lake Austin and its surrounding hills. The professional kitchen is stocked with everything you need to entertain. Dine indoors or out on the patio with the sunset above the lake as your backdrop. A quick walk down the trail takes you to the private dock with a lounge area and a large, grassy lawn. This property is regularly set for 6 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 12 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee.

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Welcome to the Lakeside Estate on Lake Austin where you will enjoy lake living with a side of Austin cool! This spacious property welcomes you with plenty of space to enjoy a relaxing lake vacation only minutes from the heart of Downtown Austin. Enjoy ping pong in the heart of the action as well as the full built-in bar…all with a view of the lake beyond. We are happy to have a margarita bar ready upon arrival! There is a quiet living room just off the well-stocked chef’s kitchen and dining area- perfect for a chef dinner! Upstairs is a media room with yet another fabulous area to relax and spend time with your group. Let us bring all the snacks you need for a movie night! There is an oversized balcony porch with daybed swings overlooking that peaceful lake view. Outdoor dining and lounge area as well as a plunge pool and hot tub are calling you outside. Enjoy the dock lounge area, the firepit by the edge of the water, a “beach” at the lake or your own pickleball court! This property is regularly set for 10 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 14 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee. 3 night minimum.

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Just steps away from the Lakeway Marina and Lakeway Resort and Spa, LAKEWAY COVE is in the perfect location for your group to enjoy beautiful Lake Travis. Your group can enjoy a boat or SUP rentals from the marina in the morning and unwind in the afternoon with spa treatments. Located on the 3rd floor, this is the perfect place to unwind. Imagine starting and ending your days with your favorite beverage and enjoying the sunrise and sunset over a gorgeous view of Lake Travis. The Texas Hill Country doesn’t get much more scenic than the views from this porch. If you are looking for a special night out this home is conveniently located to some of the best restaurants Lake Travis has to offer. The kitchen is fully stocked for cooking for your group as part of the “open concept” design that allows for a nice flow. Boat slip use is not guaranteed, but may be available through Lakeway Marina and must be approved in advance. Boat dimensions will be needed. This property is regularly set for 6 guests and set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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Experience Texas luxury living just minutes from the heart of downtown Austin in this architect-designed home has been thoughtfully constructed with the finest materials and design elements. With over 7 levels and 6 bedrooms, this estate is spacious and open, but you can also find plenty of privacy. Head to the lowest level on the elevator to enjoy the media room or play a game of shuffleboard with your group. Just outside is the pool and outdoor kitchen with living and dining areas – all with views of the lake. For a special treat, walk down the steps and experience the property’s private waterfall. There is a private boat dock featuring an inviting 2nd floor with dining and lounging areas to enjoy those lake views. This property is regularly set for 14 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 16 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee. 3 night minimum May - October.

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This custom home is a one-of-a-kind property with sweeping canyon views of the back patios and balconies. The home boasts a refined collection of décor that celebrates the world traveler. Enter through the Zen-filled courtyard through the imported doors to find the gourmet kitchen, dining table and living room with floor to ceiling windows. The media room is also in this main house and can be a sleeping area. The casita is a stand-alone guest space with living and kitchen/dining area as well. This property is regularly set for 8 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 14 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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Nestled in one of Austin's treasured neighborhoods, The Westlake Estate is the perfect place for any group gathering. The home features a Main House as well as a Back House all on an oversized lot under heritage oaks that are over 200 years old. The Main House has an open living and kitchen area so that no one is far from the action. The Back House has its own living area and kitchen, which is just across the breezeway from the game garage complete with TV, pool/ping pong table and a relaxing sectional sofa. The courtyard features a relaxing porch space with dining and lounge areas overlooking the pool and hot tub. This property is regularly set for 12 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 16 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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Texas, USA

Warm and inviting, fun and relaxing, and an outdoor enthusiast’s dream... The ABOVE AUTHENTIC TUDOR ESTATE is a great place to vacation! This home combines the best of Texas charm with its cozy appeal inside the house and adds in the FUN factor with the pool, large sport court, and walking trails along the greenbelt just outside the back doors! The back deck is the perfect escape to soak in the Austin sunsets with a grill, lots of seating and a private dining gazebo overlooking the pool and the canyon. If you're looking for a comfortable home for your group that is located within 5 miles of downtown Austin and offers plenty to do while at the house, this is the one for you! This property is regularly set for 8 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 13 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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Welcome to the truly one-of-a-kind ABOVE Crown Jewel Estate - a private family compound, where three separate homes sprawl across almost 6.5 acres on nearly 500 feet of prime Lake Austin waterfront. Inspired by Lake Como, the estate was built with the utmost attention to luxury and detail. The Cabana House sits features a chef's kitchen with glycol beer taps and is surrounded by its own pool, spa, golf simulator, outdoor kitchen, tennis courts, regulation volleyball, and a putting green. This property is regularly set for 34 guests with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee.

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Texas, USA

Welcome to this stunning luxury estate on the shores of Lake Austin. Those gorgeous views greet you through picture windows as you arrive. This home is newly furnished with high-end, designer touches. With over 10,000 square feet, estate includes a large personal theater, private office, garage apartment with a game room featuring a pool table, ping pong and foosball. Outside you can relax by the pool and hot tub or fire up the gas grill for a cookout. The covered patio has outdoor dining and lounging with fireplace and TV. The large lawn is perfect for enjoying a game of corn hole with friends. Head down to the dock deck with plenty of seating to enjoy the lake up close. This property is regularly set for 19 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 21 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required. Boat slip and/or boat tie-up may be available by approval and with a fee. 3-night minimum May - October.

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The Austin Preserve Estate is the perfect getaway for your group with multiple living areas, a backyard built for entertaining and a game room with pool, ping pong and a bar. This property has been professionally decorated with elegant and luxury finishes. Double doors open from the living room to the outdoor area where you can take a swim, enjoy a game of pool basketball or just relax in the hot tub against the backdrop of the nature preserve with a trailhead just. Enjoy your favorite movie on the outdoor TV, play a game of washers or grill up some burgers. Afterwards, enjoy the view or hop on to the trail that comes right up to the house. Outdoors or indoors, this property is perfect for everyone. This property is regularly set for 13 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 14 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

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.

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The Lakeway Lookout on Lake Travis condo is beautifully appointed with modern touches and comfortable spaces for your group to gather and rest. Located on the 2nd level of the building, this condo boasts an open kitchen floor plan with a bar, dining area, living room, and sitting area. The cozy patio overlooks Lakeway Marina with views of Lake Travis and the Hill Country. Gather your group for a margarita bar provided by our services team and enjoy lake views. Located steps away from the beautiful Lakeway Spa & Resort and Lakeway Marina, you can indulge at the spa, relax poolside at the swim up bar or enjoy the many water activities on the lake including boating, paddleboarding and fishing. Book this property to enjoy the lake and fun of the Texas Hill Country including wineries, golf, dining, shopping, antiquing and more! Boat slip use may be available for rent, but is not guaranteed, by contacting Lakeway Marina. Boat dimensions will be needed. This property is regularly set for 6 guests with ABOVE standard luxury linens. All guests must be pre-approved to rent. A full guest list will be required.

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Located in Pemberton Heights, the ATX Landmark estate is nestled between UT and downtown Austin, the perfect location for resting between a UT football game and a jaunt to the State Capitol. Heritage 200-year-old live oak trees shade the manicured lawn of this historical landmark. Take a moment to read the plaque in the front yard that offers information and pays tribute to the original owners of the home. Warmly decorated and updated with modern amenities, you are sure to feel quite at-home when you enter this colonial-style home. A marble fireplace and burnished wood accents throughout the home complement the perfectly appointed cook’s kitchen. Upstairs bedrooms offer plenty of sleeping spaces while a casita out back provides space for additional guests. Take a dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub after spending some time on the sport court. Kick off your boots and stay a while! This property is regularly set for 12 guests, but, with homeowner approval, can host as many as 7 guests with luxury Frontgate beds which would also be set with ABOVE standard luxury linens. A large group fee may apply. All guests must be pre-approved to rent this estate. A full guest list will be required.

We are Austin's most centrally located Bed and Breakfast, located in the Historic neighborhood of Clarksville in the heart of West Austin. Making Brava house the perfect home base to do everything Austin City Limits, South by Southwest (SXSW), UT Football, Nightlife, restaurants, Live Music, Barton Springs, Museums, shopping, and more.

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This Santa Fe, NM bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in New Mexico. Soak up some of our abundant Santa Fe sunshine in the garden, and when the sun goes down, relax in front of a warming fire. Your downstairs living space includes soft leather chairs, a handsome trastero, along with local art and decor. A recently added kitchenette includes a refrigerator, microwave and two burner stove and all you need for basic cooking. Book your stay today!Click our link above to Book Direct for your next romantic escape in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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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.

Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Texas

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.

    Natural Features

  • 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.

  • History

  • 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.

  • Activities

  • 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.

  • Things to Do

  • 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.

  • Weather

  • 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.

  • Food and Drink

  • 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.

Bed and Breakfast in Texas FAQ

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  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking a bed and breakfast in Texas?

    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.

  • What are the different types of B&Bs in 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?

    Save time by searching for your perfect getaway under the bnbfinder.com banner. This Diamond Collection of exclusive luxury inns are located nationwide. Professionally-inspected and highly-rated retreats are the first choice of those discerning travelers looking for that exceptional B&B experience.

    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.

  • Why stay at a bed & breakfast in Texas?

    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.

  • How can I get around Texas?

    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.