Big cities build more big buildings. Four lane freeways turn into eight lane rivers of traffic. Our favorite television shows come and go.
Things change. Well, most of the time. There are still enclaves for Texas travelers where things, though changing, move at a slower pace. One of the best qualities of such places is that they almost always have a few bed and breakfasts in which you can experience the place as it was meant to be, where history and charm confluence into a singularly wonderful vacation spot.
Texas, as they say, is a big state. To be sure, Texas is a very big state that is larger than many countries including France, Great Britain, Spain, Ecuador, Poland, New Zealand, to name but a few). In a world within a world such as Texas, it’s easy to find interesting places to visit at nearly every turn of the steering wheel.
To help add to your B&B bucket-list, here is our Top Five List of Bed and Breakfast Spots in Texas.
1) Galveston. Of course, we’re a little partial to our home city here at the Galveston Bed and Breakfast Association. Still, it’s for good reason – there’s simply a great variety of things to do and see all year long on our fair island. From the pleasantly languid Gulf beaches to the wacky historic Beach Revue and Victorian-inspired Dickens-on-the-Strand, there’s always something happening in Galveston. With the additions of the Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier and the Galveston FeatherFest, the Island is becoming a year-round attraction. And, with your pick of any number of historic architecture bed and breakfasts, staying in Galveston is a breeze. For more info, check out Galveston.com and the GBBA website, GalvestonBedandBreakfast.com
2) San Antonio. Home to the soul of the Texas character, San Antonio is another must-do for the B&B
aficionado. In San Antonio’s King William Historic District, you’ll find the best B&B’s housed in some of the
grandest Victorian architecture in the state. Even better, King William is perfectly situated to the most desirable tourist destinations in the city; the Alamo, El Mercado, Riverwalk, Institute of Texan Cultures, and HemisFair Park are all situated together within walking distance. The collection of San Antonio B&B’s are generally well operated, exuding that great friendly nature of Texas. For more info about San Antonio, link through to SanAntonio.com.
3) Marfa. When your visit ends in San Antonio, jump onto I-10 West and drive about six hours until you reach the 1.5 square mile spec on the road called Marfa. Why? Marfa is truly a mystery, and as they say in Marfa, “You have to get there to get it.” But once you get there, the universe seems to open up. Gaze from the viewing balcony of the Presidio County Courthouse and discover the panorama that puts things in perspective. Even more intriguing, way out there in the middle of no-where Far West Texas, Marfa is home to world-acclaimed
contemporary art and artists (including Donald Judd, who lives there), all in a landscape that is – in a word – breathtaking. To date, there is one B&B in Marfa, but it’s a good one: the pet-friendly Acorn Inn. You can link to it as you find out more about Marfa at VisitMarfa.com.
4) Hill Country / Fredericksburg. A staple of travel for any Texan, saying you’re “going to the Hill Country” for a few days is like saying you’re going to drop in at heaven. With places such as Wimberley, Luckenbach, and Comfort surrounding it, Fredericksburg is situated in the heart of the Hill Country. Over the years, it’s turned into a nice little tourist town with lots to do and many great B&B’s found meticulously restored late-Victorian homes.
Some of the best vineyards in the state are here, as well as lavender and peach farms to visit. Close by is
the Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park and his homestead along the Pedernales River. For WWII history buffs, the National Museum of the Pacific War is located in Fredericksburg. To do your own recon on the area, check out VisitFredericksburgTx.com.
5) Nacogdoches / East Texas. Just north of what they call The Big Thicket of Texas lies Nacogdoches, a city right smack in the middle of the Sabine, Angelina, and Davy Crockett State Forests. It’s a place filled with deep woods trails (including the famously photogenic Lanana Creek Trail) and so many pecan trees you can’t see the sky for the fruit. East Texas, in general, is known for great antiquing and lovely historic architecture that fronts quaint town squares. These notions are very much a part of Nacogdoches, particularly when it comes to staying in a B&B. Nacogdoches has over a dozen bed and breakfasts, and most are in Federal style homes. You can find more about the East Texas piney woods area by visiting VisitNacogdoches.org.
Texas is in many ways a bed and breakfast haven. With so much to see and do in the state, the problem, of course, is trying to narrow down your itinerary for such a large place. Hopefully, our Top Five List of Texas Bed and Breakfast Spots will at least be a guide to areas you might like to visit, if only but to try out B&B new to you.