If you are planning to take a trip south to the great state of Texas, then let’s talk about the accommodation for a minute. In such a large state, there is no shortage of hotels, motels and, of course, the ever-popular B & B’s. Hotels will work, no doubt, but these larger chains lack the charm and character that allow a Texas bed and breakfast to bridge the colorful history of the Lone Star state. Take a look at the following three reasons to choose for this picturesque form of southern hospitality.
1. Southern hospitality says it all!
Everyone knows that everything is better and bigger in Texas, and the hospitality factor is no exception to the famous rule. In fact, the very definition of Texas, or Texas, is “friendly.” And as the southernmost western state, you will experience the picturesque charm that is often associated with the region. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the slow-paced, friendly culture than to stay in accommodation run by local residents who know the area. Most Texas bed and breakfast owners stay in the same house and prepare food. There are also added perks that you generally won’t find in a larger hotel, like sweet tea, home-made bedspreads, free parking and free wi-fi, and older homes with beautiful architecture and a host of other amenities. The key is to find a smaller city, like Brenham, Cat Spring, or Nacogdoches. Or even bigger cities like Austin, Houston and San Antonio will have B & Bs that feel like a cozy little town.
2. Connection with the past.
Many homeowners in Texas have a strong and proud connection to the history of the area in which they have established themselves. Many of these houses that serve as profitable accommodations act as the bridge between the past and the present. With Texas homes dating back to 1800, many B & Bs keep the original woodwork and furnishings. Staying in one of these gems can give you a fantastic insight into what life was like in Texas. Washington County, especially, is known as the birthplace of Texas, and cities like Brenham, LaGrange, and Washington-on-the-Brazos have accommodations that really focus on giving the visitor a window into the past.
3. Stay informed about local events and festivals.
Almost every small (and big) city in Texas has at least one unique festival and a dozen interesting attractions and stellar restaurants. The key is to know these attractions. This can be difficult for someone outside the area to do. Since most Texas bed and breakfasts are run by locals who are integrated into their communities, these accommodations are great places to get information. Plus, bonus points for the traveler who books a home that’s conveniently close to a city’s attractions. This can save you some time if you are within walking distance. Some Texas B & B’s will also offer discounts to local attractions in the area. Some people are surprised to learn that Texas has parts that are famous for their wine, such as the Washington County Wine Route. Wine cities are especially good at offering benefits related to wineries and wine routes. For more information, check with your local chamber of commerce or visitor’s office for recommendations. Some great festivals to watch out for include the Burton, TX Cotton Gin Festival, the annual Round Top Antique Fair, and of course the famous Washington-on-the-Brazos Independence Day Festival.