Posts Tagged ‘Bed and Breakfast’

Texas Bed & Breakfast Convention 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Handcrafted Texas Cowboy BootsIt’s nearly time for this years Texas Bed & Breakfast Association’s convention.  We are looking forward to a great time  and some boot scootin’ as we gather in Fort Worth this year at the Historic Stockyards.

The dates are September 11-13, 2016 at the Hyatt Place at the Historic Stockyards.  We hope that all members of TBBA will plan on joining us for a good year of educational classes, good food and great opportunities to visit with other innkeepers.  We will have Scott Joslove with TH&LA to give us updates on what is going on state wide with the legislation, round table discussions and classes of websites, food preparations, weddings at your inn and many more good topics.

For fun, we will watch the Longhorn Cattle drive down the historic street, Western night dinner with awards, historic Ghost bus tour and other opportunities.

Vendors will be set up to help you with anything from sheets and towels, to reservation systems to building a great website and more.

If you are new to the b&b industry or are just thinking about getting into the business, we will be hosting on Sunday, “Innkeeping: The Basics Workshop”.  This is a full day of learning about various aspects of the business to help you with your inn or help you decide if you are really wanting to jump into this area of service to guest.

For all the info please visit our convention page on the website.  Early bird registration is until July 15th and rooms must be reserved by August 10th for TBBA discount.

We hope you will join us and have fun in Ft. Worth.

Here’s to ya Pardner, see ya in Ft. Worth

The TBBA Board

Stop by D’Hanis, Texas

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Those who stumble across D’Hanis, Texas, tend to be explorers: people who heed the call of the open road; travelers who take the long way home. It is worth a stop, to be sure, especially if you’ve a camera in hand. Catch the sun setting behind the Old Dominic Church Cemetery and Ruins, or rising over the old D’Hanis Brick Factory.


Visit the Old Brick Factory in D'Hanis Texas.

One of the charms of this South Texas town is its very remoteness. D’Hanis is a mere hour west of San Antonio, but it is largely forgotten in modern times. It is so quiet here it’s tempting to call it a ghost town; but make no mistake, D’Hanis Texas is for the living.

A D’Hanis TX Bed and Breakfast is an ideal place to escape from hectic lives. You’ll want to bring a good book – or two. Bring the person with whom you most enjoy conversation, and spend hours talking together. There are few external distractions in D’Hanis; you may feel compelled to sit quietly and relax.

One final point: if you like Chicken Fried Steak, be sure to stop by Bill and Rosa’s KK Steakhouse for a most delicious and generous serving of that southern treat.


East Texas is Blooming

Monday, March 14th, 2011

East Texas is blooming. This is a wonderful time of year to visit East Texas, for a spontaneous weekend getaway or a more lengthy vacation.Three unique spots alone are worth the trip: Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden in Gladewater, the Tyler Azalea Trail, and the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.

Visit East Texas to see azaleas in bloom.

Midway between Tyler TX Bed and Breakfasts and Jefferson Texas Bed and Breakfast Inns is Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden, a floral paradise open each spring when the daffodils are in bloom. The daffodils are spread out over more than 800-acres: under trees, surrounding a log cabin, and along the edges of the lake, pond, and waterfall. (more…)

Graham Texas

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

If you are looking for wide open spaces in North Texas, look no further than Graham. Stay in a Graham Texas bed and breakfast, and enjoy the tranquility of this lovely area.

Graham Texas, originally uploaded by joditbobo.

Relax in Central Texas

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The northern part of Central Texas has some fascinating history, along with great outdoor recreation. While staying at a Waco bed and breakfast, you must ask your hosts about the Waco Mammoth Site. According to its website, “the Waco Mammoth Site is the largest known concentration of prehistoric mammoth elephants dying from the same event.” Archeologists and Paleontologists have been flocking to the site since the first bone was discovered in 1978. Plans are in place for the creation of a visitor center that would allow the public access to this fascinating site. A walk in the area may uncover new mammoth bones…. so bring your hiking boots!

Anyone who enjoys boating or fishing will be pleased with Aquilla Lake, in Central Texas. Located just 35 miles north of Waco, Aquilla Lake is well-stocked with Largemouth Bass, Catfish, White Bass, and Crappie. Two boat ramps provide easy access to the lake, and tackle is readily available at several nearby shops. There is no fee, and the lake is open all year. In addition, there is a public fishing pier that juts out into the lake and provides a peaceful place to sit and contemplate while waiting for the fish to bite.

While visiting the area, stay in a Central Texas bed and breakfast. There are several lovely options in Waco and Madisonville, near Aquilla Lake.

Enchanting Enchanted Rock State Park

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

North of the charming town of Fredericksburg is a magical place known as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. It is comprised of over 1500-acres, almost half of which is an enormous, pink granite dome. It is one of the largest batholiths in the country, otherwise known as an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion. We hope you will stay in a Texas bed and breakfast while you visit this fascinating site.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

The Tonkawa Indians who once lived here believed they saw ghosts fires on top of the batholith; there is no known explanation for whatever they saw. Geologists do explain the mysterious groaning and cracking sounds heard by the Tonkawa as being caused by the rock’s contractions as it cooled at night. The Tonkawa did not know what caused the sounds, but they did believe the rock was enchanted by the “pale man swallowed by” the great pink rock. A conquistador once did lose himself in the batholith as he escaped the Tonkawa who held him captive, but he managed to find his way to freedom. While the Tonkawa believed that he somehow enchanted the place, he believed that other spirits enchanted it, and that as he wandered lost among the rocks he joined them for a while.

We hope you don’t get swallowed by the rock, but we also hope you spend some time there. There is great hiking and rock climbing, and the area has many interesting historical artifacts and geological features. It is a real gem in the Hill Country of Texas.

The Wonderous Panhandle

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Some say that the Panhandle is the real Texas. Texas like it used to be. Much of it is largely untouched, and gives visitors a glimpse of what it was like when it was home to Native Americans, and when the Spanish first came through here. There are vast prairies and open grasslands. There are rugged, impenetrable canyons. And there are polite but fiercely independent people. Intrigued? If so, fill up your gas tank and head out to explore.

The Wonders of the Texas Panhandle

The Wonders of the Texas Panhandle

There is no shortage of things to do while in the Panhandle. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a fine place to camp. Walk over land traversed by people for 12,000 years: first nomadic hunters of mammoth and giant bison, then Apache, Comanche and Kiowa Native Americans until Americans of European descent took over the area in 1874. Enjoy Possum Kingdom Lake at Possum Kingdom State Park. Visit Fort Griffin State Historic Site, where you may walk among one of the earliest frontier settlements, or the many biking and walking paths in Abilene State Park, where visitors can enjoy resting in the shade of native pecan trees and swimming in cool waters. In short, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Panhandle.

There are other attractions in the region as well. Wonderland Park in Amarillo and Joyland Park in Lubbock are classic amusement parks that are guaranteed to entertain the whole family for at least a day. The rollercoasters will make your spirits soar. Or visit a dude ranch and learn a little bit about that fascinating occupation. Take in a rodeo if you can, and definitely plan to attend a high school football game. There is nothing quite like a Texas high school football game, especially in the Panhandle. Some of schools only have enough students for six-man teams, which makes the games fast and exciting. It’s a good way to experience what life is like in this part of the country.

Of course, there are more sophisticated past-times as well. Lubbock has a population of approximately 200,000, and is home to many fine museums. Buddy Holly came from here, and there is a museum devoted to him. The National Ranching Heritage Center provides an interesting overview of the history of ranching, while the Silent Wings Museums showcases glider planes from the World War II era.

Whether you like museums, rodeos, amusement parks or the great outdoors, you are sure to find something to your taste in the Texas Panhandle. While visiting, consider staying in a Texas bed and breakfast, where you will experience the generous hospitality of Texans.

The Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve and Paddling Trail

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Just outside Houston, and 30 minutes from Galveston Island is the Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve. Visitors have the opportunity to explore over 20 bayous that wind their way into Galveston Bay and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from one of several outfitters in the region, and explore the estuaries as they make the transition from freshwater to saltwater. The Armand Bayou Paddling Trail has miles of trails; you can spend an hour or several days out there happy as a clam.

Armand Bayou covers approximately 2800 acres in southeastern Texas. Large prairies with narrow wooded stream bottoms are home to a myriad of fresh and saltwater lakes, ponds and marshes. 900 acres of rare coastal prairie is being restored to give a future to various native grasses and provide a home to the American alligator and ospreys.

Consider staying in a Texas Bed and Breakfast in the Houston – Galveston area. As spring heads toward summer and temperatures start to climb, cool off in the  shade of the Armand Bayou.