Posts Tagged ‘Texas bed and breakfasts’

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

What? You never stayed in a B&B

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


texas bed & breakfast

Are you one of those folks who love to travel, go explore and experience new things?  I know there are lots out there who do, and yet I hear often, they have never stayed at a bed & breakfast.  So, let’s talk about why you never have.

We first need to dispel some of the thoughts about sharing baths, old linens and Grandma’s picture hanging on the wall in your bedroom. All of the members of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association have lots of unique properties, but all are highly inspected for quality control of what is offered and safety and personal touches for your experience.   I honestly don’t think there are any b&b’s that make you share a bathroom with any one any more, most properties want your privacy to be of up most importance.    They offer new bedding and most have very nice luxury sheets and some of the nicest amenities that you can find.   There are some wonderful b&b’s that will still have the beauty of the furnishing that make their historic inns what they are.   But, you will also find many of the properties have taken on a new more modern look.  As innkeepers, we try hard to cater to all folks from the more mature traveler that may love the historic inns to the younger crowd who want a more clean line look and all the electronic gadgets a room can have.

Most of the properties will be offering you a breakfast, which may be a wonderful in room continental breakfast, a large buffet to enjoy with other guest or some offer breakfast delivered to your room.  Which ever you love best, you will find a property that will offer what you are looking for.  Most have coffee ready early morning for you to have or in room coffee makers so you can make it at your time of arising.

You will find bathrooms that go from the quaint clawfoot tub, or the luxury jacuzzi with all the bells and whistles. You will find the amenities you need like personal bath products and hair dryers and some even offer a personal toothbrush, cotton swabs and all that you might have in your bath at home.

I would like for you to take a glimpse at what we have to offer as the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association, the best spot is to start on our Pinterest page and view some of the properties that catch your eye.  After that, head on over to our website and book your stay at one of the many great stays of Texas.


happy travels!!bed breakfast in Texas

Summer Antiques Show in Brenham TX

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Are you one of those folks that loves to dig through acres of old things, looking for that special item of value, whether sentimental or fiscal? If so, we have a great summer event for you in Central Texas! The Summer Antiques Show is returning to Brenham on  June 8 & 9, 2013. While Brenham is known for antiquing year-round, this summer show brings buyers and sellers from all over the nation.

Explore a wide variety of antiques, collectibles and treasures. Country furniture, glassware, vintage quilts and textiles, western and country items and of course Texana. Along with old things, enjoy some items that are best fresh: the Farmers Market will feature baked goods, kettle corn, preserved pickles, flowering plants and herbs.

All the fun is taking place at the KC Hall on Route 577, 1/4-mile north of Hwy 290 East. Hours for the antique show are as follows: Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 admission.

Other items you can expect to find during the Antiques show in Brenham:

Find a beautiful piece of American history like this stoneware jug

Find a beautiful piece of American history like this stoneware jug

  • Americana
  • Period Furniture
  • Primitives
  • Vintage
  • Collectables
  • Stoneware
  • Pottery
  • Pressed Glass
  • Linens
  • Sterling silver
  • Toys
  • Old Tools
  • Items from the Southwest
  • Estate Sale items
  • Jewelry
  • Advertising and Sports memorabilia
  • Decorative Arts
  • “Found Objects” for the home and yard

Lodging for Your Antiquing Adventure

If you are heading to Brenham for the Antiques show, make sure to check out the wide array of Texas Bed and Breakfasts in this quaint rural town.

No matter where your travels bring you in the great state of Texas, we have member bed and breakfasts scattered throughout the Lone Star State. These innkeepers love to share their knowledge of the region with their guests and will be delighted to share their insights and knowledge with you, when you come to visit!


Dinosaur Valley

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Dinosaur Tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Dinosaur tracks visible under the Paluxy River.

Dinosaur Valley, in North Texas, contains some of the most well-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.

The footprints were made approximately 107 million years ago by giant, herbivore sauropods and smaller, two-legged, carnivorous theropods. They were discovered by paleontologist Roland Bird in the 1930s.

Bird excavated a stretch of the tracks and took them to the American Museum of Natural History, where they now reside. The tracks he left behind may not be quite as well preserved as the ones he took, but they are where they were made; that’s pretty impressive.

Dinosaur Valley State Park is located in Glen Rose, Texas. Stay in a Texas Bed and Breakfast while you explore all the park has to offer, from hiking and biking trails to the dinosaur tracks, a marvelous slice of prehistory.

Additional information about the dinosaur tracks is available here.

Horseback Riding in the Hill Country

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Do you dream of mounting a horse and cantering off across a field in Texas? Can you imagine the scent of the tall grass, the feel of the reins in your hands, the rush of air against your cheeks? Yes? Then it’s time for a horseback riding vacation in Texas.

Horseback riding vacations in Texas

Make your dream come true. Go horseback riding in the Texas Hill Country.

Many of our Texas Bed and Breakfasts offer horseback riding. Some have horseback riding on site, as does Blisswood Bed and Breakfast in Cat Spring and 9E Ranch B&B near Smithville and Bastrop. Others, like McCardell Cottage in Livingston, can help guests locate riding opportunities. McCardell Cottage is near Lake Livingston State Park.

Many of us don’t have the opportunity to ride horses very often. We live in cities, and perhaps it’s not a priority. Yet it calls to us. Something seems so wonderfully freeing about horseback riding across a field or down a trail. The very thought conjures images of that American icon, the cowboy. If you’ve been horseback riding, you know what we mean. If you’ve never had the pleasure, you know you want to try it.

The Texas Hill Country is a wonderful place to ride horses. The land is lovely, the weather mild. Think about it, and then find a Texas Bed and Breakfast with (or near) horseback riding.












Odessa Hosts SandHills Indoor Rodeo

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Determination - Barrel Racing - Parada del Sol Rodeo

If you have never been to a rodeo, check out SandHills in Odessa.

The SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo starts tomorrow, January 5, 2012, at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas. We hope you’re already settling in to an Odessa, Texas Bed and Breakfast.

The big event begins with Steer and Heifer weigh ins and concludes January 14 with an evening Rodeo in the Coliseum. In between, there are lamb shows, horse shows, and goat shows. There are Kids Rodeos and Steer Roping Slacks. See the amazing Dusty Tuckness, bullfighter extraordinaire, and Cory Wall, the 2009 Bullfighter of the year.

There is also plenty of entertainment at SandHills Rodeo. Among others, see:

  • The Cooper Brothers
  • Trevor Brazile
  • The Peek Brothers
  • JW Harris

If you’re not already in Odessa, we hope you’re on your way there. Once you arrive, you’ll be comfortable in an Odessa, Texas Bed and Breakfast.

Happy 2012 from Texas Bed and Breakfasts

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The Texas Bed and Breakfast Association is comprised of men and women who are committed to outstanding hospitality. We are all different. Some of us live in cities, some in small towns, and some of us live way out in the vast Texas countryside. Some of our inns are large and new, some small and historic; some inns are in the heart of town and others are on large estates. Some of us have had long careers as business people; some of us were and still are artists; and some of us spent many years raising our children. We are young and we are not young. We all came to innkeeping for different reasons, at different times in our lives.

the lights are on in San Antonio...

Holiday lights in San Antonio.

What we have in common is our desire to offer our guests the finest lodging experience possible. Our guests travel for pleasure, business, and family. Guests come from all over the world, including the town next door. Our guests stay in Texas Bed and Breakfasts because the inns are romantic, and comfortable, and inviting. Guests stay in our inns because we serve amazing breakfasts, and often offer evening refreshments as well. Guests stay with us because we understand what they want, and we do our best to provide it.

Across the state, we love what we do. We love it because of you, our wonderful guests. Thank you for staying with us. Without you, what we do would be meaningless.

Happy New Year!

Texas B and B Innkeeper Featured at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Look for D.S. Metal Works at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

We’ve blogged about the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in the past. What we neglected to include was the fact that one of our Texas Bed and Breakfast innkeepers is an acclaimed artist who has had a booth at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar for years.

Wayne and Kathy Rossi run the Star House Bed and Breakfast in Dripping Springs. In addition to being an innkeeper, Wayne is also an experienced metal sculptor; for more than 20 years, he has created his art at his studio, D.S. Iron Works, which is on the grounds of the Star House Texas Bed and Breakfast. Guests are invited to visit the studio and watch him at work.

Wayne and D.S. Iron Works have been featured on the Diane Sawyer Nightly News Segment on “Made In America“. Wayne hand-cuts his metal, using only his hands (not computers) to free-draw and cut each and every part of his artwork. While Wayne does import some gift items from other countries for the large Armadillo Show, the rest of the year he sells only items made 100% in America.

D.S. Iron Works is offering a $30.00 booth credit for potential Texas Bed and Breakfast customers who attend the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and stop by the D.S. Iron Works booth. Wayne will include a $2.00 nail puzzle in each Texas Bed and Breakfast swag bag, as well.

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar takes place each year at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. It is more than just a craft show; it features an almost non-stop line-up of live music, and great food to boot. It is a fantastic place to pick up unique holiday gifts. It is also a fun experience.

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar runs through December 24, 2011. Don’t miss it!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Way You Want

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Not everyone likes to celebrate New Year’s Eve the same way. Some people want a big party, with lots of new faces. Some want to step out in style with a group of friends, for dinner and dancing. Still others want nothing more than a quiet evening with one special person.

20080825 Fiesta de San Bartolomé, San Antonio - fireworks display

Fireworks will light the sky in San Antonio on New Year's Eve.

Texas is a large, diverse state. It has big, cosmopolitan cities and small, historic towns. It has vast stretches of open land, and miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. Texas Bed and Breakfasts are located all over the state, in the big cities, the small towns, and the countryside.

Make New Year’s Eve special this year, no mater where or how you like to celebrate it, by spending it in a Texas Bed and Breakfast.

Stay close to home or go away for a night or two. If you enjoy all big cities have to offer, spend New Year’s Eve in Fort WorthSan Antonio, or Dallas. If you’d like to wake up on January 1, 2012 and go for a walk on the beach, head to a Texas Bed and Breakfast on the Gulf Coast. If you’d like to spend a romantic evening sipping wine in a quaint, historic town, head to one of our member Bed and Breakfasts in the Texas Hill Country.

Special events are happening all over the state. There is a Midnight Volksport Walk in Fredericksburg, for anyone interested in walking in the new year. There are numerous concerts and galas all over Dallas and Houston. San Antonio hosts a huge, free celebration with live music on six stages, food, and fireworks.

New Year’s Eve should be spent however you feel comfortable spending it. We’re certain you’ll be comfortable in a Texas Bed and Breakfast.


A Texas Bed and Breakfast Holiday

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

If you’re planning to visit family or friends in Texas during the holidays, stay in a Texas Bed and Breakfast. Our member inns are located throughout the state, from Fort Davis to Mineola, Lubbock to Corpus Christi. Wherever you plan to travel in Texas this holiday season, you are sure to find a Texas inn.

Desert Evening

When you get to the end of the road, look for a Texas Bed and Breakfast.

There are many good reasons to stay in one of our member Texas Bed and Breakfasts rather than at the home of your friends or family. This is especially true during the holidays, when stress levels tend to spike in even the most steadfast individuals.

The benefits of having separate lodging during the holidays:

  • More space. As Virginia Woolfe so wisely wrote, everyone needs “a room of one’s own.” Even if you will only be visiting for a few days, it’s best to have a place to go each evening so everyone can have a little down time. When you reconnect in the morning, everyone will be in a better mood.
  • Less cooking. Since you’ll be fed delicious breakfasts each morning at your inn, your hosts will have one less meal to prepare each day.
  • Less laundry. Your hosts will undoubtedly be preparing many meals and washing many dishes. Why add your sheets and towels to their laundry load, too?
  • Less is more. While it is wonderful to reconnect with the people you love, it’s best not to have to share a bathroom.


Staying at a Texas Bed and Breakfast is a delightful experience. You’ll feel like you’ve had a real vacation in addition to seeing your beloved friends and family. You’ll return home pampered and refreshed.