3 reasons to ditch traditional hotels and choose a Bed and Breakfast in Texas
If you’re planning to take a trip south to the great state of Texas, let us talk about lodging for a minute. In such a large state, there is no shortage of hotels, motels, and of course the ever popular B & Bs. Hotels will serve in a pinch, to be sure, but these larger chains lack the charm and character that allow a bed and breakfast in Texas to serve as a bridge to the colorful history of the Lone Star state. Take a look at the following three reasons to opt for this quaint form of southern hospitality.
1. Southern hospitality says it all!
Everyone knows that everything is bigger and better 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 state in the south, you will experience the picturesque charm often associated with the region. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the slower-paced, friendly culture than to stay in accommodation run by local residents who know the area. Most bed and breakfast owners in Texas stay in the same house and prepare the food. There are also added perks that you generally won’t find in a larger hotel, such as sweet tea, homemade duvets, free Wi-Fi and parking, and old houses with beautiful architecture and a host of other amenities. The key is to find a smaller town, 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 settled. Many of these houses that serve as profitable lodgings act as a bridge between the past and the present. With homes in Texas dating back to the 19th century, many B & Bs maintain 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 boast accommodations that truly focus on giving the visitor a window into the past.
3. Stay informed of local events and festivals.
Almost every small (and large) town in Texas has at least one unique festival and a dozen interesting attractions and stellar restaurants. The key is to be on the lookout for these attractions. Since most bed and breakfasts in Texas 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 reserves a home conveniently located near the city’s attractions. This can save you some time if you are within walking distance. Some B & Bs in Texas will also offer discounts at local attractions in the area. Some people are surprised to learn that Texas has parts that are famous for their wine, like the Washington County Wine Trail. 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 visitors bureau for recommendations. Some great festivals to look out for include the Burton, TX Cotton Gin Festival, the annual Round Top Antiques Fair, and of course the famous Washington-on-the-Brazos Independence Day Festival.