Fort Davis

The “most important town in the Trans-Pecos” has traded in its military bearing for a healthy dose of tourist appeal.
Fort Davis
Photograph by Alberto Halpern

1. HOTEL LIMPIA

A century ago, this historic hotel billed itself as “the best place to take your family for rest,” and so-called summer swallows still flock here to enjoy the cool West Texas nights. Book a Victorian-style room in the original pink limestone building or a suite in the twenties-era annex, which has a long, shaded porch, complete with two hammocks. And be sure to make reservations for the Blue Mountain Bistro, which serves entrées like mocha-crusted pork tenderloin and herb-roasted game hen and boasts the only bar in town.  101 Memorial Square, 800-662-5517, hotellimpia.com

2. JAVELINAS AND HOLLYHOCKS

The Hotel Limpia maintains two gift shops: a smaller one behind its restaurant that’s filled with jewelry, home decor items, and books about Texas and this larger, kid-friendly one across the street. There are toys and trinkets galore (think candy mustaches and wooden yo-yos) as well as adult “souvenirs,” such as Claus Porto shea butter soaps, Mexican Jalisco redware pottery from the twenties, and whimsical animals crafted out of scrap metal and polished stones. How much is that javelina in the window? For $43.95, he could be all yours. 107 State, 432-426-2236

3. FORT DAVIS DRUG STORE

Reopened in 2011 after a two-year hiatus, this spot is once again serving up limeades from the old-fashioned soda fountain that was installed back in 1950. Tourists and locals fill the booths at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to partake of favorites like Nana’s pancakes and ribeyes topped with roasted jalapeños. Venture upstairs

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