Great Escapes: Lodging

June 2000By Comments

Austin Street Retreat, 408 W. Austin Street (one block north of Main), Fredericksburg (830-997-5612, fax 830-997-8282; www.fbglodging.com). Double occupancy $125 (breakfast not included). No telephones in some rooms; no televisions; hot tubs with handheld showers only. Children allowed in Maria’s only. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Blair House Inn, 1.8 miles south of Wimberley on Ranch Road 12 (877-549-5450, fax 512-847-8820; www.blairhouseinn.com). Double rooms $145-$225 (includes breakfast and complimentary evening dessert and wine). Dinner $50 prix fixe (includes wine). No telephone or television in some rooms; some rooms have a tub but no shower. No children under twelve. No smoking, no pets. AE, CB, DC, DS, MC, V.

Buzzard’s Roost, P.O. Box 43, Big Bend, TX 79834 (no telephone). Reservations must be made in writing, but if you show up, there’s a good chance a bed will be available. Prices are $15-$25 per person per night (includes breakfast). Cash only.

Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park, 18 miles west-northwest of Burnet on Ranch Road 2341 (800-977-0081, fax 512-715-9819; www.canyonoftheeagles.com). Double occupancy $67-$100 (includes breakfast), additional adults $10 each; children under fourteen free. No televisions. No smoking indoors. Pets allowed, on leashes. AE, MC, V.

Casa de Siesta, 4610 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island (956-761-5656, fax 956-761-1313; www.casadesiesta.com). Doubles $99-$150 (includes breakfast). No children under twelve. No smoking indoors. AE, DS, MC, V.

Chinati Hot Springs, 47 miles west of Presidio on Ranch Road 170 (915-229-4166). Cabins are $40; the “honeymoon suite” is $60 (breakfast not included). Cabins have evaporative coolers. Communal bathroom (tubs only, no showers); no telephones or televisions. No smoking indoors. Cash or check only.

Country Woods, 420 Grand Avenue, Glen Rose (888-849-6637, fax 254-897-4586). Rates range from $90 for a double room to $150 for a cabin (includes breakfast). No smoking indoors. AE, DS, MC, V.

Guadalupe River Ranch, 8 miles north of Boerne on FM 474 (800-460-2005, fax 830-537-5249; www.guadaluperiverranch.com Double rooms $259-$329 (includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner); dinner $32 for nonguests. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Havana Riverwalk Inn, 1015 Navarro, San Antonio (210-222-2008, fax 210-222-2717; www.havanahotel.com). Doubles range from $110 for a small studio to $600 for the two-floor suite with whirlpool bath (breakfast not included). No children under sixteen. No smoking, no pets. AE, DC, DS, MC, V.

Hotel St. Germain, 2516 Maple Avenue, Dallas (214-871-2516, fax 214-871-0740; www.hotelstgermain.com). The suites are $290-$650 per night (includes breakfast). Smoking in courtyard only; no pets. AE, MC, V.

Houseboats: rental information, 800-255-5561, fax 480-998-7399; www.foreverresorts.com. Lake Amistad Marina, Lake Amistad National Recreation Area, Diablo East, U.S. 90 West, 20 miles west of Del Rio (830-774-4157). Marina at Lake Meredith, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, south end of Sanford Yake Road, Fritch; Fritch is 38 miles north-northeast of Amarillo (806-865-3391). Rental fee $1,995 during peak season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for a three-day weekend or four days midweek, about half that during the winter; three-day minimum. No pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Inn Above Onion Creek, 444 Texas Highway 105 West, Kyle; from I-35, take exit 213, turn west onto FM 150, go through Kyle to next stop sign, turn right (staying on FM 150), and go 5.3 miles (800-579-7686, fax 512-268-1090; www.innaboveonioncreek.com). Double rooms $175-$275 weekends and holidays (includes breakfast and dinner); 20 percent discount Sunday through Thursday. No children under twelve. No smoking, no pets. AE, MC, V.

Inn at Chachalaca Bend, 20 Chachalaca Bend Drive, Los Fresnos (956-233-1180, 888-612-6800, fax 956-233-1932; www.chachalaca.com). Doubles $150-$195 (includes breakfast). Smoking on dock only, no pets. AE, DC, DS, MC, V.

Inn on the River, 205 SW Barnard Street, Glen Rose (254-897-2929, fax 972-208-1984; www.innontheriver.com). Doubles $119-$190 (includes breakfast). Four-course dinner $35 prix fixe (reservations required for non-guests). No televisions. No children under sixteen. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Kiepersol Estates Bed and Breakfast, from Bullard (about 20 miles south of Tyler), turn east off U.S 69 onto FM 344 and go 1.8 miles (903-894-3300, fax 903-894-4140; www.kiepersol.com/). Double rooms $120- $180 (includes breakfast). Dinner about $50 per person. No pets. AE, DC, DS, MC, V.

La Colombe d’Or, 3410 Montrose Boulevard, Houston (713-524-7999, fax 713-524-8923; www.lacolombedorhouston.com). Doubles are $195-$275; the penthouse is $575 (breakfast not included). La Colombe d’Or has just turned an apartment complex behind the hotel into corporate suites that rent for $500 a day. AE, DC, DS, MC, V.

La Gloria Bed and Breakfast, San Carlos, Mexico. For reservations, call either Texas River and Jeep Expeditions (915-371-2633; www.texasriver.com/jeep/laGloria.html) or call Gloria Rodriguez directly (915-424-3446). Prices are $55 per person ($60 if your party numbers fewer than four), including breakfast and dinner. Bathrooms are down the hall from your room. Round-trip transportation from Lajitas is $90 for up to two people (or $130 for a van that can carry nine passengers). Rooms have evaporative coolers; no telephones or televisions. No children under six. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Lodges at Lost Maples, Ranch Road 337, Vanderpool; call for directions (877-216-5627, fax 830-966-5179; www.lostmaplescabins.com). Cabins are $100-$150 during peak season (spring to fall); includes continental breakfast. One cabin has a tub only (no shower). No telephones; televisions for VCR only. No smoking indoors, no pets. Cash or check only.

Luckenbach Inn, 3234 Luckenbach Road, Luckenbach; call for directions (800-997-1124, fax 830-997-1115; www.luckenbachtx.com). Doubles $125-$150. The Log Cabin, which has two double rooms that share a bath, is $200. Prices include breakfast. No telephones or televisions. No smoking indoors; pets allowed with notice. AE, DS, MC, V.

Parker Ranch, U.S. 190 at County Road 310, 2 miles east of Iraan (915-639-2850, 877-639-2850. Double occupancy $75 (includes breakfast). No children. No smoking indoors, no pets. Cash or check only.

Pecan Ridge Cabins, South Sulphur Unit of Cooper Lake State Park (903-945-5256 for info; reservations through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 512-389-8900, fax 512-389-8959; www.tpwd.state.tx.us). Cabins range from $75 for up to four people to $95 for the maximum of six people (includes linens but no cooking or eating utensils; breakfast not included); park entrance fee $2 per person per day, children twelve and under free. No telephones or televisions. No smoking indoors, no pets. DS, MC, V.

Quarters at Presidio La Bahia, 1.5 miles south of Goliad on U.S. 183 (361-645-3752, fax 361-645-1706). The apartment is $150 (includes a full kitchen, with linens and utensils; breakfast not included). No television. No smoking indoors, no pets. MC, V.

Raye Carrington on the Llano River, 8603 Lower Willow Creek Road; turn off Texas Highway 87 about 10 miles south of Mason (915-347-3474, fax 915-347-9009; www.llanoriver.com). Prices range from $75 for an attic room to $125 for the Walden Cabin, featuring a kitchen, a private patio, and an unobstructed view of the river (includes breakfast). No telephones or televisions. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Red Corral Ranch, 505 Red Corral Ranch Road, Wimberley (830-833-4801; http://www.redcorralranch.com). Stillpoint Cabin, which can accommodate only two guests comfortably, is $105; Colleen’s Cottage, which is better suited for a family, is $135 double occupancy, $15 for each additional person (both rates include continental breakfast). Rooms in the Limestone Lodge are $135 (includes a full breakfast), with a $500 minimum. No telephones. No children under thirteen. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Rose Hill Manor, 2614 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall (15 miles east of Fredericksburg); from U.S. 290, turn south on Ranch Road 1623, go 2 miles, turn right on Upper Albert Road, and go a quarter of a mile (877-767-3445, fax 830-644-2248; www.rose-hill.com). Double rooms $125-$135 Friday and Saturday, $99 Sunday through Thursday (includes breakfast). Dinner Friday and Saturday $36.95 prix fixe. No telephones. No children under twelve on weekends. No smoking, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Rose Mansion, 1 Rose Way (Royal Street at Victorian Oaks), Salado; from Main Street, go east on Royal for half a mile (800-948-1004, fax 254-947-3215; www.therosemansion.com). Double occupancy $70-$130 (includes breakfast).No televisions in some rooms, no telephones. No children in the main house. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Rough Creek Lodge, near Glen Rose; from the intersection of Ranch Road 56 and U.S. 67, go southwest on 67 for 10.2 miles, turn left on County Road 2013, and go 4.1 miles (800-864-4705, fax 254-918-2570; www.roughcreek.com). Double rooms $325 and up (breakfast not included), with weekend and seasonal discounts available. Dinner $55 or $65 prix fixe; also à la carte. No smoking, no pets. AE, CB, DC, DS, MC, V.

San José Hotel, 1316 S. Congress, Austin (512-444-7322, 800-574-8897, fax 512-444-7362; www.sanjosehotel.com). Doubles are $65-$155 (includes continental breakfast). No smoking indoors, no cats. AE, DC, MC, V.

Selah, Bamberger Ranch, 2341 Blue Ridge Drive, Johnson City; from town go south for 4 miles on County Road 203 (also known as Miller Creek Loop), then turn right on Blue Ridge Drive www.bambergerranch.org (830-868-7303, fax 830-868-4639). A day at the ranch and a night at Hes’ Country Store is $175 (breakfast not included). No telephone, television, or air conditioning. Cash or check only.

Settlement at Round Top, 2218 Hartfield Road, Round Top; from the town square, go south for 1.5 miles on Texas Highway 237; turn west on Hartfield and go half a mile (979-249-5015, 888-768-6386, fax 979-249-5587. Double occupancy $115-$250 (includes breakfast); two-night minimum for most rooms. No telephones or televisions; some rooms have a tub only (no shower). No children. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Stacia Leigh Bed and Breakfast, Pier 22 at Harborside Drive, Galveston; follow Harborside Drive to Twenty-second Street and park in the parking lot of the Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant (409-750-8858, fax 409-750-8547;). Cabins $125- $150 (includes breakfast). No telephones or televisions. No children under fifteen. No smoking, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

Villa del Rio, 123 Hudson Drive, Del Rio; call for directions (800-995-1887; fax 830-775-2691; www.villadelrio.com). Double occupancy $85-$175 (includes breakfast). No telephones or televisions. A two-bedroom cottage with a kitchen, at the back of the property, is $175 double occupancy, $25 for each additional person. No young children. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS, MC, V.

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