Nacogdoches is located deep in the Pineywoods of East Texas, tucked between two lakes on a hilly terrain that makes for spectacular sunsets. Just two hours from Houston and three hours from Dallas, you’re closer to a restoring getaway than you think. From the largest azalea garden in the state to flowering trails that appear at almost every turn, the Garden Capital of Texas offers dazzling beauty throughout the spring. When Mother Nature puts on a show, every day brings a splashy new surprise, and no two days are alike. What better time for a road trip to Texas’ oldest town. We are sure to have something spectacular that will catch your eye.

Known as the Oldest Town in Texas, Nacogdoches features brick streets and a photo-worthy backdrop of local businesses on the original streets of the El Camino Real. The Ruby Mize Azalea Garden in Nacogdoches is known for having more than 550 varieties of azaleas and trails for flora lovers of all ages and abilities. Eat and drink like a local at one of Nacogdoches’ many libation locations, featuring a wide array of food trucks. If your tastes run a little more on the festive side, take in a local winery, brewery, or distillery.

Start the day with breakfast at the popular Dolli’s Diner, centrally located on the Downtown Square. Once you’ve had your fill of sweet and fluffy pancakes, head over to the Charles Bright Visitors Center that doubles as a museum with two floors of historic artifacts and information dating back to when the Caddo Indians walked the El Camino Real paths now adorned with brick streets.

Learn about the Nine Flags that have flown over Nacogdoches, and take a walking tour of the city’s statues, historic sites, and Oldest Buildings. Voted one of the top ten tourist destinations in Texas, Nacogdoches boasts numerous historic landmarks and museums that interpret the history of Texas and the Nine Flags that have flown over the city. You can also experience the charm of this 300-year-old legend by hiking or biking a creekside trail or strolling the treasure trove of unique shops nestled along the brick streets of the historic downtown district.

Grab lunch at the 1st City Cafe inside the historic Fredonia Hotel, recently renovated and restored to a mid-Century modern masterpiece. Walk up and down Main Street and shop ‘til you drop at the local boutiques, antique stores, and art galleries. Head down Mound Street to the Fortney Home, a gorgeous Victorian Home filled to the brim with antiques and eclectic collectibles. Be sure to visit Millard’s Crossing Historic Village on the north end of town, a charming, reconstructed complex of simple log cabins to Victorian homes with historically accurate exhibits. End the day at the fabulous Auntie Pastas Italian Restaurant, with a night cap afterward at either the Red House Winery or Cottage Wine Bar, both downtown.

Whatever your interests, you’ll run out of time before you run out of fun. After all, Texas starts here.

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