As a person who loves Texas History and our Texas Heritage, I always try to support Texas Historic Homes, B&B’s, and Hotels as well as other buildings. Here are some of the Texas Historic Bed & Breakfasts (B&B’s) and Hotels I have stayed in or photographed in my Texas journeys.
The Gage Hotel, Marathon TX
Built in 1927 for a pioneer rancher, Alfred S. Gage and designed by the well-known El Paso architect, Henry Trost. The restored mission style hotel includes 14 newly remodeled guestrooms, four on the first floor and ten on the second floor. In 1878, at the age of 18, Alfred Gage left his home in Vermont with little more than a twenty-dollar gold piece in his pocket to seek the promise of the vast ranching opportunity that was emerging in Texas. Four years later the town of Marathon was founded when the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railroad was built.
Paisano Hotel, Marfa TX
A charming, historic hotel, the Hotel Paisano offers 41 rooms and suites, a seasonally heated pool, extensive gift shop and art gallery, GIANT memorabilia room, ballroom/conference space, and a casual restaurant and lounge with relaxing courtyard seating.
The hotel may be best known as the location headquarters for the cast and crew of the film Giant (1956) for six weeks in the summer of 1955 The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 1978.
October 1929—Ground breaking of the Hotel Paisano a few days before the stock market crashes at the start of “the great depression”.
The hotel is one of five of the Gateway hotels developed by Charles Bassett in El Paso, designed by famed architect Henry Trost.
I enjoyed our stay here when we visited Marfa, TX. The hotels historic details were delightful with the etched stationary and envelopes provided to guests as well as the old patterned tiles lining the floors.
Hotel Limpia, Fort Davis TX
The Victorian-style Hotel Limpia, an historic, fully restored hotel built in 1912 by the Union Trading Company (owned by local stockholders J.W. Espy, J.P. Weatherby, and Nick Mersfelder), is located in mile-high Fort Davis, Texas nestled in the scenic Davis Mountains in the southwestern portion of the state. They have 31 rooms including extra large rooms and suites. The accommodations are fully restored with private baths, period furnishings and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s peaceful setting provides a comfortable getaway from the busy outside world.
The courtyard garden, fragrant with roses and herbs, the glassed-in veranda with its flourishing plants, and the porches with their rocking chairs are favorite places for guests to relax and enjoy the tranquility of a by-gone era of Texas. The two-story pink stone hotel was the social center of the community a hundred years ago and used to feature a doctor’s office and drugstore alongside its guest rooms and generous porches.
The Veranda Inn, Nocona TX
The Veranda Inn, an historic Texas hotel built in 1883, is the oldest hotel in West Texas. This distinctive adobe building has 2-feet thick walls and high twelve-feet ceilings with ten rooms and suites furnished with period antiques and collectibles. All rooms and suites have private baths. A separate Carriage House is under the shade of a large pecan tree. An excellent breakfast is served every morning featuring homemade recipes.
The Veranda Inn’s walled gardens and quiet courtyards occupy most of a town block sheltering large verandas with rocking chairs and tables. It’s the perfect spot for your morning coffee or evening glass of wine. The Veranda is ideal for small retreats, conferences and family reunions. Nearby are McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Davis Mountains State Park. It is 2 and 1/2 hours to Big Bend National Park, 45 minutes to Balmorhea State Park, 20 minutes to Marfa (Chinati Art Foundation) and 25 minutes to Alpine (Museum of the Big Bend).