Have you ever found yourself saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation?” There’s a solution for that.
Plan a trip to one of Texas’ historic hotels—then take in the sights and scenes around you. When you pick the right one, your hotel can be the best part of your vacation. And when you plan a getaway in Texas, you have plenty of terrific hotels (some hallowed, others haunted) to choose from.
Here are some of our favorites, all of which are guaranteed to provide plenty of relaxation—and maybe a story or two.
The Historic Jefferson Hotel (Jefferson)
Stepping inside the Historic Jefferson is a bit like stepping through a time machine. The hotel’s collection of artsy antiques and its beautiful, old-fashioned rooms will immediately transport you back to the 19th century, just as the fine Egyptian cotton bed sheets will magically transport you to Dreamland. Don’t sleep too tight, though: This hotel in far East Texas houses more than 170 years of mysteries and ghosts. Not that we’re scared or anything . . .
The Gage Hotel (Marathon)
Ensconced in the heart of Big Bend country, the Gage Hotel feels both exclusive and accessible, both laid-back and luxurious. It also sports a delectable menu and the wonderful White Buffalo Bar, each of which are tasty enough to stand on their own. At this nearly century-old hotel, you can grab a cocktail, put your arm around the one you love, and watch the sun set over Big Bend National Park. What’s better than that?
Hotel Paso del Norte (El Paso)
When it was opened in 1912, it was known as “the million-dollar hotel.” It’s since hosted presidents like LBJ and FDR, and film legends like Gloria Swanson and Gregory Peck. Now, it can host you. Known today as the “soul of El Paso,” the Paso del Norte offers historic grandeur and well-appointed rooms, many of which provide beautiful views that are only rivaled by the breathtaking, Tiffany-style chandelier in the lobby.
The Grand Hotel & Ballroom (McKinney)
Nestled in cozy and historic downtown McKinney (a mere stone’s throw from TX 75/North Central Expressway and the hustle, bustle, and entertainment of Dallas) the aptly named Grand Hotel & Ballroom is a homey four-star haven that dates back to 1880. Complete with a wine room, original floor-to-ceiling brick walls and pressed tin ceilings, this hotel is the epitome of elegance. Plus, the charm of a quaint downtown with its boutique shops and restaurants is just a few steps away.
La Posada Hotel (Laredo)
No one would fault you for whistling “Streets of Laredo” while walking to your chic room in this historic boutique hotel. Resting on the banks of the Rio Grande, La Posada offers layer upon layer of history. Its ballrooms are located in what was once a 19th-century convent, and the savory Tack Room Steak House offers upscale eats in a building that also dates back two centuries. Come for the history, stay for the beauty.