Get Your Hands Dirty
Here, Native Americans fought for territory, and Stephen F. Austin
, known as the Father of Texas, set up camp for his “old three hundred” settlers in 1827. Today visitors can head out on cattle drives, fish for their dinner, and even assist in cattle branding and calf castrating. After a hard day’s work, sip beers back in Barn Alley, a wood-paneled bar with neon signs, while two-stepping to live country music. Retire to lodge rooms or restored houses decorated with original stenciled wallpaper, oriental rugs, and Southern antiques.