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Stays to Remember in Texas

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Texas has an independent state of mind. Luckily, so do many of its hotels and other overnight options. From a redone firehouse to a teepee or two, these accommodations offer the chance to spend the night in unusual locations and settings. Check in to any of these and they may prove to be one of the most memorable and unique highlights of your visit to the Lone Star state.
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217 US-183, Goliad, TX 77963, USA
When the fort closes at night, the doors lock and you stay inside. That’s when you might hear the ghosts of Spanish officers and priests who once lived in these centuries-old rooms. Ensconced inside the thick stone walls of one of the few extant...
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605 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
You won’t need a fireman’s hat and a Dalmatian to check into the Firehouse Hostel, located near the buzzing bars of 6th Street in downtown Austin. But you will have to find the door, which masquerades, speakeasy-style, as a bookcase in the first...
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802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
This town with a population of 2,000, sits on a Chihuahuan Desert plateau in far West Texas. A seamless addition to the terrain since 2009, El Cosmico spreads out over 21 acres. Like an assemblage art piece itself, the hotel comprises a collection...
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4098 E. Business 5 R, Wharton, TX 77488, USA
Both Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote and revered newscaster Dan Rather hail from Wharton—a charming town in Texas’ cotton growing tidewater, 60 miles southwest of Houston. It is also home to the retro Teepee Motel, a tribute to the...
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When busy days in the urban sprawl awaken your inner yearning for simplicity, you can answer that call just 40 minutes from Austin at 9E Ranch, where log cabins, pot belly stoves, and longhorn cowhide rugs define the ambiance. Get lost on 320...
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2805 S State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Bunk in the Texas Hill Country amid a kaleidoscopic world of blue bonnet flowers, peach trees, and vineyards. Encircled by gardens, Cotton Gin Village shares real estate with Cabernet Grill, a renowned restaurant that showcases rural renditions of...
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642 Sayles Blvd, Abilene, TX 79605, USA
Judge Henry Sayles, Jr. and his wife Hattie raised ten children in their Queen Anne-style, circa 1890 home, one of Abilene’s most famous mansions. On the National Register of Historic Places, the house reopened in 2015 as an en suite, bed and...
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204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
If Oscar Wilde returned to the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio (either in person or in ghostly form), he would no doubt think that little had changed since he stayed there in the 1880s on his tour through the "Wild West." By the time Wilde...
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8603 Co Rd 3914, Athens, TX 75752, USA
Move over Napa Valley, there’s a new wine kid garnering some attention. With close to 300 thriving vineyards and wineries, the Texas wine scene has gained worldwide attention in recent years. While most of Texas’s wineries are in the Hill Country,...
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650 Morelock Ln, Brownwood, TX 76801, USA
On the cusp between the Hill Country and the Prairies and Lakes region, Brownwood lies along a wine route known as the Way Out Wineries. A great spot to base yourself while on a tasting foray, the Star of Texas relishes its quirks. The bed and...
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Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, TX 78676, USA
A former chapel in the bucolic countryside near Wimberley (a charming town known for its antique stores), this vacation home exudes spirituality and tranquility. Ideal for a ruminative vacation, the house is located amid hiking trails, nestled...