1 . Blisswood Bed & Breakfast at Lehmann Legacy Ranch

Cat Spring, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 301 - 3235

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Bliss is defined as “supreme happiness.” But this is only the first part of the definition. The second part consists of “a Texas B and B, a historic working ranch and quintessential Cat Springs lodging, all in one place.” The full word that renders such a thorough definition is Blisswood.

Our No. 1 spot, Blisswood Bed and Breakfast at Lehmann Legacy Ranch, sports classic Texas country charm and a magical breath of fresh air. The most enchanting centerpiece is the island-isolated gazebo, reachable by a white arch foot bridge, on the aptly named Enchanted Lake. Cabins with unique furnishings and heritage play host to your serene southern getaway. Stay in the Writer’s Cabin (our personal favorite, of course) – a single room cabin with a desk the Confederate Army carried with them on their maneuvers. Or, relax on the spacious porch or in the private pool at the Dog Trot House, so named because dogs used to trot in the breezeway. The surrounding scenery only increases in beauty as you explore the seven-circuit labyrinth in the Mystical Forest by mountain bike, cross meadows and creeks on horseback or take a leisurely hike and spot bison, deer, alpaca, camels, peacocks and more!

Highlights

Propose on one knee or hold your wedding in the idyllic Enchanted Lake gazebo! It was designed to cater to romance - in fact, the gazebo was supposedly constructed for the wedding of a previous ranch owner’s daughter.

Related activities

Stay at Blisswood and attend the Via Colori Street Painting Festival held in Cat Springs or visit the Stephen F. Austin and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Parks.

Related Onsite Offerings

Accommodations at Blisswood include a continental breakfast, which is placed in your cabin or house so that you can enjoy it whenever you’d like.

2 . Ant Street Inn

Brenham, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (979) 836 - 7393

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We all know that on vacation we may experience long hours in the car, sunburns and unwanted critters. But there’s certainly nothing pesky about our No. 4 pick, the Ant Street Inn in downtown Brenham!

Located in the Historic Ant Street District, Ant Street Inn practices that true Deep South hospitality that makes the inn your home away from home. Experience the peace and quiet of the countryside lounging in a rocking chair on the inn’s veranda, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped courtyard. At the same time, enjoy the convenient proximity to all of Brenham’s attractions, such as the Pleasant Hill Winery, George Bush Presidential Library and the Jersey Barnyard, a dairy farm that is home to Belle, the Blue Bell Creamery cow. But the quandary for us wasn’t so much what to do in Brenham as it was which room of Ant Street Inn to stay in. We couldn’t decide between the romantic Charleston, with its soft rose hues and rosewood bed; the New Orleans, with a draped and canopied bed and walls decorated with art from New Orleans; or the Memphis, with an original 100-year-old freight elevator in the center of the brick-walled room.

Highlights

Celebrate one more year of becoming wiser at Ant Street Inn with their Birthday Package! Have a birthday cake with candles and a bouquet of flowers waiting for you in your room.

Getting there

From Navasota, go southwest on Hwy. 105 and follow Business 105 to the courthouse. Pass the courthouse and turn left at the next corner, which is Park Street. Go two blocks to Commerce and you will see Ant Street Inn.

Related Onsite Offerings

All rooms at Ant Street Inn are appointed with American antiques, polished hardwood floors with Oriental rugs, a coffee maker and wireless high-speed Internet.

3 . The Sanford House Inn and Spa

Arlington, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (817) 861 - 2129

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Our No. 3 B and B had us turned around a bit. We couldn’t decide, with the draping silky smooth curtains, elaborately carved headboards and Victorian-era portraits in gold frames if this was a Texas B and B or a French boutique luxury hotel.

What we did find was that The Sanford House Inn and Spa is a unique blend of intimate B and B charm and tasteful luxury. The wraparound porch encircles the stately Sanford House and provides cool shade for those Southern scorcher afternoons. Or, if you’re a sun lover, the outdoor pool in the Grand Courtyard is the modern amenity worth dipping into. And though your room may be appointed with marble bathrooms, a Jacuzzi or fireplace, it still retains that secluded privacy and cozy at-home atmosphere you’d expect from a bed and breakfast. We’re sure this is the reason Sanford House was named the Official Best of Texas Romantic Getaways in 2009.

Highlights

The Grand Courtyard has a raised pavilion, gazebo, colorful flowers and shade trees that are ideal for a Texas wedding, wedding reception, cocktail party and more!

Related activities

Visit the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags over Texas and Ameriquest Field, home of the Texas Rangers, all conveniently close to Arlington’s Sanford House Inn and Spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Nothing says “I’m sorry” like the Get Out of the Dog House Package. Give her a milk and honey body wrap at the Sanford Spa, enjoy a bottle of champagne that night and a hot breakfast the next morning in your cottage suite.

4 . Inn on Lake Granbury Bed and Breakfast

Granbury, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (817) 573 - 0046

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There has never been a better reason to take off work during the week than staying at our No. 2 spot, Inn on Lake Granbury Bed and Breakfast. Of course, weekends are worth it as well, but we’re going to let you in on a few weekday special touches that made us fall head over cowboy boot heels!

At the inn, enjoy the leisure and luxury of a lakefront vacation home with the attention to detail a traditional B and B lends. Walk down to the bluffs or swing beneath the oak trees on the shores of Lake Granbury. Or, if you want to dip into another Texan body of water, try the Inn’s oasis-like pool with a waterfall. And when you stay overnight on Monday, the Inn serves you dinner – but the next night is something even better. On every third Tuesday of the month you can take a cooking class given by a gourmet chef from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! Don’t forget the rooms! All are uniquely decorated and themed with rich, full color palettes from the floor up. Rest in front of your stone fireplace, in your jetted tub or on your balcony with a lake view.

Related activities

Those fond of club swinging will be overjoyed to hear that there are two Texas golf courses near the Inn on Granbury Lake; one is a championship course given four-stars by Golf Digest and the other has Scottish bries and water hazards to test your skills.

Getting there

From Waco, take I-35W north toward Ft. Worth. Take exit 39, FM 1187. Stay on FM 1187 until you reach 377 and then turn left toward Granbury. Pass through Cresson and continue about 13 miles. Take Business 377 to the right (towards the Historic Shopping District). This is also called Pearl Street. You will come to the Historic Granbury Square. Continue one block west past the Square and turn left onto Lambert Street. Go to the end of Lambert until you see Doyle Street. The Inn on Lake Granbury is on the corner of Lambert and Doyle.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Inn on Lake Granbury has several packages to make your Texas B and B vacation just right. Enjoy the local scene with the Let Us Entertain You Package which includes two tickets to the Granbury Theatre, dinner for two, turn down service and late evening dessert in your room after the show.

5 . Far View Bed and Breakfast Estate

Brenham, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (979) 836 - 1672

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Buttermilk oatmeal pancakes with Maine maple syrup…tarragon scrambled eggs with sour cream and crumbled bacon…French toast strata with apple cider syrup…country ham… Don’t just sit there and lick your lips in reverie – start heading to Far View Bed and Breakfast Estate!

Beyond the scrumptious breakfast, this restored 1925 prairie-style home is a Texas Recorded Historical Landmark and your elegant two-acre Southern sanctuary. Follow the red-bricked path through winding vibrant flower gardens and classic trickling fountains to find a fire pit, a hot tub and a full-outdoor kitchen with a big screen TV. Choose a relaxing vacation for two, or one, in the Garden Room, adjacent to the courtyard and shade gardens. Or, reside in the Library Room, the original house library with ash block paneling, bookshelves and navy, burgundy and forest green accents. Stay in the Carriage House with the entire family Also from 1925, this historic TX accommodation has retained its turn-of-the-century sophistication through bead board ceilings, a deep claw-foot tub, an outside high vaulted ceiling sitting area and more. We can’t say which is best, but we can say that we enjoy the stained glass windows – and close proximity to their namesake – of the Pool House Suites.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy complimentary juice, soda, water, exotic flavored coffee and tea 24 hours a day.

Related activities

Traverse into historic Brenham and tour the Blue Bell Creamery. After the tour, enjoy a dip of your favorite ice cream!

Getting there

From Austin, take 290 East to Brenham and exit toward Houston, still on 290. Continue on to Brenham to the junction of Hwy. 36 South and 290. Turn left at the intersection and go under the bridge. Turn right on West Lubbock Street and drive about 2.5 blocks to the entrance of Far View Bed and Breakfast.

6 . The Villa Bed and Breakfast at Messina Hof Winery and Resort

Bryan, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 736 - 9463

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It’s always thrilling to visit Texas Hill Country, but it’s even more enjoyable to visit Texas Wine Country! And what better way to fully immerse yourself in this culture than by staying at a winery? Specifically, our No. 6 spot, The Villa Bed and Breakfast at Messina Hof Winery and Resort.

The Villa offers gorgeous views inside and out. Spend hours walking in the vineyards hand-in-hand with your significant other or feeding the turtles. Of course, the dazzling focal point of the entire bed and breakfast, the Messina Hof Winery, cannot be missed! Learn about six generations of superb winemaking and then sip for yourself at the wine bar afterwards with a Prosciutto Panini. After this scrumptious delight, return to your stylish period room. Stay in the masculine D’Artagnan appointed with an oak bed with bronze accents and ship-shaped chandelier. Or, enjoy the lake and forest view from the classic English Romeo and Juliet draped in silky gold curtains and a bedspread with a vineyard print. But no matter what room you retire to or wake up in, make sure to indulge in the complimentary cheese and wine social in the evenings and European-style champagne breakfast in the morning.

Highlights

Stay in the Lancelot and Guinevere or the Napoleon and Josephine with whirlpool tubs paired with a Romance package that includes chocolate body paint for that special weekend.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Villa has your utmost comfort in mind, which is why all rooms come with terry cloth bathrobes, coffee makers, a private thermostat and more.

Getting there

From Dallas, take I-45 South toward Madisonville. Take Hwy. 21 West to Bryan. Turn left at Wallis Road at the Messina Hof sign. Follow Wallis Road to Old Reliance Road and turn left. Take another left into the Messina Hof entrance.

7 . Elm Creek Manor Bed and Breakfast Luxury Spa Resort

Buffalo Gap, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (325) 572 - 3587

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You open the doors and see red and gold brocaded drapes, barely twist furnishings made of rich warm-colored wood and a bright red bagpipe on the wall with a kilt and sporran nearby. Though the last three items are indeed from Scotland, your room is actually in Muenster, Texas!

Elm Creek Manor Bed and Breakfast Luxury Spa Resort has been artfully crafted by the hands of well-traveled owners, wise in the ways of décor and B and B hospitality. The Old World charm is soothing and abundant. Walk through 500-year-old doors from Northern Italy, rest beside Italian-style fountains in the gardens and 14 acres of lush woods. Laze in the outdoor pool, play a game of giant outdoor chess or checkers or read in a hammock under the shade of pecan trees. The thread of intimate European-style B and B runs throughout, but experience a dash of the modern when you visit the luxury Texas spa. Watch the breeze rustle the leaves of the orchard tress as you rest on the “serenity” veranda until it is time for your therapeutic herbal facial or hot rock massage. As Elm Creek appropriately puts it, this is a destination, not just accommodation.

Highlights

Dining at Elm Creek Manor is a culinary treat! Elm Creek raises their own organic herbs, fruits, vegetables and beef. Indulge in signature dinners by guest chefs, a fondue dinner or dinner and lunch baskets you can eat outside beside the pond or your own campfire.

Getting there

From Dallas, take I-35 North to Gainesville. At Gainesville, take the Wichita Falls exit and go west on U.S. Hwy. 82. Continue 10 miles west on Hwy. 82. Look for the FM 2739 sign on your right. Take FM 2739 to the right going north for two miles. Elm Creek Manor is on the left just past the creek. Look for three rail fences and the three-story stone manor.

Fun facts

Elm Creek Manor was originally a retreat home for the owners but after they traveled extensively throughout Europe, they fell in love with bed and breakfasts and inns and decided to open their own. It’s a true taste of Europe on your Texas B and B vacation.

8 . Outpost at Cedar Creek

Round Top, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (979) 836 - 4975

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On a quiet country road bordered by yellow and purple flowers and the rolling Texas hills lies the Outpost at Cedar Creek. Outpost has been featured in Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and it’s not hard to see why once you lay eyes on this Texas B and B.

Take your pick between distinct cabins, cottages and guesthouses with individual appeal, from wagon wheels on the Tejas Cabin bed to cozy living space in the silver vintage Airstream Land Yacht or the vibrantly colored Mexican/Italian themed Casita Bungalow. There’s no doubt that these Texas accommodations are unforgettable, but what will truly stick to our memories and our stomachs is Outpost’s breakfast. Start your day with one of three mornings: French Morning, German Morning or Riviera Morning. With the first you will enjoy poached pears in a cream sauce, mushroom and emmenthaler roulade and a croissant to name a few. Some items comprising the German Morning are potato and jalapeno pancakes, gorgonzola cheese blintzes and orange glazed ham steak. Finally, your Riviera Morning will begin with a berry and yogurt parfait, roasted asparagus and more in the middle and then will end with sourdough French toast.

Related activities

There’s still more to do after breakfast at Outpost at Cedar Creek! Take a country road walk and birdwatch, expand your horizons with a Shakespearean play in the Barn at Winedale or simply watch the horizon at sunrise and sunset with a hot cup of coffee.

Highlights

The Ranger’s Lodge is spacious with hill views that make it a picturesque Texas corporate or group retreat destination. Enjoy Internet access and delicious food prepared for you on site!

Getting there

From Houston, take Hwy. 290 West toward Austin. In Brenham, take the Blinn College exit, FM 389 and then take a left. Travel about 15 miles to the stop sign at FM 1457. Turn right and go about three miles and turn right onto Neumann Road. Neumann Road becomes Wagner Road The Outpost at Cedar Creek is less than half a mile on the left. You’ll know when to turn into the entrance when you see the “Outpost” boulder.

9 . Ingleside Bed and Breakfast

Brenham, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (979) 251 - 7707

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Our No. 9 pick is a grand, architecturally pleasing American Foursquare, a style popularized by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright – who, we are sure, would also approve of the superb experience inside of this magnificent Ingleside Bed and Breakfast.

Ingleside dishes out Texas country fare in its delectable breakfasts while upholding historic Brenham charm with richly decorated rooms. Sit down to a plate of classic Ingleside baked eggs with cheese sausage, crunchy French toast or a caramelized banana omelet garnished with strawberries and sides of biscuit and maple-cured sausage. Once your belly is full, a quick morning snooze may be in order. Lie down beneath the lacy canopy above your bed in the Canopy Room, on the cherry two-poster king bed in the Wildflower Room or in the ruby red plush wingback chairs in the Camille Room. When you awake refreshed and still satisfied, stroll out the front door and into historic downtown Brenham to browse through the ample antique stores. Awaken the young cowboy or cowgirl at heart by petting the miniature horses raised by the Poor Clare nuns. Or, enjoy a night out on the town at the Unity Theatre which holds its performances in a restored warehouse.

Related Onsite Offerings

No matter what pillow you choose to lay your head upon at Ingleside Bed and Breakfast, enjoy cable TV, wireless Internet, soft bathrobes and specialty soaps.

Fun facts

The formal living room and dining room are appointed with original Queen Anne and Chippendale furnishings.

Getting there

From Dallas or Waco, go south on I-35 and then south on U.S. 77 for approximately 53 miles. Then take U.S. 190 southeast to State Route 36. Continue southeast on State Route 36 for about 48 miles. Ingleside Bed and Breakfast is located on Main Street in Brenham.

10 . The Iron Horse Inn

Granbury, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (817) 579 - 5535

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When we began searching for high-quality Texas B and Bs, we weren’t sure both beds and breakfasts could be delivered in style. However, all doubts were laid to rest at our No. 10 pick, Granbury’s The Iron Horse Inn.

The Iron Horse Inn is a gabled, 100-year-old Craftsman-style mansion with a legacy that dates back to 1885. The antique elegance of the rooms, the tranquil garden hideaways and the authentic Southern hospitality combine for a B and B experience bursting with originality. The Cogdell Suite is the splurge every couple should indulge in – bedroom furniture from the original house, a solarium with 13 windows and a 6.5-ft.-claw-foot tub. The wine cellar, also dating back to the original house, is a close second with its limestone walls and private entrance to the gardens. The gardens themselves are brimming with 100-year-old pecan trees and 400-year-old oak trees. Stroll by the waterfall and koi pond or swing with your sweetie by wildflowers. Breakfast is not something to be missed; a three-course culinary delight on an 1880s oak dining table with other friendly guests and the owners who go above and beyond to make your Texas B and B vacation comfortable and memorable!

Fun facts

The Iron Horse Inn is the largest historic home in Granbury, TX. The original Victorian mansion, built by Daniel Cogdell, was destroyed in an early 1900s fire. It was rebuilt as a smaller, but still just as elegant mansion as the original. The name for the mansion is a tribute to Cogdell’s ties with the railroad.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Iron Horse Inn has many packages to suit your occasion: Proposal, Anniversary, Picnic in the Garden, and our favorite – Moonlight, Munchies and Massage Package. Or, design your own!

Highlights

Upon arrival, feel right at home with a tour of the historic inn and complimentary wine and freshly baked dessert. The hospitality extends throughout your stay with services such as making Granbury dinner or theater reservations for you.

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