Historic Hotels of Texas: A Traveler's Guide

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From rural towns to mid-size cities to urban metropolises and in every region of the state, more than sixty historic hotels welcome overnight lodgers in Texas. After traveling at least 20,000 miles to visit these unique accommodations first-hand, author Liz Carmack has written the essential guide for anyone looking for out-of-the-ordinary lodging or travel destinations.

Historic Hotels of Texas includes detailed profiles of sixty-four hotels that are at least fifty years old, have been in operation as places of lodging for the majority of their existence, and are still open today. Ranging from stagecoach inns and railroad hotels to resort and

community-built lodging, some facilities have retained the flavor of their origins; others have become sleek commercial establishments or have been transformed into trendy, boutique locations.

Anticipating the diverse interests of travelers, Carmack offers advice in her introduction to help readers choose hotels according to taste and occasion. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, booking a fishing trip, planning a ghost hunting excursion, or going on a cycling tour, Historic Hotels of Texas offers the perfect lodging option to complement your interests.

In her description for each hotel, Carmack includes fascinating historical nuggets and focuses on special characteristics that create the unique ambience so often found in these living tributes to the past. An “Essentials” sidebar includes contacts for reservations, room rates, payment methods, parking, and pet accommodations as well as details about amenities and facilities. The author notes the hotel’s historic registration status and also offers a tip or two from her experiences.

Together, the information summaries and insider tips give readers the details they need to choose the hotels that best suit their tastes and to make the most of their visits. Historic Hotels of Texas is indispensable for travelers interested in both a good night’s sleep and the culture and history of the great state of Texas.

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Editorial Reviews

Frances B. Vick

“What a ‘gang-busters’ book! Elizabeth Carmack’s writing is clear and concise, the material well organized and not too long for each of the hotels. The photos, the maps, and the additional information on the towns—where to eat, things to do, places to get more facts—are excellent. Be assured that I will plan trips around these hotels.”--Frances B. Vick, Former Director of UNT Press
Austin Chronicle
Here's a book that dares to include the Lancaster Hotel in Houston and Turkey, Texas' Hotel Turkey in the same list. Completely different styles. . . . One person's rustic might be another person's overnight adventure. The book honestly describes the properties without pulling any punches.
Austin American-Statesman
Carmack's book is better than a room with a view, a reference work and a travel guide for those who prefer something other than cookie-cutter chain properties.
TCM Reviews
This essential travel planning resource is for anyone looking for out of the ordinary lodging in Texas. . . . this incredibly friendly yet informational book was a true delight to read and explore.
Galveston County Daily News
You may use Historic Hotels of Texas as entertainment, or as a travel guide. Either way you will find the book to be as entertaining as it is useful.
Round Rock Leader
. . . a useful, informative and interesting guide to quaint lodging that is out of the ordinary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585446087
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 971,754
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

LIZ CARMACK is a freelance writer. A former newspaper journalist, her communications career includes positions at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, KLRU-TV in Austin, and the Texas House of Representatives. She has written for Austin Woman Magazine, is currently writing for Texas Highways, and is the Austin City Expert for travel Web site homeandabroad.com.
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Table of Contents

About This Book and How to Use It

Why Choose a Historic Hotel and What to Expect

Origins of Historic Hotels in Texas

Big Bend Country

Gulf Coast

Hill Country

Panhandle Plains

Piney Woods

Prairies and Lakes

South Texas Plains

Closed but Not Forgotten Hotels

Sources and Suggested Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    I love Texas!

    I am a native of Louisiana but Texas is my heart. Reading Historic Hotels of Texas has ignited a passion to visit more of Texas this Summer. The guide of profiles of sixty-four hotels with historic facts (and gorgeous photography) is an inspiration that has reignited the ultimate tour with me. Insider information and details to select hotels that will fit your budget, interest and historical curiosities. The Essentials from Carmack gives all the details on rates, room amentias, how to pay, pet policy, historic aspects and the authors personal tips. This is a great, fun guide to see more of Texas, no matter where you are from.

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