Everything is big in Texas, but the current condition of the economy has brought on a tightening of the spending reins. Gone are the shopping splurges as well as lavish weekend vacations. Nevertheless, there are times that you’ll require a break from the daily boring routine, and simply because you are on a budget, that does not imply that you can’t enjoy yourself. Whatever the condition of the economy, most of us could use a little rest, relaxation, and enjoyment of life.
If you would like to get more bang for your vacation dollar, consider staying a day or two at a cozy, romantic bed and breakfast rather than a large, impersonal hotel chain. The state of Texas as well as surrounding cities are full of charming bed & breakfasts, spectacular bistros, fantastic restaurants, and a variety of wineries built to satisfy the most discriminating pallet.
Mandola Winery is a short 10 minute drive from the inn & provides tours, tastings in addition to excellent food at Trattoria Lisina restaurant. Driftwood Vineyard is around ten minutes beyond Mandola’s on CR170 headed in the direction of Wimberley. The vineyard rests on a summit overlooking the rows of vines beneath, and the vistas are phenomenal. Bella Vista Ranch is located just outside of Wimberley, Texas, and is the first commercial olive oil manufacturer within Texas that also provides guided tours every weekend. Bella Vista Cellars, a part of the ranch, produces wines in small quantities which can be sampled along with the olive oils in the tasting room that is open Thursday through Sunday.
Bed and breakfast establishments offer a one-of-a-kind personalized ‘at home’ feeling that you can’t obtain from a hotel chain. Whether you’re on business, vacation, or stay-cation, you will be in a position to enjoy your excursion that much more for the reason that bed and breakfast establishments provide formal attention for every guest. B&B’s generally have unique rooms and suites that are stylishly outfitted. With some accommodations the rooms are garlanded according to an assortment of themes and/or colors. In any case, no two rooms are alike. Try finding a unique room within a hotel chain!
Let us talk dollars and cents. Bed and breakfasts are more economical than hotel chains, particularly when you consider that everything is included during your visit. A hotel chain will over-charge you for phone calls, parking, and concierge services along with food. These services are covered at most B&B’s. On average, nightly stays at a bed & breakfast range from $80-$350. This depends on the destination, reputation, and offered packages. The Woodburn House Bed and Breakfast, found in close proximity to the University of Texas at Austin, offers nightly stays as little as $110/night, and is within minutes of the theater, other local attractions, and delivers a ‘home away from home’ ambiance. Now that is a true bang for your buck!
Whereas this price range is comparable to a hotel chain, think about the all-inclusive amenities along with personal packages provided to guests. Also, most inns supply visitors with a minimum of two meals. Hotel chains may offer a continental breakfast, however, picture the array of delectable pastries plus succulent dishes offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided by a bed and breakfast proprietor. Visitors marvel at having a home cooked meal which they didn’t have to prepare for themselves. Not to mention that meals are served on fine china & cutlery. Nearly all of us only use our fine china during holiday events and special occasions.
Numerous bed & breakfasts offer packages which include accessibility to nearby attractions including golfing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, spas and entertainment. A few offer activities along with tours of nearby points of interest. No matter whether it is business or pleasure, B&B’s provide exemplary atmosphere and personal accommodations that feel ‘just like home.’