Historic Hotels of Texas
A Traveler's Guide
Texana - Travel Guide
5.75 x 8.5, 272 pp.
70 color photos., 8 maps.
Pub Date: 10/25/2007
Price:        $23.00


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Historic Hotels of Texas

A Traveler's Guide

By Liz Carmack

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.

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.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Liz Carmack details 64 hotels that are at least 50 years old; have been in operation as places of lodging for the majority of their existence; and are still open today.  Included are fascinating historical nuggets and a special focus on characteristics that create the unique ambiance of each."-Texas Highways

“One person’s rustic, might be another person’s overnight adventure. The book honestly describes the properties without pulling any punches.” --The Austin Chronicle

"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." --Austin American-Statesman

"Historic Hotels of Texas is an essential guide to authentic Texas lodging. Travelers will appreciate the fascinating historical tidbits and current details that make it easy to plan stays at dozens of former stagecoach inns, railroad hotels, resorts, and grand urban hotels across the state." --Texas Escapes Online Magazine

"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." --TCM Reviews

“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

“Liz Carmack has created a well-written and thoroughly researched resource for the heritage tourist—and anyone, for that matter, who is interested in our state’s past. She does more than just provide the standard run-down of hotel details—price, contact information, and a list of amenities. In addition to that information, Carmack also offers tid-bits of local history information and stories about the historic hotels, the people who built them, and the communities that they serve. The book is divided into seven geographic regions, providing the user with a well-organized and easy-to-use travel aid. I especially liked the ‘author tips’ section, which provided helpful hints for day trips and activities outside of the hotel. I plan to add this book to my collection of Texas travel material, and I expect it to be dog-earred in a matter of months.” --Gene Krane, Executive Director, Texas Historical Foundation

Historic Texas Hotels is an informative and entertaining guide for the traveler who wishes to savor a taste of the rich and colorful history of our state. Ms. Carmack writes in a pleasant, informal style, which adds to the reader’s sense of having a friendly, local travel guide to offer lodging and dining suggestions. She describes the interiors of the hotels and sometimes of individual rooms to the extent that the reader almost feels as if he/she is along on the trip. The Essentials section at the end of each hotel’s profile provides valuable insights for tourists.” --Toni Turner

"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." --Galveston County Daily News

" . . . a useful, informative and interesting guide to quaint lodging that is out of the ordinary." --Round Rock Leader


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