Texas may be full of roadside inns and chain motels, but that doesn't mean there aren't premier accommodations among the lot. Wine Spectator's editors discovered two such places in wine country, charming inns that exude Texas style from antique furnishings to historic houses. Also listed here are two recommendations in Austin, only 70 miles away, meaning you can stay in the urban center and still experience the Hill Country.
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Rose Hill Manor
2614 Upper Albert Road
Stonewall, TX 78671
Telephone: (830) 644-2247; (877) 767-3445
Suites: 6 cottages
Rates: $155 to $249
Services: Restaurant/Bar, Room Service, Breakfast Included, Internet Access
Amiable owners Patti and Robert Vander Lyn run this luxurious inn, 15 miles from Fredericksburg, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Four large suites, with sunrooms and overstuffed couches and chairs, occupy the main house. Request the aptly named Sunrise Suite or the Sunset Suite—both open onto a second-floor veranda, offering a view of the countryside that seems to go on for miles. The four cottages are more private, and they all have decks or enclosed sun porches and high, steeply pitched ceilings. On Wednesday through Sunday nights, the dining room serves an ever-changing, four-course, prix-fixe dinner.
The guesthouses at Settlers Crossing are decorated with antiques.
104 Settlers Crossing Road
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Telephone: (830) 997-2722; (800) 874-1020
Fax: (830) 997-2733
Rooms: 7 guest houses
Rates: $145 to $195
Services: Breakfast Included, Pet Friendly
Amenities: Fireplaces, Jacuzzi
Seven historic buildings, ranging from log cabins to a former barn, occupy 35 acres east of Fredericksburg, in Texas Hill Country. Each accommodation has its own look and feel: The two-bedroom Indiana House (pictured), a former bed-and-breakfast circa 1849, features a master bedroom with a queen-size four-poster bed and two wood-burning fireplaces, while the three-bedroom Pioneer Log Cabin, a log-and-rock cottage circa 1865, has a restored wine cellar, 40-foot-long porch with rockers and a swing and a master bedroom with a fireplace. Plus, fresh rolls and coffee are delivered to every doorstep in the morning, another special touch that makes Settlers Crossing a unique treat.
Guestrooms at the Driskill Hotel offer luxury and history.
The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 474-5911; (800) 252-9367
Fax: (512) 474-2214
Rates: $215 to $2,700
Services: Business Center, Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Spa
Amenities: Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Room Service, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar
Built in 1886, the Driskill feels more like a mansion than a hotel. The wide hallways double as art galleries, with pastels and oils from the American West. Although some of the rooms feature massive red draperies and wrought-iron bedsteads, the 19-foot ceilings and arched windows give them a light and airy feel. The most decadent lodging is the Cattle Baron suite, with its two bedrooms, two baths, a fin de siècle-style parlor and a private dining room.
The InterContinental Austin features spacious suites.
The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
701 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 457-8800; (800) 593-5676
Fax: (512) 457-8896
Rates: $108 to $2,000
Services: Jacuzzi, Spa, Sauna, Indoor Pool
Amenities: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Room Service, Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Parking
Art deco meets the frontier at the "Stephen F.," in the heart of downtown Austin. The landmark hotel, named for the man considered the founder of Anglo-American Texas, opened in 1924. Visitors can kick back at Roaring Fork, a saloon-style watering hole in the lobby, or head up the sweeping staircase to the hotel's signature bar and terrace overlooking the State Capitol and Congress Avenue. During the hotel's last renovation, guest rooms were pared down from 350 to 189, making way for Italian marble bathrooms and high-speed Internet connections.