Historical Hilltop House Overlooking Quiet Texas Town
In the winter, fresh snow covers the hilltops of Parker County, Texas, painting the fronds of palm trees white. On the highest hilltop, a crimson spire shines through the flurries like a beacon guiding snow-blind travelers to Angel's Nest Bed & Breakfast. Within the 114-year-old Victorian house, four fireplaces and seven oversize jacuzzi tubs bring warmth to chilly nights.
The well-appointed guest rooms at Angel's Nest complement the building's antique charm with a modern sensibility. In room 1, a queen bed sits on a 193-year-old Mallard Half Tester frame—valued at $75,000—and faces a plasma TV mounted above the marble fireplace. A covered porch leads out to a koi-fish fountain, though guests can always stay in the room and soak in a private, oversize jacuzzi tub filled with rubber koi fish. Fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs inhabit several of the inn's seven available rooms, but some have their own exclusive amenities, such as room 5's enormous private balcony. Every morning, a knock at the door heralds the arrival of a full, hot breakfast.
Lodgers receive a $50 credit to use toward either a future stay at the inn or any of Angel's Nest's special packages. With the Sweetheart package, chocolate-covered strawberries and a balloon bouquet accompany a bottle of champagne ($49.75), and the TV Munchies & Snacks package bestows hot, buttered popcorn, mini corn dogs, and chocolate-covered pretzels to snack on while watching romantic infomercials ($49.75). As soft music accompanies the crackling fireplace in the inn's dining room, Angel's Nest's tuxedoed staff sets a table with flowers and 200-year-old sterling flatware for a private, candlelit dinner for two ($118).
Weatherford, Texas: Diverse Nature and History of Texas
More than 30 miles outside Fort Worth, Weatherford embodies the quiet, natural beauty of rural northeastern Texas. At the Clark Gardens Botanical Park, trails wind through 35 acres of trees, flowers, and wildlife all year round, from holly berries toughing out the winter to azaleas blooming in the spring.