Hotel at a Glance: Inn on the Creek
Inn on the Creek lies in the midst of a cypress grove overlooking Salado Creek—but this isn't the inn's first location. The main building, a gray Victorian home, was built in 1882 in Cameron, Texas, and then moved to its current spot in Salado by the original innkeepers. Another building came from the nearby town of Holland, TX. Each structure has been fully restored and decorated with antiques.
- Neat architectural feature: Some buildings were constructed using wooden pegs instead of nails and screws.
- Guest-room close-up: Each guest room has its own identity. The Tyler room has a queen-size iron bed, a sitting area overlooking the front of the grounds, and easy access to the gym and hot-tub facilities.
- Best places to nap: in a rocking chair on the porch or in a creek-side hammock.
- Signature cuisine: The seasonal prix-fixe menu at Alexander's Distillery changes monthly. This deal comes with a free dessert per stay at Alexander's, which serves chocolate ricotta icebox cake and Grand Marnier sorbet. Alexander's will be closed 7/4/14.
- Live jazz music is performed by the creek every Saturday from 9 p.m to 11 p.m.
- Start your day right: with a full southern-style breakfast.
Salado, Texas: Artsy Town with Local Winemakers
Salado calls itself "the best art town in Texas," and for good reason. Main Street is lined with more than 60 shops where you can buy local artwork, pottery, glass, and antiques. You'll find bronze statues scattered throughout town, including Billy Goat Gruff next to Dodd's Creek Bridge. Every October, Salado hosts an annual art fair, where vendors hawk handmade jewelry, paintings, and other creations.
Artwork isn't the only locally made product here—Salado Creek Winery, located right along Main Street, makes wines onsite from Texas-grown grapes, lemons, and limes. It holds tastings every day.