Summer of 2013
A Little History
The Limpia was built by the Union Trading Company in 1912 and named for a nearby creek. There was a drugstore and doctor's office and stylish guest rooms. The hotel became the community social center. Locals came to share news or to enjoy lawn games like croquet.
There wasn't much happening in the social department when we arrived. But there were some great sitting space on the patio in back, not to mention porches in the front and back. The place could accommodate lots of socializing!
The lobby felt more like a spacious home with high ceilings and uncluttered surfaces.
Half Way Up
We checked in and headed upstairs to our room on the front of the building.
We made our way past a few antiques lining the wide hallway, to room #25. The creaking floors added a little authenticity.
Large and Airy
For an old hotel, the room felt open and roomy with tall windows and a decent queen bed. Our view was blocked by the roof of the sunroom below and the TV was pretty aged, but we didn't spend much time in the room.
I'm not sure when this addition was added, but it sort of amused me. It felt like I was stepping into a friend's family room in the 1960's. The corner fireplace was quite a curiosity. If this had been my house as a kid, we would have made good use of that space above the fireplace... for family slide shows!
The sunporch with the ceiling fans and rockers and game tables and rose carpet made me long for a family reunion.
A View of the Patio
The porch in back had a view of the patio, where we could keep an eye on some folks arriving in their western wear. But the rear upper porch seemed to be the designated smoker's porch, so we made our way down the stairs.
Rocking and Watching
From the the lower porch, Don and I rocked away, sipping our gin & tonics in our thermal mugs, while the patio filled on a Saturday night. The air was dry and coolish for Texas, so we were content.
The Best Show
The Bistro and Bar
The hotel had a cute little restaurant in a stone building beside the patio. We opted to eat burgers at the soda fountain across the street, but stopped back in to check on the bar after.
In the morning, the very same space offered up complimentary pasteries and coffee. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!