This wonderful old Inn, is not far from our Lake LBJ cabin where we've spent many a night in the past 5 years. The inn has a grand history and lovely grounds and renovated rooms, but we've never had a good enough reason to stay.
One Night in the Caboose
Silly as it seemed, we spent $160 to stay one night in our caboose hotel, when our own cabin was just a short drive down the road.
Let the Adventure Begin
We packed our retro suitcases. (As seen at the top of this blog page) We climbed the stairs to our entrance, carrying every goofy kind of entertainment we could need, books about trains, cards, snacks and cocktail fixings. We even had a few movies like Hitchcock's, "Strangers on a Train", that we never even had time for.
There was more space than I expected in our little playhouse of a hotel! We had a queen bed and "kitchen" with microwave, fridge, toaster oven and coffee maker. The bathroom was tiny, but what would you expect. There was even a shower.
Our Red Cupola
Between the sitting and sleep areas was the most fun feature, the red-painted observation cupola! Back in 1969, when this caboose was in use, the crewman could climb up to get a good view for problems or to signal the engineer. By the 1980's modern train technology made the caboose obsolete. I'm glad this one didn't end up in a junk yard.
Actually we look sort of drab and serious in this little pose. But we had a ball looking through some old books of train history, with photos of luxury travel back in the day, when ladies wore little white gloves to carry their cosmetic cases!
The Best Fun
We spent a little time wandering the grounds. There were a couple fishing docks and even a rowboat we could have borrowed.
Screens and Swings!
This is just a portion of the rear of the inn. I tried to picture this place swarming with cousins and grandparents... screened doors slamming and porch swings swaying. What a wonderful family hang-out... for a really big family!
This very house, which was moved from a different location, was the ramshackle house used in the filming of the cult movie, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Doesn't get much more appetizing than that!
We've dined at the Café a few times, so we decided to just make use of our own little kitchen and our outside patio area. Here we are In the morning, having coffee and breakfast. We didn't actually make use, but we could have scrambled up some eggs on the nearby grill.
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!