I love everything about this tiny town, north of San Antonio.
I love the peaceful feel and the knowledge of the German Freethinkers who lived here in the mid 1800's. And now, I love this B & B that has been open less than 2 years!
A Bowling Alley?
Don and I heard about this bowling alley turned B & B, a few months ago. The website photos made the place look intriguing, but I was confused.
It wasn't until we walked into the courtyard and saw the long narrow structure with the bright orange doors, that I could halfway imagine a building that might have once housed bowling lanes.
Peace and Comfort?
Camp Comfort is located beside peaceful Cypress Creek, just a short walk from Comfort's historic downtown.
The name might make you think Church Camp or Rehab Resort, but it's just a comfy Bed & Breakfast in a town with a sweet name. There was a camp feel when we walked past the sign at the entrance. Our hosts, Phil and Lisa were starting up a fire in a pit, surrounded by bright orange chairs. They greeted us with enthusiasm and a little history.
The Social Hall Came First
The brown building near the sign in front, had been built in 1870 as Comfort's Turn Verein.
These Social Halls were built in a few German communities in Texas. The Fourty-Eighters who had fled Germany, used the space for fitness, recreation and social activities.
Pondering on the Porch
The two, 9-pin bowling lanes were added behind the Social Hall in 1910. I sat on the porch of the Alley Building, thinking about that.
All was quiet as I sat, except for a few birds and rustling leaves. It wouldn't have been so peaceful 100 years ago when balls would have been clacking into pins, right behind me! Then it was time to check out our Alley Room!
Luxurious Alley Room #
My pictures just don't do their job. Our 400 square foot room really was a piece of rustic, modern heaven. Actually there was a lot more modern than rustic. The rustic charm came from the various woods of the wall, floor and sliding bathroom door. The built in desk, was made from the actual bowling lane floor!
I love rustic and vintage, but I must say it was a treat to have the history without the splinters and dust. The "morning kitchen" as they call it was sparkling clean. The chushie blue chairs and 42" flat screen were a treat. And the cute white "tulip chair" brought back memories of the sixties!
The appliances, from Kuerig coffee maker to the Krups toaster were inviting. The desk set up was handy with a Tivoli radio and stool.
But the complimentary bottle of Acqua Panna water, Goo Goo Cluster and hand written note made my day!
Just One Thing
The bathroom was spacious and spotless! The vanity and tub showed off more polished wood and there was even a large built in piece with storage and space for piling your stuff!
What I DID NOT care for was the very cool looking window from the bathroom to the bedroom. (reflected in the mirror) It did make me laugh though, knowing I could close that hefty sliding door and then wave to Don through the window! I'm always grumbling about all the clever ways bathrooms and guest rooms are united in modern hotels. Togetherness at all times!
The two large windows brought in lots of light and reminded us there was plenty to see out there. Off we went to make use!
Just past the little cabin office we found these steps to the creek.
Early Spring at Cypress Creek
It's obvious where the creek gets its name.
It was a treat to wander along the bank in the early evening, spotting all the new growth... tiny buds and greening grass.
An Even Better Treat
I don't remember the last time I spent time on a tire swing! I liked the swinging as much as I used to... but not the spinning!
Fire Pit Time
Phil and Lisa had welcomed us to join them earlier, but that had moved on. We had the fire and those crazy chairs to ourselves! The chairs were surprisingly comfy and the flat armrest was handy for holding a glass of wine!
Behind us, we pondered the Camp Comfort stage, with it's spotlights and doors. Dressing rooms? No, we didn't get out our ukuleles and perform. Of course if there was any time I might have been convinced to play the uke on stage, that would have been the place... with no audience.
We woke rested from our luxurious bed and walked a few steps to the Social Hall. Even though we were the only guests, there was a spread of goodies on the counter that could have fed 50.
We dug through a container holding about 100 Keurig coffee options and chose our favorites to enjoy with our scones and granola, yogurt and muffins.
Sit a Spell
We could have cozied up with the morning news on the sofa, but chose one of the big dining hall tables.
I sat and stared at every detail, from the worn wood floors to the curious lighting fixtures.
I loved the upside-down-bottle-chandelier.
Even more, I loved the high mounted roll of butcher paper, where I could read the notes and leave one myself.
Wagon and Window
I was impressed with the funny wagon holding the iced down bottles of milk and juice and yogurt.
I was in a trance staring out the wavy old window glass at the new leaves.
Our stay was a blend of my favorite things! We had the luxury of a polished city hotel with the homeyness of a small town. Better yet, there seemed to be a lot of surprises... good things we didn't expect. Yay!
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!