Van Horn, Texas
Where is Van Horn?
The hotel with its fine neon roof sign, sits at 100 West Broadway, two blocks off I-10... somewhere between Big Bend National Park and Carlsbad Caverns. We saw a lot of signs to help guide us to important places, which was good, since there didn't seem to be a person in sight who might have pointed for us.
Our Corner Room
There are less than 50 rooms and the deluxe ones open onto the courtyard. But Don and I (as usual) were passing through and going for the cheap. Our tiny upstairs, corner room was "right sweet" as my grandmother would have said.
Room with a View!
... and would that be a peek of the Guadalupe Mountains behind the low buildings?
What's Happening in Van Horn?
I love a hotel where you can get out and explore on foot. Well... we had hoped to find a good cafe for dinner, or a quaint shop. But mostly there were quiet storefronts and a couple water towers. It's our own fault that we chose to ignore the hand made invites taped to numerous poles and walls. I can't believe we passed up the opportunity to "Get down with the groove" and to "Party and Dance" at the Van Horn Community Center. Shame on us.
A few were sitting at "The Gopher Bar" which used to be in the basement. The bank vault from "bank days" had become the wine cellar. My Pistachio Fried Steak with Jalepeno Gravy (mashed taters & asparagus) was as rich and tangy as I had hoped for! And our waitress had some pretty interesting stories about life in a town of 2,000 when your husband is a border patrol agent.
Fellow Guests at Breakfast
The dining room had a different vibe in the morning, with no white cloths and a serve yourself breakfast. The biggest addition to the room was a table of cowboy hats. I couldn't hear their conversation, but their positive tone and body language made me want to pull up a chair!
What is Notable?
structure, sitting on this wide road in the middle of sort-of-nowhere! The isolation of this gem of a hotel is what makes it special to me. I wish we'd stayed longer to get a feel for the travelers who come through. That could be just as interesting!
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!