Early one Thursday evening, we sat on a deck high above the Colorado River drinking almond-flavored concoctions spiked with “shine”. It was still quite hot, but runners followed a path below that paralleled the water. A canoe or two passed by. Our drinks came from […]
How do you choose a place to stay in the “Bed and Breakfast Capital of Texas”? It’s easy. You read a little history and you choose your favorite ghost. We ruled out the historic Jefferson Hotel, even though it looks nice and has a great […]
A few pretty photos on the Internet and a list of local attractions didn’t prepare us for the reality of Jefferson, Texas. We were greeted by narrow streets lined with old-growth magnolia trees. There were elegant homes, both large and small, with wide front porches and gingerbread trim. It seemed almost everyone had planted flowers, and those who had not, had invested in plastic ones. Everywhere we looked, it was very green and colorful.
The buildings along the downtown streets retain their nineteenth-century facades. You sense there was a bygone era of great wealth. You can’t help but wonder why this tiny town, situated in the middle of the East Texas piney woods, possesses so much southern grace and charm.
We found the answer on Big Cypress Bayou
We were on our way to a vineyard when we saw a sign for a riverboat tour. We usually choose wine over boat rides on brown bayous, but as we crossed the bridge, we could see cypress trees shading the waterway. It looked inviting so we followed the arrow to a small shack.