Hotels and Motels
Glen Rose is a bed-and-breakfast kind of town, but for those who appreciate the familiarity of a standard hotel, try Glen Rose Inn and Suites (300 SW Big Bend Trl., 254/897-2940, $79 d) or Americas Best Value Inn & Suites (1614 NE Big Bend Trl., 254/897-2111, www.americasbestvalueinn.com, $89 d), featuring a pool, fitness center, and Internet access.
One of Glen Rose’s most popular lodging options is Country Woods Inn (420 Grand Ave., 254/897-4586, www.countrywoodsinn.com, $100), which bucks the B&B trend with its kid-friendly approach. Barnyard animals, campfire circles, and walking trails share the 40 wooded acres with century-old guesthouses, charming cabins, a railroad car, and main lodge. You haven’t had this much fun since summer camp!
Another good choice is The Hideaway Ranch and Retreat (Private Road 1250 Bluff Dale, 254/823-6606, www.thehideawayranch.com, $139–159). Nestled among 155 acres of oak-laden countryside, The Hideaway offers secluded cabins with amenities such as private hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, and outdoor grills. Activities on the property include horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and fishing.
For those willing to shell out the extra money, consider the beautiful Inn on the River (205 SW Barnard St., 254/897-2929, www.innontheriver.com, $159). Built in 1919, the site was originally part of a complex known as Dr. Snyder’s Drugless Health Sanitarium, where “Doctor” Snyder, “the magnetic healer,” treated patients/guests with mineral waters believed to have curing powers. Whatever the medical outcome, guests were pampered with luxurious accommodations and delectable meals. Those traditions continue at the meticulously restored current complex.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition