The Palestine Area
Next time you’re visiting the heart of East Texas, we hope you’ll make our hotel your base. With easy access to Loop 256, this is the perfect location in town. We’re a convenient spot about equidistant from Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Pull in about 35 miles from the I-45 and take advantage of free parking for guests. As our guest, our friendly staff will look after you here, where your traveling pet is also welcome. Mornings begin with a free Bright Side Breakfast® and a free USA Today newspaper. You’ll find it easy to catch up with events of the day via your in-room cable television or via our free high-speed Wi-Fi internet service.
The area is rich in outdoor recreational areas. We call it ‘Home of the Dogwood Trails’ for the flowering trees which are matched by abundant magnolias. Davey Dogwood Park covers 200 acres of rolling hills and meadows. Streams run through where picnicking is a delight in a shady grove or overlooking the scenery. Some 38 miles north on Route 155, Lake Palestine offers freshwater fishing and boating. The Texas State Railroad steam engine train toots and rumbles through the pines. Have a look at the regular schedule, as well as offering theme excursions such as Thomas the Tank Engine Rides, and at holiday time, the popular Polar Express.
Hotel Services and Amenities
Rise and shine indicates the alarm clock provided in your room. Enjoy that first cup of coffee while checking the morning news on your 32” flat screen cable TV. Then, head downstairs to pick up a free newspaper and enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast of waffles, pastries, bagels, muffins, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, plus all the juice and coffee you like. You can stay connected on free high-speed internet via Wi-Fi and book a meeting room to get down to business. When you return after a busy day, an outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center are just the way to unwind. Packing light is no problem, as rooms are equipped with microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron with board, with a guest laundry down the hall.
Established in 1846, there are an estimated 1,800 Victorian homes and sites around town. The Museum for the Culture of East Texas next to Reagan Park is the place to begin exploring downtown which features 1800s-era buildings operating as antique shops, candle making, general store, and gift shops. When you’ve seen plenty of old, have a look at new. Take a tour of the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility where high altitude research balloon are launched and studied. Festivals and parades are popular, including Dogwood Trails Festival in the spring, Christmas in July, a Peanut Festival, and Dogwood Jamboree held every two months to include a talent competition for under 18’s that draws young people from far and wide to compete and support.