Some might argue that having a vivid imagination may be one of the most powerful tools mankind has at its disposal. As such, someone must have let their mind wander to beautiful place so that they could conceive of an idea as intriguing as a Texas winery bed and breakfast fans could call their “home away from home”.
Wait, what? A winery in Texas that also serves as a bed and breakfast? There’s no conceivable way that this could be a viable thing, right? Actually, you may be both shocked & thrilled to learn that it is most certainly a thing and a very popular weekend getaway option for many people. Leave it to the state of Texas to take to heart the idea of showcasing two major industries in the state (wine production and tourism) at once. Still, if you understand Texas, this actually makes a lot of sense.
Texas has seemingly always been a state of contrasts. While Texas became a state in the U.S. in 1845, it later broke away toward the Confederacy during the Civil War. Before 1845, it was also a separate country for a time after having gained independence from Mexico. Texas is also the birth place of two U.S. presidents (Lyndon B Johnson & Dwight. D. Eisenhower), but it is well-known for two other presidents’ connection to the state (George H.W. Bush & George W. Bush).
When you look at the wine industry, Texas even finds a way to have contrasts there as well. One would assume that with the heat Texas is famous for, grape harvesting would be hurt more, but it turns out cold temperatures & a lack of water that cause greater harm. Wine in Texas is a billion-dollar industry, and it’s competing with the more well-known markets in the U.S. and the world. With such a financial draw, wineries realized that if they could combine two industries (wine & hospitality), it could be a great thing for them.
If you decide to check out a Texas winery B&B, here are a few things to know before you head out:
Price Varies – Every winery B&B has its own prices, so be sure to check online or call for information before booking.
Place of Business – While you’re not having to get behind the wheel after drinking, you’re also in a place of business with others. Be mindful of your behavior.
All-in-One for Tastings, Classes, and Meals – If you & your special someone are wine fans, booking a stay at a winery B&B is a great way to learn about all phases of wine production.
Experience More – Lodging on the same grounds, which means you can explore more of what the winery has to offer, which often include collaborations with local industry. As the slogan goes, “Keep it Local”.
Book Early – Winery B&Bs are exploding in popularity (bookings averaging 2-3 months in advance), and with the Texas tourism industry bringing in tens of billions of dollars annually, you may want to act fast.
The Texas winery bed and breakfast trend may be more than just a flash in the pan. This could be the next big thing, and as they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas!”