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We are happy to say we are included in this Romantic Travel Guide by Dr. Kat Smith, DHS, ACS who has stayed with us on numerous occasions.

 

Romantic Retreats in Texas, Places to Relax, Rejuvenate and Reconnect – is a guidebook for couples who wish to explore the romantic side of the lone star state. Inside you will find a vast list of destinations either within driving distance or a short flight away. From Dallas to the Hill Country, the Rio Grande to the panhandle and South to the Galveston coast, Texas has a lot to offer the traveler looking for a romantic or exciting get-a-way with seclusion, atmosphere, amenities, tranquility, luxury or rustic living. With a host of B&Bs, spas, resorts, ranches, hotels, camp sites to name a few, Romantic Retreats in Texas is a guidebook for lovers of relaxation, shopping, entertainment, dining, lakes, pampering, adventure, wineries, nature and more.

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There is plenty to do in Marble Falls. Or Not. You can enjoy water sports or just float along the lakes, or partake of the dining and seasonal festivities. The shopping is fun when hunting for that antique or one of a kind item. It sits in close proximity to Austin, Georgetown, and Frederickburg. Making them great little day trips.

Here are some links to more information to help you plan your stay.

Visiting Marble Falls: http://www.ci.marble-falls.tx.us/35/Visiting

Things to Do in Marble Falls, TX: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g56229-Activities-Marble_Falls_Texas.html

Dining: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g56229-Marble_Falls_Texas.html

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Originally built in 1907, by Victor Bredt, the house was first opened as the Bredt Hotel offering lodging and meals “to country customers for 25 cents”.

Bredt sold the hotel to Luther Mitchell and Gertrude Anna Ryan Wallace, who had traveled from a plantation in Virginia and settled in Marble Falls. Their business as inn keepers thrived in the small but bustling town.

After the death of Gertrude, the hotel operation ended and with other siblings moving to California, the building became the home and private residence of their youngest child Margaret Wallace.

In 1976 Judge Ed Yturri and his wife Dottie bought the house and its entire contents of antiques. His plans were to transform the old house into and artist’s co-op or perhaps the first library thrift store. Instead it became the Wallace house.

In the early 80’s the Brown family purchased the home and turned the 13 room, 2 bath structure into a five unit apt. building. Later, the Davidsons bought the property and continued to make improvements and continued to rent the apartments. The wood floors have all been restored to their original beauty.

In 1998 Phil and Rebecca Gatton bought the Wallace house and ran it as apartments until 2002 when they began working on plans to update the kitchenettes and baths and bring the old house back to its original grandeur and as lodging for all those who visit Marble Falls; the gateway to the hill country.

The Wallace house, was named The Wallace Guest House and opened its door in July 2003 after extensive renovation, work on the grounds continues to evolve with plans for gardens and outdoor weddings. The term “guest house” refers to a bed and breakfast where the inn keeper does not live on the property, but we have Someone available on-site for your convenience.

Almost a century of history has been restored and updated to accommodate the most extraordinary tastes. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, come be our guest for a truly incomparable stay.

Originally, the house was twelve rooms and two baths with three fireplaces. From what information that is available, it is speculated that the original kitchen is now part of the Inks Suite. Ms. Wallace resided in the upstairs rear of the house. The chinked walls of the Travis and Marble Falls Suites are said to be part of a log cabin from which the home was built around. The log lea pine floors (excluding the Inks Suite) are all original.

In keeping with offering our guests an exceptional stay, the Texas Hill Country, guest lodgings are furnished with period and vintage furniture, decorator fabrics and fully equipped updated kitchens and baths.

Although the original floor plan of Wallace has been lost forever the spirit of Wallace house has been reborn.

Rooms are named for our highland lakes (the chain of lakes formed by the Colorado River); Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis. All rooms have period and vintage furnishing and decorator fabrics.

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We are a non-smoking facility offering five suites from which to choose. Each are unique and completely renovated and modernized with the uncommonly, distinctive charm for which the Wallace is recognized.

Whether you stay in either of our two floor plans (single or two level), you will find the following amenities in our suites:

Bedrooms:

Plush beds
Luxurious linens
Down alternative pillows Walk in closet
Irons and ironing boards

Fully equipped and modernized kitchenettes:

Full Size Refrigerators Dishwasher in Inks Four burner stoves Coffee makers

Place settings for Four Cookware and cooking utensils Wine glasses and corkscrew Can openers and cutting boards

Bathrooms:

Luxurious Towels
Make-up removal towels provided
Jetted Tubs (Travis, Marble Falls, Buchanan & LBJ Suites)
Hair dryers
Personal toiletries

Spacious Living Area
Flat Screen television with Cable access Antiques in all suites
Private entrances

Breakfast (arranged with local historical restaurant)

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There is a reason Marble Falls trademarked the slogan – “for a weekend, or a lifetime.” You’ll grow to love this little town.

Marble Falls, Texas is one of 45 cities/areas located in the Texas Hill Country. Known as The falls, the town was used as a landmark by travelers who referred to it as the “great falls” or the “marble falls” of the Colorado River as early as 1817. It is nestled 47 miles northwest of Austin and 85 miles north of San Antonio, in the middle of the Highland Lakes area, the largest chain of lakes in Texas.

Charles S. Todd attempted to establish a town at the falls in 1854 when 1854, Indian fighter and confederate general, Adam R. “Stovepipe” Johnson, a former Confederate States Army General, fell in love with it and later returned to Burnet County and formed the Texas Mining and Improvement Company and by 1886 Johnson had succeeded in buying half the land.

Lake Marble Falls sits between Lake LBJ to the north and Lake Travis to the south. The falls for which the city is named are now underwater but are revealed every few years when the lake is lowered.

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Among the many fascinating area of Texas is the Hill Country. I had heard of the area made up of 45 or so towns just outside of Austin and San Antonio, but never quite ventured to explore them. Again, I am usually driven to more tropical destination.

A friend was looking for a retirement property and told me of his fascination with the Texas Hill Country and of its waterways. Water? That got my attention. There are a host of lakes in the Hill Country that are fed by one major river.

According to experts in Texas, the Colorado River flows in south of Lubbock, and on into the Llano Estacado (near Lamesa). It then continues southeast through several reservoirs into the Texas Hill Country.

One of those lakes fed by the Colorado River is Lake LBJ. A short distance away is Lake Marble Falls, known for the cascading falls from which it was named. The up and coming town of Marble Falls is located about 47 miles northwest of Austin and 85 north of San Antonio. The falls were a tourist attraction and part of the history of the five lakes that surround the area and bring an abundance of water sports and activities to the local businesses.

One of those local favorite businesses is the Blue Bonnet Café, where Texas politicians, stars and even a President have dined. Main Street is home to the great shops, restaurants and entertainment venues like the restored historic building, The Driftwood Theatre. Owner, Buster Russell books great musical acts like The Gimbels and Michael Murphy.

There are sculptures that line the streets that attract a yearly art festival. In April, the flowering blue bonnet flowers bring tourists from all over Texas to take in this beautiful landscape. Every August brings the noise and thunder of the high powered boat races on Lake Marble Falls.

Just around the corner on Third Street sits the grand lady, The Wallace Guest House. This 1907 Victorian was originally the home of Victor Bendt and opened as the Brendt Hotel. Later is sold to Luther Mitchell and Gertrude Anna Ryan Wallace and after her death, the hotel operation ended and the building became the home and private residence of their youngest child Margaret Wallace. The home, now a guest house, has been reconfigured to five suites complete with kitchenettes, living areas, and bedrooms with either king, or queen bed with ensuite baths. The suites are named after the five area lakes: Marble Falls, LBJ, Inks, Travis and Buchanan. Donna runs the place for the owner and is very pleasant and helpful with directions, things to do and area favorites.

Across from the Wallace is Darci’s Deli serving great sandwiches and cookies. Next door is The R Bar & Grill which is great for some Tex-Mex and a cold beer. Take a few more steps and across 281 you can stop by the Blue Bonnet and have a piece of their fresh baked pies.


My return visits to Marble Falls have allowed me to get to know several of the locals who I make an effort to see every visit, like Martha at Vintage Vogue resale shop and John and Dave at the historical Blue Bonnet Cafe. The previous owners of the Wallace Guest House, Rebecca and Phil have become great friends and we have shared tons of laughter and stories over food and wine. Rebecca is hilariously funny and just the mention of her name brings a smile to my face.

I often go back to partake of some of the great holiday festivities. Once we even met country singer, songwriter Susan Gibson. She penned the song Wide Open Spaces for which the Dixie Chicks made into a hit. Susan performed at a July fourth concert a few years back. She is a talented artist and delighted us with her guitar playing and singing several of her original songs.

We ate bar-b-q with the members of a local church during that Fourth of July fireworks show right on the lake. The same like side is host to an annual Parade of Lights during the Christmas holiday season. It all warms the heart and in it I have found a home away from home.

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