Trey and Jana travel in search of creative and talented chefs, tasty craft cocktails, savory sweet treats and unique travel destinations. We believe TRAVEL is good for your heart, mind, body and soul. Mix in some deliciousness, talented chefs, a dash of history, a pinch of fun and you’ll have the perfect travel destination every time.

 

A Unique, Dreamy and Picturesque Southern Travel Experience (Louisiana)

Welcome To The Dreamy Maison Madeleine

Have you ever seen pictures of a place so dreamy, beautiful, peaceful and picturesque you think to yourself, that can’t be real. It’s just not possible – there’s no way a place like that can exist in today’s world. Well, we discovered a place just like that in Lake Martin, Louisiana; a place so unbelievable we just wanted to pinch ourselves. It is simply known as Maison La Madeleine.

 

I’m going to tell you the rest of this fantastic story and how it all began so you can enjoy this incredibly unique travel destination that is rich in history, cozy vibes, southern hospitality, and food so delicious you will want to lick your plates clean after every meal.

 

This story starts back in 1860, when Jean Pierre Cenac walked to Bordeaux from the foothills of the Pyrenees and arrived in Algiers, Louisiana on Christmas Eve. He set up shop, got to work, and started making family history. Fast forward about 160 years and today Proprietress Madeleine Cenac and her husband Walt Adams own and operate one of the most incredible bed and breakfast travel destinations in the world: Maison La Madeleine. It’s located in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, adjacent to the Nature Conservancy’s 9,300-acre Cypress Island Preserve in Lake Martin, Louisiana.

 

 

Established as a Bed & Breakfast in 2005 by its owner Madeleine Cenac, it’s been a successful operation for going on 17 years. Madeleine and her family oversaw every little detail and put in years of blood, sweat and tears restoring a beautiful rustic 1840’s southern cottage. She’s extremely detail-oriented and every single item about the restoration, right down to the floor nails, was kept authentic and true to the times. As I walked around studying the details, the beauty, and soaking up the history, I was in a trance. It was so convincing that one would think they were actually back in the 1840’s, except for the modern conveniences.

 

They have also won accolades from the travel and tourism industry, magazines, programs and of course the tourists who are lucky enough to visit. They offer incredible service, history, fantastic stories, delicious meals, live music with a supper club series, incredible French Creole surroundings and accommodations fit for kings and queens.

 

I can’t begin to describe the feeling you get as you drive down the beautiful tree-lined roads on the way to the cottage. Your heart will smile because it’s absolutely breathtaking! The sights, smells, sounds, colors, and animals create a vision like you’re driving into a movie scene. When you finally arrive and step out into the beautiful world that is Masion La Madeleine, you will be in awe of the surrounding landscape and happenings.

 

 

The main house, or historic structure – a circa 1840 French Creole cottage – was moved to its location on Lake Martin in St. Martin Parish from property on the Vermillion River near Perry, Louisiana in 1997. Painstakingly restored and authentically furnished to its original grandeur, it serves as the centerpiece of the Bed & Breakfast. This is one of less than 50 such surviving 19th Century structures in the Acadiana Parishes.

 

When you enter the home, you get a warm cozy feeling that I can’t describe, except to say it’s pure bliss. From floor to ceiling and wall to wall its full of furnishings, artwork, and historical artifacts that would make any historian green with envy. My eyes and senses were on overload as I enjoyed it all – especially once I completely understood how much detail, hard work and dedication went into every aspect of this home and its surroundings.

 

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you get a key and start upstairs to your living quarters. The stairs creak and the wood pops as you make your way up the narrow staircase. As you slowly push the door open you see the beautiful hallway and rooms decorated so perfectly. It’s like you’ve entered a fairy tale. There are two bedrooms, complete with sitting areas and even a hidden sleeping nook for children to enjoy. Accompanying this is a little kitchen area and a wonderful cozy bathroom. The entire living quarters is inviting and warm, with history about the family and Maison La Madeleine.

 

 

You can stroll around and enjoy the unique, colorful, and beautiful landscape surroundings. When you’re done you can relax on the big front southern still pouch, or in the back by the river. My favorite place was the old Jesus Bar, which is behind the cottage main house. They have an incredible outdoor kitchen and seating area, but the Jesus Bar is where all the good stuff happens! You can also choose to enjoy a private cooking class from professional Cajun-Creole chefs who live close by and are some of the bests you will find. I would highly recommend a cooking class because it’s educational, fun, and packed with delicious eats.

 

” I’ve traveled a lot in my life and enjoy traveling to wonderful and beautiful destinations. Maison Madeleine is TRULY UNIQUE and should be enjoyed by anyone who loves to travel, learn about history, eat, drink, and enjoy Louisiana. If you have some extra time, take a boat ride on Lake Martin to look at gators, or stroll around the nearby Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. I fell in love with everything about this wonderful bed and breakfast and of course the amazing Madeleine and Walt.”

Special Thanks to Chef Herbert and Chef Vicki two incredibly talented authentic Cajun Chefs that are simply wonderful! 

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Trey & Jana ( Chow & Travel Hounds )

 

Walt, Madeleine & Trey at Jesus Bar + Herbert, Vicki, Jana & Trey Private Cajun Cooking Class + Trey Cooking + Jesus Bar From Door + Jana & Trey in Bliss.

 

Trey’s Chow Down Fresh Crawfish Étouffée and Trey’s Louisiana Bread Pudding ( Thank YOU Chef Walt and Chef Vicki ) 

Austin’s NEW Paradise for Relaxation – Renaissance Austin

Howdy Travel Partners!

As we travel the USA coast to coast in search of comfortable and unique destenations we’re sometimes extremely surprised but what we discover. That’s exactly what happened when we checked into the NEW Renaissance Austin located in North Austin. We discovered a world of bliss and beauty so perfect that it took us by total surprise. From the time we entered the front doors our weekend was filled with plush accommodations, tasty craft cocktails, delicious chef driven eats, beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country, and an outdoor entraining mecca complete with two pools.

The hotel went through a BIG and COMPLETE restoration, modernizing the guest rooms and suites. All of the accommodations are simply stunning, colorful and vibrant, featuring stylish décor, local artwork, and thoughtful amenities. Everything is TEXAS chic, and represents Texas music, fun and an active life style. From the hanging guitars to the cattle and livestock artwork, it’s TEXAS BEAUTIFUL, but also extremely inviting and very comfortable to enjoy a long weekend.

 

You can enjoy all-day dining with chef driven farm-to-table cuisine and craft cocktails at the Knotty Deck and Bar. There is dining available in the beautiful dinning area, at the bar or outdoors on one of the multiple decks. Oh, and you can’t forget the LUCKY PONY for poolside Texas inspired craft cocktails or fresh snacks. We found the dining and snacking options to be truly unlimited and always fresh and delicious.

Let’s talk about all of the incredible outdoor entertainment areas. They have four different patio areas on different levels, complete with fire pits, lounging areas, swinging chairs, games… all shaded with trees and landscape. A great feature was the mist machines in the trees, keeping you cool when you’re not enjoying the NEW pool area.  Speaking of which, they have two pools. Yes, two pools! One is located inside with a hot tub and the new pool is outside, offering a sundeck, hot tub and plenty of lounging areas to enjoy the outdoor life. They’ve added a fantastic music system to enjoy some good tunes with fresh craft cocktails so you can chill and get lost in time. When you spend time outside it’s like your miles away from the big city, even though it’s right there. The outdoor area is made for relaxation and good times, which allow you to recharge and enjoy life and that’s exactly what we did!

There is so much to discover at the NEW Renaissance Austin because it’s close to many venues and surrounded by Hill Country scenery. It offers North Austin charm and it celebrates the local character of Austin and the state of TEXAS. You can enjoy Savor Texas-inspired American fare at Knotty Deck & Bar, or lift your spirits with coffee, tacos and tequila from Choza. Enjoy the fitness center with the state-of-the-art Peloton room, 24-hour fitness room or one of our two sparkling pools. The scenic outdoor spaces are ideal for large or small events. You can easily explore North Austin from the hotel, just minutes from the Domain, the Austin Greenbelt and downtown Austin. A refreshing and unforgettable hotel experience awaits you at this four-star Renaissance hotel in North Austin, Texas. 

They’re a NEW officially approved Trey’s Chow Down Travel destination and a MUST Visit for anyone looking for a overnight, weekend, or a staycation with family and friends. It’s Austin’s NEW paradise for relaxation, fun or entertaining. Hope to see you poolside soon enjoying North Austin’s beautiful Hill Country.

Travel well and stay hungry!

Trey & Jana (Travel Hounds)

Kennedy Manor Bed & Breakfast (A little Slice of Heaven)

KENNEDY MANOR BED & BREAKFAST IN JEFFERSON, TX

Kennedy Manor, located in the heart of historic Jefferson, offers bed & breakfast accommodations with a gourmet breakfast. Six guest rooms feature antique furnishings, private baths with showers and modern amenities, individual climate control, flat-screen TVs with satellite, and complimentary WiFi.

Follow Website here …..Kennedy Manor Bed & breakfast 

In addition to the 6 guest rooms, Kennedy Manor offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the entire house. Guests can read a good book in the Library or spend time in the Music Parlor playing on the Grand Piano or spinning an old vinyl on the Victrola.

The large dining room can accommodate a full house of guests. Refreshments are available in 2 coffee bar areas in the home. The house has large hallways and spacious 13-foot ceilings, and a large wraparound porch.  The backyard area features an enclosed sunporch, custom brick patio with seating and a fire pit, and a beautiful goldfish pond for your enjoyment.

Kennedy Manor Bed and Breakfast is truly a little slice of heaven. They are a TEN out of TEN for Trey’s Chow Down Travel and a must visit if you love Bed & Breakfast places.

Thanks So Much,

Trey

The Best Place to stay in the French Quarter.

Hello New Orleans lovers,

At the Omni Royal a registered Historic Hotels of America.

Trey’s Chow Down Travel spends a lot of time in New Orleans. For over a decade we’ve been staying at the beautiful Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, located right in the middle of the French Quarter. It’s a historic hotel filled with fantastic New Orleans stories and folklore. The interior is beautifully decorated in a southern style, with stunning ornate marble and artwork.

It’s simply a fantastic place to stay and the central location makes it perfect for enjoying the historic French Quarter. From the world-famous Rib Room for the weekend brunches and dinners with live music, to the early morning room service, awesome rooftop pool with stunning views, and wonderful New Orleans style room choices. The hotel staff is always extremely nice and very helpful with local hot spots, events and happenings.

Live music, chef driven eats and world famous brunches at the Rib Room: The Rib Room Omni Royal At the

Everything is better with a GREAT story!

Very much like the City of New Orleans, the history of Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is one marked by a triumphant struggle to overcome life’s many tribulations. The hotel itself harkens back to the early 19th century, when New Orleans was rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most important ports. Thousands of merchants moved their products into the city, given its relative location at the mouth of the Mississippi River. All sorts of steamboats and sailing ships docked in New Orleans’ bustling wharfs, delivering such goods like sugarcane and cotton. In the 1830’s aspiring hotelier James Hewlett decided to use the location for the site of a grand hotel.

Hewlett, a Creole descended from the city’s black and French populations, had long yearned to own a magnificent holiday destination that would rival the St. Charles Hotel in its eloquence. He hoped that this facility would provide a meeting place for people of all backgrounds to congregate and relax. Hewlett broke ground on the project in 1838, recruiting architect Jacques Nicholas Bussiere De Poilly to oversee the project. De Poilly had been specifically tasked with recreating the sophisticated aura of Paris’ Rue de Rivoli inside the building. Called the “St. Louis Hotel,” it took the two men five years to complete. Part of the delay was the result of a massive fire that compromised the entire layout of the building. Crestfallen, Hewlett and De Poilly had to start rebuilding the structure nearly from scratch. But when the hotel finally opened in 1843, it stood as one of the most glorious buildings in downtown New Orleans. Its opening ceremony was attended by some 600 guests who quickly scattered throughout the hotel’s three luxurious floors.

The Incredible Roof Top Pool Area.

After World War II, a group of individuals led by Edith and Edgar Stern started to discuss the prospect of renovating the St. Louis Hotel as part of a large push to revitalize the entire French Quarter. After nearly a decade of deliberations, the Sterns and their allies were finally ready to finance the construction project. They hired architects Arthur Davis and Samuel Wilson Jr., to fully rehabilitate both the interior and exterior layout of the St. Louis Hotel. What Davis and Wilson managed to achieve was nothing short of miraculous, as they fully recreated the building’s grand Renaissance Revival-style architecture. Debuting once again in 1960, the hotel quickly resumed its place as one of the city’s great Grand Dames. It attracted many famous celebrities and politicians, including Muhammad Ali, Paul Newman, and even Lassie, the dog. The Stern family eventually sold the location to Aetna in 1980, which in turn, transferred it to the Sonesta Corporation.

Omni Hotels then acquired the lease in 1986, operating it as the “Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.” Today, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts. A member of Historic Hotels of America since 2010, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is still a place to see and be seen in downtown New Orleans.

Book a stay or view website below.

The Omni Royal New Orleans, Louisiana 

We love the Omni Royal and If you’re traveling to New Orleans, I would highly recommend you stay at the Omni Royal and enjoy all it has to offer. I promise you’re going to fall in love with this incredible property and the Omni Staff.

They’re an officially approved Trey’s Chow Down Travel Destination to be enjoyed by all New Orleans LOVERS!

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Trey & Jana

A Texas Dreamy Ranch Resort Destination

AFFORDABLE, fun and activities for everyone! 

Cozy Outdoor Back Side Of Casita.

Tell your family, your friends, and heck tell your mama too. TREY’S CHOW DOWN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS has you covered AGAIN for a NEW wonderful stay-cation idea!

Grab your bags, your family, and your friends and head west to Graham, Texas. The new Oak Ranch Resort offers 3 private casitas and a bigger SUBTERRANEAN HOUSE for larger parties. This ranch is absolutely incredible. You will have the time of your life – we sure did!

Oak Ranch Resort is located in North Central Texas, fifteen minutes from Graham, Texas. Privately located on 57 acres, this secluded setting in the Eastern Cross Timbers and bottom lands of the Brazos River is home to wildlife, bird watching, fishing, star-gazing or just relaxing.

It’s new, it’s private, it’s cozy, it’s fun, it’s quiet, and it has everything you could want for a nice staycation. It offers a heated pool for those chilly country nights, or relax in the hot tub after a day of playing too hard. Each casita also offers a private hot tub. How can you go wrong with that? Oak Ranch Resort is just pure awesomeness.

Please view our video for the three private CASTIAS and LA CASA TIERRA it’s truly amazing.

GOLDEN ROCK CASITA 

https://airbnb.com/h/golden-rock-casita 

ROCKY RIDGE CASITA 

https://airbnb.com/h/rocky-ridge-casita  

SILVER MOON CASITA  

https://airbnb.com/h/silver-moon-casita

LA CASA TIERRA 

https://airbnb.com/h/lacasatierra 

Graham, Texas is a city in north-central Texas. It is the county seat and largest city of Young County. The downtown area offers fantastic shopping, dining and relaxation experiences. The downtown square is one mile in circumference, Graham’s downtown square is the largest in the entire country.

We loved Oak Ranch Resort and I guarantee you will too! Check out the website and book it today. You’re gonna be thanking OL’ TREY, I can promise you this!!

They’re an officially APPROVED Trey’s Chow Down Travel Destination for fun and relaxing times in Texas.

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Gorgeous Thompson Hotel Riverwalk (San Antonio)

Howdy Y’all!

Refreshing Craft Cocktail.

It’s travel time again with Trey’s Chow Down Road Trip’in the USA for creative chefs, deliciousness and unique travel destinations. Today we’re at the gorgeous Thompson Hotel on the RIVERWALK in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

When we heard about this beautiful hotel offering fantastic views overlooking the Riverwalk and downtown, we had to give them a visit. The Thompson is NEW to San Antonio, opening in the middle of 2021, but the classy, cozy and vibrant atmosphere makes it feel as if it has been there forever.

It’s truly impressive, rising above the Riverwalk for an elevated experience in this cultural epicenter. They offer stunning, unmatched skyline vistas, cozy and refined guest rooms, creative culinary delights, and incredible service. You can immersive yourself in the cool nightlife from the rooftop lounge, The Moon’s Daughter, or pony up to the bar and enjoy a Texas-whiskey while you enjoy the splendid San Antonio skyline.

My favorite option was enjoying cocktails on the pool deck in our private cabana overlooking the river walk. The pool area is amazing, with an overall feel of elegance with rich textures and beautiful colors. You can jump into the pool and enjoy the water right from your private cabana. Just perfect!

The hotel is perfectly positioned over the northern Riverwalk neighborhood, where we watched a boat parade float by at dusk. The lights from the boats beaming off the water and bouncing off the sides of the River Walk were gorgeous.

The incredible Spa Like Bathroom. (So Relaxing)

There are many rooms available and each one will make you feel like a king or queen. We enjoyed a suite complete with a living room, bar area and an incredible bathroom with a spa tube. The staff and room service were perfect; they made us feel like old friends. If you’re looking for a nice little getaway, I would highly recommend a suite for a weekend. You will thank me later!

The chef-driven culinary offerings are plenty! Everything is created and prepared in-house by a talented chef with a first-class culinary team. This isn’t your grandma’s cooking. You will fall in love with the creative, unique and unforgettable flavor profiles they offer. Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, vegetables and spices, each dish I tried was colorful, loaded with flavor and delicious. I couldn’t find anything they offer that wasn’t pure culinary perfection.

Located close to the historic Texas Alamo, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the River Walk and plenty of shopping you just can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a new elevated experience that will immerse you in style, elegance, and a culinary wonderland with stunning views I would highly recommend a visit to the THOMPSON HOTEL SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.  

Easily 10 Hats out of 10 for a perfect score. They’re an officially APPROVED Trey’s Chow Down Travel destination for all food and travel seekers to enjoy!

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“Until next time stay hungry and enjoy life my friends!” 

Trey (Chow Down) Chapman

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ( A MUST VISIT )

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Glenrose, Texas 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glenrose, Texas is a MUST VISIT travel destination! Be sure to tag or share with family and friends who love great travel spots filled with animals, fun, education and friendly experiences. Trey’s Chow Down Travel is always road trip’in for unique, wonderful and fun experiences everyone will enjoy. If you love awesome and affordable travel destinations, we’ve found one! Every single animal responded to us – every single one I would talk to RESPONED with some form of expression. What an incredibly awesome experience!

 

 

The park was beautiful, clean, well-organized, easy to understand and the entire staff and team members were so nice, happy and polite. They made us feel like family with their inviting attitudes, big Texas smiles and HOWDY YALL’S! There’s a reason USA TODAY named it a ‘USA TODAY – 10 BEST’, because it’s INCREDIBLE! “Fossil Rim is the place to be if you LOVE authentic travel experiences with a friendly educational vibe that’s unforgettable.”

Fossil Rim is a NEW, OFFICIALLY APPROVED Trey’s Chow Down Travel Adventure and DESTINATION for 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Fossil Rim depends on YOU – the visitors, members, and generous supporters to fuel our critical conservation programs to save threatened and endangered wildlife species and the land they live on.

You can DONOTE TO FOSSIL RIM. A ONE TIME TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

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Unique Blue Skies Retro Resort Texas Hill Country

Trey’s Chow Down TRAVEL heard about this incredibly cozy Palm Springs-style resort that’s a throwback to the retro classics. Located in the Hill Country, it’s an overnight retro dream close to Fredericksburg, Texas that we absolutely LOVED!

The Blue Skies Retro Resort is located approximately 3 hours from DFW and 1.5 hours from San Antonio and Austin. They’re nestled between the Texas Wine Trail and Enchanted Rock on TX Hwy 16, where the possibilities for fun, relaxation and adventure are endless.

The fully refurbished retro trailers are cozy, colorful, fun and clean. Each trailer offers WI-Fi, a small refrigerator, retro record player, a couch, kitchenette, and small bathroom. They also have an outdoor entertainment area with a fireplace (wood is included!) and a pool. It’s all you need for a quick, affordable get away.

 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Offering five Shasta trailers with private yards along with additional private bathrooms with vanities and outdoor showers, a pool and a covered pavilion for you to enjoy!

Each trailer offers:

  • Keyless entry
  • Full bed featuring a Casper® mattress
  • Luxury linens and pillows
  • Keurig single cup coffee
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • AC/Heat
  • TV
  • Bluetooth radios and record player with records
  • Private yards
  • *19ft trailers have an additional twin bed in the back that also offers extra seating

 

The sunsets and sunrises are impeccable and the skies are a bright blue, so no need to even wander off the property as it provides a unique resort experience all on its own.

If you’re looking for an affordable and fun getaway, I would HIGHLY recommend a trip to BLUE SKIES RETRO RESORT. You will thank me later for the fun and relaxing time you will enjoy.

Disclaimer: I can’t be held responsible if you have TOO MUCH FUN!

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Trey ( Chow Down ) Chapman

 

 

Omni Resort Perfection – Lazy River, Golf Course Spa & More.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate 

Trey’s Chow Down Travel is back at it again as we continue road trip’in the USA for unique travel destinations! Jana and I took a quick trip to Orlando, Florida because we heard about this unbelievable travel destination. If you love unique discoveries that offer everything, and I mean everything, then you’re gonna love this discovery from Trey’s Chow Down Travel.

It’s an incredibly unique, fun and activity-filled destination for anyone. It’s a great location for families, couples, a date weekend, business travels, and golfers. There is truly something for everyone at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

The food was perfect, offering a wide variety of dishes and dining experiences. They offer fresh and creative chef-driven eats, savory sweet treats and tasty craft cocktails. They have so many restaurant and snack options your belly will be full of deliciousness during your entire stay. We ate and enjoyed for 48 hours straight! Don’t sleep on the room service, either, that was awesome too.

Restaurants, Sweets, Coffee and Snacks offered:

ZEN 

Enjoy authentic Chinese dishes highlighted by an intimate sushi and sake bar. ( Deliciousness )

TREVI’S 

Enjoy Trevi’s Breakfast and Italian classics for lunch and dinner. Family style dining is also available.

TREVI’S TERRAZZA 

Join everyone for an Italian al fresco dining experience with fire pits, light bites, sangria and more. ( Perfection )

DAVID’S CLUB 

Enjoy the spirited environment and spectacular resort views while you dine on mouthwatering steaks and innovative cuisine at Omni’s upscale sports bar and grill.

CROC’S 

Enjoy a delicious meal crafted from regional ingredients or sip on one of Omni’s signature cocktails while overlooking the stunning pools.

BROADWAY DELI 

Choose from a variety of salads, classic deli sandwiches, hand-scooped gelato and on-the-go snacks. Offering to-go breakfast, lunch, dinner items and late-night snacks. ( Love this Place )

PIPER’S GRILLE AND CHAMPIONSGATE LOUNGE 

Sample Omni’s selection of healthy and hearty breakfast options, sandwiches, salads and entrees at lunch or throughout the afternoon for golfers who want to enjoy a refreshing break.

LOBBY BAR 

Relax with a glass of wine or refreshing cocktail while you catch up with friends and family. ( Great Cocktails )

RESTAURANT IN ROOM DELIVERY 

Let Omni deliver the best to you! Room service is available for breakfast and dinner daily.

At the resort is a swimming oasis surrounded by a lush, tropical environment. They offer a BIG lazy river, a great hot tub area, and an adult pool with private cabanas. Together these features combine to make for an incredible outdoor pool area; a tropical heaven for families, friends, dates and singles.

Unique Texas Hill County Travel Destination With A… CASTLE & Cool VIBES!

Hello Y’all!

Wine Castle “The Chateau De Chase” on 290 On HILL.

If you follow our travel, food, chef and cocktail adventures then you’re aware that I’m like an OLD HOUND DOG always on the HUNT. Searching for Creative chefs, delicious eats, savory sweet treats and UNIQUE Travel destinations. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE DISCOVERIES. Get ready for an AWESOME Experience! Let’s GO!

There we were, cruising down highway 290, headed to Fredericksburg when Jana blurts out, “Trey did you see that castle?” On the phone I replied by asking her if she had already started drinking wine, even though it was only 8am. Turns out it WAS a castle – a big, beautiful castle, with a new hotel right beside it. I thought, if that’s not intriguing, I don’t know what is. A castle on a hill, in Texas, with a NEW HOTEL right beside it. That just screams UNIQUE!

The next week we made reservations for the NEW Bentley Hotel on 290, adjacent to the Wine Castle. Making the reservations was a good call, because the Bentley Hotel is absolutely an incredible – a true destination that’s not only unique, but inviting, relaxing, charming and comfortable. You truly don’t need to leave once you check in for the weekend.

They’re a twelve room and two suite boutique hotel featuring a resort-style pool and an outdoor wine cabana bar, complete with all of your wine cocktails and culinary delights! Enjoy a wine cocktail after check-in on Friday night, then take a dip in the lounge pool and hot tub and order a pizza for dinner on Saturday. You can visit the Wine Castle just up the hill and enjoy some tasty wines and snacks, then learn about wines in a cozy and inviting castle atmosphere.

They have twelve king-size rooms with private balconies, two two-story Suites with living rooms and double private balconies. Each room tells a story through its name, and no matter which one you choose they’re all warm, cozy, colorful, classy and extremely comfortable. We stayed in the CLINT EASTWOOD ROOM and LOVED IT! ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!

They have a BIG resort-style pool with private lounge cabanas and beautiful pool furniture. A Texas-centric wine cabana bar that’s shaded, and a kitchen that’s open 5pm to 9pm, offering Incredible customer service. The lounge pool is open 10am to 9 pm.

If you’re looking for a Truly UNIQUE Texas Hill Country Travel destination offering a one of kind experience, including a castle, then The Bentley Hotel on 290 is the place to be. Make your reservations and when you get there, walk through the little black gates and leave your troubles behind. That’s what we did and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do the same.

Until next time my friends! Enjoy a unique travel experience, enjoy something deliciousness, be happy, and always love your neighbor. We need more love in this world and of course unique travel experiences like the The Bentley Hotel on 290!

Hope to meet you at a table soon!

Adios Y’all!

Margaritaville Resort Fun & Loads Of Deliciousness ( Bossier City )

Howdy Travelers!

Chill At The Pool Jimmy style!

If you’re new to our site, my name is Trey and I specialize in locating creative and talented chefs, delicious dishes, tasty cocktails, and unique travel experiences that everyone should enjoy around the USA.

We’ve been on the hunt for some close vacation spots that offer the BEST deliciousness, chefs, and fun. Travel experiences that are fantastic and close for Texans, Oklahomans, and Louisianans to enjoy.

Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana is right on the river. It’s close, fun, and has delicious restaurants. Big, clean, colorful rooms and a nice pool atmosphere for the family.

Paradise wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous luxury hotel. You have a license to chill in one of the 395 guest rooms and suites designed with tropical elegance and world-class first-rate amenities. The suites and Premium corner rooms even offer private balconies.

When you stay at Margaritaville, you’ll enjoy everything you expect in a luxury resort from a beautiful tropical pool and elegant spa to extraordinary entertainment and dining.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a United States-based hospitality company that manages and franchises a casual dining American restaurant chain, a chain of stores selling Jimmy Buffett-themed merchandise, and casinos with lodging facilities.

Enjoy A Steak at Jimmy’s DELISH.

Better get ready for some fun when you step inside the MARGARITAVILLE Resort. Leave your worries at HOME!

We’ve enjoyed three Margaritaville stays in various states and loved each one of them. The staff is always nice with big smiles and open arms. They offer plenty of parking and a large variety of dining options. We’ve tried 12 of the restaurants at various locations and each one has been fantastic. 

We enjoyed our visit and our room was big and offered great views. The food was fresh and delicious at both restaurants we enjoyed, but our favorite was Riverview Restaurant & Brewhouse. It had great views overlooking the river and a big variety of fresh and delicious options. My favorites dishes were simply delicious Mac-N-Cheese, English Fish & Chips and the cheesy pasta.

Please see all restaurant options below.

Restaurants and Hours 

Banyan Tree Café: 

Monday – Tuesday: 7 a.m. – Midnight

Wednesday – Sunday: 24 hours

5 O’Clock Somewhere:

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Riverview Restaurant & Brewhouse: 

Sunday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Jimmy’s Steak & Seafood: 

Wednesday & Thursday: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Bamboo Asian Café: 

Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. – Midnight

Sunday & Monday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Busted Coconut: 

All Day

If you’re looking for a GREAT place close to home that’s serving delicious food, tasty drinks and cocktails and boasting big rooms with a wonderful pool area, you NEED to check this out! You will thank me later because it offers world class dinning and loads of FUN!

Hope to see you down the road or at a table soon,

Trey and Jana 

 

 

Historical Texas Motor Lodge That’s Unforgettable

Howdy Y’all!

The Press Room (LBJ Waiting Room)

If you’re new to our site, my name is Trey and I specialize in locating creative and talented chefs, delicious dishes, tasty cocktails, and unique travel experiences that everyone should enjoy around the USA.

I heard about this cozy little 1960’s Motor Lodge located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, right down the road from President LBJ’s Ranch – the Texas White House, as they called it. These days when we get a tip, or hear about new place to visit, we must investigate before striking out on the adventure, just to be sure it’s what we’re expecting.

We did our homework and discovered it was originally built in 1964. This restored L-shaped motel combines modern luxury with a retro twist, featuring 12 remodeled rooms and 4 private cabins — faithful to their mid-century modern roots – along with five RV sites.

Interested, we loaded up and headed for the beautiful Stonewall Motor Lodge in Stonewall, Texas, right next to Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s such a beautiful, quaint, and relaxing drive. We reserved the PRESS ROOM to spend the weekend in and enjoy the Hill Country.

When we arrived and I laid my eyes on the lodge I knew we had made the CORRECT decision. It was perfect! A shining star located roadside like the OLD Motor Lodges from the 1940, 50, and 60’s. Completely refurbished with roof top deck added, nice colorful and cozy rooms, big showers, comfortable beds, outdoor living areas and the big outdoor barn area. This was complete with sitting areas, a bar, fans and windows to view the wild life. They also had an outdoor fire pit and grilling area under big Hill Country trees and loads of deer. I’m serious when I say loads of deer – we counted 10 and one big Texas buck on our first outing to the barn. The next morning when we looked out of the window, I saw so many deer we couldn’t count them all. It was magical!!

I reserved the PRESS ROOM because I firmly believe that every travel experience should include some history, education, and fun, with a dash of deliciousness and a few tasty cocktails. When you have that combination it’s sure to be the PERFECT travel experience.

The Press Room was awesome. If these walls could talk… Once reserved for the Press Corps hoping to snap a shot of President Lyndon B. Johnson during visits to his ranch, this room is steeped in the history of the nearby “Texas White House”. It has a little kitchenette with a table and all kinds of historical photos. It’s cozy and has PLENTY OF ROOM.

We unpacked, settled in, and started enjoying the wonderful Lodge. We went out back and enjoyed talking to the deer (a one-sided conversation), listening to music and discussing our incredible day with BLAKE the engaged ” Southern White Rhino.” But, that’s another story and one you don’t want to miss. Later on, we got some wine and headed to the rooftop overlooking the hotel and surrounding area. We really enjoyed the outdoor living room and discussing the cars and trucks as the rolled by. What a fantastic day we had, and ending it looking up at the TEXAS star BIGHT night made it perfect.

I don’t know about you, but Jana and myself love staying in cozy old beautiful places. Stonewall was extremely nostalgic, cozy and quaint, and not to mention affordable. There is just something about pulling up, getting out of your car, and walking into your room. Not having to deal with loads of people, big parking lots, elevators, and miles of concrete if you get my drift. It was a nice change of pace, bringing things back to a simpler time. (Boy times have changed but NOT at STONEWALL.)

If you’re looking for a different experience that’s truly a change of pace and one that’s unforgettable, you need to book a stay and enjoy some time at the beautiful STONEWALL MOTOR LODGE. You will thank me Later! 12 stars out of 10 for these travelers.

Hope to see you on the road or at a table soon! Love y’all!

Trey and Jana

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