The Stagecoach Inn, built by W. B. Armstrong in the 1860s, and first known as the Shady Villa, welcomed weary travelers as they traversed the Chisholm Trail and Old Military Road that connected a string of forts. With sweeping balconies, porches, and big old trees, the Inn provided a respite for stagecoach travelers, cattle barons, soldiers, and others. Some of the famous travelers were Sam Houston, General Custer, Robert E. Lee's son, Shanghai Pierce, and Charles Goodnight. A few notorious individuals like the James Brothers and Sam Bass also stayed, but hid out in the cave next to the Inn. Unfortunately, the hotel guest register which named these people was stolen in 1944.
In the 1940s, the Inn was purchased and restored by Ruth and Dion Van Bibber. Mrs. Bibber created and prepared the famous recipes still served today. In 1959, Ruth's nephew, William E. Bratton, purchased the Inn and added rooms, and other accommodations. The Inn spreads over a large area with walking trails, fishing pond, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a heated mineral water spa. Morris Foster, a native of Salado, is now the proud owner and continues the traditions that made the Inn famous.
December 23, 1967, my husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Stagecoach Inn and returned to the restaurant on our six months anniversary. This New Years, we returned with family. Though we opted to stay in The Rose Mansion (see my blog post at http://www.thewritersvineyard.blogspot.com/ ), we ate one night at the Stagecoach Inn. The food was as good as I remembered. I had the fruit cup, salad, prime rib, mashed potatoes, squash casserole, and coffee ice cream for dessert.
Salado is now filled with quaint shops, tea rooms, B&Bs, and they have a historic drive. If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop and check it out. At Christmas, they have a wide variety of Christmas decorations. I was fortunate to find a shadow box nativity scene half price. I'd been waiting until one grabbed me, and this one did. Be sure and eat at the Stagecoach Inn.
Thursday I'll be blogging at the http://paranormalromancewriters.blogspot.com/
about staying in the haunted Sallie Suite at the historic Rose Mansion built in 1872.
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Thanks for reading and happy writing. Credit for the data above goes to the Stagecoach Inn, Historic Salado, Texas.