Get Your Money’s Worth at these Historic Texas Bank Hotels

October 6, 2023 | By Cynthia J. Drake

If some of Texas’ historic bank-turned-hotel walls could talk, they would tell stories of wealth and loss.

Spend a Weekend Getaway at One of These Quirky Vacation Rentals

November 15, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

If there’s anything positive that came out of the pandemic, it’s certainly a newfound passion for travel within one’s own state where there are a plethora of creative, quirky, and design-inspired residences to stay in, usually in small towns tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Learn Some Spooky Texas History on These Small Town Haunted Ghost Tours

September 9, 2022 | By Layne Van Vranken

Fall is just around the corner, and what better time than Halloween season to dive into the spooky and paranormal.

From a Bank to a Bed-and-Breakfast in Small-Town Bartlett

October 14, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

Bartlett’s Houston Black Soil Is Once Again Fertile Ground

September 16, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

The hourlong drive from my house in Austin to the quiet town of Bartlett is not so much a drive as it is an unwinding, an unpacking, a leaving behind of the detritus that accumulates in the city. I get behind the wheel and creep through traffic on Interstate 35, headed north.

Let the Transformation of Bartlett Begin

August 19, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

It’s a thought that has probably occurred to almost every Texan at one point or another. You’ll be out there driving along, going from nowhere to someplace, when you pass through a foundering small town with a tragic downtown area, and you see the abandoned gas stations and empty stores and think …

A Small-Town Enthusiast Embarks on the Revitalization of Bartlett in Central Texas

July 30, 2020 | By Jac Darsnek

Robert Zalkin dares to dream small. Beginning in mid-2019, the native of the small town of Liberty, New York, began buying 15 buildings in Bartlett, a once-thriving cotton center 50 miles north of Austin on State Highway 95. He was drawn to Texas because of the welcoming people and economic feasibility of such a project. He intends to enliven the small town by preserving and repurposing its downtown, which he’ll document on Instagram at @downtownbartlett. “I drove through quite a few Texas towns,” Zalkin said, “but when I stepped out onto the red brick streets of Bartlett, it was magical. I felt the old ghosts and knew immediately this was the one.”

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