If you’re planning to visit Nacogdoches, you’ll want to book early at The Fredonia Hotel, which provides an excellent example of an embraced past reinvented as a cutting-edge present. Built in 1955 and completely renovated for its 2017 reopening, the Fredonia is named for an 1826 rebellion during which area settlers briefly declared themselves independent from Mexico as the Republic of Fredonia.

The Fredonia pays homage to its midcentury roots with curvy furniture and décor colored lime green and aqua, but the new rooms also offer the latest in amenities, including top-flight bedding, 50-inch flat-screen TVs, and an abundance of electrical outlets and USB plugs that travelers crave. The hotel’s Republic Steakhouse quickly established itself as the place to go in Nacogdoches for a perfectly cooked steak.

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