"24 Steps to Cowboy Heaven" is exactly right! Climb the steps up and over the downtown's Barber Shop (yes, old time barber shop) and you will find the most charming and cleverly decorated cowboy hotel. Well, its NOT a hotel, but it sure feels like a cowboy hotel room from yesterday... only clean, roomy, and with a fabulous breakfast!
Sunny and John Snyder run this B&B from their home which is just a few blocks away. Unlike most B&Bs, you have this place all to yourselves and don't have to share a dining room with anyone! This upstairs loft is more like your own private cowboy apartment. You get the key from Sunny when you arrive, and you'll see her once each morning when she delivers your homemade breakfast(s) at your designated time each morning.
The breakfasts are incredibly wonderful. Sausage/egg casserole with a bit of green onion served with an individual dish of apple dumplings warm from the oven came one morning. Large strawberries garnished breakfasts that were served on hand painted tin plates. You'll have to provide your own drinks or juices, but there is a coffee maker with coffee in the room and a great little mini fridge (and microwave) in the room.
The bed is a queen size BIG four poster bed that is very comfortable. Nice old fashioned soft white sheets and plenty of pillows and extra blankets. The bathroom has a shower only, but it is perfect with good consistent hot water and a great shower head. Do bring your own hairdryer.
There is a small TV with DISH network and a DVD players with some provided movies. That said, this is Hico. Try not to turn it on. Just enjoy the slow pace of the town. Read instead of television. There is a wonderful cowboy red comfy chair in the room or a terrific futon to curl up on with a book. There are plenty of lights in the room at just the right places, a welcome touch!
You will love the wood plank floors and ceilings, the exposed brick through the plaster (authentic), and the warm and rich way Sunny has decorated your cowboy room.
The bed and breakfast is right in the middle of downtown. Once you arrive, you won't need your car. You can easily walk to everything. We found the city park just four blocks south of the B&B. It has a paved one mile walking trail which you will NEED after eating at the nearby restaurants. The Koffee Kup has the world's best burgers and onion rings (and lots of other offerings) but is world-famous for its pies. There's a Mexican restaurant in town, and another casual place just across the street.
All in all, Hico is a great place to go and do nothing. It is a perfect escape and lovely drive from either Austin or from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Do plan on two nights and three days to enjoy it all.
Oh, and we recommend a trip to Bluff Dale to "Let's Eat" restaurant one night. Its 30 minutes away, and absolute DIVE of a location, and 4 star chef cooking gourmet meals in an open kitchen. Be sure to meander across the street and down a block to the coolest old bar ever found in Texas!
Hico and the "Nuthin' But Time" B&B is a welcome escape from the hectic life of the big city. Sunny will treat you like family, but give you the privacy that you're looking for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1905 Restored vintage home. One guest room with private entrance. Furnished with great antiques. Front porch with rockers to relax with morning coffee. A full breakfast is included in room rate. 3 Blocks from downtown Hico. I am looking forward to meeting you. ... more less