Sallie and Bruce know everything there is to know about Smithville, the little town east of Austin where the Katy House B&B is located. Smithville has been home to several movies (Hope Floats, Tree of Life to name a couple) and more recently, Willie Nelson was in town recording a video with his son. Sallie is in this one, "as background". The house has upstairs rooms and a couple of well behaved dogs, so take that into consideration. It also sits very close to busy railroad tracks, although we barely registered the noise. Rooms were well air conditioned and had ceiling fans and comfortable beds, with fine linen and two pillows (Thanks Sallie). The shower worked quickly and the bathroom amenities were better than adequate. Breakfast was a show stopper, with a main dish, a meat side and a fruit or toast and jam to round it out. Warm or cold beverages choices were available and plenty of water to drink. If you were still hungry, chocolate chip cookies were always available in a cookie jar. Bottled water was in the room - always a perfect addition. The Katy House is named after the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad, nicknamed the "KT", or Katy, and the house reflects Bruce's passion for collecting train memorabilia. Besides movie locations, Smithville has lots of antique and "antique" shops for some fun prowling. The town is small, but is comfortable with being that way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic home, one block from Main Street. The Katy House has five bedrooms, with private baths. Cable TV, VCR, free WiFi and clock radios in all rooms. A full breakfast is served each morning. ... more less