Readers Pick Best Accommodations in Region




The Excelsior House Hotel, Jefferson, captured the Best B&B title. It has a ballroom, dining room, and beautifully manicured grounds, and is within walking distance to downtown Jefferson’s retail shops and entertainment venues.

County Line Magazine celebrates its 15th year of conducting the annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey. Among the more than 3,500 nominations and some 60 ultimate recognitions were numerous destination and travel opportunities of note in the region. This blog will feature those winners in various groupings over the next several weeks.

Some of the categories’ winners are divided by size of the town, 50,000 and under and 50,000 and over. The winners represent a great selection of what visitors and residents alike enjoy in the Upper East Side of Texas.

This week's focus is on the best accommodations. [For the complete list of winners across all categories, visit www.goo.gl/5aExZj.]

Best Getaway

The Harbor. Rockwall. From the stellar service and ambience of the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel to the getaway feel of Lake Ray Hubbard’s sailing and sunsets, waterfront dining, garden paths, and beautiful water fountains, The Harbor is an exceptional nearby getaway. Restaurants like Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, Dodie’s Cajun Diner, and Campisi’s Italian are inviting, relaxing locations for delicious food and drinks near the water’s edge. The Harbor is under new management and promises new shopping experiences, and its Cinemark movie theater shows the latest releases. During the summer, The Harbor offers a concert series by the lake and picnics are encouraged anytime. The Hilton has a great relaxing lakefront pool area and its own share of lake views. 2059 Summer Lee Drive, (469) 428-7995 www.harborrockwall.com

Best Hotel

The Excelsior House Hotel. Jefferson. The Excelsior House has welcomed travelers to Jefferson since the 1850s including famous people like Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, and Lady Bird Johnson. They boast about their Southern charm and elegant decor with rich rosewood, cherry, and mahogany furnishes and the outside is constructed with brick, timber, and lacy iron work. It has a ballroom, dining room, and beautifully manicured grounds, and is within walking distance to downtown Jefferson’s retail shops and entertainment venues. 211 West Austin Street, (903) 665-2513, www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

Best B&B

White Oak Manor. Jefferson. This bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the Historic District of Jefferson and is run by David and Tammy Doriot. In 2011, they purchased the White Oak Manor, and decided to keep the historic Jefferson feel throughout all of the rooms, decorated to match the Greek style that was popular in the time period when the manor was built. The rooms are packed with the essential amenities and they offer a gourmet breakfast, scenic gardens, and a front-row seat for all of the district happenings. 502 East Benners Street. (903) 665-8185. www.bedandbreakfastjeffersontx.com

Hall of Fame: Thee Hubbell House, Winnsboro

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