A Night in Historic Downtown Winnsboro


At the far northeast corner of Wood County about 90 miles east of Dallas, is Winnsboro, Texas, where annual spring and autumn trail rides are regular occurrences in this beautiful land surrounded by many lakes, rivers, and country views as breathtaking as any in the world.

Besides the surrounding landscape some of the greatest things about Winnsboro are found in its historic downtown area where “a night on the town” makes for a memorable experience.

One place to stay overnight is Thee Hubbell House,  a beautiful bed and breakfast full of warmth, history and beauty where host Tim Carmichael uses his world traveling experience to make sure guests feel at home. He provides as much personal attention as guests need or some, he says, prefer lots of alone time, perhaps relaxing in the gazebo, by the swimming pool,  on the back porch or on the upper porch overlooking this quaint neighborhood on Elm Street.

A tour of this magnificent complex nestled among 400-year-old oak trees finds rooms with period antiques in the main house, rooms with refrigerators for longer stays in The Carriage House, and a nice suite in the Little Hogg House.

The outdoor area offers spectacular views at every turn with a large gazebo often used for special events, a fish pond decorated with numerous angelic statues, and seating on the patio and back porch, on balconies, and even the open grassy area looks inviting. The historic ambience quickly melts away any nagging problems that might be waiting back at home.

Thee Hubbell House is conveniently located to Winnsboro’s historic downtown area so guests can continue their “back in time” buzz by walking to dinner.

Guests at Thee Hubbell House receive discounts at LouViney’s Winery & Bistro and for concerts at Crossroads Coffeehouse & Music Co.

LouViney’s in Winnsboro (they have another location in Mineola) is not the typical eatery one would expect to find in a small East Texas town. Its sophisticated, artistic decor attracts an interesting group of winers and diners from near and far. They offer dinner specials like baked chicken breast topped with avocado and cranberries served on a fresh bed of spinach. The wait staff can recommend a wine that goes well with anything on the menu.

Appetizers include items like the sample platter that comes with dolmas, hummus, and pita bread, great food paired with wine or iced tea if preferred. A delicious brownie dessert and coffee can round out a perfect meal.

Crossroads Coffeehouse & Music Co. is a short walk around the corner from LouViney’s. Music lovers need only check out the listings and ads for this venue in the County Line each month to see the quality of singer/songwriters they are bringing to Winnsboro. Performing songwriters themselves, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne began the live music venture to welcome regional and national touring artists to their “Mississippi Delta farm  house” stage every week. Upcoming performers include Adam Carroll, Malcolm Holcombe, The Laws, Michael Young, The Ginn Sisters, Druha Trava, Jimmy LaFave, and Sara Hickman just to name a few.

Tickets usually range from $15 to $20 each. Doors open at 7 p.m. with concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. Snacks, coffee, water and soft drinks are available for purchase and people are allowed to bring in their own refreshments.

After a great concert, Thee Hubbell House guests can go back to the mansion, walk over shiny, creaky wood floors to their beds and find a chocolate heart upon their pillow. Climbing beneath fresh line-dried sheets it’s easy to get a good night’s sleep.

A man of many hats, Tim Carmichael is also a fine chef, serving a full country breakfast in the dining room the next morning that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange slices, coffee and juice.  A delicious ending to a perfect night in historic downtown Winnsboro, Texas.

For more information:  www.theehubbellhouse.com , 903.342.5629 or 800.227.0639; www.crossroadsmusiccompany.com,  903.342.1854 or 888.342.1854; www.louviney.com,   903.342.0485


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