Nacogdoches, TX

Nacogdoches may be the oldest city in Texas, but that doesn’t mean it feels old and crusty.  Modern “Nac” is full of youthful energy pouring in from Stephen F. Austin University.  And you’ll discover much more than history in this historic town.

BUT – if you want to dive into the history of this town, start off at the Stone Fort Museum, a recreation of the first permanent structure in Nacogdoches built by the town’s founder Antonio Gil Y’Barbo.  Next, pop over to the Nacogdoches Visitor’s Center to learn about the “9 flags of Nacogdoches.”  (Yes, this town tops the State of Texas by 3 whole flags).  To visit some of Nac’s historic structures, try the Sterne-Hoya House, Durst-Taylor House, and the Old University Building.  After this you’ll be dying to step back in time and experience history for yourself.  So head to Millard’s Crossing, a historic, hands-on village.  You’ll never be more thankful for your home’s washing machine.

As you get hungry, I recommend a 14 oz “Cowboy Steak” from CC’s Smokehouse, about half of an inch thick and cooked on the flat top grill.  You’ll love it.  For dinner, the best place in town is Hotel Fredonia.  But don’t be fooled, the food at this hotel isn’t just for weary travelers.  This is the local hang out.  Grab an upscale experience at J. McKinney’s Restaurant.  Or take the more casual approach at the Nine Flags Bar & Grill.

If you’re looking to get outside into nature, there are two great options.  The first is a casual stroll through the SFA Garden Arboretum (especially beautiful in Spring when the azaleas bloom).  And the second is an adrenaline-pumping experience at ZipNac, offering a zip line adventure, high above the ground.  Weeeeeeee!!!