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Following El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

PART 1 | NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS

Guests of the Garden Capital of Texas can explore historical downtown or relax at a charming bed and breakfast.

SEE ALSO: EL CAMINO REAL | SABINE | NATCHITOCHES

Originally a Caddo Indian settlement and later established as a mission town, Nacogdoches was deemed a pueblo in 1779 when governed by prominent Spanish trader Antonio Gil Y?Barbo whose stone house has been recreated as the Stone Fort Museum on the campus of the local Stephen F. Austin State University. Looking at the past as a launching pad to the future, guests of the Garden Capital of Texas can explore this charming town by strolling along quaint shops that line the red brick roadways of Main Street, participating in activities such as biking along one of two creek-side trails, or enjoying a cool breeze from the front porch of a bed and breakfast.



See additional information below or visit:

Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

WHAT TO DO

Charles Bright Visitor Center

200 E. Main St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-564-7351

Find a wealth of information about the legends of Texas' oldest town along with exhibits, an impressive wall mural, local historic artifacts, video of the history of Nacogdoches, and The Gateway life-size bronze statue which pays tribute to early pioneers.

Nacogdoches Statue Trail

Pick up walking guides at Charles Bright Visitor Center

A collection of statues throughout town commemorates eleven important individuals and provides an understanding of some of the people that have played central roles in the city's history.

Downtown Main Street

Main St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Bolstered by a mission of preservation, the Main Street district consists of The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House where the Marx Brothers are said to have gotten their comedic start, Glass Castles which offers stained-glass classes as well as beautiful Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscopes, The Bosslight bookstore, House of Traditions gift shop, and more.

Sterne-Hoya House Museum

211 S Lanana St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-560-5426

Believed to be the oldest frame house of major historical significance still standing on its original site in Nacogdoches, The Sterne-Hoya House Museum is furnished with period antiques and has one of the earliest wine cellars in Texas.

Historic Oak Grove Cemetery

200 N Lanana St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Established around 1837 and now one of the most famous cemeteries in Texas, Oak Grove Cemetery is the final resting place for individuals who represent the city's history and many legendary Texans including four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Stone Fort Museum

1808 Alumni Dr. N. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-468-2408

A 1936 replica of militia commander Antonio Gil Y'Barbo's Stone House was erected circa 1779 and now offers visitors a peek into the gateway for trade with the French in Louisiana and later with Americans.

Zip Nac

199 Brother John Rd. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-645-5094

Zippers can fly through the air amidst the trees on a ziplining canopy tour which consists of 5 lines and a sky-bridge as well as hands-on instruction about control techniques such as steering and braking.
ZipNac Ziplining

ZipNac Ziplining

Main Street

Main Street

WHERE TO EAT

The Liberty Bell Bar

422 E Main St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-622-6425

Quality comfort food and boutique wine selections elevate this hip and trendy lunch and dinner spot which showcases live music in a variety of genres along with fine art on its brick walls.

Blue Horse Bakery

112 N. Church St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-564-4100

Owner/baker Whitney Ronzello offers quality hand-crafted cakes and cupcakes along with a variety of delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Naca Valley Vineyard

9897 FM 1878 | Nacogdoches, TX 75965 | 936-615-6432

Southern hospitality, rustic design, and vintage touches provide ambience at this charming family-owned winery which houses a tasting room, winemaking facility, and winery lab nestled among the piney woods.

Front Porch Distillery

7905 US Hwy. 59 S. | Nacogdoches, TX 75964 | 936-635-1800

Specializing in artisan craft spirits ranging from rum to barrel-aged whiskey, the family-owned distillery is open to the public for tours, taste-testing, purchasing spirits, and friendly conversations.

Fredonia Brewery

138 N Mound St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-305-5125

As Nacogdoches' first micro-brewery, this production brewery hosts occasional community events and brews with the "independent spirit that created Texas."
Blue Horse Bakery

Blue Horse Bakery

Naca Valley Vineyard

Naca Valley Vineyard

HOW TO RELAX

The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center

200 N Fredonia St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-564-1234

With a relaxing cabana pool, steakhouse, social areas, and suites, the newly-refurbished retro boutique hotel celebrates the history of Nacogdoches while simultaneously providing modern sophistication.

The Jones House Bed & Breakfast

141 N Church St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-559-1487

Just steps away from historical downtown Nacogdoches, the Jones House offers exquisite guest rooms in which overnighters may experience the grandeur of a bygone era.

Mockingbird Suites

418 N. Mound St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-552-6406

A newly-restored Victorian home just a block off the historic downtown area provides private suites for a romantic getaway.

The Brick House Inn

522 Virginia Ave. | Nacogdoches, TX 75964 | 936-564-7428

The oldest brick building in Nacogdoches was constructed 1886 and sits just near the train tracks giving overnight visitors an authentic historical experience.

Hardeman House

316 N Church St. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-205-5280

A specially-prepared breakfast as well as spacious rooms with private baths mark this historic two-story bed and breakfast.

Pine Creek Country Inn

341 Pine Creek Rd. | Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 | 936-560-6282

Spa services, a Creekside Cafe, and private entrances off porches with swings and rocking chairs give casual charm to the resort nestled on 25 wooded acress.

Zip Inn

206 Brother John Rd. | Nacogdoches, TX 75961 | 936-645-5094

Roast marshmallows, have a picnic, or sit on the front porch and watch people whiz by on ZipNac's nearby zip-line course.
The Brick House

The Brick House

Naca Valley Vineyard

Naca Valley Vineyard

WHEN TO GO

Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

Mid to Late March

The beautiful Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is a highlight of over 7,000 azaleas that bloom into a kaleidoscope of color each year in spring.

Blueberry Festival

Second Saturday of June

Taking place each year in the historic downtown area of the oldest town in Texas, the Texas Blueberry Festival is a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest.
The Cole Art Center

The Cole Art Center

Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscope

Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscope

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