On the Old Chisholm Trail
Some 120 years of Texas history grace The Stagecoach Inn - where our frontier heritage is preserved in a downhome atmosphere offering vacationers and travelers, family groups and business gatherings, the best in country food, comfortable accommodations, personal attention, recreation and sightseeing.
The Inn, restored in 1945 by Ruth and Dion Van Bibber, originally opened its doors in the early 1860s as The Shady Villa Hotel, a rustic Overland Stage and Pony Express stop along the Old Chisholm Trail. Cattle drives and cavalry, heroes and desperadoes, had found a welcome resting place on the banks of Salado Creek (dubbed "salty" by early Spanish settlers); an ancient crossroads where centuries-old Comanche campgrounds and buffalo hunter's log cabins gave way to vast herds of longhorn cattle being driven north to Kansas City stockyards. Such frontier luminaries as General George Armstrong Custer and Robert E. Lee, Texas patriots like Sam Houston, and outlaws such as the James Brothers and Sam Bass signed the register - not always with their own names!
Today, The Stagecoach Inn has been acclaimed nationally for more than a generation as one of the outstanding small inns of Texas and the Southwest. Handy to Interstate 35 running past its front door between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, it is far enough from the big city scramble to provide the relaxing country comforts we need to be able to get away from it all.
And rural Salado, a town itself renewed, offers visitors pioneer museums, art galleries and small shops; an abundance of sightseeing and recreation.
Wading in Salado Creek
The Stagecoach Inn and surrounding Salado have recreational and leisure-time opportunities in abundance. A Romanesque spa, with mineral composition comparable to the spring at Baden-Baden, is on the property, along with a large swimming pool, tennis courts, shuffleboards, horseshoes, ping pong, badminton, volleyball and a playground.
Arrangements can be made for guests of the inn to enjoy nearby fishing and wading in Salado Creek, jogging, hiking or golf.
And if that's too much activity for you, you can relax and wander around Salado's rolling central Texas countryside to your heart's content, peacefully breathing in the clear air and hearing the very quiet!
At The Stagecoach Inn you don't have to plan it. It's just there to do - or not! As you please!
The Stagecoach Inn's 82-room luxury motor hotel, and its recreational facilities, are next door to the original inn. It offers individual travelers and large groups the most modern home-away-from-home amenities.
Extra-large, comfortablely appointed rooms have separate dressing areas, ample closet space, extra vanities and sinks, double and king-size beds. Sliding glass doors open onto private patios and balconies overlooking spacious lawns, recreational facilities and the inn's wooded boundries.
All rooms have cable television and individually controlled air conditioning and heating. Children under 12 can stay in the same room as their parents for free. Cribs can be arranged. Daily maid service is provided.
|Room Descriptions:||Room Rates:|
King Size Bed or 2 Double Beds
|Deluxe Room by the Jacuzzi
King Size Bed or 2 Double Beds
|Deluxe Room by the Pool
King Size Bed or 2 Double Beds
|Mill Creek Condos||$120.00|
|Mill Creek Townhouses||$275.00|
|$5.00 for each
additional occupant over two people per night.
12 Years and under, no extra charge.
No Pets Please
Check-In - After 3 p.m.
Check-Out - By 12 noon
A view from the air
Groups from 10 to 225 can meet comfortably in The Stagecoach Inn's completely equipped modern conference rooms. Whether your meeting is a weekend retreat for a social, civic or religious organization, a training and planning session, sales meeting or offsite conference for corporate management, The Stagecoach Inn's relaxed but professional conference center helps bring your business associates into harmony, and good friends can grow even closer.
Important face-to-face communications are enhanced with the latest audiovisual equipment, sound systems, variable lighting, comfortable seating and in-room temperature controls. Meals and coffee breaks can be arranged for the most efficient use of your group's time.
Nowhere can you find more complete or efficient meeting facilities in a quiet countryside atmosphere conducive to good interpersonal relations. Your group can meet privately during the day and relax together after business hours free from the pressures and distractions of everyday living, undisturbed by the daily disruptions of the big city life.
Make your next meeting the success it can be at The Stagecoach Inn - just an easy drive from Texas' major metropolitan areas. And the commercial airports in Austin and Temple are not far away.
Across Main Street from the Stagecoach Inn is the Central Texas Museum, displaying invaluable relics, books and papers that tell the story of pioneer days in the area, and a museum of the Tonkawa Indians is not far away. In and around the center of town are art galleries, antiques and book shops, a florist and high-fashion boutique and places for knickknacks, all vying for the visitor's attention with annual art fairs, tours of vintage homes and other seasonal attractions.
For visitors who may want to stay a little longer, small-town Salado offers a wide variety of big town services - from banks and post office to a drugstore and beauty parlor. Real estate brokers and home builders will be pleased to discuss your longer-range plans and how they might fit into a renewed and growing Salado.
At The Stagecoach Inn traditional Texas meals are built around original farm and ranch recipes adapted by Ruth Van Biber when she and her husband, Dion, restored the abandoned Shady Villa Hotel some 40 years ago. A third generation of Texas and non-Texans alike is finding out why their parents and grandparents made The Stagecoach Inn the place to stop.
The old inn - where Texas patriots, cattle barons and just-plain-you-and-me once signed the guest register - is set off by an open air atrium built around a magnificently alive 500-year-old burr oak. Newer dining rooms adjoining the original two-story, clapboard-sided building can serve more than 300 guests, whether they're just coming through Salado in ones and twos for a quiet lunch or dinner, staying in The Stagecoach Inn's luxurious motor inn, or part of larger groups taking tours or holding a sales meeting.
On the menu, served by long-time waitresses who know it by heart, are prime rib plate-size steaks, fried chicken, baked ham and lamb, presented in hearty, fixed-price lunches and dinners that are prepared the way they were once upon a time.
All meals come with a variety of salads and fresh vegetables to satisfy any appetite, plus the freshest, tastiest hush puppies in Texas. Unique appetizers and desserts included with your meal are taste treats such as tomato aspic or banana fritters, and you can top it off with the luscious homemade pie, hot fruit cobbler or the famous strawberry kiss.
A full-service coffee shop and a private club for hotel guests are in the motor inn, and refreshments are available for group meetings held in the inn's many conference rooms.
In the old inn, lunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. At the motor inn, the coffee shop is open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You really haven't tasted the best Texas home cooking until you've eaten at The Stagecoach Inn!
The Stagecoach Inn - a charming country resort and conference center with a nationally famous restaurant - welcomes you for lunch or dinner, for an overnight stay while traveling or vacationing or for a group meeting in our modern conference facilities.
Any season of the year is a good time to visit The Stagecoach Inn in historic Salado. Alongside the Old Chisholm Trail, where longhorn cattle once were driven north to Kansas, you'll find traditional Texas hospitality, outstanding food, friendly service and modern amenities. Whether it's for a single meal, an overnight stay or a week-long conference, the finest facilities are available for you at The Stagecoach Inn. All major credit cards are accepted.
Conveniently located off of Interstate Highway 35 in Salado, 16 miles south of Temple and 48 miles north of Austin.
P.O. Box 97
Salado, Texas 76571
toll free 800/732-8994
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