The Texas Hill Country's Crystal River Inn
is a romantic 1883 Victorian inn and garden complex featuring
roses, topiaries, fountains, and beautiful old pecan trees.
This historic Inn was purchased and
renovated in 1984 by Mike and Cathy Dillon. Today it has
received many accolades, including being one of the fews inns
in Texas to receive a three-star rating from the prestigious
Mobil Travel Guide. It has also been named to Fodor's Best
Bed and Breakfasts in the U.S. and recognized by the Texas
Monthly Press as "one of the most outstanding inns in
The Inn has been decorated comfortably,
with no special emphasis on antiques, but simply "with
furniture we like," as the Dillons say. The designer
guest rooms, each named for a Texas river, have graced many
home and garden magazines, as well as publications including
Country Inns, Southern Living, and USA Today.
Lodging accommodations feature such amenities as fireplaces,
canopied beds, fresh flowers, clawfoot bathtubs, televisions,
and telephones, as well as special decor such as twelve-foot
ceilings, unique fabric-upholstered walls, and Native American
rugs. A fully furnished, two-bedroom executive apartment is
also available for long-term rentals. It sleeps four and
includes a kitchen, washer/dryer, and other necessities.
Each morning a spectacular gourmet
breakfast is served, featuring such specialties as Eggs
Benedict, Raspberry French Toast, or Bananas Foster Crepes.
The Crystal River Inn is widely known for
its theme weekends: spa services, weddings, romance getaways,
river trips, carriage rides, and especially the murder mystery
weekends. These events are popular with guests and makes this
Inn stand out as one of the area's most creative and
Additionally, the Crystal River Inn is
located in a premiere vacation spot, nestled in the beautiful
Texas Hill Country. The entire family will enjoy the gentle
waters of the San Marcos River, whether they experience it
floating in a tube, snorkeling, or sharing a picnic lunch
along its shady banks.
The kids will love the community-built
playscape designed by the children of San Marcos, not to
mention nearby attractions such as the Aquarena and Wonder
World, featuring the Tejas Tower, the Mystery Mountain train
ride, and the Anti-Gravity House. Mom and Dad will love San
Marcos' finely manicured golf courses, as well as Texas'
largest factory outlet center, with over 150 stores. Wineries,
theme parks, antique stores, and many more lakes, rivers, and
streams also contribute to its tourist destination. The city
of San Marcos itself is a historic treasure, offering many
hours of exploring and browsing.