This morning we headed to Jefferson. We stopped for lunch in Palestine at the Eilenberger Bake Shop, which was established in 1898. Of course, there were plenty of baked goods to tempt us but we were good this time.
We had hoped to stay at the historic Excelsior House Hotel but there were no vacancies. It has been in continuous operation since the 1850s. Rooms in its historic wing are named for famous people who have stayed there: Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, Rutherford B. Hayes and Lady Bird Johnson, to name a few.
We went across the street to the Jefferson Hotel and rented their very last room! After getting settled into our room, I took a walk around the area. I visited with the owner of some nearby horses and carriages. They offer 30-minute narrated tours in the historic section of town but we didn’t book a tour.
We had a delicious dinner at Lamache’s Italian Restaurant. Then we went back to the Excelsior House Hotel to make reservations for their famous “Plantation” breakfast on Saturday.
Route: FM 980 => TX 19 N to Palestine => TX 155 N to Lake ‘o the Pines => FM 729 to Jefferson
Weather Conditions: Cloudy and chilly; rather windy
Road Conditions: Good