Wednesday, November 30, 2011


This is the Excelsior House Hotel in Jefferson, Texas. It has been open since 1850 and boasts some impressive names in it's register, and the best orange blossom muffins for two hundred miles! Oscar Wilde, two US presidents, Grant and Hayes and a first lady who grew up nearby, Lady Bird Johnson have all spent the night here.

If you make a reservation be sure you ask for one of the historic rooms (the others are tiny). I have stayed in the Hayes room and it's grand.

Steven Spielberg was a guest back in the 1970's in the Jay Gould room. Rumor has it he was visited by a hotel "spirit" was frightened and checked out before daybreak!

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