“What a difference a day makes! (even 11 hours!) Although my stay at your lovely inn was far too short, I am amazed at how peaceful and restful I feel. I must come back when I can truly take advantage of this unique facility here in the historic hill country of central Texas. I don’t know what kind of magic potion you sprinkled on my bed last night, but I haven’t slept so soundly in months! (I normally have a hard time sleeping in a strange bed especially the first night) But not here. I awoke to a glorious sunrise and was able to enjoy its shades of orange and pink while I showered thanks to the large picture window! I can’t wait to return."
S, Dallas, TX
“Spectacular place. If the room was any more comfy you would need to adopt us! Food was excellent! “
D & E, Ringwood, NJ
“I sit here by the fire after a sumptuous breakfast and a wonderful walk in the crisp fall morning air. We came here to get away for my husband’s birthday and have enjoyed this slice of heaven here on earth. I only wish everyone I know could have the opportunity to experience what we have over the last 24 hours. I think we may forget our way home and just stay here indefinitely…”
“I never knew Texas was so beautiful – we’re from California and were impressed with the Hill Country and this beautiful bit of heaven here at the Inn. Wake up in the morning in that luxurious bed of endless pillows, take a wonderful walk with the white tailed deer down to the creek, enjoy a delightful ranch breakfast, then head out for adventures in the hills. Life couldn’t be better! Thanks so much.”
B & M
“It is 10:57 a.m. on the morning of our departure. I am sitting by the fire soaking up every last minute of this beautiful, relaxing place. This was our first visit to the Inn but it will certainly not be the last. We thoroughly enjoyed the room. The fire, the feather bed, the tub and shower, the food was delicious, and the scenery spectacular. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place and for the vision to let it continue.”
W & P, Houston, TX
“This was our first visit to this wonderful B & B. We have stayed at others and by far this is nicest place to stay. Our stay started off with the best duck we have had for dinner and then a leisurely walk out to the main road and back. After a long soak in the tub we looked around into getting into the cozy bed. We woke to deer out our window and a great breakfast. The temperature today is going to be 80 degrees which beats the temperatures back home. We had a wonderful time and hope to return here soon. Thanks.“
J & C, New Hampshire
“This is the 26th inn out of the “Select Registry” in which we’ve stayed. Have not been disappointed in any of them – especially this one. We have certainly loved this one. You may find heel parks on the floor as I had to drag my wife away. The food has been outstanding. I wish every inn would provide dinner. Obviously we enjoyed our stay. This is a “come back to” place.”
D & D, Amarillo, TX
“Loved the wonderful bathroom – so relaxing looking out at the beautiful blue sky and white clouds while showering.”
K & M, TX & NY
Jack Hays was born in Little Creek, Wilson County, Tenn. on February 28, 1817 and came to Texas in 1836. He was instrumental in effecting peace for the new republic. Hays was a Captain in the Texas Rangers, commissioned by President Sam Houston in 1837. He introduced the Colt revolver to the Rangers and is said to be the most famous Ranger of them all. Later in 1846 he was commissioned a Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Texas Mounted Troops and was given a hero's welcome in Washington where he saw the President following the capture of Monterrey in the Mexican War.
Jack Hays, the man for whom Hays County, Texas is named, married Susan Calvert of Seguin, Texas on April 29, 1844. Hays turned down an offer to run for governor of Texas. He left Texas in June, 1849, to guide a caravan to California. He became a sheriff in San Francisco. In June, 1853, he was appointed as U.S. Surveyor General of California leaving that position in 1859, to devote himself full-time to developing the Vincente Paralti Spanish grant he purchased, now the site of the city of Oakland, California. He gave land for the courthouse, a school and three parks.
He later became one of the founders of Union Savings Bank. Having accumulated great wealth, Hays built one of the most palatial homes in Alameda County, California.
Jack Hays died April 21, 1883, noting that it was San Jacinto Day. Recently the Hay Historical Commission filmed a documentary on Jack Hays for the Texas public school system. The film which can be found amoung our DVD selections was filmed and edited by our assistant innkeeper Don Hauk.