For those of us who work the oil patch in South West and South Central Texas our days are spent galloping from one site, one rig, one company to another. Pull in, do our job, then back on the horse
to the next rodeo. Holiday Inn has done a great job of establishing the perfect way stations along the way. Each one a classic Holiday Inn – each one surprisingly different in décor and “feel.” So on this Pony Express tour I’ll start with the Northern most outpost in Schulenburg, TX.
Schulenburg is the most eclectic of the five Inns I frequent – half way between Houston and San Antonio and just 60 miles south of Austin it is truly at a crossroads – everything South or West of there is the wild, wild West. As soon as you enter the font door you are transported – don’t laugh – flat boring I-10 to a San Francisco Oriental refuge – full of warm greens, blues and glass. That foyer grabs hold of your spirit and relaxes you immediately.
The rooms are spotless, pillows and beds superb. I have been amazed at the customer service displayed by all Holiday Inn Expresses on my route – I’ve stayed at five star hotels around the world and while they may not have all the bells and whistles – the people have been fantastic. The amenities are reliable; the water pressure is good and the water hot. There is only one thing I find discomforting about my five Inn’s – they all have the desk right next to the air conditioner and I freeze while I’m working.
Schulenburg is home to the Painted Churches of Texas and I highly recommend a side trip. It also has one of the best meat markets in the west in the Central Market – go for the sausage – you’ll be back. So as this old sailor sets sail with a fine sunset, a great Brandy and a good cigar – Keep traveling. [Less]