The following is the first installment of a three-part series written by Katie-Rose Watson. As the creator of The Rose Table - an online travel blog - Watson recaps her trips and shares them with her followers on several social media sites. Watson made a trip to Glen Rose March 12-13 and has now shared her experience with the Reporter. You can find more on her travels at www.therosetable.com

If you follow me on social media, you already know that I had the best time in Glen Rose, Texas with my best friend Nicole. I was flooded with messages, emails, and text messages from readers of The Rose Table and from my personal friends all demanding to know the details of my trip so they can plan their own accordingly. Here’s my Glen Rose Travel Guide!

Inn on the River

What a treat it is to relax at idyllic Inn on the River. I had no idea what I had been missing out on just fifty minutes south of Fort Worth, Texas. I spent just a weekend in this charming town and I could have spent at least another two days there. There’s so much to do and see and eat in Glen Rose and I’m here to tell you about it!

Inn on the River was built in the late 1800s and has been beautifully refurbished in the original period’s style. My only regret of the trip was not getting a photo of the lobby, which boasts a giant pewter chandelier, chess board, fabulously creaky hardwood floors, and a cake plate that’s always full of cookies. If that doesn’t scream The Rose Table, I just don’t know what does!

Lori and Michael, two of the nicest people, recently bought Inn on the River in December 2015. The historic, twenty-two roomed Inn is impeccably clean and cozy. They have a stack of board games in the lobby, croquet in the garden, and a dining room that made me feel like the belle of the Titanic. An enormous china cabinet sits at the front of the dining room with ice water and tea for guests – cookies and sweet tea, what could be a better show of southern hospitality?

Our room had a main bedroom, a separate sun-room with a daybed and view of downtown Glen Rose, and the most adorable bathroom, which was “clean as a whistle” as my dad would say.

I loved the artwork in the bathroom and very much appreciated the handy shelving unit next to the sink, perfect for spreading out my makeup in the morning!

The real shining star of Inn on the River though is the epic garden. You know how much I love a good garden! Inn on the River sits on the Paluxy River, which you can kayak down if you’re the adventurous type. Or you can sit on one of the many chaise lounges and enjoy a glass of wine and a view of kayakers enjoying the river.

You could also play a round of croquet. I was quite excited to see the mallets casually leaning in the garden, just waiting for someone to pick them up. It’s so smart of the owners to keep the game set up outside. It just begs you to take a swing!

Inn on the River is conveniently located within easy walking distance of historic downtown Glen Rose and is a short drive (we’re talking five minutes) away from putt-putt, parks, and antiquing. So after you rest at the bed and breakfast, head out for an adventure!

The Green Pickle

We went straight to lunch at The Green Pickle after settling into our room. The dive is clearly a local favorite and was recommended to us by numerous shop owners. Although we did not order any, the burgers seem to be everyone’s first choice. We opted for sandwiches. We had to pace ourselves!

I ordered cheese fries with my fried chicken sandwiches that were topped with jack cheese, crispy bacon, and surprisingly fresh green onions. Nicole ordered a side of onion rings that were light and crispy, just the way she likes them.

Antiquing in Glen Rose

By the time we finished lunch, most of the storm clouds had disappeared and a beautiful day was emerging. We decided to scope out all of the charming antique shops to see if there were any treasures to be found. One of my favorites was Lost in Time because of the huge collection of antique books and quality art. I later returned to the shop to purchase the rainy day painting, seen in the middle of the third photo below. It’s hanging in my living room next to my giant rainy day Eiffel tower painting.

Another fantastic find was Miss Dixie’s Cottage, which had great furniture and decor options that were so my style. Miss Dixie and I clearly have the same taste! Unfortunately, I did not have a truck with me. I would have taken home half the store! I do wish I had remembered to go back and grab the little

“The best is yet to be” pillow though. I hope it gets a good home!

This gray cabinet would make the perfect place to store pots in a sun-room and it was so reasonably priced. I’m still thinking about this piece. If only I had somewhere at The Rose Table to put it! You’ll find lots of Joss and Main-type furniture at Miss Dixie Cottage’s with extremely affordable price tags. Bring a truck. Just trust me.

Miss Dixie’s Cottage also had a large collection of over-sized frames, which I think would make such a chic party addition. You could have your friends hold up the frame at garden parties. Wouldn’t that be grand?

Be sure and stop at the Sweet Shop USA counter inside Miss Dixie’s Cottage on your way out. There you can shake the sweetheart of an owner’s hand and tell her The Rose Table sends her regards. If I confess, I’m writing this while eating a turtle with cashews and the smoothest caramel that won’t stick to your teeth.

In next week's Reporter, Watson will take readers around to the historic venues in Glen Rose, Pie Peddlers, Big Rocks Park and more!