Three area lodging sites are featured in a travel-oriented coffee table book titled “Spectacular Weekend Getaways of Texas” written by Texas author Jolie Berry.
The 208-page book, sub-titled “Inspiration for the Modern-Day Explorer,” features Country Woods Inn and Inn on the River in Glen Rose, along with nearby Rough Creek Lodge and Resort.
The book has a Glen Rose “Spotlight” on pages 38-39, which includes photos of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Big Rocks State Park, the Creation Evidence Museum and the historic downtown courthouse square. It also notes that Glen Rose is known as the bluegrass capital of Texas, and mentions the River Walk and the widely popular Squaw Valley Golf Course.
“If natural history and outdoor adventures are your speed, Glen Rose is your next destination,” Berry wrote. “As the dinosaur capital of Texas, the town has Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World.
The Texas Getaways book can be purchased for $45 at each of the three local inns featured.
COUNTRY WOODS INN
Country Woods Inn owner Helen Kerwin said guests there love the Texas Getaways book.
“It’s so well done. It’s really neat that our community has three completely different types of inns (featured). It’s just a great tourist destination,” said Kerwin, who served as mayor of Glen Rose from 1997-1999, and is also a former Somervell County commissioner.
The book describes Country Woods Inn as “an adventurous taste of the rural life.”
It adds, “Discover the beauty of your family again at Country Woods Inn. Walk the trails on 40 wooded acres along the Paluxy River where you can fish and swim.
“Sleep like you have never slept before in a 100-year-old farm house or vintage Airstream. Stay in a Santa Fe Rail Car, cabin, or the main lodge for groups of up to 60 people.”
The website for Country Woods Inn (www.countrywoodsinn.com) promotes its atmosphere as “an authentic stay on the Paluxy River” and as a “bed, barn and breakfast.”
Kerwin said this marks the 22nd year for Country Woods Inn. The site started, “with a single room in my house,” but it soon started to expand.
Kerwin noted, “We moved three old houses from downtown that they were going to bulldoze.”
There are 13 guest house units, cabins and vintage barns.
“It’s pretty much a unique lodge,” said Kerwin, who moved to Glen Rose from Minnesota in 1975. “I had a hay barn, tractor barn and a tack barn converted into cabins. The main lodge was a 1920s farm house.”
Guests can swim or fish in the Paluxy River or play with barnyard animals, hunt for fossils, watch deer at dusk, enjoy private campfire circles or just relax and do some stargazing.
INN ON THE RIVER
Mike Linnabery and his wife Lori have been owners and operators of the Inn on the River — which is part of the Texas Historic Registry — since December 2015.
Mike Linnabery said of the Texas Getaways book, “We just like the idea of a very high-end presentation — a coffee table book. We have it for sale in our bookshop.”
Inn on the River is described in the book as a “meticulously” restored inn that “offers fine dining, personalized service, romantic getaways, or corporate retreats …”
The book notes that, “The inn, with its secluded parking, is a great location to host your next event. It’s a place where the steady stream of interruptions and grating city traffic is replaced by a gently flowing river and sounds of birds singing.”
The inn features 22 guest rooms, a swimming pool, a conference center and a dining room that can be rented.
Linnabery noted that Inn on the River was established in 1915 by George P. Snyder as a health-oriented “drugless sanitarium” — one of five in Glen Rose around the turn of that century. According to Inn on the River’s website, Snyder touted himself as a “magnetic healer.”
The website says that, in one way, Dr. Snyder’s spirit lives on.
“We don’t claim to possess healing powers, but we do hold true to the doctor’s belief that each guest should leave feeling refreshed and renewed.”
“There were 162 artesian wells in the Glen Rose area,” Linnabery said.
The name became Inn on the River in 1984, Linnabery said.
The inn property features 300-year-old live oak trees. They inspired a former guest at the inn and a cowriter to write the song “Singing Tree,” which is available on the soundtrack album for the 1967 Elvis Presley movie, “Clambake.” The song is not performed in the movie, however, according to Linnabery.
When asked how the trees came to be known as the “Singing Trees,” Linnabery said, “When the wind’s blowing they kind of sing to you.”
ROUGH CREEK LODGE AND RESORT
“I was very proud to be associated with that book and Texas Getaways. I’m very proud of it,” Rough Creek General Manager Paul Boccafogli said.
Boccafogli noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary for the lodge, which is on 11,000 acres of land straddling Erath, Somervell and Bosque counties. It’s 14 miles from Glen Rose and 20 miles from Stephenville.
“After 20 years, we’re proud of the fact that we’re recognized for our work and the service we’ve been able to provide at Rough Creek Lodge,” Boccafogli said of the lodge’s six-page layout.
The book describes Rough Creek Lodge as a “world-class resort with five-star dining and a Texas edge.”
It continues, “Rough Creek Lodge has an unmistakable warmth, and that comes directly from the 100-plus member team that has a sincerity that cannot be mistaken.”
Rough Creek Lodge features a long list of fun activities, including horseback riding, hunting and other shooting sports (sporting clays, tactical shooting complex), pools and hot tubs, fishing, petting zoo, zipline, hayrides, fossil hunting, canoes, climbing wall, archery, tennis courts, hiking trails, bicycles, BB gun range, and tomahawk throwing. Batting cages for softball and baseball are being added.
The Rough Creek Kids Camp offers foosball, table tennis, basketball shooting, video games and board games for the kids while giving the adults some quiet time on their own.
Hunters can target white-tailed deer, feral hogs, quail, pheasant, chukar, ducks and turkeys.
There are also several interesting changes on the way.
Guest rooms in the hotel are being upgraded, and the size of the dining room will be expanded.
But the biggest change of all will be the addition of 32 ranch-style homes that are under construction, to be known as The Residences at Rough Creek. They are separate from the hotel, and will be offered for sale for individual ownership. The residences will range from 1,600 square feet to 2,200 square feet.
Boccafogli also noted that the lodge continues to be an attractive getaway for businesses to schedule meetings and team building sessions.
“Rough Creek Lodge is focused on continuing to offer a great venue for companies to spend a few days and take some time to relax and have recreation for team building,” Boccafogli said.
Now — in the summer months — is the prime time for family getaways at Rough Creek, Boccafogli said, adding, “Once the kids go back to school, we pick up a lot more corporate business.”