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The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas, is a very unique place. Here are five things you need to know about this country getaway:
1. First, the story. In 2000, Texas tech mogul Doug Bosch purchased the 300 rural acres that now houses The Inn at Dos Brisas. Bosch originally turned the ranch — used as a prison camp during the Civil War — into a getaway for his friends and family. Four years later, the enthusiastic foodie opened a restaurant onsite, hoping to create a destination locale — The French Laundry of the Texas wilderness — that would attract other food lovers to his backyard. Along with the dining area came an all-star staff, the first four Spanish mission-style casitas and an infinity pool.
2. How to get there. The inn, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, is located a little more than an hour from Houston and Austin near the town of Washington, Texas. You have to take Houston’s zany highways for much of the way to get there but once you arrive, staff will valet your vehicle and give you your own private golf cart to get around the acreage during your stay. FYI: The property includes a helipad if you’d prefer to chopper in from Houston.
3. The inn caters to foodie couples. Although The Inn at Dos Brisas recently unveiled five new enormous haciendas (nearly 2,000 square feet each) with king beds and pullout queen sofas, while the original rooms can be combined for a larger space, the luxury ranch is really meant for couples. Although older kids will enjoy activities such as horseback riding, the inn doesn’t offer cribs and other children’s amenities aside from a playpen and highchair. Plus, when it comes to dining for the younger set, kids menus are not available. The luxury ranch attracts foodies who flock there to dine at the restaurant, as well as outdoor enthusiasts looking for a quiet weekend of fly fishing and watching the sunset.
4. Recent renovations. The Inn at Dos Brisas has recently undergone some exciting improvements: the five new haciendas were unveiled in late 2011. Unlike the original lodgings, two Spanish mission-style casitas that house two separate guest rooms each, these novel lodgings are much larger individual casitas, complete with private plunge pools, screened-in porches and one-and-a-half baths. The latest renovations are for a new reception/welcome barn.
5. An incredible itinerary. The staff will start planning your visit when you call to make your reservation. The reservationist will ask everything from what activities you’d like to participate in to what time you’d like to have breakfast. If you make dinner reservations at the onsite restaurant — and we highly suggest you do — you’ll share information about eating preferences and dietary needs. This allows the chefs to create a specialized menu for you using handpicked produce from the ranch’s organic farm. Your stay includes two free activities per day such as horseback riding, a carriage ride or skeet shooting. You can also sign up for classes on cooking, bartending or gardening.