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TPWD News Release — Jan. 16, 2006

Historic Landmark Inn Offers February Valentine’s Special

CASTROVILLE, Texas — If you’re a Texas history buff and a romantic at heart, Landmark Inn in Castroville just west of San Antonio has the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Since Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Tuesday this year, the state-run bed-and-breakfast inn dating from the 1840s is offering sweethearts a “deluxe romantic package” any weekend of February. You’ll be pampered with breakfast in bed one morning and enjoy the serenity of antique-furnished rooms with no telephones, television sets or other distractions.

The package price of $315 to $389 plus tax per couple includes a two-night stay at the inn on the banks of the Medina River, one evening of fine dining with a French flair at La Normandie Restaurant and lunch at the new Castroville Café. A gift basket and flower arrangement made with wildflowers grown onsite welcome arriving guests.

On the other morning, guests will gather to eat breakfast in the parlor of the Vance House, one of several historic structures on the five-acre state historic site operated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Former inn owner Ruth Lawler, who once lived in the Vance House, donated the inn property to the State of Texas in 1974. Landmark Inn is only one of two TPWD properties operated as a bed and breakfast establishment.

Recently ranked among the state’s Top 10 B&Bs by Texas Highways Magazine readers, the Landmark Inn has been carefully restored and maintained to provide guests with an opportunity to touch Texas’ frontier past while enjoying all the modern comforts of home. The inn dates to 1849 when Swiss merchant Cesar Monod built a store on El Camino Real that crossed the Medina River just east of the property. It has operated as an inn since the 1850s.

The Landmark Inn offers 10 heated and air-conditioned rooms, four with private baths. Six of the rooms are in the main, two-story inn, while two are in the old rock bathhouse and two others are located in the Vance House.

To reserve your special Valentine’s package, call the inn at (830) 931-2133 and “sleep where history was made.”

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