Disclosure: Although our stay was complimentary, all opinions are my own!
One of my most favorite things to do is to pack my bags and get into the car for a road trip. So when we had the chance to drive to Texas for our brand photoshoot for the shop, I was all over that. June was a packed travel month. It started with a visit to Florida to celebrate my sweet friend adopting her foster son. I got home and boom, two days later anna and I flew to LA for our big fabric search.
Check out our article all about 7 Days in Los Angeles Itinerary for Families with Children. So we get back from LA, and boom two days later we are in the car with two toddlers and a teen, blasting boy band music and laughing all the way.
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We were super excited that we were invited to stay at the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast, and even more excited to share the awesome pics we took. The Harrison House is a history-rich bed and breakfast in Wichita Falls, Texas. The house was built in 1920 and is full of character. The owners Josh and John, want to give their guests experience and experience it is.
The Harrison House Bed and Breakfast would be a perfect location for a quick weekend Babymoon.
First, we arrived late Friday night full of unspent energy and giddiness. Makes for a perfect disaster when combined with a house built in 1920.
Josh met us, even though we were hours late, and gave us a top-notch tour of his lovely bed and breakfast.
After our tour, he tells us he is headed home? Wait, what?
That’s when we realized that we were staying a l o n e in this perfectly preserved, stately manor filled with old portraits of scary people. Now, mind you, that has been my entire life, as my mother is an antique dealer. But to be alone, with Anna, and three kids in a beast of a house without my Aussiedoodle Jack to bark, was a little unnerving.
So Josh leaves, and we sit staring at each other. Anna and I both agreed that wine was in order. However, that meant we had to open the door, descend down the grand staircase, past the two portraits of late 1800’s children, and through the dining room.
Ok, so we did it for the wine.
But on the way to the kitchen, we discovered the Red Room. Which wasn’t mentioned on the tour. (Turns out it was another guest room so no need to panic). I may or may not have made a scary video of the red room door, (sorry guys) check out our stories on (@The.Family.That.Travels Instagram account).
(In my opinion, I really think these guys should host a haunted Halloween weekend for ghost hunters and the weirdly thrilled people like us!)
I learned that wine combined with Snap chat filters decreases fear and increases laughter. Rather than shaking in my boots, I instead fell to sleep like a baby in my comfortable king-size bed.
By the second night, we owned the place and spent the evening in the parlor playing the grand piano and nervously laughing about creaks and groans. Thank Jesus, the last night, brought a couple celebrating their anniversary, so we weren’t alone.
The house is absolutely stunning and they are working to transform it into a luxury B & B in Wichita Falls.
It has two main floors, a full attic, and a full basement. Both the Attic and the basement have 9 rooms each.
Josh explained that when the house was built, the help lived in the smaller rooms. There was even a discreet back stairway, coming directly from the kitchen.
The second floor has four richly decorated bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two of the rooms connect to one bathroom, which made it a perfect choice for us as a family. We loved being able to walk freely into one another’s rooms. Just in case you are wondering, you can lock your door to the bathroom, and the guest in the opposite room can not enter.
My words can’t describe the intimate details of this home. From the grand chandeliers to the tiny figurines, the house, is decorated with the time period centrally in mind.
I can’t do it justice with words, but my pictures and video can.
F O O D
Did I mention that Josh and John also own a catering company? Well, if I didn’t then sit down, because their food is 5 stars all the way.
Each morning we were greeted with amazing meals and friendly conversation. It was hard to leave that behind and come home to cereal.
If you get a chance to visit The Harrison House Bed and Breakfast, be sure to ask for biscuits and gravy. It is incredible.
A C T I V I T Y
I will admit that we were not doing a lot, as we were in town for a photoshoot, as mentioned. But we did get to spend some time in an art gallery and have some incredible coffee. You know I am all about coffee!
Sadly, our weekend came to a close, and we headed back to Nashville. But I am excited to return, and see what the guys do with the rest of their renovations.
The Gallery Frame Shoppe was right up our alley for our photoshoot. The selection of items for sale is my sweet spot. I bought a couple of packs of stationary. If you have known me long enough you would know I am obsessed with paper products. Like I was that kid who loved to shop for school supplies.
We had coffee at Frank & Joe’s Coffee shop. It was a sweet little coffee shop with tons of character. We were there on their three year anniversary, so it was a great party with cupcakes. You can’t ever lose with cake!
Of course, A Texas would not be complete without a stop at Shipley’s Do-nuts! If you haven’t had one, then stop everything and go. They have a fantastic selection of donuts that will set off your cavities and Kolaches. Kolaches are almost like fancy hot pockets. I have only had them in Texas. They are Czech pastries that are filled with meats, cheeses, or sweets.
Make sure to tell Josh and John hello for us if you head to Wichita Falls, Texas and stay at The Harrison House Bed and Breakfast for a quick getaway!
Comment, and let me know about your bed and breakfast experiences, or better yet about the time you were too scared to sleep and were afraid the red room door would open. Oh, wait, that was me.