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East Texas at it’s Best – Stay at Our Bed and Breakfast
East Texas at it’s Best – Stay at Our Bed and Breakfast

Jasper, Texas, is a delightful destination in deep East Texas that offers activities for every season. Established in the late 1800s and named in honor of Sgt. William Jasper, an American Revolution hero, Jasper is a step back in time with modern amenities.

The Butterfly Capital of Texas” earned its moniker due to its Annual Butterfly Festival which serves as a celebration for the annual migration of monarch butterflies.

This festival, held every October is hosted in the Jasper Arboretum, a 14-acre complex highlighted by several Master Gardener-designed gardens. In addition to the formal, children’s, rose and butterfly gardens, the Arboretum is the home of the Beaty-Orton House which was built in 1888 and filled with period antiques.

Visitors can enjoy an Azalea Festival in March, an Air Show in April, farmers’ markets throughout the growing season and a Christmas historical Open House. The town’s outdoor sculptures and antique malls are available all year long. One of the most popular antique malls is Junktique. It is a popular destination for those looking for anything from furniture to glassware and home décor to kitchen supplies.

Jasper is 85% surrounded by pine and hardwood forest earning it a second moniker – “Jewel of the Forest.” A quick 10 mile drive north of Jasper is the Sam Rayburn Reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Texas. With 750 miles of shoreline and covering 114,400 acres, the reservoir has some of the best bass fishing. Also a short drive away, the Martin Dies, Jr. State Park includes three state parks and a 10,687-acre reservoir. Both of these destinations offer many activities including boating, swimming, camping, hiking, fishing and an abundance of wildlife.

There are many places to stay in the area including Hotel Swann. Offering classic Southern hospitality and within walking distance of historical sites in Jasper, this turn of the century hotel has six unique rooms and peaceful surroundings for your next vacation.

For those looking for outdoor activities or shopping experiences in a charming, small town, Jasper, Texas, may be the ideal vacation destination for you.