Monday, October 27, 2008

B&B

This weekend we had an opportunity to spend the night at the Stanley-Fisher Bed & Breakfast in Matagorda, Texas. Our stay was wonderful and I highly recommend the Stanley-Fisher should you ever travel this way.


This historic home was built in 1832 which makes it one of the first houses ever built in Texas. It was constructed for Stanley Rhodes Fisher, an early Texas colonist, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and Secretary of the Republic of Texas Navy. It is likely that Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston were guests here from time to time.


Current owners, Rik and Peggy Stanley, have beautifully restored this home. Upon our arrival they greeted us warmly and took us on a tour, relating to us the history of the house and its previous owners. At the top of the stairs just outside the room we stayed in is a cozy sitting area for reading (or knitting!).


Tastefully displayed throughout the house are bowls and baskets of shells collected from nearby Matagorda Beach. Peggy told us of some of her other beach finds, which included two bottles with messages inside. One was launched from a cruise ship in the Gulf and the other was launched from New York as a science class project.


After a restful night's sleep and a delicious home cooked breakfast, we were ready for a little beachcombing of our own. John began his search back in the dunes for sea beans. I joined him later, but first walked along the surf looking for shells.


My best finds of the day were a perfect sand dollar and my first sea heart.


After lunch at Spoonbills, we put the kayaks in for fishing at McNab Lake. The fish were hard to find, but John managed to catch two undersized trout and one flounder big enough to keep. I didn't even get a bite. Oh well, there's always next time...

21 comments:

  1. What great finds!

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  2. SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT WEEKEND, EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T GET A BITE. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT CATCHING FISH WHEN YOU GO IT'S ABOUT BEING ONE WITH NATURE. YOU STILL TAKE BACK SOMETHING, THAT GREAT FEELING YOU HAVE INSIDE.

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  3. I'm glad you and John had a lovely time. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I love staying at B&Bs. The are comfortable, clean, and you don't have to do any housework!

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  4. Sounds like such a beautiful place to visit.

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  5. It looks like a lovely place to stay. I never much cared for history in school but I can't get enough of it now. I would very much like to stay in a place like that.

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  6. Your blog brings such a since of peace because of your weekends at the beach. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  7. Ooooohhhh! I love B&B's!

    DH and DS didn't catch any fish this weekend, but DD22 went catfishing somewhere in Ohio and got a big one. Usually DH would catch a lot and everyone else would have no luck.... the fish come and go like the tide!

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  8. Hi, I popped in from Cinnamongirl93's blog for a copy of your felted pumpkin pattern. Thank you for sharing your patterns.
    Love the fishing trips! I don't get to do that, although I wish I could, so I'll be back for more of those.
    Thanks, again. :)

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  9. We love staying at B&Bs so I will put this one on the list. So now what I want to know is, what is a sea bean?

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  10. What a gorgeous place! I have a fantasy of one day owning a b&b on a small sheep farm... er... ranch... it will be in Texas after all. :-)

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  11. I think one of those rockers on the front porch has my name on it!

    Your weekend get-away looks like it was restful and a lot of fun.

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  12. What a beautiful house. Isn't it great to learn more about the state you live in. Texas has so much to tell us if we just listen. Thanks for taking us with you.

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  13. What a beautiful place. Did you spend any time knitting in one of those rockers on the porch? ;-)

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  14. The B&B sounds like it's full of history. How interesting for you. I bet the home cooked breakfast was yummy. The best part...No dishes right?!
    I love the pictures of the beach. I could almost hear the sound of the waves and feel the softness of the sand on my toes. Thank you for the little bitty vacation!
    I love your blog as always!

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  15. I've never heard of a sea heart before...how cool. It could have traveled all the way from Africa! Glad you had a great weekend.

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  16. Love your beach finds...especially that sand dollar! I had look up the sea heart, having not know of this before--amazing! Your B & B stay sounded like a mini getaway...what a beautiful place--so comfy and homey! Glad you had a wonderful time :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  17. This sounds like the perfect weekend, I love historic homes and to be able to stay in one would be such a treat. Congrats on finding the sand dollar. I hope you did manage to squeeze in a little knitting.

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  18. What no knitting?! A beautiful weekend indeed, good for you:-)

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  19. What a great place to stay! I've never stayed at a bed & breakfast before, but it sounds like fun. I wish Icould find shells like that. I've got to visit the Matagorda beaches someday. Pls let me know when the best time is for finding shells. I remember a long time ago in Florida, we found tons of sanddollars. That was ALOT of fun!

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  20. What a lovely place to stay.

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  21. Anonymous9:36 PM

    My great Aunt Cealy Duke lived in this house for many years until her death. I have such fond memories of this house. My sister has the recipe of the Tea Cakes that were so famous by my Aunt Cealy. I visited this house and can remember so much about this B&B. They have done a wonderful job of perserving the history behind this home. I loved visiting it. I have yet to spend the night but plan on doing so. I am so glad that so many people are enjoying this place and feel that this is just how she would have wanted it.

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~Tracy