Bald cypress creek, beer patios, & other comforts in Comfort, Texas

For our 27th wedding anniversary last weekend, my husband and I enjoyed a weekend away in Comfort, Texas, a tiny Hill Country town two hours southwest of Austin. After reading about the stylishly rustic charms of Camp Comfort in seemingly every regional magazine (Tribeza, Southern Living, Texas Monthly), I’d booked us a room for two nights over Memorial Day weekend.

Camp Comfort is an utterly charming B&B, built motel-style in what was formerly a 2-lane bowling alley and social hall dating to 1860, plus several freestanding cabins.

A row of 4 rooms occupies what used to be the bowling alley, and the cabins cluster at the far end…

…overlooking a scenic view of Cypress Creek.

The restored social hall contains a servery for help-yourself breakfast, free cookies all day, and plentiful seating…

…each table adorned with a bouquet of fluffy cotton stems.

A couch and chairs at one end is flanked by a triangular shelf stacked with board games for old-school entertainment.

The owners constructed the shelves, and for that matter the guest rooms’ floors, walls, and doors, from wood salvaged from the bowling alley.

The place seems tailor-made to be rented out in full by wedding parties, and one such newlywed couple had written their thanks to the owners on a roll of paper towels by the door.

The rooms and cabins surround a spacious gravel courtyard outfitted for lounging and parties with a fire pit, orange Loll chairs, a grilling and dining area under a vine-shaded arbor…

…and a band stage.

We stayed in room #3.

Inside, a photo of the social hall pre-transformation hung over the bed. Cushy, teal swivel chairs in front of a TV, a small kitchen, a desk, and a spacious bathroom with a soaker tub made up the lovely retreat.

The view from our room

The Texas flag painted on the back of a neighbor’s shed

We spent a lovely evening around the fire our first night, sipping champagne and talking with another couple from San Antonio who were celebrating a birthday.

We met Phil, who owns the place with his wife, and who did all the restoration and construction work himself, with his wife as the designer. He encouraged us to go for a swim in the creek behind the camp, and on the second day we did.

Cypress Creek is beautiful.

Towering bald cypresses line the creek like columns in a cathedral made by Mother Nature.

In the clear, green water we could see fish guarding their nests, cleared-out circles on the creekbed.

Aside from the fish, we had it all to ourselves, no one else around.

We waded into the chilly water alongside cypress toes, careful not to disturb the fish nests…

…and paddled among the trees to the swimming hole, which Phil had told us was 10 feet deep. It was magical.

The first night we enjoyed an excellent pizza at Comfort Pizza, where you have to call in advance to reserve your pizza dough. They only make so much each day, and if they run out you’re out of luck. One pizza is plenty for two, especially with a Greek side salad, which was also tasty. We washed it all down with Shiner Bock, a local beer. (I also highly recommend High’s Cafe for lunch, particularly the Veggie-licious with hummus instead of cream cheese, and 814 A Texas Bistro for dinner; be sure to make reservations.)

After dinner we strolled along High Street, Comfort’s quiet main street lined with well-preserved historic buildings occupied by a boutique hotel, antique stores, an art gallery, a yarn shop, and a refreshingly different elephant shop. Not a single T-shirt/postcard/fudge shop did I see.

Charming old homes and guest houses line the street as well, including one whose front fence was awash with garlands of hot-pink queen’s wreath vine, also known as coral vine (Antigonon leptopus).

I’d thought queen’s wreath bloomed only in late summer/early fall, so I was surprised to see it in full bloom in early summer.

A few tendrils had entwined into a green heart at the front gate, and we pretended it was just for our anniversary.

At Miss Giddy’s gift shop and nursery across the street from the pizza place, a garden of container-planted, colorful zinnias…

…was guarded by a friendly, sunflower-faced scarecrow.

A towering, dried agave bloom stalk stood in another part of the garden, its branches holding a collection of white birdhouses.

The road back to Camp Comfort took us by a pasture with grazing longhorns.

Back at our B&B, we enjoyed one more sunset along Cypress Creek.

What a beautiful place!

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20 Responses

  1. Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you did it up in grand style. Comfort looks mighty charming. I am sure that vine was just for you.

  2. peter schaar says:

    Happy Anniversary! The first 27 years are the hardest. BTW, I love the Mexican name for A. leptopus: cadena de amor.

  3. Kris P says:

    It looks like a charming place to spend the weekend. The creek photos are lovely. A belated happy anniversary!

  4. Lara Leaf says:

    This looks so relaxing. I much prefer something like this to over-blown, overdone tourist traps! What a hoot that nursery with the container zinnias is. Love the scarecrow! Happy anniversary!

  5. ks says:

    What a fantastic place ! To bad it’s not closer to Austin–I fantasized the whole place overtaken by garden bloggers. They probably would need to add another 50 or 60 rooms too !

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Wouldn’t that be amazing? Not to worry, though, we’ve got a downtown Austin hotel lined up for the Garden Bloggers Fling next year. You’ll be in the center of the action! —Pam

  6. lcp says:

    happy anniversary! glad you found such a great place to celebrate your 27 years – may there be many more!

  7. Heidi says:

    Thanks for sharing pics of your lovely weekend with us, it looks like a peaceful setting to relax in. I had read about antique stores in Comfort, but didn’t know it was so pretty. Hope you are blessed with many more years together!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Thanks, Heidi! I was telling my neighbors this evening that I don’t know how Comfort had been off my radar for so long, but it’s a lovely town. Next on my list is Bandera. —Pam

  8. Laura Munoz says:

    What a neat place. The cypresses & cabins remind me of a cottage I stayed in at Caddo Lake. There were no longhorns there though. Happy Anniversary!

  9. Lea says:

    What a wonderful place for a week-end retreat!
    Happy Anniversary!

  10. What a fun place! I love how the B&B repurposed the site and reused the wood to continue the story of that location. Glad you had a relaxing getaway. Happy Anniversary!

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