Review of: Zip Inn B&B in Nacogdoches
by Stacy Curtis
What do you do when you want to visit Nacogdoches and need a place to stay? The most unique thing to do is stay at Zip Inn, Texas' (and possibly America's) only bed & breakfast with built-in zip lines in the front and back yards. We visited Nacogdoches for the Texas Blueberry Festival and discovered we could almost literally zip into the B&B with Zip Nac, the on-site zipline tour.
Read my reviews of Zip Nac and Texas Blueberry Festival here, or from the Nacogdoches page here.
Nacogdoches and Zip Inn are just 2-1/2 hours North of Houston and are surrounded by national forest lands filled with pines and hardwoods. This is a great overnight trip to take from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, or Shreveport. If you're visiting East Texas or those metro areas for any reason, it's worth the drive to "zip in" for a night.
Zip Inn rooms can be rented as a B&B, but you can also lease the house as a vacation rental and make use of the entire facility for your family or group. Larry and Susan, the owners of both Zip Nac and Zip Inn are the nicest people, and the property is amazingly calm. The stress just melted away as every detail of the place spoke R-E-L-A-X.
Besides ziplining (you get 25% off the cost of ziplining if you rent the house), there are a ton of fun things to do with your family here. Ask Larry for a tour of the property and he'll happily share the plans for a future campground, climbing wall and 6 additional zip lines (with two over 1,000 feet long!).
Zip Inn is a great place to reconnect with yourself and your family. From the unique "conversation swing" on the front porch, to the badminton/volleyball net and hiking, Zip Inn provides every opportunity to enjoy each other for the weekend. Here are some adventures you can relax with here:
- -Fish in one of their several ponds
- -Feed the ducks - Zipppity and Doo Dah
- -Have coffee on the back porch at sunrise, or have drinks on the front porch at sunset
- -Watch zipliners enjoy the treetops around you
- -Take a picnic and go on a nature hike - discover the natural world around you
- -Play some Foos Ball or non-electronic board games (they have a closet-ful)
- -Star gaze at night
- -Roast marshmallows in the cowboy firepit
- -Climb a tree or swing on Susan's tree swing
- -Relax in a hammock in the woods
- -Play volleyball, croquet, or basketball outside
- -Or ZIP LINE!
The rooms are fabulous. The Cedar Room downstairs boasts an electric fireplace and jacuzzi tub. The Oak Room and Pine Room both have queen size beds and sleeper sofas and a window seat. Each room has a flat screen TV...but you won't need them. Everything at Zip Inn is comfortable and inviting!
A B&B review wouldn't be complete without a review of the breakfast. The delicious courses just kept on coming! Yogurt/granola/berry parfait started us out, then came a special baked oatmeal with your preference of toppings including fresh blueberries and nuts. That was followed by homemade waffles and an egg casserole that blew us away. Next time I go, I'm saving my appetite for two days to be able to enjoy it all.
In the meantime, we've gone fishin'!
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