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Travel to Nacogdoches, Texas

Updated on January 28, 2014
The Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University
The Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University | Source

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When you think of visiting Texas you may not realize that some of the smallest areas are the most scenic and are a must see when in the Lone Star State. Nacogdoches is one of those areas.

Nacogdoches, Texas is nestled in East Texas among the oversized trees of the green forests there and is well known for the Stephen F. Austin State University.

The city only holds approximately 34,000 people, but don't let the size fool you into thinking it isn't worth the visit.

You can visit many areas in Texas and be met with friendliness and hospitality, but Nacogdoches seems to take it to a whole other level. The truth is good customer service is a rarity these days in most of the country and being Texan, I often wonder how people live without a friendly smile and a caring hand. I don't have to wonder that in Nacogdoches. There wasn't one place that I stopped by on my visit there that I wasn't met with friendliness.

Places to Stay in Nacogdoches

I am an advocate of good customer service; in my opinion there isn't enough of it in the world anymore.

Large hotel chains are typically the ones that have very little regard for customer service because, let's face it, they have plenty of customers all over the world to make up for the one aggravated customer.

Thankfully there are some corporate chains that do realize the importance of good customer service because that one customer can turn into ten can turn into 100 and so on.

So to come across one of those establishments is a refreshing breathe of air.

The hotel at the heart of this customer service rant is Nacogdoches Comfort Suites; above and beyond anything I've ever experienced from a hotel. From the front desk staff working the late shift to the early morning manager and even the kitchen staff responsible for that hot breakfast; all so nice and professional.

The suites are clean (big deal for me) and spacious. There is also an indoor swimming pool. In the front desk area there is a complete business center set up for your convenience. Comfort Suites really tries to bring you the comfort of home to the hotel.

Stop by and see them at 3429 South Street Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 or call them to make a reservation at 936.560.9900.

* I do not make a dime from Comfort Suites or any of its affiliates. This is based solely on my personal experience with the hotel.

This was my plate at Cotton Patch and I must admit this was a very tender, juicy steak; the potatoes were like homemade and the broccoli was thoroughly cooked.
This was my plate at Cotton Patch and I must admit this was a very tender, juicy steak; the potatoes were like homemade and the broccoli was thoroughly cooked. | Source

Places to Eat in Nacogdoches

My all time number one pick for places to eat in Nacogdoches is the Cotton Patch by far.

The service is A++, the food options not only look appealing on the menu but taste as good and the waitstaff is so personable and professional; all good reasons to stop by this restaurant located at 3117 North St, Nacogdoches, TX 75965 (936) 569-6926.

*My favorite are the rolls, which are free by the basket full by the way :) It doesn't get better than fresh, steamy rolls.

Nacogdoches is also full of many other great eateries such as:

Casa Tomas at 1514 North St Nacogdoches, TX (936) 560-2403 (Mexican Food)

Peking Restaurant 3103 North St Nacogdoches, TX (936) 564-0655 (Chinese Food)

Auntie Pastas 211 Old Tyler Rd Nacogdoches, TX (936) 569-2171 (Italian Food)

Butcher Boy's Smokehouse 603 North St Nacogdoches, TX (936) 560-1137(BBQ)

Things to Do in Nacagdoches

If you are looking for something to pass the time while on your visit to Nacagdoches, here are a few things you may want to look into:

Skatarama, a skating rink for the entire family to have a good time. Located at 1208 Douglass Rd.

Carmike Theaters is the only movie theater for the town and is located in the Northview Plaza Shopping Center. The only negative for me with this theater was the fact that you could hear the movie from the theater next to us so there were times it was louder than what we were watching.

Hobby Lobby is a craft store that you can go to stock up on craft supplies and not spend too much. Take some craft supplies to the local park and have some family fun time.

Nacogdoches loves their festivals. In the summer there is the Texas Blueberry Festival. During the Christmas season they host the Nine Flags Festival.

Don't think this little town doesn't hold a bunch of places to shop either. There are plenty of antique shops and clothing boutiques. If you are looking for souvenirs or baked goods then be sure to check out Historic Downtown Nacagdoches.


Stephen F. Austin State University

1936 North St., Nacogdoches TX 75962:
1936 North Street, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, USA

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    • Austinstar profile image


      5 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      The best things there are the blonde brownies (if they have them), the rum cake to die for, red velvet anything. Bread and butter pickles, cheese rolls and whatever else looks good.

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      Sydney Spence 

      5 years ago from Austin Texas

      @Austinstar that would be great!! wow, that is awesome of you ... thank you!!! And I'll be sure to stop by the Collin Street Bakery!

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      5 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Be sure to stop at the Collin Street Bakery. The original one on 7th st. And if you need an indoor swim or a massage. Try the fabulous YMCA built by my uncle. It's the best one in the state! They have a day use fee for out of towners. The best mexican food is a little cafe out by Navarro College. I forget what it's called, but it's great.

      My whole family is from Corsican going way, way back, so I know a bit about it if you have a question or two.

    • sydneyspence profile imageAUTHOR

      Sydney Spence 

      5 years ago from Austin Texas

      @Austinstar then you've heard of Log Cabin, Texas? Love the area. Going to be in Corsicana in a couple of weeks actually!! And talk about some great food ... Malakoff has a wonderful little cafe. Best chicken fried steak ever! :) :)

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      5 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Excellent. I love East Texas too. I used to live in Livingston and Corsicana and driving between the two is fantastic. Athens has a great little hospital that I used to work at and on the road between Athens and Corsicana is, or was, an incredible working ranch cafe that served chicken and dumplings home style. Other stuff too, but I always had the Chicken & Dumplings (my favorite food).


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