Thomas Jefferson adored nature, studied Botany, and believed that America should try to remain an agricultural society. He believed this because he felt that people who gardened or farmed stayed closer to God. After several years of clearing brush, vines, dead trees, pruning Azaleas and Hydrangea, planting rose bushes, Irisis, tomatoes and peppers; I think I would have to agree with Jefferson. Gardening certainly gives lots of time to think and for me it refreshes my soul and allows me moments of reflection and prayer. Often when I'm on the mower I hum the song "I Come to the Garden Alone" and let the words swirl in my mind. Then I walk the property soaking in the beauty that God has created and that I have "tended to". The trees, Azaleas, Roses, and various flowers are absolutely gorgeous this year. The best part is being able to sit on the porch or patio listening to and watching the birds enjoy the property as well, knowing that "He provides for even the Sparrow".
Mrs. Lee's Gardens have been beautiful. If you have not been out to see them, you need to hurry because they will only be open another week or two. Easter is early this year with Good Friday being March 25th. Why not start a new Easter tradition and spend it at Walker Manor Bed and Breakfast.
Other upcoming events include the downtown Bricks-in-Bloom, Gusher Days with a car show and chili cook-off that are favorites. In Tyler the Azeala Trail will be starting up. Tour the gardens there and then stay at Walker Manor Bed & Breakfast surrounded by blooming Azealas.
If you've been to Gladewater before or even if you haven't, there is plenty to see and do in town and the surrounding areas. Our guests' favorite activity is to spend time at Los Pinos Winery, buy a bottle of wine, and return to sit on the porch and enjoy their purchase.
What ever your reason for visiting East Texas, we promise that a stay at Walker Manor Bed & Breakfast is worth the drive. Listen to a quote from a recent guest, "Not only did we enjoy breakfast every morning but all of the places you recommended were wonderful. Thank you for providing us with a happy and memorable anniversary. We will be recommending your bed and breakfast. Rebecca & Cory"
Come be part of your memory making journey at Walker Manor Bed & Breakfast.
After viewing other B & B blog's I have discovered that these blogs can be more than just a snipet of information.
2016 looks like a promising year for Walker Manor Bed & Breakfast. We are on schedule for becoming a state certified bed and breakfast which will drive more customers to our beautiful home and tourists to the downtown area. Other activities we are looking forward to are the daffodils blooming at Mrs. Lee's Gardens, Gusher Days in April, our annual Mother's Day Tea, annual Murder Mystery event, chocolate/wine swirl, and Hwy 80 sale.
We are looking forward to sprucing up the gardens, pruning the rose bushes that have been planted and waiting for Spring to bring forth all the Iris that were planted. We also hope to add a new coat of paint to the front porch and touch up other exterior areas. Indoors, the staircase will be a yearlong project as we clean and add a fresh coat of paint.
Come on by see all we've done, or just sit on the porch and visit for awhile.
The annual Holiday Tour of Homes will feature 5 historic buildings on December 12, 2015. Our lovely Recorded Texas Historic Landmark will be on this tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Gladewater Chamber. Come out an experience a night of holiday festivities, a handbell choir, and wonderful refreshments. Don't miss Santa's house/workshop on display at our house along with complimentary milk and cookies
The Gladewater Museum and Opry House will host a 1940's movie called Scrooge, based on Charles Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol'. The movie is free and family friendly. A perfect night for a Holiday themed night out. Contact the Gladewater Opry for more information.
Memori Ruesing, a history teacher, is the owner of the Dr. E. L & Nancy Walker Recorded Texas Historic Landmark home. This home is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.