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Visiting East Texas & Piney Woods

It's springtime in east Texas, so act accordingly. Visit Beaumont, a beautiful city set just over an hour northeast of Houston and found just inland on the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a day soaking up the sun at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens, where you can hike the mile-long Nature Trail, or head to Lake Livingston State Park for biking, picnicking, and of course, fishing. As the temperatures increase, make your way to Longview for annual festivities like the Zonta Antique Show and Sale in March, or the 2012 Great Texas Balloon Race this July. Its all about balloons and botanical gardens in East Texas, so let’s go.

This spring in Beaumont, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather with a trip to the 24-acre Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Tyrrell Park. Open daily with free admission, the Beaumont Botanical Gardens encompasses the Warren Loose Conservatory – one of the better-known conservatories in Texas – and the Bert and Jack Binks Horticultural Center. Trek down the mile-long Nature Trail – a paved pathway ideal for strollers and wheelchairs – and get those binoculars ready for some great bird-watching opportunities. Rest those feet at the Best Western hotel in Beaumont, and set out for more fun in east Texas.

Livingston is a historic town home to Lake Livingston State Park. Open daily throughout the year, Lake Livingston State Park is a scenic escape in east Texas, featuring mountain biking trails, picnicking spots and fishing opportunities for perch, catfish, and bass. This spring, head to Lake Livingston State Park for the Annual Crappiethon, happening mid-February through mid-April. Reel in as much crappie as you can from the 83,000-acre Lake Livingston, or get a closer look at the lake from paddleboat, canoe or kayak. Set your adventurous side free this spring in Livingston, and discover what else east Texas has to offer its visitors.

Settled at the intersection of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highways 259 and 80, the festive city of Longview is yet another east Texas town with plenty to see and do. Known as the Balloon Capital of Texas, Longview plays host to anticipated annual events like the the Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Rally, and of course, the Great Texas Balloon Race. Antique addicts may spend three exciting days at the Zonta Antique Show and Sale in March, while art aficionados may browse through Alleyfest in early June for some local art. What celebrations can you catch on Longview’s busy event calendar during your time in east Texas?

See Longview live up to its nickname at the 2012 Great Texas Balloon Race. This year, Longview is to play host to the U.S. National Championships and the GTBR Festival and Competition – both happening in late July. Don’t miss the balloon flights over Longview, or the beautiful Balloon Glow night shows. Let the little ones run around in Kids Land, catch the headlining acts, and spend your nights at the Best Western hotel in Longview. It's all happening this spring in the Lone Star State.

East Texas & Piney Woods Hotel Map

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29 Best Western Hotels
in East Texas & Piney Woods

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    Pineywoods Inn

    Atlanta

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    Inn of Brenham

    Brenham

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    Old Town Center

    Bryan

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    Canton Inn

    Canton

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    Inn of Carthage

    Carthage

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    Classic Inn & Suites

    Center

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    Cleveland Inn & Suites

    Cleveland

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    Franklin Inn & Suites

    Franklin

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    Monica Royale Inn & Suites

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    Gun Barrel City Inn

    Gun Barrel City

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    Inn of Henderson

    Henderson

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    Executive Inn

    Jacksonville

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    Inn of Jasper

    Jasper

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    Inn of Kilgore

    Kilgore

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    Lindale Inn

    Lindale

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    Livingston Inn & Suites

    Livingston

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    Longview

    Longview

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    Regency Inn & Suites

    Longview

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    Crown Colony Inn & Suites

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    Executive Inn

    Marshall

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    Limestone Inn & Suites

    Mexia

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    Mineola Inn

    Mineola

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    Mt. Pleasant Inn

    Mount Pleasant

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    Inn of Nacogdoches

    Nacogdoches

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    Northpark Inn

    Nacogdoches

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    Orange Inn & Suites

    Orange

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    Palestine Inn

    Palestine

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    Trail Dust Inn & Suites

    Sulphur Springs

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    Southpark Inn & Suites

    Tyler

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East Texas & Piney Woods Events

November 2014

November 8, 2014
2014 Veggie Tales Live

Bring the whole family to the LeTourneau University's SE Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center in Longview for an evening of kid's classic songs, as performed by everyone's favorite talking vegetables. The show begins at 6 p.m.

November 24, 2014
2014 Elf: The Broadway Musical

Based on the 2003 holiday film, this delightful recreation will be performed at the Longview /LeTourneau University's SE Belcher Jr Chapel and Performance Center. The show begins at 7 p.m.

November 15, 2014
2014 Nacogdoches Holiday Open House

Traverse downtown Nacogdoches when the local shops and boutiques open their doors for extended hours of unique holiday shopping. The specials begin at 5 p.m.

December 2014

December 6-7, 2014
2014 Christmas Homes Tour

Visit downtown Henderson and view some of the historic homes in the area, each colorfully decorated in preporation for the holidays. The each day has a different start time.

December 6, 2014
2014 Christmas Parade

Downtown Nacogdoches is home to eastern Texas' largest holiday parade, featuring a variety decorative floats and an amazing fireworks display at then end of the evening. The parade start time is TBA.

December 13, 2014
2014 Reindeer Run & Kids' Fun Run

Join the Lufkin community as they run for a good cause at the Ellen Trout Zoo. Prizes will be given away to the winners and kids can participate in their run as well. The race beings at 8 a.m.

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