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Warm Hearts and Welcome at the Texas White House

By David Boegaard

Nestled in the heart of Fort Worth stands a stately, victorian-style home. With a wrap-around porch and a beautiful backyard with a gazebo, the Texas White House is appropriately named for its ever-fresh coat of white paint. Unlike the White House of Washington D.C. fame, and not to be confused with the Texas White House of L.B.J. fame, this Texas White House is located a short walk from bustling downtown Fort Worth. The White House is a friendly B&B that serves the weary traveler with the grace and charm typical of its hometown, not to mention home-cooked meals.

The Texas White House was built more than 100 years ago, which makes it quite old by the standards of the American West. "A family with 4 boys lived in it at first, then a series of 'businesses' occupied the building," says Cindy Lucio, Owner and Chef of the House, before going on to describes the house's subsequent lineage. "It was a tea house, named The Texas White House for a couple of years, then slowly converted into a b&b 23 years ago. We have been the new owners for the last 3 years."

The Texas White House has another, parallel history. "Some people believe the house to be haunted," notes Lucio. "We have guests that come just for an experience in the Lone Star room." Lucio doesn't make much of the stories, herself, but it's always possible the ghosts just leave her in peace?

Fortunately, the ghosts seem to leave most Texas White House customers in peace, as well. And it's not only the ghosts -- visitors can expect to experience a delicious blend of hospitality and comfort. "People stay at b&b's for a more comfortable stay over the big hotels," says Lucio. "We offer a home-like setting and free parking and breakfast!"

The Texas White House makes sure you're comfortable by creating a truly welcoming space. "Our b&b is not stuffy or Victorian, but more modern, eclectic and boutique-like," notes Lucio. Lucio cultivates an atmosphere for the house that is the sort of atmosphere she would enjoy when staying in a foreign city. As a regular traveler, and one with high expectations, that means everything is clean and fresh, and the people are kind. Some rooms even have special amenities, such as a dry sauna, double jacuzzi, or corner fireplace!

But ultimately, the Texas White House wouldn't be what it is without the surrounding city of Fort Worth. "Fort Worth is a very laid-back kind of place to visit," says Lucio. The city has a general theme of "Cowboys and Culture," and mixes those ingredients into a tangy sauce. "We have people visit from Australia for the Cowboy culture and want to stay on a ranch and ride horses," touts Lucio. "Europeans come to see our world-class museums; others are just getting away from the stress of life to enjoy the food and music of our great town."

Lucio is confident that visitors will be delighted with Fort Worth. "We rival the bigger cities in Texas with great attractions, just like they have, yet such a better atmosphere to enjoy them in!" And she knows they'll be charmed by the Texas White House. So next time you're in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, stop on by and experience a slice of classic Texas.

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