Fox Meadows

650 Anderson County Road 468, Palestine, Texas 75803
Innkeeper(s): Craig Fox
 
  • Introduction

    Let the stars be your nightlight. . . Let the birds be your wake-up call. . . let the rocking chairs be your evening entertainment

    Come to Fox Meadows and find peace in 55 acres of deep green forests and pasture land. Open your heart to grandfather trees and expansive Texas skies; let mother nature's beauty release your stress. Feel energized, renewed, whole and accepted. Leave with a clearer mind and a stronger heart.


    Nature will provide all of this... we provide four private bed and breakfast guest homes to make it possible. . .

    As you turn down the dirt road to the guest homes of Fox Meadows, you can leave the worries of everyday life behind you. Fox Meadows is the perfect place to lose the traffic, turn off your cell phone and just listen to nature.


    A House for the Price of a Room

    Guest homes are new and identical in architectural design. The interior cabinets and most of the furniture are built with wood from a ninety year house that was located on the property. They are completely equipped with TV's, DVD players, VCR's, smoke detectors, hair-dryers, irons, books, games, and videos.

    Guest homes have central heat and air conditioning and are equipped with ceiling fans.
    Each has wood-burning or gas log fireplaces for those romantic evenings.


    Guest kitchens are fully furnished with stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, baking dishes and many kitchen accessories. A variety of continental breakfast foods are provided daily in each guest home. Kitchens are stocked with gourmet coffees, herbal teas, snacks and other goodies.

    Guest homes have private baths. The bedrooms have queen sized beds with non allergenic pillows for the ultimate night's rest.


    Guest homes are fully appointed with:

    • Linens, bath towels/cloths
    • Designer sheets and comforters
    • Bath and dish soaps
    • Coffee, filters, sweeteners and Coffee Mate
    • Charcoal grill with charcoal and fluid
    • Firewood
  • Area Information

    Don't let the slow pace fool you. . .there are all kinds of things to do and see just outside of Fox Meadows' gate. Opportunities for exploration abound.

    First Monday Trade Days: It all began in the 1850's, when the circuit judge stopped in Canton on the first Monday of each month. This was the day the Judge held court. People from the area came to town on that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on court proceedings. Quite naturally, many also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. This took place just off the west side of the court house square. Most stories include the trading of wild horses, which were rounded up in the region and brought to Canton to sell.

    East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society: Enjoy this living refuge of East Texas' natural beauty! The Arboretum spreads over one hundred acres - rising from marsh and swampland to pastureland, 80 feet higher in elevation.

    Old Town Palestine is alive and being revitalized. Located on Crawford St. two blocks West of the Courthouse in the “Hollow” along the Creek, the Turn of the Century buildings are being restored and inhabited with shops, restaurants and a candle factory. The area was once the industrial center of the community.

    Tourist Railroad Excursions: Since 1896, trains have rolled along the Texas State Railroad (TSRR), passing through the beautiful pineywoods and rolling hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas. Today, the historic state railroad is still maintained as a fully self-contained railroad system. Its train crews maintain and operate 4 steam engines, 4 antique diesel locomotives, and a complete steam engine restoration shop; while its track crew maintains over 25 miles of track and 24 bridges. The TSRR is known as one of the nation's largest and most unique steam train operations. The TSRR is one of the only steam railroads in the United States that runs two steam trains simultaneously on days of operation. The East Bound and West Bound trains meet twice daily at the mid point of the run. This gives rail enthusiasts a rare chance to see two historic steam engines switch and pass. The track length is 25.5 miles; the longest trestle measures 1042 feet and crosses the Neches River. All 24 trestles are concrete.

    Davey Dogwood Park: More than 200 acres of picturesque roads meander throughout the park. The park is featured during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Festival from late March to early April.

    The Museum For East Texas Culture resides in the old Palestine High School building on Micheaux Street in Reagan Park. It was designed and built in 1915-16. The Museum officially opened on March 19, 1982, for the first weekend of the Dogwood Trails.

    Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area (GEWMA): This 10,958 acre area was purchased from 1950 to 1960 under the Pittman-Robertson Act using Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program funds. The GEWMA's primary purpose is to function as a wildlife management, research and demonstration area for the Post Oak Savannah Ecoregion. The area is comprised of 2,000 acres of hardwood bottomland floodplain and almost 500 acres of natural watercourse, 350 acres of wetlands: marshes and swamps and nearly 300 acres of sphagnum moss bogs. The GEWMA is an island of Post Oak Savannah surrounded by coastal bermuda grass pastures, harvested timberlands, and fragmented wildlife habitat. It's rolling sandy hills dominated by post oak uplands, bottomland hardwood forests, natural springs, pitcher plant bogs, sloughs, marshes, and relict pine communities contain a rich variety of wildlife. Sound wildlife management tools like prescribed burning grazing, brush control and hunting are used to demonstrate the results of proven practices to resource managers, landowners, and other interested groups or individuals.

    Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility: Operated by NASA, balloons as large as 300 feet in diameter are periodically launched to conduct studies of upper atmosphere and outer space.

    Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store: Features over 250 mounted examples of wildlife and a replica 1920's grocery store.

    Caldwell Zoo: More than 2000 animals from 250 species from Africa, North and South America live in natural habitats at the 85-acre park. The zoo includes a children's petting pen, two aquariums, picnic areas, a cafe that overlooks an African savannah and gift shops with original African items. The zoo also has seasonal presentations including: a bird show, alligator feedings, giraffe feedings, and elephant demonstrations.

    Golf: Golfers, here is a classic course that would be at home in Pinehurst, but it's only 30 minutes east of Fox Meadows. The 7,117-yard par-72 design takes you through a dense pine forest dotted with dogwoods, around rolling mounds, over bunkers with rust-colored sand and past a modest four bodies of water. Venture into the trees and you will have a typically sandy lie, although the Bermuda grass from the fairways is creeping into the rough. Pat Summerall, a Dallas-Fort Worth area resident, and former NFL great and Fox Sports TV play-by-play man, said it reminded him of the land where he grew up in northern Florida. "Pine Dunes is a great place to play golf and relax," he said. "I know I'll be there as often as possible."

    Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center: They speak fishing there and encourage visitors to take advantage of their 1.2-acre fishing pond, stocked with channel catfish in summer and rainbow trout in the winter. Rods, reels, bait, and instruction are provided at no extra charge. Fishing is catch-and-release, except for special harvest events. No fishing license is required for the catch-and-release program.

    Richland Chambers Reservoir is an excellent choice for anglers seeking catfishes, crappie, white bass or hybrid stripers. Angling for largemouth bass can be very good where anglers can find vegetation and clear water; however, these areas are somewhat limited in size compared to the 45,000-acre lake surface. Many anglers set jug lines for catfishes and go after schooling white bass and hybrids while waiting for jug line action. Richland Chambers produces abundant crappie (both black and white) and may be area's the most consistent fishery for these fishes.

    Lake Palestine offers something for everyone in terms of a fishery. The lake is very popular for largemouth bass tournaments due to its consistent success. Both white bass and hybrid striped bass are present; white bass are particularly popular during their spring run up the Neches River and Kickapoo Creeks. Channel and blue catfishes are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity for trophy-sized fish.

  • Guest Comments

    Comments of Elvin McDonald editor at large for Better Homes and Gardens.
    He is the author, editor, photographer, or publisher of hundreds of gardening books,
    which earned him the nickname Dean of American Garden Editors. McDonald lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

    ...This B&B is far and away the best I’ve ever experienced ...

    Other Wonderful Guests

    ...this is the best B & B we have been to in 15 years of B & B travel.

    …the web site and brochure just don’t do your place justice.

    ... so grateful to share your private paradise this weekend.

    ...the view is spectacular.

    ...the guest house is perfect, especially the fireplace.

    ...enjoyed the observatory next door.

    ...you have created a little piece of heaven for the rest of us.

    ...the place was perfect for our twentieth anniversary.

    ...your attention to detail helped make this a most enjoyable holiday.

    ...all the little touches and food baskets are appreciated.

    …very little in this world compares to this - the peace, serenity, and comfort is truly awesome.

    ...you thought of all the comforts of home while designing and decorating.

    …it has been so nice to come to your beautiful place and have a couple
    of days to just relax & take it easy.

    …it gets better and better every time, and harder and harder to leave.

    …The hustle and bustle of everyday life in the big city allows us to appreciate
    the short periods of time we get to spend in the country. Thank you for the
    ability you have to make us feel truly at home.

    …I love it. I love it. I love it! I can’t wait to come back.

    …your place is worlds apart from the Metroplex. This place is great for seeing
    shooting stars, birds, trees, plants and all kinds of things that nature gives us.

    …everything was perfect for a weekend get away.

    …your love and devotion is very much appreciated.

    ...Gus Engeling, so close to you, is a jewel of wildlife management.

  • How To Find Us

    Directions from the North and East

    • Go to Athens, Texas. Take Highway 19 South. Go 15 miles to Bradford.
    • Turn right on Highway 837. Go 2 miles. Turn left on County Road 468.
    • Go 2 .3 miles to the green barn on the left.
    • Turn left on Fox Meadows Trail at the first metal gate past the barn.
    • If you come to a new red brick house on the left, turn around to the gate behind you.

    Directions from the South

    • Go to Palestine, Texas. Take Highway 19 North. Go 15 miles to Bois D’Arc.
    • Turn left on Highway 860. Go 2 miles.
    • Turn right on County Road 468. Go ½ mile to the new red brick house on the right.
    • Turn right on Fox Meadows Trail at the first metal gate past the house .
    • If you come to a green barn on the right, turn around to the gate behind you.

    Directions from the West

    • Go to Corsicana, Texas. Take Highway 287 Southeast. Go 25 miles to Cayuga.
    • Turn left on Highway 59. Go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Highway 2961.
    • Go 9 miles, 2961 becomes Highway 837. Stay on Highway 837.
    • Go 1 miles to the first road to the right County Road 468. Turn right.
    • Go 2.3 miles to the green barn on the left.
    • Turn left on Fox Meadows Trail at the first metal gate past the barn.
    • If you come to a new red brick house on the left, turn around to the gate behind you.