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Horse Drawn Carriage Ride to Breakfast

Complimentary Horse-drawn carriage ride to Saturday Breakfast - Available Seasonally - With Log Cabin Rental


Log Cabin Rentals

Log cabins and log homes to fit any size family.


Family Vacation!

Nature focused activities...
Plan your Spring or Summer Vacation Now


Relax Lakeside...

Authentic Log cabin rentals on the lake.


Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Enjoy a unique, lakeside dining experience.


We are celebrating 50 years as a Family-Owned and Operated Business!

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Log Cabin Rentals

Authentic Log Cabins, Log Suites
& Private Log Homes

HT dining room at dusk

Hilltop Restaurant & Herb Garden

Dining in a lakeside setting

Featured Menus

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Sassafras Meeting Room

Conference Center

Group & Corporate Retreats
Meeting Rooms
Challenge Course


Artesian Lakes Property for Sale

Purchase a waterfront home or waterfront lot in the adjacent Artesian Lakes Community.  The perfect place for a second home for today, maybe a retirement home for tomorrow.


The Retreat at Artesian Lakes (formerly Chain – O – Lakes Resort & Conference Center) is a uniquely designed, nature-focused facility with authentic log cabins and log suites, ideal for weekend getaways, family vacations, romantic getaways, garden weddings, group retreats, corporate retreats and business conferences.

Located on the edge of the Texas Big Thicket National Preserve, about one hour north of Houston, The Retreat at Artesian Lakes offers overnight accommodations in authentic log cabins, log suites, and private log homes.

The Retreat at Artesian Lakes is also home to Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden, a famous East Texas landmark founded by renowned herbalist and cook, Madalene Hill.  Hilltop’s exquisite cuisine is based on the herbs grown in the adjacent garden.

horseback riding

Horseback Riding & Carriage Rides

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Equestrian services are provided by our on-site concessionaire, Tempe Creek Ranch, from Livingston Texas. Canoes are available to rent at front desk and horse rides can be set up by calling (936) 967-0719.
Peal and Eat Shrimp

Seafood Buffet

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Friday and Saturday - - 6:00 & 7:30 P.M. -- Sunday - Noon to 3 P.M. A favorite with resort guests and area residents alike, the menu includes Seafood Gumbo, the chef’s weekly “catch of the day” creation (such as Tilapia with Cilantro/Butter Sauce), Lemon-Battered Shrimp, Catfish with Hilltop’s Hot Pineapple Dipping Sauce, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp, Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken, Salad Bar, and Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Sauce.
Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Breakfast Buffet

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8:00 to 10:00 a.m. • Every Saturday Included with stays in our 29 log cabins, log suites and Hall House. Available to guests staying in our private homes for $10.50 per person.
Mother's Day Buffet

Mother’s Day Lunch Buffet

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Mother's Day Lunch Buffet $32.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Seatings at 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.

Everything was great. Wonderful food, friendly service. I will for sure make more reservations.


The home was perfect for our family. The children loved the horseback riding, fishing and alligators. I love what you did with the swimming pool and fish pond.


Quiet and peaceful visit. It was nice to get away from everyday life and be close to home.


The community is beautiful......far enough from the big city but close enough for a weekend getaway. It's our choice....quiet and relaxing.

JaneStayed in The Lake House