Thanksgiving Buffet

Join us for our legendary Thanksgiving Buffet!


Log Cabin Rentals

Log cabins and log homes to fit any size family.


Family Vacation!

Nature focused activities...
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Relax Lakeside...

Authentic Log cabin rentals on the lake.


Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Enjoy a unique, lakeside dining experience.


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.

This large 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath with loft Log Cabin accommodates 10 people.   Located just across from Swim Lake, it is the perfect cabin for a large family or group of friends.

William B. Travis features a large deck that hangs over the lake.  A cozy sitting room with a gas fireplace & large windows with a lake view.  The master bedroom has a king size bed, gas fireplace, jacuzzi tub and private access to the deck.  A loft with 4 twin beds is perfect for the kids.

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Log Cabin Rentals

Authentic Log Cabins, Log Suites
& Private Log Homes

dining room

Hilltop Restaurant & Herb Garden

Dining in a lakeside setting

Featured Menus

Sassafras Meeting Room

Conference Center

Group & Corporate Retreats
Meeting Rooms
Challenge Course

Cast-Away Lodge - 7 Bedroom 4 Bath

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 first home for tomorrow.

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