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James D Smith Sr. 1969ish

Our History

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We are celebrating 50 years as a Family-Owned and Operated Business! 1969 1974 1982 1998 Every so often, across this great and bountiful country, Mother Nature is especially kind to a certain small slice of her landscape. These special places are distinguished by their visual or geological esthetics as well as an intangible “energy” or “feel” about them. The Retreat at Artesian Lakes is such a place, and for over a century has served as a retreat for outdoor and nature enthusiasts, a special place for respite and rejuvenation. The story begins eons ago when this land was in the center of an “ox-bow” of the Trinity River for many thousands of years. What this means is that the river...
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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.
Effective July 1, 2019 we will be closed for Trail Rides on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. However, if you have a special event or a group of 5 or more people who are wanting to do a trail ride on one of these days please call to make a reservation.

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Holiday Parties

Holiday Parties

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Hilltop Restaurant offers the ideal setting for your personal or company Holiday event. Our Chef can provide you with several buffet-style menu options or customize one to your specifications. We can also provide a full bar and if your guests need overnight accommodations, we can customize a package to include them.

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Traditional Lunch

Traditional Lunch

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For groups of 20 or more.
11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

For a true taste of Hilltop’s fare, we highly recommend the “Traditional Lunch” experience. The day starts with a sampling of our various jams, jellies, and chutneys, a guided tour of our Herb Garden and a multi-course meal featuring original Hilltop recipes.

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In-Room Meals

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By reservation only – 24 Hours in advance.

For guests not wishing to venture out of their cabins for a full meal during their stay, not to worry! In-Room Services are available for every meal, and a diverse and thoughtfully-prepared series of items await in-room diners.

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