Just a few minutes from Book Nook Inn are a multitude of great places to eat. We have nice quaint places and of course many fast food venues.
The Golden Triangle area has many historical sites. We will mention a few here that we think would interest you and are still within a few minutes drive from Book Nook Inn.
Lumberton offers some of the best antique malls in southeast Texas and they are only a couple minutes apart. They are filled with great merchandise and the friendliest dealers.
During your stay at Book Nook Inn
you might want to take in a play,
musical, concert or movie at one
of our many venues.
Enjoy The Outdoors
Book Nook Inn is just minutes away from major outdoor venues:
Big Thicket Preserve
Village Creek State Park
Big Thicket Preserve
Village Creek State Park
Village Creek Park covers over 1,200 heavily forested acres. The park is located in Lumberton, about four miles north of Book Nook Inn.
Village Creek Park offers, picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, wildlife viewing and bird watching. At least 80 species of birds have been spotted in the park.
The Park has eight miles of trails open for hiking, biking and nature study. Swimming is allowed at a park sandbar.
Village Creek Park is north of Book Nook Inn off of U.S. Hwy. 96, then watch for directional signs. It is located off Alma Drive. For information call 1-800-792-1112. Park Web site at www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
The Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary was established in order to preserve one of the most unique and ecologically diverse natural areas in the Big Thicket region of Texas. Nestled next to the gurgling waters of Village Creek on ancient alluvial deposits, the Sanctuary Several distinct communities intermingle throughout the Sanctuary; arid sandylands, beech-magnolia forests, baygalls and floodplain forests
Perhaps the most famous community is the one is the arid sandylands. These deep, porous, sandy hills formed by ancient river deposits maintain a desert-like habitat on the upper terraces of the Village Creek flood-plain. An arid landscape supports one of the last remaining stands of open, xerophytic longleaf pines in Texas. Various pines, oaks and hickories along with prickly pear cactus, yucca and over 340 species of wildflowers comprise one of the most diverse communities in the Big Thicket region. Rare orchids and carnivorous plants grow in the Sanctuary among ferns and sphagnum moss
The preserve now consists of close to 2,400 acres and additional leased property along the west bank of Village Creek. The Nature conservancy has protected nearly 5.5 million acres of land since its establishment in 1951 including over 210,000 acres in Texas.
The Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary is located on Hwy. 327 and is open daily during daylight hours and there is no charge to check out the scenic six miles of nature trail. This and the beautiful canoe trip down eight miles of Village Creek attract hundreds of visitors annually. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the preserve manager in advance at (409) 385-0445.
The Neches River is a Great Place for Fishing and Canoeing
A part of the Neches River flows through the southeast part of Hardin County. The tree and vine covered banks of the Neches and its slow moving currents provide a serene setting for canoeists.
The surrounding bottomlands abound with squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, possums, rabbits and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Although elusive; bobcats, feral hogs, whitetailed deer and
coyotes also occur in the area. Birds such as herons, egrets, anhingas, wood ducks, owls, hawks and other song birds can be heard.
The Jefferson Theatre is a historic performing arts theatre located on Fannin Street in downtown Beaumont, Texas.
Designed by Emile Weil and built in 1927, it is an example of Old Spanish architecture and seats over 1400.
345 Fannin St
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Phone: (409) 838-3435
Beaumont Community Players (BCP) has been in existence for over seventy-five years, entertaining audiences with professional quality Broadway plays and musicals that range from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Neil Simon.
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, is on the Lamar University campus. The Museum displays artifacts from the early 1900 and is dedicated to the famous discovery of the great oilfields of Southeast Texas.
The Spindletop oilfield, discovered on a salt dome formation south of Beaumont in eastern Jefferson County on January 10, 1901, marked the birth of the modern petroleum industry.
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown
5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.
(formerly University Drive)
Beaumont, TX 77705
The Kirby-Hill House was built in 1902 by James L. Kirby, older brother and business partner of the more famous John Henry Kirby. The Kirby family established a lumber empire which dominated the economy of this region for almost 100 years.
On the grounds to the right of the mansion is a state champion Crepe Myrtle tree that is over 100 years old. On the left side of the property is a relocated church building which is the home of the Hardin County Genealogical Society.
The Kirby-Hill House is located in Kountze, Texas, next door to the Kountze Public Library, and one block north of the Hardin County Courthouse.
Located in the Old Providence Baptist Church, next to the Kirby-Hill House. Extensive collection of books, records, family and county histories, microfilm, and online research materials are available for anyone to peruse.
Hardin County Genealogical Society and Library
220 West Main
Kountze, Texas 77625.
Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 am till 4:00 pm. Saturday 9:00 am till 3:00 pm.