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This Palace at Palacios Welcomes Guests

Judy and Jim Lingenhag of San Antonio relax on the Luther Hotel

Palacios (puh-LASH-us) is on Texas 35, about 56 miles southeast of Victoria, halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi. Write to the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, 312 Main, Palacios 77465; 361/972-2615 or 800/611-4567. The area code is 361; the zip code is 77465. Web site: www.palacioschamber.com.

The Luther Hotel is on South Bay Blvd., between 4th and 5th streets. Some rooms include kitchens. Rates: \$55-\$140; weekly and monthly rates available.

The hotel is wheelchair accessible via the rear door, but there is no elevator. None of the rooms have telephones (telecommunications co-dependents will find a pay phone in the hall), and only two have televisions. Devoted TV junkies can enjoy favorite programs in the homey confines of the Luther lobby, but take our word for it: The view of the bay from the hotel is better than anything on cable. Write to the Luther Hotel, 408 South Bay Blvd., Palacios; 972-2312; fax 972-3425. Reservations recommended.

In addition to fast-food franchises, Palacios eateries include Shimek's (barbecue, burgers, chicken-fried steak; 972-3821), Yang Chow

(Asian cooking; 972-2724), and Palacios Mexican Restaurant (Mexican food, seafood, steaks; 972-2766). You can also get monster dips of Blue Bell ice cream for \$1 each at C&B Video (972-2309).

Moonlight Bay and Paper Moon B&Bs are just west of the Luther. Rates: \$65-\$140; includes a full gourmet breakfast served at 9 in the formal dining room at Moonlight Bay. Gourmet dinners are available to room guests at \$19.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. No guests under 18. Reservations recommended. The Great Gatsby room is wheelchair accessible. Write to Moonlight Bay and Paper Moon at 506 South Bay Blvd., Palacios; 972-2232, or toll-free at 877/461-7070. Web site: www.bbhost.com/moonlightbaybb.

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