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Crystal Clear

Perhaps you’ve just visited the renovated 1908 Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos, or you’ve completed your Christmas shopping at the town’s outlet malls and on-the-square boutiques. Or you’ve followed our advice and renewed your Christmas spirit at San Marcos’ annual holiday festival. Why not stay overnight?

San Marcos’ award-winning Crystal River Inn offers a welcome respite from ordinary hotels. Thirteen rooms in all—five in the 1883 Classic Revival main house, five in an adjacent stone bungalow built in the 1930s, and three in the 1885 building across the street that housed the city’s first apartments—offer such amenities as claw-foot tubs, canopied beds, skylights, antiques or modern décor, fireplaces, and verandas.

Regular weekend rates range from $85 to $130 per night, including an elaborate gourmet breakfast. Be sure to ask about the inn’s popular Murder Mystery Weekends (gift certificates are available), during which guests don costumes and play sleuth (or villain). Write to 326 W. Hopkins, San Marcos 78666, or call 512/396-3739 or 888/396-3739. Visit the inn’s Web site at

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