The Baker Hotel

About a 90 minute drive west of Downtown Dallas is the small city of Mineral Wells.  It is best known for their mineral spring water and the old Baker Hotel, which was quite the destination in the 1930’s and 40’s.  The hotel closed in the early 1970’s and since then has been left to the elements and lots of vandalism.

Nowadays, the ground floor windows and doors are heavily boarded up in effort to prevent trespassers from going inside.  There are ways in, of course, but it is ill-advised with a pretty hefty fine or an arrest.

My friend, Peter, and I drove out there last week, spending a few hours photographing the outside of the hotel.  The Baker is creepy and run down, but it is also majestic and beautiful.  If you are into abandoned places then this is one to check out.  And soon!  Restoration has been talked about for years, but now it seems more likely to happen according to recent online news articles.  I am one of many who hopes the massive project gets funded.  The Baker Hotel is too special to be left to slowly decay.

Below are some of the photos I took while wandering around.


Continue reading The Baker Hotel

Dallas Wine Trail

When you first think of Dallas, you don’t automatically think, “Wow, some great wines are made there.”  After going on the 6th annual Dallas Wine Trail this past weekend, I can assure you that there are indeed great local wines.

We got a last minute invite from a friend, and we in turn invited another couple to join us on the Trail.  We purchased tickets online the day before so all we had to do was show up at one of two wineries to check in and receive our tasting tickets & wine glasses. It was a nice way to spend a somewhat gloomy afternoon and I definitely recommend going with a small group of friends as it is something a bit different to do.

Times Ten Cellars

Continue reading Dallas Wine Trail