Historic Hotel and Stage Stop of Pioneer Days


With a respectful nod to its past, the Stagecoach Inn in Salado has comfortably come into its own. The Central Texas landmark, once a stop on the Chisholm Trail, is shaded with lush heritage trees and sits on seven acres adjacent to the south bank of the Salado Creek. After an extensive yearlong restoration, the hotel and its iconic restaurant not only pay homage to their rich history, but also impart the present. The inn features 48 re-imagined guest rooms, a swimming pool that spans the back half of the property, and a restaurant that offers beloved recipes from the past and innovative interpretations of Texas favorites. The ambience at the Stagecoach Inn is familiar, relaxed, and fresh—the perfect invitation to stay a while.


In 1861, W. B. Armstrong, one of the area’s first settlers, erected this building on the footprint of the old Tonkawa village and opened the “Shady Villa Hotel.” It is believed that the Stagecoach Inn is the oldest remaining structure in Salado. Many varied and distinguished persons found food and rest inside these walls:  Sam Houston, General George Custer, Robert E. Lee, Jr., cattle barons Shanghai Pierce and Charles Goodnight, and outlaws Sam Bass and Jesse James.

The Stagecoach Inn’s reputation has endured over the years and through generations of families who’ve celebrated many important occasions inside these historic walls. The restaurant’s menu has been updated to reflect modern dining habits and preferences, and its hotel rooms and grounds have been renovated with a mixture of mid-century Palm Springs and Texas ranch aesthetics; however, the core Stagecoach Inn experience remains as tribute to the rich history and authenticity of the Stagecoach Inn. Download or view PDF to read more >


Salado lies between Austin and Waco and was one of the earliest settlements in Texas. Centuries before the Spanish came through and named the spot, it was a campground for tribes, including the Tonkawa, to hunt buffalo and other wild game attracted to the mineral water springs. The Village was founded in 1859 along with Salado College. The Chisholm Trail came right down Main Street, bringing through the stagecoach lines that served Central Texas. The first wire cable suspension bridge in the country was built over the creek to allow better passage. 

Salado’s revitalization started in the 1940s as news spread of The Stagecoach Inn's dining room and the founding of the Central Texas Area Museum. More than 130 friendly businesses and old world hospitality have led to the popularity of this quaint small town today. 

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