Visit the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center
Since 1955, The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center has been a luxurious oasis in East Texas. Through ownership changes and challenges of a changing economy, the hotel has always returned to its glory. In 2017 the owners gave her a $17 million renovation, breathing life into the historic building. The renovation included the creation of three restaurants: 1st City Café, a lovely spot for brunch with bright colors and a stunning view of the pool; Nine Flags Bar, a gorgeous industrial styled bar with seasonal cocktails and delicious dinners; and The Republic Steakhouse, the finest dining in town with a classic 1950’s flare boasting the best cuts of steak in Texas.
The cuisine offered at 1st City Café and Nine Flags Bar is a combination of long-standing favorites from the hotel’s past and new spins on American tradition. With a variety of fresh flavors, there’s something for everyone. Locals and tourists alike fall in love with the Napa Chopped Salad and appetizers like the “Trifecta” featuring guacamole, queso and salsa. The entrees are always showstoppers with dishes like Shrimp & Grits and Gruene Chicken Enchiladas.
The Republic Steakhouse offers a high-end dining experience that you’d expect to find in large cities, with the historic charm that Nacogdoches is known for. Featuring prime Texas beef, wild-caught seafood, and a well-rounded wine selection, the Republic will leave you wondering if you’ll ever have another meal that tops it. The intimate restaurant is the perfect way to wind down after a busy day. Tip: Try the wood-smoked Old Fashioned.
The mid-century modern boutique hotel is a must-see and do on your bucket list. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a girl’s weekend or a business convention, you’re in for a treat. Come hungry!
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