I have been a loyal customer/fan of Laurel Ridge for the last several years now as my business frequently brings me to Gonzales. My overall impression: Laurel Ridge, Barbara (its owner) and her staff have never failed to offer anything but a stellar, top notch experience. Small-town Texas hospitality (the best kind) mixes with old world charm in a way that makes you want to kick off you shoes, relax on the veranda and soak it all in. Laurel Ridge is its own little world away from the world. A place` where you can leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind and sink back into a calm, stress free environment, where even time seems to run a little slower. Sumptuously decorated with high quality, period appropriate antiques and beds piled high with luxurious linens, you'll feel that you've traveled back to a world where quality and good taste mattered. High end soaps and bath essentials, along with thick, plush towels, adorn the tastefully updated bathrooms, which still retain their period charm while having all the modern conveniences. Whether you've come to Gonzales for the history, the horse shows, the antiques or just to get away the big city, you couldn't find a more charming place to stay. And make sure and spend some time chatting with your host, Barbara. She's a true world citizen (a Gonzales hometown girl by birth, she spent many of her adult years living in Paris and London before returning home to open Laurel Ridge) and never ceases to charm and delight. She and her staff are as much the reason I keep returning to Laurel Ridge as is the majestic, old, historic house itself. By far, the hardest thing you'll have to do once you get to Laurel Ridge is leave.