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As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again.” That’s never been truer than at this boutique hotel, a Classical Revival–style mansion from 1900 that opened this past fall after a six-month renovation. Located a few blocks west of The University of Texas at Austin, the property—which landed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975—was built by Dr. Goodall Wooten, the son of one of UT’s original regents. Legend has it that his wife, after whom the hotel was named, chose to add the stately exterior columns in 1910 instead of taking a trip around the world. Today, the handsome hideaway boasts 47 rooms, 10 of which are tucked inside the original home. (You’ll find the other 37 in a sleek, art-filled annex.) From the carefully executed old-timey cocktails—think “prescriptions” and “cures”—at Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar to the decidedly modern pool area, we think you’ll agree that this freshly polished grand dame is indeed ready for her reemergence.
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While You’re There
Take a ride on the Rugosa, a 1960s wooden lobster boat, to try your hand at harvesting Maine’s most famous export. The 90-minute jaunt doubles as a scenic tour.
Eat oysters and locally sourced organic fare like gorgonzola-and-spinach egg rolls at long-running hot spot Bandaloop.
Trace history at First Families Kennebunkport Museum, which details the lives of Kennebunkport locals ranging from sea captains to summer residents George H.W. and Barbara Bush.
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