The Cottage on Toledo Bend Lake

Local Services & Attractions

ATM:

  • The closest ATM machines are at Farmers State Bank located in Shelbyville (about 15 miles) and Joaquin (about 18 miles).

Huxley, TX:

  • SCARBER'S GROCERY, DELI & DINER:(4 miles from Cottages)
  • Open every day except Christmas from 6am-8pm. Gasoline is accessible at pumps 24 hours (payable by all major credit cards) and diesel is also available. Dine in or take out breakfast, lunch & dinner. Burgers, sandwiches, Hunt’s Bros. Pizzas, ice, dairy products (including Blue Bell ice cream), canned goods, bread, some produce, deli meats, Black Angus rib-eye steaks reasonably priced (cut to order and marinated if requested), frozen foods, chips, snacks, candy, over-the-counter medications, live and artificial baits.
  • TRAIL'S END GROCERY, DELI, DINER & RV PARK: (4 miles from Cottages)
  • Open 7 days a week from 5:30am to 9:00pm. Dine in or take out breakfast, lunch & dinner. Gasoline is accessible at pumps 24 hours (payable by all major credit cards) and diesel is also available. Live bait & fishing supplies. Deli meats, Home Style Fried Chicken, Canned goods, frozen foods (including Blue Bell Ice Cream), bread, milk, some produce, ice, cold drinks, over the counter medications..just about anything you need.
  • HUXLEY BAY MARINA: 936-368-2494 (5 miles from Cottages)
  • New owners Sandy and Buck re-opened the marina in March of 2014. Restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. Deep-water boat launch, gated wet boat stalls available for daily rental, motel and RV park are open.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • NATIONAL HALL OF FAME FOX HOUND CEMETERY: Boles Field area of the Sabine National Forest, noted for its fox hunting, hosts its own pet cemetery honoring the greatest foxhounds of all times. Plots complete with flowers and headstones with inscriptions like, "He was a running hound with a running heart," and "Mr. Jabberjaws, the greatest mouth of all". Great photo ops! Across the road you will see a pavilion with picnic tables. Follow the path just to the left and there is a neat little trail through the woods, but beware of the "chupacabra"!
  • RED HILLS LAKE RECREATION AREA: (About 35 min. from Cottage)
  • A very nice recreation and swimming area, picnic tables and restroom facilities. www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/sabine/redhill.shtml

Shelbyville, TX (About 15 miles from Cottages)

  • SOUTHERN SEASONS: Gifts, gourmet foods, and plants located in a 100 year old store www.southernseasonsonline.com
  • LOBLOLLY’S GARDEN MARKETPLACE: All things kitchen and garden, including cookware featured on the Cooking Channel, gadgets, tools, spices, specialty foods and gifts. www.loblollys.com
  • DOUBLE J BBQ AND STEAK HOUSE: Open Mon–Fri from 10am-8pm and Saturday from 11am-8pm. Great BBQ, burgers, rib eye steaks, and more, plus super cheesecake.
  • HAGLER’S FIRST AND LAST CHANCE PACKAGE STORE

Center, TX: (About 22 miles from The Cottage)

  • ACE HARDWARE: More than just hardware, plants and gifts, too!
  • JOHNNY’S PACKAGE (LIQUOR) STORE: Open Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9pm. Closed Sun. Good selection of wines, liquor and beer of all kinds.
  • IN THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE SQUARE
    • SHELBY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
      www.shelbycountychamber.com Located in the Historic Jailhouse inside the square. Tour the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.
  • AROUND THE SQUARE
    • CENTER ANTIQUES AND SANDWICH SHOP: Lots of fun stuff
    • LAS MARGARITA’S Mexican Restaurant serving very good Mexican food. Free margarita with your meal! Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11am-9pm, Fri. and Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-2pm.
    • AUSTIN STREET MARKETPLACE: Full of reasonably priced antiques, some unique handcrafted items Open 10am-6pm Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm on Sat, and 1pm-5pm Sun.
  • Hurst Street, Center, TX (Hwy 96)
    • WULF OUTDOOR SPORTS www.wulfoutdoorsports.com
    • SUPER WAL-MART (beer and wine) open 24/7.
    • BROOKSHIRE BROS.

Joaquin, TX: (About 18 miles from the Cottage)

  • BROOKSHIRE BROTHERS: Hours: 7:00am - 9:00pm, 7days a week No alcohol.
  • ATM AT FARMERS STATE BANK
  • SUB-WAY
  • RANCHO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT: Open Sun-Thurs from 11am-9 pm, and Fri and Sat from 11am-10pm. (Closed on Monday)

Logansport, LA: (about 18 miles from The Cottage)

  • CARAWAY'S HARDWARE store, over 100 years old. Souvenirs, from unique and elegant gifts to mayhaw jelly. On down the street are some little antique shops.
  • DAIRY QUEEN

DAY TRIPS

  • Shreveport, LA: (About 1 ½ hours from The Cottage)
    Shopping, dining, nightlife, riverboat casinos, art galleries! www.shreveport.com
  • Mansfield, LA: (About 1 hour from the Cottage)
    Civil War Museum on the battlefield, re-enactments.
    www.mansfieldbattlefield.org/links.asp
  • Natchitoches, LA: (About 1 ½ hours from The Cottage)
    Historic Natchitoches (pronounced Nak’-a-desh) - Oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase and home of the Christmas Festival of Lights…lots to see and do, including great shopping/dining on quaint Front Street, Creole Cane River Plantation tours, and renowned festivals. www.natchitoches.net
  • Many, LA: (About 1 hour from the Cottage)
    Cypress Bend Resort & Golf Course www.cypressbend.com

Greg Crafts / Toledo Bend Guide Service

Telephone (936) 368-7151
E-Mail GregCrafts@yahoo.com