The Chaska House Bed and Breakfast in Waxahachie was honored with the Certificate of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses that rank in the top 10 percent worldwide for traveler feedback.

The owners of the bed and breakfast, Louis and Linda Brown, were extremely honored to be recognized for this accomplishment.

“We are pleased and honored that the reviews submitted to TripAdvisor by our guests resulted in this award,” Louis said. “Now in our 20th year as a bed and breakfast, Linda and I have been blessed with the opportunity to host thousands of interesting guests from all over the world. We are fortunate to be able to provide visitors to Waxahachie a welcome place to stay and to tell them about the pleasures of our historic town.”

According to the TripAdvisor website it has more than 260 million visitors to it’s site each month. The website features 100 million reviews from the average traveler that cover more than 2.7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. TripAdvisor operates in 30 countries.

Louis said when he and Linda bought the house in 1980 they never had the intention of opening a bed and breakfast. After their children were grown the Browns then decided to open up their home as a bed and breakfast. Chaska House opened its doors to guests in February of 1993.

Edward and Marie Chaska, who were prominent merchants, built the home in 1900. The home was built in the revival architectural style. The interior of home shows off the craftsmanship of the time through the intricate details that are carved into the woodwork. Guests coming to Waxahachie have the choice of renting out one of the five rooms in the main house or a guest cottage.

Each of the rooms in the house is named after four authors and a president who was an author. The rooms are named after Margaret Mitchell, William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt. The rooms are tastefully decorated in the style and personality of the person they represent.

The guest cottage called “the Retreat” has two units that each features a one-bedroom suite. The Retreat is modeled after a home in which Ernest Hemingway resided in Key West and is directly adjacent from the main house.

“When we started in 1993 everybody had a traveler book that they bought from the bookstore and would look up all of these different bed and breakfasts to stay in. Now that information is all online and it tells what visitors say after they leave,” Linda said. “Most of our business comes from the DFW Metroplex. Many guests are friends and relatives of local people coming in for family events. Others are here on business or to attend entertainment attractions or festivals or just to shop and enjoy the ambiance and charm of historic Waxahachie.”

Louis said guests that have stayed at the Chaska House have come from Europe, Asia and South America. Recently several guests, who work in the computer game industry, came all the way from Vladivostok, Russia to conduct business in Texas and stayed at the bed and breakfast.

The cost of booking a room ranges from $165- $195 on the weekend and is about 20 percent less during the week. The Retreat prices ranges from $195-$245. As part of the booking, guests are given a full southern breakfast during each day of their stay. Items being served for breakfast include such favorites as stuffed French toast and eggs Benedict. Louis said he ensures that guests don’t go away from the table l hungry.

During their time in business Louis and Linda stated that they have made long, lasting friendships with the people who have stayed in their home. Louis said since they have been the owners of this home they have seen a lot of change taking place in the city and are very optimist about what the future holds.

“When we first got here there were a lot of theses old houses that needed help. It has been transformed and now it is a really a good-looking city,” Louis said. “We would love to have some more bed and breakfasts in town. It would attract more people and historic tourism is a really big thing.”

Louis said the award from TripAdvisor means a lot both to himself and Linda. The goal they have always had with their guests to have them go away happy with a pleasant experience and a great memory. The Browns look forward to many more years in business and providing great service to their guests as ambassadors of Waxahachie.

The Chaska House is located at 716 W. Main St. in Waxahachie. For more information about Chaska House, go to its website at www.chaskabb.com. The staff at Chaska House can be reached at 972-937-3390.

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