Excelsior House Hotel

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The 70th Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage and Historic Homes Tour

May 4, 2017 through May 7, 2017
The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club presents the 70th Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage and Historic Homes Tour. Celebrate the beauty of spring and take a trip back to the 1860s as Jefferson’s annual Pilgrimage starts with the infamous Diamond Bessie Murder Trial. Don’t miss the Historic Home Tours Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. and many additional Pilgrimage activities including the Pilgrimage Parade and town skirmish!  Be sure to try at least one of four garden strolls, enjoy the salad buffet luncheon at the Excelsior House Hotel, and tour Jay Gould’s private rail car, the Atalanta.

Excelsior House Pilgrimage Luncheon Buffet

Rooms at the Excelsior House are always sold out during Pilgrimage Weekend. But you can still enjoy the Excelsior’s elegant ballroom, beautiful courtyard and the delicious, homemade Luncheon Buffet and Desserts provided and served by Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club members.  Early ticket purchasing is strongly recommended.

Saturday,  May 6, 201711:30am–1:00pm.
$14.00 (inclusive • non-refundable)

Tour Jay Gould’s Private Rail Car

See and experience luxury from days past while touring the private rail car of notorious railway baron Jay Gould of New York, and hear the history of how this beautifully appointed relic came to rest in Jefferson, Texas as its final destination. Beautifully preserved by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club since acquiring it in 1954, the tour of the Atalanta takes approximately 20 minutes. Directly across from the Pilgrimage Headquarters at the Excelsior House Hotel at 211 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657.

$5 per person (children under six free with adult) advanced online tickets at $4.00.

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Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6, 2017, 11AM until 3PM
Sunday May 7, 2017 10AM until 2PM
 

EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE FOR SUN PORCH RESTORATION PROJECT

JEFFERSON, TEXAS – August 23, 2016 – The Excelsior House Hotel, a historic hotel located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, hosted an Open House for the recent restoration of the hotel’s breakfast sun porch and dining area.  This restoration project was made possible by a donation from the Schluter Foundation. Construction renovations of the room were completed by local contractor, Nick Linebarger. 

Pictured from Left to Right:

Excelsior Foundation Board Chair – Mrs. Laura Omer Miller, Schluter Foundation Members – Mr. David Little, Mrs. Louise Grubbs and Mr. Wayman Moore.

Sun Porch Dedication 8.17.16

The Excelsior House Hotel, located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, is owned and operated by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club.  The hotel features 15 guest rooms with period furniture and dates back to the 1850’s and includes a ballroom, dining room and New Orleans’ style courtyard.  www.theexcelsiorhouse.com More information is available by calling (903) 665-2513.

EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL COMPLETES RESTORATION OF SUN PORCH

JEFFERSON, TEXAS – August 2, 2016 – The Excelsior House Hotel, a historic hotel located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, today announced that it has completed restoration of the hotel’s breakfast sun porch and dining area made possible by a donation from the Schluter Foundation.  Construction renovations of the room were completed by local contractor, Nick Linebarger. 

“We believe the room addition of the sun porch was originally constructed in around the 1970’s.  Breakfast is served daily Tuesday through Sunday on the sun porch.  It is also available for private events, as well” stated Nikki Elms, General Manager.

The Excelsior House Hotel would like to invite the public to attend an open house of the facility on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 10 a.m. and will include fresh coffee and our World Famous Orange Blossom Muffins.

 

The Excelsior House Hotel, located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, is owned and operated by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club.  The hotel features 15 guest rooms with period furniture and dates back to the 1850’s and includes a ballroom, dining room and New Orleans’ style courtyard.  www.theexcelsiorhouse.com More information is available by calling (903) 665-2513.

Sun Porch Exterior #1

Sun Porch Interior #3

Sun Porch Interior #1

EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

JEFFERSON, TEXAS – June 13, 2016 – The Excelsior House Hotel, a historic hotel located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for Superior Service. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

“We are proud to be recognized for our outstanding customer service by our guests to the hotel.  This is why our hotel has been in continuous service since the 1850’s.” stated, Nikki Elms, General Manager of the hotel.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and frequency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Excelsior House Hotel, located in downtown Jefferson, Texas, is owned and operated by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club.  The hotel features 15 guest rooms with period furniture and dates back to the 1850’s and includes a ballroom, dining room and New Orleans’ style courtyard.  www.theexcelsiorhouse.com More information is available by calling (903) 665-2513.

 

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The 69th Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage starts Thursday, April 28, 2016!

April 28, 2016 through May 1, 2016
The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club presents the 69th Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage and Historic Homes Tour. Celebrate the beauty of spring and take a trip back to the 1860s as Jefferson’s annual Pilgrimage starts with the infamous Diamond Bessie Murder Trial. Don’t miss the Historic Home Tours and many additional Pilgrimage activities including the Pilgrimage Parade and town skirmish!  Be sure to try at least one of four garden strolls, enjoy the salad buffet luncheon at the Excelsior House Hotel, and tour Jay Gould’s private rail car, the Atalanta.

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Annual-Jefferson-Pilgrimage-and-Historic-Homes-TourSpecial pricing for online ticket sales! Also, for groups of 15 or more, receive a 20% discount for Historic Home Tour tickets!

For Questions

Phone: 903-452-3836
Email: jeffersonpilgrimage@gmail.com