In a recent list of the 13 Most Charming Small Towns in Texas, I expected to see a few from our neck of the woods. Instead, only one from the Piney Woods make the cut.

Jefferson. Listed in this fashion,

A small town in East Texas, Jefferson is a great place to relax and unwind. While it was a thriving river port back in the 1800s, visitors will now find over 70 historic landmarks, including well-preserved homes and interesting museums. Take a leisurely cruise up the Big Cypress Bayou, meander through the Jefferson Historical Society Museum, or hop on one of the famous carriage rides to soak in views of the quaint bed and breakfast accommodations and historic churches that line the area.

I find that to be an accurate description of the East Texas charmer. I've visited Jefferson many times, and each time find something new and delightful. From the river boat cruise, to Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club, there's a variety of things to see and do.

Located just down the road from the majestic Caddo Lake, Jefferson is a great weekend getaway nestled in East Texas, northeast of Longview, and straight up HWY 59 from Marshall, TX. Take a look from above, below.