Patti and Patrick McLead are the owners and innkeepers of Songbird Meadows Bed & Breakfast, located in Johnson City, TX. The inn opened in 2011 and features three private cottages on 18 acres in the Texas Hill Country. The McLead’s decided to open a B&B after their son, Sgt. Garret McLead, was killed in action on August 22, 2007 in Iraq. The McLead’s wanted to provide a space where people could get away from it all.
“That’s one of the reasons we started this place, to have a place for people to disappear, because when you go through that you just want to disappear,” innkeeper Pattie said.
The McLead’s built a memorial at the inn for their son and the ten scouts of the recon unit who were killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. The memorial, called Freedom Park (shown below), contains posts in rank order for each of the fallen soldiers, each with a plaque with a quote from the scout’s mothers.
Since the McLead’s are Gold Star parents, they offer other Gold Star parents to stay at the Songbird Meadows B&B for free. They also also offer a military discount.
Relaxation and rejuvenation can be accomplished in a variety of ways at the inn including: breaking dishes for stress relief, peeling cedar bark on your private porch (it’s addicting and encouraged!), or by watching the abundance of nature.
Bird-watching is one of the ways that guests can relax at the inn, with over 80 different species of birds identified, four special bird feeders and a professional bird-photography blind.
To maximize their guests’ privacy, breakfast is delivered to your door in a vintage picnic basket. Each cottage sits at an angle so guests have a private, uninterrupted view from their porch and are equipped with a large hammock fit for two.
“We wanted to create a healing place for our guests,” Patti said. “Many people tell us how they feel completely renewed after their stay. It’s a spiritual place.”