Liz Carmack’s love for heritage travel and her desire to provide travelers with a practical reference to Texas’ historic hotels inspired her to write Historic Hotels of Texas: A Traveler’s Guide.
She traveled more than 20,000 miles across the state and visited more than 60 hotels during her research. Liz spoke with local historians, innkeepers and hotel guests and tracked down hotel details in archives, libraries and museums.
Through public presentations, Liz shares her tips on how to select the best historic hotel for particular trips and travel styles, and provides historical details and insights about both famous and little-known historic hostelries across the state.
A newspaper journalist in Oklahoma before moving to Austin in 1988, she has worked as a professional communicator for iconic Texas institutions — including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, KLRU-TV, and the Texas House of Representatives.
Now a freelance writer, her travel articles have appeared in Texas Highways, Austin Woman, A, and Heritage magazines. She is the Austin City Expert for travel website homeandabroad.com, which features her insider tips about Austin attractions. Liz also writes for the public and private sectors through her company, Liz Carmack Communications.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Leicester, Leicester, England, and is a member of the Association for Women in Communications, the Writers’ League of Texas, and Freelance Austin.