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The Retreat at Artesian Lakes (formerly Chain - O - Lakes Resort & Conference Center) is a uniquely designed, nature-focused facility with authentic log cabins (26 lakefront log cabins) and log suites, ideal for weekend getaways, family vacations, romantic getaways, garden weddings, group retreats, corporate retreats and business conferences


Located on the edge of the Texas Big Thicket National Preserve, about one hour north of Houston, The Retreat at Artesian Lakes offers overnight accommodations in authentic log cabins, log suites, and private log homes


The Retreat at Artesian Lakes is also home to Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden, a famous East Texas landmark founded by renowned herbalist and cook, Madalene Hill.  Hilltop's exquisite cuisine is based on the herbs grown in the adjacent garden.



Please call (832) 397-4008 for reservations or information.


Featured Accommodation
Featured Accommodations, Cast-A-Way Lodge - 7BR/4Bath - Accommodates 18

Lovers' Packages

Lovers' packages

Lovers' Packages are perfect for proposals, honeymoons, anniversaries, or simply to get away and celebrate each other’s existence!






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Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Welcome to Hilltop!

Hilltop Restaurant and Herb GardenHilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden, a famous East Texas landmark founded by renowned herbalist and cook, Madalene Hill, has been part of The Retreat at Artesian Lakes for over 22 years. The quaint dining room overlooks a lake and is surrounded by windows to enjoy the breathtaking view.

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Corporate Retreats

The Leadership and Team Development Group (LTD Group)

The Leadership and Team Development Group (LTD Group)Dr. James D. (Jimmy) Smith, Jr. is the principal facilitator of the Leadership and Team Development Group (LTD Group), a consulting company specializing in the design and facilitation of activity based, or experiential, learning modalities to augment classroom content, cultural alignment or teambuilding initiatives, leadership and strategic planning retreats. For 20 years, the LTD Group has served organizations large and small by creating learning experiences that have at their core concepts such as leadership, team, personal growth, soft skills, people skills, trust, and interpersonal relationships. The result is a unique blend of cognitive and experiential adult learning modalities that have the net effect of creating a safe environment for the vulnerable process of genuine personal and organizational growth.

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Now is the time for team building...

Challenge CourseNow is an excellent time to hold corporate, church, and general retreats at our property.  In addition to complete meeting packages, a highly-rated challenge (Ropes) course, experienced onsite facilitatation services is provided by Leadership and Team Development Group (LTD Group).

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Real Estate

Real Estate - Waterfront Property and Homes for Sale

Lakefront lots and homes at Artesian LakesArtesian Lakes is a low-density community of only 100 lakefront lots and home sites on more than 400 acres of towering pines and hardwoods. 

This private, gated community now has 38 waterfront lots available, each featuring uniquely distinctive characteristics such as densely wooded grounds, hills, islands, or peninsulas and all offering lake views varying from intimately secluded coves to vast open vistas.

Five lakeside custom homes area available for sale at Artesian Lakes.  All feature amazing waterfront views and access to resort Amenities at The Retreat at Artesian Lake.

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