Historical & Luxurious B&B on the Bay

About The Peaceful Pelican

Escape to the charm of The Peaceful Pelican, a historic bed and breakfast nestled on the bay of Palacios, TX. With a rich legacy spanning over a hundred years, our meticulously restored property offers a serene sanctuary for guests, coupled with warm Southern hospitality. Immerse yourself in the peace of our waterfront retreat, where you can indulge in comfortable accommodations, have your dream wedding, or explore the many activities of the area.

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Experience Serenity By the Sea

Our History

Located directly across the street from the Palacios Bay, our bed and breakfast has both the feel of a relaxing, waterfront cottage and the charm of an early 1900s, Southern-style home. The Peaceful Pelican is more than just a relaxing waterfront getaway – it’s a home rich with history. Built in 1910 by Joseph and Martha Dickson McGuire, it has evolved in several ways over the past century.


The McGuires spent summers in Palacios and moved there in 1909, at which time they started construction of their new home.


The house was completed, and they moved in May of 1910 along with their four children. Their fifth child was born that August. Many of the fixtures in the house can be found in the 1910 Sears Roebuck Home Builder’s Catalog.

Mr. McGuire had an artesian well drilled where the windmill stands today. They also used a cistern, which was located just behind the house near the kitchen.


A barn in the back of the house was converted into the first private school in Palacios and Matagorda County called Palacios Preparatory School. In addition to academics, it offered courses in cultural arts. Music lessons were taught upstairs in the house by Martha herself. Several other teachers assisted her at the school and taught academic subjects.

Along with the family, there were two women who lived in the house, one who helped with Mrs. McGuire’s younger children and one who was a piano teacher. Piano lessons were taught in the living room of what is now The Peaceful Pelican.

World War II

During World War II, Palacios was home to about 7,000 troops when housing was in short supply. Because of this, the house was split into apartments. It was probably around this time the first floor suite  was added on.


In 1961, Palacios was hit by Hurricane Carla, leading to several new additions to the house. The stained glass windows of The Peaceful Pelican came from the local Methodist Church, which was destroyed in the hurricane.

Also, the lamp on the post in front of the house is one of three original weather warning lamps formerly located on a high tower on 5th Street.


Clayton and Libby Lee purchased the home in 1970 and became the longest owner of the house.


Clayton added the lovely brick patio, and his wife, Libby, spearheaded a successful campaign to have the house registered with a Historic Marker for the Palacios Preparatory School in 1987.


In 2005, Edith Gower and Margaret Doughty purchased and renovated the home for two years before opening it as The Peaceful Pelican in 2007.


Paula Whitney purchased The Peaceful Pelican in 2014. She had a house moved onto the property from 2nd Street in 2019 that opened as the Sassy Seagull Cottage in 2021.


Another small house was moved onto the property in 2023 and opened as the Kingfisher Cottage in 2024.

Paula continues to make improvements to the Main House, preserving The Peaceful Pelican for the enjoyment of future guests for many years.

Your Hosts

Paula, Owner & Host | The Peaceful Pelican in Palacios, TX


Owner & Host

After years of traveling the world in a corporate job, Paula decided to make the waterfront in Palacios her home. She purchased The Peaceful Pelican in 2014 to create a peaceful and fun getaway for Texans and other travelers.

Always mindful of the stresses of everyday life, Paula’s goal is for guests to forget the stresses while relaxing in a comfortable environment and engaging in activities that bring them closer to nature and a tranquil state of mind.

Paula has always loved nature and has enjoyed hobbies such as gardening, fishing, birding, nature photography, kayaking, and hiking.

Theresa, Innkeeper| The Peaceful Pelican in Palacios, TX



Theresa always wanted to have her own bed and breakfast, but life always got in the way – kids, career, and then grandkids! After years of teaching and working in retail, Theresa finally landed at The Peaceful Pelican, and not a moment too soon!

Her greatest loves are her husband Roy, sons Robert and Connor, and the most beautiful grandkids in the world – Brantlee, Bostyn, and Luka!

Cooking is her second passion! She loves cooking for our guests and constantly tries new recipes and perfects old ones! You never know what she’s going to whip up for breakfast!

In addition to keeping up with activities at The Peaceful Pelican, Theresa also runs a small souvenir/gift shop in downtown Palacios. If you can’t find her at The Peaceful Pelican or the gift shop, she’s on a beach nearby!

A Note From Paula

10 Years ago I retired from the Corporate world. Still fairly young and energetic, I decided to open a bed and breakfast, but where would I find the right property? I heard about The Peaceful Pelican, which was for sale, through a friend. I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I had never heard of Palacios and hadn’t ever been there!

Upon the first visit, I knew it was the right spot for me. First of all, I loved the old Victorian house and its location right on the waterfront. Secondly, the town was the right size, big enough for a few restaurants and activities, but not too big. After living in Houston on and off for a few years, I was glad to be out of the traffic, noise, and general stress. And finally, the friendliness for the people and sense of community was an added bonus I hadn’t really anticipated.

So 10 years onward, I have to say it was a great decision and I have no regrets. I’ve had great pleasure meeting all the wonderful guests staying with us. People from all over the world have found their way to this little town located off the beaten path.

Please come and meet our friendly staff and other guests. Enjoy the outdoors, the waterfront, and the peaceful atmosphere. Like me, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

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The Experience

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Gourmet Breakfast with Coffee & Tea

Paula offers a variety of breakfast options at The Peaceful Pelican with dietary needs and restrictions taken into account. The ingredients for every meal are guaranteed to be fresh and high quality!

Of course, Keurig coffee, fine teas, and local honey are available all day for some added sweetness.

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Cozy Living Room

In the main living area, you will find couches and chairs and a beautiful Victorian-style fireplace. Additionally, a comfortable sunroom faces the garden and the water. You won’t find anywhere at The Peaceful Pelican that isn’t peaceful.

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Waterfront Views

Being located on the bayside coast, The Peaceful Pelican offers tremendous ocean views. Look out the window of your room, living room, sunroom, or dining room to watch the sun glimmering on the water. There are plenty of places around the property that offer serene waterfront views.

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Soak in the Tub

Every room offers a large, ensuite bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. But to make it a little more lavish, each bathroom also has a large, clawfoot tub. We take great care to ensure the bed and breakfast is comfortable and relaxing with a historic twist.

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Southern Style Porch

Sit in a rocking chair on our large and cozy wraparound porch and take in the waterfront views and local birds. It’s best with a cup of coffee at sunrise or with a glass of wine at sunset.

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Leave your electronics in your room and unwind around the firepit while watching the sunset on the ocean. Feel free to toast marshmallows, or sip hot cocoa, wine, or beer and take in the serenity around you.

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Bayside Walk

Stepping out the front door, you’ll find paved, lit paths that travel alongside the water. Enjoy a morning walk or jog and take in the ocean breeze or the consistently breathtaking sunsets. You may even spot a dolphin or two!

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Special Occasions

Why not come celebrate at The Peaceful Pelican? Call ahead and arrange for a cake, pastries, flowers, dinner, or charcuterie board for those special occasions and celebrations.

The Peaceful Pelican

317 E Bay Blvd
Palacios, TX 77465

Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM